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18 February 2016 @ 07:48 am
Great day yesterday  
Yesterday was very productive. It was a day off and after breakfast we went to Lowe's and bought a bunch of flourecent bulbs for the kitchen. Basically everything had burned out. Oh it's so good to have light in there again. We also bought dish soap and a broom because the outdoor broom had broken. Then we washed all three cars which was great. My back started hurting after that though so I went to rest inside and went online. Chris started burning some yard wastes and I eventually went out an joined him. I helped and pulled down a lot of dead vines. All the cucurbits I grew are dead and need to be ripped out and there are massive stick piles everywhere. We made some amazing progress but man was my back hurting after that. I had a hot shower which helped a little bit then we took it easy the rest of the day.

We've started to watch season 4 of Voyager now. I hope I can find the post where I said I first started watching Star Trek and to see how long it would take me to get through all three series. Of course I didn't tag it like I should have. But what a great day. And being outdoors and doing all that stuff really got me in the mood for gardening again. I'd love to do something with that side yard that used the be the pumpkin patch. I don't know what yet but I started thinking about ordering seeds and neat stuff I'd like for there. I should think about getting cinder blocks again and making those raised be gardens I want. I still want that one desert garden in the center. There's this one type of flowering vine that grows and I have never been able to kill it no matter how far back I cut it or if I even cut the roots as it spreads underground. I'm going to try to cut it short this year and get some plant killer and see if I can't destroy it once and for all. It's a rubbery plant too that's hard to cut and hard to burn. It's been a problem ever since we moved in and I hate it.
I just found out the type of plant I am fighting is a type of clerodendrum. And I also ended up IDing a wild plant in the same family possibly Clerodendrum indicum that gets all these red flowers that look like fleshy starish with a bunch of black fleshy beads in the center.

But over all yesterday was great and did almost everything that had to be done.
Calzephyrcalzephyr77 on February 18th, 2016 01:13 pm (UTC)

Glad it was a productive day! The funny thing with lighting is that one doesn't realize how much of a difference it makes. We switched from CFLs to LEDs last year and I love the instant light. The CFLs took forever to get going.

Desthagirion on February 18th, 2016 02:50 pm (UTC)
It's definitely made a big difference. We just hadn't gotten around to changing the lights.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on February 19th, 2016 09:36 am (UTC)
Yesterday sounds like a wonderful day except for the back pain. When I was reading along and came to the washing three cars part, I thought of your back. I was thinking that there and then you would need a massage. What a pity your back played up, as having a bonfire is a wonderful thing. I am glad you were able to rejoin Chris. You may need to rest now for a few days, though.

And yay for new light bulbs for the kitchen. Let there be light!

Your gardening plans sound interesting and I hope you can get at least some of that done.

That was handy that you were able to identify that plant. Apparently some species are VERY invasive, so it would be good to get rid of it. We have a couple of native species which may have medicinal properties, but I would not recommend growing them in another country as there is always the strong possibility of them becoming a pest.