Tag: September 2012

Try Again
sat 1 sept 2012

Entry #1 on this page (tagged: september, )

I was out of commission for most of august...
Some chronic germs got me.
Is it time to come back alive again??
*sighs* I hope so.

Garden pickings

A regular day's haul from the garden: Lemon Cucumbers, Sweet 100 Cherry Tomatoes, American Slicer Cucumber, Oregon Spring Tomatoes, Cascade Tomato, Indigo Rose Tomatoes.

My most favorite thing in the world right now... slice up a cucumber, cut some cherry tomatoes in half, add a few grocery organic baby carrots... and a bowl of Yumm! Sauce to dip in. Oh my goodness, this meal is bliss! And I would eat it forever if I could. :)

Mystery Garden Plants
sun 2 sept 2012

Entry #2 on this page (tagged: september, )

On 28 july, our garden plot neighbor on the right gave us two "mystery" squash plants... He had run out of room to plant new stuff and we accepted and planted right away. The plants were both in tall 6-inch pots, and both had one blossom. One of them turned out to be zucchini, and we have plucked two big fruits with more on the way! Yay!

The other squash is still a mystery:

mystery squash

I think it's ready to be picked and eaten. It would be nice to know what the heck it is, but whatever! :)

This squash is probably 12 inches in diameter, but maybe only 7 or 8? inches long. very squished! The yellow and green seem to indicate that it's ripe... I don't think it's gotten much more yellow in the past week or so.

We will pick this thing soon, and see if more show up!

Here's our other mystery plant...

mystery weed

This was a volunteer plant. I was clearing out a little section of weeds, and I saved this one because it reminded me of a pepper plant. It hasn't produced any fruits yet, so I have no idea if it's anything but a pretty wild flower!

All the leaves are "moth-eaten" as you can see. The flowers are all facing downward, like pepper blossoms. And the plant itself is about 18 inches tall.

I think this is just a wait-and-see one! Which is fine and dandy. I'm looking forward to finding out what the plant will make!

fri 7 sept 2012

Entry #3 on this page (tagged: september, )

Yesterday, we had a Painting Party after work... We invited Aaron of The Loaded Brush over to teach us how to paint. And then we had a few drinks so that our paintings would come out better!

haha! It was actually a lot of fun...


Me with my half finished painting, surrounded by other examples of the "Van Gogh Sunflowers" that we were using as a guide!

There were ten of us painting, and everyone's flowers came out different and interesting! There were a couple of "real" artists in the group, but most people hadn't drawn a picture or painted anything except walls since they were kids.

In the end, I think the non-artists were the happiest with their paintings! heh. And fun was had by all... and I can't wait to do this again.

sun 9 sept 2012

Entry #4 on this page (tagged: september, )

I am very happy with all the stuff coming out of the garden this week. The Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes continue! a couple of zucchinis, the bigger tomatoes are starting to ripen, and 10 lemon cucs and more coming.

The sweet potato leaves have gotten a purplish aspect, and I was inspecting them, wondering when I would dig them up. And under the leaves...

sweet potato flower

oh my gosh, that is so pretty!

It looked so much like a morning glory that I actually checked to see if the flower was connected to my sweet potato plant! haha... but the internet tells me that Sweet Potatoes and Morning Glories are cousins!

Ha! Also discovered you can eat the young leaves of the sweet potato plant like salad. And can cut a vine and plant it and it'll grow.

Amazing! Even if there aren't any sweet potatoes growing underground... I will definitely grow a lot more of these next year! :) And might just grab a cutting to experiment with a new house plant.

Good Things
fri 14 sept 2012

Entry #5 on this page (tagged: september)

The day job was a bit more annoying than usual, this week. And I've not let myself sleep as much as I need too. And I've had more than my fair share of Advil, lately. And, and, and.

But it's friday evening and it's time to put all that behind me. I'm going to hang out, have a couple drinks and type up a list of good things so I can start a great weekend!

  In the past couple of weeks, Amnesty International has sent me Three! "Stop Action" updates:

Saudi "Day of Rage" Protester Released (UA 59-12)
Anti-slavery Activists in Mauritania Released (UA 127-12)
Indian Teenager Released (UA 210-12)

I wrote letters of protest in each of these cases, and it is wonderful to know that I contributed to these results!

  My new favorite author released a new book this week! At The Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson

Some of the stories in the book are on her web site, and you can read them for free... Kij Johnson "Ponies" is one of the most disturbing stories I've ever read. And "The Cat Who Walked" is typical of her animal fiction, brilliant and amazing story telling.

  New Markers. Yeah, I know: I'm crazy. But new art supplies make me happy.

