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Project 52

Nov. 16th, 2016 10:41 am
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Project 52

Mar. 25th, 2015 09:53 am
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I replanted my green onions (which were rescued from our refrigerator where they were starting to go bad two falls ago and amazingly managed to stay alive after being haphazardly shoved into a planter on the driveway), rescued a bunch of clumps of chives from the herb garden (which has become an overgrown weed garden after three years of neglect), and potted the potatoes that were beginning to sprout into my newly purchased potato grow bag. I've never tried growing potatoes before, nor a grow bag come to think of it.

The gardening took place last night. Today I managed to find the anti-mosquito tablets I bought at the same time as the potato growing kit and threw two of them into the pond.
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I slept in, went over to Artisan Knits and hung out with my friends for a few hours, came home to swap cars with [livejournal.com profile] jebra, used my 50% coupon at JoAnn Fabrics (where I bought a $1 spool of ribbon and more darning needles including the spiffy curved ones), then came home and weeded both the garden in front of the house and the patio. I was outside until it started to get dark, came in and took a shower, had a bit of dinner, and then stuffed two small toy bears. They'd be done by now if I hadn't mislaid the black yarn I need for their eyes and noses. I searched all the likely places but so far the stuff is nowhere to be seen.

Before and after photos of our patio )

Another good thing was that three times I caught birds bathing in the pond. Birds can be surprisingly noisy bathers.
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Well, it's been a busy few weeks. After nearly ten years of being a Dish subscriber, I had enough and switched to WOW. The switch has been far from seamless. The installer discovered he couldn't reach the easement thanks to our overgrown Elderberry bushes and the self-seeded mulberry tree that was growing into cable lines. The installer needed us to clear a path, so installation was delayed for a week.

We cleared a path for the installation guy, which is when I tore up the skin on my ribs. Fortunately I was mostly better the following Friday, which is when I got to haul the trash and yard waste to the curb. I got to do it because [livejournal.com profile] jebra was away at Anthrocon. I was both annoyed and amused with his absence. Most weeks we put out one or both recycling bins and *maybe* one bag of trash. Instead, this is what I got to haul to the street:



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After [livejournal.com profile] jebra returned, so did the cable installer. Which is when we discovered our semi-new Vizio tv does not like WOW, or perhaps that should be WOW without a DVR. I ordered basic service, which does not require a DVR, but I already regret that choice. Pushing the channel up (or down) button 200 times to get from the first channel to the one I want to watch is a drag. I've called the installer to order a DVR, but so far it's the up button for me. And don't even get me started on how much I miss the pause button. I had not idea how addicted I am to that thing until I no longer had one.

Not that I've had much time to miss it. I'm at work during the day, and I've stayed late to work on a few personal projects, such as sewing bags for my electronic devices. Add in the usual routine of laundry on Monday, dance class on Tuesday, and grocery shopping on Wednesday, and well, the weeks practically over. We weren't home last weekend either, as we were in Elkhart for the Jazz Festival. For me, the best part was not the music but the opportunity to see my friends on the Production Staff. I spent pretty much the entire long weekend (we took Friday afternoon off from work) hanging out in the Production Office. I had my Kindle, my netbook, and my knitting.



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So, other than yesterday's tale of the visit to the nutritionist, that's what's been going on with me.
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but boy oh boy does it hurt.

Gardening injury )
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I'm having a very laid back Labor Day weekend. After work on Friday I watched two more episodes of Blue Murder and went to bed at a reasonable hour. Saturday morning I got up with the alarm at 8:30 and started getting ready for Nia. We did the However-many Steps routine (37? Something like that). This is the routine with all the basic movements that comprise Nia and it proved to me that I'm not improving as fast as I'd like. Still, I made it through class, then went home, showered, watched a bit of tv, then convinced myself that if I combined visiting the Southfield Borders bookshop with attending SEMGS, I'd have fun. So I pried myself up out the couch and went shopping.

Turns out Borders was down to their final eight days and, as you'd expect, the selection was very well picked over. I did find two books though, one with some fabulous knitting patterns for kids (which is somewhat troubling as about half the patterns I looked at I thought "I'd like that!") and the other about the belief system of at least one Lakota. I also found a book about Witch doctors in Africa, but that one I'd like to read, not own.

