101 Things to Do in 1001 Days – 1 year update!

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I can’t believe it’s been a year since I created and implemented this list. I think I’ve made some good progress in some areas, while others are woefully neglected. (Yeah, that “well-executed pushup” isn’t happening…yet.) Keeping track of things I want to accomplish by using lists seems to be the only thing that ever works for me. Perhaps for my next public list I should add stuff like “keep my rose garden looking reasonable” as opposed to the way it looks at the moment. But that’s for another time. At any rate, here’s how I’ve done so far. Any suggestions for ways to complete the list are always welcome! And if you’d like to join me in completing any of these, I’d love it.

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READING/WRITING

  1.       Join a book club
  2.       Put together lunch cookbook
  3.       Blog twice a week for 3 months
  4.       Organize writing samples
  5.       Go through all the blogging pins I’ve  saved on Pinterest
  6.       Read 35 books
    1.   Still Life with Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen
    2.   The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
    3. Small Victories by Anne Lamott
    4. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
    5. China Dolls by Lisa See
    6. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
    7. The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer
    8. Delicious! By Ruth Reichl
    9. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
    10. The World on a Plate by Mina Holland
    11. The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo
    12. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
    13. Unstoppable by Bill Nye
    14. Dune by Frank Herbert
    15. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
    16. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
    17. The Martian by Andy Weir
    18. The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis

COOKING

  1.       Try 5 new veggies/fruits from the farmer’s market (Romano beans, Dragon Fruit, Sea Beans, Stinging Nettles (in soup),
  2.       Learn to make dumplings (dim sum)
  3.       Make Cioppino 3/21/16
  4.   Make/can chow chow
  5.   Make a new-for-me cocktail once a month for 12 months (Hanukkah Champagne Cocktail, New Year’s Antioxidant Cocktail, Chocolate Martini, Midori Margarita, Moscow Mule, Pimm’s Cup, St. Germain Cocktail,
  6.  Make tamales 2/10/16
  7.  Make mozzarella cheese with Elaine 12/22/15

CULTURE

  1.   Go to the Schulz Museum
  2.   Go to the Steinbeck Museum 6/21/15
  3.   Go to the Computer History Museum
  4.   Visit art museum in Santa Clara
  5.   Visit the Jewish Museum in SF
  6.   Visit the DeYoung museum
  7.   See 3 concerts (Kelly Clarkson/Pentatonix, 2 Cellos,
  8.   See 5 local bands play live (Sage, Ric Hines and the Ones, Tortilla Soup, OTR, Misspent Youth )

TECHNICAL GEEKERY

  1. Consolidate all digital photos onto one computer
  2.  Back up all digital photos onto external hard drive
  3.  Back up all digital photos onto Flickr
  4.  Create yearly photo albums (snapfish?)
  5.   iPhone photo course
  6.  Learn iPhone editing software
  7. Get all files off rosebridge and onto laptop
  8. Update LinkedIn profile
  9. Get all blog plugins to work properly

PARTY

  1. Host a tapas party
  2.  Host a sushi dinner party
  3.  Host a dinner for cul-de-sac neighbors
  4.  Host a paella party
  5. Organize VRS reunion

SELF IMPROVEMENT

  1. Do one really well executed push up
  2.   Walk a 10K for charity
  3.   Squat and balance on balls of feet and then stand up again
  4.   Learn Spanish (conversational)
  5.   Learn to swim (better)
  6.   Learn to jump a car battery
  7.   Learn to use a power drill
  8.   Try all the workouts I’ve saved on Pinterest
  9.   Take another archery class
  10.   Finish a crossword puzzle
  11.   Learn to play Charlie Brown song on the piano

OUTINGS

  1.   Try 4 new restaurants in SF
  2.   Go to Passport Day in the Santa Cruz Mountains
  3.   Visit Alice’s Restaurant
  4.   Explore places from Hwy 17 book
  5.   Tour the Recycling Center (2/18/15 – video tour)
  6.   Go to a wine/painting class (11/22/15)
  7.   See the elephant seals at Ano Nuevo
  8.   Explore a garden I’ve never been to (Chihuly Gardens 4/7/16)
  9.   Romantic dinner at Bella Vista (closed)
  10.   Try 5 new restaurants with new-to-me ethnicities Belgian (Mussel Bar), Vietnamese (Xanh), Afghan (Kabul), (Burmese? Moroccan? Ethiopian? Nepalese? Filipino? Peruvian?

