Monday, December 09, 2013
Long, tiring day today. Some days are just stressful from the start, and today was one of those days. I can measure my stress by the amount of pain I have in my upper back - my bra-line is one big knot. I'm going to go take a nice hot bath and hope I can sleep afterward.
The high point of my day was coming home at lunch and relaxing with my son, dogs and garden for a while. I'm so thankful and grateful that I can come home at lunch for a little while!
Well, folks - I'm off to the bath. TTFN -
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Yes - Much too short. Last night I fell asleep around 11:00 p.m. and slept like a log. I got up about 9:30 a.m. - The first time since I can't remember when I've slept past 8:00 a.m.
After coffee and an good stretch, I headed back out to the garden. My compost bin is now pretty full and composting away - I just have to turn it a few times, and I noticed that the cauliflower seedlings are now up! I gave the area that I want to plant strawberries a good weeding, and weeded the spot where I'd decided to plant cabbage and got that done. My organic strawberry plants are on order and should be in sometime in late January. Like the blueberries, I don't expect much this year, but next year should be awesome! I'm hoping to have lots of berry preserves next year.
I ordered some organic elderberry seeds this year, and hope to get some elderberry bushes started. Elderberries make wonderful preserves and wine, and are not only tasty, but have anti-viral properties. If I can get my poor little grapevine a good trellis this year, I'm hoping to get some grapes, too.
Next spring, I plan to buy and plant a couple of olive trees. I probably won't get much fruit for about 4 years, but it will be worth it. This year, I'm ordering a large crock with weights for pickling, so I'll be more than ready for a good crop of olives. I'm learning how to cure and can them now, so I won't have much of a learning curve when the time gets here.
And then there's that chicken issue. I really do want a micro flock for fresh eggs and compostable manure, so I'll be working on that for the next few months. I anticipate that our City Commission isn't going to say, "Well, okay." the first time I present this proposal. A more realistic timeline would be at least a year or two....City Commissions don't move very quickly. I'm hoping to convince them to try a pilot program for issuing around 50 permits for 3 chicken micro flocks at $25.00 per permit. Once the city realizes that roosterless micro flocks are quieter and cleaner than most dogs, things should be okay.
My other big project: I want a Bowflex Treadclimber - one of the smallest ones, the TC5. It's small, has no motor, and I have room for it. That would solve my Fall/Winter walking problem. I'm so frustrated right now - Seriously - it's too unsafe to walk after dark where I am, so I'm just going to have to find a way or make a way to get the money for one of these!
Well, my Sparkling friends - I'm all in. I'm about to fall asleep, so TTFN -
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Hi, Sparkling friends! Today was one of those perfect Florida days - a cool morning and high 80's by 1:00 pm.
After coffee this morning, I headed out to the garden. First, I got another row of broccoli started by transplanting some of the first row. Next, I planted two rows of Yukon Gold potatoes. Next, I planted organic garlic called "Music" - very fragrant! If they all grow, I'll definitely be selling some at the local farmer's market. I planted two large rows - about 40 cloves. Then, new to the cilanto, I planted some taragon - I've never planted this before, so we'll see what it does. And in one of the sunniest spots in the herb garden, I planted dill. If the weather is good tomorrow, I'll plant some cabbage.
Now, remember those pitiful little blueberry bushes I planted? I hope this is a good thing - My little wonders are forming flower buds! Hopefully, this isn't too early for this climate zone. Since this is my first rodeo with blueberry bushes, I have no idea! Guess if it gets cold, I'm going to have to really cover these guys!
You really have to enlarge this picture, but this little bush has a pink bud starting to bloom!
And bush no. 2 was the one that looked like it was dead when I got it. It's not quite as tall as the other two, but it's leafed out nicely and now covered in little pink buds.
Bush no. 3 - you can see how tall it's gotten in the picture of bush no.2 - it's in the upper right corner. All three of these plants are quite green and vibrant. Hopefully, I can keep them that way!
The rest of my day was spent putzing about the yard, running my son to the Flea Market and picking him up, and getting the laundry done.
And while the northern part of our fine country is freezing, I grilled steaks on the patio for supper, and am enjoying my evening. It's a beautiful 70 degrees out right now - almost cool enough for a fire in the chimnea!
Tomorrow - Grocery shopping and the rest of the laundry. Tonight - I'm taking a bath and relaxing!
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
No, I'm not going to avail you of my horrendously stressful day in my legal lala land. I'm much too relaxed right now and winding down for bed.
I do, however, want to let you all know that I'm not ignoring you - I'm just in the middle of some rather time-consuming projects, one being my garden, of course, and for the last couple of days, learning about backyard chicken-keeping, or "micro-flocks." There's a lot to research and retain - building a coop and run, what accessories are needed, feed, nesting boxes and materials - like I said, a lot. I have to know all of this so I can write a proposed city ordinance to present and argue to the City Counsel so that the ordinance against raising chickens in the city limits can be changed.
I spent the evening writing the first draft, and when I'm happy with it, I'll send a copy to my friend, who is also a former mayor, to "tweak" it and give me some pointers on presenting this idea.
Like I need another project, right? Well, I'd better be off to bed. Tomorrow should be almost as insane as today was......
Monday, December 02, 2013
Oh, boy, did I ever not want to leave my house today! After three days of grey overcast, today was warm and sunny - One of those days that makes staying inside feel much like a prison.....
And then, I come home for lunch to find my seed potatoes and garlic waiting for me! I spent some time preparing my seed potatoes - They should be ready to plant in a few days - and will prepare my seed garlic for planting later this week.
If I could have stayed home, I would have planted some cabbage, and another row of spinach, but when my hour was up, it was back to work (and that IS a four-letter word!), and the occasional day-dream of my garden. Sometimes it sucks to realize just how unfair life is, but sucks it does, that's the reality, and it's back to work I go.
I've got to stop and get a lottery ticket tomorrow - "There ain't no senior prom looming on my horizon," but you never know about that lottery. I have as much chance to win as anyone else that buys a ticket!
And with that, I'm off to get my tea, and slide into bed....
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