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Armstrong Garden Center is a wonderful, intoxicating place. :-D Translation: I bought some seedlings, and now, some muscles I am unaccustomed to using are protesting slightly this morning about all the digging and soil-amendment-mixing I did last night.

More tomato varieties! And peppers! )

My car smells faintly of marigolds, which came home with me to ward off pests from the tomato and pepper plants.
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A few weeks ago, thanks to a generous gift from my Dad to get me started on my Altadena garden, I began germinating some Carmen pepper seeds and also some Viva Italia tomato seeds.

Then I attended the TomatoMania! seedling sale at Descanso Gardens this weekend and purchased four more tomato seedlings as an experimental adventure...

Cue the enthusiastic gardening babble about these varieties... and startlement, at the potential height of some of these plants! )

I think next year I may have to try growing Vorlon tomatoes, and perhaps some Green Doctors.

I discovered those two intriguing varieties via these blogposts:

In addition to spending more time in my new account, I'm going to check out when I have more time, and will also consider subscribing to as well.
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This is an older LA Times article from 2009, but the website still looks like it's alive and kickin'. Cool!,0,1628042.story

This is a reminder to myself to visit this part of the Tujunga Wash in a couple months after my schedule calms down, to see what's become of the waterway-reclamation project described in this 2009 blogpost, and also to check out the books by the blog's author:

"Because everyone loves a home-grown tomato!"

I've signed up for a free account on, which is a social networking site for gardeners. I'm still just finding my way around there, but there's all kinds of tools for tracking planting, growth and harvest and sharing knowledge with other people growing similar plants in similar zones. Very interesting!

Of course there's which is Made Of Awesome. :-D I've been reading it for the past year or so and it's a big reason I'm moving to Altadena. In fact I've set up a DW feed so I can follow it on my DW Circle: [syndicated profile] altadenablog_feed.

Other blogs I've started reading lately: (This is a co-worker's wife's blog, and I set up a DW feed to follow it at [syndicated profile] lafarmergirl_feed) ([syndicated profile] rootsimple_feed) ([syndicated profile] woodandbones_feed) ([syndicated profile] hometown_pasadena_feed) ([syndicated profile] athinkingstomach_feed)

The Arroyo Lowdown for event news:!/TheArroyoLowdown?sk=info

Arroyo Time Bank:!/arroyotimebank?sk=info

Altadena Urban Farmers Market:!/AltadenaUrbanFarmersMarket?sk=info


Later, I'm thinking maybe these might be nice:

In-Season Produce Exchange:!/RIPEAltadena?v=info

Altadena Heritage... I think this is like a historical society type group, with urban planning activism:!/AltadenaHeritage?sk=info

Two other interesting articles I turned up on the way to all of the above links:
naturedance: my foot, in my boot, on Mount Rainier (self-portrait)
I spent a bit of time scouring for these links, so I might as well collect 'em in one place so I don't lose 'em again, and share 'em with whoever might be interested... :-) (a lot of information on this site is in downloadable PDF files -- I've never visited the Franklin Canyon Park before, and hey, it's been used for a lot of film locations!

Speaking of which... enter your zip code into and search on the keyword "outdoor" :-) - there's a Burbank tasting room open Friday and Saturday evenings
naturedance: crafting joy (crafting joy)

I have to spend time in the open air with green growing things. Wild spaces tend my soul.

I love tending plants, and I love visiting gardens, parks and farmers markets.

I’m a member of The Nature Conservancy, The Sequoia Natural History Association, and Descanso Gardens.

I also enjoy visiting the Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County Arboretum and the Huntington Gardens.

my garden

I’m currently living in an apartment with only the opportunity for indoor houseplants (Christmas cacti, at the moment, though I’d like to have a spider plant as soon as I figure out the best way to hang the pot from my ceiling) and a small container garden on the balcony.

At various times, I’ve grown herbs and flowers there…

  • spearmint

  • rosemary

  • chives

  • succulents

  • chrysanthemums

  • geraniums and a Martha Washington (aka regal pelargonium)

  • daffodils, tulips, irises and other assorted spring bulbs

I have also tried growing the following, but parts of the balcony get too hot and one year a nasty whitefly infestation took over…

  • oregano

  • basil

  • dill

  • parsley

  • different pepper varieties

  • different tomato varieties

farmers markets

The next best thing to growing food yourself is shopping for it at a local farmers market.

my dream-garden

In the garden of my imagination, I have a yard filled with beautiful plants, flowers, herbs, fruits, vegetables, trees… I count the following online suppliers among the wishbooks of my dreams… (but before I order anything in reality, I’d check out a forum like The Garden Watchdog to make sure there’s no recent history of trouble with the companies order processing or products!)


