Oh Joy...

May. 30th, 2013 05:22 pm
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... budding musician in the apartment complex across from my home office is learning to play the clarinet.

I approve of musicians and understand that drills are necessary, but I am rapidly becoming less fond of "Sakura, Sakura" than I was a day ago.

Also, I have rather frequent headaches now due to eyestrain, so... rrrrrgh.
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Sitting writing on my laptop, warming my toes at the fire, the cat on the back of the easy chair, a cup of organic fair trade hot chocolate in my old Elsinore mug, a silly little Solstic Shrub with purple ornaments on the mantlepiece, and a Great Horned Owl going Hoo-HOOO, hoo, hoo outside my window. Can't see 'er, but I know that sound!
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That "Rivendell Bed" I kept going on about. Recycled iron, rubberwood = fast, renewable tree.

Finally got some sheets/blankets for it other than my old Pennsic sheets.

This new microfiber stuff is soooooooft.



It matches Nana's chair (almost). I have a strong desire to find some kind of wall hanging with leaves and stuff, possibly Art Noveau. The ceiling light is screamingly Art Noveau -- it's glass lilies -- and the bathroom (just past the altar beyond the foot of the bed) is all full of ironwork with leaf finials.

The crappy photo does not really catch the fact that the walls are a soothing, light green in the Eucalyptus range, as is the incredibly squishy comforter. The room's colors are white, dark honey, very pale green.
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A working fireplace (even gas) is better than chocolate. I am sitting in an easy chair with a laptop, and I have fire at my feet.

I suppose I really need to buy curtains. The trees and wall made them nearly unnecessary, but my windows and glass door lose too much heat.

Betcha the bedroom will be snuggly though. Hurray attic rooms (and attics on the second story.)
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I bit the bullet and got a tree trimmer out to work on my patio, because that Eucalyptus had a lot of deadwood up there. But OW, and OW, they hack the top off eucalyptus trees for safety's sake, and it hurt!

They took off my favorite branch... I had told the boss but should've told the guys working for him... that's the one that made a canopy over the patio which I had my wind chimes hanging from.

It will grow back, but now the music I could hear all the time is silent, and there's no thin branches left down low enough for me to hang it (I had a really long sweepy branch that swayed in the wind; the chimes don't tend to ring unless what they're hanging on is moving.)

Next time, I need to look into finding someone who's more like a bonsai master. There has to be some way to trim the dead part without hacking off so much of what gives a tree its shape. I know eucalyptus presents a special problem, though, because it's so fragile and prone to dropping big chunks on houses.

I guess I know I've anchored to a spot when I'm crying over the tree. Never would've thought I'd feel that way about a eucalyptus; they're like sassafras, so transient. But I love the red furry bark on this one; it's like a eucalyptus trying to be a redwood, and it's got these lovely aspen-shaped leaves all different colors, mostly blue-green but also salmon pink and orange.
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Only a month late.

Preview:


LINK: Photo Gallery of the neighborhood lake(s), with ducks, swallows, and other birdies. Also my ugly feet.

Lammas was successful, by the way: tomato/basil linguini with basil, chives and oregano from my garden; shrimp from the local Asian market with Great Swimming Tanks o' Fish. Dish inspired by my favorite lunch at the seafood restaurant by the lake (theirs is better, but I am still happy I cooked something for once).
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I have growing in my very modest garden:

-- Asia pears, most of which are refusing to ripen, but I've got a few ready.
-- Something that is producing profuse quantities of what I take to be miniature plums, and I need to verify this with someone who knows fruit better before I consume too many. They TASTE okay, a bit underripe.
-- Basil, rosemary, two types of thyme, oregano, sage, chives.

On their way:
-- two types of cherry tomatoes, and a Czech tomato of a variety I've never tried before but "small, almost cherry tomato sized, sweet" sounded like the mutant crossbreed my Mom and I invented by accident back in Pennsylvania when I was a kid.

And the jasmine is looking perky, though I'm not sure if it will get another crop of flowers this year or not.

Thank you, goddess.


Now, the question is: what should I cook with these herbs to celebrate? The basil and oregano are the most prolific right now.
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Well, I have splurged and bought the Looks Like It Was Made In Rivendell Bed which I have been coveting from day one (made from sustainable wood and recycled iron!), and still need to get a Really Good Mattress.

more random house chatter )

Also, I say to the two or three people on my flist who care and/or understand about these things:

MANNY RAMIREZ ;aslfk;A@!5outfieldersWTF!!

Um. Well. Er. We needed a bat.
And Torre's used to handling primadonnas.

I don't think I'm going to be getting any work done tonight.

[livejournal.com profile] trekqueen, make sure your tickets for tonight's game get used by somebody. The first game of Manny Ramirez on the west coast, with Randy "The Perfect Game" Johnson vs. Clayton "At Nineteen, Could Be the Next Sandy Koufax" Kershaw in a matchup between two teams scrapping for a division title (nevermind it's a bad division this year; it's still a dogfight)... um... it's big, hon. Big.

Baby Ducks!

Jun. 2nd, 2008 05:46 pm
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There are many, many, many baby ducks. As soon as I can find my camera adapter, I shall post fuzzball pictures.

My aunt came up on the train today-- there is a train station a few miles away-- and we went to investigate a restaurant on a lake in the neighborhood. The lake is pretty. It is full of baby ducks and MONSTER KOI that are (literally) the size of one to two adult mallards.

As a member of this neighborhood, I may take canoes, paddleboats, small saiboats, or rowboats out on the lake! Some of the paddleboats are bicycles on double pontoons, so I may bike to the lake and then bike ON the lake. There are also sailing classes.

And there's an eerily realistic-looking artificial beach with a separate lagoon, kept shallow for safety and warmth.

The lake has a very small island in the middle of it with a few trees and a cozy bench.

I am very tired from walking halfway around the lake.

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