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THURSDAY

Got sunshade canvas and poles, tub of ropes and spikes, tub of camp carpet, etcetra loaded up and ready to go for tomorrow in spite of the rainy day. While watching the weather channel weekend predictions shifted back and forth regarding the weather clearing or scattered thunder showers. I'm crossing my fingers, hoping for a nice day.

Sash wants movement and color so this evening I hemmed a couple remnant pieces of lining for banners Saturday. I'd found three slim bamboo poles in my garden supplies that we can use for banner poles before they go back for beanpoles this summer.

FRIDAY

Picked up Sash mid-afternoon to head out to JAV to set up for the faire tomorrow. We had a real nice turnout all afternoon so the division of labor wasn't too bad. As part of the early crew I helped raise... what? About five sunshades. A follow up crew [more men] arrived and dealt with two big pavillions. And another couple guys arrived in time to help put up the 'kitchen' tent. All that's left to set up tomorrow morning is the 'bumblebee' Saxon A-frame and the exhibits. Not to bad at all.

After I dropped the baron off I swung through behind the mall and found a nice, clean [really big] pallet which I managed to wrestle into the van and take home... wrestling it out and into the garage alone, too. We'll be outloading the downstairs storage room into the garage, onto the pallets. Then we'll set up the guest bedroom and sewing room and start sorting the boxes out one-by-one and putting away what we'll keep and pricing for rummage sale the rest. By fall after a September rummage we should have everything all nice and tidy at home. My bedroom will be getting some of this treatment too (it really needs it) and I'll finally be able, then, to get into some real, creative quilting again.

When I finally settled in downstairs tonight I found a note Leofwyna left for me there. We get Maggie from The Cat House... either Sunday or Tuesday I'll pick her up. Open hours are rather tight so we have to wait for 'em, then kitty love returns to The Wee Bluet!
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SATURDAY

Since it was such a pretty day I went out looking for rummage sales this afternoon while Leofwyna slept. Found a few and an estate sale too but didn't find a thing to tempt my purse and came home empty handed. My 'minions' (Halftroll and Maire) showed up right on schedule and the three of us dug out three of the raised veggie beds. Sifted the dirt of weed roots and such, got the clods broken down and those beds are certainly looking really good. There were lots of lovely worms in there working the soil for me. I'll plant potatoes, broccoli, spinach, radishes and green onions in these beds.

Halftroll and Maire will get shares out of the garden all year in trade for spring and fall labors keeping the beds functioning. That will help me keep up with the other spring and fall yardwork duties that pile up otherwise. This will be a very good thing. I'm eagerly anticipating a nicely productive garden all summer and fall.

Before we were done Leofwyna was up and I suggested she take the herbs out of her veggie bed so she and I could treat that bed the same way. The camomile, majoram and I'm not sure what all will go back in and I'll add basil and parsley.
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FRIDAY

Spent six hours waiting for my car to be finished at the mechanics but at least now I think it's good to go for a good long while. They fixed a plug-wire situation that hadn't stranded me yet but the symptoms were beginning to show themselves in the rough idle and herkiness. The underpinning connections were worked on too which potential problems were anticipated last year when I first got the car. I really appreciate my mechanics as they don't invent things to do before they really need to be done and give me a timeframe to think about for the future. Right now things are "smooth as silk" according to them and I'm glad.

Back at home this evening I went through a couple boxes out of the storage room and sorted things to be put away elsewhere, sold at rummage, given away or discarded. One thing I found was a print-out of an e-mail I wrote in 2000 in response to an article I read then that still applies although the link no longer works, darn it.
<http://www.2xtreme.net/madly/costume101/making_time.htm>

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"Before I joined the SCA I was organized in all areas of my life. I had a great amount of fabric stash for my quilting that was and still is beautifully organized. (I just can't get to it now because of the piles in front of it.) My personal finance records were organized. My mundane clothing storage was organized. That came to an end roughly six months after I started playing in the SCA.

