Archive for May, 2009


Monday, May 18th, 2009

Look what’s happening in the garden now: If you can’t tell, that first picture is of an Oriental Poppy. With a bud on it. Argh! After trying to grow those for FIVE YEARS of fruitless, patient tending, being left every summer with a bunch of dead leaves and another empty spot in my border, I […]

Farmer MacDiana

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

I’ve been having great luck in the Patch this year. I credit the raised beds and their six inches of chocolaty compost.  Look at the size of those kale, cabbages, and cauliflowers! Look at my lovely happy onions! I’ve never had such a productive Spring. Ever. And you know what else is cool?  Compost can […]

Very Wisterious

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

The wisteria outside Taco’s bedroom window is blooming. It’s an American variety (non-invasive) and thus the flowers are smaller, more like big nodding lupines than clusters of grapes, but it has many more of them. It also does not reseed itself promiscuously into local forests and strangle old-growth trees, and so is better in my […]

Pictures are up!

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Our house listing is live! Spacious kitchen… Pantry nook… (what did I do before we put in the pantry? I have no clue how I survived!) Maple laminate floors… And garden! With dogwood tree and crazy window blinds! (Many more pictures are up at the listing site). I hope people come to our open house […]

So as not to broil the baby

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Taco hates to wear hats. Anything we put on her head, she makes a face and reaches up to pull it off. It’s been a trial for me, since I like to spend large amounts of time at the vegetable patch and she needs to be protected from the sun, but with her on my […]

I swear I’m not a dirty hippie

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

… but I think I’m going to try this – using natural alternatives to commercial shampoo and conditioner. When I first read about Angry Chicken making her own deodorant and going shampoo-free, I have to admit I was kind of grossed out. It just doesn’t seem like a baking soda solution and a vinegar rinse […]

Ah, that’s better!

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

A big glass of iced port, a serendipitously rediscovered tub of homemade Mexican Chocolate gelato, and a couple hours all to myself to swing in the hammock and read Neal Stephenson’s newest book on this deliriously beautiful day. Now that’s more like it.

On Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

This article really struck home with me today. “At My Place, Every Day is Mother’s Day” Funny, funny, funny, I thought while reading it – so why, at the end of it, did I find myself tearing up? I think perhaps it was because yesterday was not the greatest precursor ever to my first Mother’s […]

Up, Up, Up, and … stay put where you are for a while.

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Well, we’ve gone and done it now! Our house is on the market, for better or for worse. No pictures up yet – our realtor says by next week. I’m nervous about the money. I do feel like we should try to move now, because if it works then we can lock in APRs […]