Spring!!!

Mar. 21st, 2012 07:10 pm
felis_lupus: (plant kitteh)
Spring has sprung! Summer, even... it was 80 degrees today. It's going to be 84 tomorrow. I was barefoot in my driveway on Sunday, after washing my car, when it was 78 degrees. We've gotten the little grill out twice, and will probably do so again tomorrow. This is insane. The cats like it, though.


Happiness in a sunbeam... A bit ridiculous, really. Lancelot was enjoying himself waaaay too much.


Spring Peepers are out. Heard them for the first time yesterday, driving home from fencing. Out in force today at the nursery. Plants are coming in, we're opening this weekend. Still kinda disorganized, but it'll be mostly mulch that moves anyway. TIRED, though, from the warm weather and sudden 'ack! we've got to get things organized!' flurry of activity. There are things I must dooooo before spring really gets here!

Looks like most of my plants made it through the winter just fine. The Oakleaf Hydrangea in the terrace was what I was really worried about, and there are plenty of green stems, just waiting for leaves. So. Happy! Iris are coming up with new leaves, Sedum has woken up and is budding, and from the looks of what I pulled up this evening, I'll have plenty of volunteer Nasturtium from seeds dropped last fall... My potato starts should be arriving in a week and a half or so too, very excited to try them!

The bad bits: Ticks. In the backyard for all of 5 minutes on Sunday, picked 2 deer tick off of my jeans and shoes. Ick ick ick.

Washed the car! I have a RED car! Who knew? My poor, dear car... hopefully she'll make it another winter (and then another summer, since winter is the hard part)... New rear brakes yesterday, not cheap, but I certainly got my money's worth out of the original set. Almost 180,000 miles. I'd say we're doing OK. Timing belt is due soon... hnnggghhh... :\

[personal profile] kurlon has shiny new glasses now. He's amazed at the world in HD. I guess they've been a while in coming. We picked them out last Monday, and I think he's glad to be seeing things again.

[livejournal.com profile] ninian_vesalius and I are headed to New Jersey and MUDTHAW this Friday night. Getting there laaaaate (or earrrrrly, depending on point of view). Glad things don't really get going till 11:30. Aiming to be onsite by 11. Lots and lots of fencing, I hope! Can't wait to see everybody and play OUTSIDE!

Perks

Mar. 13th, 2012 03:12 pm
felis_lupus: (plant kitteh)
Couldn't take it anymore... got the patio set out of the greenhouse, and have absconded with the boss's laptop, which has remote access to my computer, and wireless. Life, it is good.



Still doing mindless paperwork today, but it's 65 degrees out, the sun is on my back, the breeze is warm, and there are birds singing in the trees. I'll take it.
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Two lovely weekends, productive and fun!

Last weekend, I went up to IDD for their Baronial Investiture Anniversary, fenced all day, laughed and talked long into the night, and generally had a wonderful time. Missed a couple people, saw most of the others I'd hoped to see, and got to catch up with everybody. Can't wait to visit again at Panteria at the end of May. Photos from the event are here:
03-03 BIA



This weekend was Sewing Weekend at The Arboretum. Got stuff accomplished! Finally finished (started, and finished) my new fencing armor shirt (only took 6 months!). Mickel finished a shirt for Max, a chemise for her, and an opera cloak to use with the steampunk garb. Syd started and finished the shell of her cloak (with the enthusiastic help of Lancelot, expert fabric weight). Now we need to wait for the trim and faux fur to do the lining, and she'll be stylin'. And warm. Iain finished his linen hood too, so I call the weekend a success.

And, it was almost 65 degrees out, so we opened the door to let some sunlight and warmth in. Galahad approved.
felis_lupus: (Howl)
Dear Head Cold that Ate the East Kingdom,

I am certain that you are having splendid amounts of fun hanging out in my sinuses and throat, but it is time for you to go. I am going to Montreal this weekend. I have three other people depending on me to get to the event on Saturday, and I intend to follow through with that. With vocal cords intact and in full working order, thanks very much.

You've stayed your hour. Leave me alone now.
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Except for the whole 'getting up at 6:30 on my day off' bit, weekend so far has been pretty relaxing.

