After some fairly mild sunny days, we've settled into a steady rain pattern that looks like it may be here for awhile. Gary is using the time to straighten out the barn quite a bit, and I'm tackling de-cluttering the den. It's been 5 years since I shut down my home business and I still have piles of office supplies. Tracy invited me to bring what I don't want down to her place, which I did, and she'll go through it and either use or donate the excess to a thrift store close to her. That cleared up quite a bit of space. Now tackling Mom & Dad's photo albums. I've scanning quite a few into my computer (particularly the older ones) but really should figure out how to use one of the many cloud-based photo-sharing programs so anyone in the family can nab what might be of interest to them (or simply look through them). I'm also considering ditching my corner desk. I really like the design, but it is particle board construction with fake wood grained plastic trim and is looking pretty ratty (I've certainly gotten my value out of it, I think I paid $300 for it many years ago). I may move Kim's oak drop-leaf table in and perhaps get a stand-alone cabinet for files and what-not. No one else seems to want Kim's table, I think the younger generation has little appreciation for craftsmanship or antique furniture, they seem to prefer Ikea crap for reasons that elude me.
I keep trying to make some sense of this blog feature, but it rather eludes me. I'd like to organize it in some fashion, but it appears to be more of a stream-of-consciousness feature. I think I'll just roll with that and forget trying to tweak it to my preference. Or ditch it. Haven't really decided which way to roll.
Got all set up to pressure wash the sidewalks today, but our electric washer kept down-powering to 'fence' mode which is just not enough go-power to get the black sludge off the concrete. So, sent Gary into the barn for the noisy but more powerful gas washer, and he was unable to locate it anywhere. We both scoured all the outbuildings and the basement (sometimes we overwinter it there), I sent an email to the boys to see if we loaned it to one of them, all to no avail. We may have been burgled again, likely when we were on our last road trip. Dang.
March: Sam dug out the giant tree peony and relocated it down below the chicken yard. Hopefully it will grow there and perhaps even offer up a bloom or two. Once that was moved, I cleaned out the iris, dug some up for the upcoming PNW plant swap, and cleaned out the rest of that bed. Mowed the small yard.
March: Weeded and trimmed back grasses and groundcover clover. Tore out dead tomatoes and tomatillas, and put the supports in the barn for repainting. Moved plants still in pots to sandbox area, hoping I can figure out what is what -- or just plant them out and figure out what they are later. I know one is a hyssop from Mary, maybe she will remember the cultivar, I think the label faded away. Miraculously, the eucalytus made it through the winter. It is in a pot next to the house on the sunny side, maybe this one will be hardy enough to actually plant into the ground. I'll baby it one more year and see how it does over another winter. I've read that these trees can grow quite quickly.