In the two and a half years I've been in the SCA I'v been purchasing an amazing variety of 'stuff' and there is very little organization. Well, the completed garb is somewhat organized. And thanks to my sister the feast basket and the camping gear is somewhat organized. However, all the 'stuff' for projects and gear to be made up furnish piles between me and anything I own that is remotely organized, if it's even still there (I sometimse wonder about that). This fills my bedroom and sewing room. My sister's 'stuff' fills the recreation room and laundry. You may well wonder where we spend the mundane free time... there isn't much of that either.

This is a wonderful article and serves to remind me how comfortable it is to be so organized. However, my little house ran out of organizational room prior to this new habit and I need to find space somewhere. The his and hers lounges in the little runabout spaceship in "The Number of the Beast" springs to mind."

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The situation was not improved when everything in my sewing room and the rec room was packed into the guest room four years ago while several yards of basement foundation was rebuilt. The current plan this year is to go through and sort everything to prepare for a rummage sale next fall. Wish us energy, perseverance and luck.

I am re-motivated to complete the process...
sort for rummage and price
set up sewing room
set up guest room
set up garage storage
hold rummage sale Autumn 2010
WEDNESDAY

Slipped away while Leofwyna slept to go to the Wednesday 50% clothing sale at Salvation Army. Found a cotton flannel shirt for Leofwyna she'd requested several months ago. For myself I found a cotton print skirt with black background; exactly what I need to replace the border on a star quilt top I made several years ago; maybe I can get that one quilted sometime this winter. We got together to eat supper at House of Hunan before I headed across town to the Moot Social. One of the discussions there was about a trip out to Mullen for another demo.

THURSDAY

We went looking for rummage sales but the season is getting late and we found very few of 'em. We stopped up at Leofwyna's hospital to have a notary there witness our signed papers to close Little Sister's estate joint account; this finishes dealings with the estate lawyer up in Omaha. We're still waiting to hear the results from the life insurance decision which should come in before the end of the month. Back at home I baked brownies to surprise Leofwyna while she dug up another section of the front flower bed.
MONDAY

Leofwyna and I dropped a vanload of stuff at Goodwill and returned tables to their owners.  While we were at Goodwill we cruised through and saw a couple things for the house; didn't buy 'em though since Senior day is tomorrow so I'll pick them up then.  We also dropped off our Necchi for service; the odd clunking noise it's been making intermittantly has me worried.  Since we got a late start with all this (Leofwyna slept in pretty late) we finished up with a stop at the store for the makings for spagetti for supper.  Worked again on the quilt tops and finished with the current pile of samples. 

TUESDAY

Made the run to Goodwill to pick up the home decorating items, a couple knick-knack shelves Leofwyna wanted.  Also found several VHS movies including one, Ladyhawk, I've been seeking for Leofwyna a couple years.  I also found the set of Fellowship of the Rings movies; just the other day Leofwyna suggested renting these for a movie night and this is much better price-wise.  Back at home I cleaned up the kitchen and got the laundry going.

WEDNESDAY

Wednesday was A&S learning a Carolingian 'hand' which I do want to work on some more real soon.  I was surprised as this is the best turnout we've had at A&S for quite some time.  Later I finished up my laundry; just gotta put it away upstairs.  I was frustrated not to be able to deal with some buttonholes tonight.  The attachment doesn't work on the slant-foot Singers I have.  I really wanted these done for Thursday night, darn it.   Mostly these two days while Leofwyna was working I was loafing with the computer, good intentions nonwithstanding. 
SUNDAY

We spent a good portion of the afternoon sorting and boxing up the rummage stuff left in the garage. We loaded the borrowed tables and the stuff for Salvation Army in the van and took some of the boxes of stuff into the house that we're holding over the winter to include in a Spring rummage. The garage is about three-quarters ordered, a significant accomplishment! Tonight I've gotten another of the quilt tops together and added to the donation pile.
MONDAY

When Leofwyna woke up today I suggested a movie for the holiday and said I'd do supper.  She was delighted with this plan and selected Inglorious Basterds, an intriquing rewrite of history.   Further discussion about the rummage sale in two weeks and it was decided we're done with 'em this year and we'll do another big one in the spring instead. 

