Things

Mar. 29th, 2010 01:47 pm
jenk: Faye (jen43)
1) I have been busy, mostly with work but also with life. It happens.

2) Despite busyness, this past weekend I saw Tricky Pixie twice. Also Vixy & Tony and Clint McCune's band.

3) Yes, this was a Very Good Thing. Loved all of it. Except maybe where Clint teased me with a portion of a Bruce song during sound check and then didn't sing it during the concert.

4) You can see last night's show at http://soultribetv.com, along with the Kitten Sundae ([livejournal.com profile] s00j , [livejournal.com profile] stealthcello , [livejournal.com profile] vixyish & [livejournal.com profile] tfabris ) show on 3/21, and the Bone Poets show on 2/12.

5) I am not feeling guilty for not doing work stuff on Saturday.

6) I enjoyed helping [livejournal.com profile] dianthus drink the bottle of viognier she got on Saturday.

7) I liked the Mandolin Cafe, even if it got a bit recursive to have Alec playing a mandolin in the mandolin cafe.

8) I enjoyed the look on Alec's face when I surprised him with a bow on Sunday.

9) I did not enjoy getting an asthma attack yesterday while helping [livejournal.com profile] skydancer setup sound gear. Haven't had to use my albuterol in months, damn it. (Wah!)

10) ...I would say that means it's really spring, except that it could also have been from going from wet outdoors to warmer-drier indoors and back and in and back and in and back and in.

11) Not sure my white rosebush is still alive, but the red one is covered in new growth. This is the exact opposite of last year.

12) Two days. Two days and I will be prepping for Norwescon instead of at work. I am pleased.

13) Sunday's "Zits" reminds me of my Friday evening. (My reaction was rather like Connie, not her son's.) Image and transcript gets kinda long, so )

Feb 6th

Feb. 6th, 2010 05:25 pm
jenk: Faye (garden)
Crocuses are blooming.
Heather is blooming.
Neighbor's azalea (gets much more southern sun than ours) is starting to bloom.
New growth on the roses.

...this is a bit early for Seattle, but only a bit.
jenk: Faye (garden)
Disintegrating, they fit in surprisingly well, returning to the earth as naturally as a cornfield after harvest. “Autopsy for an Empire,” with its dried-blood-colored jacket, is planted beside the hellebore, which the Greeks used to poison the water of their enemies. P. D. James’s “Original Sin” and Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot” sit on a bookshelf, which is also disintegrating.

“These were moldy or torn,” Ms. Stewart says. “I’m not destroying books that had any sort of life in them. I just wanted the sense that the book I’m writing is coming out of the ground. If you put a book in the ground, will you get 10 little baby books out of the ground?” — NY Times

I confess I do like garden decorations, but I tend to go for things that aren't going to disintegrate right away....
jenk: Faye (garden)
Interesting article on plant confusions and not-so-commonly-known toxicities. Example: did you know the vines of a potato plant are poisonous, and so are sweet peas? Heck, the edible (red) part of the rhubarb isn't without the toxins of the leafy greens, it just has much less. One gets the impression that food variety doesn't just mean you get larger a variety of nutrients, it also means you get less-toxic doses of potentially problematic poisons. ("The dose makes the poison.")

Of course, reading Murder with Peacocks tends to make me curious about the edibility / toxicity of our garden ;)

Fun with planting false memories.

Building a treadmill into a bed. Gee, add a laptop and [livejournal.com profile] dustin_00 could use it when he's tired of biking.

Prayer is many things, but a business plan??
“We felt if we prayed and obeyed God’s word and did what He asked, that He would help us be successful,” the bank’s founder, Steve Skow, told the Journal-Constitution in 2005.
Meanwhile the FDIC and state regulators shut down the bank on Friday, and are investigating the bank for making improper loans. These people need to read Dorothy L. Sayers' exhortation that good works matter little if they are not also good work. "No crooked table legs or ill-fitting drawers ever came out of the carpenter's shop at Nazareth....The only Christian work is good work, well done."
jenk: Faye (garden)
[livejournal.com profile] jw1776 harvested potatoes Sunday - mostly purples, which is odd. He planted mostly whites.

