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And I got more long-overdue yardwork done. So nice to be able to get into an area and just tear everything apart! LOL 

My brother loaded up the pickup with an old brush pile Saturday and I got that hauled out. I really needed to get that out of there because it was where I'm going to have to park the truck this winter. Has a very nice lot of compost there now, which has to be dug out and stashed elsewhere until we put it into the gardens next spring. I started digging it out today, but then found that A) there's sugar sand underneath it (which means it should go into the rose gardens in particular, to provide better drainage in the clay soil) and B) the old cement foundation (used to be a lean-to there) goes down almost 9 inches. So emailed my bro and we decided to dig out the whole thing down to the bottom of the foundation, put in a special kind of cloth over the subsoil and then fill it with gravel. Now, bear in mind, the area we're talking about is approximately 8 feet wide and 14 feet long. And the compost is 2-3" deep above the top of the foundation. In other words - that's a hell of a lot of digging to do! But I'm going to work on it a little bit each day and he'll help over the weekend. We've got 2-3 weeks before it *has* to be done (winter parking restrictions and snow) so we should have time. Hopefully our backs will hold up!

Also tore apart a garden in front of the house. The gal that took care of my mom had put the garden in (which was pretty) but she used old tree stumps for a border and they were rotting out. Most came out fairly easily, but there was one about 5 feet long and not quite 2 feet wide - wasn't quite as rotted as the others and it was damn heavy! But all of that's in the pickup now and the garden itself is cut down and mowed. Tomorrow I have to mow the lawn again as we got a ton more leaves dropped over the weekend. I mow, dump the bag onto a tarp and then when the tarp is 'full', drag it back to the post heap and dump it. It seems like a lot of work but it's a lot easier and neater than raking...

Got some more notes typed up for my book. I keep thinking up various scenes for it and then have to figure out how different things work, or what agencies do what, etc etc. Not sure how many will actually get into the story, but I have the info if I need them. And it's strange - I have one character that I was going to name Sam but damn if he insists his name is David! As I'm typing up my notes I keep typing David instead of Sam and then have to go and change it... I'm thinking I'm just going to have to give in and let the man be David!

On another note, Muffy's getting weaker every day. She's so thin now we have to make sure the cushions on the couch are tucked in tightly or she slides right in between them and then can't get out. It's like picking up a pillowcase. Sleeps all the time except to go outside or when I wake her up to eat. Tonight she slept in my arms for almost an hour while I was working at the computer. She's not in pain or anything (I'd have her put down if I saw that). I keep watching her to see if she's still breathing; I almost hate to come home in the morning because I don't know if she'll still be there...

Fang and Petey are doing okay, thank God. Fang is now a whopping 4 pounds. Chest to butt not quite a foot long. Don't think she's going to get any bigger - she's well over a year old now. Petey still has trouble getting up and down steps and he doesn't stand on his hind legs to beg any more, but otherwise he's cool. He's almost 11 now.

Anyhoo... life goes on. Or so they say...
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And I got more long-overdue yardwork done. So nice to be able to get into an area and just tear everything apart! LOL 

My brother loaded up the pickup with an old brush pile Saturday and I got that hauled out. I really needed to get that out of there because it was where I'm going to have to park the truck this winter. Has a very nice lot of compost there now, which has to be dug out and stashed elsewhere until we put it into the gardens next spring. I started digging it out today, but then found that A) there's sugar sand underneath it (which means it should go into the rose gardens in particular, to provide better drainage in the clay soil) and B) the old cement foundation (used to be a lean-to there) goes down almost 9 inches. So emailed my bro and we decided to dig out the whole thing down to the bottom of the foundation, put in a special kind of cloth over the subsoil and then fill it with gravel. Now, bear in mind, the area we're talking about is approximately 8 feet wide and 14 feet long. And the compost is 2-3" deep above the top of the foundation. In other words - that's a hell of a lot of digging to do! But I'm going to work on it a little bit each day and he'll help over the weekend. We've got 2-3 weeks before it *has* to be done (winter parking restrictions and snow) so we should have time. Hopefully our backs will hold up!