I'm determined to get my sewing room set back up, the guest room put together and all our stuff from that room sorted so rummage things can be priced and ready for the spring sale.  I'll also go through the things in my room and sorted for the rummage so it can be a nice room for me again as well.  That's the plan anyway.  That also clears up the rest of our time this fall for getting the yard ready for winter.  She wants to get the front flower border dealt with and I want to get my raised veggie beds cleared and repaired and completely ready to have a complete vegetable garden again next summer.
THURSDAY-SATURDAY

I neglected my journaling while our garage sale was going on.  Getting up early three days in a row for this made me a little lazy.  The sale went pretty well and we're thinking about skipping the last one in two weeks.  The only big item left is Leofwyna's oak desk so perhaps we'll box up some of the best stuff for my rummage next spring and shuffle off a pile to the thrift stores and call it done.

We did get out to the last state fair in Lincoln Friday in the cool of the evening.  We went to the quilt display and then the photography display.  We got our corn dogs and lemonade.  We took Leofwyna's favorite double ferris wheel ride (she pays for it since I do not enjoy it).  We shared a funnel cake.  It's doubtful we'll get to many state fairs out in Grand Island.

SUNDAY

I was pretty lazy today while Leofwyna headed off for work.  I did go out to the Goodwill for Senior day but they're having 99-cent clothing day tomorrow which inhibited me today; maybe I'll go back for that.  Except for the black lambswool muffler; I did buy that.  Gorgeous!  Back at home I took out several bags of trash and recycling, then did up the dishes before settling down in front of the tv for Planet Earth repeats.. 
WEDNESDAY

Since we got so much done yesterday I was able to coast this afternoon.  Stopped in at a couple thrift stores and found a great lined denim carcoat and a set of flannel sheets so I'll be warm this winter.  After A&S this evening I put up sale signs (the ground is hard so I'll check them or have Leofwyna check them in the morning to make sure they're still standing) and put out a big pile for the garbage collection.
MONDAY

Slipped out of the house this morning while Leofwyna slept to run errands.  Went to the bank, stopped in at Goodwill and ate lunch.  Back at home once Leofwyna was up I ran several loads of garb and camping laundry and spent the time between starting loads cutting down more cotton shirts and running quilt pattern ideas through my mind.

TUESDAY

We carried many boxes out of the house to the garage this afternoon and set up the sunshade over the driveway.  Looks like Garage Sale #4 is happening.  Weather reports offer rain Thursday but fine weather Friday and Saturday.  I could live with that. 
SATURDAY

Didn't do nearly as much as planned today.  Did get paperwork and checkwriting done as planned... but it took longer than anticipated so when I surfaced it was already too late for mowing.  Too bad as temperatures this evening was in the sixties.  After supper I continued with breaking down cotton garments for quilting fabric.

SUNDAY

Up and at 'em this morning.  Went for gas for the mower and got the front yard done while Leofwyna was still sleeping as weather predictions indicate rain this week.  Hope it confines itself to evenings so the rummage sale can be successful.

When Leofwyna got up we went out and squared away the garage for rummage sales by putting away all the camping gear and put the seats back in the van along with the futon, tent and so forth (for temp storage of bulky garage things).  Then I mowed the backyard while she cut some low  hanging branches and weeded back by the compost piles.  All productivity ended when she got stung four times on the left hand by yellow jackets; seems they've taken up residence in my big compost pile.  Now I've got to figure out how I'm going to evict them... that's what must have got me on the arm last July, I just never saw 'em at the time.
THURSDAY

Mickey wanted to do some Rummage Sales today when she got up so off we went.  Kinda slim pickings though; I guess the first week of school isn't optimal time fo doing them.  We did find an beautiful, shrunken green wool blanket... Mickey will probably make a 'chaparon' for her as I already have the beginnings of a fushia one I started last spring at Herdmaster.  We also stopped in as the south Goodwill and found some great frames we want to put scrolls in. 

We decided to have supper at Valentino's and go to a movie.  District Nine. Very strange, very visceral... definately an 'only once' movie. It has a gripping plot and an interesting premise but OMG! Not one I'll say, you gotta see this, but I can't say it's BAD either. Umm, just be braced for the visceral...

