Take a Walk Through My Garden

Take an early morning walk through my garden with me. I often take photos then because the light is so lovely. Here are some of my favorites from last week. After my walk, I am ready to sit at my desk and write.

Take a walk through your yard, no matter the size, or down the street of your neighborhood and look closely. There is beauty to be found.



Equifax Data Breach Time Sink

I’m watching the news on TV while I eat my breakfast. There’s a piece about what you should do to find out if you might be compromised by this data breach. Go to Equifax.com and check, the anchor tells me. Then you really should freeze your credit on Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

I was convinced…and the travail began. First it wasn’t so easy to find out where on the Equifax website to check to see if your security has been compromised. Mine wasn’t; my husbands was. We talked and decided to freeze security on all three sites. That’s six freezes since I have to do one for me and one for my husband at three different sites. My husband has hearing problems and that meant I needed to do all six.

I started with Experian. I called the number provide which led me to an automated system. After putting in all my husband’s information (this took probably 8 minutes) I got a message that it couldn’t be done and I’d have to mail in the information. Of course I couldn’t write it all down fast enough. Then I tried to enter my information on Experian. Same final words – you don’t qualify. Send us the info. I went to the Experian website thinking that would be faster. It wasn’t and I ended up with the same instructions – mail us the information. Certified mail preferred.

On TransUnion I would have to open an account to be able to freeze security checks. I didn’t want to sign on for 19.95 a month to be able to freeze security checks so I bailed.

After spending a couple of frustrating hours on websites, it boiled down to I’d have to send in information, preferably by certified mail. Since almost half the population of the United States has been affected by this data breach, I can’t even imagine the amount of mail that would entail. That’s if people didn’t just get frustrated and forget it.

Oh, and Equifax executives knew about this in July and then sold their Equifax stock. Can you say “insider trading.” How much you want to bet they get no fines, no jail time. They should be subject to the same treatment as Martha Stewart.

That’s my rant for the day. I’d really planned to spend the morning working on my manuscript. I need to sit cross-legged on my meditation cushion.

Fall Has Arrived

The new furnace has a thermostat that shows the outside temperature. 59 the other morning – that required a sweater. I love fall weather. Crisp mornings and evenings and mid 70’s during the day. Flowers are still blooming including one confused azalea. The flowers are beautiful so I’m going to pin down some low branches to make new plants. I think this plant came from my mother’s azalea garden and I have no idea what the name is. The only one I remember is Martha Hitchcock which has a very similar flower but in shades of purple.

Seeds for fall crops are going in a couple of the raised beds. On Saturday my husband helped me take the tomatoes down in my Community Garden bed and cut them up for the compost bin. Then we added some amendments (LeafGro) and dug the bed. I’ll seed it today. Two kinds of kale, some radishes, turnips and a couple of rows of leftover seeds just to see if they germinate.

My parsnip seeds never germinated. They came from Johnny’s Seeds and that was surprising and disappointing. I paid extra for pelleted seeds as parsnip seed is tiny. But not one parsnip seed germinated when I planted mid-summer. I think I’ll plant a row now  and see if I have better luck. You can do fall parsnips for spring harvests but I might be a bit late.

I had the last “student” at my leaf casting station.

Those concrete leaves will go to yoga class this morning to be delivered. Most of the sand I used for forms has been scattered around. It will eventually help my clay soil. The  I’ve been wanting to do some hypertufa planters and at Lowe’s yesterday found smaller bags of perlite and sphagnum moss so I think I will have to do that before it really gets cold. Then that flat door I’ve been using as a work station can go back into the garage as a colder weather project table.

My first book is at the proofreaders. The second in the series is on the dining room table. I have another plot thread I want to add, and then it will go to the proofer. I am quite impressed so far with her work. She’s asking all the right questions and is only occasionally confounded by some patois slang I use in dialogue.

When work on the second book is completed I will go back to working on book 3. I need to get up and move after working on the books and sitting for hours. These outside projects give me that opportunity. I supposed I could pull out furniture and clean behind, but being outside is always the option I’d rather choose.