Snow Day…on Saturday…

The week snowballed with one change/issue after another until I found myself working through a computer “To Do List”, while fruit trees waited in their moist bundle on the front porch and outside…

picture of snow

Heavy, wet, Spring Snow. No need to sweep or shovel, it will be melted in later today…

Awoke to a windy, cool Sunday…full of more computer-related stuff…

Picture of yard

Look that ground full of moisture!

Keeping my fingers crossed that Monday will be fruit tree planting day…

I’m off to work through Computer-Website-To-Do List – – Happy Sunday – :)

Can Hope Persevere?

Fresh from a ‘check in and see what’s going on” visit to Facebook, I simply must write an op-ed… which stands for…

“Opinionated Editorial”

I tell you, there are so many things ‘shared/posted/liked’ at Facebook, that just trigger My Need to spout off hard-arsed & uninformed opinions – my blog and you did have to work to get here, right?

I’ve given you ample opportunities to protect yourself, your reputation and brain – Can it PLEASE not be my fault if you failed to heed the warnings?  – :)

P.S.  – Don’t Iron your Own Clothes While Wearing Them… just saying….Cuz I Care…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTWgE2NF1gw

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If you ever need Blogging Ideas

Just log into your social media – it’s rich fodder for

“OMG! I simply MUST elaborate on this subject!” topics

Whether said posted Inspiration really happened or Not…

:)

Okay, you actually clicked to hear what I really started off to say… so here ya go…

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True Community Policing in Action

I was alerted by a ‘shared Viral Feed Post” about Some Trooper, in Some State, Somewhere, Working his favorite ‘speed trap’ Spot, only to discover Young Business Leaders of Tomorrow plying their trade down the road from him with homemade signs alerting:

“Speed Trap Ahead”…

and a handy-dandy Tip Jar shortly thereafter, to collect donations costing less than a ticket would from thankful souls – –

Do I really care if this story is true or not?

Nope.

But I hope it is…

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I love the story.

To me, it’s an example of True Community Policing in Action!

Why?

Because I’m Naive and choose to believe all active players in the story have the best intentions in place:

  • Make our Local Community Safer
  • Earn our Survival While Serving Our Community

AND, I also choose to foolishly believe said participants are smart enough to recognize they will be defiled, punished, judged by those who read the story and don’t spend 2.5 seconds thinking about the benefits vs. the costs, long term  –

  • Trooper may be demoted, docked, chastised for not meeting pencil-pusher quotas
  • Kids will be seen as money-hungry selfish brats who don’t value a penny and what it can buy today

On the other hand – MAYBE, just maybe –

  • Trooper won’t be called out on Over-Time pay to cover another fatality in the Neighborhood
  • Kiddos make some spending cash AND get to be kids and occasionally forget they live alongside a high traffic road without risking life or limb –

Actually, my hard-arse, cynical brain thinks:

“Probably not true… but how Frickin’ Awesome would that BE, if it were true?!?”

I continually walk the high-wire balancing act between “I want to Believe” and “I Know Better…”

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What do I Really Want to Believe?

…That the story is true –

  • Trooper is a good guy who just wished to Serve –
  • Kiddos in Community joined in with good hearts and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Higher-Up-The-Food-Chain-Persons made sure to hand out Commendations, Certificates And Ample/Generous Notices if said Community Minded Actions resulted in violations of regulations regarding business licenses, sales tax/income tax due)
  • Local, State and Federal elected officials take the time to laud, announce and promote this spirit of Cohesive, Community Service

Yes, I May Be Naive –

However, I still prefer my unicorns and rainbows perspective over what may be the reality of the whole matter –

Why am I so Stubborn?

Because I believe you, no matter where you’re at, or what reality you experience, are, at heart, like me –

  • You cherish your loved ones
  • You wish to thrive in this life and serve your community/tribe
  • You yearn for the freedom to do live, serve and contribute in the manner you believe is best – and are open to re-examining ‘best’ alternatives when we disagree about what needs to happen to move forward in a manner that works for our current community AND the community we choose to expand the definition to cover in our self-improvement future –

If Only –

…We could just find some middle ground to agree upon as a starting point of what’s ‘best’ – overall- and ‘works for now’, with plenty of free space and open range to debate, discuss, brainstorm and  improve as we go along….Who knows what may happen?

