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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
Nice to hear your work (or not) plan Daniel.
I see "light at the end of the tunnel", Daniel. Taking a week off evry month sounds like a good idea. Plus, you ARE close to taking every week off! And continue with the comments here. I love reading about your gardening adventures.
I'm glad you'll get extra puttering time, Daniel! And Joan has a point: we should all point out to the people we live with how to leave a message on AN. I know it costs a lot of nervous energy when someone disappears...
Your report of taking a week off per month starting July 1 gives me some comfort.
Daniel, will Ning or someone else contact us if anything changes and you can't contact us. We do worry, you know. I hope I am not smothering you but I feel as though you are my brother and only sibling. You are young enough to be my son, but our cancers seemed to cancel out the age differences.
Puttering full time is so much fun. There are always things to do ... or not. I hope you have chairs and footstools arranged around the properties so you can catch a little nap whenever and where ever you want.
I have no grass to watch grow, and I really enjoy watching my Colorado Spruce grow!
There is always part time work for a man with your skills and training and experience and probably closer by.
Spud, my experience with squash seed from the previous year depends on the species. If it is a heirloom, it probably will come back to be like the parents. If it is hybrid, one never knows. Just try it and pay attention to the quality of the eating. Keep track. If it tastes good, grow it again, if not, you can grow it and use it for groundcover if you have uncovered ground. Nature hates ground without plants growing in it and the soil will take any seed it can grab. It is a good way to get a thistle started in your garden.
I can't wait to read your reports from your garden. Spud's Garden!
Daniel, I agree with you about the four-o-clocks. They are pretty. They also are prolific. I like the method of putting pots around the flowers when they go to seed. Just a saucer will do. Throw in a little soil in the spring and you can move them to wherever you want them.
Grandma did lots of things with tin cans: cut the bottom out and place the can over transplants to prevent cut worms; cut the cut lids by bending them in half, back and forth until the can lid breaks in two, then use the half-can-lid to plug up mice holes as they appear inside her home; of course there is always the extra grease that comes off the cooked meats. Living in farming country she fixed huge breakfasts, lunches and dinners. She had all the lard she needed for the most delicious pies in the world.
Your loss of stamina and more discomfort concerns you, and rightfully so. Can you cut back at work? Work fewer days? Take an early retirement and not lose an amount of pension?
Meditative Puttering in the garden isn't work, it offers wonderful time for reflection. This is especially healthy when you can rest as you need. The heavy mulch helps weeds from starting and you have to deliberately put plants in; you have a good method to do that.
I can read or understand everything you send. Just a little trial and error and the meaning comes out at once.
This beautiful day, with some clouds dropping graupel or rain now and then, and frost at night, still.
I am headed to Laura's this afternoon to spend the weekend. Michelle, my granddaughter always has a treasure hunt in the forest that surrounds their home. Her five kids love it almost as much as I do.
My memory is too short. I seem to remember letting some volunteer squash grow to maturity, but don't remember the results.
Like Plinius, I also hope it's not long Daniel.
Daniel, how long till you can stop your primary career? I hope it's not long!
As usual, Daniel, I'm impressed (and envious). You have quite an operation going. By the way, how's your health nowadays? Do you have the stamina to do all you do?
I snuck in a row of sugar snap peas before the rains came yest. Hoping to get some lettuce, kale, and other greens in the ground before I leave for two weeks (Danube cruise).
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