We got a bit over an inch of rain September 25-26 and we are expected to get more tomorrow. After that, there will be a nice sunny stretch in which to get garden chores done. (Big hint to self.) We don’t have a completely normal water table yet, but we have somewhat relaxed our rationing and conserving. Meanwhile, the renovation proceeds, as Talitha mentioned in her post. Everyone is sleeping in the house again even though the bedroom furniture isn’t back up there yet. We’ve had two close calls with frost (36 degrees both times), but being the frugal sorts that we are, we haven’t yet turned the thermostat up, relying on blankets and closed windows to keep us warm enough at night. It is almost a point of honor with us not to let the furnace run in autumn before October, but this year we also don’t want the forced hot air blowing dust over surfaces still wet with paint, stain, or sealer.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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