One week from today is moving day! Our home is currently a sea of boxes piled all willy-nilly. Currently boxed up are books, liquor, my desk, our games (board and video), movies, and our project materials. Still to go: The kitchen, tchotchkes, art, clothes, the bathrooms, the closets, the storage room, um.... yeah. Our progress is a lot more impressive if you understand the sheer number of books we have, I promise!
We dropped by the house today to see if some repairs we'd requested had been finished, and dropped off all our potted plants. I also poked around in the yard and discovered a couple exciting things. One is that there's some kind of existing drip irrigation system on which we can piggyback, so we won't have to entirely install our own.
The other discovery was a set of creeping thyme plants along a strip of dirt by the front walkway. They were quite sad underneath a pile of poorly applied mulch and dropped pine needles, but once I cleared some space for them I found they were quite healthy and trying to expand. I also discovered - GLEE! - a tiny wriggling California slender salamander!
That's actually a picture I took in the Oakland hills almost two years ago, but it was the same kind, and I didn't get a picture this time. They're wee-small, only a couple inches long, and with the TINIEST little almost vestigial legs. It played very very dead for a bit, but eventually I looked back at where I'd set it and it had disappeared. I'm thrilled to know there are miniature amphibians living in our garden now.
After our visit to the house we had to stop by the Big CVS (which is AWESOMELY CLOSE), where I proceeded to geek out in the nursery section. They've got a very impressive plant selection, and it took every ounce of my self control not to pack the smart car up with every plant that would fit and return to plant it all RIGHT NOW. Alas, I'm sane enough to know that I should have a Real Plan first, so everything can be fit together for the long term good. Patience is hard.