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Half way through the month already.

The Ides of November aren't near as exciting as the Ides of March.

Cold weather is here, but not frigid. Not yet.

I harvested the last of my celery before the cold hit. Most of my garden is bedded down for winter. A lot of what I grew (and am still growing) will be eaten in the winter feasts:  Thanksgiving, Cookie Day, Solstice, New Years. I still have tomatoes ripening, and there are potatoes, kohlrabis, cabbages, beets, broccoli, kale, parsnips, radishes, carrots, and rutabagas.

First Mater Day

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:59:04 PM PST

  •  I have (9+ / 0-)

    a raging cold. It came this afternoon whilst I was doing errands, and now I have sinus congestion & drainage, sore throat, chills, and I generally feels like crap.

    Since I've had more colds in my life than you've had hot dinners, I pretty much every remedy/suggestion/nostrum in the book. And I'm doing them. So please don't post any of them. But I would more than welcome hugs, get-well wishes, and rec's.

    And now I'm going to go have a bit of chicken broth, tidy up a bit, and go to bed under lots of covers.


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    by jan4insight on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:06:20 PM PST

  •  Morning... (6+ / 0-)


    Hate getting up at 3 now, since I've had the luxury of sleeping in until at least 4.  Bleh.  

    65 and cloudy this morning for my walk.

    Will probably do it with my jacket on this morning because the wind can be a tricksy thing. to work soon.

    Nothing says your sorry like a dead bunny.

    by Caedy on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 12:24:03 AM PST

  •  I still have raspberries ripening, silly things (4+ / 0-)
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    and cherry tomatoes still ripening, although I really should bring them in so they don't split in the rain. we got the big pond netted over so it doesn't go to bog with leaves off the backyard trees. really pleased, we had a support stick in the Thalia and have stuck a gallon milk jug over it to hold up the middle of the netting. working really well!

    still dragging leaves out to the street. sheesh! 2 whole days & no leaf trucks! front door construction is inching along (almost literally). Himself did get one warp out and we're getting really close to assembly.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 01:24:14 AM PST

    •  Leaf trucks? (3+ / 0-)
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      Glad the milk jug trick is working well - amazing how such simple things can make such a difference.

      As to leaf trucks - y'all have trucks that come around just to pick up leaves?  We can get an extra truck out if we've had major storm debris - roofs blown off, trees downed, and so on - if we can get the debris wrangled up in 4 foot lengths and at the curb within 72 hours of the storm.  That works fine if a weekend is part of that 72 hours, but when it's not, I always miss the debris truck.  Storms just won't happen at convenient times.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:03:25 AM PST

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      •  At my former house the village would send a big (2+ / 0-)
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        dump truck with a leaf sucking attachment to remove the piles folks would leave at the curb. In the village I paid taxes of over 1000$ a year for such services, including clearing the sidewalks of snow and other yard debris removal.  

        The village is a college town with many, many maples, chestnuts and black walnuts, and the trash companies won't take yard waste here.  The village has a big help-yourself community mulch pile, so that the waste doesn't have to go into a landfill.  

        Now we suck them up ourselves with a vac unit on the lawnmower and they become a mulch pile for the gardens. The yard is way too big for raking.

        Please donate to Okiciyap food pantry. . If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

        by weck on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:31:06 AM PST

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      •  we're a TREE CITY, it pays the City to keep the (1+ / 0-)
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        storm system cleared during our 6 mo of rainy weather.

        multiple dump trucks, street sweepers, & "diggers" (?? the kind of wheeled excavator that has a narrow digger bucket on one side of the cab & a wide shovel-type on the other, with clamping jaws)

        the city is divided into 4 districts & each gets a 7-10 day round of picking up leaves that have been moved into the street. twice. first round has started Nov 13; 2d round will end Jan 28.

        homeowners can request deliveries of these leaves for mass composting & mulching at their homes, or they go to City composting or possibly one of the commercial composters in town (not sure about that, after my time on street crew) These days keeping organics out of the landfill is also a big motivator for the City & County. Composting/mulching of leaves counts as RECYCLING!, eh?

        last couple of years, they send a buncher along the streets, followed by trucks & diggers to pick up, followed by sweepers.

        most of our bicycle flat tires the last decade, we've gotten from riding through pre-pick-up leaves, with broken bottles under them; there's unfortunately a strain of (probably) teenage idjit that thinks it's funny to throw beer or pop bottles like grenades into bike lanes (from their so-cool cars, of course), so the broken glass covers a lot of area and is nearly impossible to steer around.

        we don't get a LOT of tree damage from storms, because we don't get a lot of big wind AND the City & Electrical Utility are fierce about keeping the trees pruned clear of lines. It takes a really big ice storm, or excessive snow to bring down power lines; used to be once every 5-10 years (decades ago when I was a kid); getting to be more like once or twice a year.

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 03:35:40 PM PST

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  •  Good morning everyone! (3+ / 0-)
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    Got a repairman coming this morning, and going to do errands this afternoon.

    Have a great day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 05:45:44 AM PST

  •  Morning (3+ / 0-)
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    Still in the fibro flare. Still walking like a Mystic. I slept a whole 4 hours last night, if this keeps up, alcohol for me tonight. Right now it's in the 60's suppose to go mid 70's today. Foggy this morning. Caedy made it to work fine, and she is going to work Saturday, someone gave her their hours so she doesn't lose another day in exchange.

    Veggies look good Noddy!

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 05:47:02 AM PST

    •  Was supposed to hit 77 (2+ / 0-)
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      highest we got was 67, and now it's down to 63. Projected to drop to 57 tonight, I won't be surprised if it gets colder. Hurting bad enough that I'm using my walker in the house today :(. I've managed to sit up for an hour if I rest for two after. REALLY bad flare for me. I was supposed to go shopping tomorrow, somehow that prospect is getting dimmer.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 12:56:29 PM PST

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