TRAVEL

  1.   Plan Napa or Sonoma weekend
  2.   Have a romantic dinner in Paris with LJ
  3.   Implement Napa or Sonoma weekend 12/26-12/27/15
  4. Plan a road trip on Route 66 with Margo

CRAFTY BITS

  1.   Make a table runner for the 4th of July
  2.   Make a table runner for Spring
  3.   Make a table runner for Valentine’s Day
  4.   Learn to use serger
  5.   Make backyard travel signage
  6.   Finish ancient embroidery project

SPORTING EVENTS

  1.   See the Penguins play in person (12/1/15)
  2.    See the Orioles play in person again
  3.    See a soccer game in person

HOUSE/GARDEN

  1.   Sand down/refurbish deck
  2.   Get serial numbers off 2 fans and contact Casablanca
  3.   Clean out closets
  4.   Look into Vonage versus Magicjack
  5.   Get rid of swing set and old stairs 6/11/15
  6.   Investigate laundry to landscape (greywater) Currently not cost cost effective
  7.   Investigate rainwater irrigation for rose garden
  8.   Redo corner of the yard
  9.   Create outdoor movie space
  10.   Get a dust buster for the living room

MEDIA

  1.   Watch Breaking Bad
  2.   Watch Game of Thrones
  3.   Watch House of Cards
  4.   Watch Orange is the New Black
  5.   See all academy award nominees before the 2016 awards
  6.   Watch a TED talk (Why Some of us Don’t Have One True Calling)
  7.   Watch 5 documentary films
  8.   Find and watch 5 televised concerts (Pete Townshend’s Quadrophenia)

NOT FOR ME

  1.   Perform 10 random acts of spoilage
  2.   Donate blood
  3.   Find large print word searches for Mom 7/14/15

REALLY RANDOM STUFF

  1.   Replace the zipper pulls on all the luggage
  2.   Trying using a diffuser at night (10/29/15)
  3.   Fix pearl earrings    
  4.   Find the most ridiculously named nail polish and try it (Hands Off My Kielbasa)
  5.   Bake cookies with friends’ kids
  6.   Get a new bathing suit 6/1/15
  7.   Send in 23 me test 6/15/15
  8.   Find a new board game to play
  9.   Do some genealogical research (talk to cousins Alan and David)
  10.   Create a flower arrangement a month for 6 months

GOOD FOR THE SOUL

101.     Attend Friday night services twice a month for 3 months  

 

I’d LOVE to know what you think of all of this! Please feel free to send comments!

101 Things to Do in 1001 Days – 6 Month Update

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Those of you who know me well know of my pathological need to create lists and cross things off them. This is a trait I inherited from my dad. I come from a long line of list makers, and the rush that I get from crossing items off my To Do lists is indescribable. About 6 months ago, I posted a list of 101 Things to Do in 1001 Days. I figured it was time to report back on what I HAVE been able to accomplish. How am I doing?

Crossed-out text indicates a completed task (some of them have completion dates next to them. Sorry for the inconsistency). Items added in blue are parts or the entirety of sub-lists, which should be fairly apparent. I am hopeful that with the start of the new year, I can make some real headway on the rest. (The holiday season is a total wash that way. I’m lucky if I can get laundry done!)

