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Just registered for the Susan G Komen 5K in Balboa Park. This will be my 5th year of participation. Motivated by hanging out with daughter Suzy and Jim (his wife had breast cancer). It will be up early due to November time change.

I worked with Clayton yesterday morning in The Garden figuring out the pathway and adjusting plant placement and more. He asked for my input/approval on all changes. I told him that ultimately it is his garden. He asked if I really felt that and I had to admit that since the design is mostly mine and since I have spent a multitude of hours there figuring things out, doing physical labor as well as making up a timeline of what needs to be done, when, & by whom I really do feel some ownership. I said it must be Our Garden.

TB is doing better. Since the vet took him off the medication that was making him so sick it has been much easier to get the other med down him. No "episodes" but I am hyper-aware that sometimes his legs are unsteady.

House is clean. Lillian came yesterday and my aim is to keep it fairly neat, tidy, & clean for at least a few days. As I look around I see so much that I need to do to improve my space: paint, carpet, flooring, new kitchen lighting, and of course new hardscape so I can complete the back yard.

The Garden Gala was very fun. I loved dressing up and having a real dance floor where we could try out our swing dancing and night club 2-step.

Jim is almost done with his 3 year project of remodeling his son's home. He is quite the renaissance man. It is amazing!

At night I hear an owl/owls in the back yard. They are looking for the owl box. Our aim is to get it up in it's new location this week.

Halloween is coming up. I toyed with the idea of turning out lights and ignoring it. It drives Teaberry crazy to have the doorbell ring and have weird strangers at the door. Ultimately I was horrified by this plan knowing how much I enjoyed Halloween as a kid.

That's all I've got.
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but they are good ones derived through working in The Garden, my own garden, and pushing it exercising at the Y. So, I will survive, The Garden and my landscaping are showing improvement, and I'm proud of sticking to my Y routine. Tonight I will work out the kinks in Night Club Two Step class.

Wishing for more rain. Only 1/3 full in my rain barrel.
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I belong to a local garden club as well as being a docent at The Water Conservation Garden in my area. Both venues are a fount of ideas not to mention providing a plethora of shared plant cuttings. Our last garden club meeting was held at a members' new home which (since no lawns were allowed) featured native landscaping. Some were natives that came back after the home was built and others were selected to suit the grounds. Many of the smaller plants came from cuttings. Our speaker for the morning was Connie Beck, a local horticulture teacher, garden club member, and a very humorous, engaging lecturer. She demonstrated ways to propagate different kinds of plants. We then were encouraged to take cuttings that we could propagate at home. So much fun. I came right home and got to work. We'll see how they progress (or not).

Next, one of my garden teams was working in the sensory garden. We trimmed back several plants and I brought home cuttings to add to my collection. I eagerly watch to verify that they are alive and growing.

In other garden news I experimented with growing moss. I am hoping to grow moss successfully at home and then try it on the cement angels in the formal garden area of the WCG. Unfortunately, my black cocker, Teaberry, decided that he liked the taste of the buttermilk in the mix and licked and scratched most of it off. Looks like I'll be making another batch.

Finally the WCG had our first ever tour of 5 gardens owned by docents. It was wonderful. So many good ideas and the organization and implementation of the tour worked like well-oiled machinery. So many compliments from the public. It was fun to talk with people who are striving to use more drought tolerant plantings.
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After much procrastination I finally got around to painting the wicker chair I found at Goodwill this morning. Since my back patio faces West I had a lovely portion of shade to work in. Blue. It is quite a deep morning glory, nearly a cobalt blue, which I love. It is destined to sit of the perimeter of my drought tolerant/succulent border showcasing a large blue oval glazed pot of ... succulents. Fun can be had even though water is a scarce commodity.

(Next I may tackle the painting of the little console table wearing a real birdhouse around it's ankle, er leg.)
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The fresh tomatoes are in! Made my first BLT of the summer today. I think I will have an overabundance of tomatoes this year. Between my seven plants and my parents prolific garden ... I will be well stocked with tomatoes to give away. Mine are gopher proofed, I hope, by a large patriotic pinwheel.

My basil plant is also thriving. This is a surprise as I thought it was a goner earlier. Moving it into a new pot really improved things. Looking forward to making and possibly freezing pesto. Caprese salad also sounds yummy!

Otherwise, my hanging plants are doing well. The blues, magenta, and pinks are complimented by the indigo glass watering globes. Some hang from the gazebo while I am trying others out from the patio cover. Lobelia, impatiens, and geraniums comprise the bulk of the plants.

Gladiolas are also beginning to bloom, while I have others left to be planted. Next garden chore is to clean, refurbish, and re-place the flock of flamingos.

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