And, on that note ♪ I will end my list. Many projects to work on this weekend! ...

sun 16 sept 2012

Entry #6 on this page (tagged: september)

happy squirrel

I have so much to talk about, I am completely tongue tied!

good things
fri 21 sept 2012

Entry #7 on this page (tagged: september)

The annoyance continues at the day job, and now I'm thinking about making a Good Things list every friday evening!

  Hair Cut! I went from long hair to a buzz cut, and it feels great. I was really bored of the long hair, the only thing I was doing with it was getting it out of my face. And now, the only hair in my face is the short bangs... and the bangs are the longest hairs on my head! ha. it's good.

  I LOVE getting mail from my friends! A couple weeks ago, it was a box of pens!... thank you AJ! This week, it's a box of goodies from my friends at Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary.

  I've discovered a new magazine that makes me happy! Bound & Lettered. I just got the most recent issue, and Oh My Goodness, it looks delightful. Paging thru, it's beautiful and different. I can't wait to read the articles.

  Walking home from the day job this afternoon (after my hair cut!), I saw TWO Blue Herons hanging out together in the creek! Of course I whipped out my camera... but they were pretty far away even with my zoom, plus it's a cloudy day so the pics might be blurry.

Yeah: I haven't looked at the photos yet. I am in the "I wish they turned out well" stage, knowing they probably didn't. heh.

My goal for this weekend is to sort through my piles. I've got a big pile of papers in the printer bay, mostly uncut postcards. A big pile of who-knows-what next to the door. A pile of mail I need to respond to, next to my computer area. And a pile of books and magazines, that I've pulled out and need to deal with. Oh, and the pile of "stuff to do after mom's visit". (her visit was at the end of june.)

Yeah. I would not be me without my piles. but sheesh!

Never Enough Time
sun 23 sept 2012

Entry #8 on this page (tagged: sept)

I just don't understand how time gets away from me so quickly. Boom! and the weekend is Over. What the heck? And the "To Do" list is only a quarter done!


Sweet 100 Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes in various stages. I love love LOVE! to take pictures like this...

It's like a representation of me and my projects... yeah! There's like a dozen projects! All in various stages of completion. Some ripe and close to done, most are very green, needing lots of work. Some are still flowers!

rift's Octopus Mascot

And ya know? I am finally (somewhat) comfortable with the fact that I am not able to work on or finish some projects.

Yep. I'm 39 years old and I've finally figured it out: I can't do it all!

and yet, I keep trying! :)

good things
fri 28 sept 2012

Entry #9 on this page (tagged: september)

great blue herons

The photo is from last friday. I have never seen two herons hanging out together!

But today was a day of herons as well. On my walk to the day job, I saw a heron standing in the creek. And then, mid-morning I was walking between the buildings at work, and a heron flew by!

So that's two herons for a friday, two fridays in a row!

I love making postcards
sat 29 sept 2012

Entry #10 on this page (tagged: september, )

In April, I took on a lot of postcard projects and I kind of burnt myself out. I did not want to quit, but I reluctantly forced myself to cut back.

And now, in the last couple of weeks, I've signed up for a couple extra trades on Swap-Bot. And when I take photos, I'm thinking about their postcard potential. And I'm considering some random mail.

Random mail? On top of all my other ongoing projects? Hmm.

Ongoing Postcard Projects include:

  Monthly BH PC This is the group that started the madness. It's a "Five for Five" exchange (you send 5 postcards and rcv 5 postcards)... except I always send to everyone in the group. The group grew quite a bit this year, and I'm currently sending 16 postcards.

  GoodReads Postcard Exchange I'm the host for this group, and send to everyone who signs up every month. We had a population explosion in Sept, and I sent out 18 postcards! Yay!

  Friends and Fam This is the personal project that got out of hand. I really want to send a postcard out to everyone in my address book, every single month! I love showing off my photography to my friends!! Maybe someday I will figure out how to manage this chaos? ;)

  Amnesty International Urgent Action Network Yep, I'm still an active member... I usually take on one action every week.

  and of course, the Swap-Bot... current avg around 10 bits of mail a month. mostly postcards, but I make photo note cards occasionally as well.

All that plus my new desire for random mail!

Yeah... at the beginning of the summer, all this mail did feel crazy. But now? It's just my hobby.

It's a hobby that makes other people smile.

And that makes me happy!

Happy Banned Books
sun 30 sept 2012

Entry #11 on this page (tagged: september)

Yay Freedom to Read!!

Banned Books Week

Reading is a cause that is near and dear to my heart, and I love to celebrate Banned Books Week every year!

I Read Banned Books!

7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
9. 1984, by George Orwell
16. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
17. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
33. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
40. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
45. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
57. Sophie's Choice, by William Styron
(from the Challenged Classics list)

I just recently finished Beloved... it was great, and I'm really glad Toni Morrison has other books on the banned book list. Because I'm sure to read them!!

Last year, I read Sophie's Choice. ugh. I hated it!

But I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read it.

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