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Update on the neighbor / trash issue

Well, I could see that the neighbor was making an effort to get the trash out over the past couple months, but was still missing the mark on occasion. So this past weekend, I was out in the yard, and the 5 kids came out to play, and I talked with them over the fence for a while. (They are very friendly and seem to like me). I told them to come and get their mom cause I had to get permission from her to give them some sidewalk chalk.

They all ran inside and then came back out and said "she said it's ok". And I said No way Jose, I gotta talk to your mom direct. So they ran back in and got her to come out, and She said that was fine. I told her I had gotten the sidewalk chalk a while back, but the weather had been so bad that I had not seen them out when I was out. So I got the chalk and had them get started. Then I told her about the recycling program that the city has and it might be a good way for her to be able to not have to have her regular garbage overflowing.

I asked her if she was interested in having me remind her to put out her trash, because it looked like she forgot sometimes. She said she usually works late and sometimes forgets, and I told her I'd be glad to help her get it out to the road the night before if that was ok, and she said yet.

So tonight I went over and knocked on her door after I got back from the grocery store, and asked if she wanted to bring her son out to help me move the trash out and she said she would come out and she went to put on her shoes. We gabbed while we were wheeling it out and she thanked me for reminding her.

She just had her sixth child and it looks like that was why she was not up to getting it out as often. I'm glad I offered to help instead of just fuming about it. She has always been very nice in person. If I were honest with myself, I don't think I'd be any more organized than her if I had 6 kids.

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Yes so now I have a Pintrest Page

Here is the link to my Pintrest Page. I have a couple boards that are SCA related:

http://pinterest.com/francescatessa/

Lots of gardening stuff and a bit of cooking and interior design. Trying to build a good mosaic board.
The house next door is owned and managed by this company:

James Faris
Quest Real Estate, LLC
615 E ML King
Chattanooga, TN 37403
423-867-3337

The tenants he is renting out to are very negligent of the property. I had to call the police tonight because they had a dog chained up in their side lot all day who has been barking non-stop for the past 4 hours without any form of shelter. It was about 15 feet from my bedroom window. I had that side of the house closed off, and the tv blasting and I could STILL hear the dog.

I tried knocking. I could see kids playing from their side windows but nobody answered. If the mom was there she was not answering. I yelled through the door that they needed to get their dog to quit barking or I would call the police. Since I received no response I called the cops. Fortunately they answered the door for them.

Here is a link to the Pictures of the trash
http://www.flickr.com/photos/51570829@N06/sets/72157632154617451/with/8239205225/

Switching comments to friends only.

Because LJ is so spam-a-lot on the comments section, I have finally got around to changing my comments setting to be friends only.

About a week or two ago, I made a to-do list of things I wanted to knock out over the week. I added to it as I went along, and it ended up taking about 2 weeks to finish. I think I only had a couple items left over - Making Granola (I ended up making/having other food fill that carb void (tried some corn-based pasta), and I did not cook some beets I wanted to cook. And prepping/painting interior of doll house. These got rolled over to this week's new list.

I also got a couple things done extra last week that I had not planned on. I did a fridge purge of items I know I don't want/need/that should be tossed. It was not really full but after the purge it's spacious enough to where I don't even have to make space for anything new that goes in.

I got some items off to auction, and found places for things that were piling up on the loveseat. My cats hang out there now.

There are a couple of things that I mis-estimated how long or how complicated it would be to finish - mostly because I decided I wanted to invest more time in them - mainly painting the dollhouse and signs. I'm restoring an old dollhouse that I got from my boss, who finds things in dumpsters, estate sales, and on the side of the road.

(Having problem inserting pics but they will go here)
OH WAIT: LJ is being a fuck tard.... I seem to have used up all of my storage space.

This is what happens when I have not posted in a dog's age. Perhaps I should add downloading archived pics to my to do list.. (sigh) I wonder if facebook will do the same one day.

I had planned on painting a FEW signs for the community garden:

1. The main sigh to go out by the road (which I did finish - Pics below),

2. Some extra signs for a garden thief we had visiting, and some individual signs for plant markers. The garden thief appears to have disappeared, so I'm glad I did not finish those signs.

3. Individual garden signs. I did not have time to do these. I'm glad because I wanted more time to see what was out there on the Internet. I got to do my research last night which validated what I had in mind and how colorful/visible I thought it would look - so it also got rolled over to this week's list.

