Thurs. May 6, 2021: Room For New Growth

photo by Devon Ellington

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Fourth Quarter Waning Moon in Pisces

Celtic Tree Month of Willow

Pluto Retrograde

Still dark outside

It’s been quite a tumultuous week, on the yard front.

The landlord had a new septic system put in, so the entire back yard (terraced area and meadow) was dug up in order to install it. The guys were terrific – it was like watching precision dance. The guy manning the digger was so skilled. The guy working the pit was amazing, too. I’d be terrified to have several tons of machinery moving that close to me. The level of trust involved is enormous.

They were fast, they were tidy, they were nice. They made the whole experience as stress-free as possible.

As you know, I have a medical condition where repetitive machine noise can cause a lot of pain. While the vibration of the heavy machinery was a bit wearing at times, it was high-quality equipment, and the actual noise was much less than the neighbors who are always puttering around running their tools just for the noise. I think the neighbor across the street who rides his bulldozer around just for fun had Heavy Equipment Envy.

They raked, added topsoil and grass seed before they left, flattening out the meadow, which has always been lumpy and a problem to mow. They managed to work around the retaining wall. It’s going to look beautiful once it all grows back.

Che Guevara Chipmunk was upset, though. His actual home, under the bush at the retaining wall, wasn’t hurt. But, the first day, after they started digging, he sat on the step on the deck and stared and stared, with the most devastated expression on his little chipmunk face. I felt terrible for upsetting him so much.

image by Devon Ellington

The lilacs on the big old lilac tree are starting to bud. I’ll be able to cut some this weekend and enjoy them when I get back from my second vaccine dose.

There’s been a lot of rain this week – the poor guys worked right through it. Today is supposed to be nice, but I think the weekend will be kind of damp.

We need it, though.

Thurs. Aug. 22: On Break

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This photo is by launcalotus21 via pixabay.

It looks a lot like Che Guevera Chipmunk, although Che doesn’t have the gray and the stripes. He’s all rust and white and black.

But he often stands like that and regards me, before waving his little paws in the air, chattering to incite revolution.

I chose the photo because of the face.

Anyway, I’m on a break until the first Thursday in September. I injured my hand. I have to cut back on typing. And not do any gardening.

Sigh. . .

Thurs. Aug. 8, 2019: Joy of Red Geraniums

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Thursday, August 8, 2019
Waxing Moon Second Quarter in Scorpio
Jupiter Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny, hot, humid

Our red geraniums are going like gangbusters. To think, the second or third year we lived here, I bought them as small 3-for-$10 plants!

The tomatoes are growing, too. We lost some of them to rot, and some others are starting to get color. Hopefully, we can start enjoying them soon. The cucumbers are growing like wildfire — hopefully we’ll get some cucumbers. The eggplants and peppers look good, but haven’t yet bloomed.

The morning glories are acting like an invasive this year.

Haven’t seen the fisher lately. I worried he’d eaten the bunnies and Che Guevara Chipmunk, but saw both of them a couple of days ago, so they’re safe. I’m letting Tessa out with me on the deck in the mid-afternoon, but not early in the morning or at dusk.

It’s hot and humid, but leaves are starting to turn and fall. The hosta blooms have come and gone (I’ll have to cut them back soon). The basil is huge. The lettuce is almost done.

I have to figure out what to do with the kale soon. Maybe make a ham, white bean, and kale soup and then freeze it for winter?

How is your garden growing?

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