Also tore apart a garden in front of the house. The gal that took care of my mom had put the garden in (which was pretty) but she used old tree stumps for a border and they were rotting out. Most came out fairly easily, but there was one about 5 feet long and not quite 2 feet wide - wasn't quite as rotted as the others and it was damn heavy! But all of that's in the pickup now and the garden itself is cut down and mowed. Tomorrow I have to mow the lawn again as we got a ton more leaves dropped over the weekend. I mow, dump the bag onto a tarp and then when the tarp is 'full', drag it back to the post heap and dump it. It seems like a lot of work but it's a lot easier and neater than raking...

Got some more notes typed up for my book. I keep thinking up various scenes for it and then have to figure out how different things work, or what agencies do what, etc etc. Not sure how many will actually get into the story, but I have the info if I need them. And it's strange - I have one character that I was going to name Sam but damn if he insists his name is David! As I'm typing up my notes I keep typing David instead of Sam and then have to go and change it... I'm thinking I'm just going to have to give in and let the man be David!

On another note, Muffy's getting weaker every day. She's so thin now we have to make sure the cushions on the couch are tucked in tightly or she slides right in between them and then can't get out. It's like picking up a pillowcase. Sleeps all the time except to go outside or when I wake her up to eat. Tonight she slept in my arms for almost an hour while I was working at the computer. She's not in pain or anything (I'd have her put down if I saw that). I keep watching her to see if she's still breathing; I almost hate to come home in the morning because I don't know if she'll still be there...

Fang and Petey are doing okay, thank God. Fang is now a whopping 4 pounds. Chest to butt not quite a foot long. Don't think she's going to get any bigger - she's well over a year old now. Petey still has trouble getting up and down steps and he doesn't stand on his hind legs to beg any more, but otherwise he's cool. He's almost 11 now.

Anyhoo... life goes on. Or so they say...
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I suppose I could chalk this up to another wasted day - worked last night, work tonight, so didn't do a lot. But I did load up and haul out a truckload of brush and tree stumps; got the truck gassed up instead of waiting to do it on the way to work (when I typically run late :p); took on a 'giant' on one of the writing forums I'm on, found a published writer who volunteered to beta my book as it's being written (who doesn't know my fanfic work so will be completely neutral ;-) )... and actually got 4.5 solid hours of sleep in this morning. So not a completely wasted day.

Tomorrow is supposed to be a beautiful day (mid- to upper-70s and sunny) and I don't have to work that night, so planning on clearing out a bunch of brush (why is there always brush to clear? Maybe because it starts out growing from the ground :p), cut down a bunch of shrubbery so I can do some temporary roof repairs on one of the outbuildings, put up a fence around the back door so the dogs don't have to be on leashes this winter, mow the lawn/leaves to put in the new post heap I started Monday... yeah. I'm going to sleep GOOD tomorrow night :D

And now I'm going to take a short nap before getting ready for another night of managers saying "Tonight will be a piece of cake" and the associates busting ass trying to get everything done...
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I suppose I could chalk this up to another wasted day - worked last night, work tonight, so didn't do a lot. But I did load up and haul out a truckload of brush and tree stumps; got the truck gassed up instead of waiting to do it on the way to work (when I typically run late :p); took on a 'giant' on one of the writing forums I'm on, found a published writer who volunteered to beta my book as it's being written (who doesn't know my fanfic work so will be completely neutral ;-) )... and actually got 4.5 solid hours of sleep in this morning. So not a completely wasted day.

Tomorrow is supposed to be a beautiful day (mid- to upper-70s and sunny) and I don't have to work that night, so planning on clearing out a bunch of brush (why is there always brush to clear? Maybe because it starts out growing from the ground :p), cut down a bunch of shrubbery so I can do some temporary roof repairs on one of the outbuildings, put up a fence around the back door so the dogs don't have to be on leashes this winter, mow the lawn/leaves to put in the new post heap I started Monday... yeah. I'm going to sleep GOOD tomorrow night :D

And now I'm going to take a short nap before getting ready for another night of managers saying "Tonight will be a piece of cake" and the associates busting ass trying to get everything done...
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... another garden down! LOL Actually got two more mowed down, plus the second third of the lawn. I really wish I didn't have to work tonight - it's such a gorgeous day out! Mid-70s, sunny, breezy... I could get so much more done if I didn't have to get some sleep in.

sigh...

