April 29th, 2019


A three day weekend

I'm hoping i'm rested after a three day weekend. I tried to be open to that. Christine had elephants. I had gardening doubts.

Friday i did some shopping, running by the thrift store in a fortuitous trip to get rid of some stuff we'd been accumulating in the front room (my work space, the guest bed, Carrie's room, and piles of boxes still unsorted from the move). We have our first company coming, so getting a little bit out of the way is a win. At the thrift store i found a few clothing items for myself that seem useful. Then i went on to the farm store and ended up buying far more seedlings than i expected. I have an unlabeled set of pepper plants, and did i really mean to get four jalapenos?

I have so many solanaceae in the garden: peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes. To rotate... well, i suppose i could manage a two year rotation, except i have second year potatoes coming up in places that are supposed to be potato free.

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I looked at some photos of my garden from last year: the poppies were much further along and i did have better luck with the brassicas. But the garden looks so much more attractive this year. Last year there was so much bare dirt, and i've been so aggressive with various forms of mulching this year. Pine needles, woodchips, straw, and (least attractively) cardboard cover the ground. Maybe, maybe, i'll be able to keep the weeds at bay.

Saturday morning i think i'd not slept well? Or was up too late? But first thing i started looking into some research for work. I'll need to write that up today. Trying to rest for work ... not sure i was am it right.

In the yard i worked on the north berm -- i'd bought tons of seeds for it lst year. Scattered some of the seeds that i'd chilled for two months in the fridge and became certain of failure. I'm trying not to give in to that feeling. At least i've weeded. I mowed as well, but did not sharpen the chipper blade, which is a chore that is stopping Christine from going at some trees with the loppers.

In the evening we went out to meet [personal profile] annie_r for dinner and a movie. Annie_r's pick of "Amazing Grace" -- the live performance recording of Aretha Franklin's gospel album -- wasn't something i would have normally selected but i did enjoy it. Christine said i was beaming during the first half of the film. (Not sure why i wouldn't have been in the second half.)

Sunday i cooked for meeting, went to meeting for business the first time since Mom's stroke, and worship. Home and puttered a little before going out to take my niece a belated birthday gift and chat with my sister, then a long visit with Mom. She was going through a pile of news paper front pages she has saved: Cuban missile crisis, Kennedy assassination, Apollo moon landing, Agnew's resignation, and the release of Nixon's tapes. She (and separately, unknown to each other) and Dad were both in Key West for the missile crisis. Mom has a page of notes she wrote to herself -- she refers to Castro as "that bearded nut."

Christine is doing a radio show on https://wcomfm.org/ Sundays at 6 pm Eastern.

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I sat in the backyard, listening and relaxing.

We have surprise houseguests on the way. I'm hoping Christine won't stress too much.

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Fantasy book hunt

I vaguely remember a book about a kingdom that only allowed men to ascend to the throne, in fact women are not allowed on point of death to sit on the throne. Ruler had a daughter. His brother, far away, disguised and raised his daughter as a son. The hidden daughter becomes heir apparent and eventually travels to be present in her uncle's court. Her cousin flirts with her. One day the king encourages the heir to sit on the throne for one of those "everyone present their grievance to the king" occasions. The cousin shows up and accuses the heir of getting her pregnant.

And i don't remember - -was that the end and i never read the sequel? Did i forget the end? WHAT HAPPENED.

And i want to reread it, with my many years behind me.

Anyone recognize this?