Apr. 20th, 2005 12:47 pm
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Gosh, the sunshine sure feels good today. The geraniums on my front walk are blossoming, and it's just beautiful out.
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My orange mollies had more babies on Friday night and Saturday morning. And there were even more on Sunday afternoon. I spent quite a bit of time slowly chasing the little fry around with my net, so I could scoop the little rascals over into the nursery side of the tank before their parents or aunts and uncles decided that they might look like lunch.

Anyone local want to adopt some lovely orange mollies? The previous few birthings are now inchlong teenagers, starting to chase each other around the nursery...

I made a lovely pork roast dinner layered in the crockpot on Saturday:

quartered red taters
small carrots
sliced onions
sliced celery
cup or two of water
pork roast
dash of soy sauce
dried garlic flakes
lemon pepper
sliced lemon
orangeblossom honey

Mmmmmm. The vegetables turned out wonderfully, and the roast was nicely moist. The sauce tasted wonderful over herbed breads from Berolina's Bakery in Montrose... Roommate and I stopped at the bakery and then Descanso Gardens on Saturday afternoon. We found rosemary bread, black olive bread, sun-dried tomato bread, and potato-dill bread, I think... a mixed bag of little tiny loaves and two big ones has the flavors a bit jumbled in my mind.

On Sunday I made a really huge pot of bean soup:

small white beans
yellow dried peas
brown rice
tomato puree
sliced celery
halved small carrots
chopped onion
dried garlic flakes
chili powder
dash of thyme
two cubes of chicken bouillon
two cubes of beef bouillon

Served with herbed bread cubes sprinkled liberally on top. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Since it's supposed to rain again tomorrow and Wednesday, having comforting cocoon food to come home to, without doing any further work other than reheating and slicing up some more of the bread... well, it should be pretty obvious by now that I adore southern California autumn.

Oh! I almost forgot to mention! My daffodils and what I suspect are some of the wild and/or varietal tulips have started coming up in my rectangular pots on the front walkway! These are rather mysterious bulbs that I've tucked into those pots, a few different kinds each year for the past four or five years, so it's anyone's guess at this point what has survived and what hasn't. I just keep tucking a few more bulbs in the bare spots each year, and the pots are very cheery near the front door with some annuals in amongst the bulbs the rest of the year. The irises are putting up new leaves, the remaining mum from last year has sent up one new little stem of leaves, the pansies I put in a few weeks ago are loving the location and the rain and cool nights from last week, the succulent pot is going gangbusters, and the geraniums are doing great, although I lost one stem of the Martha Washington in the rainstorm's runoff from the roof. That reminds me, I need to shift those pots around before the next rains.

The back balcony "kitchen garden" isn't doing so well. The remaining couple of tomato plants are just... reedy and stringy. I'm thinking I may just chuck them. The peppers are still plagued by whiteflies, but it's not as bad as it was. I should spray them again. The lemon grass is doing great, the chives are still in the happy process of coming back from certain death, the basil keeps trying to get reedy and flower, the thyme died back in the last heat wave of August but after I trimmed back the dead stuff it has started to put up new little leaves, and the spearmint took a hit during that same heat wave but is coming back. I picked up rosemary and pink rosemary and dill this weekend; I hope to transplant them into nice big pots tonight.
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I made a really hearty bean/lentil/barley/onion/chicken soup/stew last night (with garam masala seasoning! I'd never before thought to try that in soup!).

Work was really, really busy yesterday. There's just so, so, so much to do.

Oci seems to be doing better, but she's still drinking more water than she should need.

The petunias and geranium I planted last weekend seem to be doing OK. The pepper plants are still under siege by those blasted whiteflies. I sprayed them again. I'm considering buying a canister of ladybugs, since they supposedly would eat the little bastards.

Somehow we have a cricket taking up residence on our back patio, even though it's a few stories off the ground. I salute that little critter's determination...

I never thought I would be considering writing to my elected representatives about a bill concerning suborbital tourism, but... here is some information about HR 3752. I want to research it further. Googling a bit turns up:

Off to work...
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I've finally gotten around to updating my crochet projects page, and uploading a few photos of some of the more recently completed projects.

