Jeremy Felt

A weekly note

You’re talking a lot but you’re not really saying anything is probably the song lyric I think about the most out of all other song lyrics.

But I should be careful because here I am blogging.

We watched the first season of Dark Winds and really enjoyed it. I don’t remember much from the first few Tony Hillerman books that I read in 2011, but I do remember them being very readable.

That’s almost a lie because we paused the last episode with 12 minutes left last night. We’ll finish it shortly after I hit publish.

A property kitty-corner to us has been abandoned for many (at least 7?) years. Its bushes and lawn and rose bush are—understatement—out of control.

Every month or so while we’ve been here we’ll see someone a block down from us wheel their massive lawn mower over and take care of the lawn. I’m not sure if there was an official arrangement or if they were just tired of seeing the overgrown mess and took care of it on their own accord.

That someone just sold their house and moved!

The wonderful growing season on the Palouse that has been July has meant the thistles and grasses and everything in between have flourished. The yard has outdone itself and 3 foot tall weeds appeared everywhere.

We started playing the “I wonder what will happen next” game to see who would take over. But it’s pretty obvious nobody was next in line. So then we realized that we were taking over.

I went over with our trusty EGO mower on Saturday morning and cleared the way. We already like the mower a lot, but this made it that much more impressive. It had no issues clearing out gobs and gobs of thick grass and weeds. It’s calm and quiet and the battery pops out and in to the edger, weed eater, and leaf blower.

Anyhow. Lawn mowed, weeds eaten, dirt blown, bushes assaulting pedestrians on the sidewalk trimmed. And I met another neighbor!

We’ll see what it looks like in a couple weeks.

I’m sure there are all sorts of circumstances for abandoning a property, but there sure are plenty of people out there without homes who would be happy to take care of it.

It’d be nice if there was an easy way to let that happen.

Every time I check the box for “Remember me” when logging in somewhere, Sarah McLachlan’s I Will Remember You flits through my brain.

I washed a good chunk of the northeast exterior of the house today and it felt really good. The garage door and side door are looking sharp and a whole mess of bugs and spiders are unhappier than they were this morning.

I realized while doing this that it gives us a great look at all of the nooks and crannies that need to be repainted, caulked, or otherwise sealed.

Looking forward to doing the front of the house next!

I skipped last week’s book notes post and here I am without one again. I’ll make time tomorrow. It’s so much more satisfying for me than Goodreads right now.

You should check out this European mantis.

Extraterrestrial life is real, happy week’s end! 🍻

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