Got up this ... morning -- yeah, it was still before noon -- did my "empty stomach" drugs, re-lit the furnace which had gone out between 1am or so and 11-something (it was 63 degrees inside; I get goosebumps at 70 degrees) and went outside. It's been a while since I've been around and not super-busy on a weekend, so I went outside and chopped down the peonies that had stopped blooming quite a while ago. Chopped down or pulled out the trees that were trying to grow in the front garden. Looked at the mass of 18" grass that was there, and pulled out the "cages" that more or less had been clumping the peonies. (They've been in place since the year after we moved in.) Then I tried to dig out the "tree" (I don't know what it is, but it's tree-sized and grows like a weed) that had appeared mid-summer (and was already 5' tall). The last time the spouse and I dug out one of these trees we ended up having to replace about 3 bags-worth of dirt where it came out -- and we probably went 2 feet down with a radius of about 4 feet. I didn't have the strength so I just went down 6 inches or so and used my clippers to cut off the stalk. It will come back (they always do) -- even the one mentioned above that we dug out came back -- but hopefully it will come back weaker.
Then I mowed the garden. Several times. Oh, and I cleaned out the down-spout-channel thing. Hah! Guess I can make compost after all!
In the compost container in the back that I've been working on for several years I have 6-year-old egg shells and grass from many summers ago. But in this channel-thing was some lovely dirt that not that long ago had been leaves and grass and who knows what else.
A short while ago a friend posted a "to-do" list to her LJ. I'm not going to do that. Partially because I've not yet learned how to do strike-outs with HTML, and partially because it is so long that it's demoralizing. Before the trip to California I had a list -- filling several notebook pages -- but I trimmed it down to "what must be done before I leave". Now the first item on the list is to re-generate the list.
The other thing I really need to accomplish today is to close my "books" for September. Figure out how much I owe the house from my End-of-September/Start-of-October paycheck.