There is a saying about Inanity that is attributed to many people, (Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, old Chinese proverb and Benjamin Franklin), but there is no certainty where it originated.
The quote is “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
That would describe my pattern on gardening for the past few years. Every spring, we plan a trip right around garden planting time and then I come home to rush to the greenhouses, buy available bedding plants and get them in the ground. The same can be said for our fall trips. We tend to take off around the date of our wedding anniversary (mid September), right around the time when we need to be here to harvest and process garden produce, particularly tomatoes.
This year was no different, except there was no threat of imminent freezing temperatures before we left. Still, we were going to be away for a month and the thought of coming back to slimy black tomato vines did not thrill me. Today, on the last possible day before departure, I picked the remaining tomatoes, gave the ripe ones to my beloved to freeze and gave the unripe ones to my son and neighbours to let them ripen slowly down a dark basement.
Insanity, yes! But, my son and neighbours are happy and we will be too when we pull the frozen tomatoes out in the coming winter for sauces, soups and stews.
What is your version of insanity?