Wow. Counting the lap-sized throws and the baby blankets, as soon as I finish the edging on the one I'm currently working on... I've made fifteen afghans.


Of course, I have enough yarn for goodness knows how many more in my storage tubs just waiting for my time and my Q-hook...

I spent some time tidying up the front and back container gardens today. Put in some pansies in the front, and an ivy geranium with blossoms the color of a really good merlot or cabernet. Geraniums seem to really like our front walkway; this one's the fifth one I've put there now, and they're all thriving. The succulents are doing great, and the irises seem to be doing OK. The marigolds never recovered from the leaf miner bastard bugs, so I pulled them out of there. They looked depressing. The tomato plant I had out front got overheated a few days and just didn't recover, but I count that experiment as a success. I might want to get another one of those half-grown plants again rather than the little seedlings I tried on the back patio... as soon as I eradicate the whiteflies on the back patio. Little bastards.

Yes, the back garden is still plagued by whiteflies. I need to pay more attention to that... if I were keeping a more regular eye on it, they might not be getting the upper hand. The antibacterial soap spray and the spray water bottle seem to actually work, but I have to do them on a regular schedule and I haven't been. Work craziness...

The basil and oregano are getting kind of spindley, but the mint is doing OK and some of the pepper plants are doing better than others. The tomato plants really need more level moderation of watering than I've been able to provide, but two of them are hanging in there. The chives that I had thought were dead may be making a comeback, and the lemongrass is doing great. The biggest problem other than the insect infestation seems to be construction dust from the building going in diagonally across the street from us; I'm going to be very glad when that settles down.

On Saturday Roommate and I made various excursions to thread and yarn shops in the area.
- Elegance Designer Yarns in Pasadena - website
- Skein in Pasadena
- Michaels in Pasadena
- Quilt 'n' Things in Montrose
- Needle in a Haystack in Montrose
- The Patchwork Penguin in Tujunga
- Michaels in Burbank

None of them are quite like The Needlecraft Cottage down in San Diego, nor are they quite like Sheep Street Fibers (website) in Morgantown, Indiana. Hey, that reminds me... next time I'm in Indianapolis I want to poke my nose into the Massachusetts Avenue Knit Shop.

And then there's always the catalogs, which seem to arrive just when willpower to resist their siren song is waning... Patternworks and and Lion Brand Yarns and Keepsake Needlearts can be rather addictive.

Ahhhh, projects.
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Work was a bit crazy this week, especially Tuesday and Wednesday, because our lead sysadmin/developer is on vacation. It was (so far) better than this time last year, but Tuesday was really disheartening and my pessimism reared up. Last year was so, so bad. This year (so far) has just been busy. It takes me and one of the other sysadmins an hour or two to figure out things that the vacationing sysadmin could probably do in fifteen minutes, you know? But at least we're figuring things out. And the documentation is better now than it has been in the past. I've been working late to keep up with my own tasks, but I've stayed mostly on top of them. Just means I'm tired, and real life stuff has had to be put on hold because I'm at work, or too exhausted when I get home. I suppose if I were a different person I'd just let the work stuff slide...

That reminds me, I need to doublecheck that all of the documentation for what I do at work is up to date before I take some long weekends over the next few months.

Last weekend I put in a container garden on our balcony. I already had flowers and succulents on our front walk, and I cleaned them up and weeded them and topped off the pots with good potting soil. The marigolds look nice, a good counterpoint to the older Martha Washington and the other geraniums.

The balcony garden has cilantro, chives, lemon grass, spearmint, basil, oregano, something like nine or ten different kinds of peppers, and four pots of tomatoes. I cheated a bit and bought one big plant with green tomatoes already half-ripe.

Starting so late in the season seems strange, but the plants seem to be doing OK. The big plant was looking unhappy on Thursday evening, so I moved it to the front walk temporarily so it could get more sun. I think the east-facing balcony will get enough sun during normal days, but most days this week were overcast in the mornings, so they didn't get enough light. I think it's happier now. If the days are clearer, I'll move it back to the balcony.

Mom and Dad sent me an article link a bit ago... Dietary Supplements Relieve Migraines. Because some of my headaches are "simply" allergy and/or sinus headaches, and some are allergy-or-sinus-triggered migraines, I'm still figuring out what helps best. Natural foods, enough exercise, enough rest and not too much stress seems to be the best prescription for everything...

