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From the Wife of a Worm Farmer - Foggy Brain Days

If you have read even one of my blog posts, you know how much I adore my Worm Farmer.  Everything he does is wonderful.  I am so proud of his Worm Grotto.  I love it when he brings me a cucumber, or a tomato, or a bunch of grapes.  I really, honestly love this life-long project he’s got himself and our family involved in – it has changed our lives. 

But I didn’t know we had corn growing.  How could I NOT KNOW we had CORN growing?!

My defense:  My brain has been on overload for ten months.

First came “baby brain” when we picked up three-week-old Baby D from the hospital.  Sleepless nights with a newborn are their own kind of torture – add in sleepless nights with a substance-exposed preemie who is in withdrawal, and it becomes a four month long contest to see how many nights one can actually go without more than two hours of sleep at a time. 

Second came my grand decision to begin my Master degree.  It’s a lofty goal.  One I’ve been planning for since I walked away from Grand Canyon University with my Bachelor degree.  I even enrolled at Liberty University Online – the closest I could get to being a student at the school I had always dreamed of attending.  Exciting!  A new challenge!  Dream come true! 

Positively overwhelming.

Plus we sent our granddaughter to live in Texas with her mama, plus we took a five day road trip where we drove 1300 miles in two days, plus we have three school-age kids I’m homeschooling, plus Baby D is now a healthy ten-month-old who crawls faster than I can run.  You must get my picture.

So the other day I wandered outside to do something…I think I kicked a soccer ball out of the way…pretty sure I hollered at a kid to take out the trash…vaguely remember letting the dog out with me…maybe I was heading out to pick an onion or something…

And there it was.  CORN!

I know most people who read my posts are seasoned gardeners who have all grown and eaten their own corn.  A few people I know weren’t too impressed with my discovery because they grow corn all the time. 

It maybe be simple, but I feel like one of my kids.  

I found actual corn growing in my own backyard – corn purposely planted, tended and watered by my very own Worm Farmer – that I didn’t know ANYTHING about…and it did something to me.  Brought me back to reality.

I took a break from school.

I moved the baby into his own room – and now he sleeps all night.

I organized homeschool and my kids are actually enthusiastic about it.

I got my brain back.

With a big sigh of relief (I take many during the days now), I give you my recommendation: If you’re on overload, walk around your backyard.  Maybe there’s corn growing there.

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Tags: castings, composting, gardening, vermicomposting, worm, worms

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Comment by De Ann on June 28, 2014 at 9:49am

Ah, the case of the foggy brain.  Yes, as a homeschooling mom of 8 residing with the four youngish children, two adult children and one 3 yo 'kinda grandchild' who cannot CANNOT keep from talking while she is awake, I empathize and applaud your ability to even get out of bed in the morning, more less wander into the backyard for an onion.  Congratulations on regaining your brain, enthusiastic kidlettes, and, of course, CORN!

P.S. My 'corn' came in the form of a orange globe mallow plant a couple of months ago.

Comment by Jennifer Wadsworth on June 26, 2014 at 5:13am

Ah the restorative powers of "surprise corn".

But in all seriousness - growing things often seem to be a balm to the body, mind and soul.  I know that when I am sick or feeling down, interacting with nature buoys me up again.

Perhaps we should all remember to slow down and smell the .... corn?  Thanks for the lovely blog.

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