Full Circle, Summer Projets, Fall Trade Show

Fall temperatures, shorter days, great flora displays, messing with the clocks and the creek started flowing again, once again brings us full circle. We are getting ready to hunker down for the winter; piling in the wood, one last mow of the yard, putting the yard furniture away. V has been busy in the garden prepping the beds for winter planting. We found an old fiberglass green house back in May. V had it full of starts in the spring and now has different starts for the fall/winter. We have heat lamps for when it gets really cold, but I don’t know if they will be enough to ward off the super cold nights. We’ll see.

Greenhouse and garden.

Did a bit of landscaping this summer. I cleared some scrubby brush and was able to till and grade the area smooth. At least it’s mow-able now. For me, it’s better than trashy looking brush. I also took the tiller to our path system. I have measured a bunch of paths around the yard, but I haven’t done anything but till them. I need to get 6″ of sawdust, or bark chips on the paths to keep the weeds down. Also dressed up the driveway with some additional gravel. Sure looks nice with sharp edges and smooth, even surface. We’ll see how it looks after a couple of months of rain and driving.

New gravel on the driveway.

We have a 100’x150′ pasture area that we have never maintained, so the grass grows to darn near 8′ tall. I took a brush hog to it and made a maze system for M’s birthday party. It was great fun. The grass is tall enough so that the kids can’t see over it. They really enjoyed it.

Oh, and I suppose the highlight of the summer landscaping is the labyrinth.

Yard labyrinth.
Yard labyrinth.

There is only one entrance and one exit. The labyrinth is designed around 7 fruit trees. The paths are about mower width, the flower beds between the paths are about 18″ wide. We’ll plant mint, black-eyed Susans, rosemary and lavender. Should be neat next summer.

We returned from a trade show in Seattle on Sunday night. The show was good for us in that we get to talk with our sales reps and make sure they know how to sell our product line.

Later, Brad

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A Fall Reprieve.

The sun came out this afternoon. It was one of those fall days that are an absolute blast to be outside in. The temperature was moderate, the ground was dry, no wind, and of course the sun was shinning. How perfect.

Vanessa came out to work in the garden after work. She raked leaves to put on the garden beds. She tried to convince me that I needed to help, but I was working on my own project. She tends to the chickens and is organizing an old, decrepit shed, for their winter home. The other day, I nailed up a couple of laying boxes and a perch, put a piece of glass from an old window in a hole in the wall, fixed the door latch, ran to the feed store for a bale of hay, and poof, instant chicken coop. We put the chickens in their new home this evening. Will keep you abreast on the “winter with chickens” in later posts.

It’s dessert time. (Did you realize that desserts spelled backward is stressed? It’s got to be significant.) I’m forehead to forehead, nose to nose with Isabel, being convinced that I need to share a third bite of ice cream with her. Of course, this is after she has finished her entire bowl and is now hitting me up for mine. Giggling girl does win a few bites. But I make her work for them. An Eskimo kiss here, a teasing flyby spoonful, you know the drill. See a short video of her in the snow here dated March 9, 2006.

I was working on my truck, back in October. I was underneath the back quarter and needed to get a tool. I reached up and out, grabbed the first thing my hand connected with, pulled myself up, and the trim that I had hold of, gave way and met my left eye like a freight train. This was the result a day or two later.

Brad Before

Brads eye, before makeup
Brad's eye, before makeup

Vanessa and I decided to test her makeup. She first stroked on a bit of Butternut foundation. Then she gave it a couple of brush strokes of Adzuki foundation and bingo, no more black eye.

Brad After

Brad's eye, after makeup

All in all, a successful demonstration. I would love to read your comments. On anything.

Later, Brad