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Insomnia

Here I am, up in the night.

It’s dark.  It’s quiet.

Even the pets are sleeping away the minutes.

Woodstove is chilly.

Coals stirred.  Wood added.

Itchy from carrying wood on bare arm.

Rain falling.  Snow later?

No hunger keeps me awake,

No racing thoughts,

No ruminating on problems,

But,

Here I am, up in the night.

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Back around Midsummer, I ran the weedeater.  This is a chore that many people do on a regular basis during warmer weather.  I ran it for about an hour and got a great deal done.  What I didn’t know is weedeaters throw plant material at a high rate of speed.  I also didn’t know that that material could embed in your leg.  That is exactly what happened to me.

Just as the body will push out a splinter, it will also push out plant parts, which I discovered toward the end of October.  It was odd to have sores appear and clean them to discover stems.  Well, not long after they first showed up, they became infected.

Now, I’m on two different antibiotics, as well as probiotics.  I just wanted to warn everyone out there not to make the same mistake I did.  When working with a weedeater, wear long pants, boots, long sleeve shirt, and protective equipment like googles and hearing protection.

Staying safe will keep you out of the doctor’s office and in your garden.

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I started fenugreek from seeds in late spring.  They sprouted and grew nicely.  However, since my herb garden wasn’t ready, I did not get the opportunity to transplant them.  Consequently, I had too many plants in too small a pot.  They only got about three inches tall.

I had read that fenugreek is an annual.  I decided to transplant a few of the dying plants in late autumn.  I put the pot in my bathroom.  I figured that they would die anyway, but I wanted to try it anyway.  Many annuals that I’ve brought into the house for the winter die anyway.

The fenugreek, however, is starting to grow.  The plants are now about four inches tall and have many new leaves.  Every source I’ve ever read states that fenugreek is an annual.  But now, I’m starting to wonder if it’s actually a tender perennial.

More research is needed.  I’ll keep you posted on the plants’ progress, and I’ll try to get photos up soon.

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Seed Order

Before you order your seeds, plan your garden.  Advance planning prevents ordering extra or unnecessary seeds.  It also keeps you from having place a second order to get any seeds you forgot the first time.

When we plan our order, we have a map and the journal of the last two years’ gardens.  The map tells us where we planted what so we can be sure to rotate the crops.  The garden journal for each year tells us how each type of seed did.  If a seed was excellent, then we either save seed or order more of it.    However, if a seed performed poorly, then we probably won’t purchase it again.  Sometimes, we will give a second chance.  I belonged to a seed swap group, and some of the seeds I traded for did not perform well at all.  In that case, it could be the seed or it could be the way it was harvested.

Saving seed is a skill that every garden would do well to learn.  In most instances, it is easy to do.  The seeds store with your other seeds.  I’ve been saving seeds for years.  It saves money and gives us year after year of good plants with good production.

Keeping a journal and a diagram of each year’s garden is an excellent way to order only the seeds you want or need, and helps with crop rotation.

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Sleeping dogs

My two dogs are asleep beside my computer desk.  One has one side of the pillow.  The other has the other side.  One dog is black; the other, blond.  They are sleeping in similar positions, too.  Well, they were.  Freya just changed positions.  She’s on her side now.

While this may no seem interesting, a funny thing happened while they were sleeping.  The started dreaming at about the same time.  Thor barked in his sleep, and Freya answered.  They sleep-barked back and forth for about twenty minutes.  It was funny to watch their feet twitching  like they were both chasing the same rabbit or something.  Thor bark.  Freya bark.  Twitch, twitch.  Bark, bark, twitch, twitch.  *Chuckle*

No matter what happens, I can always count on my dogs to make me smile.  They are the best anti-depressant in the world.

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What is NaNoWriMo?  It is National Novel Writing Month.  In the month of November, writers agree to try to write 50,000 toward a novel.  Of course, some write a collection of short stories and others poetry.  Whatever works.  The goal is 50,000 words in 30 days.  That works out to 1,667 words a day.  So, today is day 6 of this year’s events.  The goal for today is 10,002 total words.  How many do I have?  20,793 as of right now.  There’s still plenty of time in this day, so I might add another 2.000 words or so.

There’s still plenty of time in this year’s event.  Want to join?  Go to NaNoWriMo.org.  There are forums for questions or to offer help to other writers.  There are regional groups with events like kick off parties and write-ins.  There are lots of neat writers to meet.  And, who knows, you just might write a book that gets published.  Come join in the fun!

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