READING/WRITING

  1.       Join a book club
  2.       Put together lunch cookbook
  3.       Blog twice a week for 3 months
  4.       Read 35 books
    1.   Still Life with Breadcrumbs
    2.   The Good Luck of Right Now
    3.   Small Victories
    4.   The Invention of Wings
    5.   China Dolls
    6. After the Flood
    7. The Children’s Crusade
    8. Delicious!
  5.       Organize writing samples
  6.       Go through all the blogging pins I’ve saved on Pinterest

Cooking

  1.    Try 5 new veggies/fruits from the farmer’s market (Romano beans,
  2.    Learn to make dumplings (dim sum)
  3.    Make Cioppino
  4.   Make/can chow chow
  5.   Make a new-for-me cocktail once a month for 12 months
  6.   Make tamales
  7.   Make mozzarella cheese with Elaine

CULTURE

  1.   Go to the Schulz Museum
  2.   Go to the Steinbeck Museum 6/21/15
  3.   Go to the Computer History Museum
  4.   Visit art museum in Santa Clara
  5.   Visit the Jewish Museum in SF
  6.   Visit the DeYoung museum
  7.   See 3 concerts (Kelly Clarkson/Pentatonix,
  8.   See 5 local bands play live (Sage, Ric Hines and the Ones, Tortilla Soup, OTR, Misspent Youth )

PARTY

  1.   Host a tapas party
  2.   Host a sushi dinner party
  3.   Host a dinner for cul-de-sac neighbors
  4.   Host a paella party
  5.   Organize VRS reunion

SELF-IMPROVEMENT

  1.   Do one really well executed push up
  2.   Walk a 10K for charity
  3.   Squat and balance on balls of feet and then stand up again
  4.   Learn Spanish (conversational)
  5.   Learn to swim (better)
  6.   Learn to jump a car battery
  7.   Learn to use a power drill
  8.   Try all the workouts I’ve saved on Pinterest
  9.   Take another archery class
  10.   Finish a crossword puzzle
  11.   Learn to play Charlie Brown song on the piano

OUTINGS

  1.   Try 4 new restaurants in SF
  2.   Go to Passport Day in the Santa Cruz Mountains
  3.   Visit Alice’s Restaurant
  4.   Explore places from Hwy 17 book
  5.   Tour the Recycling Center
  6.   Go to a wine/painting class (11/22/15)
  7.   See the elephant seals at Ano Nuevo
  8.   Explore a garden I’ve never been to
  9.   Romantic dinner at Bella Vista (closed)
  10.   Try 5 new restaurants with new-to-me ethnicities Belgian (Mussel Bar) (Burmese? Moroccan? Ethiopian? Nepalese?

TRAVEL

  1.   Plan Napa or Sonoma weekend
  2.   Have a romantic dinner in Paris with LJ
  3.   Implement Napa or Sonoma weekend
  4.   Plan a road trip on Route 66 with Margo

TECHNICAL GEEKERY

  1.   Consolidate all digital photos onto one computer
  2.   Back up all digital photos onto external hard drive
  3.   Back up all digital photos onto Flickr
  4.   Create yearly photo albums (snapfish?)
  5.   iPhone photo course
  6.   Learn iPhone editing software
  7.   Get all files off rosebridge and onto laptop
  8.   Update LinkedIn profile
  9.   Get all blog plugins to work properly

CRAFTY BITS

  1.   Make a table runner for the 4th of July
  2.   Make a table runner for Spring
  3.   Make a table runner for Valentine’s Day
  4.   Learn to use serger
  5.   Make backyard travel signage
  6.   Finish ancient embroidery project

SPORTING EVENTS

  1.   See the Penguins play in person (12/1/15)
  2.   See the Orioles play in person again
  3.   See a soccer game in person

HOUSE/GARDEN

  1.   Sand down/refurbish deck
  2.   Get serial numbers off 2 fans and contact Casablanca
  3.   Clean out closets
  4.   Look into Vonage versus Magicjack
  5.   Get rid of swing set and old stairs 6/11/15
  6.   Investigate laundry to landscape (greywater) Currently not cost cost effective
  7.   Investigate rainwater irrigation for rose garden
  8.   Redo corner of the yard
  9.   Create outdoor movie space
  10.   Get a dust buster for the living room

MEDIA

  1.   Watch Breaking Bad
  2.   Watch Game of Thrones
  3.   Watch House of Cards
  4.   Watch Orange is the New Black
  5.   See all academy award nominees before the 2016 awards
  6.   Watch a TED talk
  7.   Watch 5 documentary films
  8.   Find and watch 5 televised concerts (Pete Townshend’s Quadrophenia,

