This'll be my last garden update for 2013! Can you believe we only have two months left in the year?
We had a few overnight frosts last week, so everything was looking cool when I took this photo around 6:30 in the morning. (Pretty soon it'll be time for hot chocolate for breakfast!)
Mr. G and I trimmed all the Black-Eyed Susan stems right before Halloween (they grow into the path and we didn't want any issues with trick-or-treaters) so they're resting in the garden now until the spring. Then we'll put some in the compost and some out in the woods house to decompose.
And the 30x30 update. Just to refresh your memory, this was a challenge I'd read about on RA's blog back in October, and I decided to join in. The basic premise is to pick 30 things to wear (clothing and shoes) for an entire month. You can read her thoughts for October here. Here's what I decided to wear:
This challenge turned out to be extremely difficult for me - and I'll be honest, I pretty much gave up by the third week.
There were a couple of issues - the first one being the weather. Fall's always a tricky time to dress comfortably because of the temperature swings, but I figured I could just use the three sweaters I'd included for keep warm in the morning and then take them off as the day wore on. However, at work I moved to a new space in June, and it's AWFUL! Ever since the cool weather hit, it's averaging about 63º (that's 17.2º C) throughout the day and a light sweater was not cutting it. I switched to a cotton layer, topped with a heavy sweater and corduroy or wool pants and finally felt warm this past week.
The next issue is so shallow I feel bad admitting it, but I was self-conscious. I felt the whole point of this challenge was to get creative and realize how much of your wardrobe was superfluous . . I was too busy worrying that someone would notice I'd worn the same pair of pants three times in one week.
But some positive enlightenment did come out of this challenge. It made me take notice of how often I dress in line with my mood. I wore a bright coral sweater when I feeling cheery, black pants and a gray and black shirt one rainy day, etc.
So bottom line is: Could I live with far less clothing? Yes! Do I want to? Not particularly.
How's the temperature at your office? :)