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Mar. 9th, 2010 | 12:17 pm
mood: morosemorose

Anyone got some? I could sure use hearing some. Pictures of puppies and kittens also welcome.

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Nov. 15th, 2009 | 12:12 pm
mood: cheerfulcheerful
music: indigo girls

I've been quietly participating in National Knitting Month (NaKnitMo). Instead of pledging a wordcount like NaNoWriMo, you pledge a stitch count. The "standard" pledge (according to the Ravelry group) was 30K. Sounded like kind of a lot, but I figured there was nothing to lose. It came at a good time - I was knitting gifts for twin girls born in September. A hat and sock set for each of them got me about 2/3 of the way to my goal (which surprised me greatly), and then a pair of socks that had languished on the needles since April put me over the top. (The World Series and old V miniseries helped me with both of those.)

Now I'm on to a cardigan I started earlier this fall (maybe over the summer) that's been sighing patiently in my knitting bag. I've got one more sleeve and then the button band to go on that, and then I think I'm on to the sweater i've been working on for, oh, about four and a half years. nice to have the external motivation pushing me to do stuff i like doing anyway. :)

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birdies? hippo birdies?

Oct. 8th, 2009 | 06:41 pm
mood: cheerfulcheerful
music: baseball

happy birthday to my oldest friend, kenllama!

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Sep. 3rd, 2009 | 09:29 am
mood: rejuvenatedput through her paces

After many years of study in different parts of the country, I have come to a conclusion.

Swim coaches subsist on a diet of caffeine and sadistic pills. There's really no other explanation.

Good night and good luck.

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first harvest!

Aug. 4th, 2009 | 09:26 pm
mood: jubilantjubilant
music: either the Rocky theme, or Fanfare for the Common Man

tally: 6 green beans. might seem a paltry haul, but it's the first and they're MINE MINE MINE! muahahahah nomnomnom. they are the green beaniest green beans i've ever had.

don't necessarily expect future harvests to make it into the house, especially when they're this size.... ;)

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murther! cold blooded murther!

Jul. 1st, 2009 | 04:19 pm
mood: scaredtraumatized

an unidentified subject, with a something, in the GARDEN.

Yes, that's right. Some evil creature brutally attacked my lovely little cucumber plant, and left it bedraggled and trampled in the dirt. I tried to resuscitate it, but i have my doubts about it taking. the poor little thing. it hadn't lived long enough to offend anyone. *sniff*

in other news, the beans seem to be doing well, as well as one squash plant. peppers have yet to make an appearance, along with tomatoes and chives. the basil plants are much happier when i water them, but the sage doesn't seem to care. the bay seems... stuck. i don't think anything has happened to it since i planted it. huh. i should take some photos to confirm or deny that.

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cucumber AND squash!

Jun. 24th, 2009 | 09:58 am
mood: excitedexcited

so the big winners are two cucumber plants (not a third, but maybe soon?) and a squash plant (just one so far).

we'll see if there's anything else new tonight when i go to look. maybe i'll take pictures tonight.

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it's growing!

Jun. 23rd, 2009 | 11:47 am
mood: excitedexcited

i was out of town all weekend, and got back late enough last night that i wasn't particularly inspired to go check out the garden. but i drove by it on my way to work this morning* and omg! something's coming up out of the ground! i can't remember what i planted there, so i'll have to go check my map when i get home. but i'm so excited! i'll report back.

* the driveway goes all the way around the house, and i realized that the neighbor's trash can was in the driveway behind me after i got in the car. it was easier to drive around, rather than back out as i usually do. that took me right by the garden.

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garden update :)

Jun. 18th, 2009 | 11:18 pm
mood: pleasedpleased

Today's additions were green beans (2 rows) and tomatoes. Both determinate (bushes, rather than vines), and both from seeds. there were tomato plants at lowes, but all of them looked a little.... something. so i went to the seeds. we'll see what happens. *shrug*

Homestead tomatoes: germination in 8-10 days (6/26-28), harvest in 80 days (9/6).
stringless green pod beans: seedlings in 7-14 days (6/25-7/2), harvest in 50 days (8/7).

That's about all of the planting i have planned for the summer. if i'm inspired to rummage in the storage space under the deck and pull out terra cotta pots, i might do some mint and oregano or something. other than that, i'll prep some additional space for the *fall* garden. heh, the South. awesome.

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the garden, it grows...finally...

Jun. 17th, 2009 | 07:51 pm
location: withhouse
mood: pleasedpleased

I planted herbs on memorial day weekend. the week after we moved i got in the garden one night to work on the soil, and completely overdid it, effort-wise. i was wiped (overheating, dehydration, and vigorous work...) for a couple days.

and then the rains came. it feels like we've had hours of rain every night for weeks. i'm not sure how accurate that is in reality, but we've certainly had a lot of rain, and it tends to come in the evening, when i *could* be in the garden. so i haven't been. until tonight.

I added a bay plant, and row of chives (seeds) to the herb garden. i worked in the compost i'd put down in the vegetable garden to the very clay-ey soil already there. (that's what i was doing when i broke me a few weeks ago.) and then... i planted.

a row of (bell) peppers, 3 cuke hills, and 2 squash hills. i marked the seeds with stakes (er, sticks) with a piece of white string tied around. mostly so i know where to look over the next few days for the seedlings, but also...well, just in case nothing comes up. planning for failure karmically prevents it. hah. take that, universe!

and then i tucked them all in with a nice blankie of pine needles and read them a story (once upon a time, there were good little plants that grew and grew and became dinner! the end.) and sent them to bed. awww, the end!

california wonder peppers: germination in 10-12 days (6/27-29); harvest in 75 (8/31)
tendergreen cucumber: germination in 8 days (6/25); harvest in 55 (8/10)
early prolific straightneck squash: germination in 7-10 days (6/24-27); harvest in 50 (8/6)
chives: germination in 15-21 days (7/2-8)

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