So last night I settled down and worked up all the items that had been swimming in my head as immediate needs into a 2-column list for the coming week (or two):

The left column has regular items: (Dishes/Laundry) and some organizational de-clutter items for week. I decided to pick one small are per each room, (clear off ottoman in Living room) or (Clear off Dresser in Bedroom) or Cooking planning for the week (make granola, cook beets).

The right column will have fun/creative/home improvement items (prime doll house interior) (replace light switch and porch light) (Heat gun one section of bathroom doorway).

Last week these items were kind of sorted that way unconsciously, and I was trying to keep them neck and neck as I went along.. (not just doing the fun stuff), This helped me keep from being bogged down with boring stuff, and the back and forth rhythm between boring and fun kept me motivated and going.

ADD research

So A month or so (?) back I was digging through the free bin at McKay's and came across a book called:
"Driven To Distraction : Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood"

http://www.amazon.com/Driven-Distraction-Recognizing-Attention-Childhood/dp/0684801280

along with several other nifty books - sometimes I wonder about McKay's logic... I found some really good books there. Maybe they do it on purpose as a public service to those who cannot afford more.

ANYHOO... this book basically describes all of the women on my mom's side of the family... Now this book does say that many women do not exhibit the hyperactivity in ADHD, but the women in my family are plenty hyper.

I'm pretty sure I'm ADHD too, even if I am higher functioning in some areas, but mine manifests in some pretty interesting ways:

1. Creatively speaking - I really hate doing custom work (as in sewing) unless I have complete autonomy over the design and execution. If I am not excited about the design or learning the skill, and I cannot change around the details as I am inspired, then I might as well be working on an assembly line.

That may be why working in the Secretarial field has kept me well.. content enough, because you have a  certain amount of autonomy, and you are never bored, because every day is different. I suck at filing and have to make a game of it to get it done... I sort the stack by what drawer it goes in then I randomly pick a drawer to work on.

2. Getting started on something or getting out the door to an appointment. Every time I get ready to leave the house to go to work, go shopping, pay a bill, meet someone, I go through this agonizing process of suddenly seeing every single thing that needs to be done in the house, and wanting to stop and knock a few items out before I head out the door. This makes me either horribly late or on the cusp of late. Both of which add even more stress.

I have had to start doing the flylady thing and getting everything lined up the night before: lay out my clothes for tomorrow, Have some of my lunch items ready to grab, (I fill up pint mason jars with milk and one goes out the door with me every morning, and I make homemade granola over the weekend). My shopping for groceries has become very regimented so I have the first priority to have the items I need to keep me from going out to eat at Lunch.

3. Dealing with clutter: With all of these things I want to study or make comes with all the educational materials and tools and equipment you need to make it. Some hobbies, like embroidery, don't take up as much space as tubs of yarn for knitting, wool fiber for spinning into yarn, or tubs and tubs and tubs of fabric for sewing into a costume or for around the home.

4. Dislike of crowded places and meetings, where I have to sit still and be quiet or I may not be able to get around without feeling hemmed in. Sometimes this makes me downright reclusive, and I am supposed to be an extrovert. But the more people I hang around with, the more distractions I am exposed to, the more obligations I get talked into, the more behind I get.

So sometimes staying at home and working on my own backlog is something I do in self defense. I keep wanting to have this house where there is a place for everything and everything has it's place and everything is perfectly maintained. But everything needs an organizational overhaul because I am living on my own now for the first time since I was 29 so it's all on me both time and money wise... and it takes every penny and second if I let it.

5. Impulsiveness - Sometimes I go where angels fear to tread, speaking my mind-wise. Especially if I think something is  unjust. Less so at work, because I am on someone else's dime, but definitely yes in my personal life. Fortunately I try not to associate with people who are ungenerous or unfair. I tend to be more selective in picking my battles now, but I still sometimes surprise myself.

So yes, I always used to make jokes about being manic, or OCD, but I think after reading this if I had to self-diagnose I'd say I was probably a high functioning person with ADHD. I try to look at the challenges that I have as being like a gardener who is behind on their pruning. They have a bunch of plants putting out a lot of branches, which takes away from bearing as much fruit as it might if some excess branches were trimmed off earlier in the year.