Anywho, have just the northwest corner of the yard to finish (the northeast is my brother's responsibility, but I can see me helping him get that cleaned up before the snow flies). I'm hoping to get that done tomorrow before my son arrives, but still have to finish cleaning the house. I don't know what's happened to me over the last few years. I used to keep my house so clean you could eat off the floors; now if I do the dishes every couple weeks, I'm... satisfied.

Actually, that's kind of developed since my mom died. Funny how things change inside oneself as the 'outside' things change. Mom died, John was out in California, I lost my house in the city... and gradually I just got out of "fight mode" and went into hibernation. The only projects I really get enthused about (and maybe that's why writing appeals to me) are the ones that have a completion to them. Housework - meh. Just have to do again in a couple days. Maintenance type yardwork (ie, mowing the lawn every week) - again, just have to keep doing it. But fall cleanup - that's finished when the snow comes and the idea of having everything neat and tidy for that big event - now that's completed! It's almost (but not quite) an obsessive thing. I want things tidied up, cleaned up, and then I want them to stay that way. Maybe because so many things in my life the last ten years (or more) have been so messy and there's no way to clean them up. Ever.

Gawd, I must be more tired than I realized. :p
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... another garden down! LOL Actually got two more mowed down, plus the second third of the lawn. I really wish I didn't have to work tonight - it's such a gorgeous day out! Mid-70s, sunny, breezy... I could get so much more done if I didn't have to get some sleep in.

sigh...

Anywho, have just the northwest corner of the yard to finish (the northeast is my brother's responsibility, but I can see me helping him get that cleaned up before the snow flies). I'm hoping to get that done tomorrow before my son arrives, but still have to finish cleaning the house. I don't know what's happened to me over the last few years. I used to keep my house so clean you could eat off the floors; now if I do the dishes every couple weeks, I'm... satisfied.

Actually, that's kind of developed since my mom died. Funny how things change inside oneself as the 'outside' things change. Mom died, John was out in California, I lost my house in the city... and gradually I just got out of "fight mode" and went into hibernation. The only projects I really get enthused about (and maybe that's why writing appeals to me) are the ones that have a completion to them. Housework - meh. Just have to do again in a couple days. Maintenance type yardwork (ie, mowing the lawn every week) - again, just have to keep doing it. But fall cleanup - that's finished when the snow comes and the idea of having everything neat and tidy for that big event - now that's completed! It's almost (but not quite) an obsessive thing. I want things tidied up, cleaned up, and then I want them to stay that way. Maybe because so many things in my life the last ten years (or more) have been so messy and there's no way to clean them up. Ever.

Gawd, I must be more tired than I realized. :p
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Have decided I definitely am not working any more 4 days in a row. Or even 3. I was so wiped out that yesterday and today I would sleep for 2-3 hours, be awake for 4-5, then sleep again for a few, then wide awake. The body (and mind) is not meant to be asleep at 9PM, awake at midnight, asleep at 4AM, and then awake again at 7AM. Of course, having to work in two departments with no additional help and two nights of the largest shipments we've gotten in weeks didn't help either. :p

So anyway, did get some things accomplished. Got some more work done on Covenant's latest chapter - past the hard parts, so now it should start flowing a little faster. Ready to end the Nazi hunt bit and move into the last few chapters leading to the start of the show. In other words - getting to some really fun chapters! :D

And I went through all my stories and notes for stories and got them organized in a big list so I know what I've done, what I've got planned, and what I just have ideas for. Including original stuff. (Actually found a story in my files for TAT that I'd forgotten all about - only got a little written, notes really, but just reading through them I thought, OMG I have GOT to write that! Sigh. Just what I needed...

Spent most of the afternoon mowing. Trying to keep up with the leaves now, plus I mowed down three more gardens. It looks so strange to see the bare earth where they were, but nice, too. Clean. Still have so much to get done before the really cold weather comes - and especially before the snow flies. Gawd - hate to think that it's getting closer.

Wednesday after work I have to stop and pick up chicken wire, some posts, and tons of plastic. The chicken wire and posts for putting around the roses, new post heap, and various other plants that have to be protected over the winter; the plastic for the windows. And I have to pick up straw bales for around the roses, even though we put the leaves around them, too. Takes twelve bales for all of them...

