Last fall, I planted garlic bulbs as a snowstorm moved in, hastily added some extra ‘natural, laying within hands reach’ mulch – and went indoors to see what happened next spring.
Despite the dry fall/winter/almost spring – despite the unseasonably warm temps, high winds and fire danger – despite my pitiful light-weight mulch that is Gone With the Wind and revealing to me my poor job of cleaning up after roof construction/stuccoing projects –
Spring Has Sprung!!
Dry (sort of) House Beds
I placed raised beds next to south, and west sides of house. The Wild Roses hold on and stand firm, all but one replacement I have no clue what happened the year before, but, he looks supple and is mightily trying to keep up with the sisters who got a year head-start on him.
AND!!! Woot-Woot! My garlic is coming up! These beds had same light (p**s-poor mulch on that was gone by December. I planted the front areas last fall with garlic and welsh onion seed.
These beds were installed and planted with the mind of not installing any irrigation – Will more properly mulch, and, given 2 years of experimentation, probably will give some ‘manual watering drinks’ and some more plantings this coming year, and extra composting efforts, for I did prick out 4 of those @$#! bindweed plants stickin’ their heads out this morning –
I’m in middle of taking a permaculture course, and came across info in my ad nauseam link following the idea that bindweed can’t stand the highly fertile ground veggies and food plants love – therefore, I have a expanded plan of attack, this coming year, for the spots on the place that still have too much infestation of that nasty bugger.
As I look around me at the parched area – and observe the hardy prairie grasses that get taller than I like, but have been here way longer than I have, I decide to leave them be in the planted beds this year – yup, I’ll give them a haircut if they start shading out some new arrivals, but at this point? They are hardy, strong and natives – who am I to say they don’t belong, when they so obviously show up to ‘git ‘er done’ for Mother Nature?
In Other News….
All my customer sites now have SSL installed, continue to work on re-designs for last 4 and tweaking on all for better Accessibility for screen readers as more and more options become available to serve those who use them.
Lots of extra hours at library, covering shifts, doing programs and in light of my (sob!) mentor retiring – but…she’s also moving to New Mexico – so already have a quick road trip planned for next fall – to see her, and on my way down and back – all the ‘bucket list’ items I’ve collected over the years that are along the route to her.
Hope this finds you well – I’m still about scared silly I won’t get things under control soon enough here, to really throw myself into Year 3 Plans for my lil Garden of Eden – but, I’m still holding onto a mustard seed of faith – 🙂
When you celebrate Christmas whenever you have time to do the “some assembly required’ gifts.
Ya didn’t know there was such a thing, did ya?
I’ve now reached the point, I can do such things while half-dead – I have to be really, really sick before I think, “I can’t even turn the sucker (computer) on – – ”
It wasn’t always so – I’m an ever moving work-in-progress and HATE folks who assure me ‘it’ll be fine, just do it’ without having first tried it on for themselves – thus, this year has been deep research on such things – and putting somethings off, till I felt reasonably sure, “not a risk, foundation to build on, know how to do fairly efficiently- -”
Though I tell ya, the first few were anything but easy, for moi – I plan for the worst and hope for the best, in other words, I’m the epitome of the ole Pogo cartoon caption, “We’ve met the enemy, They is Us.”
After retiring for the evening, late, (especially-late, given I knew durn well I’d lose an hour just by going to bed before 2am), I awoke this morning, looked over the to-do list and thought,
“Ya know? That’s the shortest it’s been in quite some time – Did I forget something? Hmmm…maybe time to get the kitchen side of house organized for upcoming season – the supplies for garden/permaculture seed starting are starting to pile up ….. and these three other transformations better suited to time when I can ask for help and not be on Emergency After/Weekend Hours time-clock, just in case they don’t go as planned.”
Which is why I didn’t log into website management portal till late in the day NOR did I bust out the batteries or still-in-box power tools from last year’s purchase –
All things in good time – To everything there is a season….. 🙂
Instead, I put together the piece of furniture gifted to me Christmas of 2016 – It’s served as secondary countertop/obstacle course in kitchen for nigh on 3 months now….
After all, today is Sunday, and I’m sure I inspire many to pray for me and my sins….Prayer is good for backup when tackling jobs you’ve put off….
(Did I mention this is the first time in over a year I felt like I could afford to take a day for just the projects of moi? )
I must note, the Bright Orange sticker advises “Mech Lift” – which I interpreted as “Mechanic Lift” and, since I once knew how to change oil, set points and change out spark plugs, surely I can do this, right?
