Thurs. Nov. 12, 2020: Mild Days and Blooming Cacti

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Dark Moon Fourth Quarter in Libra

Neptune, Uranus, Mars Retrograde

Celtic Tree Month of Reed

Foggy and mild

I have one calendar saying today is the new moon and Mars goes direct, and another calendar saying today is still the dark moon and that all happens tomorrow. Go figure.

The last week’s weather has been quite lovely and unseasonably warm here. I pulled out all the faded annuals from pots and put the pots away in the garage. I repotted the cherry seedlings, which somehow survived without much attention all summer. I pulled out the spent tomato plants, but haven’t put away the pots yet. I’m going to leave the large pots that usually overwinter out as long as it remains pleasant.

But the deck is tidy and it’s still a pleasure to sit out there and enjoy the final nice days of the year. Because the deck is covered and there are skylights, one can even sit out in the rain. The deck is one of the things I will miss most about the house when we move in spring.

The landlord came and did some of the heavier pruning that’s too hard for me to handle, and the lawn guy is going to come by and do leaves soon.

We’re in decent shape.

I am sick of the neighbors and their leaf blower obsession. It’s autumn. One of the beauties of autumn is the falling leaves. If you don’t like it, don’t live in New England!

The moron using his leaf blower at 3:30 AM in the rain really angered me today.

I intend to wring every moment of pleasure out of autumn that I can. Who knows what winter will bring?

Our Thanksgiving cacti are starting to bloom, and should be gorgeous by the time it’s actually Thanksgiving.

The quality of light is very different now, too. The second floor doesn’t get as much afternoon sun, but the first floor gets more. Tessa, whose domain is the second floor, blames me personally for the change, which is pretty funny.

How’s your garden doing?

Thurs. Nov. 5, 2020: A Stretch of Warm Autumn Weather

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

3rd Quarter  Waning Moon in Cancer

Neptune, Uranus, Mars Retrograde

Sunny and warmer

Celtic Tree Month of Reed

We’re in for a stretch of 7 to 10 days of weather in the 60’s and 70’s. That means I can work outside, cutting back the plants that need it. It also means I will not bring in the deck furniture this weekend, although I will be clearing out the annuals that have died back.

I want to spend the last few days enjoying the deck!

Today is a planting day, so I’m putting some saved seeds from an organic lemon into a pot and seeing what happens.

We’re in Leaf Blower Season (although, around here, every season is Leaf Blower Season) where all the men in the neighborhood with no inner lives spend each morning and night in their tiny yards making noise and mess with their Freudian implements.

I plan to make this weekend one of healing, especially for myself, since I was sick as all getout yesterday. I want to enjoy sun and good weather, and give myself a reprieve from the darkness in the world, especially post-election.

Votes are still being counted as I write this, and I’m not counting on anything until they’re counted.