We have installed our tiny Christmas tree here at the condo.
It is a dwarf Alberta spruce in a pot which we will hopefully tend when the holidays are over and then plant in the spring.
In the meantime it just fits nicely in our little living room.
Why oh why did I let Pat take the recycling down to the garbage room last week?
It appears that someone in our building tried to recycle (are they even recyclable?) all of their old VHS tapes and we hit the mother lode. We keep an old VCR at the schoolhouse and while we already had hundreds, we have just found a few hundred more.
there are more than can be seen here as well. It seems that as soon as I find a little extra room we manage to fill it back up. Though I guess it matters a little less that we don’t really get any channels anymore.
Despite names on deeds for several decades it appears we have moved the schoolhouse.
OK so that is a bit of an overstatement and that photo is something else entirely. The last time I was up we received a letter in the mail from Canada Post. Apparently our township in its infinite wisdom has changed our 911 numbers and removed our rural route. We have a new postal code and a new number and a new town according to our address.
It appears that Wolfe was sort of right. You can go home again but it isn’t necessarily where you left it.
OK so I’m no Martha Stewart. I’ve never crafted and I’ve never been topless on Saturday Night Live.
So when I picked some lavender off the newly planted plant this autumn I naively thought I could be creative enough to do something nice with it. Sadly this lovely purple plan went from this:
to this sad attempt at arts and crafts:
You see this is why I took music in school and not art. Though to be fair my flute has been gathering dust for nigh on 20 years now too.
I strung up what I could in a pitiful knot and tied it to the chain on our bedroom ceiling fan/light.
Not with ribbon but string. Not a bundle but a handful. Not good. Not at all.
So I went to Pinterest and looked at what normal people do with lavender. Apparently smarter and craftier people are out there in the world sharing this type of information.
I especially like the linen water and scrub. These all seem like good ideas.
Good ideas for next year at this point, but good nonetheless.
Here is some good advice from blogger The Site Box
Well I guess I can’t put it off any longer. It is time to start raking the leaves.
Actually that isn’t true. I can totally put it off and wait until spring. Or I can never do it at all and then just mulch them when I cut the grass for the first time in 2014. It’s all been done before.
But alas I’ve seen the light and I want to rake this fall. With as many trees as we have it is a tedious and arduous process but I need the exercise and its a good thing to do.
I actually found some helpful tips for raking and fall yard work in Organic Gardening recently.
I don’t think my mower can handle the workload considering the number of leaves we get here but I will try to work them in where I can. I guess we all now know what I will be doing the next few weekends I am up!
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I did manage to get in one improvement this year and that was to rebuild and kick-start this little corner garden around the water barrel.
Needless to say it was in rough shape. I had let it get a bit too overgrown and it was in need of some help.
I got some off cuts of rock at the local landscaping supply place for a whooping $3 and used them as stepping-stones.
Then it started to look a bit more like the garden I wanted once I got my mulch in there. Still a few things in there that have to change or be moved but I am on the right track at least.
I’ve gone over cat-related furniture in the past but recently have been thinking about it again now that Mr. Sparky Lewis has just had surgery and seeks a comfortable place to recuperate.
I’ve been looking at some options for comfier kitty beds. Take a look.
Some of them I think we could even make. That is a terrifying thought…