198: An assemblage of orchidsPosted: April 9, 2011
Color is making its way back into the Bogs, slowly but surely. However, it still isn’t nearly as colorful as the orchids were at the Cleveland Botanical Garden Orchid Mania exhibit. As I slowly, but surely, make my way through the photos I took, I’ll keep sharing them from time to time. It helps fill in the gaps on those days when I struggle with coming up with a post.
I haven’t written about my decluttering project in a while, mostly because the decluttering hasn’t been all that physical. Some of it has involved going through photos, and some of it has involved decluttering my mind of the cobwebs that strung themselves all over the place during the winter months. Old thought patterns, old habits, hanging around in the corners waiting to be swept away.
Yesterday I gave some thought to tackling the dining room of our home. I have decided to completely clear off the hutch of plates, bowls, and other clutter, and start over. Perhaps I’ll move family photos that are scattered about the house to that spot. Or maybe I’ll come up with something else. I’ll know what to do once I’ve got a clean surface to work with.
Although there are so many other places in the house that could use the attention, I think the hutch is a good place to start. I will have to tackle my biggest issue there — holding on to things for sentimental reasons. This is an especially big problem when it comes to things my mother gave me or made for me. Taking care of the plates and bowls she gave me will not be as difficult as some other things. They are the remnants of a set, most of which were broken over the years as we used them. What’s left is not enough for one place serving, much less something that should be (or needs to be) saved. I might repurpose them in some way, perhaps in the garden.
Today’s Outdoor Fun
M and I worked outside for a while today, getting a start on the garden for this year. I cleared away the ferns from last year’s asparagus crop and started the much-needed weed clean-up in the asparagus bed. M is working on setting up some slightly raised garden areas so we can try square-foot (looks more like rectangle foot) gardening this year. We have so much wood from the elm trees that were cut down a few years ago (due to Dutch Elm Disease) that we decided to go ahead and use it for the garden. I know it will break down eventually, but that’s okay. It will nourish the soil as it does, and I don’t have to worry about the wood being treated with chemicals I’d rather not have in my garden or food.
The birds are loving today’s warmer weather. A red-winged blackbird kept an eye on us while we were working in the garden. He must have a nest nearby. I wouldn’t be surprised if the robins descended on the garden after we left. All the weed pulling and dirt moving stirred up plenty of worms and grubs and other bugs.
It’s a gray day, with the occasional milky sunlight trying to burn its way through the clouds. The temperature was close to 60 degrees while I was out and about. It’s supposed to be near 80 tomorrow. I may be wearing shorts for my 5K. Woo-hoo!
When I finished in the garden, I took a stroll around the property to see if anything new had popped up. This is such an exciting time of year. New life, color, flowers blooming all over the place.
A Great Blue Heron came by for a visit. I took some photos but they were pretty bad. Hopefully I will have plenty of opportunities to do better throughout the spring and summer.
And look! Some of the daffodils have finally opened. If you step outside our front door, you can catch their scent wafting on the breeze.