I keep hoping that as I develop structures that work for me, and winnow out the distractions and less important (to me) projects, that some sort of spontaneous healing will occur with my schedule wise and clutter wise in my life.

Plant Pictures Urban Garden 2012

Below are Many Many Pictures:

Chili Pepper Urban Garden 2012
Chili Peppers Urban Garden 2012

A modest mid season Harvest Urban Garden 2012
A modest Mid-Season Harvest Urban Garden 2012

Spiral Bed at the Urban Garden 2012
Spiral Bed at the Urban Garden 2012

Tomatillos at the Urban Garden 2012
Tomatillos at the Urban Garden 2012

More harvest Urban Garden 2012





A very busy garden year.

I know I have not posted very much lately. I've been keeping close to home due to money being very tight. 

And truth be told, I have been spending more time on Facebook than posting here in this blog. I've set up the bare bones of a Pintrest page but not a lot of time posting otherwise. If I ever get bored enough I might do some sort of monthly summary after the fact.

Earlier this year had spent a lot of time supporting the local occupy movement providing food, laundry and a place for people to take a bath, painting signs.. mostly support items. Since they were evicted from the location, there is not as much of a need for that so my participation is very occasional at this point and ever since I quit smoking cigarettes (again) this fall I've been reluctant to hang out around other cigarette smokers in case I get tempted to start back up. Plus protesting is a naturally stressful environment, so I am trying to work in more constructive ways towards social justice issues.

This past spring a local urban garden that formed up in my community and I have been spending regular time on the weekends helping out there. (much to the neglect of my own yard). They leased an old commercial lot that was partially paved, and covered the asphalt with a layer of mulch (that took several weeks to spread by hand) which was donated by the city, then laid out soil in berm-like raised beds and grew a TON of stuff on it. They also collected old car tires and made planters out of them that did a great job of growing a number of items.

This Spring and Summer we grew (from what I can remember):

Mint, Genovese Basil, Purple Basil, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Pineapple Sage, Italian Parsley, Marjoram, Oregano, Butterfly bush, sunflowers.

Eggplant, Chili Pepper, Red Bell Pepper, Tomatoes, Yellow Cherry tomatoes, Tomatillos, Okra, Sweet White Corn (silver queen I think), Yellow crookneck squash - they did not make it because the squash borers took them out)

Purple Hulled Black-eyed Peas, String Beans, Bush Beans, Peas (I think - I did not harvest any)

This fall we have planted:

Blue Berry Bushes, Garlic, Lettuce, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Beets, Carrots, Parsnips, Spinach, Kale, Garlic Chives, and some other stuff I cannot remember. I wished we had grown some pumpkin :( but we did not.

I have learned far far more by working communally in the garden than I ever would have on my own. I would have never been able to prepare and plant that many beds by myself. This is my first year growing many vegetables. The Beets, Carrots, Parsnips and Spinach came from Baker Creek Heirloom seeds. I was very happy to get to try these things out. And the Spinach I have been harvesting for the past 2 weeks now, and I also pulled my first few beets.

I've eaten a lot more veggies than I otherwise would have just because there is so much to share. I have been able to put up some dried black eyed peas to eat over the winter or plant next year as well.

For the Record

(For the record)
Be clear that when we parted ways and I banned you (on Facebook) on July 23rd 2012 it was because I felt you were incapable of being civil after our friendship ended. You were harassing me on common friends facebook pages and I wanted no further contact with you.

This is still the case.

When I unbanned you it was NOT because I wished contact with you. And it does not give you permission t
o start back up with the harassment on our shire list or workshop lists. You have since removed the posts, but I get email notification, so I have copies of everything you have erased.

I unbanned you because we run in similar circles and I want to be able to AVOID you as much as possible at SCA functions, which I still occasionally attend. By harassing me you are only causing harm to yourself.

Try to do your part and keep a civil distance.

Harassing me will not be tolerated.

As to why I am not messaging you privately, it is because you are incapable of listening and too busy going into defense mode. I don't want to burden anyone else with this, I'm making it clear I don't want to interact with you and those of us who know us both will know where I stand.

Gardening

Started Buying Plants.

The compost pile from last year will have to be sifted through hardware cloth before I can use it. So I have the materials - hardware cloth (1/4 inch) and 2x4's to make a frame.

I turned it yesterday.. I need to get it to a sunnier spot this year.

So behind.

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