Ah, October. I hate October.
Okay, that’s a bit harsh. Let’s just say October is … challenging. I’m diurnal, not a fan of the cold & dark (which is why I live in the balmy Midwest 😉 and the onset of the Autumn Equinox is a sure sign that we’re headed into the gaping maw of iron-hard Winter.
Other than that, October is fine.
I do have to say that this October is less stressful than a lot of past ones – we’re coming up on the Anniversary of Uncoupling – and I hope this first anniversary is the only one I mark; I’m looking forward to this becoming even more of a distant memory than it already is. But it’s had some rocky moments, with me having nightmares about NOT being uncoupled. I suspect it’ll pass.
I took all Summer to evaluate (and enjoy) the garden – the votes are in: it was in dire need of ruthless editing. So the last few weeks have been about digging up/moving/dividing..and I think I’m going to be much happier with it. Last year a well-meaning friend gave me 8 (instead of 1) tomato plants. Do you have ANY idea how many tomatoes that is? Plus.. you do know tomatoes volunteer like crazy, don’t you? The Girl does. I would see one of the bigger cherry volunteers start swaying…and I’d know she was at the tomato buffet – it’s astounding that such a giant dog can ever so carefully pluck ONLY the ripe tomato in a cluster. I keep thinking of Christopher Brosius (Memory of Kindness) and March (and her love for this shimmering scent) as I rip out freeze-blackened plants. But freeze notwithstanding they still have that tangy, vegetal scent that I always equate with carefree days of Summer. Even in the most desperate days, pre-uncoupling, I could go in the garden, crush a leaf and soothe my raging soul. Besides CB and Demeter (also CB) there is a lovely Tomato Leaf wax melt by my lovely pal Camille Lee @ Prairie Aromatics. It’s the perfect antidote to a dreary Winter’s day (I confess to loving wax melts more than candles, since I’ve never really gotten the hang of how to ‘manage’ a candle – especially the giant, honkin’ ones that cost the earth and … I dunno. Maybe I’m just Candle Incompetent. I remember Tom P’s friend violetnoir teaching him the art of lighting, letting it melt a bit, then extinguishing the flame for a beautiful throw – but I still kind of ..don’t get it? eh) – and yes, this is a Shameless Plug for Camille’s shop – these are hard, terrifying times for small business and her handmade goods are phenomenal!
Putting the Garden to Bed… and Moving Indoors. This is also a year of editing for indoors. I’m still broke as a snake, having had 5 days to pay cash for this house, but that’s fine – I don’t really need anything. In fact, I need to de-accession! So I’ve been working, room by room, and also getting little ‘I Can Do This’ stuff done (like fixing a toilet so it doesn’t run) to make the Winter isolation less anxiety-inducing. Here’s a question: WHY DO I HAVE 3 GIANT TOTES FULL OF KITCHEN FOOLISHNESS? Answer: how the hell do I know??? – but the first crappy weekend I’mo ruthlessly cull those 3 totes. You know that adage ‘if you haven’t used it by X, you don’t need it?’ Truer words never written. I’m missing some vintage Pyrex (GASP!) and I think it got taken out of here (an honest mistake – if you’re in a hurry, all moving boxes look alike) … but guess what? It was in a box for over 2 years and I never really missed it. If it’s gone, it’s gone. UPDATE: Um. Well, I guess I owe him an apology (lol! no.) – um So. You know that Pyrex? All That Vintage Pyrex? that I thought was Lost Forever? 3rd tote down. sorrynotsorry. Now I have to find somewhere to display it – hey! Maybe along with the other 94 pieces of Vintage Pyrex?
Okay – I culled Box 1. Found 3 strawberry hullers. Wth? I’ve never used a strawberry huller in my life – my mama taught me to hull with a paring knife and that’s good enough for me. Who gave me these? Which 3 Fiends? Confess! Oooh! I found my 3rd Microplane! Squee! It’s the one for semi-hard cheese and chocolate! oh, joy!
Well, this is going to be fun – it’s That Crappy Day and I found the ‘plane. What other gems are hidden therein? It’ll be nice to get this stuff – and these totes- sorted. Ain’t nobody need 3 totes of kitchen foolishness.
Oooh! Beach winner: grizzlesnort. gmail your evilauntieanita and remind me what you won. And Portia: we must be Sisters from Another Mister because I. Am. You. with the sharks (even though I am one). Happy to stay in my lane – Floyd made swimming pools for a reason!
Also: because you guys are SO PATIENT with my crazy: if you leave a comment letting me know what you’re doing this October The Girl will pull a winner for some goodies from the Sorted Armoire (toldja I was on a tear, didn’t I? That Armoire is a Sorted thing of BEAUTY!!! 😉
I love you all – but I’ve gotta go – I haz 2 more totes to sort!