Archive for October, 2007

Beer bottled.

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Check out the label I made for my first beer batch, a pumpkin ale spiced with ginger and like spices (I really think I have as much fun making the label as I do thinking up new things to  brew!). Though I roasted three pumpkins total – two were boiled in the wort for an […]

And speaking of steampunk…

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Fish by Vladimir Gvozdev (<- neat site, but requires Flash) There’s another great gallery of images posted at Dark Roasted Blend… of steampunk this time, of course. Not too long ago, I found myself ineptly flailing in an attempt to explain to someone what exactly steampunk was. I think I’ll just email them a link […]

Jacek Yerka

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

So everyone should go on over to Dark Roasted Blend to check out the compilation of paintings they have posted by surrealist artist Jacek Yerka. The Cathedral  He is one of my favorite artists, and I own at least one book of his. It’s hard to say exactly why, but the combination of realism and […]

Wake up!

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Whoever drew this really knows cats! If you can’t use the link, go to: Thanks, Neatorama!


Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Gardenias are one of my favorite flowers, and I have always killed them. The one I purchased at Behnke’s this February was exceptional only in that – though like usual once I got it home each of its promising buds shrieked, turned yellow and withered, and fell off one after the other – at least […]

Cider bottled.

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

After a few hours spent on Sunday sterilizing all the equipment and bottles, and a near accident with a 75-pound glass carboy full of sticky liquid – oh yeah, that would have been fun – I got all of my first batch of cider bottled with a minimum of fuss and hyperventilation. 52 bottles in […]

Vegetable shenanigans

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

… or, “what happens when I leave the garden alone for a week”. Tons of new chile peppers, both sweet and hot, and a harvest of the Delicata squash. (That’s all I’ll get from 8 vines, I’m afraid). But check out the size of the zucchini. If you need more scale… Wowza! Look! It’s bigger […]

One last hurrah

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

It’s mid-October – how the year flew by! – and the garden is taking in a deep breath and putting out one last big show before the first frost comes in a couple weeks. It would be even more magnificent if it weren’t for the combination of drought (no rainfall for a month! The state […]

What I found in the garden this morning

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

A poor little beatup robin. She fluttered away from me clumsily, but I followed her and picked her up to see what was wrong. Though she had a bleeding scratch above one eye, nothing seemed to be broken. I remember reading somewhere that birds can pull muscles pretty severely trying to get away from predators, […]

Moving up in the world

Friday, October 5th, 2007

We’re going to the Renaissance Faire on Saturday, so I spent several hours on Wednesday making Josh a jerkin. I still have to make him shirt cuffs, and it would be really cool if I could figure out how to make him some boot-covers of some sort too; but for the most part it’s finished. […]