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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

We've been having lovely weather and I've been trying to take advantage of it by getting the outdoors work done while it is still pleasant outside. The back is finished except for my work that waits upon the fence being rebuilt. The workmen who built the new deck over our broken pool trampled the garden that took TWO YEARS for me to get something to grow (it is very shady and very dry) and since this garden abuts the broken fence there is no point in my doing anything until the fence is also repaired. This should happen by next week. I'll have to begin by restoring the soil AGAIN. I've got lots of compost awaiting. Trying to have nice plants outdoors in the mountains is a battle that I cannot win! If it isn't animals eating everything, it's workmen trampling everything carelessly! And workmen appear to be SO regularly needed up here in the mountains.... emoticon emoticon

Meanwhile, pruning and raking up an absolutely endless supply of pine cones and pine needles has consumed all my time in the front of the house. So has sorting through my pots and trying to decide on which ones to get rid. I've got expensive, durable, but heavy terra cotta ones -- my preference to keep, but with the realization that my age is making "them" heavier and heavier, I realize I have to rethink that preference! I've got lots of lightweight expanded foam ones --- very pretty but I've learned they do deteriorate faster than is acceptable (to me) given their price. And I've got a few cheap plastic ones (good for hanging baskets as they have built in water-catching saucers) -- mainly because I haven't figured out how to keep my nice metal ones from dripping! I have far too many small ones (but they are so pretty and suitable for gift-giving once I pot them up with plants! And Christmas is coming!) and not enough big ones which I use for my big plants (BUT I'm getting older and can barely move my big plants in and out as it is!).

I need to reduce, reduce, reduce! I had 100 potted plants 2 years ago, and today I have 50. Progress! But of these, only 25 can I pick up by hand and move easily. The others must be wobbled onto a hand-truck to be moved. And there are steps involved (literal floor steps) in getting them in and out. Do I reduce my large, valuable, long-lived, HEAVY houseplants or my small, cheaper, shorter-lived, light houseplants? I spend a lot of time trying to envision coming changes to my future in order to make the right decisions. And then there's the dreadful realization that I could end up somewhere that would be totally unsuitable for the keeping of houseplants.... I have had some of my plants for decades. They are like my children in some ways -- hard to part with, definitely!

Well, that all takes time, but decisions are brain-work rather than physical work. And there is plenty of physical work too. And indoors too. DD managed to add just enough additional stress to a closet rod to cause it to pull out of the wall... leaving a good amount of MY clothing wrinkling on the floor...... And the table in the sunroom has become a catch-all for unfinished projects and must be cleared by next week. And... clearly you don't need a list of my most urgent chores!

So I've had little time to sit at the computer and go through e-mails. I have been ruthless about not letting any more pile up, but I've only managed to remove 5 more from the backup in the last 2 days: 530 more to go! I hope YOUR days are running smoother!
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