September 2020 on the Croft: Wrap Up

Pottering and Puttering

September 2020 on the Croft

Pottering: As in pottering around | definition – to spend time in a relaxed way doing small jobs and other things that are not very important He spent his holidays pottering around the house/garden. (From Merriam Webster)

Puttering: As in puttering about | definition: to busy or occupy oneself in a leisurely, casual, or ineffective manner: to putter in the garden. (From


September is always an eventful month. It starts with a holiday here in the U.S. (labor day) which seems like it doubles as a last hurrah for summer. The days start getting noticeably shorter and the temperatures here in zone 5-Iowa can range from blazing hot to freakin’ chilly. It’s a month that starts with tomato and corn and ends with the first batch of chili. I like it but it often feels harried, eventful and a little exhausting! It’s the month that is meant to tire you out for the big chill out of Autumn.

Of course, September in 2020 is its own special kind of crazy and it has seen its share of anxiety. Thankfully, that anxiety has mostly been in events outside the confines of the croft. It doesn’t mean they can be ignored – BELIEVE ME, they are not ignored – but it means the croft can serve as the haven I wish it to be.

September Journal

September started with a bang, literally when I fell hard on my right knee. Thankfully I didn’t break anything but it has slowed me down and it remains swollen and too painful to kneel on. Despite that setback, when I reflect back on the month, a lot happened in September!

The things I enjoyed the most? Watching the Monarchs migrate, though only a few passed through the croft. One of my orchids bloomed! It made me dream of how I could add a Victorian style conservatory onto my 1970s ranch and fill it with orchids. We had a rainy cold week which at least at first was a welcome change from the rain-free summer we’ve had. I caught some bumblebees in suspended animation on my anise hyssop plants because it was so chilly. It’s been amazing to have the air conditioning off and the windows open. A bonded pair of rescue bunnies I was fostering were adopted.

Happy Forever Home Evie and Moose!

I also did stuff too. I didn’t just sit around enjoying things! Below, I’ll lay out how I did with my goals I set out at the beginning of the month but there were a few things outside of those goals that got accomplished.

I started collecting some seeds. I don’t have a lot of plants from which to collect but I was able to start getting some anise hyssop, compass plant, lemon mint, Virginia mountain mint, bee balm, rattlesnake master, swamp milkweed AND the piece d` resistance four paw paw seeds! All these seeds need stratification so I’ll need to figure out a way to keep them moist in the fridge for the next few months.

And, well, I started this blog this month as well. I think technically my first post was August 31st but obviously most of the real action has happened this month. A big heartfelt thank you to everyone who has checked it out. It means a lot to me and my biggest hope is to create a community for women who are trying new things in midlife. We’re pretty grand, aren’t we?

Wrap Up

I had five main goals for the month.

  1. Invasive species control in the woods? This is unfortunately a no. I ended up still having to deal with a lot of downed trees and limbs from the derecho and for some reason I have a hard time finding the time to do this. Not gonna beat myself up about it. I AM going to put it high on the priority list for next July.
  2. Preparation of Prairie Area? Yes! I’ve sprayed it 2.5 times (the half time was a spot spray) and the area is looking very dead! Death and destruction to lawn! About a week from now I am going to mow it as short as I can and try to run a light rake over it. At that point, it should be good to go whenever the perfect conditions pop up for seeding!
  3. Garden Prep and Transplant Blueberries? Yes! I was really dreading this because I thought I was going to be removing sod. Then I discovered sheet gardening and it became SO MUCH LESS work. If you do a google search for sheet gardening you will see there is information on it everywhere. Why did I just discover it? I HAVE NO IDEA.
  4. Acquire Fencing Supplies? No:(. I did make some progress on this but they are not bought. This whole fence situation may give me a nervous breakdown for no real reason. I am just real stressed about it, so I question every move forward.
  5. Call a Chimney Sweep? I did! And I almost had him out here but when he was trying to set up a time the day of, he was texting me and for some reason my phone took a two day hiatus from delivering new texts. So annoying! Hopefully I will not have to hound him come November. He said he’d try again next time he’s in my town.
Rudy supervises the bed creation and blueberry bush transplantation.

Posts This Month

September’s Best Reads

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My two favorite reads from this month are both romances which is just shocking…but not. Remember those external anxieties in the world? I’m pretty sure that is partially why some happily ever afters gave me what I needed! That said, I’m not a huge romance reader and am pretty picky about them and these two books are lightyears apart from one another!

A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane is something else. Were you a fan of 1980s barbarian movies but wished they had a lot more feminist heart? If you answered yes, this book is for you. It has an expansive and engaging fantasy plot with lots of political intrigue. It is also pretty violent and incredibly smutty so if that’s not your thing, steer clear. The heroine is AMAZING, she’s both confident and vulnerable. Smart, powerful, and flawed and AMAZING. Literally every little increment that brings she and her hero together is perfect – agonizing but perfect. She is never untrue to herself. It was just wonderful.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston is delight in book form. The premise is a little ridiculous but trust me when I say it totally works, against all odds. Alex is the half Mexican son of the first woman to be president of the United States. Henry is the second son of the queen of England. They hate each other! OR do they?? It’s a romance so you can probably answer that question. The humor in this book is so clever and laugh out loud but it also has so many sweet moments. It’s also a pretty dazzling political book as it revolves around the re-election campaign of Alex’s mother. It inspired me, it made me tear up at the sweetness and made me laugh like a hyena. LOVED IT.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

That’s a wrap! Thanks so much for reading. If you have any feedback about the first month of the blog, I would love to hear it. I’m still kind of feeling my way along here not entirely sure what and how I want to do things, so knowing what you liked or didn’t will be a big help! Take care and onwards to October!!

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