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Sky's clear, wind's blowing [Jan. 5th, 2011|11:14 am]
e_moon60
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And I'm still inside.   It's been a paperwork & correspondence morning, with more to come.   90% of the work I need to do is indoors...including housework chores (clean and box up all the kitchen stuff I'm not using with reasonable regularity (obviously Christmas cookie cutters aren't used except in one burst once a year...) and cart it down one of the places these things will be valued; sort and box for removal all the clothes that don't fit or no longer suit our lives; finish boxing and moving to storage unit both papers and books that will be final-sorted later (when there's room to do them one at a time.)

We also need to plant the early garden and put up the supports for peas (early garden) and beans (spring/summer garden) and make new tomato supports.   But I'm determined to get some parts of the inside in better shape first. 

Tonight is choir practice for tomorrow's Epiphany service, and (thus) tomorrow is Epiphany, after which the forest in the house (a juniper tree rather larger than we'd planned!) will go outside and become part of erosion control in a gully.   Busy week, for a "vacation" but that's how everyone's supposed time off is spent these days.

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[User Picture]From: melissajm
2011-01-05 10:57 pm (UTC)
Planting gardens? I'm envious. My sister made me a beautiful container-garden table for Christmas, but it's covered with snow right now.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-01-06 04:53 am (UTC)
Winter gardens are iffy, but we're still in drought, and they take less water in winter...if they survive you actually get spring greens and snow peas. Once the last frost is past, it can be >90 the next day, and >100 very shortly...with a nice hot oven-like wind out of the SW.

You would not envy our gardens in summer. We're always short of water; if we're not on water restriction all year, we always are in summer (only the people with reliable private wells have water for good summer gardens, and even then the heat and low humidity and wind mean they're mostly done by early July. August is hopeless.)

What I want to get in the ground are the snow peas, the radishes, the carrots, the onion sets. Potatoes can go in mid-Feb, but are dependent on having enough rain and/or water.
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[User Picture]From: melissajm
2011-01-06 10:36 pm (UTC)
Whereas for us July-August is some of the best garden time. Guess I'll just have to be patient.
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[User Picture]From: 90sbondgirl
2011-01-06 06:11 pm (UTC)
I had last week off, not planned exactly but suspicioned well in advance, and aided by the blizzard in the northeast (no dictation = no work). So, I told my boss to let me know if anything showed up, and promptly started tearing parts of the house apart that desperately needed it.

My frustration is that with a 2-year-old and an 8-year-old, my day starts at 6:30 a.m. and often ends at midnight, includes feeding 2-4 people at any given meal, laundry, other household chores, phone calls, shopping, running necessary errands, taking children various places, etc., etc. Most of the time I'm just too darn TIRED to tackle a large project. Or, if I have the time, I keep getting interrupted by such minor details as keeping an eye on the 2-year-old who is climbing the entertainment center, helping herself to crackers in the kitchen, coloring on the walls... And add in 2-4 hours a day at my job plus all of the above, and actual days where I can do large projects are precious.

My current goal is to maintain the "clean, organized" spaces, and conquer further territory a bit at a time. The theory being that at some point I will have "conquered" the whole house and then it will just be maintenance plus some intermittent "tackling" here and there for things like cleaning carpets, bigger but fortunately not necessary daily household cleaning. (It's okay, I can hear you laughing at my hubris and overoptimistic plans.)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-01-06 06:26 pm (UTC)
Not laughing. Aiming much sympathy and good wishes your way.
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[User Picture]From: 90sbondgirl
2011-01-06 07:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you, very much. Knowing that you raised M-, this is very much appreciated. Several of my friends have high-functioning autistic children, and my niece is high-functioning autistic too; having spent time with them, I will happily deal with the challenges of raising 2 scarily intelligent, robustly healthy children!
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