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Yard Update: October

Yesterday was the first day of the rest of our lives.

It basically hasn’t rained since we moved in in June 2012, really (good thing we got a new roof!), and at this point we’ve pretty much given up on planting a tropical jungle of food in our backyard any time soon. We’re too busy saving the glasses of water we don’t finish overnight for our dying rose bushes.

But we finally got some relief. Not in the form of liquid manna from heaven (yet – although there are some weird clouds on the horizon as I post this, so… fingers crossed). We’re no longer in this alone, you see…

We have Roselio. Our new gardener.

Roselio showed the ornamental grass in our front beds who's boss on his first day. I had no idea you could make it look like that.

Roselio showed the ornamental grass in our front beds who’s boss on his first day. I had no idea you could make it look like that.

He’s in this with us now on a weekly basis. Devoted to turning both our front and back yards into something trim and tidy and drought-tolerant. Devoted to fixing existing sprinkler and drip systems and installing new ones to help the water go where it’s needed most. Devoted to helping us move beyond grass once and for all. Devoted to helping us keep up with the weird habits of our nine confused fruit trees and our now-never-out-of-season vegetables.

Devoted to helping us get our weekends back.

And, Trent would like me to add that he completed OPERATION: FIND SOMEONE TO HELP US, DAMMIT three weeks ahead of the deadline I gave him.

To course-correcting; and to sitting on our asses on Sunday.

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Refocus

I’m in the middle of an EXCEPTIONALLY FRUSTRATING home improvement project right now. One which should have been over a while ago.

One now involving people it never needed to involve, only I was stupid-nice and offered people work when they asked for it. Work I COULD have done myself.

NOTE TO SELF: Don’t be stupid-nice. Don’t take a break, ever. No matter how bad you want one. Even if contractors fall out of the sky asking for work doing the VERY JOB you’re standing in your kitchen procrastinating on starting. Continue reading

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Yard Update: February

Sam overlooks what will soon be a sea of productive green, rather than annoying clover.

Sam overlooks what will soon be a sea of productive green, rather than annoying leprechaun barf.

This past weekend, we hacked the hell out of the weeds that overtook our backyard after our recent long-awaited bout of rain. And hopefully for the last time.

Because while we were whacking, Brett and Dave from SF Landscapes came to meet with us. We ran through the latest revision of OPERATION: New Yard, tweaking our timetables and start tasks one more time now that we’ve been graced with the presence of a little water, and I’ve come to my senses about the practicality of building a second deck (we’re doing it!). We’re awaiting our last revised estimate, and we now have a start date set at the end of March.

And that’s all that stands in the way of our dream of a backyard food forest.

The countdown to ground-breaking is on…

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Murder

I killed it. But I DID eat it.

I killed it. But I DID eat it.

Gah. This photo fills me with so much shame. Continue reading

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Climate Say WHA?!

We just got back from five days in the Central Valley and Reno, where it was anywhere from 95 – 105 every single day. Except for that one day when there was a torrential thunderstorm, some flash flooding, and – yep! – hail on Donner Pass.

We’re now safely back in the 70-degree Easy Pleasey Bay, but I’m noticing all wasn’t quite right while we were gone. Stuff like this:

Our wisteria is blooming... This already happened this year. In March. What the...?

Our wisteria is blooming… This already happened this year. In March. What the…?

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