Ah… yes… I may Inhabit Fantasy Land…

But I still Hope…

:)

How Shall We Celebrate the big 5-0-0?

I recently noticed I’m approaching the 500 Published Posts mark –

And checked to find I’m only 30 away from 500 engaged followers –

Hmmm – thinking some kind of coordinated posting/followers/celebration party is in order in the near future –

Now, how shall we coordinate the exact number of posts with exact number of followers, all at the same time so we can all stand up from behind the couch and yell:

“Surprise!  Happy 500th!”

Any suggestions are welcome…

Please don’t get too slap-happy about sharing or encouraging others to follow (yes, I believe you would do so) – I’d hate to stay up all night whipping out 30 posts just to ensure the numbers all match up….

Thanks – :)

(Since I missed my long-ago promise of a quarterly Dance Party at My Blog House, I’m inclined to go that celebration route – – )

Grappling with Spring Cleaning

The ‘front’ bringing rain/snow has morphed from a 2-day wonder to a 5-day march through our area –

Which means I awoke to a cloudy, misty day – with well recovered muscles, joints just a tad stiff…

And, sadly, a voice/speech pattern degraded once more to Elmer Fudd status…

I’m blessed in that most know about my stroke and journey to recovery – so the amount of talking I do need to engage in on these days, doesn’t end with hard questions or too much small-town gossip regarding my mental or sobriety status – – :)

Spring in Colorado Brings Grapple

Picture of Grapple

Some years ago, my oldest son arrived home from a day at school to inform me that the white stuff, not snow, not hail, is:

Grapple

He also announced, according to his science teacher, Grapple only occurs in two very restricted areas in the world – one of which we lived in.

Since I’ve moved around a bit during my life, I can report –

Either my son heard wrong –

OR

My definition of  what is Grapple doesn’t match, exactly, the scientific definition of what falls around Pikes Peak this time of year-

OR

It’s range of occurrence is more widespread than previously reported.

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Days like these also lure me to doing some Grappling of my own –

As in,

“To engage in a struggle or close encounter”

When the sky is strewing Grapple hither-thither I’m easily lured into Grappling with various topics –

Once I’ve wasted enough time contemplating, pondering, Grappling…

I engage in Spring Cleaning Tasks

No…. not my house….are you daft?   Did I not just vacuum and dust the top shelf of the bookcase around Christmas?  Of 2013?!? :)

I chose to spend today Spring Cleaning my Digital House.

Because I want more Time for Life.

Isn’t that What It’s Really All About?

Earning a living with Time left over to have a Life?

Since so much of my Earning a Living time is spent in Digital Life, I continually guard against it nudging up too closely to Real Life –

I spent Today Manifesting Real Life Time –

(Yes, you, too, can create and bend time at will – it’s done through magical processes, one of which is periodic Spring Cleaning – another option is going off the grid)

My Digital Spring Cleaning activities have become part of my “Go To List” of Fun and Easy things to do when the days of low-inspiration and energy appear…

Just think what my house would look like, if only I were willing to see vacuuming and dusting from the same perspective,…

My idea of Fun & Easy May Differ from Yours….

Okay – but if you’d like to explore the possibility of Time Manifestation, read on…

If you’re already one of those super-organized souls and have all the free time you wish for, move along, nothing to see here…

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Truth be known, I am, at heart, either a project manager or efficiency expert –

Then Again –

Maybe I’m just lazy –

Plenty of employees quietly curse the Project Manager who says,

“Yup – I set the milestone for 72 hours, over a holiday weekend –  you can do it.  I’ll be out of cell phone range at the lake house, so I’ll touch base with you on Tuesday.”

While Bosses who Sign Paychecks exclaim,

“Why on earth did you waste 3 hours researching/building a solution?   When you could have just used my outdated-cobbled-together redundant tools? And, while I’m thinking of it, I must also berate you for the overtime you logged last week OR send you a “Receipt Required” email admonishing you for the work you persist in performing during your breaks.”

