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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
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heleninwales
Hints of autumn
At last the weather is in sync with the season. Unlike throughout most of the summer, this morning the weather felt exactly right for the time of year. There was a crispness to the air and the sun slanting across the garden caught the dead flower head and made it glow.

Dead flower heads

There was a heavy dew and the chill in the morning air was a reminder that autumn frosts are not far away.

Morning dew




In other news, my first trial of the Unfilth Your Habitat iPod app was a success. The 20/10 timer (work for 20 minutes, take a break for 10) kept me going on useful tasks through most of the day. Result is a huge pile of laundry washed, dried and ironed and the freezer defrosted. During the breaks I also read all the online stuff that I usually spend much longer reading. Only time will tell whether it will continue to motivate me or whether the impact will lesson once the novelty wears off.

For those who haven't come across it before, Unf*ck Your Habitat is similar to Flylady, but less pink and with more robust language. Though I have picked up some useful hints from Flylady, I'm afraid that even as a 60-year-old granny, it's much too twee for my taste. UfYH, on the other hand, makes me laugh and hence helps get me moving.

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scallywag195 From: scallywag195 Date: September 4th, 2012 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
The first picture looks like what we call "cow parsnip", in the umbel family. The leaves release a chemical that gives some people a rash. I wonder if it is the same plant?

Interesting concept to work 20 minutes/rest 10. Usually when I clean, it's a now or nothing concept, either work until it's done or don't do it at all. I'm a procrastinator.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 5th, 2012 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think we call that flower "cow parsley". It also has other names like Queen Anne's Lace, though that might be a slightly different flower because there are a few that are very similar, including hemlock, which is poisonous.

I adopted the phased work/rest approach some years ago, based on advice at Flylady and other places. Up to then I'd always done binge cleaning, which is not good because after leaving it and leaving it and leaving it, I'd try to do the whole house in one weekend and end up utterly exhausted. Especially now I'm older, pacing myself works much better.
veronica_milvus From: veronica_milvus Date: September 4th, 2012 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I'm counting it a good day if I get "dressed down to your shoes". That's fly enough for me. I'm more "deadflylady".
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 5th, 2012 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did adopt some useful things from Flylady. I really like her emergency cleaning routine which is 3 x 15 mins cleaning in 3 different rooms then rest for 15. Rinse and repeat. I also like her Swish and Swipe method of cleaning the bathroom.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: September 4th, 2012 08:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I love the light in those photos. We've just hit spring here. For the second day in a row, I've been caught out wearing too many layers outside and had to strip down to a T-shirt.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 5th, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been wearing layers all summer but always seemed to be wearing too few or too many. Also hot and wet is difficult to deal with because wearing a waterproof coat just means you end up wringing wet inside it due to sweat and condensation. Much easier now it's a bit colder.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: September 4th, 2012 08:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I can imagine the first one as a book cover...
It beautifully epitomises autumn too - the gold of it is lovely.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: September 4th, 2012 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)
PS: Your icon is scary...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 5th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
The icon is taken from Alli Brosh's comic Hyperbole and a Half. That repeating cycle is just so like me, though I've been trying now for years to be more organised and, well, adult.
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