The site going down and, now, my mood and energy tanking have broken my nascent routine of daily log making.

Also I’ve been turning my brain to mush working on complicated code all day every work day, and do not feel like typing or making words in a line in the evenings.

Sunday, 2020-05-31

  • Planted out six Aralia racemosa (spikenard) seedlings wintersown this year. Three around old wellhouse and three in the southeast shady corner of the yard around the pussy willow
  • Planted out 23 Symphyotrichum oblongifolium (fragrant aster) seedlings wintersown, in one of the new tomato bed quadrants, and in front yard bed
  • Planted out 14 Solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod) seedlings wintersown, in front yard bed
  • Planted out three Baptisia alba seedlings wintersown, in front yard bed
  • Planted out ~30 Sorghastrum nutans ‘Indian Steel’ seedlings wintersown, in/around purple-and-forsythia

Monday, 2020-06-01

  • Not a good brain day. Dragged small piles of branches from piles of prunings and a garden stool to the end of the driveway on a garden stool and turned the chaos tangle into new chicken sticks and stakes, while keeping an eye on guineas.
  • Back neighbors were setting off super-super-loud fireworks erratically all evening which scared all the animals, left me perpetually on edge, and made the air smell farty. This was basically my mood at the end of Monday:

Tuesday, 2020-06-02

  • Got a new, weird goat
Meet Cinnamon Goat—my new, small, weird goat. (j/k, it’s Cinnamon Chicken!)
  • Several guinea hens mysteriously escaped the coop in the middle of the day. My only viable theory is that Lurkey messed with the latch on the coop, allowing the door to briefly blow open. The door was closed and latch turned just enough to keep it shut when I investigated
  • Noticed someone mowed the front north edge of the property, even down into the roadside ditch. I was inspired to tidy up the other side of the driveway and got out the scythe. I ended up scything halfway down the front of the goat pasture as well as around my mailbox.
  • Planted out five Amorpha fruticosa seedlings wintersown, on outside of front tree border
Reaping the satisfactions of scything

Wednesday, 2020-06-03

  • Guinea egg management in the coop (removing old and filthy eggs, gathering newer eggs to eat, and catching up on marking the remaining eggs. Inkpot came in the coop for a bite to eat and yelled at me.
  • Planted out 3.5 Baptisia alba in blackberry bed. One was barely up and probably won’t make it. This involved making plant cages, including one extra.
  • Boiled and peeled guinea eggs and put them in a jar of saved pickle brine
  • Candled the eggs I’m incubating: ALL EIGHT STILL DEVELOPING!


  • Making myself do at least one thing every day is helpful and usually leads to my head clearing a bit and the ability to putter around and do more things
  • I really need to draw a map of my place and assign consistent names to all the areas in which I am planting stuff.

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