I’ve witnessed both ends of the spectrum – and everything in between –

I Am protected from curses – I don’t have a lake house….

Bottom line – If I’m spending time on something I think can be done quicker, with same end results, I set about streamlining…

Which I always assumed most others did, as well…

But many observations over the years indicates this (lazy) approach may not be as prevalent as I thought  – –

In fact, I continue to witness folks who are further behind the curve than I am, if you can imagine it, in some basic Digital House spots –

Without further ado – lets start with the list of tweaks to do on your Grappling Fun Day –

Email

I’ve been rather slow to adopt all the neat tricks & tips to really streamline my email system, but, 9 times out of 10, my Inbox looks like this:

Image of empty email Inbox

Can you hear the crickets chirping?

Alas, so many who call me for help have an Inbox (or Desktop, or hard disk)  that resemble

below list X the cubed total of miles journeyed by the  Starship Enterprise):

Picture of Average Inbox

Gotcha! This is actually my spam box screen shot – which I only visited because I needed a pic of a ginormous list – –

How to get from Endless Lists to Crickets Chirping in the Void?

Labels

  • ToDo
  • Waiting for Info
  • Waiting for Approval
  • Done

I actually monitor my email throughout the day, in direct defiance of all the Time Management Experts who tell me not too –

I check hourly, label for “ToDo” or handle and label with one of the 3 remaining options – then skip right back to what I was doing before I took a break to stretch my back, mind and check to see what might have happened the in the world the last 50 minutes –

Filters

Do you still have the coworker who believes the boss isn’t monitoring their email/Facebook time? (yeah, like that’s possible….)

Or the friend/family member that sends you numerous cute items and then emails an hour later to see why you haven’t acknowledged their brilliance in sharing said information with you?

Or the customer or boss that asks, “Why isn’t this done yet?” to which you skip over to your “Waiting for Information/Approval list” and click to forward the one you want from the list of 6, to send in response  – with an added  smiley face introducing the email request from a 2-3 weeks ago…

(Yes, I said 6 or so – Seriously, if I’ve been waiting for more than a month, on you, it’s archived and no longer my problem – I can still find it, but I ain’t looking at it every morning when I view my “What Shall I do Today?” options….)

Yes, you may like, even love, these folks, but, really, enough is enough!

Set Some Email Filters

Your email application rules may vary, but here’s an example of the rule to set:

IF <lazycoworker@funtosocializewith.com> sends message with <Fwd:> OR <Cat> And <Piano>  in <SUBJECT> THEN  LABEL  “Dentist Office Reading” and REMOVE from INBOX.

As you go along, you’ll find tweaks to add to your automated filters – such as

  • <petitions to provide modesty garments for cows>
  • <bras found to cause cancer>

Yes, you could scan the inbox list to find what you need – delete what you don’t – but why?

Too much time….

And seriously, don’t you really want a Dentist Office Reading list, full of light-hearted or ludicrous material, generously provided by those you know and tolerate, to distract you from the sounds of tiny drills and the screams of victims patients later on this afternoon?

I thought so –

While you’re at it

Spend some time on your  other files – Organize ’em – back it all up and  you’ll be glad you did…someday…when you bid a teary farewell to the computer you loved that now only has the energy to show you a blue screen…

Browser Book Marks

I’ve alluded previously to the fact I’ve been in deep research mode since last November –

What I didn’t confess to was  my  browser bookmark area – which looked rather like the Junk Drawer in my kitchen that holds everything I don’t have time for, now, but might actually want again…

Someday…

When I research,  I read and follow links willy-nilly

I gaze over the opened link, and either close or click on “Bookmark This” when my brain states…

“Definitely worth checking out, WHEN:

  • I finish current project that initiated this search in the first place
  • Have such-and-such set-up first, because best to do it in order to prevent re-work
  • Stability/Developer Maintenance record is established
  • I’ve researched the company/developers/etc.
  • I can afford to move to this option
  • I need to ensure current tools are set-up to easily migrate to this, later…”

“Save BookMark” – Click –

Into the Junk Drawer of Browser Land –

Surely, I’ll surely remember this Gem and what it contains – I’ll organize it later –

Ta-Da!

