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Archive for July, 2012

Wow!!! Hot outside today, even at 5:30 this morning. The prediction is in the low 100’s with a high humidity. A heat advisory is in effect. I think I’ll turn on the sprinkler for the birds at 4:00 this afternoon. I’ve done that several times in the worst heat and they love it.

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The heat is back. Early in the morning or just before dark are the best times to work outside. There are more new birds, goldfinch and another I can’t identify. It’s a pretty bird, gray with a black collar that reaches almost all around the neck and a white bib. There is a new beautiful bird song which probably comes from this little darling. As always there are the large flocks of the annoying starlings. I am wondering, however, if they may have their use. They are always out on the ground picking and scratching. I have noticed we have very little problem with ticks, which in this area is amazing. Wish something would diminish the population of june bugs. I thought they came from grubs. In my digging in the gardens I have found no grubs so I don’t know where they spring forth into my little Eden. These are big, fat, healthy rascals, too.

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Finally got a little cooler weather and some break from a dizzyingly busy schedule and got out and began reclaiming my yard. I’ve been able to implement a number of changes here in the past summer seasons. The lawn mower blade is set higher (3 1/2 inches) and so the grass is thicker, healthier, greener. What a pleasure to see the rabbits out there feeding on the grass and clover and ignoring the vegetable garden. With the addition of many more flowers, bird feeders and bird bath there are finally many birds making themselves quite at home here. When we first came here the absence of birds was one of the things that bothered me most. Now a concert of their songs is everywhere. The trees I’ve planted are small right now but growing fast. There will be more. There are more trees and shrubbery in the plans. The focus will be shelter and food for wildlife and a much-needed wind break for the house. It’s too bad the end results can’t be instantaneous but watching the progress is rewarding. I will be posting new pictures in a few weeks.

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Finally, beautiful, sweet rain — the soft soaking kind. The earth and plants are rejoicing. A little thunder and lightening, too. A cooler front coming through. The heat has been so scorching. We’ll all enjoy some cooler days. I’ll be able to get out in my garden and reclaim it. With Bill’s death and all the things that had to be done following, and with the intense heat driving me inside, everything outside has gotten completely out of control. I look forward to getting back to those things I love doing.

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New Life

My husband of 28 years died a month ago, so now I’m down to the nitty gritty. I’m on my own. I’m renting this little bit of ground and a little house. I’ve done a lot of theorizing and dreaming of what I can do here. I guess it’s put up or shut up. My garden is in, a small one, and it’s looking good. Time to steps to save money and energy.
Time to arrange my life to flow as efficiently as possible for one person (and two dogs).

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