Fred was hosting SEMGS at his house, which is sorta across the street from Borders. Sorta because it's in the subdivision across the street, and at the other end in a more recently developed section that is very difficult to find. Particularly if you are me and have no sense of direction and the only thing you can remember about it is the name of the street. I tried exploring down the first street with a stop light and after much going around and finding dead ends, worked my way back to 13 Mile. I then tried the next stop light and drove by what I thought was the most gorgeous front yard I'd ever seen in my life. I promised myself that if I ever drove by again, I would park the car, grab my camera, take some photos and knock on their door to compliment them on their yard. But that was for the future and I was hunting Fred's house. So I drove hither and yon, eventually ending up on a one-way that dumped me onto Southfield Road. So I drove back up to 13 Mile, turned in at the second stop light and saw that gorgeous yard. So I stopped the car, got my camera out of the trunk, whipped off a couple of shots and marched up to the front door and rang the bell. One of the homeowners answered before I could chicken out so I told her why I'd stopped and she offered to show me the backyard too. Which is still very much in development but lead to her introducing me to her husband, who it turns out I'd met before -- he's the guy who lead the nature walk Jebra and I went on a few weeks back. They showed me around and we talked plants for a very brief while -- he's far more knowledgeable than I am, but he's also starting his own side business and I think I'll be able to hire him for a consult on how to improve our habitat.

He also gave me directions on how to find the street I was looking for. Which, if you knew me and oral directions, you would know would be hopeless. I can only remember two or three steps at the best of times and really need a map showing the critical intersections. However, I realized what had gone wrong when I reached 12 Mile (I'd been warned that the road I wanted lacked a street sign), so I backtracked, found the darn thing, and managed to locate Fred's house. Where, shockingly, I was the first to arrive.

I hung out until around 6:30, when my pain pills started to wear off and I was starting to worry about it getting dark before I got home. I was home with time to spare, but probably not as much as I'd have had if a huge storm wasn't rolling in. It hit about a half hour later, and I was damn glad to be home in my own house. It was still storming when I went to bed.

Although I'd gone to bed around 10:30 p.m., I didn't get up for real until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. I know I'm working on an enormous sleep deficit, but honestly. It isn't normal to sleep that much and then have trouble staying awake four or five hours later. I didn't do much on Sunday either, I played on LJ for a bit, watched three of those Evil-women-who-kill true crime shows and waited for the new episode of Lewis to air. I was excited about it all day and I wasn't disappointed.

Sunday's other highlight was that I cooked carrots for the first time in my life. I wanted to make this recipe, http://blackgirlsguidetoweightloss.com/recipes/honey-glazed-carrots/print/, but of course I was missing some of the ingredients. I went with butter and maple syrup instead. I also discovered that my unfamiliarity with cooking measures meant that I'd badly guessed how much 4 cups of carrots was. By the time I was done chopping the ones I'd pulled out, I had 12 cups. A horrifying discovery was that I can eat 12 cups of carrots and be hungry again two hours later. On the other hand, my stomach feels better today than it has in weeks, so I'm thinking all that fiber was good for it. I cooked up another batch today -- my sizing has improved -- today I chopped 10 cups and I had the sense to put away half of what I'd cooked before adding the toppings.

Today I'm trying to watch the final episode of Series 3 Blue Murder but I keep interrupting myself with laundry, cooking, and cleaning the upstairs bathroom. Speaking of laundry, I'm betting the washer has finally stopped so I should sign off and go swap loads.
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Two days ago, right before a brief but violent thunderstorm, I was in my backyard taking photos of the plants in bloom. While braving the weeds and the approaching storm, I noticed a plant I couldn't identify. I took some photos and meant to search the web (although how you can find out what something is when all you really know about it is that it has large green leaves is a question best left for another day), but I didn't get to that step until this morning. And in the interim, it occurred to me that perhaps the jack-in-the-pulpit returned. We had some back before we had the pond installed, but I thought it hadn't survived being moved from the pond site to the enormous dirt-and-compost pile on the driveway and then to it's final home along the path to the pond. Which made me sad as it positively thrived on the compost pile. I wish I had photos of it then. Anyway, this morning I googled on jack-in-the-pulpit as although I can remember what the flower part looks like, I had no memory of the leaves. And I think I found a match. I'll have to keep an eye on the plant(s) as if it blooms, I want photos.
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and now I hurt all over.

