I have a secret stash of magazines hidden under the mattress on my side of the bed. I know I am not the only one with this problem, but yesterday, I added to my collection…the Gurney’s catalog came in the mail! I have a problem and I am willing to admit it. I just love to look at seed catalogs. I pour over each page and read every description of every seed. I make lists of what I want and more lists of who sells at the best price. I have a problem!
If my problem was uni-dimensional, there may be hope…but I have another addiction also. My wife calls it bee-porn. I admit it – I love to read beekeeping magazines and catalogs and websites too. I love to read Beesource.
In one way, it makes no sense why I read the seed catalogs over and over again. The descriptions never change. How many ways can you say a bean is green or a cabbage will make the best kraut ever? Still, as winter looms, I take part in the process. I really hate winter. It depresses me. I have a serious need to be outside but I don’t care for the cold anymore. So I am stuck with a contempt for winter. But the catalogs give me something to look forward to. It’s how I get through the winter. That sounds overly dramatic, but it makes my outlook so much brighter. I love fooling with the garden and it’s sort of what I am all about. Messing around in the garden makes me feel alive. I work on computers all day and they take me so out of touch from other people (don’t get me wrong, I don’t really like people : ) ) and from what makes me feel human. Machines pay the bills, but they are not who I am.
So, I am thankful for Gurneys, and especially their catalog. I am thankful for bee-porn. I am thankful for my crazy wife and kids who support me with my problem! Happy Thanksgiving!