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    I'm sorry to hear about your Dad, Redwick. I hope he's going to be ok. Congrats on the new job and the graceful exit from your current one.

    I'm glad to hear your Mom is hanging in there, kirinke.

    It's raining again here. I'm so tired of the rain. I want to mow the backyard but it's never dry long enough for the grass to dry out enough to mow it. At this rate, I'll need a machete.
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    Know how I can tell my dad is old? While visiting him, he was regaling us all with the goings on of his bowel movements. Like, dad, none of us really want to hear about how many enemas you got, thankyouverymuch.

    I think he's surprised his caretakers with how frank he's being about facing what could be ahead of him. Really, what I think is probably the most surprising to people is how he isn't scared of dying, just treating it with the same sort of matter-of-factness as the changing of the seasons. Not that he's been given a terminal prognosis or anything (far from it based on the feedback we're getting), just that I think most people when confronted with their mortality, hide from it rather than facing it and trying to understand it.

    Anyway, just thinking aloud.
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    Looking forward to this weekend. Lots of stuff happening and having people over I haven't seen in a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiningbrow View Post
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    It's raining again here. I'm so tired of the rain. I want to mow the backyard but it's never dry long enough for the grass to dry out enough to mow it. At this rate, I'll need a machete.
    Scythe, actually. You want a scythe.

    And honestly, if you get one and learn to use it, it doesn't matter if the grass is wet or not for the cutting.

    Low-tech for the win!
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    Scythes are actually quite useful. So are machetes, though. I'd say machete for clearing a path thru a forest, and scythe for a field. Hatchet is also useful for a forest. Really, need both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eldorian View Post
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    Scythes are actually quite useful.
    Yes! And fun to use, I've found. I've wanted to do a low-tech haymaking in the open area across from my place for quite a while. Usually I just cut the tall grass & haul it back in a cart for my critters, but I *finally* found a wooden hay rake at an antique mall a few weeks ago (on my birthday, no less!) for $40 that's in good useable condition. So once I can lay hands on a wooden pitchfork of the old style, I am going to give it a go.
    The Mare-Headed Queen
    The Mari-Lwyd
    I was Mother of all the Herds
    Ten thousand years my shining foals
    Bridled with starlight
    Saddled with gold
    Leapt the divide
    Between living and dead
    Quickened the year
    With each toss of the head
    Galloped the deep of Beauty
    and Never grew old
    Let me in!

    And now I am Nightmare
    I am rattling womb
    The Uffington Wraith I've become
    Forced into darkness
    You've made me a fiend
    Bridled with Shadow
    Saddled with Scream
    From window to window
    Traversing the night
    My face in your glass
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    I've used hedge clippers on some of it. The problem with the "grass" is that it's mostly oxalis, which is a clover like plant with flowers, adept at falling over instead of being cut. Really, the only way to get rid of it is to pull it up by the roots, which is what I did for a couple of hours yesterday. I filled a 65 gallon green waste bin and called it a day. There's plenty more to be conquered back there, but as it rained again last night, I'll wait for it to dry again.

    I was happy to find a couple of azaleas that had overwintered and that had been covered over by it. Between the oxalis, dandelions and nasturtiums, it's a field of flowers, but sort of out of control. Everything is blooming so it's not as bad as it could be.
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    Does azalea mean something different in Cali? Out here, they're a bush.
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    I think ovi's right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ovinomancer View Post
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    Does azalea mean something different in Cali? Out here, they're a bush.
    Depends on the type and how large it was. Also depending on the type of oxalis, it could have been completely overgrown... even if it was as big as the azaleas in my backyard (they're around 5-6 foot in height).
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    These azaleas are about 4-6 inches high and about as large in diameter. They're tiny. While most azaleas are normally quite large, these came in tiny pots as ornamental plants. I originally planted about 6 of them but the rest died, mostly due to drought. They are woody shrubs and with love and care they may reach the size of the normal bushes one usually encounters, but they grow slowly. The oxalis can reach 2 feet high with flower stems. I'm happy to have found any surviving. The lavender took a hit and needs some serious pruning as the oxalis invaded it, too and parts are dead. Fortunately, that is easy to propagate from cuttings.

    Azaleas and rhododendrons do well here, but it helps if you start with a bush that isn't 3 inches high. They're also sort of close to some pineapple salvia that seems to be competing with them, so I'll probably move them when I can figure out a better place to put them.
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    They're also highly toxic, even the honey made from the flower's nectar can be toxic. Here's information on them. Pretty interesting read

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azalea
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    Annddd ... just when I thought I would take a looksee in here I see several folks I knew from ... hmm ... well, long enough ago.

    Just stopping by to say hello, folks.

    Hmm ... I wonder if I should ask what I missed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mycanid View Post
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    Annddd ... just when I thought I would take a looksee in here I see several folks I knew from ... hmm ... well, long enough ago.

    Just stopping by to say hello, folks.

    Hmm ... I wonder if I should ask what I missed?
    Welcome back!

    And no, probably safer to not ask

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mycanid View Post
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    Annddd ... just when I thought I would take a looksee in here I see several folks I knew from ... hmm ... well, long enough ago.

    Just stopping by to say hello, folks.

    Hmm ... I wonder if I should ask what I missed?
    Great to see you around, Mycanid.

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