Last night I started emptying the second compost bin. I finished that task today, along with using the finished compost to dress the flower beds in the front of the house. I also filled the self-watering planters with potting soil and then transplanted the tomatoes and rosemary we bought yesterday. And emptied three of the old flower pots, refilling them with fresh soil after moving the tired soil to the compost heap. I pulled lots of weeds and then started layering the fresh weeds with the unfinished compost. By the time I was done, I'd completely refilled the compost bin I'd emptied this morning. The compost should break down a lot faster now that the roots are gone and the contents have been layered. And judging by how hot the unfinished stuff got just from being turned over, I think the newly filled bin is going to get hot enough to kill whatever seeds are in there in no time at all.

We haven't started cleaning out the pond yet. Going by how chilled I got from working outdoors without spending the day knee-deep in pond water, this was a good thing.

Two things I'm very happy about are that Jebra reassembled the compost bin that came apart (and we even have it back in its spot) and that he got the chipper/shredder working again. I am so glad I don't have to drop the $ to replace the darn thing.

Now we're off to dinner.
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I can never remember when the rhubarb is supposed to flower. I think this year it's earlier than ever before, but without notes so I could easily be wrong. Last night I pulled out a fully formed flower head and transported it to the compost bin. Letting the heads go to seed makes an incredible mess of the driveway and I don't plan on making *that* mistake again.

Last night I emptied the compost bin that split open last year. It produced three wheelbarrow's worth of finished compost, two of which I distributed along the fence where the black raspberries grow. The third is still in the wheelbarrow. I haven't yet decided what to do with it. I'm considering digging a hole somewhere in the yard and mixing the dug-up soil with the compost to see how potted plants do in it. I may get the self-watering planters out of the garage and try it in them. Not that I've figured out what I want to grow this year. Other than garlic -- I rescued a sprouting head from the kitchen and it seems to be doing fine in the pot I tucked it into. This was supposed to be a temporary placement though; that particular pot has an enormous split along the side and bottom.

While emptying the one bin I discovered why I've been had no luck reigning in the growth of the grapevine along the fence. The devious thing had wormed its way into the compost bin and the bottom third of the compost was mostly roots. Difficult to remove roots. I hurt pretty bad now and we haven't even started on cleaning out the pond. We're supposed to do that over the weekend. Jebra tells me this is the only weekend we have "free" until July 4th. Eiyee.
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I have no idea where the past couple of weeks have gone. I remember where I was last night though -- Jebra was a guest percussionist with the Orchard Lake Philharmonic Society and I went with him to the final performance of the season. Afterwards we went out for dinner with another couple. First we tried going to Camilia's Mexican Grill, but when we walked in at 9:30, they said they weren't seating and we'd have to get carryout. We said no thanks and went across the street to Roosevelt's. Which was good but very, very loud.

This morning I got up a little before the alarm clock went off and started getting ready for the morning's Nia class. After class Jean and I went out for lunch, then drove over to Renaissance Unity for the Nia Jam. We were about 20 minutes early, so I knit while Jean did teacher things with the other teachers. I made it all the way through the Jam although my knees were quite unhappy with me by the time we were in the home stretch.

Now I'm home and trying to figure out what to have for dinner.

In other news, the flowers are finally starting to come up. I'm looking forward to getting outside and doing some gardening, but soon I'll have to decide what to do about the chipper/shredder. (The motor burnt out last fall.) I need to get something to replace it, but I don't know what.

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After work last night I spent some time in the garden, thinning out the catmint and pulling weeds. There is now a big bunch of catmint hanging in our garage. When it's dry I'll remove the stems and use what's left as stuffing in cat toys.

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A stranger sent me email asking for photos of native gardens to show to a boy scout considering planting a native garden as a part of his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. Just in case any of you care about native plants (particularly those native to Michigan), I posted three galleries of photos up on flickr.

Three photos of my wild backyard can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29859429@N07/sets/72157622439101050/

Someone else in my subdivision is interested in native plants, as attested by these three photos of their front yard: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29859429@N07/sets/72157622438823432/

And lastly, a larger gallery containing photos of the Detroit Zoo's Demonstration Suburban Backyard and their Monarch Butterfly Garden: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29859429@N07/sets/72157622314416471/
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After leaving Colonial Kensington, we had dinner at the New Hudson Inn. Our friends mbumby, Marshall, and Jean went with us. It's right on Grand River and I've been curious about the place for years, but this was the first time we'd ever stopped. I want to go back. Soon.

