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February 2023
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weep for yourself

It was Bear’s birthday yesterday. I cleaned radiators and our floors for his gift. We have so much fun. We were also fighting about having kids yesterday. I hadn’t realized we were so close, but then I think about how old I actually am and it scares me. I don’t feel that old. My body doesn’t feel that old. Whatever. Despite what other people seem to be so sure about, I’m hoping that if I just take it the best I can, as I have everything else, it’ll work out.

In further news of Bear’s and my complete and utter disgusting domesticity, we have bought lawn fertilizer, a mosquito magnet and this propane motor that comes with a trimmer and can swap out the trimmer for all these other heads, like a cultivator and a saw.

We’ve been sleeping a lot lately too. Good sleep I think. My best guess is that we are more active and busy here than we’ve ever been. I think we got into a bad habit of living at the apartment and building ourselves back up has been tiring us out enough to sleep.

Oh. Continuing with all the babble about our grounds:

That’s the backyard, y es? You’ve seen it covered with snow so it’s not new. See the greenery by the stones and the trees? Those are skunk cabbage. We have lots and lots of them. Now lets pretend you could stand where I was when I took that picture and you turned to the left.

The other pest. Day lilies. SCADS of them. We have an infestation of Lily of the Valley (Canadian variety supposedly) too, but unlike Lily of the Valley, skunk cabbage and day liles are IMPOSSIBLE to dig up. No I lie. Skunk Cabbage is impossible. Day lilies are just the most stubborn bitches ever.

Lemme show you a closer look so you can see how DENSE this is.

All of those little triads of pretty green leaves has about 12 thick bulbs underground that create this WEB of roots that’s impossible to pull up.

Ok, I posted this because I think it’s funny and pretty that we have a little cluster of daffodils in the middle of our swamp, but will you look at the skunk cabbage? THERES A MILLION of them. And while in this picture they are a little bigger than a human head, now they are as big as beach balls. HUGE. I’m going to have a take another picture. I mean, it’s cool that they make the swamp look green? I don’t know. It boggles my mind, but I think I’m happy to leave the swamp to them. The day lilies on the other hand are mostly going down.

(For Linda: This title is from “Little Lion Man” by Mumford & Sons)

we could be something

I’m actually only going to post pictures of some of the pretties today. The star magnolia tree, the daffodils, and the hyacinths. I’ll post the stuff that makes me grumpy tomorrow to split up the long posts of nothing but pictures. I love the progression of spring in the plants around here.

11 days ago (March 26th)

Linda mentioned that these look creepy. They are hyacinths and do look creepy here, but they are gorgeous when they bloom (see the bottom of the post).

(More hyacinths, pink this time and somehow the pink seems even weirder to me. I wish I had gotten pictures right when they came out of the ground. My mom was all “You have aliens hatching next to your mailbox.”)

4 days ago

The daffodils actually look the same, so I’m saving the space. This is a long post.


Sadly, the magnolia tree looks like it’s going to stall out here. Bear and I suspect that it’s overgrown (like everything) and thus isn’t healthy enough to produce more blooms.

The daffodils are still going strong and look very similar to the first day except that the batch is bigger. The whole block’s daffodils have bloomed actually.

(Beautiful, right?)

a little won’t fly

Tomorrow, I absolutely swear I’m going to post pictures. Because we have a seriously overgrown, weeded to hell and back messy acre of land. Thankfully only about half that acre needs to be groomed and thankfully again the front half looks ok on the surface. We’ve got a triage system going. Plants need to come away from the house first (bugs and wetness get into the house when you let the plants grow big enough to touch it).

We need compost/well rotted manure and mulch. Instead of mulching the beds, the previous owners let this green crap grow everwhere. (Just looked it up, it’s called Pachysandra.) I’m not fond of it and it’s not like they grew it up and had it well maintained. That I would just be like, eh, difference in taste. Nope. Just like the other problems we have with the house (not as in, oh man, this is something we don’t like, it’s as in, oh shit if we don’t fix this we are going to have problems). We have decided, early owners of the house = WIN. Owners just previous to us = pretty much sucked. We’ve even met one of them and I’m sure they are very nice people. Didn’t mean they took good care of the house or the grounds. I spent well over 6 hours (from 10am to about 4pm) on Saturday working every muscle in my body trying to reclaim ONE BED. ONE. And I haven’t even pruned the trees or added mulch or anything. I would have worked longer, but I didn’t put on sunscreen and I didn’t have a hat and I wore the bad headphones and so by 4pm I had a migraine. Actually I went out even after 4pm. (Bear cooked us some food around then and I went in and drank about 4 glasses of water.) So more like 7 hours. The yucca plants are dying from being strangled (Nevermind that I’m really not sure what the three random, sad little yuccas are doing there). The peony plants were invisible because they were completely hidden. The bushes are all overgrown and hideous looking. Someone had at least kept the worst of it away from the tulips and daffodils.

In happier landscape news, the magnolia tree is blooming and we have 50 million birds landing on it on their way to the bird feeder. We’ve got gold and black and white and black birds (finches?) and blackbirds and cardinals and blue jays and sparrows and last week we even had crows, which actually didn’t make me so happy. But lots of birds and a beautiful little tree with white blooms on it. Tomorrow I will have pictures of all of it. (Sadly, I don’t think I have a before of the bed, but I’ll show the “in the middle” picture.)

Oh. I also started some seeds. I forgot about that part.

Despite the bitching, it was an awesome weekend.