While unloading the car I stepped on a crack in the driveway and dropped myself on my kester!   Fortunately, no damage done but Ow, I say, Ow!
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THURSDAY

With Leofwyna off to work I became mondo lazy and accomplished nothing of note.

FRIDAY

Leofwyna took her van to the shop for an oil change, I picked her up and we hit several rummage sales (bought pricket replacement for feast gear).  We tried to catch a movie but timing was off and we headed home.

SATURDAY

Went to 3:30 movie with Leofwyna, Transformers II.  The length was uncalled for as a quarter of it could easily have been cut.  The last half was almost as good as the first one.  Once home I spent 5 hours putting together 2nd quarter report, then had a problem emailing such a large file

SUNDAY

Must have re-sent the 2nd quarter report four dozen times before both got through.  This afternoon I helped with Sabi's move, one van load and a promise to help with another when the boxes are filled and ready to go this week.  Ellid is in town and we firmed up our plans for Wednesday.  I never got back to shearing the weeds out of the veggie beds so I must get back to it


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FRIDAY

Today Leofwyna sat with the rummage sale and I made a shopping run for things I need to take to Lilies.  A few groceries, more bolts for the bed (needed eight, not four), and tried to find an adapter for Leofwyna's camp stove.  The camp stove turns out to be something foreign (and old) and nothing could be found for it.  Leofwyna had bought it at a rummage sale a couple years ago... I did what they should have and trashed it.  When I sell something it works or at least can be made to work.   In spite of the rain we had a respectable second day and our third of five rummage needed some good bucks.

At end of day we pulled everything back into the garage and unloaded the stuff stored in the van during the sale into the garage.  We loaded the sunshade poles, tote of ropes and stakes, camp pans, ice chests, and then headed out to supper.

SATURDAY

I got myself going earlier than usual to finish loading the van.  I was fairly well organized, I thought, and shoved off  by two o'clock.  Dressed at home for court on the hope I'd arrive in time for it.  I thought it was scheduled for five o'clock.  Remembered to stop for Leofwyna's package for Owain.  Traffic was rough though and getting out of Lincoln took longer than I thought it would.  By the time I got to St. Joseph I'd thought of half a dozen things I'd forgotten and it was already five.

At this point I'd thought about and decided against backtracking home for pillows, airbed, and camp table among other things.  As I thought I'd missed out on court I stopped in St. Jo and got 'em there; because of this I didn't go anywhere near the merchant's during the war.  I figure this was excellent use of Laurel's Christmas check.

When I pulled in at MagMor camp at seven o'clock I found everyone headed for court; I hadn't missed it afterall!  However, couldn't hear much of anything from the back as I had no chair unloaded and didn't want to block anyone's view so I wandered off back to camp; I really can't just stand that long without getting a backache.  Scoped out the situation there and decided I'd camp at the bottom of the hill near the treeline so I'd have morning shade to help me sleep longer.  (This meant there was a substantial climb out of camp every day and I had to be organized to minimize the number of trips up it each day.)

HE Cat has a tent similar to the one Leofwyna bought a couple years ago; one which we haven't used yet and only put up once in practice.  I didn't want to have to spend any longer than necessary wrestling with it and asked Cat's help getting it up with minimal false starts.  Turns out our framework is significantly different (ie: harder to raise) and we enlisted a couple guys from the encampment upslope from me for the assembly of the tent's support.  After that doing all the staking and tie downs went along better.  Having Cat's help with all this was hugely appreciated.

I unloaded everything into the tent and assembled my bed before removing the van to the parking area.  It was full dark by this time so after a short time in the MagMor living room greeting everyone there I headed down to settle in and fall in bed.   (Forgotten also was my copper wash basin, straw hat, shampoo.)