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On the way back to our cars, I spotted what I thought was a tree with red flowers. When I went for a closer look, I discovered that the flowers were groups of seeds. The others came over to find out what had caught my attention; none of us could identify the tree, so I took a few photos. Today, with the help of the web, I was able to identify it...

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[info]jebra and I spent Saturday and Sunday cleaning the pond. It went better than I expected, in no small part due to [info]mbumby's assistance. For one thing, she saved me from having to climb out of the water every time I had to dump a bucket of decayed leaves and/or silty water. As it is, I hurt but not nearly as much as I expected.

Tomorrow we're driving to Byron for the Memorial Day parade and family potluck. We should be home by early evening, with enough daylight to turn on the pond's pump and make sure everything is working right before we let it run unattended.

And now, a scrapbook page for Memorial Day...

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[profile] jebra and I spent Saturday and Sunday cleaning the pond. It went better than I expected, in no small part due to [profile] mbumby's assistance. For one thing, she saved me from having to climb out of the water every time I had to dump a bucket of decayed leaves and/or silty water. As it is, I hurt but not nearly as much as I expected.

Tomorrow we're driving to Byron for the Memorial Day parade and family potluck. We should be home by early evening, with enough daylight to turn on the pond's pump and make sure everything is working right before we let it run unattended.

And now, a scrapbook page for Memorial Day...

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I saw mine today when I was walking out the mailbox. Yay!
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I saw mine today when I was walking out the mailbox. Yay!
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Saturday I spent half the day emptying the compost bin with the split seam. I mulched several areas around the garden with the finished compost before calling it a night. Although I actually remembered to take breaks to drink water, I didn't feel too good by the time I went inside. I wasn't having the full blown chills like I've had when I've had sunstroke, but I did feel a bit off. I drank a lot more water, took a shower, and had something to eat. Then, except for occasional breaks to tend to the washer and dryer, I spent the rest of the day playing on my laptop and watching stuff on the PVR.

Sunday I woke up reasonably early, downloaded some scrapbooking freebies, ate breakfast and consumed a pot of tea. Then it was outside to pull out the Virgin's Bower that is trying to smother the other plants by the pond. I knew I was in trouble when I discovered it has grown over the serviceberry and dogwoods. I like Virgin's Bower, but I had no idea it would turn into Michigan's kudzu if I don't cut it back every now and again. There is now a rather large pile of vines and leaves on my driveway, where it will hopefully dry in the sun.

Sunday was very hot and I gave up gardening when I once again started to overheat. I was surprised to note that I'd only been outside for two hours when I called it a day. After cleaning up, I finally watched Wilson's Heart, House's season finale. It made me cry. When it ended, I switched to live mode and discovered The Principal's Office playing on TruTv. I watched that for a bit, then decided I'd go to Jo-Ann Fabric's and use my 40% off coupon. Not to mention there's a Coldstone Creamery in the plaza and ice cream sounded pretty good. I had a bowl of strawberry ice cream, then went into to Michael's, but didn't find anything I wanted at a price I was willing to pay. My next stop was the Dollar Tree, where I found boxes of colored pencils for just one buck each. I bought two, one for home and one for work. My next stop was Jo-Ann's but I went the long way around and counted 14 empty storefronts on my way. I knew a lot of the businesses weren't doing well, but 14 must be pretty close to half the stores. I spent a good long time browsing through Jo-Ann's, but I had a hard time finding something to use my coupon on. In the end, I settled on a knitting magazine and a $1 photo album. Having successfully made my purchases, I came home and watched the most recent three episodes of The Closer and a couple of episodes of In the Heat of the Night I'd recorded earlier.

My Labor Day was truly a day of labor. I stacked firewood by the chiminea, ran a bunch of stuff through the chipper/shredder and mulched a small section of the yard, pulled out more Virgin's Bower, got the 'bad' garden hose off the driveway, watered the potted plants and hauled about 20 gallons of water to the back of the garden and dumped it over the contents of the two remaining compost bins (it's been so dry here nothing is breaking down). In all of August, it rained here once. The leaves on my trees are drooping and the flowers look a whole lot worse. It's getting so bad I'm actually considering hooking up our sprinkler. Anyway, after chipping/shredding, I cleaned off the driveway as best I could, harvested a bunch of catmint, tried to assassinate three mulberry bushes and one self-seeded prairie rosebush before putting away my tools. Then I got out my camera and my knitting. I took some photos then sat by the pond and knitted for a while. It was nice and cool, plus the waterfall sounds pretty and I got to see a few goldfish.

