Not much going on at the Harrison household this morning as I bring in the house plants summering on my side porch–the ones I had meant to bring in last night. I’m sure they are fine, but since the lows for the next 10 days are to be in the 50s, I might as well call it. Ah, Michigan, the only place I know where I can make macaroni salad to beat the heat on Saturday, and then make chili on Sunday to warm the house up. Seriously, I had my fireplace on last night through a couple of logs to take the chill off. From 94 to 69 in one day. Sounds about right.
Guy and I and Thing Two worked out butts off Sunday reclaiming a bit of turf that had gone seriously ugly in the name of contractors. Moved a couple of bushes to shift a gate, which meant I had to unexpectedly replant another bush that was really to big to move. I think it’s got maybe a 30% chance of making it. We’ll see. I also took some time to move another chunk of hosta from my front bed. I swear, the entire three front beds were nothing but hosta and daylily’s when we moved in, two plants with completely different sunlight needs. The lily’s have been out for over a year, but it wasn’t until now that I could move the hostas I wasn’t so fond of to a new place. (Until now, I wasn’t sure what I wanted there.) Astilbes now add a much needed texture against the hosta that I did want to keep.
Oooh, and I got some asters for a buck fifty each to put in place of the Impatiens that I ripped out a few weeks ago. They were overgrown, I swear, the ones in the back were up to my hip. The asters are pretty much down to green now since they were promise plants, but they are perennial, and with some judicious pinching of flower buds until July next year, they should be pretty next fall. You can do the same with the bargain mums they are giving away. Just put them somewhere sunny and pinch the flower buds off until the 4th of July next year.
As you might have guessed, I didn’t get to the ren faire. Saturday was too hot, Sunday and Monday had the threat of rain I’ve got all month. Maybe next weekend. :-)
I’ll be honest, Friday was agony getting into work when the weekend was just sitting there, begging for me to slip into it early, but I was a good girl, (darn it) and I got a chapter switched over, leaving me to think about a big shift of character all weekend. (psyche myself up, more likely) It’s going to impact about a third of the book in a large way, but I think that it’s going to give me exactly what I want in terms of character and large story movement. Fortunately it will join the original story in about ten chapters, and then I just have to tweak the emotional stuff . . . so there it is, my next two to three weeks of work all set out for me. I left myself a month to play with this, and I think I’ll be using it all, if not more. No pressure though. It’s not officially due until the end of the year. And then . . . rough draft! I might be able to unofficially take part of NaNoWriMo this year, which would be very cool. Get your outlines sketched out! It’s far easier to write when you know someone else is suffering right along with you. :-)