Present at this time were Volkmar, Isadora, Arthur, Oliver, Cat, Oz, Terry (now Rheinhart), HalfTroll, Gyda, Jessica (now Moira), Zino and Chiara.  MagMorons camping in other areas were Owain, Mikhail, Vasilla, Calien and Callaghan, Isabeau, Carlos, Dwolm, Aibhilin, Agnes, Sabi, Amanda and Raimond.  Folks that arrived later during the war to MagMor camp were Saraphima and her family, Natalya, Theron, Gwyneth, Rosa and Bristol. 
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WEDNESDAY

Today I finally dug out my pile of Rubbermaid storage totes and sorted through my camp bedding and garb.  Spent about four hours packing up six of them to take with me.  Strangely enough I don't remember taking that many totes previously but I don't think I'm carrying more garments either.  I still need to pull together projects for the week and gather up the camping amenities so I can load the van Friday after we close the rummage sale.

Spent the rest of the afternoon putting up the sunshade in front of the garage for the rummage sale.  I was running late when I left for Moot.  After driving from one corner of town to the opposite corner I was only ten minutes late; not too bad.  Mostly we discussed our Lilies responsibilities, including our Gladiator Tourney party and lightly touched on Cattle Raids coming up in August. 

THURSDAY

Got up with the sun to set up the outside tables under the sunshade... there's always the shoppers that won't recognize the posted opening time.  This annoys the hell out of me and civility comes hard.  The weather held nice for the day and I sold lots of little stuff and a few nice pricier bits so the day's total was respectable.  This evening I'm frapped and not accomplishing much of anything.  

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MONDAY

Got back to work on mending the floorcloths this evening and was nearly done with I broke a serger needle so stopped to run for replacements before the store closed.  Wasn't sure what size to get so I got one of each available.  Back at home I learned neither size worked... darn, I wan'ted to be done with these floorcloths.

TUESDAY

Went to the bank to make my JAV deposit for the barony and took money out of my account for change at the rummage sale.  After eating lunch I dropped a bag of clothes off at the thrift store, dropped a few dozen items at the second consignment shop and dropped off aluminum cans at the recycler.  I also stopped and made copies of forms before sending off checks for insurance certificates for Cattle Raids.  I stopped in at Husker Sew and Vac and picked up the right size serger needles.  Didn't stop at the fabric store to return the others 'cause I left them laying on the dining table.  I remembered to go by Ace Hardware and switch out the wrong sized lag nuts for the right size so I'll have a bed at Lilies.  It'll be much easier to get up off the air mattress with it raised off the floor.  Spent some time with Leofwyna in the garage prepping for the rummage sale and late tonight I finished the floorcloths repair and nearly finished replacing the seats on a pair of metal folding chairs for camp using the canvas from old sunshades.  Leofwyna made apricot-oatmeal breakfast cookies and canned brownies for me to take to Lilies... Ymmm!
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It's so annoying to type out a good journal entry and then lose it.  The thunderstorm was going through Friday night and the system didn't record my entry.  Hope it doesn't happen again as there's another storm rolling through tonight too.

THURSDAY

Went out to buy cat food and get lunch.  Stopped at a couple thrift stores, no purchase was made this time.  I did find a tomato plant but not the brocolli I wanted; four brussel sprouts plants were substituted.  Back at home I weeded a couple veggie beds and planted the brussel sprouts.  I had borrowed one of those suspended planters from a friend to see if I wanted to use that method in future so I put the tomato plant in that. 

Went through the sample books I had kept last fall and discarded another boxful that I'll tdrop off at the Salvation Army.  Stripped out two big books of silk samples.  We have lots of ideas for projects from these.  Leofwyna wants the white pearled piece to make another caul for a friend.  I have my eye on a vivid piece for a ME cap and other metalic embroidered pieces for more ME caps for largess.  There are enough of the painted on pale colors for a hanging divider for our tent... very decadant!  Other's will go into a lovely two-sided comforter.

FRIDAY

After Natalya came by to pick up a check for the site deposit at Cattle Raids I loaded the car with the box of sample books and clothes for the consignment shop.  Once I'd gotten my late lunch though I didn't take time to drop that stuff off.  Instead headed back home to locate camp gear.  Then I hemmed and added a blue border to the linen I had stashed for a Roman peplos to wear to the Gladiator Tourney party at Lilies.  I brought the sunshades, floorcloths and an old sunshade into the house.  I started taking apart the old sunshade to make carrysacks for camp gear.  I also need to mend the big sunshade and floorcloths.