Train wreck in progress….

Sadly, I didn’t take a screen shot of my ‘BEFORE’ clean-up process – you know how bad I am at documenting, properly, my own little personal projects – BUT I did take a screen shot of the AFTER:

Image of Organized Bookmarks Toolbar

Ta-Da! Will let you know if it works or not….

See that nice empty space to the right of my Bookmarks Toolbar?

Before cleanup, my Easy Access Toolbar was filled across the full screen of an over-sized monitor,  with a little button at the right that said,

“Wait!  There’s a Long, Long List of More things you Saved, but didn’t organize correctly, Please, Spend some quality time scrolling here..”

Could I use the “Search Bookmarks” tool?

Well, yes, I could, but heck, that’s even more typing when I could just hover-click

(all you Mac Users/Keyboard specialists out there – quit sniggering – it’s a process in progress….)

Since I recklessly click the “Bookmark this Page” button nearly as often as I click “Like” and live in an area where slow internet service often occurs, every time I have to search to once more find what I know is there…

I waste time –

Anywhere from 2.7 seconds up to 12 minutes…

(It’s a wide, self-reported spread – seriously, you thought I built an app to track how much time I waste re-inventing the wheel?  Now that’s just silly….)

Short list of things I’d rather do than Searching/Waiting on the Green Circle of Death

  • Write a 2,000+ word blog post
  • Chat via comments with fellow bloggers or catch up on reading and clicky-clicking of  the “Like’ button
  • Search on drought resistant, fast growing, but not invasive, ground covers, in the color purple, using the cool Latin names and pics posted by others as a starting point for research
  • Throw some water and dehydrated veggies in slow-cooker for vegetable soup for supper
  • Email a link to a customer or community member, “Hey!  Are you still struggling with such-and-such?  Ran across this tool- might be a solution for you”
  • Call my neighbors to check in and see how they are, since I haven’t run into them at the Post Office recently or stopped work to chat while they drove slowly by wondering just when all those old tires will be covered with dirt or removed from sight…

Organizing your browser bookmarks/options settings takes a little time, a little planning and best serves you when you re-visit your system every so often –

My Toolbar has been reorganized to contain “Research” – and I’ve set a reminder to visit it every month and read, delete or move to ‘Website Tools” area of the neighborhood.

(Again, in direct defiance of those who suggest researching new tools the last two weeks of the year – WHAT?!?

That cuts into my reading/documentary hiatus AND everyone Knows New Year’s Eve is for drinking enough to numb the pain while you compile your end-year numbers and shove them into the tax preparation software…)

While you’re at it…

Change those short, used-for-a-decade-passwords.

I gather from all current information, repairing damage from being hacked is time-consuming..

Choose long ones, the longest allowed – Consider these fun combinations that will take a few years for algorithms to crack and entertain you as well –

  • Names of Constellations coupled with their meaningful connections to those fantasy short story characters you’ve created
  • Flowers coupled with the flavor of beer you like to drink that can also be used to trap common pests
  • Geological names for rocks coupled with how many times your fingers have been smushed plus the number of times you’ve helped your mom re-arrange her rock garden
  • Types of Trees coupled with how many times your dad reminded you to not use a chainsaw without steel toed boots plus the number of links in a circa 1300s chain mail shirt
  • Vegetables coupled with scaled numbers from 1-1000 on how much you love, hate or struggle to grow ’em plus number of times you’ve been hailed out and started over
  • Nicknames of People who have ticked you off coupled with the form/date you predict Karma will catch up with them

Note* Don’t spend too much time on the last one – rumor has it your thoughts create reality which means, too much time or concentrated thought and you didn’t leave it up to Karma to take care of, you simply just ensured your own little karmic dance later for such ill wishing – :)

The rules for password security are ever evolving, but you can make ’em long, change them frequently, remember them and have fun with the whole process….

Just By Sharing this tidbit with you…

I’ve painted a bulls-eye on my cyber life – but, hey! I believe it important enough to take the risk.

