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27 June 2010 @ 10:02 am
I have poppies bursting out all over, some are the wild spreading California poppy ,yellow, of which I have loads, everywhere. Some are Oriental poppies, which I have in front and back yard, fragile pink flowers. And my most recent arrival is Papaver Somniferum ,also known as "opium" poppies...strictly ornamental here of course. We got seeds from a friendly acquaintance in the San Juan islands a few years ago and I planted them last year. They have had great growth this year and now are beginning to flower. They are beautiful but fragile, blooms only lasting days. Fortunately the plants have multiple buds that open one after the other, for continuous color. Here is their life cycle in my garden so far this year.
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and the new icon I have reminds me of an OS (original series) Star Trek episode...can you geeks out there think of it?
22 May 2010 @ 05:24 pm
I did some gardening today, planting a couple new batches of flowers, portaluca and celosia. The Celosia will be iffy, considering they really need steady watering and I tend towards drought tolerant plants, but I couldn't resist. They are so bright. I discovered that my lupine patch has spawned a traveler ...half way across the yard I discovered a new shoot with leaves. Not sure how it got there, but I always like surprises. And the rhody outside our front door has burst into purple bloom.
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08 May 2010 @ 04:02 pm
It was a clear blue sunny warm day and so I went out to play/work in the yard. I have a trio of lavenders that I had planted together, to replace a real large one that had gotten woody and sprawled apart. They have grown a good bit, in varying degrees, over the past couple years. So I knew I had to separate them so they could all keep growing. I moved the smallest one just a few feet away in the same bed, but the middle size one I transplanted to a different bed with iffy history ...I hope it will survive. I now need to get some more sand and bone meal to neaten up their surroundings and make sure they are well fed.:)
24 April 2010 @ 03:21 pm
I am finishing yet another book and wondering what I will move on to now.
I am a very eclectic reader, as was my dad (and my mom less so). I feel like I have neglected the classics (esp 18th and 19th centuries) and would like to do one of those next. However some have misfired - I got about a third of the way though War and Peace ,and got bogged down. I started Great Expectations but got bored real quick - though I loved Tale of Two Cities (both by Dickens). I did make it through The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas, but it was a little long. And I did enjoy the biography of John Adams, by David McCullough, which even though it wasn't written long ago it described the events of the 18th and 19th centuries in a very entertaining and eductational way.

I am looking for recommendations - a book from that era that you particularly enjoyed. I enjoy sci fi ,fantasy, historical fiction, thrillers, social commentary, whatever.
I think there was a list circulating a while back that listed the top 30-50 books that you should read (something like that)...but my copy went missing, in case someone remembers it.
thnx :)
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
11 April 2010 @ 05:06 pm
I got to do some garden work today, since the weather cooperated and gave us a sunny day. I pulled a lot of weeds, mostly dandelions (which I kinda enjoyed a little this year for the bright yellow spots, but then realized I had to pull), and discovered more new growth.
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So , what are your spring garden stories so far? Hope you are all enjoying the start of another growing season (at least for those of us north of the Equator, that is:)
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
19 March 2010 @ 10:13 pm
Just downloaded pics from my phone - only problem with a camera phone...it collects pics 'cause it's so handy.
I have a couple from our Vancouver Olympics trip and some signs of spring
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I also took pics of my spreading regular hyacinths (double the number of bulbs planted, at least) but the pics didn't come out ...maybe later
anyway, spring (and spring cleaning) is in the air! :)
Current Mood: chipperchipper
15 February 2010 @ 09:00 am
Last year we had all that snow and this year only rain. Typical Northwest winter. I took a survey of my front yard and took some pics ,'cause the plants think that spring is in the air. We heard a robin in our back yard yesterday,which is always a sign of spring, but also is my crocuses, and they are coming up like clockwork, seemingly more each year. Some other plants are either just doing a lot of foliage (like the yarrow) or sending up leaves in prep for the flower stalks to come (like my tulips and daffodils) which we will start to see after we come back from the Olympics (we leave in two days).
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Current Mood: chipperchipper
18 January 2010 @ 09:22 am
I have the day off, since today is the official recognition of Martin Luther King's birthday and we have it off at work as a holiday. I went out for a walk,which I need to get back to regularly, and took a look at the front yard. I have trimmed back some (severly on my redtwig dogwood), and figured I might do some more work there since it isn't raining yet today. But aside from maybe scrubbing the front walk and driveway (moss) and mulching a few beds (and picking up trimmings) there isn't any real big stuff to do and it'll just get messy again. I think the real cleanup will wait till at least until the first flowers start coming up (primroses and muscari)and that won't be for at least another month. The back yard and patio could use some work, however, but I don't know if I'm motivated enough to do much there yet.

