Saturday, February 6, 2016

Amaryllis blossom


This is a present (which I had hoped to complete and give last November, but whatever). It's a little more pink than it looks here, but Sara liked it well enough I think. And I practiced increasing and decreasing, so I learned something new!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Watching the birds

The tub one on the right is the really squirrel-proof one.
When they jump on it, it slides down. The one with the
baffle they love. They just hop on from the windowsill
and camp out there.
After much effort, I have finally settled on a more or less acceptable mode of bird (and squirrel) feeding. The squirrels ate two suet feeders, and then they ate one of those long tube feeders (literally. they ate the feeders, not the seed. Well, they ate that too but they also ate the feeders). So I got a "squirrel-proof" feeder, which is now the squirrel-feeder. Then I tried AGAIN and this time finally got a really squirrel-proof feeder. So far anyways!

New suet feeder. They're already nibbling on it and they
popped it open so I had to fix it and put twist ties on
but so far they haven't actually eaten the feeder.
Anyways, they're cheap.
I've seen chickadees, which I love, nuthatches, which I never know how to pronounce, a possible woodpecker, what might have been a junco, and a....purple finch? I am rather doubtful on that last one, since it isn't exactly the right time of year for them, but the weather has been so weird anything is possible.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Quilts in progress

I am determined to start finishing some projects. I've had this one since I was 16 and I am now....probably 33? so it's definitely time. I hauled it to work today to lay it out and pin the layers.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Apple Crisp

cortland apples, a little extra sugar, butter on top and 10 minutes broiler, cinnamon

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Settled in for the winter

Calla lilies and a mini pot with chive seeds

Moved my indoor plant to the work table (no, I don't remember what it's called other than "thing you probably will not kill")

The pots are planted!

Amaryllis saved from last year in the individual pots, one long pot of amaryllis, one long pot of paperwhites, and one big round tub of paperwhites. There are some iris bulbs in there, but I don't know if they'll grow.

Ivy, polka dot plants, and pansies seedlings squished to the end.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Vacation Day 9; or, It is over

small stack left to review

Technically the weekend. Drizzly and gray outside, so I'm glad I finished the gardens.
large stack waiting to go back to the library
GIANT stack still to be read
  • I got dressed (hey, every small achievement counts)
  • Cybiling
  • 4 short reviews
  • Reviewed Big Red Kangaroo, Bee Dance, 2 titles from Jump's Way to Grow series
  • Chocolate break
  • Wrote a review for another Jump title and then the internet went down and of course it didn't save. Wrote it again *mutter*
  • Another Jump title reviewed.
  • 7 brief reviews
  • reviewed Desmond's Blue Whale
  • If anyone's interested, in my backup blog I have 16 fiction reviews, 3 misc. (mostly some aware wrap-ups for the end of the year), 13 nonfiction, 7 picture books, 2 ra ra read posts, 6 board books, and 7 easy readers. 16 of these posts are still drafts.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle dinner break
  • Reviewed Pig and Pug
  • Reviewed Stinky Cecil for No Flying No Tights
  • Reviewed Hamster Holmes and Don't throw it to Mo
  • Reviewed board book
  • another break
  • Reviewed My pet human
  • Reviewed a series for No Flying No Tights.
And that's it. vacation is over.