Saturday, 12 November 2016
It has been so difficult since Wednesday to go to work. I had been counting on the weekend off to read news, news, and more news and planned get back to the last two seasonal projects on Monday and Tuesday. Yesterday we did not get as far as I thought we would, so today turned out to be a work day—and again a day that started with feeling kicked in the gut and with tears in my eyes over more news of hate crimes.
Our Kathleen, who works in a big office, had this news: Latina workers at her place of business were the butt of jokes about deportation. She reported it because her employer has rules in place to prevent this sort of harassment. It is typical of the emboldened cruel words and actions against minorities that are so much in the news for the last four days.
On the way to pick up some soil energy, we made a stop at NIVA green. I just wanted to make contact with owner/artist Heather. While there, I took some photos for NIVA’s Facebook page. I realized the pages I help with, including Discover Ilwaco, had gone quiet since the election because I am so preoccupied with the news.
After a good talk with Heather, we drove on to Peninsula Landscape Supply for another yard of Soil Energy.
We drove back to Ilwaco and applied to mulch to several of the curbside gardens along Howerton Way, completing our mulching of that whole stretch from east to west. Today: gardens by the Ilwaco Pavilion, Nisbett Gallery, Port Office, Time Enough Books.
The wax myrtle is not a plant I would have planted along this street, because it wants to get taller than me.
I made another supposedly brief visit to Time Enough Books and ended up talking with Karla for half an hour. (I deduct all this talks from work time.)
Meanwhile, Allan had continued mulching.
the endless fascination of crab pots:
After work, we took some flowers and food to Our Jenna (Queen La De Da) who just had shoulder surgery.
Allan made an excursion to the far north (Ocean Park) to return some unused paint to Jack’s Country Store.
The work board has undergone a big change. No more fall clean up list. Only the post frost clean up and two projects remain. (Must replace KBC with Mike’s garden on post frost list! KBC will probably take care of post frost clean up without our help.) The “second round of bulb planting” list got accomplished in the easiest way when I made the decision to definitely not plant more bulbs at the A Frame (already planted plenty) and quite possibly no more for Long Beach or me. (Might change if I see a good end of season deal.)
If the weather allows, we can do the Anchorage Zen Garden project on Monday, and acquire and apply a yard of mulch to various Long Beach spots this week as well. We will then be on staycation until the very last round of work which won’t happen till either a hard frost or the approach of the Christmas holidays.
I read a lot of news in the evening and made an effort to update Discover Ilwaco with a post or two about local happenings.
My whole lovely pile of books from the library is sitting unread. I think the ones about life in World War II England would be appropriate reading for now.
Sunday, 13 November 2016
Nothing but rain, reading news, writing these last four blog entries, and an in-person visit, tea, and good deep talk with MaryBeth.
1995 (age 71):
Nov 13: 1:00-5:15 Finally started planting bulbs. I filled all the remaining terracotta pots with various bulbs in layers with pansies on top. Received Van Dyck order. [This was a bulb company that may no longer be around.] Spent several hours checking order in.
1997 (age 73):
Nov 12: 12:30-4:00 It seemed like 8 hours. I spent all that time in the Tam area weeding, pruning, and digging up all the rocks Skyler made a path with. I also found several more dahlia bulbs. Some of the mums and asters are still blooming so I let them alone. Tomorrow I want to rake up the leaves in front of Wilson’s while they are still dry. The pile to be shredded is huge.
Nov 13: 12:00-3:00 Today I used the thing I bought some time ago that allows me to rake leaves directly into a bag. It worked good. I filled 10 bags full of leaves from in front of Wilsons. It seemed like 6 or 8 hours. I quit when I was too tired to finish. However there will be more leaves to fall so I can finish another day. I even wore a blister on my hand!
1998 (age 74):
Nov 12: 3 pails of apples today. Two more trays of slices. Then I put 7 quart jars in kettle to sterilize them. I thought I had peeled enough by 6:00 but only filled 5 jars, wasting 2 lids. A storm is brewing so I hope the rest of the apples fall tonight. Tomorrow I hope to start washing the dozens of baskets and containers in the shop.
Nov 13: Noon-6:30 All that time spent peeling enough apples to fill 6 trays and an apple crisp. It was raining most of the day so I didn’t pick up the apples under the tree. Overnight the wind must have caused scads of apples to fall because the ground is covered. I think most of the good apples have fallen.