When I'd had enough of the great outdoors, I came inside and scrubbed out the cats' litter boxes. I'd been putting that off and today seemed like the perfect day for it as I was already filthy from my time outside. (As you'll be able to see in the picture under the fake cut.)

Once that was done, it was time to start up the washing machine and then throw myself under the shower. I did, had some lunch, thought about starting billing (it being the first of the month, I had to work. Happily, I can log in to the systems at work from here and I didn't have to make a special trip). Instead I downloaded more scrapbooking freebies, watched an old episode of Ironside, did more laundry, and renewed my library books (online, of course). Then [insanejournal.com profile] jebra came home from his weekend up north, I gave [insanejournal.com profile] mbumby a trio of home-grown tomatoes, did more laundry, and watched tonight's episode of The Closer.

Now it's late and I'm going to bed.

But first, the promised photo. Clickity click )
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Saturday I spent half the day emptying the compost bin with the split seam. I mulched several areas around the garden with the finished compost before calling it a night. Although I actually remembered to take breaks to drink water, I didn't feel too good by the time I went inside. I wasn't having the full blown chills like I've had when I've had sunstroke, but I did feel a bit off. I drank a lot more water, took a shower, and had something to eat. Then, except for occasional breaks to tend to the washer and dryer, I spent the rest of the day playing on my laptop and watching stuff on the PVR.

Sunday I woke up reasonably early, downloaded some scrapbooking freebies, ate breakfast and consumed a pot of tea. Then it was outside to pull out the Virgin's Bower that is trying to smother the other plants by the pond. I knew I was in trouble when I discovered it has grown over the serviceberry and dogwoods. I like Virgin's Bower, but I had no idea it would turn into Michigan's kudzu if I don't cut it back every now and again. There is now a rather large pile of vines and leaves on my driveway, where it will hopefully dry in the sun.

Sunday was very hot and I gave up gardening when I once again started to overheat. I was surprised to note that I'd only been outside for two hours when I called it a day. After cleaning up, I finally watched Wilson's Heart, House's season finale. It made me cry. When it ended, I switched to live mode and discovered The Principal's Office playing on TruTv. I watched that for a bit, then decided I'd go to Jo-Ann Fabric's and use my 40% off coupon. Not to mention there's a Coldstone Creamery in the plaza and ice cream sounded pretty good. I had a bowl of strawberry ice cream, then went into to Michael's, but didn't find anything I wanted at a price I was willing to pay. My next stop was the Dollar Tree, where I found boxes of colored pencils for just one buck each. I bought two, one for home and one for work. My next stop was Jo-Ann's but I went the long way around and counted 14 empty storefronts on my way. I knew a lot of the businesses weren't doing well, but 14 must be pretty close to half the stores. I spent a good long time browsing through Jo-Ann's, but I had a hard time finding something to use my coupon on. In the end, I settled on a knitting magazine and a $1 photo album. Having successfully made my purchases, I came home and watched the most recent three episodes of The Closer and a couple of episodes of In the Heat of the Night I'd recorded earlier.

My Labor Day was truly a day of labor. I stacked firewood by the chiminea, ran a bunch of stuff through the chipper/shredder and mulched a small section of the yard, pulled out more Virgin's Bower, got the 'bad' garden hose off the driveway, watered the potted plants and hauled about 20 gallons of water to the back of the garden and dumped it over the contents of the two remaining compost bins (it's been so dry here nothing is breaking down). In all of August, it rained here once. The leaves on my trees are drooping and the flowers look a whole lot worse. It's getting so bad I'm actually considering hooking up our sprinkler. Anyway, after chipping/shredding, I cleaned off the driveway as best I could, harvested a bunch of catmint, tried to assassinate three mulberry bushes and one self-seeded prairie rosebush before putting away my tools. Then I got out my camera and my knitting. I took some photos then sat by the pond and knitted for a while. It was nice and cool, plus the waterfall sounds pretty and I got to see a few goldfish.

When I'd had enough of the great outdoors, I came inside and scrubbed out the cats' litter boxes. I'd been putting that off and today seemed like the perfect day for it as I was already filthy from my time outside. (As you'll be able to see in the picture under the fake cut.)