NOT FOR ME

  1.   Perform 10 random acts of spoilage
  2.   Donate blood
  3.   Find large print word searches for Mom 7/14/15

REALLY RANDOM STUFF

  1.   Replace the zipper pulls on all the luggage
  2.   Trying using a diffuser at night (10/29/15)
  3.   Fix pearl earrings    
  4.   Find the most ridiculously named nail polish and try it (Hands Off My Kielbasa)
  5.   Bake cookies with friends’ kids
  6.   Get a new bathing suit 6/1/15
  7.   Send in 23 me test 6/15/15
  8.   Find a new board game to play
  9.   Do some genealogical research (talk to cousins Alan and David)
  10.   Create a flower arrangement a month for 6 months

GOOD FOR THE SOUL

101.Attend Friday night services twice a month for 3 months  

So what do you think? How are you coming with YOUR To Do lists? Got any suggestions for how I can make better headway on these? I’d love to hear from you.

101 Things to Do in 1001 Days

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Darling Elder Daughter found a blog recently that is right up our OCD list-making alleys,over at Design Darling. The idea is that the list is sort of a combination short term bucket list and To Do list. For list makers like me, this is a phenomenal idea. I get all sorts of perverse pleasure merely by crossing accomplishments off a list. And given the sheer quantity of lists I generate, this one might actually keep me on track.

Note that there are other folks out there who are doing the same sort of 100 in 1001 lists, so there’s a lot of inspiration you can find out there for your own. Here’s mine. I’m really looking forward to making some real accomplishments happen. In no particular order…

Start Date: May 27, 2015
End Date: February 21, 2018

READING/WRITING

  1. Join a book club
  2. Put together lunch cookbook
  3. Blog twice a week for 3 months
  4. Read 35 books
  5. Organize writing samples
  6. Go through all the blogging pins I’ve saved on Pinterest

FOOD

  1. Try 5 new veggies/fruits from the farmer’s market
  2. Learn to make dumplings (dim sum)
  3. Make Cioppino
  4. Make/can chow chow
  5. Make a new-for-me cocktail once a month for 12 months
  6. Make tamales
  7. Make mozzarella cheese with Elaine

CULTURE

  1. Go to the Schulz Museum
  2. Go to the Steinbeck Museum
  3. Go to the Computer History Museum
  4. Visit art museum in Santa Clara
  5. Visit the Jewish Museum in SF
  6. Visit the DeYoung museum
  7. See 3 concerts
  8. See 5 local bands play live

PARTY

  1. Host a tapas party
  2. Host a sushi dinner party
  3. Host a dinner for cul-de-sac neighbors
  4. Host a paella party
  5. Organize Virtual Rose Society reunion

SELF-IMPROVEMENT

  1. Do one really well executed push up
  2. Walk a 10K for charity
  3. Squat and balance on balls of feet and then stand up again
  4. Learn Spanish (conversational)
  5. Learn to swim (better)
  6. Learn to jump a car battery
  7. Learn to use a power drill
  8. Try all the workouts I’ve saved on Pinterest
  9. Take another archery class
  10. Finish a crossword puzzle
  11. Learn to play Charlie Brown song on the piano

OUTINGS

  1. Try 4 new restaurants in SF
  2. Go to Passport Day in the Santa Cruz Mountains
  3. Visit Alice’s Restaurant
  4. Explore places from Hwy 17 book (Holy City, etc.)
  5. Tour the SMART Station (Recycling Center)
  6. Go to a wine/painting class
  7. See the elephant seals at Ano Nuevo
  8. Explore a garden I’ve never been to
  9. Romantic dinner at Bella Vista
  10. Try 5 new restaurants with new-to-me ethnicities

TRAVEL

  1. Plan Napa weekend
  2. Have a romantic dinner in Paris with LJ
  3. Implement Napa weekend
  4. Plan a road trip on Route 66 with Margo

TECHNICAL GEEKERY

  1. Consolidate all digital photos onto one computer
  2. Back up all digital photos onto external hard drive
  3. Back up all digital photos onto Flickr
  4. Create yearly photo albums (snapfish?)
  5. iPhone photo course
  6. Learn iPhone editing software
  7. Get all files off rosebridge and onto laptop
  8. Update LinkedIn profile
  9. Get all blog plugins to work properly

