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Is mostly being done by a crew of tree guys, who are making fantastic progress.  Our part is just occasionally walking around to supervise and give further input. 

EDIT: The tree guys are done and gone.  They finished both items on our required list, everything on the urgent list, and one on the would-be-nice list.  For the price originally quoted to do the two required items.  \o/  Also they were very insightful about interpreting things I would want.  I love working with people who realize that I understand their profession quite well, just lack the body and equipment for doing the actual work.  So now all the limbs are away from the house and driveway, and a lot of brush has got cleared away so there is more sunlight.  Also I have another mulch pile approximately the size of a car.  :D
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This poem came out of the January 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba and [personal profile] dreamwriters. It also fills the "day at the beach" square in my 1-3-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Today we went out to shovel wet ash from the firepit in the ritual meadow.  I got about half a wheelbarrow full before wearing out, and managed to clear a shovel or two distance from the nodestone. 

*gasp, pant, wheeze*  *goflopnow*

Second round: shoveled another ring around the firepit, moved another half-wheelbarrow of wet ash.

Third round: shoveled to the edge of the firepit, moved about two-thirds wheelbarrow of wet ash.
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Round one: walked around the yard with the tree guy to talk about the most important stuff we need to have done, like cutting limbs away from the house and over the driveway.  Plans are in action and they'll get our project when they can.  \o/

Round two: went back out to trim grass around the barrel garden and the Japanese red maple. 
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First round: Jumpstarted lawnmower so Doug could mow lawn.

First-and-a-half round: A few minutes later, pushed lawnmower back to reattach it to car and leave charging for a while.  After lunch, restarted lawnmower for more mowing.

Second round: Pushed stalled mower from south lot to driveway.

0_o 

EDIT:

Third round: Removed some of the dead branches blocking the north entrance to the ritual meadow.  Cut down some of the weeds in the old mulch pile.  Trimmed around the corkscrew willow between the house yard and the south lot.

Fourth round: Went out to jumpstart mower again.  Front grill fell off.  Fucked around trying to put that back on, gave up, threw it in car.  Got mower started, engaged mowing deck, mower died.  Determined that the problem was jammed blade(s).

By that time it was too dark for any other yardwork.

This is why technology and I are not friends.
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Today Doug and I went out and walked the whole yard, discussing and prioritizing things to have a tree crew come and trim/groom/remove/reduce/etc.  

Happy News: I have BEES again!  :D  When we went out, there were clouds of golden honeybees busily to-ing and fro-ing from the bee tree.  \o/  We had a hive in there for a while, and then they went away, and now they are back.  *Numfar does the Dance of Joy

EDIT:  

Second round: shoveled the remaining loose ash from inside the firepit and some around the outside edge.  Next we need to dig out the packed-down, older ash and then rake in the unburned stick ends.

Third round: trimmed grass around the goldenraintree.
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This poem came out of the December 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "depressed" square in my 12-1-15 card for the Defining Character Bingo fest and the "natural disaster" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem deals with some difficult topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It's about hurricanes, their damage, and how people cope with the aftermath in Easy City. Major emotional whump with lasting damage ensues. If these are sensitive subjects for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Last night we had a huge bonfire for the esbat.  Today I went out and scooped up a lot of the ash to spread on the prairie garden.  Most of the inside ring is clear except for patches that were still warm or had too many sticks.  Still need to do the outside where it spilled over.

Peonies and iris are in full bloom.  Poppies are almost done.  Something with pretty purple tubes is blooming in my wildflower garden.   
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First round: cut grass around goddess garden.

Second round: cut brush to clear mow paths in forest garden.

Third round: cut brush to clear mow paths in prairie garden.

There is some spring bulb blooming tiny pink flowers in the wildflower garden.  There are what look like iris buds coming up at the edge of the patio where I certainly never planted iris but the leaves look different.  We'll see how those bloom out.

Today I saw the cardinals courting.  The male would take a sunflower seed from the feeder, shell it, and then fly down to feed it to the female.  Kissing birds are adorable.  <3
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I am caught up on planting for now. 

Today it is sprinkling a bit.  I went outside and pulled weeds from the patio around the cistern and strip gardens.  Moved a lot of worms into flowerpots, I think I've put some in every pot now so I'm back to putting them in the barrel garden.
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So far I have planted basil in the strip garden and cistern garden: one lemon basil, one red, and six plain.