Roommate and I enjoyed the first harvest from our balcony garden last night at dinner... fresh chives and spearmint garnish for our onion/mushroom/beef broth soup. Quite tasty!

Hmmm... what else is going on? Lots, of course.. oh, Wil's new book Just A Geek is out!! :-) Yay!

Also, I spotted this on my friendslist thanks to [ profile] sigje: her friend [ profile] adaintum is doing the San Francisco Avon Walk For Breast Cancer. Even if you can't donate right now, you can leave an encouraging comment for her here.
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I've been having a low-level headache for the past few days, and I'd thought I was coming down with something, specifically a sinus infection or something causing one, but now I'm more convinced it's "just" allergies, since a tablet of Tylenol Allergy/Sinus helped cut the headache last night after my usual heat pack and hot steamy shower didn't help the day before. So I went ahead and started a full dosage of Claritin this morning.

Let me state for those of you who don't know this about me that most meds hit me like a ton of bricks. Falling from a very great height. No, I'm really serious. Even though I'm pretty much average height and weight, though slightly small-boned, meds seem to affect me in weird ways and more strongly than most people in most cases.

Most allergy meds, at full strength, either make me jumpy and hyper, or jumpy and sleepy, or just sleepy. To the tune of sleeping for a day and a half kind of sleepy. "Daytime non-drowsy formula", my fanny. I end up chopping a lot of pills in half before I take them. Considering how muzzy I feel just at the moment, I probably should have started myself on a half-tablet of the Claritin this morning, but at least my skull doesn't feel quite so pressurized now.

I think I'll find some nice webpages to work on rather than trying to do anything that requires root access on the Unix servers. :-)

*pause to blow nose* Which reminds me, I need to stop at the store on my way home and buy more Kleenex.

Once I've been on the dosage of Claritin for a few days, I'll be OK. It's just going onto it that's such a speed bump for my system. And Claritin is the one that affects me the least while still mostly solving the allergy problem. Stuff and bother.

*mental gear shift*

I love my Sentra. That little car (and the near-identical one I had before it which got smushed back in fall 1997 when I was trying to turn in to the DMV parking lot and a big SUV' driver behind me was on his cell phone) has been just wonderful. Good gas mileage, comfy seats, very dependable, fairly affordable parts and maintenance since I go to Taijohn Auto in Alhambra (I can't recommend him enough, he's an angel and a wizard disguised as a mechanic)... and if I didn't know better I'd say that it can haul things bigger than itself inside itself.

Really, I've fit more crap into this car at various points... last evening it was three bakers/garden rack shelfey thingies from OSH. Another customer bought one, and she and her husband and their daughter had to leave it sticking halfway diagonally out of the trunk of their big 'ol Grand Marquis. I wonder how many miles to the gallon such behemoth beasts get? Heh. Heh heh. But when I pulled my li'l Sentra up to pick up the racks the Roommate and I bought (two rectangular ones and one quarter-circle), I just popped the back seats down and the boxes slid right into the trunk/back seat. Perfect fit.

We managed to get them unloaded and up to the apartment with only my one slightly-dented knuckle as casualties, and they're just perfect for where we wanted them.

I love my car.

And also I love the office foldy cart thingie we bought when we first moved in to get heavy stuff up from the underground parking and across to our place. It did come in handy again last evening. See? Woman the Tool User!

Oh, and I love my Makita. A modern independent lady should never be without a powerful cordless drill. Especially living in a earthquake-prone area where one should secure tall bookshelves and such. :-)

A few random links from my flist:
[ profile] src points out a post by an animal shelter/rescuer with some hard truths about pets. Also, a collection of posts and communities which could be collectively called Ways To Survive This Sucky Economy.

[ profile] fusion_reaction links to an update about the situation from Wired.
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My cat was suddenly having trouble... spent the morning taking her to the vet and making sure she'll be all right. Looks like it's the feline equivalent of a UTI. Poor little thing.

Other than that, all continues to be well. Thank goodness for the air conditioning again today... it's supposed to be over a hundred degrees.

I need to remember to water the plants when I get home from work.
naturedance: my foot, in my boot, on Mount Rainier (skyward)
Yeah, I'm quoting from the movie Dogma. Azrael was a character, wasn't he? In any case, he's rather right... especially today in Los Angeles, air conditioning is absolutely heavenly.