CRAFTY BITS

  1. Make a table runner for the 4th of July
  2. Make a table runner for Spring
  3. Make a table runner for Valentine’s Day
  4. Learn to use serger
  5. Make backyard travel signage
  6. Finish ancient embroidery project

SPORTING EVENTS

  1. See the Penguins play in person
  2. See the Orioles play in person again
  3. See a soccer game in person

HOUSE/GARDEN

  1. Sand down/refurbish deck
  2. Get serial numbers off 2 fans and contact Casablanca
  3. Clean out closets
  4. Look into Vonage versus Magicjack
  5. Get rid of swing set and old stairs
  6. Investigate laundry to landscape (greywater)
  7. Investigate rainwater irrigation for rose garden
  8. Redo corner of the yard
  9. Create outdoor movie space
  10. Get a dust buster for the living room

MEDIA

  1. Watch Breaking Bad
  2. Watch Game of Thrones
  3. Watch House of Cards
  4. Watch Orange is the New Black
  5. See all Academy Award nominees before the 2016 awards
  6. Watch a TED talk
  7. Watch 5 documentary films
  8. Find and watch 5 televised concerts

NOT FOR ME

  1. Perform 10 random acts of spoilage
  2. Donate blood
  3. Find large print word searches for Mom

REALLY RANDOM STUFF

  1. Replace the zipper pulls on all the luggage
  2. Trying using a diffuser at night
  3. Fix pearl earrings
  4. Find the most ridiculously named nail polish and try it
  5. Bake cookies with friends’ kids
  6. Get a new bathing suit
  7. Send in 23 me test
  8. Find a new board game to play
  9. Do some genealogical research (talk to cousins Alan and David)
  10. Create a flower arrangement a month for 6 months

GOOD FOR THE SOUL

101.Attend Friday night services twice a month for 3 months

I’ll keep you posted. How about you – what’s on YOUR list?

Bowling Ball Garden Art

I’ve become a Pinterest junkie. There are so many great ideas that I can (and have) implemented around the house. I’ve found plants I want to grow, recipes I want to try, lots of words of wisdom to take to heart. But I’m always looking for cheap and easy ways to decorate my house and yard. My latest addition to the family: the sparkly bowling ball!

Pinterest had dozens of ideas of things to do with bowling balls. Most of those ideas involved a fair bit of work. Some even involved a fair bit of expense. Neither work nor expense are part of what I like to do! Here’s what I did:

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First, I got a bowling ball. It was free on Craigslist. I couldn’t have actually bowled with this thing, it was too heavy for me. But I could lift it well enough to work with it!

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Then I went to the Dollar Store. They had flat back marbles in assorted colors. My bowling ball was red, but I really liked the ocean colors in one of the marble sets. (I got 5 bags.)

I found some silicon adhesive at home; I ended up needing to get another tube. Cost: about $4.

I already had a stand from a gazing ball that broke.

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All I did was put a blob of glue on the flat part of each marble, and then stuck the marble on the bowling ball. Then I repeated this process about a zillion times (to cover most of the ball, I just omitted the area right by the prongs of the stand that would directly touch the bowling ball.

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Garden art is also a great way to reduce water in your garden; you don’t have to have quite so many plants (which require water) when you can add artwork to the yard!

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Cheap, sparkly, and easy. What’s not to love?

 

 

Rose Gardening During Drought

 

 

garden1Roses aren’t just mere pretty flowers to me. Growing roses has been a wonderful hobby of mine since I used to help my father in his Maryland garden when I was a kid. When I moved to California and we bought our house, I inherited 12 rose bushes. My rose garden has changed a lot over the years; it’s moved around to various places in the yard, it’s contained as many as 100 rose bushes of varying types, and it has seen ebbs and flows in terms of how much care it has received from me. Growing roses has been a great hobby for me and it has allowed me to become friends with a lot of folks that I would never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. But now growing them is a significant challenge due to the severe drought here in California.