Those who talk about passwords and security or dare to actually give you how-to advice on the matter, are,  apparently,  favored targets for dedicated-to-their-hacking-craft souls…

Since I’m Already in the Danger Zone –

I’ll remind you to also get into the habit of taking full advantage of the all the nifty, two-step authentication methods available –

Make sure to only initiate those 2-step methods that allow you to quickly bypass the system via another route when you accidentally drop your 4 year old Blackberry phone into a bucket of mop water, because you were mopping while talking on the phone – Seriously, what else are you going to get done while mopping? Drink?  Trust me, you’ll just spill your wine while wringing out the mop…

Spend your ‘don’t-feel-like-doin’-much’ days on this short list of grunt work –

Create that Magic Free time for next week when you’re all geared up to get 50 projects done in one day and don’t have time for distractions – –

And now for your rockin’, dancin’ pleasure:

Pictorial of 10 Days Hard Labor

As promised, here’s some snapshots of what’s been getting done around the place the past week or so – Final push on the the north eastern perimeter wall is tomorrow, and I managed to hobble around, get some weeding and light raking done today, but taking it easy so me and the man-child can whip in and get ‘er done tomorrow – hopefully, the rain/snow forecast for Wednesday/Thursday will clear out in time for Friday-Fruit-Bush-Delivery Day!

Hard to tell (where's a real photographer when you need one?) but the north and western perimeter beds are nearly 3 feet tall - Waiting for a deep watering before ChokeCherries are planted the mulch applied..

Hard to tell (where’s a real photographer when you need one?) but the north and western perimeter beds are nearly 3 feet tall – Waiting for a deep watering before ChokeCherries are planted and mulch applied.. Didn’t the man-child do an awesome job of evening it all out?

Left over tires - I've lost count, but so far, we've stacked, buried or tiered over 250 tires - some of these will go for a few more projects and the rest will be sent to the recycling center in May to become tire bales for Earthship homes or pretty, long-lasting mulch colored with non-toxic water based paint -

Left over tires – I’ve lost count, but so far, we’ve stacked, buried or tiered over 250 tires – some of these will go for a few more projects and the rest will be sent to the recycling center in May to become tire bales for Earthship homes or pretty, long-lasting mulch colored with non-toxic water based paint – A few of these will be put to use for a new strawberry tower – and designing potato growing areas

The bed that last year stopped shortly after the tree stump has been finished - will house wild roses, garlic and onions -

The bed that last year stopped shortly after the tree stump and held Amaranth has been finished – will house wild roses, garlic and onions from here on out

Picture of Burgundy and Golden Giant Amaranth

This is what the west fence bed looked like last fall

Some work left to do - need to pull down very top tier of tires, cover with some more dirt, then deep water before planting the Golden Currants and Sand Cherry bushes -Concrete blocks will provide barrier in front to keep mulch/grass area separate - see those fencing panels wrestled in behind the tires?  Part of 'expand Oakley's space' project

Some work left to do – need to pull down very top tier of tires, cover with some more dirt, then deep water before planting the Golden Currants and Sand Cherry bushes -Concrete blocks will provide barrier in front to keep mulch/grass area separate – see those fencing panels wrestled in behind the tires? Part of ‘expand Oakley’s space’ project

Rhubarb and irises coming along nicely - area has now been neatly surrounded by rocks donated by the Family Rock Hound.

Rhubarb and irises coming along nicely – area has now been neatly surrounded by rocks donated by the Family Rock Hound instead of the ugly old recovered, mix-matched bricks.

Last spring, in two hurriedly built beds, i transplanted 135 'gifted' to me strawberries - one has survived - and lookie! 3 of the Welsh Onions I planted last year have finally made an appearance

Last spring, in two hurriedly built beds, i transplanted 135 ‘gifted’ to me strawberries – one has survived – and lookie! 3 of the Welsh Onions I planted last year have finally made an appearance

I love this tree (s?) - Thinking about some Bleeding hearts for the near the base of it and maybe some hydrangeas - would like to not have to mow this area -

I love this tree (s?) – Thinking about some Bleeding hearts for the near the base of it and maybe some hydrangeas – would like to not have to mow this area –

And for the grand finale, the south and southwestern area slated for ‘kitchen garden’ is shaping up nicely – still work to do in middle area, but posting the journey –

South beds have been deep watered, aerated, and are waiting for wild roses/pea gravel mulch at back of bed, veggie crops and flowers at the front - the tire wall will hold trailing squashes and melons this year, with some teepees of Scarlet Runner beans reaching for the sky -

South beds have been deep watered, aerated, and are waiting for wild roses/pea gravel mulch at back of bed, veggie crops and flowers at the front – the tire wall will hold trailing squashes and melons this year, with some teepees of Scarlet Runner beans reaching for the sky –

Remember when this area looked like this?:

Circa - 2 springs ago

Oops – can’t have sand blocking stucco like that!

