Thurs. Nov. 21, 2019: The Weather Is Not Cooperating

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Thursday, November 21, 2019
Waning Moon, 4th quarter in Virgo
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Reed
Partly sunny and cold

The weather is not cooperating.

We took 10 30-gallon bags of leaves to the dump late last week. We’ve only filled about 3 or 4 more, mostly because it’s either been too windy to rake, or it’s been raining. That cold, damp, chilling rain that stings when it hits your skin and makes you cold to the bone.

I managed to scrub down the inside of the deck over the weekend. There is no mold. It was all dirt from being blown around in the yard, or from the plants. I dry brushed, then used Murphy’s oil soap. It downright gleams now.

Some boards in the deck do need replacement, as do the stairs, but they don’t have to do the whole thing.

The guy who was supposed to come and look at the deck and the back of the house (which was never painted eight years ago when the front of the house was done) never showed up on Monday. I’m sure it was because of the rain, but still, someone should have let us know. I rearranged my work day so I’d be here.

I’m tired of losing billable hours due to unreliable workmen.

It’s rained all week so far. This is the first day it’s drying out.

As soon as it’s dry enough, I’ll be raking again. We’re supposed to get snow at some point this weekend. I’m just going to rake any day it’s dry enough so to do. Every day a bit, and eventually, it all gets done.

Because the front is what’s most seen, that’s what gets the most attention, but, eventually, I’ll get the side, the back, and the meadow done as well.

Much of it depends on how soon the snow comes in, how much it is, and how long it covers the ground.

The beds are tucked in with leaves, so they will have a good winter. It’s always good to use leaves on the beds. They mulch down nicely, and then the soil is in good shape in the spring. Clean-up’s a bit messy, but the plants like it, and it’s worth it in the long run.

I can’t believe next week is Thanksgiving. Which means, shortly thereafter, that the Winter Holiday decorating begins. I decorate outside as well as in, so I’m sure there will be something to say.

The Thanksgiving cacti are in bloom, and look beautiful. The photos at the top and bottom of this post are those plants.

I won’t post on Thanksgiving, but I’ll be back the following week to talk about how I’m doing with my holiday greens!

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October 24, 2019: Post-Storm

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Thursday, October 24, 2019
4th Quarter Moon in Scorpio
Celtic Tree Month of Ivy
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and cool

I couldn’t post last Thursday because of the nor’easter. We lost power around 1 AM. By mid-morning, we also lost cell service. Most places in the area, including the library, were shut.

It wasn’t too bad. We worked socializing the cats, wrapped up in layers, read books. One of the radios had batteries, so we could keep up with how bad it was outside.

Around 1:30 in the afternoon, the power came back on, but flickered until late afternoon.

Lots of branches came down. Not tree limbs, just branches. That’s taken some time to clean up.

I’ve taken the exterior Halloween decorations up and down too often to count at this point.

We have some more tomatoes growing; let’s hope they mature before they’re stolen again.

I have to cut back the roses and cut back what needs it in the beds over the weekend, weather permitting. We’ll start putting plants into the garage to overwinter, and the smaller plants (which are still pretty big, but do well indoors) inside and up in my room.

I have to oil the teak furniture one more time before we put it away.

Then, the garden goes to sleep for the winter.

And I immediately start fantasizing about what I want to do next year!

Oct. 10, 2019: Time To Put The Garden To Bed

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Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019
Waxing Moon Second Quarter Moon in Pisces
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Ivy
Rainy and cool

The decorations are up outside in the front of the house. Pictures are on my Instagram account, @devonellingtonwork. The exterior isn’t finished — I haven’t yet put up the lights. But it’s getting there. The interior decorations are up, too.

We’re getting a Nor’Easter, so that could make everything go cattywumpus.

It’s time to put the rest of the garden to bed. Having someone come in to mow has been such a blessing and a boon. This next set of tomatoes is doing well — we might actually get to EAT some of them.

As soon as we have the first frost, I will cut back the roses. The landlord wants them cut back far more than I do, but that’s the way it goes. As things die back, I’m sure I’ll find more invasives that need to be gotten rid of.

My lawn guy cleaned up the leaves. I’ll discuss with him whether we should do a big cleanup later in November, or how that usually works.

Meanwhile, I’ll trim things back and put leaves in the beds so they can rest over winter. Pretty soon, we’ll have to bring in the plants that can’t stay outside all winter, and oil and put away the furniture from the deck. I kind of like these rituals.

Thurs. Oct. 3, 2019: Slow Move into Autumn

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Not much to report. Don’t even have the usual astrological information — except that Pluto turns direct today, thank goodness.

We’re coaxing along the rest of the tomatoes. We’re cutting back other plants. We’re making some decisions about other plants.

We have so many acorns! What a harvest. The squirrels and chipmunks are very happy.

I’m hoping for a quiet, productive weekend.

It’s been unseasonably warm here so far, but it’s cooling down. We’ve had a few days of wind and dreary drizzle. When it lets up, I’ll start the exterior decorating.

Autumn is my favorite season!