If You Old Coots Want Some Excitement

If you old coots want some excitement in your life go fire up a burn pile in your garden. Bright orange crackling flames scorching your face, gray smoke billowing up into the sky, the roar of oxygen combusting. Whoo-hoo, you’ll feel like a kid again. It’s a good time to burn all the sticks and coarse debris before the rain makes them too soggy. I got such a hot burn yesterday that I had to stop piling on blackberry vines and step back for awhile. Squatting in front of a roaring fire on a cold winter day “doth cause us pause”. Reminisce and remember, life has been good. You have but this heartbeat. It is enough. I caught my mulch on fire. Got to do the fire stomp two step shuffle :).

I got to sit in my greenhouse listening to the rain on the roof finally. It’s been another dry November. Tall dry grass surrounding the area gives cause for wildfire worries. Is global warming causing this lack of November rains? The increase in devastating wildfires seems to indicate it is getting dryer. I got my greenhouse shelves cleaned and organized. Much todo about nothing. Threw a few things away, hung a few things up, five minutes max. Sat back down and planned my next task for in-between rain squalls. There are still some Hollyhock stalks that look like they should be removed but I really like the way they look. If I remove them there will just be empty space and I have enough of that already :).

Cutting down the asparagus ferns is best done before the rains. I had to go around them with a leaf rake to beat on then, otherwise I’d get drenched . They were seven feet tall so I had to crawl under them to cut the stalks, and they were so thickly intertwined that they remained upright after they were cut. Not only did I have to push the hedge over, but I had to untangle them before I could remove them. They make terrible mulch so I just tossed them over the fence :). Thick straw will go around the patch today as a pathway for spring harvesting. Compost is already on the bed but I’ll be checking on it through the winter and add more if it gets thin.

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