And this?

Southside - Ditch to be dug for blocks

Southside – Ditch to be dug for blocks

Happy Sunday!

 

The Tulip Buffet

Yesterday, it came to my attention all the yellow tulips had disappeared – neatly nibbled down to near nothing – I suspect Thumper said, “C’mon Everybody – Let’s Go eat at TamrahJo’s -“

I believe Thumper and his pal, Peter Rabbit, feasted at the yellow/white tulip buffet - but wouldn't you know?  They'll eat their greens but refuse to get their daily intake of purples -

I believe Thumper and his pal, Peter Rabbit, feasted at the yellow/white tulip buffet – but wouldn’t you know? They’ll eat their greens but refuse to get their daily intake of purples –

Unlike in Bambi, where Thumper voraciously eats purple flowers, mine were left intact – Mom discovered it first and lit in to her favorite vocabulary words for the little – bast…  well, you get the drift – I, on the other hand, silently made a note to self to never gripe about yellow tulips showing up, ever again – because, wouldn’t ya know? Mother Nature heard and answered.

More purple tulips appearing

More purple tulips appearing

Saturday of Spring Project Management

If you missed the Friday lead up to today – here’s the link.

Saturday –

Backstory – In the past 3 years, I’ve masterminded grand Garden plans – without doing much ‘project management’ style activities that allow me to reap full benefits of the time volunteered by kind-hearted souls who are moved to help accomplish said master plan because hard labor, to their mind, is less painful than watching me take 20 minutes to haul myself up, navigate the 10 feet to the wine box/water source, and travel back to nestle  into the comfy corner of my couch….

The man child, who is working his way through the madness also known as the last 2 months of public education, was informed, on Tuesday, that I ould need his help today.

While I want/need/desire the help, I also get how little free time he has – so did a project plan to allow for some ‘me waking up/gaming time’

Which is the teen version of the adult game,

“Are you talking to me before I’ve had my first cup of coffee?

I, ready to go before he, called out before walking out the door:

“When you’re ready, your gloves are on the washer – bring out the shovel and rake, which are propped by the door”

He came out with gloves about 30 minutes later – Quickly turned around and went back to get the tools – and gracefully showed up to do what Mama just can’t even grasp being able to mess with today -heavy, heavy dirt – :)  Heavier today than the tires were yesterday…

Reality is fluid and changes from moment to moment, depending on where you’re at –

Project Management, success #1

  • I explained why the dirt had to be distributed in a certain way –
  • I explained erosion, mulching needs, efficient irrigation runs, frost pockets, etc….

(Seriously, quit feeling bad for him – I gave the spiel in less than 3 minutes (I practiced my 3 minute Toastmaster speech last night) and told him, here’s the overview and why this crap

(it is crap – cattle crap from 4 years ago mixed with dirt)

has to be shaped/smoothed out like I’m asking….)

I closed my little rehearsed speech with

“Have fun, take breaks and let me know if you need something.”

Gawd, I may sound like a slave-driver, but I was really proud of myself for being so Project Manager prepared –

Quite frankly, I think he’s really, really glad the two year ‘rammed earth tire’ project is nearing it’s end –

For many reasons, including my ever-changing of master-blueprint-in-my-own-noggin,  which changed as I experimented and learned, which was modified so we could make way for kind offers of tractor/skidster help when it was available for barter, all this means we have lugged tires from one place to another over the last two years as I navigated the changing plan and schedule – if things are planted and there are no more tires to move, he will, most likely, be very happy – 

He’s also highly motivated in achieving the dream of less areas to mow and a future of small, 4’x4′ project areas that Mama can do on her own, or with very little help, which becomes more of a reality as we go forth…

Communicating what’s needed for individual dreams to be fulfilled is really the first job of a Project Manager – says I…

Which means, can I communicate eloquently, to him,

“We do this AND this is what your future looks like – we DON’T and woe to your sad, hard labor, game-sucking future…”

Fortunately, man-child is intelligent enough to do the logic progression without me spelling it out – –

Loves-to-Work-Outside-Mom

…showed up about an hour later –

First order of business?

