Lately I feel like the Keeper of the Hole. Last week I wrote about the drought and how the fish ladder has dried up, and also how I removed some rocks from the entrance to the storm drain below our house. Well, today it was even worse!
Today is my 3rd Blogiversary. On August 26, 2013, I published my first post on ninedarkmoons.com and started a 3 year odyssey of DIY, creativity, photography, and self expression. I’ve also learned way more about website design than I ever thought possible! Over the past 3 years I’ve published 316 posts & over 4,500 photos. I am very proud of what I’ve accomplished.
Two weeks ago we hosted some very special visitors: Daniela Braun and her husband Joachim Braun. They hail from the Stuttgart area of Germany. It was wonderful to meet them! Joachim has been to the US many times, but it was Daniela’s first trip. Apparently New England is very different from Southern Germany! We did so many things while they were here, including the New England Aquarium, the Crane Estate, Salem, Rockport, and Walden Pond.
After finally going to the huge transfer station 2 towns away earlier this month, I made it to our local transfer station today. Last year our neighbor chopped her lilac tree down to almost nothing, and this year it was covered in so many gorgeous, bright purple flowers. Ours, which I don’t think has ever been trimmed, had about 4 very washed-out flowers. This morning I grabbed my hand saw and chopped ours back to almost nothing.
Ever since cleaning the basement last year, and commandeering a non-used cubby for a bunch of our crap, I have been making a pile for THE DUMP. I have never been to the dump. At least not since I was little and went with my Dad. The dump near us is actually a transfer station/recycling center about 20 minutes north of our house.
Or, if you’re not from the Boston area, I’m a roofer. And not really, but my friends invited me to help them roof their barn in exchange for free knowledge. I told them I’m always down to be their free-labor guinea pig! The more I learn, the better it will serve me in the future when I’m renovating hubby’s and my retirement house in Hawaii *wistful sigh*.
Fall is OK, but it means winter is coming and I don’t like winter! I wish it went from Fall to Spring to Summer to Fall. I was in Florida all weekend with hubby, celebrating his dad’s 75th Birthday – Happy Birthday Dad#2! It was fun – we [Jim, me, Jim’s brother and Jim’s nephew and niece] flew down and totally surprised him 🙂 But somehow I managed to not take even 1 picture. Oops!
As a DIY blogger, I don’t often talk about my personal life. I like to keep things light and fluffy and focus on my accomplishments and the funny things my pets have done. It helps me to keep a positive mental attitude and outlook on life. But behind the scenes things aren’t always so easy. I have suffered from depression since puberty. Without medication I find life unbearable. I wanted to share a blog post I wrote in 2005, originally published on MySpace.
For the past few months I’ve been convinced that I was coming up on my 3rd Blogiversary. Like seriously. But no, it’s only my 2nd! *mind blown*. Over the past 12 months I’ve accomplished so much! I dabbled quite a bit with electricity [and only electrocuted myself ONCE], I’ve acquired some invaluable tools & items, I built an awesome catio, and I’ve learned a bunch of valuable “behind the scenes” stuff to make my blog better.
I have been doing some tidying up behind-the-scenes here at ninedarkmoons.com. I have broken the RIVER page into 3 sections and cleaned up the PROJECTS pages. I hung out with Abbie & her adorable babies. I crossed the 2k mark on my motorcycle odometer. The garden is blooming beautifully! I c**k-blocked Bonkers. I set up my new WorkMate table. I began work on the catio DOOR! AND we got our permit for replacement windows!!!
I am ALISON, aka Nine Dark Moons. Welcome to my little corner of the world! I hope you will stay a while & read some stories about my DIY projects, my creative exploits, and the adorable animals that cross my path.