I rescued all of my plants from the old apartment's porch, and there are still odds and ends enough inside for maybe one or two more carloads, a goodly chunk of which is destined for the Salvation Army or Goodwill, but it is all bundled and ready. I got all the heavy scrubbing done today, too. I may want to mop the floor one last time, but if I don't get to that, it's no crisis.

But boyohboyohboy was that apartment turning into a cooker by the time I left. I didn't think I'd be there very long, so it wasn't really worth it to turn on the window AC in the bedroom if I was scrubbing in the kitchen... and the sunshades are currently rolled up and tied under the west awnings, so there's nothing to diminish the blaze of the afternoon sun all along that wall. Bleh!

I'm so thrilled that my biggest requirement for our new apartment was met when we chose this place: central air. With a thermostat and an air filter built in and everything. :-)

I haven't had much trouble with my sinuses ever since we buttoned up the windows and turned it on, either, though this afternoon I could feel allergies or something trying to get me, either from the outside air at the old place or the dust inside before I went rather crazy with the vaccuum cleaner. There's a reason the German verb for that is "to dust-suck".

I hope the plants adjust to the move OK. The irises seem to be OK, but the Christmas cacti don't like our balcony... too much direct morning sun, I suspect. Unless I shade them somehow they're not going to live here. They really miss my old office window, before I moved from the second floor at work to the basement and brought them home.

I checked my work email for the first time since Wednesday night this evening. This four day minivacation thing was a brilliant idea.

I've been needing to wear two layered shirts the past few weeks because of both the temperature change from morning to daytime, and because of the AC in the building at work... and the white graphicsy shirt would match under my blue knit overshirt... yeah, I think I may just go ahead and wear one of the Bowie t-shirts to work tomorrow morning.

*big grin* Yes, the concerts were fabulous.

Over the coming weeks I may type up and share some of my Deep Thoughts about the experience here. For now, let me just say that if an artist inspires you, really inspires you, it's very intense and differently-nuanced to see them perform live in contrast to listening to their music on CD (or tape, or vinyl...) -- if you have the chance, take it, seize it. Go see them, and see if you see a slightly differently perspective on yourself or the world around you than you did before... reflected, refracted, magnified, as part of a larger view through their art.

I remember going to a John Denver concert when I was little with my parents. It was wonderful. I have very clear memories of the whole audience singing along, and he did the entire concert, in Indianapolis' Market Square Arena which was huge, alone... just him and a stool and a microphone and his guitar and a glass of water. For some of the songs I think there maybe might have been a bit of background music or percussion piped in, but most of the concert was just him, alone or with all of us singing along. It was amazing.

And sometime before or after that, I remember seeing Mary Travers performing outdoors somewhere... maybe at Penrod one year? I don't remember if Peter or Paul were with her, but I remember watching her, rather enrapt in it... and even at that age I was analyzing things. It struck me at the time that no matter what else changed over the years, her joy in her music, the way her voice wrapped itself around the words, and the way her hair moved as she sang did not diminish. I don't think I'll ever forget that little piece of wisdom, and no matter how many different times I learn it it's still a fresh and new idea... joy transcends time.

And now that I think of it... for that matter, if a painter or a photographer inspires you, and you have the chance to buy or see the fancy art books, the exhibits, the originals rather than prints... do it. Just do it.

*happy sigh*
naturedance: my foot, in my boot, on Mount Rainier (spring valley)
The iris is light purple. Reminds me of some of the ones that Mom had in our backyard when I was in elementary school. The only way this could possibly be better would be if there were more of them, and if some of them were bicolor, light purple tops and dark purple bottoms.

Ahhhh. A tiny bit of tranquility in an otherwise insane week.


Apr. 7th, 2004 11:06 am
naturedance: my foot, in my boot, on Mount Rainier (spring valley)
One of my iris bulbs that hasn't blossomed in years has put up buds. I wonder which color this one is?

My geraniums are all blossoming... pink with dark centers, peachy-pink on the one with stripey leaves, and white. And the Martha Washington, white and dark fuschia, is gorgeous.

I love my little container garden. Now, moving the plants to their new home is probably going to be interesting, but that's OK. :-)
naturedance: my foot, in my boot, on Mount Rainier (Howard Dean) (thanks to [ profile] sclerotic_rings!)
I really, really want to grow a Wollemi pine in my apartment. When I have a yard of my own again I'll probably be planting a ginko and some magnolias... all for the same reason: they've been around a long, long time.
Oooh, look! This is an excellent place to learn the basics of contributing to campaigns, legal issues about talking to people about candidates, and how to register new voters.
naturedance: my foot, in my boot, on Mount Rainier (spring valley)
Not what you do but how you do it, is the test of your capacity.

