autumn is never the same two years in a row. some years it is early with frost near labor day other years it is warm well into fall this year it has been mixed cool nights, warm days and heavy morning fog the transition this morning from thick fog to sunlight~
In losing our yurt tenant, we have inherited her gardens.
My choices are to let them go completely or to change them
so they are low maintenance.
I have decided on the latter.
Ordered up a batch of dafs that naturalize
and will pop them in along with seeds for some wildflowers.
Same with the bed down closer to the yurt,
add some bulbs and some shade happy perennials that can take over.
I am not going to weed more beds.
This shall work out well, give us spring and summer color with minimal work.
It will not be a cared for bed nor should it be sitting there in the midst of nowhere.
Once we finish repairs on the yurt, we can serious look for a guest,
then the gardens will have their new caretaker.
LATER Went up with manure and a rake so bed improved. Then spend a couple of hours putting in 300 dafs. We shall see how full the bed looks come fall. Next step is to add some wildflower seeds for the post daf season.
Is it crazy to enjoy naming things, animals, buildings, land, house, dogs, goats ? You name it, I like to name it.
Right now I am working on a name for my bedroom.
Rightio that is my bedroom now downstairs, ground level basement.
Cozy it is and decorated in my usual laid back decor.
I spend many hours, menopausal hours, awake contemplating the world,
my life, the universe, yada yada so it is kind of spiritual and kind of a getaway
thus a fitting (easy to remember) name seems fitting.
Our gifted little building out in the field, the playhouse is The Nest, it fit and was easy. The yurt is still after years in the works and may just be what it is.
For whatever reason this bedroom name has not flowed or been easy.
Abode, Sanctuary, den, cave, my place all not fitting.
I have woken up at night and pondered.
I an almost on "Mew". Nice old word which means a secret place or hideaway. It works also and because I sleep with two cats most nights and tada what do cats say? Or it could be the Cat House..... Well Mew is sitting well with me and may be it. I shall sit with it a wee tad longer to see.
Physically, and spiritually, like all of life, this is a space and a name in progress
and may be subject to change.
Isn't it exciting when it all comes together. Like an aha moment..
Mew has not been exactly aha, but really really close....
Woke up last night with "snug" in my head. Another fine word.
My computer, my faithful 10 year old laptop with minimal memory decided
not to run CD/DVDs so I decided it was time to think
of a realistic replacement....something slightly better
with more speed and more memory
so I didn't have to worry about my computer gagging on pictures or programs.
Mac was a thought but then I have to start all over again
and that as tempting as it was got ruled out.
There are so many choices and none wrong. I finally told Tim to help me decide. Unknown to me he hit staples and bought me an inexpensive dell
with lots of memory and a mouse and keyboard with strings.
Those had to go but so far Dell has been good.
Like all transitions, we had some change pains.
About a full 24 hours of wondering if this was a good idea or a really bad dream.
It is now coming together with programs recognizing each other.
Pictures are still a bit of a nightmare which I can not cope with until I am feeling strong. I really need a good software program for photography and haven't found that as yet so.....
and my office software has not arrived so my desk is full of two computers
with competing mice.....
it is good it has been raining as it ties me to the computer fix. Well computer woke up this am sort of....no pic on monitor, any monitor. Not good ----so computor going to the ER at staples....OUCH don't we love technology? NOT
The saga continues.....word is that the patient is all rightl It was not a deadly disease.
I smudged the yurt and that is a story unto itself.
Having done that I started with the underneath, raking leaves finding misc treasures, ours and Jordan's.
After 4 hours of Hot and steamy I came come home to an invite to do Pie a la mode at Apples Acres. Off we went for "lunch". Yum.
We walked over later together with the dogs to evaluate what stays, what gets trashed, what gets added.
I have washed all the linens and will take them back tomorrow.
Early on I cleaned the green slime off the propane tank. That was nasty and makes the biggest difference. How silly that the propane clean up meant so much to me but it did.
Parts of the deck will need replacing.
I took apart a little garden at the foot of the steps. It was not happening and almost painful. Another garden on the other side needs some TLC and plants may go where the annuals were pulled out. Or maybe wildflower seeds.
Love the rocks under the yurt and the plantings ---
some of the plantings work, some do not.
Rebuilt a part of the stone where it had collapsed. I have raked a million leaves out from under, brought some things to be trashed from underneath.
Not sure on the desk, and assorted of the roughly built additions, the shelves, the saw horses. They will probably be re-homed or trashed.
Need a new step for the outhouse.
Tim has taken the wood and cut it for firewood.
Trimmed some branches over the outhouse and will clean the roof when a vent is added.
We need to clean the vinyl.
This is the bestest space and needs a little TLC so others can feel the wonder
of this circular space. Overall not much needs to be done.
Need to take a deep breathe, stand back, and after letting it tell us,