Saturday, November 5, 2022
I really had forgotten what being well felt like and what it meant to be exhausted from working hard instead of simply existing. It's a better feeling, a feeling of accomplishment, of pride in what you have done, even if, in the end, every joint in your body aches the same. Still, this girl got stuff done.
In the morning I divided the last of the chicken bones into the two Instant Pots and got the broth going, cleaned jars, and set up my area, and had DH put the heavy double decker All American canner up on the stove because that thing weighs a lot, but you get what you pay for.
Then we went outside and did some garden work. You will not believe me, but I did not want to run back in the house and get my camera, because my legs are barely working as it is and photos uploading are always a crapshoot around here anyway, but my darn yellow zucchini had a big old flower on it today. And those tiny flowers that were on my pepper plants? Those are now tiny peppers. What on Earth, people? Maybe I really should go get some green house plastic. The pepper plants at least would survive all winter, I think.
Anyway, we got the tarp put down on the potato plot and we added four feet in one direction and two feet in the other to increase the size. DH worked on taking out a tree stump that had been left in the way of where we want to build a raised bed next year. He dug down to get as much of the roots as he could, but there was a tap root so he could only go so far, but he got out all the tap roots.
Meanwhile, DS dug out some wild blackberry canes while I cut them out of the climbing rose bushes. I don't even know where they sprang up from. We haven't had this variety of wild blackberries in our yard before, but our neighbor does. This was nowhere near theirs though. It was literally in the middle of the back yard. We can't get all of it out, but without taking the roses out, which we will in spring to move them, but we should be able to dig them out then. There wasn't too much of them and I will poison those if I have to.
I am not playing the wild blackberries are taking over my yard game. I am already playing the keep the morning glory that the other neighbors let run rampant and won't keep in their own yard so it runs all the fences in my yard and constantly crawls into my garden all summer out of my yard game. I think next year I will poison those, too, neighbors nice hedges be darned if they get any on it. I hate to poison, but there is no winning with either of these plants. Morning glory should never be planted outside of a planter that is on concrete with no ability to get to dirt. It is so invasive and impossible to control if you don't hack it back all summer.
My son has started drinking coffee again so he is saving the coffee grounds for me to bury in the raised beds. I will do so as long as the ground isn't frozen. We haven't had a hard freeze yet, but I am sure it is coming. Well, that's about it for this update. Still planning to post that payday report. Just have so much other stuff on my mind.
Me from the future: I forgot to post this on Saturday and just left it open with about 50 other tabs. Glad windows didn't randomly decide to restart.
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