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The new job and The Project

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I am finally semi-gainfully employed - 20 hours per week, although being May and all, I'm putting in about twice that at the moment, which is fine. I work for:

where I am the landscaper and greenhouse manager. Ten hours a week I have SEMP (Supported Employment) help - one of the participants is assigned to me to do whatever I ask them to do, typically simple but labor-intensive tasks, like moving 100 flats of vegetables from one place to another. The other ten hours I spend doing any number of landscaping tasks, from climbing around in the barn looking for various things to planting shrubbery. Right now I'm there so much more simply because it's planting season (and also the big important Dinner is coming up in a week and a half, and everything has to look Perfect.)

My main project at the moment is the Sensory Garden, which is a wheelchair accessible garden that, as the name suggests, engages all five of the senses. I'm putting in plants with different textures (fuzzy, smooth, rough), scents (herbs and scented geraniums), and tastes (different mints, nasturtiums.) For hearing, I have wind chimes and a little waterfall into the pond I dug in last week, and for seeing, well, with any luck the whole garden will be gorgeous, with all different shades of green in addition to different colors of flowers. I also have a bird-feeder and bird bath, and a gazing ball to put in.

So far I've gotten the paths in. I didn't take any "before" photos, but this shows the wheelchair accessible path:

where you see the weedy places, well, the whole thing was like that. There are a few perennials buried there in the weeds, but it's mostly just scrub. I have to tear all that out and replace it with plants and the other items I mentioned. Since this photo of the path was taken, I've put in three raised barrels so that people in wheelchairs or who cannot bend easily can still run their hands over the herbs and taste the mints.

Just wanted to bring my Spark Buddies up to date - and this explains why I haven't been around as much. Too busy! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

(that's a truck load of mulch! )
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    Well, ya know, Scoot, this is just plain freaking awesome. LOL I have NO **fashion sense** in ANY way, so I really admire someone who can take a patch of weedy ground and turn it into something beautiful and soothing. I am lucky to hang a picture on the wall and have it not come out all a-kilter. However, give me a hammer, nails, couple o' power tools, and I can design and throw together something spectacular, altho it never quite ends up exactly as it was envisioned initially, I seem to need to 'tweak' it into something else before it's finally done. I love all of the different abilities people have. Gardening/landscaping will never be one of mine so I am very grateful to people like you who DO have it!
    1227 days ago
    You are the BOMB! Soooo special this new job! So perfect that you are the one doing it with help of course! I would love to be outdoors digging around in our scrubby yard...we back up to 26 acres of natural FL wetlands...but I won't exhert the time and energy until I know we can hold onto this beloved house. It's been a bloody three year fight..and it STILL goes on. I just updated a friends page (Ocean Mist) with the latest fiasco! I'd tell you all about it...but it's just too exhausting to splain all over again.

    I HATE these bloody marauding above the law bankers...just hate em to the max. Thank goodness fiesty little Senator Elizabeth Warren is taking them to task...she's pretty spectacular! I LOVE fighters...that aren't afraid to go up against big wigs...she put Treasury laudy da's RIGHT in their PLACE...and I pray she just keeps at it!
    just love her to pieces! emoticon emoticon

    You are one of those FAB women prize fighters too! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1237 days ago
    This sounds like such a wonderful project! I hope you'll continue to share photos as it progresses.
    1239 days ago
    Congratulations! This sounds like the perfect work for you.

    1239 days ago
    Wow!! What great ideas you have for the sensory garden! I can't wait to see more photos.
    Suggestions: Lemon balm, bergamot, flowering thyme, lamb's ear and tall grasses that make swishing sounds in the wind.
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    1240 days ago
    It looks like it will be beautiful when you are done!!!
    1241 days ago
  • PJH2028
    Hey!!! That's fantastic! What a great part time thing! Sounds like the good kind of work satisfying. Hard work. Outside, breathe making cleansing beauty.
    Right now I want to be you.

    Sending you connection and friendship.
    Mindful of how many times your hand reached out to me

    1241 days ago
  • _UMAMI_
    "You are a MAGICIAN!!", I wanted to say, thinking of the Tarot card wherein one transforms what is above to what is below, only you're kind of doing the reverse.

    Then I thought, wait, what is the female version of magician, and can only come up with....witch? That seems so wrong!

    Anyway, I think what you are doing is Magical. Can't wait to see the final results. And we'd like scratch n' sniff cards sent out for the tactile and scentual parts of the experience, please.

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    1242 days ago
    What a wonderful concept. I am a special education administrator and we have several students who love to garden at whatever level they can manage. We have a greenhouse for them but I wish we had something like this for them to volunteer emoticon when they transition out of high school.
    1242 days ago
    Scooter how great that must be for you. I am so happy you have your most awesome job. Lots of hard work but for some of us digging in the dirt is like child's play.

    I am SO happy for you and proud of you too. Now one of these days I will get myself there to see it. I will check out if it is a reciprocal garden for us. WooHoo, way to go. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1242 days ago
    It is looking great!!! I can't even imagine the work all of this entails!!! You are amazing and a real gift to Heritage Farm. They are luck to have you!!!! Good work!!!!
    1242 days ago
    What a great job! I love to landscape as well. I mostly do my own yard. It is a good hobby for me and sooo fulfilling.
    1243 days ago
    Awesome! Thanks for taking the time to tell us this. It sounds so cool.
    1243 days ago
    emoticon on a great job.
    1243 days ago
    I just looked at their web page and read their history and mission statement. What a great idea and a wonderful place. I am very impressed!
    1243 days ago
    That sounds quite wonderful! I think I'm in love with the concept of the "sensory garden" deliberately designed for those who might not find it in nature. How cool it must be to help develop such a project!
    1243 days ago
    With all your credentials, they definitely got the RIGHT expert for the job. And how uber cool that such a place even exists in your neck'a'da woods! Awesomesauce!

    1243 days ago
  • JANEDOE12345
    Combining all your skills in one effort, except writing == perhaps you could write a piece for local paper about it.

    You sound so happy!

    1243 days ago
    Oh, what a marvelous, wonderful, supercalifragic job!

    A great service to the employer, the public, and yourself...log the exercise, dear.

    Hope you post more photos and protect your back.

    1243 days ago
    That is so freaking cool! You must get a lot of satisfaction thinking about how much pleasure your hard labor will bring to others.. I think that is freaking awesome!!! Must post progress pictures more often!!

    And lord.. we haven't even touched on the workout that must be!

    Thanks for the update!
    1243 days ago
    emoticon That is Truly Awesome.. how great to enjoy all that nature.. get your workout in .. Because I am sure you Work Out doing all that work and then a little cash on the side..

    I wish I had a landscape EYE !! Great job my friend , Great Job..
    1243 days ago
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