Friday, September 21, 2018


Somewhere in a forgotten notebook I recorded the wisdom of Mario Andretti: "If everything's under control, you're not going fast enough." -30-
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

An Obliging Fellow

I couldn't resist twitting a bow hunter about the gentrified touch on the table in his campsite, a potted chrysanthemum. He quietly offered to gut and skin a deer on the spot. It took me several hours to appreciate his accommodating attitude -30-
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018


It's embarrassing not to have figured this one out for myself: establish separate wet and dry coolers when housekeeping in the field -30-
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Planting Season

This is the beginning of the growing year in Seattle. At this point, with the vegetable patch long established, corn salad has seeded itself (if those sleek pigeons have left anything) and the alliums are up and running again. I have a small order of walking onions coming in to replace the ones I foolishly let go in a moment of bad judgement. They're a great plant for a person who prefers to give the garden as little attention as possible. Walking onions plant themselves from little bulblets that develop at the top of a stalk.

The rains of October signal the smart time to put new landscape plants in the ground. They'll be naturally watered and have a long comfortable winter to develop roots. Just keep an eye on them during the invisible drought of February and March, when a freeze can desiccate rain-deprived shrubs. If you have reason to doubt that a woody plant has survived, scrape the bark carefully with a thumbnail. A green under layer means there's hope -30-
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Monday, September 17, 2018

Back To School

It's time to close the doors and windows and change the bag in the vacuum cleaner. Super-janitor Don Aslett taught me that now is the time for major cleaning.

I like to keep the place clean-able on general principles. It's helpful to remember that horizontal surfaces are for work, not storage. Set a tray or container of some kind under an accumulated and useful pile to facilitate dust control. Keeping mites at bay is good for cognition and concentration. Controlling dust improves lighting and morale. It's amazing what an effect vacuuming an apparently clean floor has on the atmosphere in a room.

We continue to pare inventory as projects are completed or abandoned. The only way to appreciate the relief that losing dormant inventory affords is to experience it -30-

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