Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mercury Retrograde Meyham

Apparently working on this project all three days of our vacation weekend, multiple times might I add, was not enough because we then stumbled upon a HUGE mistake that would add another evening of work into our already jam packed week. Oh, Mercury Retrograde. Thank you.

What is Mercury Retrograde you ask?
"It is when the planet Mercury slows down, and appears to stop (station) and move backward (retrograde). It's an optical illusion, since there is forward movement, like speeding by a slow-moving train -- as it recedes, it appears to go backward." astrology.about.com/od/advancedastrology/p/MercuryRetro.htm It occurs 3-4 times a year (roughly: Dec./Jan. March/April and August/September) for about 3 weeks. Many people agree that during this time, mishaps are at a rise and confusion can loom. Miscommunication, travel delays, malfunctions in technology all seem to be part of the focus with Mercury at the helm. Just make sure not to sign any legal documents or contacts during this time. They often end up very different than what you agreed upon. And purchasing electronics is not suggested. BUT, Mercury Retrograde can also be a helpful time to focus on all the "re's" in your life. For example, review, research, reevalute, relocate, renegotiate, etc. Also, it is a great time to vacation and reflect on life.

Well, I wish we were on vacation honestly because Mercury Retrograde was fighting our every try to move forward with this project. Instead we felt like we had to go backwards by re-doing the fence. Their is one of those lovely, "re" words again. Except this one wasn't so pleasant or kind to us.

When Mike and my dad were in the final process of building the fence on Monday, a fellow neighbor stopped by and asked the men about some (thank goodness not all) of the wood posts. Those that were not recycled from the last garden, were purchased at Home Dept. Mike has helped build a few fences up north and he had worked with some contractors that had used pressure treated wood. He had no knowledge of the wood and just assumed it was strong and durable for the project. Unfortunately, it is treated with arsenic in order to protect the wood from termites and other invasive insects. Even more unfortunate for humans and the earth, this poison used on the wood will seep into the soil over time and up into the root system of our plants. Without hesitation, Mike removed (yes, another "re" word...Ughh...) all the post and re-purchased (Ugh) new wood that was all natural and not treated. He then went straight to the garden tonight (Tuesday) after work and re-did the entire fence. Finally, we can move forward with the next project feeling good about our garden. It is healthy and safe for our family, community and earth.

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