Archive for April, 2010

digging in dirt

April 27, 2010

Heading in to another weekend with blurry vision, making crafting and reading virtually impossible, I hit up the local nursery on Friday’s drive home. I could easily spend an entire paycheck at this place, so it was probably good that I only had 30 minutes until closing. I managed to get out of there with just a few lantanas and a bag of micro-brewed garden soil. The other plants on the back porch, also needing more-permanent homes, from a previous trip to the nursery, made it a little easier to curb my spending.

lantana
I’m hoping these colorful lantanas will cheer up the window box on the front of the house. And maybe attract some butterflies for nitro pickle to lust after.

Blueberry bushes that have been hanging out on the back porch for over a month now have a better home in some clay pots. I’m really loving the chocolate brown color of those pots.
blueberries

Unrelated to any effort on my part – the loquat tree that we inherited with the house is starting to produce fruit, but most of them are too high up for us to reach. I’m not sure what one really does with a loquat fruit, anyway, but wikipedia says I can make pies with them, so they may be worth harvesting after all.
loquats

Here’s hoping this time next week I’ll be off all those blurred-vision-meds and can get back sewing the binding on a long overdue quilt and finally finish the Margaret Atwood book I’ve been reading for the past 4 weeks.

downtime

April 15, 2010

Since my last post I’ve had moderately serious surgery, spent a few days in the hospital, had a visit from my mother, loafed around the house for a week and returned to work. A week at home should have been a great time to work on some unfinished craft projects, but I didn’t accomplish a single thing. all the meds I’m on blur my vision and make pretty much anything but watching television impossible. And when I tired of the Roku (*gasp* it actually happened), the furry monsters were great entertainment.

We took walks around the backyard and marveled at all the awesome weeds and wildflowers that are growing. My mom helped me identify almost all the plants and trees that are already growing and brainstorm about what else we can plant back there.

Poor kitty isn’t allowed outside.
nitro pickle

When your dog does somersaults in a big bed of flowers like this: phlox?

he ends up covered in pollen just like this:
frankie


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