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V. Productive

Keeping busy is a good thing.

Now that I figured out that the city code works only by dropping the leading zero, and could manage to call John's hotel in the UK, life is better.

Yesterday was a very productive day. The weather was great for gardening, and I finished up a lot of projects that I'd been putting off because of the weather. The week of rain made digging out the dandelions very easy. I pulled all the weeds and stray grasses from the parking strip and added about 5 wheelbarrows full of dirt to one of the front walk beds that desperately needed it. Moved the pineapple sage from it's getting-too-small pot to a nice place by the front steps, where it can happily expand, and gave the ceonanthus a place to ramble over some rocks. Finally planted the indestructible iceland poppies from their garden containers into pots. They're still putting out lots of new buds, and it's NOVEMBER. They apparently don't understand Spring/Summer blooming. Now, I just have a bunch of bulbs to plant, and we're pretty good to go in the front yard. The back yard still needs a good day of work back there. There's a bed to dig out, daylilies to transplant, and daffodils to plant. Also need to dig the ginger, so it can go somewhere with a little more sun next year. Maybe I'll toss it in with the herbs, even though it's an ornamental, and not a culinary. Hrm...

Still trying to decide whether it's worth the bother of layering newspaper and such over the beds I want to dig out in the spring (to kill the grass over the winter) or if I should simply strip out the grass in the springtime. I'm leaning towards the latter.

After gardening for several hours, and rearranging the shed so everything fits in, with room to move around, I worked on the painting project upstairs. Sanded down the spackle, cleaned up the plaster dust, then washed the walls down with TSP (TSP Substitute, really, but...). It's amazing how much grime comes off of walls that really don't look dirt. Tonight, it's home to prime the walls, go to the gym, then come home and call John before he heads off for his day. Tuesday, new paint!!

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srallen
Nov. 7th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
Meg, my brain isn't working.

Your wedding is the weekend of January 6, yes?

I just got an e-mail for a gig in January and I need to coordinate. ;)
sisterfish
Nov. 7th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
Our wedding is January 8. Elvis's birthday. It's a Sunday. :)

srallen
Nov. 8th, 2005 12:39 am (UTC)
Thankee :)

I will now be able to plan most of my month out accordingly!

And, of course, you're invited to the show ;)
sisterfish
Nov. 8th, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
Hooray! The in-town reception is 1/28.

When/where is the show?
srallen
Nov. 8th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)
All I know right now is that it'll be some time in January and I'm guessing it'll be at the Jewel Box, since that's where the Foxies have staged most of their shows so far.

Don't worry, I'll be trumpeting times and locations from the mountains the minute I hear more :)
_epiphany_girl_
Nov. 7th, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, just reading this puts me in a zen state. I love gardening and haven't been able to do enough this year. I need to dig out the bed with the tomatoes in it so I can plant red poppy flower seeds. I was going to do a whole bed of them, and enjoy them in the winter, but I am leaning toward leaving room for other plants.

Queston: do you think it's too late to plant the poppy seeds? They were supposed to be started in September, and I just haven't been able to.

Your garden sounds really lovely. Thanks for sharing.
sisterfish
Nov. 7th, 2005 11:28 pm (UTC)
Poppies...
I'd toss them in now. If anything, they'll just be a little late--and if it's not warm enough for them to germinate this fall, they'll be there to get a headstart early in the spring.

It was so wonderful to get out and play in the dirt. It's been raining, non-stop, for the last week or so, and pretty consistently on the weekends. I have that good-ache in the back of my thighs that says I was out doing fun garden stuff.
sisterfish125
Nov. 8th, 2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
You can come work in my yard if you want...I'd let you :)
Patches would let you skritch her too.

I'm glad you're keeping busy though. It will make the time go much faster, and then John will be home again!
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