So much to do, so little time... but that's life in general, I guess.
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Have decided I definitely am not working any more 4 days in a row. Or even 3. I was so wiped out that yesterday and today I would sleep for 2-3 hours, be awake for 4-5, then sleep again for a few, then wide awake. The body (and mind) is not meant to be asleep at 9PM, awake at midnight, asleep at 4AM, and then awake again at 7AM. Of course, having to work in two departments with no additional help and two nights of the largest shipments we've gotten in weeks didn't help either. :p

So anyway, did get some things accomplished. Got some more work done on Covenant's latest chapter - past the hard parts, so now it should start flowing a little faster. Ready to end the Nazi hunt bit and move into the last few chapters leading to the start of the show. In other words - getting to some really fun chapters! :D

And I went through all my stories and notes for stories and got them organized in a big list so I know what I've done, what I've got planned, and what I just have ideas for. Including original stuff. (Actually found a story in my files for TAT that I'd forgotten all about - only got a little written, notes really, but just reading through them I thought, OMG I have GOT to write that! Sigh. Just what I needed...

Spent most of the afternoon mowing. Trying to keep up with the leaves now, plus I mowed down three more gardens. It looks so strange to see the bare earth where they were, but nice, too. Clean. Still have so much to get done before the really cold weather comes - and especially before the snow flies. Gawd - hate to think that it's getting closer.

Wednesday after work I have to stop and pick up chicken wire, some posts, and tons of plastic. The chicken wire and posts for putting around the roses, new post heap, and various other plants that have to be protected over the winter; the plastic for the windows. And I have to pick up straw bales for around the roses, even though we put the leaves around them, too. Takes twelve bales for all of them...

So much to do, so little time... but that's life in general, I guess.
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I have Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights off, so this is my weeked ;-)  And as usual, I am soooo happy it's here. I've applied for a housekeeping job at the local nursing home - part-time and 20 minutes away - if I walk. :D  They didn't list the pay, so even if I do get called for an interview, or better yet, get offered the job, it would depend on that. I can work very cheap - but I still have to have X amount to accomplish my goals. But the idea of working in town, no driving except in really bad weather... yeah. That's exciting.

Especially after yesterday. I try not to do anything really strenuous on the days I do work, simply because of the physical requirements at work combined with it being graveyard shift. But the brush dump is only open on Wednesday evenings (so I'd have to get up extra early) and the second Saturday of each month. And since we had a ton to haul out (three pickup loads) I had no choice. It took almost 4 hours to get the tree limbs cut to fit in the pickup, and load the trees and brush and then haul it out and unload it again. But it's all gone now, thank God. But I went to bed as soon as we finished, and when that alarm went off - oh gawd, how I wanted to call in sick and go back to sleep! Just grateful it was Saturday night - typically a very easy night because most of the freight is for the "specials" of the coming week, which we don't have to stock.

So today I'm tired but not too terribly sore. A lot of scratches on my arms and hands, though. And one gouge about an inch below my larynx where a branch bit back :p Pretty good bruise around it, as well. So that was a little scary...

My brother isn't here either - he left before I got home this morning to take care of some business. And he won't be down next weekend as he's going on a photo 'safari' for about four days. He and a group of fellow large format enthusiasts are driving out to South Dakota, taking pictures along the way and critiquing them. They're going very close to Webster, where our mom was born, so if he has time he's going to stop in and do a little genealogical research for me :D

So anywhooooo... over my weekend I'm going to get some more yardwork done (much easier with the brush gone) and some (a LOT) of writing. Almost completed the next chapter of Covenant - then only 8-10 more chapters and it should be finished. FINALLY!!!! Although I'm toying with a sequel of sorts - just taking a lot of various scenes from the show and rewriting them to reflect the Covenant history. Could be kinda fun...

And have several characters figured out for my original writing - and how they'll interact. Still don't know precisely what I want the focus of the story to be - what happens that these characters have to deal with. I've had a few ideas but I immediately think of some other book (or movie) that had something that's too similar. I think I'll probably go through some old (like early 1900s) newspapers and see what I can modernize. Things back then weren't so "global" - which, to me, makes them more interesting.