[personal profile] kurlon sold the bike we went down to NJ last July to the guy who had it before the guy who gave it to him did, so up we got, on our day off, to drive down to Connecticut to do the exchange. I got my coffee and pastry, loaded up Good Omens on the ipod, and took a nap for a while while [personal profile] kurlon drove. We went through sun, clouds, snow squalls, and sun again, and arrived at my favorite deli right on time. Met the guy, unloaded the trailer and truck, and proceeded to have a lovely lunch before heading back home. More nap, more snow squalls, and back at the house by 3:30. Not bad. Had we waited another 6 hours, I guess we could have had dinner there with [livejournal.com profile] pet_spider, but neither of us could have really shifted schedules... next time.

Puttering and repotting/refreshing some of the houseplants that have needed it for a while were the tasks of the afternoon. I am rooting more angel-wing begonia, if anybody wants one... MOAR PLANTS! Also have a few hardy(!?) orchids that I need to decide if I want to order or not before the coupon expires on Thursday.

Tomorrow - photos and inventory of alllll the houseplants. It's time. There have been some new additions and some losses over the last year...
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Had a simply wonderful time at the Tourney O' Love on Saturday! Endewearde is so much fun. I love fencing with all those folks, and the little brick church holds such happy memories for me. Also enjoying how much fun it is to travel with Max & Mickel & Ninian. It's a most enjoyable ride to wherever we go.

Tourney!! I did better in my pool than I ever have before, going 6-3. I should have won one I didn't, could have won one I didn't, and have absolutely no shame about losing the last (Jehan). So much fun, all my bouts. The A&S projects and performances were delightful. I missed most of the fighting; did a quick class on Miniatum for Gwillim's little scribal group, and I think I have them on their way to doing better gold leaf.

Was wonderful to have Their Highnesses there too! Court at the end of the day was relatively short, but three Endeweardeans received their AOAs, well deserved all. Feast was quick but very tasty, and we were all home (and zonked out asleep, me at least) by 11:30.

Photos from the day are here, none of the fencing (I was kinda busy). Other folks took pictures too, hope to see them soon! Congrats to Don Jordan, winner of the fencing tourney and awesome cloak prize, His Highness Sir Kenric for winning the Heavy Tourney, Lord Gwillim for winning the A&S portion, and again, Vey, for winning the coveted Pink Baldric and title of Champeen O' Luv.
02-18 Tourney O' Love

Little bit muscle-achey on Sunday, but not too bad. My arm, though, is still a bit sore and stiff. I am really hoping this is not the new post-fencing/tourney "normal" because I don't much like it.

Excited, though, for next weekend, because Our Lovely Princess will be attending IDD's Baronial Investiture Anniversary as well! May the silliness commence.
felis_lupus: (plant kitteh)
It appears to be spring, already. Middle of February. Been 40+ degrees during the day all week, next week doesn't look any different. The maple sap has been flowing for 2 weeks now, almost 3 weeks ahead of schedule.

I'm not ready for spring yet. We didn't even have winter. There's still snow around the house, but that won't last much longer. The driveway at work is a mudpit... I am definitely not ready for mud season.

But in two weeks the little baby plants will come in, and the greenhouse will be wonderful. R and I have some work to do in it beforehand (I'm getting a new potting table! One that's the proper height! And maybe won't collapse... that will be nice); there are a gazillion pots to put price stickers on, hooks to hang for baskets, and a little bit of re-routing of driplines, now that the tables are in a more efficient (I think) layout. Or were, till the boss moved them. "We made narrower aisles! Look how much space we have now!" he said, ever so pleased with himself. Yes, I said, except the aisles *needed* to be 4' wide, because that's how wide the gaps between the hanging basket hooks are. Despite his protests of 'oh, it'll be fine', I walked over and found the row that, were it full of baskets, would hang precisely down the middle (ie, walking space) of two tables, right at head height. I am not ducking around baskets, thankyouverymuch. I clunk my head on them quite enough as it is. I actually got him to agree with me. The tables will be moved back to the way they were. I'm the one that has to work/live up there, I'd better be able to do it efficiently and safely.

I am pretty much done with the miserable headcold; my faucet of a nose shut off on Wednesday night, but I worked from home yesterday anyway. Better to be miserable at my desk at home and not have my boss complaining at me. All set for Tourney o' Luuuv tomorrow. We head out bright and early, return late. 'Twill be a good day.

Blurgh.

Feb. 15th, 2012 03:40 pm
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As [livejournal.com profile] lumineaux said in a different forum, the Head Cold that Ate the East Kingdom continues to claim victims.

Three weekends straight of socialization and SCA events, thought I had escaped unscathed. It appears not... Scratchy throat starting last Monday, thought I might have had strep by Tuesday, went to the quick care on a lunch break, swab came back negative. Glad of that, at least. What I ended up with was a sore throat for most of the week, turning into sneezing and OMG TIRED on Friday night, and now faucet nose since yesterday noonish. Done now. Can haz siphon for my head, plz? The Sudafed, it appears to do nothing...

