i decided to go down to the community garden to finish cleaning up the rest of my plot. there was a complaint this week about overloading the refuse bin and filling it up with dirt, and i was responsible for both grievances. it wasn't necessarily that i was throwing away soil, but the ground ivy i was tossing out had a lot of embedded dirt that i couldn't completely get off no matter how much i shook them.
i brought along a box of 7 milkweed plants which i transplanted. i figured since these were native flowers they'd be able to tolerate the cold weather at nights after just a single day of hardening yesterday on my back porch. i also relocated a parsley plant. almost all of the raspberries i relocated were dead from apparent frost damage because the leaves were all grey and shriveled. i'm not too concerned, golden raspberries are pretty prolific.
i met mary (plot 17), one of the more gregarious gardeners. this was only her 2nd year; last year she had a plot in the middle. she mentioned soil testing and told me another gardener (plot 3) had hers tested and it came back with high lead levels.
i returned home with some garlic (no bulbs, mostly stalks), a bunch of golden raspberries, and a bunch of chinese lanterns. i feel like i want to give the chinese lanterns away because i have plenty more in the garden; the raspberries i will give to my family members.
in the late afternoon i went to the dollar store to get some cleaning supplies (shower spray and toilet bowl cleaner). i also went to star market to grab a box of cereal (apple jacks, $3 on sale, but that's the regular price at market basket).
my roommate told me something he ordered off of ebay on monday would be arriving today so i was a little anxious because it required a signature. by the end of the day it package never came. i asked him what it was, he told me he bought a canon digital SLR. "are you into photography?" i asked. "not particularly," he said. these young chinese astrophysicists spend a lot of money with their disposable income/stipend. i've always felt guilty taking their rent money but who knows what they make in a month; apparently enough to buy bean bag chairs and a set of weights and a camera he doesn't need!
i filled out my health insurance renewal documents (to be mailed tomorrow). i also renewed my motorcycle insurance even though it's still in storage. this is my 2nd year with progressive and they just lowered my rate even more to $146 annual. last year it was $211, which was already cheaper than what i was paying before with commerce insurance ($300+).