So, with nothing else to say - off to my typing! :D
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I have Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights off, so this is my weeked ;-)  And as usual, I am soooo happy it's here. I've applied for a housekeeping job at the local nursing home - part-time and 20 minutes away - if I walk. :D  They didn't list the pay, so even if I do get called for an interview, or better yet, get offered the job, it would depend on that. I can work very cheap - but I still have to have X amount to accomplish my goals. But the idea of working in town, no driving except in really bad weather... yeah. That's exciting.

Especially after yesterday. I try not to do anything really strenuous on the days I do work, simply because of the physical requirements at work combined with it being graveyard shift. But the brush dump is only open on Wednesday evenings (so I'd have to get up extra early) and the second Saturday of each month. And since we had a ton to haul out (three pickup loads) I had no choice. It took almost 4 hours to get the tree limbs cut to fit in the pickup, and load the trees and brush and then haul it out and unload it again. But it's all gone now, thank God. But I went to bed as soon as we finished, and when that alarm went off - oh gawd, how I wanted to call in sick and go back to sleep! Just grateful it was Saturday night - typically a very easy night because most of the freight is for the "specials" of the coming week, which we don't have to stock.

So today I'm tired but not too terribly sore. A lot of scratches on my arms and hands, though. And one gouge about an inch below my larynx where a branch bit back :p Pretty good bruise around it, as well. So that was a little scary...

My brother isn't here either - he left before I got home this morning to take care of some business. And he won't be down next weekend as he's going on a photo 'safari' for about four days. He and a group of fellow large format enthusiasts are driving out to South Dakota, taking pictures along the way and critiquing them. They're going very close to Webster, where our mom was born, so if he has time he's going to stop in and do a little genealogical research for me :D

So anywhooooo... over my weekend I'm going to get some more yardwork done (much easier with the brush gone) and some (a LOT) of writing. Almost completed the next chapter of Covenant - then only 8-10 more chapters and it should be finished. FINALLY!!!! Although I'm toying with a sequel of sorts - just taking a lot of various scenes from the show and rewriting them to reflect the Covenant history. Could be kinda fun...

And have several characters figured out for my original writing - and how they'll interact. Still don't know precisely what I want the focus of the story to be - what happens that these characters have to deal with. I've had a few ideas but I immediately think of some other book (or movie) that had something that's too similar. I think I'll probably go through some old (like early 1900s) newspapers and see what I can modernize. Things back then weren't so "global" - which, to me, makes them more interesting.

So, with nothing else to say - off to my typing! :D
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She's going to be a whole year old next month - or maybe June. Probably May, though. Okay, so I'm early, getting excited about it - but it's just so cool for me! Instead of finding her little lumpy bundle of fur out in the barn this spring, she's curled up on the chair by the dining room window, basking in the morning sunlight. :D  And she's up to a whopping three pounds now! LOL

Okay... so yeah. I'm in a good mood today - first time in a long, long time. Had my first full night of work last night - doing nothing but sitting on a very uncomfortable plastic chair watching DVDs about things I've known for ages (ie, sexual harassment, ADA, diversity in the workplace and all that crapola) and then watching some actually worthwhile DVDs about how things are actually done at WalMart. They have a set of terms that come close to IBM as far as WTF does that mean?!?! - and then it turns out it something stupifyingly simple. Tonight I have probably another two hours worth to get through - and then I can actually go out on the floor and learn how to do my job. IBM's training wasn't nearly that complex and I was doing things that were tremendously more complex! Argh!

But the people seem pretty nice - at least the older ones (ie, slighly younger than me :p). The young people just kinda stared at me like I was some kind of rodent - but I don't work with any of them so that's fine. I'll wiggle my nose at them now and then, just to keep them guessing. LOL

What I cannot believe is how easily I slipped back into the graveyard shift. I was really worried about that, because yesterday I tried to sleep some before going in and could NOT sleep for more than 45 minutes at a time. So I figured, great, I'll get fired the first night for falling asleep. But other than the normal "Gawd this is so fucking boring I can't stay awake!" I was fine. Even driving home. And now I'm still awake - planning on sleeping this afternoon, so it's like going to bed at night and getting up for work.

Yesterday I sat down and did some scheduling - when I'll sleep, when I'll be writing, when I'll be doing house and yard work - I really think having a job (and the accompanying income) is doing wonders for my ambition. I'd still rather not have to work, but worrying about the bills was draining my creativity in sooooo many ways.