Fencing helped a little bit last night, I tried to stab the germs away, but they're wily little things... Left work early today, I should have probably just stayed home, but I at least brought the folder of photos that need to be uploaded home with me so I can be miserable at my own computer tomorrow if things don't improve.

Hoping this is DONE by Friday night, because I would really, really like to go to Tourney of Love on Saturday and not be either miserable and drippy or a plague rat. Fencing! Friends! Socialness! I wants them!
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Day 2 of 'Relax, Dammit' weekend is a go. Sorta. Successful relaxation was had yesterday. The afternoon brought a cuppa tea, Chocolat on DVD, and a purring Galahad in my lap through most of it (after I finished folding laundry). The cold has indeed settled in. More tea today, and zinc, and hot shower to try and minimize the damage. Blugh.

Project for the day - clean up the complete disaster that is my craft room. I know it can be organized, I know it. Also in doing so I will find the boxes for the snowmen and houses that are still out everywhere from Christmas... Time to put them away... Also, vacuuming and possibly taking stock of houseplants. Have gone through a little bit of attrition since last year, I think.

Two years ago this weekend, the house was in much more need of cleaning out, but it was OURS. Happy truck day for the Red Sox (Wednesday), happy two-year signing anniversary for us. Happy cats now in my lap that were still at the shelter two years ago, but we knew they'd be coming to join us soon.
felis_lupus: TADPOLE. Joe Cartoon (tadpole)
Long week. Glad it's done. No. Plans. For. This. Weekend. Other than sleeping till noon and possibly spending the rest of at least Saturday in PJs and fluffy bathrobe. First Saturday in a month (possibly more, what did I do on Jan. 7?) that I don't have anywhere to be. Granted, everywhere I wanted/needed to be on those past several Saturdays was somewhere wonderful, but travel does exhaust oneself... Now, onto relaxation. Dinner. Stuff.

And because it amuses me, a meme:


You are The Sun


Happiness, Content, Joy.


The meanings for the Sun are fairly simple and consistent.


Young, healthy, new, fresh. The brain is working, things that were muddled come clear, everything falls into place, and everything seems to go your way.


The Sun is ruled by the Sun, of course. This is the light that comes after the long dark night, Apollo to the Moon's Diana. A positive card, it promises you your day in the sun. Glory, gain, triumph, pleasure, truth, success. As the moon symbolized inspiration from the unconscious, from dreams, this card symbolizes discoveries made fully consciousness and wide awake. You have an understanding and enjoyment of science and math, beautifully constructed music, carefully reasoned philosophy. It is a card of intellect, clarity of mind, and feelings of youthful energy.


What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

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What a weekend. I'm still achy, but K&Q Rapier was fantastic. So much fencing! (Possibly overdid it a bit on the arm, but it'll grow back...) So wonderful to see (and stab) so many friends! There were 4 in my round robin pool that were also in it last year... oh well. I won 4, lost 5. Should have won a few I didn't, but that will get better. Christian tried on the Tuesday before to try and fix my TourneyBrain, and I think it helped a bit.

From my checklist, I did finish the laundry, did the tweaks to the scroll, and... that's it. Armor shirt and gorget repair are put off, again. Perhaps done before Tourney O' Love next weekend. I even had an extra day; mom called Thursday night and said, "Don't come down. Your dad has the flu". OK by me not getting sick, thank you mom! Fortunately was able to finagle crash space with [livejournal.com profile] elmer42 and [livejournal.com profile] dervishspin on Saturday night. Thank you thank you thank you. After-party at Camelot was lovely too. Got puppy time with Uno. Happy.

Fenced lots, schemes were schemed, so excited and happy for [livejournal.com profile] isabel_london, my newest Silver Rapier Sister! Congrats to new King's Champion [livejournal.com profile] nomadmwe, and JP, Queen's Champion. Court was good, lots of AoAs (both in the AM and PM courts), [livejournal.com profile] lanome's Laureling was wonderful, and I still didn't sit down enough. Took a gazillion photos, though. (please feel free to share)

02-04 Rapier Champs


Silver Rapier for Isabel


02-05 Logees



I figured too, that since it was only another hour south of where I already was, I would make my (what is turning out to be annual) pilgrimage to Logee's Greenhouse. Had a coupon for basically a free plant, so why not? Was wonderful, and exactly what I needed. Warm, humid, full of good smells and flowers, and a kitty. Came home with some new treasures; 3 new hoya, a kalanchoe with little orange bellflowers, and a pink shrimp plant. New pots for them tonight!

