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13 January 2013 @ 11:46 am
Brrrr...  
Trying to gather some motivation here. o_O

It's Sacramento-cold, in the bitter 40s, which is like cold in other areas except that there is stuff to do outside (pruning roses! Putting away Xmas lights!) and it's not cold enough that you can rationalize skipping it. I'd forgotten how bad frozen toes feel...

Watched Friday's Fringe (did I miss an episode, I wonder? The kids always interrupt the 9pm shows, so it's hard to know). Very surprised at September's appearance in that episode (initially got stuck on him being vaguely familiar because he kind of looked like Ewan McGregor, and the kids had talked over part of the plot). Wow. And then the show managed to twist the pathos multiple times and bring on the sniffles, though in the main I still prefer Walter 1 and Olivia 1, for the complexity of their soulds and their pain. /vague non-spoilery musings.

I'm on the Twitter, for those of you I haven't already tweeted. HalfshellVenus over there, too. So far, the few celebs I follow tend to tweet and retweet too often, and I pick up 1-2 spammers a DAY. How so sucky, Twitter?

All right, back to the motivation attempts. Though I hear the sewing machine and other indoor chores calling me... ;)

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nodressrehersalnodressrehersal on January 13th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
Here in Western NY, it's been 64 degrees all day! Hubby went golfing, and I went out and noodled around outside for a while. Opened all the windows inside, too - changing out the stale air for some of the fresh stuff.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 13th, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
We tend to get a day or two like that in late January/early February (our annual "false Spring"), but that sure isn't happening right now!

That weather is what usually motivates me to go outside and finish pruning the roses, which by then have started budding out again. They get maybe 4-6 weeks of 'dormancy' a year!

Enjoy the balmy temps!
nodressrehersalnodressrehersal on January 13th, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
Well huh, for some reason, I thought you were further north, like - Seattle or Portland.

What are your normal temps for this time of year?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 13th, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'm originally from Oregon, and my heart is still there. That might have something to do with it. :)

Something like 44-54 IS a normal daytime hight temp for Sacramento this time of year (Eugene is only about 5 degrees colder).

But part of the problem is aftermath of the extended warm weather. The leaves really fall off the trees in about the 2-3 weeks before Xmas (when you have no time to deal with them), so winter pruning is further delayed into this time of year, when prolonged time outside is very unappealing. At least with leaf-raking, you're moving around more!

We also still have about 50-60 roses on our property (after removing some 30-40), so it's not like finding a time to do a couple of bushes here and there. o_O
nodressrehersalnodressrehersal on January 14th, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
Oh, I can see how timing could be a real bugger with garden cleanup. My lilac tree started budding out with the extended warm autumn we had, and crocuses are peeking up, maybe 1/4 inch. Silly plants.

Did you plant the roses, or did you inherit them with the house? I only have two, but they're ancient and nearly impossible to get rid of - they were here when we bought the house. I love roses - other people's roses - but not a fan of tending them in the garden.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 14th, 2013 05:15 am (UTC)
The roses came with the house. They're beautiful, but we never would have planted the nearly 100 that were here when we first moved in. The former owner was semi-retired AND used to pay people to take care of those things.

We had 4 bushes and a rose tree at the prior house, and sometimes that seemed like a lot. ;)