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Friday, April 06, 2007

a good Friday

Any Friday you can spend at home is a good Friday in my opinion. So here I am at home and enjoying myself. I got up early and did a lot of gardening. I'm moving bulbs around. Taking them from one place to another. I want a space for a patio with a table and chairs that isn't directly in front of the garage doors. Which means, I have to move a large part of my garden and move quite a bit of dirt as well. There is a huge tree stump which no doubt still houses some toads in the spaces left by the slowly decaying roots.

I also removed the sugar snap pea plants as they were done blooming and the harvest was over - too soon. I also pulled out the cilantro which was blooming over much - a sign that it was past its prime in the flavor department. The parsley is still going great guns and I planted basil and radishes in the former pea pod area. Everything else is looking really nice and I'm quite pleased at the improvements. I am thinking of moving the birdbath back to previous position in the woods. But I assume the cats will take this as a team advantage. Cats 2, Birds 0. Squirrels cheering madly in the stands as it means more seed for them.

We had a little outing. Superficially to pick up something my husband needed from work. But really he just wanted to eat at the Indian buffet close by the office. It was worth for me as I don't get such delicious fare often enough. However it may not have been the best choice for him considering the Rx is giving his stomach fits.

The grill king was lamenting that while the weather was absolutely perfect for burning meat outside, he is feeling under the weather and not able to grill. He will probably be going back to work on Monday despite my objections. At least his pain is under control, if not his digestive track.

The really down note of the day is that an old friend in the weavers guild has died this week. Monday there will be a memorial service for her. I just do not do well at these things. But it is important for families to know that the community shares their grief.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

cats and dogs

Rain woke me up last night and since I was exhausted when I went to sleep, it must have a real good storm. The water aerobics class really makes it easy to just drift off as soon as my wet hair hits the pillow. The good kind of exercise.

I made another list of what I have to get done. I was feeling a little frantic. Good thing I looked at my priorities as I now realize I have to finish the entry by this Saturday and deliver it as the due date is coming and the collection point is across town and I won't be making that drive after work.

At work, I'm doing fill in stuff waiting for the other shoe to drop on a project on a short string. Hurry up and wait. It's good to get the mundane out of the way, but it's a bit hard to concentrate when others are racing madly around trying to finish their part and I can't really help. I put together a tall glass shelved tower to put the boss's orchids and violets near the warmest window in the office. It looks great and I know the orchids are gonna love it. When they bloom, we switch them out in the front office. I always have orchids to look at. I should sketch some sometime....

Going out now to pick some more sugar snap peas.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

another fine day

Spring is still with us. Cloudy today with a broken promise of rain. So I watered the front lawn. The pink thingies are doing well. In the garden by the fence, I planted some new stuff and pulled some old stuff out of pots and gave it all some new top soil. The bed seems to have turned into a clay dump since I last worked on it. The hydrangea is showing signs of life. It sits in a low spot and has plenty of water all the time. Let's hope for blossoms this year. If things perk up overnight, I might post a photo of this tiny bit of progress or not. The best news is that the parsley hasn't bloomed yet and so I may be able to freeze some after all. I live in hope that tomorrow will have more than just the usual 24 hours in it so that I can get some of these pesky things done that stay on my to-do list forever.
Lunch today was a visit to a Indian buffet. Not our favorite but one near the SuperTarget so we could combine lunch and get the weekly shopping done. I forgot something. I remembered what it was when I was unloading the bags and now I've forgotten it again. Must find to-do list.
Granddaughter read one of the books I just got from a friend who scouts the garage sales for everyone she knows. She read a Frog and Toad book. It had enough pictures and enough text to keep her interested. She reads with great voice inflections and she has a tiny lisp, possibly because of the missing teeth. Very cute to see her totally absorbed in reading out loud for her own enjoyment.
Tomorrow is mail day for the latest thing I signed up for. An altered book round robin. Friendship is my theme. I am using How to Win Friends and Influence People. It brags that there are 15 million in print so ripping pages out and painting over the rest will probably not cause anyone to write hateful comments about being a despoiler of books.
And tomorrow is water aerobics. Exercise is good for me. Penn and Teller are just wrong sometimes.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

digging out

Trying to keep my hands busy and my mind clear. Here's the finished journal quilt - began last month so I'm calling it the February/March Journal Page.

This was for a round robin where the subject was birds. We see a lot of huge flocks of birds in the winter. They are like a dark cloud sometimes and when they all land on the power lines, it makes you wonder if the wires will hold up under the weight.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

green book

Last night, the granddaughter wanted to go to bed early and I had things I wanted to do, but she asked me to turn out the light in the front studio as it was too bright where she was sleeping. Actually it turned out she just wanted it a little darker so she could creep into the kitchen and get a second dessert. The crinkle of a plastic container (recycle #6 plastic is very noisy) gave her away and I put it on top of the frig for the night.
But I did have time before lights out to pull together several remnants of fabric for the project I am working on. There will be weaving, paper, bookmaking, stitching, painting, collage, beading and all in the next three weeks. Aaaaacccckkkk. Going now to do some real work on one of the elements. The wire weaving is going to have to hurry along to be included as well.
Seriously feeling pressure now.
No photos yet, I've given too much away already.