Emotional weekend. Said goodbye to Xavier, will be too long till we meet again in person. Still not quite real. Won't be, I don't think, until I go up to Montreal in March, and am staying with other friends... Much longer drive to fence with him now. So glad we had some good, good fights on Saturday. Sigh.
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Before this Friday, in fact. All done by Thursday night. When, exactly? I'm not sure... I'll manage.

  • Laundry. Birka garb has exploded all over the dining room, and though [personal profile] kurlon doesn't appear to be bothered by it at all, it is truly driving me nuts. Also. Running out of socks.
  • Small tweaks on the scroll for Saturday. Got a few things to detail a little more, and something to add, if I can find a spot.
  • Armor Repair. Need. to. make. a. new. shirt. Dammit. Have the fabric, won't take long to put together at ALL. Perhaps can finish it Friday night, any hand-sewing I need to do... Note to self - add fabric to laundry tonight. Cut & start sewing tomorrow. Finish Thursday? Suuurrre... (perhaps I'll bring it to the office to amuse myself whilst waiting for the post-work obligations that are timed such that it's not feasible to go home and then head back out again...)
  • Armor Repair. Gorget padding is getting kinda fuzzy. Not bad, and not dangerous, but looks ugly. Easy fix. But will I do it?


And looking through my to-do list I made after GNEW last year... To do for soon, but not immediately - Tent Door. And loops. And stakes (hrm, still need to talk to [livejournal.com profile] crazyroman, but I know he's crazy busy. Before GNEW. When the heck am I gonna have time? I think I have a free weekend again innnnn... April? Maybe. Pfeh.

Also, it has been three days since Birka. Still healthy. Apparently did not get typical BirkaCrud. Woo!
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Home from Birka. Wonderful Event. I think (at least at the moment) that I've escaped any crud that may have been floating around.

Saw lots of folks, did not fence much at all (and thereby saved my sanity, though it seems the tourney went much better this year), marshaled a bit which was fun, held guard duty for the Royal Room, did a few quick run-throughs of the merchant area, and was pleased to be able to accompany Their Majesties and Hignesses of the East into court with the rest of Woolfe's Companies. Biggest hooray at court goes to [livejournal.com profile] ludicrose and Aneleda, newest Court Baron and Baroness. I did not take a single photo all weekend, but please enjoy the ones of Aneleda's gift scroll.

Baronage Gift for Aneleda


Left court early, couldn't hear a thing hanging out in the back with all the fencers anyway. Lovely dinner, interrupted only by Lucien, who I followed back to court, because he said "Thomas de Castellan needs to see you." Why? I asked... "I dunno..." So, back to court, pulled away from my soon-to-be-arriving dinner and chocolate martini... Because Thomas made an offhand comment of "where's Camille? I miss her!", so off went Lucien to find me... He owes me another chocolate martini for interrupting the first one.

Post-dinner, got drawn into one fencer vortex after another, and missed most of the ball. Wonderful, wonderful socialization with my friends though, it was worth missing the dancing. There are Plans Afoot. Muaha. Muahahaha. Ha. Got to the ball in time for Korobushka, some weird Pinwheel thing (what in the world did I just do??), and Gay Gordons. Fun.

Spent some time (though not enough) with Xavier, before he moves to Seattle in a week and a half. Ye gods I'm gonna miss him... :(

Nice visit with my parents and a trip to the Currier Museum of Art on the way home with Max and [livejournal.com profile] anna_mickel. Haven't been there in years, and not since the renovations. Very nice.
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Photos from last weekend's Tree Burn at [livejournal.com profile] mylisant's house are up!
01-07 Tree Burn

[livejournal.com profile] anastasia and Ivan's tree was the biggest and brightest, as usual, Fionn discovered a new way to roast marshmallows, and it was determined that Balsam Fir generally burns better than Fraser Fir. Strange without any snow, but nothing burned up or down that wasn't supposed to.
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This is where the kitties stayed for most of the day yesterday, curled up in bed. I'd have liked to too... (and they're finally using their bed! Galahad likes to smush the sides down so he can get closer to the heat registers, but after a year and a half, we finally found the right spot for the snuggly soft kitty bed.)