Will have to take the car in to have an oil leak fixed...thought we could stretch it out a bit more, but no. Cars can be such a pain sometimes :( ...

Reading a good series now, the Belgariad, by David Eddings. Nearing the end of the second of 5 books and really enjoying it.
Current Mood: mellowmellow
10 January 2010 @ 06:01 pm
I just finished reading the biography of John Adams that I have been reading. It is quite an enlightening look into the life of our second President. He usually gets overlooked in our history retelling,given much less coverage than Jefferson and Washington, Hamilton and Franklin, who were all contemporaries. He, and his wife Abigail,were well read and well-written, complex individuals who helped this country become what it is, in part. They exchanged many letters on every subject imaginable. Their life together was a love story of partners who encouraged each other to excel in every thing they did , comforted and defended each other when discouraged, and supported each other every step of the way.

Adams and Jefferson had an on and off relationship/friendship,with many letters exchanged over the years, which culminated in a unique historical ending. They both died in the same year on the same day, and the day was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1826.
Both were in failing health but determined to live to see "one more Fourth of July"

Again, I highly recommend the book , John Adams, by David McCulloch.

Now, I'm back to fantasy, starting the Belgariad series by David Eddings (a present from my sweetie)...quite a change of pace, but that's typical for me.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
01 January 2010 @ 08:35 am
I hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year's Eve. We went dancing and were swinging in the New Year with a whole bunch of others. Biggest New Year's Eve party we've been to in years. Great fun. Tired,for sure, but still a lot of fun.

I am still plowing through the John Adams biography. Just finished the part about the presidential election of 1800, between Adams and Jefferson. It is worth noting, especially considering our recent past elections, that we really didn't see much new as far as extreme partisan campaigning. It is distressing to see a debate on issues get bogged down in name-calling and dire predictions of calamity if the other candidate wins. Yet that is just what happened Adams-Jefferson contest over 200 years ago.

These were two men who both had extensive national and foreign affairs experience. Both were heroes of the Revolution and involved in setting up the whole government (Constitution). One was the current President and the other the sitting Vice-President. Both were well-written and well-spoken. But to partisans on both sides the nation was headed for disaster if the other person won. Two prominent names among the partisans,Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, would go on to ignominious ends. Burr would obtain the office of Vice President, but later be tried for treason. Hamilton would go on to foolishly get into a duel (pistols at paces) with Burr and lose his life.

On the other hand, Jefferson would serve as President and help orchestrate the Louisiana Purchase (from France) that would vastly expand the size of our country. Adams would retire to write and farm, and his eldest son, John Quincy, would end up as our sixth President, though his father would not live to see it happen. In an odd occurrence in our history, both Adams and Jefferson would end up dying not only in the same year (1824) but on the very same day. And one would ask about the other on his death bed.

Both of these men are remembered well in our history, though Jefferson usually gets the greater credit. Both were great contributors to the nation we have today. And to their credit they themselves too little part in the bickering of the election of 1800. But it is wise to remember that passions of elections can get out of hand and we are still one nation and we must all work together for the betterment of all, or we will all suffer the consequences.

Happy New Year everyone! :)
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative