in which our plucky heroine starts out the month with another visit from my mighty Blue Cedar House pals! Their visit involved quite a bit of actual, well, labor. And plenty of good delicious shared meals, pleasant chat, several useful visits to Mr Plywood, the farmers market across the street, Ikea, and even a side trip to 50 Licks for the best ice cream on the planet...
The carport was mostly a sad drift of dead leaves, junk, old lumber, and debris yesterday; they cleared it all out, stacked the useful bits, and removed the detritus... it is filled with potential now, ready to become an outdoor room for cooking and drying laundry under cover from the sun and rain (once the many bags of yard debris that are just out of the photo go away)
Herb triangle is weeded and mulched; the little brick walls are restacked. The lovage, thyme, and savory are quite happy. I think this might be a good spot for a small rosemary. And, apparently my rhubarb has once again entirely given up on life. I really would like to establish a strong healthy rhubarb plant, as it is a favorite of mine. Anyone out there have success with it? I am beginning to think it needs a different richer soil, or something...
A beautiful river of mulch! The front yard of Acorn Cottage has not looked this nice ever, and not this tidy since I moved in... The happy plants have room to breathe (and maybe acquire some new friends at some point; more hardy fuschia maybe?)
Mr Robertson knows his way around a toolbox...
A new set of shelves will be added along one wall of the SCA closet - four foot long and only eight inches deep. The back and side edges will be supported by these wooden cleats.
Metro Paint recycled house paint? The upper shelf will hold some of my SCA gear, and as (over time) there is less need for paint storage the space will be useful to store more eventing supplies and equipment in a tidy and accessible way
Not visible yet is the good beginning made on my sewing SCA clothing for the Robertson family. The muslins for the basic tunic for him, and basic gown for her, were both fitted and basted, which will allow me to create various additional garments from those patterns. I still need to cut and sew the muslin for their daughter. Now when the appropriate fabrics become available, a veritable sewing whirlwind can commence.
September SMART goal challenge
|#||THINGS MADE||THINGS FIXED||THINGS GONE|
|1||tunic muslin for B||carport cleared||yardwaste bin|
|2||gown muslin for M||shelves in SCA closet||5 yardwaste bags|
|3||*||herb planter improved||funky red dresser|
|4||*||housefront plantings |
mulched and weeded
|old baby stroller |
from garden shed
Not every exchange needs happen in the world of commerce, sometimes we just help each other out... that is the world I want to live in, where heart and hands both are part of the equation, and friends help friends to mutual benefit. Today I am grateful for the learning in my hands and mind, the skills, that now as I slide down the path to becoming an elder, not only bring me great satisfaction, but also allow me a path to share with others in a way that brings needful assistance with things that are difficult.
may this gratitude contradict despair...