Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Signing up

I registered today for a weekend workshop in March. It's called Principles and Practices of Regenerative Design. It's part of the Seeds of Sustainability series by Backyard Abundance. The workshop is being taught by Dave Jacke, author of the two book series Edible Forest Gardens. It sounds like so much fun. I'm really looking forward to it. It is the precursor to the series of landscape design classes that they are offering. I'm a little frustrated though, The one class I am really interested in (and, of course, one of the ones they are only offering once!) is the weekend we will be out of town for my niece's wedding. It's the one on water management. grrrr. And you need to attend all the classes to get the certificate. I'll have to ask if they are going to offer it another time. I'm going to have to rearrange my weekend work schedule a couple of times to accommodate the classes but it shouldn't be a problem.
I also discovered that the orchard a few miles from us is offering an apple pruning seminar this Saturday morning. Now THAT is something I need to get to. It involves hands on time in the orchard. Sounds great, now if it would only warm up a little. The forecast for Saturday is a high in the lower 20's with a low in the morning in the mid teens. BRRRR. I'll have to wear my thick socks ;) They are also taking pre-orders for apple trees that will be available in April. Now, I know I just ordered a few apple trees- but these will be local- maybe just one more.... I didn't know that they sold trees- I hadn't heard of it before and I'm kind of excited. I'm going to have to take some pictures of our pathetic tree here and take them along with me to get some advice.
So, things are looking up on the education front for me- now to just finish all my continuing ed for my job. I'm also hoping to be able to start making a few more community connections.

Oh, and on the house sale front. When V and I went to shovel the sidewalk this afternoon after I got off work. There was a large pickup truck parked in the driveway at the house in town. It seems that it was the buyer. He was there working on refinishing the stairs. So we got to meet him and answer a few questions. It seems he really loves the house and we got a really good feeling that he will take good care of it. And the best news.... he already has a renter lined up and is planning to close the first week of March. Woo Hoo!!! Only a few more weeks to go. And that means only one more month of double loan payments. YES! The week has definitely taken an upward turn from Monday morning. (Thanks for all the sympathy- it helped) With the house selling, I can now afford to take the permaculture classes. I plan to set aside a bit of money for them. Even though they are spread out from March through October, at $100+ per class, it will add up.


  1. Hurray and Congrats on the closing of THE House in town! yea! March is just 18 days away! Your class sounds really interesting and the Apple Tree Trimming seminar sounds good too! You are going to be one well-educated woman when your done!Prof. Judy, Queen of Permaculture and Landscape design!! Has a nice ring to it huh?!! You can give your own classes via Posts!...debbie

  2. You have lots of exciting things going on and I know that the house closing will be a huge weight off of your shoulders. I wish you would post some basics about permaculture and how you plan to get started, I know the trees are one part of the whole picture.

  3. Closing date is coming up fast! Congratulations :-)
    It always seems to happen that way, the timing for a class/event that one wants to take means that it falls on the day when the person is busy. Sigh. But the pruning/apple tree class sounds really interesting, and I'm sure that it'll be good to learn more about when you plant/care for all the trees you have space for now.

  4. That is wonderful news on the house - and it is right around the corner, really! So glad you are feeling better - we've been digging out from under 18" of snow give or take - with 4 foot drifts in the driveway. The apple trimming seminar sounds like fun. Have a good week

  5. "Maybe just one more..." And so it starts! We are right there with you, your own personal enablers! Great news about the house, and have fun with those classes! I did a water quality & mgmt class that pertained to all of our tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay and our massive basin and it was fantastic, now am thinking about being involved in the Master Gardener Water Steward program. Definitely take it next year if you can't this year, really interesting stuff!

  6. Congratulations on selling your house!
    I checked w/a Realtor about mine - an old house in a not-so-great inner city neighborhood. He said he could list it for $3000 less than we paid for it nearly 4 years ago - and that's not even considering the $40,000 in remodeling we did.
    Looks like I'll still be urban gardening for a while...

  7. Whoo hoo on having a great buyer and closing soon! I bet you wake up the next morning greater refreshed and happy!

    I also wanted to thank you for all the kind and encouraging words you have had for me over the last months while I spaz out about nursing school. They really mean a lot to me!!


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