Once that was done, it was time to start up the washing machine and then throw myself under the shower. I did, had some lunch, thought about starting billing (it being the first of the month, I had to work. Happily, I can log in to the systems at work from here and I didn't have to make a special trip). Instead I downloaded more scrapbooking freebies, watched an old episode of Ironside, did more laundry, and renewed my library books (online, of course). Then [livejournal.com profile] jebra came home from his weekend up north, I gave [livejournal.com profile] mbumby a trio of home-grown tomatoes, did more laundry, and watched tonight's episode of The Closer.

Now it's late and I'm going to bed.

But first, the promised photo. Clickity click )
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Saturday I spent half the day emptying the compost bin with the split seam. I mulched several areas around the garden with the finished compost before calling it a night. Although I actually remembered to take breaks to drink water, I didn't feel too good by the time I went inside. I wasn't having the full blown chills like I've had when I've had sunstroke, but I did feel a bit off. I drank a lot more water, took a shower, and had something to eat. Then, except for occasional breaks to tend to the washer and dryer, I spent the rest of the day playing on my laptop and watching stuff on the PVR.

Sunday I woke up reasonably early, downloaded some scrapbooking freebies, ate breakfast and consumed a pot of tea. Then it was outside to pull out the Virgin's Bower that is trying to smother the other plants by the pond. I knew I was in trouble when I discovered it has grown over the serviceberry and dogwoods. I like Virgin's Bower, but I had no idea it would turn into Michigan's kudzu if I don't cut it back every now and again. There is now a rather large pile of vines and leaves on my driveway, where it will hopefully dry in the sun.

Sunday was very hot and I gave up gardening when I once again started to overheat. I was surprised to note that I'd only been outside for two hours when I called it a day. After cleaning up, I finally watched Wilson's Heart, House's season finale. It made me cry. When it ended, I switched to live mode and discovered The Principal's Office playing on TruTv. I watched that for a bit, then decided I'd go to Jo-Ann Fabric's and use my 40% off coupon. Not to mention there's a Coldstone Creamery in the plaza and ice cream sounded pretty good. I had a bowl of strawberry ice cream, then went into to Michael's, but didn't find anything I wanted at a price I was willing to pay. My next stop was the Dollar Tree, where I found boxes of colored pencils for just one buck each. I bought two, one for home and one for work. My next stop was Jo-Ann's but I went the long way around and counted 14 empty storefronts on my way. I knew a lot of the businesses weren't doing well, but 14 must be pretty close to half the stores. I spent a good long time browsing through Jo-Ann's, but I had a hard time finding something to use my coupon on. In the end, I settled on a knitting magazine and a $1 photo album. Having successfully made my purchases, I came home and watched the most recent three episodes of The Closer and a couple of episodes of In the Heat of the Night I'd recorded earlier.

My Labor Day was truly a day of labor. I stacked firewood by the chiminea, ran a bunch of stuff through the chipper/shredder and mulched a small section of the yard, pulled out more Virgin's Bower, got the 'bad' garden hose off the driveway, watered the potted plants and hauled about 20 gallons of water to the back of the garden and dumped it over the contents of the two remaining compost bins (it's been so dry here nothing is breaking down). In all of August, it rained here once. The leaves on my trees are drooping and the flowers look a whole lot worse. It's getting so bad I'm actually considering hooking up our sprinkler. Anyway, after chipping/shredding, I cleaned off the driveway as best I could, harvested a bunch of catmint, tried to assassinate three mulberry bushes and one self-seeded prairie rosebush before putting away my tools. Then I got out my camera and my knitting. I took some photos then sat by the pond and knitted for a while. It was nice and cool, plus the waterfall sounds pretty and I got to see a few goldfish.

When I'd had enough of the great outdoors, I came inside and scrubbed out the cats' litter boxes. I'd been putting that off and today seemed like the perfect day for it as I was already filthy from my time outside. (As you'll be able to see in the picture under the fake cut.)

Once that was done, it was time to start up the washing machine and then throw myself under the shower. I did, had some lunch, thought about starting billing (it being the first of the month, I had to work. Happily, I can log in to the systems at work from here and I didn't have to make a special trip). Instead I downloaded more scrapbooking freebies, watched an old episode of Ironside, did more laundry, and renewed my library books (online, of course). Then [livejournal.com profile] jebra came home from his weekend up north, I gave [livejournal.com profile] mbumby a trio of home-grown tomatoes, did more laundry, and watched tonight's episode of The Closer.

