Actually the first decision was to get out and seal the chimney, AGAIN! Somewhere there is a crack or opening that continues to elude both me and our roofers. I don't think it is their fault since I just hired them to put a new roof on, but they went the extra mile and sealed everything they could.
I came back a few months later and resealed, even though I could not see anything they missed. The leaks went away for a while, then in desperation I just covered the whole thing with plastic. That helped but gratefully, we don't live in view of anyone else, so the neighbors did not know any better.
A few wind storms have removed that covering so today I was up there coating the whole thing in a silicone based product. I've done that before but I followed their instructions and brushed it on. This time I poured it on the top cement area. (I have a chimney cap by the way)
We'll see what this new band of rain does and that brings me to my gardening decisions. I have been tilling my middle earth garden for several weeks now and planned to divide it into beds so I could plant before the rains. BUT, it has been hot as %^&* and I do not hold up well under that heat anymore.
So, I waited. Now I have missed my target date for pushing soybeans and I am left with winter crops. No problem, except my beds are not defined yet and I since I changed the lay of the garden, I am not sure what the heavy rains might do.
Soooo, do I try to rush some form of bed to take advantage of the rain coming in or take a wait and see approach to learn what the new water patter will do? I made my decision before I started this post because it is still so darn hot out there. I have to take a wait and see.
My other vegetable gardens are also in the "middle earth" state. For those of you who are wondering what I mean by that, they are overgrown with weeds and look like a mini forest. These beds will either become lawn again or be planted into permanent perennial beds.
I am thinking one bed for blueberries and the other bed for my asparagus and a fig tree I need to move to a better location. Raspberries keep popping into my head, but I am trying to ignore them.