I picked up a few plants for "difficult" spots in the front yard at on Sunday: a lavender for the NW corner of the yard, and a part-shade called "false heather" to go between the hostas on the mostly-shady side of the mound. I also planted the rest of my nasturtium seeds as a "cover crop" in the front potato bed today. It seems odd to be planting in August, but it feels like a good time: temperatures are mild (highs around 70F) and there's precipitation most days....

I'm looking forward to getting back to riding the bus (and walking between buses ;) regularly.
jenk: Faye (Default)
...[livejournal.com profile] jw1776, who valiantly dressed in sting-discouraging sweats to disintegrate the hornet's nest out of the upper deck with the garden hose.

He discovered the hornets while jumping on the bottom deck in an attempt to get the raccoons into supersoaker range. Dastardly raccoons lured him over to the hornets' nest, resulting in 2 stings. After treating the stings, he found thick sweatpants and hoodie of cat-bathing caliber. After the ritual song1 he went out to do battle.

The raid on the hornets' nest began with him outside, water on full, nozzle at the ready, and me looking out the sliding-glass door at the nest. It took a while and some circling around to get the angle right, but he soon discovered that the hornets couldn't fly at him against the spray, which helped. No more stings were suffered in the destruction of this nest.

The nest is gone now, and a bunch of hornets are buzzing around where it was located. Doing the hornet equivalent of "what the fuck happened here???", I think. They may be trying to rebuild, not sure. In the meantime, I'm going to think about dinner.


1 Dawn has broke the time has come
Move your feet to a marching drum
We'll win the war and pay the toll
We'll fight as one in heart and soul, etc
jenk: Faye (garden)
Today's trip to Molbak's went like how I thought Sunday's would go: in and out in 30 minutes, stuff planted in under an hour. It might have helped that we got about a third as many plants this time. Or that most of them went into planters on the back deck, not in weed-infested areas.

Today's haul included: strawberries, a patio tomato, lavender, & dianthus :)
jenk: Faye (garden)
  • 12:04 Ran into Denise at molbak's. Got nifty red glass piece. :)
  • 13:18 Now I have a dozen or so plants to plant. At least I didn't come home with a water feature or statue.
  • 14:52 Planted digitalis & sunny ground cover ... Would be quicker if I didn't have to clear weeds/leaves first, but.
  • 15:22 Finished planting stuff in front of house.
  • 17:10 Heading to the back yard...
  • 18:07 Backyard plants done. Yay! And yay Jesse for helping.
Also did the rose food for the front-yard roses, planted nasturtiums, and miscellaneous weeding.

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jenk: Faye (garden)
Only in June can I head outside at 8:30, spend ~30 minute pulling huge dandelions (yay weeding thingie) and still have plenty of light when I'm done.

I also sprayed the front-yard roses again. At least it's been raining enough that watering is not a problem.
jenk: Faye (garden)
Spent most of the day feeling sick. Brought a red rose in for the library and weeded for, oh, 5 minutes? 10 minutes? Something like that.

The red is a darling cutting rose. The white's blooms don't last as long, but do look gorgeous on the bush....

Temporarily fascinated by the suits astronauts wear for shuttle launches. Air, water, parachute, radio...
jenk: Faye (garden)
cut to be nice )

Recently some robins have decided the 4x6 supporting the back of the upper deck would be a TERRIFIC place to build some nests. We respectfully disagree. [livejournal.com profile] jw1776 has knocked them down several times. The birds rebuild. Today I knocked them down, then took the nest material to the yard waste bin. Jesse told me that an hour or so later a robin landed where the nest had been, looked around for the nests ("I know I left it right HERE!") flew to a nearby branch, and sat there bitching for quite a while.

Apparently the monkeys aren't doing it right. :)

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