“Not sure how you’re feeling today or what you’d prefer to work on, but here’s the list of what I’d like to get done over the next few days – pick what you want/like/feel like doing”

Recited the list, left her to do what she wished and  had a light, easy to empty weed bucket, hand tools and light mechanical yard equipment out, batteries fully charged and ready to go -just waiting for her to pick which favorite toy she wished to play with –

How did it go?

Frickin’ Fantabulous!!!

(Sorry – Fantabulous by itself, just wasn’t good enough, to express the joy of today…)

  • Further purple water-sucking-hog weeds have been pulled out by their roots, instead of just mowed down with the hope we get to root-and-all removal later – –
  • My road side areas are neatly weeded/mowed – so not as offending to the eye of the passerby –
  • Pine needles and leaves from last fall that hadn’t composted in place have been moved to an experimental compost pile – found a beer/herb recipe that is reported to speed up composting – want to try it out – c’mon! It has beer in it!
  • Southside beds have been deep watered, weeded, aerated with a pitchfork (I simply must earn enough money this year to invest in a  3′ broadfork!) and are ready for the 25 wild roses arriving next Friday with the front of the bed sections ready for a bevy of quick growing cool-season crops to go forth and prosper until the time comes for them to  make way for the tomatoes and peppers in June –
  • The northwest perimeter was carefully and beautifully shaped by the man-child – a few times he asked me for feedback if it was going as it should and I’d survey and marvel over, applaud and praise, by an attempted manly chuck on the arm, (I’m not a man, but sometimes I try out the persona, just for kicks…) at how much dirt could be shoved and shaped by a 6 foot, 200 lb, 16 year old and again thanked the gods for the gift of such awesome offspring – area now only needs deep watering and hole digging to be ready for the 25 chokecherries arriving next Friday – –
  • My helpers were free to retire to the house – grab a slice of pizza and cold drink whenever they chose to take a break – and did so –
  • I rotated between raking, moving the watering hose (don’t want to set-up irrigation drip lines till after freezing nights pass), aerating and weeding to baby my poor stamina/sore winter muscles and when I just really needed a break, would retire to house to rest in front of my computer, while perusing my garden database as to companion planting, researching pea gravel costs and learning about acid/shade loving plants – (seriously, something must be done under that big pine tree in regards to permaculture – tired of mowing that area – :)

We all worked nearly 5 hours – rested, showered and got ready to head out to take the man-child to visit his dad for the weekend – –

As I returned home, my heart sighed in gratitude at all the work accomplished today –

My Prayer of Gratitude Tonight

“Thank you for the help – thank you for the lessons learned and thank you so very much in teaching me how to prepare better and get more done in less time – “

Universe Answer

“You’re welcome – thank goodness you are finally using what you learned 10 years ago in the corporate world on your garden plans – we really were wondering what other nudgings to send you –

There ya go – the story – tomorrow – I promise –  More Recent Pictures of the continually morphing plan  –

And, soon, the story of Thumper, his Friends & yellow vs. purple tulips… with pics :)

And as a preview – The NorthEast corner needs some tweaking to get ready for the 25 Golden Currant and 25 Sand Cherries, also arriving this next Friday –

(100 plants arriving all at once – I truly need my head checked – )

It took me the equivalent of 6 regular sized glasses of wine (mixed with water) to numb the pain and write these last two missives – tomorrow – if I can help it – you’re getting pictures – with short captions –

Sorry if you had to drain a 5 litre box of wine to make it through the whole story – –

Sans pictures – –

And now – NOW – I’m pain-free enough to go to bed – rest and prepare for tomorrow –

:)