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I don't make things often enough these days, but...



Thanks to my friend Lynne for the idea! Last August, I was lamenting the fact that I don't cook fast enough to keep up with my bay tree / California myrtle, and she suggested I prune it for the solstice and make a wreath. It smells lovely! 

I cheated and used a few twists of craft wire to bind the first few branches, then wove in lots more.

In other news, I have not yet blown away. However, we're having another round of wildwinds.

Parrots.

Apr. 4th, 2010 05:41 pm
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I finally got pictures of the little (or not so little) buggers when they came back after the earthquake-kerfluffle.

They're perched in the top of an 80-foot eucalyptus, so my camera zoom was struggling.



I've been trying to track them for weeks for the California Parrot Project.

I am very pleased! I am now certain they are Red-Crowned Parrots, an endangered species. May they live long and prosper!

Except I'm a little worried: there were more of them last year. This year I'm only seeing 2-3 at a time.
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Exhibit A: The Watermelon Hammock
AKA "Uses for orphaned socks"



Exhibit B: Photo of me I don't despise
Blurry pic from my aunt's iPhone

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A holiday card from Samhain and me! (Yes, it's snowing tonight!)

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So, anyway, photos from Turkey Day. Mum and I trekked over to Snow Canyon at the edge of town on Thanskgiving, and headed over to a city park called Pioneer Park on Sunday. We stayed until sunset both days, so some of these have fairly dim lighting, but yes, the rock really is that red -- this is only an hour's drive from Zion National Park.

Here's 2 thumbnail previews and an adorable packrat who was dismayed to find us in front of its burrow.

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http://sepdet.istad.org/album/stgeorge/packrat.jpg

Clickie to see many more photos... )




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I'll always think of you now when I do this. I hadn't carved a pumpkin in several years when I visited you last year, and sharing it with your family reminded me why I loved this holiday so much as a kid.




When I bought the pumpkin a few hours ago at  Trader Joe's, I saw a  huge crowd of tiny wee things assembling for the local costume contest, all dressed up. There were still quite a lot of Darth Vaders running around after all these years! I just wish it were still safe and considered normal for trick or treaters... I miss that part.

Just 'cause it's Samhain for me now doesn't mean I'm going to give up the silly stuff. Real holidays can mean something important and still let the kids play!

Happy Samhain, everyone!

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