Timing

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 05:05 pm
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There are a lot of deadlines in this gardening lark. There are certain times which are good for sowing, taking cuttings, cutting back, and for moving plants. I'm starting to get the hang of things, but still, several strongly anticipated windows did pass me by in the last growing year.

Now I've got moving trees on the agenda. No, not Ents - there are various self-sown trees I'd like to tidy up a bit. So off I go on the net to see which time is suitable for these particular types of tree. Turns out it's winter/early spring, so all I've got to do now is remember then. Sooow easy.

I also came across this facinating story about moving an enormous oak tree. How wonderful that they managed to do that rather than felling it! And that there's now expertise and machinery for performing such feats.
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There will be no more flying from now on - not for me, not for the longest time. The last 3 international trips I’ve done have not been of my choosing, so now I choose not to go anywhere for a very long time. I’m becoming rooted, increasingly averse to leaving my pets, my plants and my plans for this and that.

As I crossed several timezones on this last trip, I’ve had serious jetlag. It was worse going east, of course, lying awake and desperate to sleep in the darkest hours of the night. But even going back I seem to have been somewhat stuck. The first proper night I fell asleep early in the night and woke up at 2 am. The second night I got up at 4, and now I’ve progressed to 5. That’s when dawn begins, so that’s acceptable.

Insomnia sucks, but if you’ve gotten a little rest, you can actually do things. After a trip I usually feel energized and observant, ready to deal with stuff. I’m cleaning, planning, looking at rugs to cover up tatty carpets, out in the garden as soon as the sun rises, cooking Chinese from an intimidating cookbook for brunch. Was that six things? They’re not impossible. Only sleep is, for now.

Lord, have Murphy

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 10:25 am
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Never admit to the universe that you don't have very much on your plate at the moment. It will quickly ladle out stuff for you to deal with. And even though these were all tiny things to do, as I get stressed if I've got more than one thing going on at a time, I got stressed. Basically, I want nothing much to be going on, most of the time.

Anyway, the birthday meal preparation, the overdue library books, the suit shopping and the meeting are out of the way, now all I need to do is transcribe some interviews. These are quite interesting, actually, with high school students describing how they manage their learning. One of them had figured out how to do a prioritised task list by himself. That could never have been me.

I was reminded of how library technology has changed in relation to the olden days recently. Lo and behold, when I was at the library their entire computer system had died and they had to do things the old way. Except they've obviously gotten rid of those little cards they used to keep in the books and therefore had to write down each book number by hand. Luckily the librarians still had their stamping skills.

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