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We Inch, Slowly, Toward Spring

Spring                                                                 Waxing Bee Hiving Moon Kate comes home tonight.  Yeah!  I miss her when she’s gone. I’ll follow our usual procedure and pick her up at the Loon Cafe, conveniently located at the end of the light rail service from the airport.  Makes the drive much shorter and I get a good meal in the […]

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Warfarin for Mickey?

Fall                                                 Waxing Harvest Moon A day made for bulb planting, fall clean up.  Kate worked out front pruning back the roses, spirea and decluttering.  I got started with 24 bulbs, a kaleidoscope mix of various tulip colors.  Tomorrow morning will find me back out there, kneeling in what passes for prayer these days, tucking small […]

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Weekend Delights

Fall                            Waxing Harvest Moon Ah, the weekend.  It came just in time for me this week.  Much to do and now some calm, free time in which to do it. Ray, the Andover senior who mows our yard, raked leaves on Thursday, so I have bags o’ mulch sitting on the patio.  It’s way better […]

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Feeling Rushed

Fall                                              Waxing Harvest Moon With Latin on Friday and my tour day on Thursday things can get a bit rushed.  I’m feeling a bit behind right now since my sententiae antiquae are not done and my translation of the reading remains.  The Baroque tour is done, however and I look forward to giving it twice […]

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In and Down

Fall                                          Waxing Harvest Moon 60 pink daffodils have a new home in the soil surrounding two cherry trees and a pear tree.  These trees are the first ones visible out our kitchen window, so the blooms will cheer us up as spring begins to break winter’s hold next year.  Bulb planting relies on, requires darkness.  […]

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The Garden in September

Lughnasa                                       Waning Artemis Moon The onions, red, yellow and white, are in the storage room ready to go on the wooden racks when I have a minute.  The honey, too, is on the bottom row of our shelving unit, collected in canning jars and resting in the boxes that held the canning jars in the […]

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A Two-Person Garden

Lughnasa                                    Waning Grandchildren Moon Kate and I have shifted our bedtimes and risings to 6:30.  This allows us to get out to work in the garden when it’s still the cool of the day.  This morning Kate continued to restore the original look and feel to the orchard while I finished up the mulch in […]

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Tulips and Daffodils, Oh My!

54  bar steady  29.77 3mph ENE dewpoint 32  Spring                             New Moon This is a fecund time.  I spent a couple of hours today putting down pre-emergent weed prevention in the flower beds, moving some mulch completely off now, the garlic, and putting Cygon on the Iris to prevent borers.  Cygon is now a prohibited insecticide […]

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