We are always the same age inside. -- Gertrude Stein

No day is so bad it can't be fixed with a nap. -- Carrie Snow

Back on its golden hinges, the gate of memory swings, and my heart goes into the garden, and walks with the olden things. -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can. -- Elsa Maxwell

Silently, one by one in the infinite meadows of heaven, blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of angels. -- Longfellow

That's what being young is all about. You have the courage and the daring to think that you can make a difference. -- Ruby Dee

Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. -- Rabindranath Tagore

I imagine, therefore I belong and am free. -- Lawrence Durell

It's the merry-hearted boys that make the best men! -- Irish proverb

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with wild abandon or not at all. -- Harriet Van Horne

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. -- Abraham Lincoln
naturedance: my foot, in my boot, on Mount Rainier (spring dawning)
These past few days, spring really has been in the air. Moist soil and green plants budding and the promise of growth are all around me. This makes me very, very happy on a deep level.

I'm a few days late, but happy Beltane, everyone! It really is a magic time of year, the flipside of the time in autumn when the boundary between reality and the dark spiritual world thins to let the past through... these days, that same boundary around reality thins to let new futures begin, stretching into the light.


I love spring!

California poppies are blossoming along roadsides, scattering brilliant orange-gold seemingly everywhere I look. They're beautiful! And there are a few other wildflowers that are blossoming bright green-tinged yellow and a pale white; I haven't figured out what they are yet.

I'm putting in new marigolds, lobelia, and a new white geranium to augment the pink and salmon geraniums and white/fuschia Martha Washington that have blossomed all through the winter and early spring on my porch. The albino, striped, and odd-colored succulents in their terracotta strawberry pot are doing very well, and I think maybe even the rescued dwarf carnation plant that's barely held on for months now might be finding its way to health... it looks like it has a few buds forming, too, which is more than can be said for the other two I rescued at the same time from the discount bin. Oh, and the last surviving Gerbera daisy has tried putting up a few new leaves, which is very startling since it's outlived its two bretheren by a full year now.

Most of my spring bulbs (daffodils, narcissus, grape hyacinth, crocus, and a handful of different tulips and their relations) have finished blossoming except the iris bulbs that have happily put up their leaves with no hint of when they'll decide to blossom... and the amaryllis is startling the heck out of me by shooting up a bud that's about to open. That plant's been on my front porch for at least a year and a half now, occasionally teasing me with new leaves, and it's only now taken the idea in it's little bulby brain to do something. Wild!
naturedance: my foot, in my boot, on Mount Rainier (spring dawning)
I love technology. I got an email today from a lady in Indiana who has a tatting blog. This is definitely getting linked in the next time I update my humble little tatting page on my website!

Go see! She does lovely work... I love the alligator!

In other news, I now have some very strange bulbs blossoming on my front porch. Part of the fun of these pots is that I deliberately didn't keep notes on what I planted, so I've got surprises popping up all spring! Also, the first two white-and-purple striped crocus are blossoming, something that looks very strange in 70 degree weather with no snow in sight, unless you count Mt. Baldy, way off in the distance...

Happy Spring, in spite of current events. Once again, Mother Nature perseveres.
naturedance: my foot, in my boot, on Mount Rainier (spring dawning) (this is the International Committee of the Red Cross - ICRC) (this is the US Veterans of Foreign Wars) (this is Disabled American Veterans) (this is US VETS, a private public partnership that helps homeless veterans) (US Department of Veterans Affairs website) (if you are a veteran, and you haven't heard of this, check it out)

The vernal equinox is Friday. The flowers on my front porch are blossoming, along with the oxalis growing wild on the corner down the street from my apartment, and two very confused Christmas cacti in my office, and small pink bushes on campus that I've forgotten the name of... This planet we live on is a beautiful place, and life itself is beautiful. Sometimes it's easy to forget that.

Permanent Human Values, A Speech Given by Joseph Campbell at Sarah Lawrence College, December 10, 1940. This man is always so amazing. Go read.

D-Day, by Thomas L. Friedman, an op-ed piece from the New York Times today. Very interesting.

I found that from the Jumping Monkeys blog, posted by Megan from TechTV's The ScreenSavers. I like Megan.

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