Unpacking & How-Toing
I will not do a full how-toing at this time, nor review of company, product, tools, etc. but I’ll proudly share pics, I managed to remember to take – – 🙂
Suffice to say, My Main Tips remain the same:
Inventory the parts as you unpack
Read the Directions
Improve upon the Directions, if you can
Tell your Fellow DIYer’s how it went and what you’d do different, now that you’ve done it….
P.S. I worked at Gibson’s in the late 80s – once I put together a bicycle for the toy department, guess who got to do all the ‘assembly needed’ projects?!? Just saying – it comes with practice – but rarely mess up beyond repair, much, unless I use power tools to do – – I don’t know me own power tool strength, as it were….Do by hand, if it shakes/squeaks, find someone with stronger hands, FIRST, then break out the power tools – 🙂
With that said, here are 2 pics – before tools used and after tools used – thinking about it for 3 months can’t replace experience – especially in my case – –
Okey-Dokey – let’s unpack this thing and inventory the pieces….
Oh, wait, before we do that – ya ought to know how this came to be purchased for me – it goes a long way in explaining why you should never, ever, follow in my footsteps –
My Mom just seriously doesn’t understand how I do without a kitchen table
I re-arrange second hand side tables/stands to meet eating, sleeping, reading items when she visits
I didn’t need a new refrigerator – the existing one is still running, no matter how short and how much I have to bend to get things out of it and yearn for one of those “fridge on top” models – the old one ain’t broke, can’t justify replacing it…just yet
I have a peculiar space to fill – that I have made work for me over the years, and through upgrades of infrastructure – and yes, it’s ugly, but it’s functional – –
Waiting for me to custom build a solution for the space means mom will have to deal with Ugly to look at AND hear me make gripes about less-than-optimum-functional when anyone other than I and the dog are in the house – a Public Toast to “All the folks that go around doing their part to urging the rest of us to be pretty AND functional….” and put their money where their mouth is – 🙂 Thank you, Mom –
Then I went page by page through the instructions –
(P.S. I have to tell ya – the northern end of my kitchen was in pretty navigable shape, until I unpacked the island parts and saved styrofoam/cardboard/insulation/padding for future projects – yes, the wealth of surplus spilled over into the living room…)
By the way, the north end of my kitchen was much cleaner before I unpacked one lil box –
Page 1 of directions through completion:
And, I have all kinds of cardboard for gardening projects, styrofoam for solar cookers, seed starting cubbies (and/or home wall insulation, if I can figure out WHAT kind of styrofoam it is…some good for insulation, others, not so much…) AND a whole basket full of padding stuff I’m not sure what I’ll use for, but right now? thinking maybe on windows to provide insulation/let in light – if I think of it, I’ll let ya know how that lil experiment turns out –
AND so, yet another day with less done than planned – –
I thought I’d have this done, the extra shelf space built and would be repotting houseplants and gearing up for woodworking activities by 5 or so – suffice to say, I wore out and found solace in double checking what all I could do/should do/might do, before putting my kitchen back in order –
Ya see why I rarely get here to report upon what I’m doin’?
I truly believe my local life could drive a Journalistic, War Correspondent to shake their head and say,
“I’ve seen chaos, but never on the level of this, on purpose, in peacetime…just cuz”
We all have our gifts – Mine is “How-To – Not-To” Exampling – – 🙂
I’ve written a thousand blogs, posts and letters in my mind over the past year. Some actually got written AND published, many more, did not.
I’ve been heavy in the land of ‘doing/living’ rather than the ‘observing/reporting’ world…. No…that isn’t exactly true – Truth is? I’m recovered enough to be all gung-ho on the ‘doing/living’ portion of Life and not so hot on the ‘reporting in/touching base’ segment I rather languished in when my body couldn’t cash the checks my mind was writing – –
While a song can’t encapsulate the fullness of Life, here in Colorado and my lil’ community, and since I’m worn out from the doing to have zero reserves to pen a parody that fits in with original song score –
Let it be known I move ever forward, inch by inch, towards long term goals and dreams –
I am on track for personal goals and infrastructure, but spending much more time in research/experimentation/infrastructure building than in writing –
IF I’m blessed enough to live long enough, some day, you too, shall see the how-toing results – until then?
I miss you – as soon as customers ready to take over their own Facebook pages, sure bet I’ll be here more often than not – as soon as others see you, as I do, then I shall have fewer things to do on this end – 🙂
Until then – well, say a little prayer or give a positive intention I don’t kill myself trying to do it all – – LOL
Post Inspired by Forester Sisters, “Letter Home” –