Much Garden. So Landscape.

Buried drainage tube. Water coming off the north corner of the apartment will be carried out towards the raised stone bed that will become a greenhouse soon. The yard there turned out to be mostly gravel.

Neatened up around that raised bed. Stacked bags of garden soil and threw a bunch of soil from below the bed up into the raised square that Sherry had built. Rolled two big fallen rocks back up towards the remaining wall.

Walked Teddy thru the woods out to the bridge. He behaved fairly well. Remarkably well, for him.

Dug out a portion of a hydrangea to plant on the north side of Diagon Alley. The Alley needs mowing. Tore up a few honeysuckle shoots. That hydrangea was tough! I fought to cut each root, falling down into the dry old branches. I hope it will like its new home.

Resisted the urge to get out the mower – my job is landscape and garden, not mow. It is my goal to make the mowing easier, trimming overhanging branches and making garden beds simpler to mow around.

Emptied one of the pallets of garden wall blocks, got the western side placed. Just placed. Not set it. I am laying them on top of the ground. Good golly I am doing enough already.

Moved two small sections of the giant grass rhizomes. They were even tougher to dig out than the hydrangea! My feet hurt from stomping on the top of the shovel. We need them to grow under the wires to block the view from the road.

Moved the stones from around the giant grass to complete the other side of that bed. Decorated that bed with a clay frog and a stone stack.

Stretched out the plastic sheets, eventually folded them to put away. Walked Teddy again.

Moved some containers around trying to decorate, gave up. Pondered the future rose garden.

Am exhausted and need to run Full Moon circle tonight!

Notes on School as I would Have It

4 quarters of the year, 10 weeks each
3 weeks off beginning of each season (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter)
Child begins Kindergarten the season after they turn 5 years

K thru 12 campuses include gardens, trails, sport arena, greenhouse, zoo and/or small farm
Breakfast, Lunch & afternoon snack (balanced, good nutrition) free

Fluent in ASL by 6th grade
Fluent in a foreign language by 12th grade
Latin K-12

Comprehensive Physical Education:
Line dance K-3, Contra dance 4-7, Square dance 8-12
Yoga, martial arts, Gymnatstics in Winter & Summer
Team Sports in Spring, Autumn
Missiles & targets: stones K-3, archery 4-6, pellet 7-8, BB 9-10, handguns 11-12
First aid K-6
CPR 7-12
Marching and queueing K-3
Hiking and Orienteering 4-12

Debate and public speaking taught from 2nd grade
Memorize the Preamble by 3rd grade
Memorize the Constitution by 6th grade
Memorize the Bill of Rights by 12th grade

Singing and drumming K – 3
Singing and keyboard or recorder 3 – 6
Singing and another instrument 7 – 12

Astronomy K-12, beginning with Moon phases
Biology includes horticulture, animal husbandry
Physics includes hand missile sports

Reading includes reading for fun, recitation, writing, and book clubs

Home Economics taught in Mathematics class 1 – 12
Horticulture taught in Science class K – 12
History includes drama, art, and language
Geography includes culinary, horticulture
Sewing is taught in Geometry 6-10
Drafting is taught in Shop 11-12
Scorekeeping is taught in Mathematics

Failure is acceptable part of process
Strengths enhanced, weaknesses mitigated
Every person registered to vote when they turn 18
Every person serves 2 military or civil service upon graduating
2 years of College or Trade School is free



Picking a Lane?

Did you know that the word “idiot” was introduced as a technical, non-insulting word to describe someone that had a low IQ? It quickly turned into an insult. So, they replaced it with the word “retarded” because that just means “slowed down”. It quickly turned into an insult. So, they replaced it with the word “handicapped”, a sports term that meant you had more of a burden to bear. It quickly turned into an insult. So they replaced it with the term “special”, which meant unusual in a positive way…which is quickly turning into an insult.

Maybe we should just stop being insulted by these words.

It is neither a compliment or an insult to be classified alongside any other lane of intellectual traffic. Some people are slow, some people are medium, some people are fast. Together, we are all People.