I had decided to wait the full week until Sunday or Monday to mow but when Leofwyna got home from work...  Well, I hadn't realized what I was hearing wasn't the neighbor until she was nearly done.  I'd planned on preventing her mowing again 'cause of her feet and knees by beating her to the punch but that didn't happen this time.  Anyway, I cleaned up the kitchen before going back downstairs to my sunshade deconstruction.

SATURDAY

Turns out Friday and Saturday would have worked out just fine for the rummage sale as the rain only came around midnight; the daytimes were beautiful and sunny.  Da-yum!  Today I bought up the subject again about doing the sale next week and leaving for Lilies a day or two later.  She's much more receptive of the idea now so we'll do that Thursday-Friday and I'll drive down Saturday afternoon.  No telling what kind of camp site I'll end up with and figuring out what to do with the car seats and packing staging location while the garage is set up for the rummage sale is going to be extremely interesting.

This afternoon though we took time to hit a few rummage sales and go to UP! in 3D.  Turns out we could have saved a little money going to the 2D version.  The trailer for Ice Age 3 showed up well in 3D but UP! not so much.  UP! was really an original storyline and we both enjoyed it... our new tag line is "Squirrel!"

Stopped for supper at the Chinese Buffet and then back at home I mowed the 'mohawks' in the yard she'd left by mowing in the dark yesterday and then mowed the backyard to finish up for this week.  I'll have to fit in mowing next week before I leave.  I doubt she'll leave it until I get home again but at least I can prevent her doing it twice.  Then I got back to the sunshade deconstruction while we watched Dirty Dancing on TV.

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WEDNESDAY

Some further discussion with Leofwyna regarding timing of the next rummage sale.  I offered to wait to leave for Lilies Sunday if she thought we should try for that Friday-Saturday.  Breathed a sigh of relief when she suggested that might be too much for me on sequential days.  Well, yeah, but I was willing to try anyway.  So the rummage now has to wait for early July and I can buckle down to Lilies prep.  I have lists.

At A&S this evening I delivered Halftroll's new tunic.  I was afraid it might have turned out too large but Gyda measured it on herself after a fashion (flat, it only went around her three-quarters of the way and reached halfway down her shins) and deemed it just right!  Oh my! 
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SUNDAY

Got laundry done today... five loads altogether.  Also went to walk the shar peis midday.  Thought about stopping at Goodwill for the senior sale but decided not to.

MONDAY

Walked the shar peis again midday.  Got the entire lawn watered.  Poked around in the garage some. 

Weather projections for the coming work is exceedingly grim.  After some discussion we've decided the next rummage will have to wait until after the June busy plans.  Leofwyna really hates doing a summer rummage 'cause of the heat but it's gotta happen.

TUESDAY

Got up early enough to call and cancel the rummage ad.  Now, no doubt, the rain will not happen but you gotta go with the information you have I suppose.

Sewed up the red and blue Halftroll tunic... looks way too big so it'll probably fit just fine.  Leofwyna grilled rib steaks and we watched Cars on Dougs bigscreen TV.  We walked the dogs together before I headed home.
THURSDAY

So midday I headed over to walk the shar peis for Leofwyna (She's house/dog sitting for a week for a friend from work who's on vacation) and without this break for them it would have been fourteen hours.  That's a long time for dogs to wait I think.  These are big, good natured animals and we take a five block walk around the block (don't ask, it's just a wierd block).  Then later in the afternoon I got the entire lawn mowed since the weather prediction says it'll be even warmer Friday and may rain.  I also pulled the rest of the radishes.  I had to throw a bunch of them on the compost as they'd gone to seed and/or gone woody.  Way past time to seed more.

FRIDAY

Leofwyna borrowed Mike's pickup and we loaded stuff to take to the dump... the old entertainment center, a broken down upholstered rocker and footstool, the old broken down wet vac, several old landscape timbers, a couple concrete lumps, a pile of big branches and some old carpeting.  Good riddance.  After a breather she went back into the garage setting up for the rummage and I weedwhacked between the raised beds and then cut back the overgrowth 'in' the raised beds.  The backyard is looking rather more civilized right now and I'm thoroughly worn out. 

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