Now it's late and I'm going to bed.

But first, the promised photo. Clickity click )
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After a considerable amount of internal debate, I convinced my body it wanted to get out of bed and get ready for a thrilling day of weeding and chipping the pile of brush littering my driveway. I had breakfast, checked my usual batch of websites (boing boing, LOL cats, and woot), and realized it seemed a little dark outside. "Well," I told myself, "it could be simply overcast." I rolled up the window shade for a closer look and saw drops of water on top of the air conditioner. I went out to the kitchen for a better look and that's when the rain *really* began to fall.

It could be worse though -- I could have been outside, having hauled everything I need out of the garage, when the rainstorm started.
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After a considerable amount of internal debate, I convinced my body it wanted to get out of bed and get ready for a thrilling day of weeding and chipping the pile of brush littering my driveway. I had breakfast, checked my usual batch of websites (boing boing, LOL cats, and woot), and realized it seemed a little dark outside. "Well," I told myself, "it could be simply overcast." I rolled up the window shade for a closer look and saw drops of water on top of the air conditioner. I went out to the kitchen for a better look and that's when the rain *really* began to fall.

It could be worse though -- I could have been outside, having hauled everything I need out of the garage, when the rainstorm started.
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After a considerable amount of internal debate, I convinced my body it wanted to get out of bed and get ready for a thrilling day of weeding and chipping the pile of brush littering my driveway. I had breakfast, checked my usual batch of websites (boing boing, LOL cats, and woot), and realized it seemed a little dark outside. "Well," I told myself, "it could be simply overcast." I rolled up the window shade for a closer look and saw drops of water on top of the air conditioner. I went out to the kitchen for a better look and that's when the rain *really* began to fall.

It could be worse though -- I could have been outside, having hauled everything I need out of the garage, when the rainstorm started.
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After a considerable amount of internal debate, I convinced my body it wanted to get out of bed and get ready for a thrilling day of weeding and chipping the pile of brush littering my driveway. I had breakfast, checked my usual batch of websites (boing boing, LOL cats, and woot), and realized it seemed a little dark outside. "Well," I told myself, "it could be simply overcast." I rolled up the window shade for a closer look and saw drops of water on top of the air conditioner. I went out to the kitchen for a better look and that's when the rain *really* began to fall.

It could be worse though -- I could have been outside, having hauled everything I need out of the garage, when the rainstorm started.
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Y'all did such a good job identifying the mulberry, maybe one of you can tell me what this flowering shrub might be. I struck out with every nature guide I tried. I think it's really pretty, but its growing right next to my pond and I'm worried it will turn out to be invasive or produce berries that are poisonous to my fish. Not that I've seen any sign of berries yet, but still...

Click here for a picture of the plant )
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Y'all did such a good job identifying the mulberry, maybe one of you can tell me what this flowering shrub might be. I struck out with every nature guide I tried. I think it's really pretty, but its growing right next to my pond and I'm worried it will turn out to be invasive or produce berries that are poisonous to my fish. Not that I've seen any sign of berries yet, but still...

Click here for a picture of the plant )
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Y'all did such a good job identifying the mulberry, maybe one of you can tell me what this flowering shrub might be. I struck out with every nature guide I tried. I think it's really pretty, but its growing right next to my pond and I'm worried it will turn out to be invasive or produce berries that are poisonous to my fish. Not that I've seen any sign of berries yet, but still...

Click here for a picture of the plant )
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Y'all did such a good job identifying the mulberry, maybe one of you can tell me what this flowering shrub might be. I struck out with every nature guide I tried. I think it's really pretty, but its growing right next to my pond and I'm worried it will turn out to be invasive or produce berries that are poisonous to my fish. Not that I've seen any sign of berries yet, but still...

Click here for a picture of the plant )
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Last summer I noticed a tree growing along the fence separating my yard from my neighbor's. At the time, it was about 3' tall. It has now reached a height of approximately ten feet, and, last night I noticed that it is bearing fruit. Is this some sort of evil weed tree that will take over my garden if I don't keep an eye out for volunteers?

