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What’s up Saturday 

Thinking about all these beautiful things today and how lucky I am to have them in my life.
All is well here, keeping very busy, and some personal life changes happening. It’s all good stuff though.
I hope you are well.

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Lazy Sunday 

Understandably, Wolfie is exhausted after all the thrift store shopping and t-shirt yarn making from yesterday. So we are taking a break and enjoying the nice weather and tending to the garden today. Lettuce and tomatoes are growing and the carrots need to be picked. 

Enjoy your Sunday.

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Lazy Sunday 

I had no idea there were this many varieties of sage!

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gratefulness log

Today I am grateful for:

  • a xeriscaped yard
  • a water bowl for the neighborhood animals
  • a peaceful yard
  • a garden in bloom
  • easy mac-n-cheese

When I moved into my house, the first thing I wanted to do was xeriscape my yard. I am not big on wasting money and water in making sure I have green grass all the time. The earth doesn’t work that way, that’s why there are seasons and plants go dormant. Florida is one of the few states that seems to demand that homeowners make sure that their landscaping is pristine and manicured all. the. time. I have better things to do.

In the 20 years I have been here my yard has grown a LOT and to me, it is perfect. Lots of easy to maintain plants, I use no pesticides nor irrigation, and except for a dry season, I think it looks pretty damn good. (I have some uptight neighbors that would disagree, but I don’t maintain my yard for them.)


Since I am a big animal lover, and my cats are indoor/outdoor, I have left a water bowl in the front yard under the roof drip line, so when it rains, the water bowl gets refilled, which happens a lot. I know other animals use it to, there are a couple stray neighborhood cats that I’ve seen drink out of it. I think one of those stray cats lives in my front yard.

I’m glad that my yard is easy on the environment, easy on my wallet, and is a haven for all sorts of animals. I’ve seen raccoons and opossums come through here, there’s a couple squirrel nests in my bamboo and backyard tree, the mockingbirds have made a nest in my grapevine, and the lantana’s bring bees and monarch, zebra longwing, white peacock, eastern tiger swallowtail, and other swallowtail butterflies which are so beautiful and amazing to watch.

I am very happy and honored to be able to provide such a place for nature, to be a steward of this environment and to be able to preserve and protect it. I hope you can find the same joy in your environment. Enjoy it while you can.

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Here we go…

So the guys are here trimming the tree and I am trying very hard not to be too anxious about the whole thing. I mean, this is a gorgeous tree that is hearty and sturdy and gives me lots of shade; it’s been around at least 20 years and I really really don’t want the whole thing to come down. I don’t want them to go hog wild with the trimming, so I have been paying very close attention to what they are doing.

Plus, with brownies and muffins and gatorade, they are well fed and hydrated, so less likely to make any big mistakes. 

There is already a lot more sun, but this trimming should heal the broken parts of the tree and, I hope, help to make the rest of tree healthy again, so it’ll grow up and out some, and live a long life and give lots more shade.

Here’s to a healthy tree.

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Let’s try this instead 

So you may remember that about a month ago, I came home to this disaster in my backyard.

Thankfully I have some Stihl tools and cut away most of the small branches. (I still needed to get into my shed).

With the help of my neighbor, and my large tushy, we managed to unscrunch (yes that is a word) the shed enough so the the doors still work and I can get in and out of the shed. 

Since I don’t want anymore of the tree to fall on my fence or the neighbors pool enclosure, and I really don’t want to cut the whole thing down, I have a tree service coming over Saturday to trim it up and cut back the dead parts. 

And there are dead parts. I had woodpeckers in the tree this morning. 

It’s a beautiful sycamore tree that is at least 30 years old. It gives me so much good shade, it’s a very sturdy tree, and it’s difficult to kill. I’d like to keep as much of it as I can. I’m hoping for some kind of medical miracle this weekend. 

I also bought lots of gatorade for the guys working. I know how this works. 

So we’re going to try this instead and hope for the best. Wish me luck.