Thursday, April 1, 2010

Be the jalapeno

In the deep south, we have a couple of times a year where plants produce fruits and vegetables. Usually in the heat of the summer, July and August things are dormant, but the spring and late summer/early fall, we get loads and loads of good stuff.
In 2007, we bought a tiny little jalapeno plant because we love love love spicy foods. The plant grew and flowered but the flowers all died and we saw no fruit. That winter, the plant lost all of its leaves and was just a sad stick in the ground. In early spring of 2008, the stick came back to life and produced many leaves and flowers but again, did not fruit. The flowers would sprout the tiniest of pepper that would fall off and die. Winter came and the cycle repeated itself. However, last spring, the stick came back and this time the flowers and the fruit hung on, and we had the most prolific crop of jalapenos. They grew in early spring, in the heat of the summer, and we even got a third round in early fall. No kidding. This little plant hung on and gave us so much. I was convinced that we'd lose it this past winter. Our area saw temps in the mid to lower 20s.

But look! It's early spring and she is sprouting again!

I expect AF to visit this weekend. As soon as I confirm CD 1, I am calling Dr. S to begin clomid/injectibles. There cannot be a worse time to do this. First, our place is under contract and we are expected to close April 30th. We have no place lined up and are keeping our fingers crossed on the house we want but is held up in short sale negotiations. So, homeless in lest than 30 days. 2nd, I'm near the end of the semester and I'm about to dive into tons and tons of papers/finals to grade. 3rd, I've got a planned vacation that puts me on the road for two weeks to visit my parents, sister, and friends. This is set for mid-May. 4th, DH and I plan to take a fun vacation at the end of May.

Yes, there are a million reasons why we should wait but we are going for it. I'm holding on and hoping to beat the odds.

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