I used to be a fairly serious rose exhibitor. I haven’t been as involved for the past few years, and the drought has convinced me that I really don’t NEED to exhibit. (My competitive juices have waned anyway.) I enjoy helping other people exhibit far more than I feel the need to do so myself. In order to be a successful exhibitor, you need to START with very well hydrated roses. You simply won’t get quality, sizeable blooms otherwise. But just because I don’t feel like exhibiting doesn’t mean I don’t still want a nice rose garden.

 

 

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Roses are by nature water hogs. Ideally, they like to get about 1″ (or roughly 5-6 gallons) of water per large bush per week. They’re not exactly drought tolerant. But I’m not willing to give up my beloved hobby because of the drought. There are things that I can do to mitigate the effects of reduced water.

I had a plan, way back in January, of how I would deal with possible water rationing in my yard. I implemented a few of these ideas, and others have just not happened (despite my best intentions). But here’s the original plan:

  • Change the goal of having exhibition-quality blooms to keeping the bushes alive.
  • Cut back on fertilizer, to reduce the quantity of blooms and new growth. (The reality this year: I didn’t fertilize AT ALL.)
  • Cut back on water 20% (which is what Governor Brown requested all Californians to do across the board).
  • Mulch heavily. (This year’s reality: the front yard is heavily mulched (thanks to my fantastic neighbor who needed to get rid of the remnants of a huge pine tree – and HE spread the mulch for me! The back yard has some mulch left from when I last added some a few years ago, but really needs a lot more. It’s high on my To Do list, although I may end up waiting for the Labor Day sales at the garden centers.)
  • Don’t cut back the spent blooms so severely. This was a suggestion from American Rose Society President, Jolene Adams, when she spoke about drought at a meeting of the Santa Clara County Rose Society. Cutting each cane back far down the cane just makes the rose want to produce a lot of new growth, which requires a lot of water. (This year, I have not deadheaded on any consistent basis, and many of the roses have formed hips. While I have had reduced quantities of blooms on each bush, the plants are still alive and fairly healthy.
  • Don’t plant anything new. It’s easier to keep an established rose alive with reduced water than trying to introduce a new baby into the mix. New roses need extra TLC, and I’m not giving any of that this year.
  • Use an antitranspirant. Some friends of mine have used antitranspirants (like Cloud Cover) successfully in reducing disease in their garden. They have even been able to exhibit roses, since the concentration of antitranspirant they use is extremely low (*I can’t remember the exact percentage they use, it’s either 1% or 5% I think.*). (This year’s reality: I had planned to use about a 25-30% solution of antitranspirant in water since I wasn’t going to exhibit – you can’t use that high a concentration without having it show on the rose foliage, and your entry could be disqualified for having a “foreign substance” on it. I got as far as purchasing the antitranspirant. Maybe next year…)

Careful irrigation is another key to drought gardening. Even though there isn’t a whole lot of existing mulch left in my back rose garden, the roses are still doing well because I have a very reliable Netafim drip irrigation system there. Netafim is basically like using a soaker hose, so when you don’t have emitters that can clog, the maintenance is minimal. Putting in the Netafim system a bunch of years ago was the smartest thing I ever did, since I used to lose a few roses each summer due to clogged emitters in my old system.

The front rose garden (which only has about 10 roses, half of which are miniatures) has not fared quite as well because it still has the old emitter-based irrigation. As a result, a couple of roses are suffering because of clogged/damaged emitters that I didn’t catch for a while.  I have some surgery to do on that system ASAP. Have I mentioned how much I detest dealing with irrigation issues?

I made a conscious decision to sacrifice blooms this year in order to keep the roses alive. (I also let part of my lawn die so that any available water could go to the roses. If the drought worsens, the rest of the lawn is going. I know where my priorities lie.)

I’m hoping that this winter we will have an El Niño, and our reservoirs will fill up again. But I’m not going to bank on it. I am researching rain barrels and other types of water storage so that perhaps I can mitigate the high water bills that roses induce. And there’s also the usual water conservation tasks to implement, like catching the warm-up water from the shower in a bucket and then using that on the landscaping. Or catching the rinse water from washing vegetables and taking that out to the garden. Lots to think about, lots to try to implement. But letting the roses die is simply not an option.

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