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07:06 pm: Filling time
For the past month, I've been working a lot of overtime. It's hard to get things done around the house and yard with only one day off per week.

Two weeks ago, most of my day off was spent meeting with someone to order custom window treatments. They are seriously expensive, but they should look great once they are installed. I was told they generally take two and a half weeks to construct, so I should be getting them soon.

Last week I had intended to use my day off to work in the yard, but just when I was about to get started, it began pouring rain. I'm sure the plants appreciated it--the weeds certainly did!--but it meant I hardly got anything done. On the bright side, one of my dahlias has finally started blooming.

During the week, I met with a lady who works for a company that makes custom storage units in the hope that she could design some good bookcases for me. Unfortunately, I didn't really like the materials that the bookcases were made of, and they would have been very expensive. I'm considering other options. In the meantime, all of my things are still in boxes, but since I still have three more rooms that need remodeling, I suppose that's for the best.

One of the things I did this week was pick a few chayotes from the neighbor's chayote plant. (Yes, that's all one plant.) They told me that I could harvest whatever was growing on my side of the fence, so I figured I'd give it a try. I made a chayote/potato/onion gratin that turned out quite well. The chayote is even tasty raw, much like a cucumber without all the seeds. It kind of makes me want to plant one in my yard...except I don't really have the space for something that huge.

Today was gray and gloomy and sporadically rainy, but I did manage to get some work done. I planted two roses, two blueberry bushes, and two paw paw trees in the front yard, plus two wisteria and three camellias in the back yard. I hope they all survive; one of the wisteria was pretty dry because I hadn't watered it. I'm hoping that the soaking I gave it when I planted it will be enough to save it. I still have a number of other plants that need to be put in the ground, not to mention I had wanted to start some artichoke seeds, but I guess that will all have to wait until next week, when I will finally have TWO days off.

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From:mvrdrk
Date:October 11th, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
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You don't need to plant a chayote plant, just use the neighbors.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 11th, 2011 11:04 am (UTC)
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You don't need to plant a chayote plant, just use the neighbors.

I would, except the house is being sold, and they're moving out. There's no telling whether the new owners will want to keep the plant.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:October 11th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
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I had to look up what a chayote was, and this line from Wikipedia made me laugh: "It can also be eaten straight, although the bland flavor makes this a dubious endeavor." But as you compare it to a cucumber, I guess those can be considered "bland" also, and I really like them. (I also like raw celery, which is DEFINITELY bland.)

Yay paw paw trees! Hopefully yours will do better than ours has. (At least in your yard, they have little to no chance of being run over by a lawn mower.) You'll have to let me know if you ever actually harvest any fruit. I've always wanted to taste it.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 11th, 2011 01:13 pm (UTC)
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Yay paw paw trees! Hopefully yours will do better than ours has.

I'll definitely report on those. I've never eaten one either, so it will be interesting.
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From:mangaroo
Date:October 11th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
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I would have thought all the rain lately would make planting anything very difficult. Or at least messy. I can't really imagine where the roses and blueberries went -- in the beds directly in front of the house (where the evil snails were hanging out) or in the yard?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 11th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
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I can't really imagine where the roses and blueberries went -- in the beds directly in front of the house (where the evil snails were hanging out) or in the yard?

The roses are in the front of the trellis, one on each wing, right next to the sidewalk. The blueberries are next to the pomegranate. (The pomegranate had been looking sickly, but I added a bit of lime to the soil, and now it's perking up.)

I still have to clear out the foundation bed in front of the entrance. That's where I'm hoping to plant the artichokes.
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From:wrenwyn
Date:October 11th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
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To my great shame, you get more done in one day off than I do in two, with all my evenings free! Can't wait to see pics of the window treatments. I really wanted to do that too but Xerxes' head damn near exploded when we saw how much they would be.

So excited for you! They are going to look gorgeous when they're installed!
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