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Last summer I noticed a tree growing along the fence separating my yard from my neighbor's. At the time, it was about 3' tall. It has now reached a height of approximately ten feet, and, last night I noticed that it is bearing fruit. Is this some sort of evil weed tree that will take over my garden if I don't keep an eye out for volunteers?

Click here for photo )
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Last summer I noticed a tree growing along the fence separating my yard from my neighbor's. At the time, it was about 3' tall. It has now reached a height of approximately ten feet, and, last night I noticed that it is bearing fruit. Is this some sort of evil weed tree that will take over my garden if I don't keep an eye out for volunteers?

Click here for photo )
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Last summer I noticed a tree growing along the fence separating my yard from my neighbor's. At the time, it was about 3' tall. It has now reached a height of approximately ten feet, and, last night I noticed that it is bearing fruit. Is this some sort of evil weed tree that will take over my garden if I don't keep an eye out for volunteers?

Click here for photo )
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I finished Jayne Hat #2 today. Go me!

After work we went back to Whole Foods to buy a cobrahead weeder and cultivator. I noticed the cobraheads the last time we were shopping, but on our way back to the car. We'd already paid for everything and I didn't want to have to go back inside the store. And I wasn't sure about spending $20 on a hand tool for the garden. I googled for reviews though and although I wasn't able to find many, all of them were positive. So I bought one and gave it whirl when we got home. I didn't have great luck with on some of my bigger weeds (thistle, maybe?), but it worked great on the dandelions and pigweed.

One of the most interesting shows I've found on tv is on We - The Secret Lives of Women. It's nonfiction and covers a wide variety of topics. The one I'm watching now is on women in Polygamous cults. I thought I knew a fair amount about FLDS, but I had no idea how many babies and young children died in the compounds on an annual basis. It's horrific.
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I finished Jayne Hat #2 today. Go me!

After work we went back to Whole Foods to buy a cobrahead weeder and cultivator. I noticed the cobraheads the last time we were shopping, but on our way back to the car. We'd already paid for everything and I didn't want to have to go back inside the store. And I wasn't sure about spending $20 on a hand tool for the garden. I googled for reviews though and although I wasn't able to find many, all of them were positive. So I bought one and gave it whirl when we got home. I didn't have great luck with on some of my bigger weeds (thistle, maybe?), but it worked great on the dandelions and pigweed.

One of the most interesting shows I've found on tv is on We - The Secret Lives of Women. It's nonfiction and covers a wide variety of topics. The one I'm watching now is on women in Polygamous cults. I thought I knew a fair amount about FLDS, but I had no idea how many babies and young children died in the compounds on an annual basis. It's horrific.
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I finished Jayne Hat #2 today. Go me!

After work we went back to Whole Foods to buy a cobrahead weeder and cultivator. I noticed the cobraheads the last time we were shopping, but on our way back to the car. We'd already paid for everything and I didn't want to have to go back inside the store. And I wasn't sure about spending $20 on a hand tool for the garden. I googled for reviews though and although I wasn't able to find many, all of them were positive. So I bought one and gave it whirl when we got home. I didn't have great luck with on some of my bigger weeds (thistle, maybe?), but it worked great on the dandelions and pigweed.

One of the most interesting shows I've found on tv is on We - The Secret Lives of Women. It's nonfiction and covers a wide variety of topics. The one I'm watching now is on women in Polygamous cults. I thought I knew a fair amount about FLDS, but I had no idea how many babies and young children died in the compounds on an annual basis. It's horrific.
mrs_sweetpeach: (Default)
I finished Jayne Hat #2 today. Go me!

After work we went back to Whole Foods to buy a cobrahead weeder and cultivator. I noticed the cobraheads the last time we were shopping, but on our way back to the car. We'd already paid for everything and I didn't want to have to go back inside the store. And I wasn't sure about spending $20 on a hand tool for the garden. I googled for reviews though and although I wasn't able to find many, all of them were positive. So I bought one and gave it whirl when we got home. I didn't have great luck with on some of my bigger weeds (thistle, maybe?), but it worked great on the dandelions and pigweed.

One of the most interesting shows I've found on tv is on We - The Secret Lives of Women. It's nonfiction and covers a wide variety of topics. The one I'm watching now is on women in Polygamous cults. I thought I knew a fair amount about FLDS, but I had no idea how many babies and young children died in the compounds on an annual basis. It's horrific.

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