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October 31, 2012

Remains of the Day

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Happy what’s-left-of-Halloween to you!  It is just after 8pm on Halloween as I am typing this post.  It was a last minute decision to write this post, as was my decision to carve this jack-o-lantern.  With my girls no longer of trick-or-treating age, the threat of Hurricane Sandy and our Murder Mystery party this past weekend, regular ol’Halloween kind of took a back seat around here.  I just bought candy for potential  trick-or-treaters  yesterday and then I remembered we had no pumpkin to carve and enjoy the roasted seeds.  I carved this fellow at 5pm this evening.  We’ve had a total of 3 trick-or-treaters tonight.

Because of this lack of creatures of the night ringing the doorbell, I’ll be eating far too much of this over the coming days:
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Each time I walk through the kitchen, I am popping these in my mouth:

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Perhaps a little better than all the candy, right?

Hurricane Sandy turned out not to be a Frankenstorm at all in these parts, for which I am extremely grateful. Our power stayed on the whole duration of the storm and we just had a rainy, windy day off from school.  Trying my best to send positive thoughts to those left in need by Sandy.

How did you weather storm my reader friends?  How was your Halloween?

May 15, 2011

And the rain, rain, rain, came down, down, down

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This is what it feels like here today, so I thought to myself, “Self, how about taking some pictures of all the plants you bought at the garden center yesterday?  Good idea, Self.  That is certainly more cheerful than pouring rain.”

Every May, I make a trip to my local garden center, 16 Acres Garden Center, to stock up on veggies, herbs, annuals, and usually a couple perennials to add to my gardens and landscape.  Years ago, when my mother still lived in the area, my mother and I, and sometimes my sister, would make what we called the annual “pilgrimage” to 16 Acres to spend gift certificates.  Now the trip is usually just me, but I look forward to it each year.  This is my take for this year:

veggies & herbs

Tomatoes, jalepenos, cucumbers, zucchini, basil and parsley are pictured here.  Unfortunately, they didn’t have the other hot peppers that I want in stock.  I’ll still be on the lookout for cayennes and thai dragons.

annuals

This tray contains some filler items for my containers like the spike in the back, and the ivy in the front, marigolds for the border of my garden, a bee balm perennial plant (supposedly hummingbirds love them), and some snapdragons.  Garden tip: I plant marigolds along my garden fence to help discourage critters from being attracted to my veggies; many critters don’t like the smell.  To further discourage exploration of my vegetables, I plant the hot peppers just inside the garden fence.  This combination has been working for me for many years now.  Give it a try if you have critter issues.  Even if you don’t like hot peppers, you could make some hot sauce or salsa with them or give them away to your neighbors who do like them.  Or if you are local, you could give them to me! 😉

I thought some of the other lovely specimens I purchased yesterday deserved their own photos.  Even though there is not much sunshine to be had today, I found a nice little protected spot near my front step to set up these shots.  The use of the nifty-fifty lens gave me plenty of light and a pretty focus.

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Dwarf dahlia

dianthus

Dianthus

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Verbena

geranium

Geranium.  I know one of our blogging friends says she doesn’t like geranium, but I think maybe even Tracy might have to admit this one is kind of pretty, maybe Tracy?

columbine

In addition to the bee balm, this is the other perennial I bought this year – columbine.  I was reminded of columbine in this lovely post of Robin’s.  Robin hadn’t seen columbines before and was really taken by them – so much so they are in her current blog header.  I have a few columbine around the yard, but don’t really get a ton of blooms.  I also have some kind of strange looking double columbine (click to see my Flickr photo), but I don’t find them as photogenic as the traditional single blooms.

I’ll still need a few more purchases to complete my plant shopping for this spring, but yesterday was a good start.  If anyone local spies those peppers I’m looking for please let me know!  I also have my eyes out for a trumpet vine; I’d be happy for a suggestion of a place to find one.

December 5, 2010

A Party Day

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Teddy was ready for a party! But, no, he didn’t get to go.  Daphne and Teddy had to be content with the new marrow bones they received as bribery for good behavior while we were to be out of the house for many hours.

Saturday was one of those days that I look forward to: one spent with great friends.  This group of friends has a unique relationship.  We are a group of five couples who have been friends for 20+ years. We started out as young singles, and now our teenaged kids are friends with each other.  It is a wonderful feeling.  We met up at one couple’s house for a Christmas get-together.

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Their tree looked gorgeous set up in the big picture window, and gave me the chance to play a bit more with the 50mm lens.

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Ooh! Christmas light bokeh! Yay, my first shot at it this year.

We had a great day of awesome food, good wine, a Yankee gift swap of “white elephants”, game playing ( I was introduced to “Apples to Apples” – have you ever played?  A ton of fun!) and laughter to the point of tears.

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Ingredients for food made for pot-luck dinner: $23

Bottle of wine: $1o

Filling tank of gas before hour-long ride: $50

Day spent with the best of friends: Priceless