Anyway, I told my brother yesterday that I was going to work there until I had $5000 in the bank and then quit. By my calculations, that should just about keep me from having to drive during the really bad winter weather. And with that amount, I'm good, bill-wise, for almost ten months. Less, really, because some of that has to go for materials to fix up the yard and house - but it's also going to let me move into the old house and cut my expenses down even more, so it evens out.

Gawd - am I wound up this morning or what!!!!! I work tonight and then not again until Friday night - so I have a feeling the neighbors are going to wonder what the hell is going on with the yard work the next few days. LMAO
ostarella: (Fang)
She's going to be a whole year old next month - or maybe June. Probably May, though. Okay, so I'm early, getting excited about it - but it's just so cool for me! Instead of finding her little lumpy bundle of fur out in the barn this spring, she's curled up on the chair by the dining room window, basking in the morning sunlight. :D  And she's up to a whopping three pounds now! LOL

Okay... so yeah. I'm in a good mood today - first time in a long, long time. Had my first full night of work last night - doing nothing but sitting on a very uncomfortable plastic chair watching DVDs about things I've known for ages (ie, sexual harassment, ADA, diversity in the workplace and all that crapola) and then watching some actually worthwhile DVDs about how things are actually done at WalMart. They have a set of terms that come close to IBM as far as WTF does that mean?!?! - and then it turns out it something stupifyingly simple. Tonight I have probably another two hours worth to get through - and then I can actually go out on the floor and learn how to do my job. IBM's training wasn't nearly that complex and I was doing things that were tremendously more complex! Argh!

But the people seem pretty nice - at least the older ones (ie, slighly younger than me :p). The young people just kinda stared at me like I was some kind of rodent - but I don't work with any of them so that's fine. I'll wiggle my nose at them now and then, just to keep them guessing. LOL

What I cannot believe is how easily I slipped back into the graveyard shift. I was really worried about that, because yesterday I tried to sleep some before going in and could NOT sleep for more than 45 minutes at a time. So I figured, great, I'll get fired the first night for falling asleep. But other than the normal "Gawd this is so fucking boring I can't stay awake!" I was fine. Even driving home. And now I'm still awake - planning on sleeping this afternoon, so it's like going to bed at night and getting up for work.

Yesterday I sat down and did some scheduling - when I'll sleep, when I'll be writing, when I'll be doing house and yard work - I really think having a job (and the accompanying income) is doing wonders for my ambition. I'd still rather not have to work, but worrying about the bills was draining my creativity in sooooo many ways.

Anyway, I told my brother yesterday that I was going to work there until I had $5000 in the bank and then quit. By my calculations, that should just about keep me from having to drive during the really bad winter weather. And with that amount, I'm good, bill-wise, for almost ten months. Less, really, because some of that has to go for materials to fix up the yard and house - but it's also going to let me move into the old house and cut my expenses down even more, so it evens out.

Gawd - am I wound up this morning or what!!!!! I work tonight and then not again until Friday night - so I have a feeling the neighbors are going to wonder what the hell is going on with the yard work the next few days. LMAO
ostarella: (Tired)
I spent more time out in the yard this weekend, taking advantage of a few last, unexpected days of relative warmth to finish preparing the yard and outbuildings for the oncoming winter. As the last remnants of leaves are cleaned up and the summer's equipment cleaned and stored away, the yard is looking neat and tidy - and barren. I look around now and see all that lay hidden in the summer flowers - the gardens that need defining, the stumps that need removing, shrubs whose branches need trimming. Items added to the winter To-Do list, more added to next year's spring and summer chores. It gives me a sense of satisfaction to see the yard tidy, though. At the same time, I'm starting to look forward to the snow. Bleak and boring as the flat Midwestern landscape is during the winter, there is nothing worse than that same landscape sans snow. It doesn't seem natural. Even more barren, if that's possible. And then we face the dichotomy of hopeless fantasy that spring is not so far off and the dire expectation of waking to the Mother of All Blizzards. So I hope for snow soon, so the fantasy is laid to rest, and I can move into the cocoon of a normal Minnesota winter. At least then I can trek outside to clear the walks and drive and feed the birds and squirrels, proud of that hearty Norwegian heritage that allows me to feel invigorated through the freezing cold.

