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April 7th, 2017

tielan: (SGA - Ronon)
Friday, April 7th, 2017 09:25 am
It's kind of nice not having to go to work. However, the mortgage and the bills loom.

I'm thinking about taking up aged care with a local Christian organisation to have something in the gap. It's not what I'd prefer, but it would be income. I've done 'in between' work before - mostly office management for a week or two while someone was on vacation - but aged care is new. It wouldn't be actual carer stuff, because that's best done by people who know what they're doing. It'd just be cleaning houses and bathrooms, which is not something I like doing.

In the meantime, I have to remember not to keep spending like I have disposable income.

It's kind of difficult; right now, everything is ON SALE! I have already bought much fabric and many clothing patterns and I must keep myself from buying more.

My current table of non-quilty WIPs:

too many things )

One lined dress, one pair of shorts in voile, and the Fireside Bowl bag (pattern by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness in her Big City Bags book).

That's not counting the two quilts I need to make by May for the Sydney Quilt Show...


But today, I have to get some winter veg out into the garden - broccoli, cabbage, caulis, and brussel sprouts. Or, if they're still seedlings, I need to get them into a planter box so they can grow a little larger and have a chance against the slugs that have begun to invade the place again.

tielan: (Merlin - gwen)
Friday, April 7th, 2017 01:33 pm
I just spent three hours in the garden.

I was not expecting time to pass quite that quickly.

On the plus side, I got the seedlings transplanted and covered up for the first day in the sun (so they don't transpire so much), moved the smaller seedlings to larger seedling pots or planter trays, and prepped the seed trays for seeds.

I want more bok choy and asian greens, cabbage and cauliflower, and, oh, it's time to plant peas (sugarsnap and snow) for the end of winter, isn't it?

Interesting. This planting guide for Sydney says to plant sweet corn in April! Full sun, of course...

I wonder if I should try planting it in the front bed where the fruit trees are. There's probably space. Hm. It would need extra nutrients and mulching, but I've got a decent amount of worm castings and quite a bit of compost... Might give it a try. Depends on whether we have a cold or a mild winter. Last year was cold. Year before was mild. At the worst, it won't grow or it'll grow stunted.

The front bed (about a month ago):

Garden, March 2017

You can't actually see the space where I'd plant the corn, but it's kind of next to and around the big tree. The tricky part is mostly that I'm planning to take the citruses out and plant them along the front yard fence, with the intent of turning them into a kind of fruit orchard screen.

Better look up 'moving citrus trees'. And be prepared to buy more trees if necessary...
tielan: (aussie aussie aussie)
Friday, April 7th, 2017 05:11 pm
Do remind me. Because I do believe I've forgotten.


I find it easier to call my reps when there's a campaign going - like this one by Common Grace for #SaveSaeed. (There's also an email option for my friends who don't like talking on the phone, but I think the phone call makes a bigger difference.)

I posted my notes to the Common Grace site, and to FB, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr, and I'm about to put down a bigger link on Tumblr.

Common Grace is a Christian organisation in Australia with a particular focus on social justice from the perspective of the cross of Christ. I like them because they're active in faith, not just the #prayfor[insert latest atrocity here]. They have practical things for people to do, and have programs in place to support Christians in acting on social justice.

They have a Palm Sunday march in town for refugees; I was thinking of going, but then I remembered that it's the first hockey game of the season, and I might be playing both morning and afternoon games and I'll probably be wrecked as it is.


Only a few links this week:

Common Grace: Ending The Great Australian Silence
How indigenous Australians are not listened to in the Australian church and how we can change this. Yes, the writer is still somewhat clueless of his privilege, although he has at least recognised the injustice. I appreciate him trying to redress the balance.

Susannah FullertonAre You A Librocubularist?
A small touch of hilarity in the midst of seriousness.

And a thought in the midst of chaos:
Your belief that all people are equal and deserve respect should not be conditional on whether individuals of a minority are nice to you.