I also put several worms into two different flowerpots. 

EDIT:

Second round: Pulled out a whole lot of lemon balm to make room for new herbs.  Planted dill, sage, curly parsley, and flat parsley in the strip and cistern gardens.  

Third round: Moved the extra lemon balm elsewhere, no point wasting it when bees love the stuff.
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 ... with falconry.  Sometimes the old solutions are still the most effective.  Worth noting is that some airstrips with a big bird population also use falconry to reduce the chance of birdstrikes on airplanes.
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It is a beautiful sunny day today after yesterday's rain rain rain.  \o/  So I started by planting:

* Firecracker plant and lantana in the barrel garden.  This completes the planting of the barrel garden for this season.

* Two hanging pots for the hooks above the barrel garden, one with a fuchsia and one with pink purslane.

* A long planter with yellow purslane, pink-and-yellow cosmos, and pink-and-yellow purslane. 

I still have most of two flats to plant, including a lot of herbs.  We stopped at Prairie Gardens recently.  :D

EDIT:

Round two: weeded the goddess garden.

Round three: installed the goddess statue.  Planted four hens-and-chicks of different varieties, two red ones and two green ones.

Round four: planted curry plant in cistern garden; golden lemon thyme, mother-of-thyme, and calendula in the strip garden.

I still have several varieties of basil to plant along with a few other herbs, but I actually got most of the stuff planted in one day.  Go me.  :D
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Today we picked up sticks from the edge of the south meadow through the house yard all the way to the driveway, opening up a large area to be mowed later.  Yay.  Yay. 

Honeysuckle is blooming.  Lots of potted flowers too.

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Second round: cut two wheelbarrows of brush from mowing paths around the house yard and hauled them to the brush pile.

Third round: cut down and chopped up another honeysuckle bush that was in the way, which filled another wheelbarrow. Hauled that to the brush pile.
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Today I planted three prairie grasses: big bluestem, indian grass, and one other.  That leaves three to go and then I'll be done with current plants.

Potted up some moss that I dug up to make room for planting a tree seedling earlier.

I put another worm in the barrel garden.

Poppies are blooming.  Peonies and iris are just starting.

A mourning dove has nested beside our kitchen window again.  :D 

EDIT: Second round of yardening: planted three more prairie grasses.

Discovered that the comfrey in the prairie garden is also blooming.

Put another worm in the barrel garden.

Patted myself on the back for finishing all the planting, came back into the house ... and discovered that the house fairies had helpfully added another Big Bluestem in the tray I had just emptied.

LOL some problems are nice to have.
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First round: Planted and mulched two sweetbush seedlings in the forest garden.  I am slowly trying to replace the mess of brittle trees and honeysuckle with something better.

Second round: Planted and mulched three sassafras and one bald cypress.

I also added a couple handfuls of worms to the barrel garden, and have started putting individual worms into flowerpots.

EDIT:
Third round: Planted three prairie plants (purple joe-pye weed, rattlesnake master, and one other) plus one red willow bush. This concludes the batch of tree and shrub seedlings I was working through.  All that remains of the native plants are the six pots of prairie grasses.

Raspberries and blackberries are blooming.  Wild strawberries have been blooming for a while.  :D


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The sky is annoying me today.  I went outside after lunch to plant things, and it was spitting rain.  Expecting it to rain harder I went back inside and did poetry stuff instead.

Noticed that it still wasn't really raining much.  Went outside again to plant two Dolgo crabapples.

It started raining more and I got rather damp.  >_<  But I did get the two crabapples in the ground.  This completes the inner row of small trees forming the new windbreak.
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First round: Planted two smooth asters and two northern sea oats in the wildflower garden.

Second round: Planted two short's asters, a wild quinine, and another flower in the wildflower garden.

Transferred four more worms to the barrel garden.

Also today I'm making sloppy joe mix, so that's where most of my energy is going. 
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The Solomon Islands are going under.  :(  This kind of thing has been predicted for some time, and poses a serious threat to island nations.

Meanwhile over in Terramagne, climate change is not as bad as here because people have done more to ameliorate it, but it's still a threat.  Hence the Republic of the Maldives seeking people with superpowers to help keep it above the waves.

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This poem came out of the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.

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