And hope, yet again, that next year I'll be parking this Norwegian ass on the beaches of the Gulf...
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I spent more time out in the yard this weekend, taking advantage of a few last, unexpected days of relative warmth to finish preparing the yard and outbuildings for the oncoming winter. As the last remnants of leaves are cleaned up and the summer's equipment cleaned and stored away, the yard is looking neat and tidy - and barren. I look around now and see all that lay hidden in the summer flowers - the gardens that need defining, the stumps that need removing, shrubs whose branches need trimming. Items added to the winter To-Do list, more added to next year's spring and summer chores. It gives me a sense of satisfaction to see the yard tidy, though. At the same time, I'm starting to look forward to the snow. Bleak and boring as the flat Midwestern landscape is during the winter, there is nothing worse than that same landscape sans snow. It doesn't seem natural. Even more barren, if that's possible. And then we face the dichotomy of hopeless fantasy that spring is not so far off and the dire expectation of waking to the Mother of All Blizzards. So I hope for snow soon, so the fantasy is laid to rest, and I can move into the cocoon of a normal Minnesota winter. At least then I can trek outside to clear the walks and drive and feed the birds and squirrels, proud of that hearty Norwegian heritage that allows me to feel invigorated through the freezing cold.

And hope, yet again, that next year I'll be parking this Norwegian ass on the beaches of the Gulf...
ostarella: (Awake)
Spent the day working on the Pond of Doom - gawd. Six layers of plastic, each with what seemed like six inches of dirt over them, and then rocks, cement chunks, glass, plastic cartons - like a damn landfill. But I finally got it all cleaned out and ready to start filling in with compost. All the weeds and small plants I've been clearing from the borders plus the grass clippings will be dumped in there - by spring I'll probably have to fill it in some more with compost material but better than buying black dirt to fill it in. But the hard part is done. My brother was working in the back yard, replanting bulbs, and Fang was supervising. That helped, because then I wasn't having to watch that he didn't wander out into the street, or lay down just where I was going to drop a big rock.

Fang also is developing an interest in coming in the house. He follows me right up the steps to the door - only the dogs barking inside keep him from scooting through the door. Little bugger. Yesterday I actually got him to play with a string - before he lost interest when he realized it wasn't something he could eat (why chase something otherwise, right?) But I think he's getting enough to eat now that playing seems like fun ;-)

So, tonight is writing stuff - have two beta jobs over on [livejournal.com profile] beta_team to get through and then some of my own to deal with. And tomorrow have to go up to the cemetery, measure Mom's stone so I know exactly what I'm talking about when I ream them a new ass. And stll waiting for my truck - found another part that has to be replaced before it's safe to drive again - luckily not expensive. And still way cheaper than trying to buy a new one...

ostarella: (Awake)
Spent the day working on the Pond of Doom - gawd. Six layers of plastic, each with what seemed like six inches of dirt over them, and then rocks, cement chunks, glass, plastic cartons - like a damn landfill. But I finally got it all cleaned out and ready to start filling in with compost. All the weeds and small plants I've been clearing from the borders plus the grass clippings will be dumped in there - by spring I'll probably have to fill it in some more with compost material but better than buying black dirt to fill it in. But the hard part is done. My brother was working in the back yard, replanting bulbs, and Fang was supervising. That helped, because then I wasn't having to watch that he didn't wander out into the street, or lay down just where I was going to drop a big rock.

Fang also is developing an interest in coming in the house. He follows me right up the steps to the door - only the dogs barking inside keep him from scooting through the door. Little bugger. Yesterday I actually got him to play with a string - before he lost interest when he realized it wasn't something he could eat (why chase something otherwise, right?) But I think he's getting enough to eat now that playing seems like fun ;-)

So, tonight is writing stuff - have two beta jobs over on [livejournal.com profile] beta_team to get through and then some of my own to deal with. And tomorrow have to go up to the cemetery, measure Mom's stone so I know exactly what I'm talking about when I ream them a new ass. And stll waiting for my truck - found another part that has to be replaced before it's safe to drive again - luckily not expensive. And still way cheaper than trying to buy a new one...

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