I did take a snow day, though, and stay home from work. Made the right call, as [livejournal.com profile] kurlon said when he finally got to work that the roads were "snotty". Eeeeew. Mostly snow, mixed with some freezing rain/crud. Got the retail order done at least, because I was smart and brought the catalog home on Wednesday night, anticipating that things would be as bad as they indeed were on Thursday morning. Called S at the office around 8:30 to let her know I wasn't lying in a ditch somewhere.

There's more expected today, so I did not shovel the front walkway. I'll get to that tomorrow, otherwise it becomes a skating rink. All told, only 2 or 3 inches, maybe, but it looks like it may actually stick around for a while. Going in to work shortly here; roads should be OK for the moment, could be more interesting this afternoon. Wheeee.

EDIT 11:20PM - Weather actually got better. Rained all morning, and then the sun came out. Not bad, if rather cold... Whatever combination of temperature/pressure/humidity we currently have though, is making my once-broken-now-steel-reinforced arm talk to me, and it's not the most pleasant of sensations... sigh.
felis_lupus: (Lancelot)
Eyup. My cat. Drinking out of the watering can, by dipping his paw in and licking the water off his toe-hawks. When there is a perfectly good kitty bowl by the counter. Oh, Galahad... you're so cute.
(video on iPhone by [livejournal.com profile] kurlon)
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Just enough snow out there (FINALLY) to make the landscape pretty, and to make all the people on the roads forget how to drive.

3 accidents on the way to work this morning, 2 within a half mile of the office. One lady looked like she'd parked her jeep very neatly in a ditch, and there was something big that happened right across the street at the quarry, but the number of vehicles around made it impossible to see what.

Me, no problems driving in, except for having to follow someone going 25 mph in a 50 for about 10 miles... the 6 other people in front of me in that little parade were getting pretty frustrated too, but there was no getting around this terrified person. The roads had been treated, and were nearly clear. Just wet, with a little ridge of slush up the middle where the tires weren't hitting. Sigh.

I expect about an inch, maybe two, by the time I head home. Hopefully it won't freeze into a sheet of ice before then.

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] kurlon brought home the most expensive 320x320 digital camera I will ever hold in my hands on Wednesday. Borrowed the IR camera from work, to see where the cold spots are in the house, and see which ones are semi-feasible to fix. We of course had to take some pictures of the cats too.
IR Cats

I love my glowy-eyed fluorescent demon kittes. :)
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Broken Tree
Originally uploaded by gshower7
So, back to work today, after a week off, in which I did roughly NOTHING that I'd planned on doing. Sure, house got vacuumed, dishes washed, laundry done (and folded! And CSI is not the best thing to watch during lunch...). Some gourmet grilled cheese eaten (apples make things better), some not-so-gourmet ramen as well. But tasty.

Anywho, back to work. Catching up on emails, finding all the things that somebody (coughMYBOSScough) moved and put on my desk in the week I was gone (and I'd even cleared it off before I left! bah.), running through a small pile of paperwork and plant confirmations that came in. About 10:00, I finally glanced out the back window. Saw a rather large limb down across some of the back tables. Didn't think much of it. We lose branches back there all the time. There's a bunch of pine trees, pine trees like to drop limbs. Fortunately it's all been during the night, when nobody's back there shopping.

My eyes traveled up, to see if I could find where this one broke off, and what do I see, but more limbs, and tree top, and... TREE. Eep. Holy crap! My co-worker said it came down in the crazy wind we had the day after Christmas.

I liked that pine tree... I thought it was one of the healthy ones, apparently not. Rotten to the core. It took out the skinny ash tree (which was not healthy) next to it too. Fell in just the right spot. If it had fallen away from the woods, we'd be doing shop repairs, and possibly repairs to the office. That's a good 75 feet of tree there. The guys are gonna have some clean up work to do. It seems pretty stable where it is (knock on wood), and the wind shouldn't be bad the rest of the week.

I think my shade tables are going to be a bit less shady next summer...
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Icy Branches
Originally uploaded by gshower7
Could have been worse, I suppose.

Hrmph. I had a bunch of stuff I wanted to say here. Gone now.

It rained all night, and through most of today, and the trees are still covered in a thin layer of ice. It looks like spider silk.

We're off to see 2011 out on its sorry behind in a little while. The only really bad thing that happened to me personally was crashing (more than once) and breaking myself and my motorcycle. But in the long run, grand-scheme-of-things, not bad at all. Life, fortunately, goes on. For all of us.

Here's to a new year, a fresh start (for some), keeping up with ourselves, and moving forward.

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