Late afternoon sun peeks around the edge of the house, bathing the corner of the porch
in a warm glow.
There was wispy fog hanging over the soybean field to the east when I opened the
dining room blinds at 6:45.
Crossing to the living room I noted that the cattle pasture across the road had that softened look which is part of autumn light.
Early morning mist is not as pronounced here as when we lived just above Big Creek.
I made repotting the rosemary and thyme seedlings my first priority today.
With breakfast out of the way and laundry chugging in the washer downstairs, I began gathering small tools, pots, a stool [since I'm not supposed to be working in a bending position until my eye heals] a watering can.
My seedlings have had rather haphazard attention during the moving uproar--watered sometimes when the sun was hitting them too directly--other times remembered when they had gotten too dry.
I lost several of the largest of my rosemary seedlings. I considered putting them aside to cosset and then got sensible about the matter. I did take four which looked less than thrifty and put them together in one large pot. If any of them revive I shall be pleased.
The ones in the smaller pots had grown good roots. They should have larger pots before winter.
For now I resettled them in fresh soil mix and arranged the clay pots in a large planter left behind by the previous owners.
Although I can't/shouldn't use a garden spade or fork just now, I decided that kneeling to weed along the front porch border would be safe. You can see how dry it is.
I tucked in thyme along the outer edge and some at the left against the concrete barrier.
I still don't know where I can establish an herb garden here.
The peonies and lilies which I brought over in May are looking unhealthy--it will be a challenge to save them
The area of established perennials in the front yard is heavily shaded and I found that roots of the so-called water maples have been very invasive making digging difficult.
A truly desperate measure will be to plunk the unhappy plants at the end of the annual strip in the back garden--letting them take their chances of rooting in before severe cold weather.
Over the weekend this mantis appeared on the screening of the dining room window, moving from the center window to the one at the left. Her slow progress was followed by Nellie and Bobby who sat on the edge of the table--sometimes jumping down to pat at the window with inquiring paws.
Monday evening we noticed that the mantis was producing an egg sack.
She remained upside down most of today.
Tonight she has gone away, her work done in assuring posterity.
I suppose we must leave the egg sack glued to the screen!
Tonight I made bread--just out of the oven at nearly 10 P.M.
I also replied to the comments left on my most recent blog posts--a treat to have that bit of time.