I am really that girl. I sometimes think I am an 80 year-old southern country woman stuck in a 32 year old fashionista sassy pants body. I do the quirkiest things and have conversations in my head with myself regarding the right potting soil, when to plant the veggies, and how far apart each flower should be from each other. On the other hand, sometimes I feel like a 40 year old suburban husband because I don't have anyone to carry my mulch, bags of soil, or do all of the dirty work no woman really wants to do. But I enjoy it. My shoulders and back ache after a weekend of heavy duty yard work, but I am so proud of my home, and my property, that I want to take care of it and make it the prettiest home I can. I also have spent all of my adult life in condos, and I finally get to plant flowers and do the things I watched my mom do growing up. My parents have always had the most beautiful yard and I admire them for their green thumb and gardening skills. I never really realized it, but I was truly raised in a true southern family. The women in my family talk about veggie planting season as if it were the MLB opening day. And I just love it now because I have something to say during these conversations, and I always can call my mom or my aunts if I have questions. I never would have imagined that I would be so interested in gardening and the green life, but I feel so happy when I am pulling weeds, cutting grass, and watering the flowers, especially after a day of emails, phone calls, and meetings. I am also excited that I will be able to enjoy the fruits ( and veggies) of my labor ALL summer. Fresh produce in the back yard any time? Cant beat that! I can only hope and pray that I have a child one day to pass down the gardening traditions and teachings that have been passed down in my family for years. My mom told me that my grandaddy used to plant seedlings to grow his veggies just like me and that made me smile. I also have my grandaddy's old rake and when I am shuffling around the yard with it, I can't help but reminisce of him working in the yard and grow his veggies out in the country. I may be in the city on Katie Hill, but I'll always be a country girl at heart.