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!
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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.
felis_lupus: (plant kitteh)
Spring has sprung. There are springs sproinging up all over the place, with all the rain we've been getting.

I checked and re-checked the weather and the radar up till the moment I left the house this morning, in the hopes that it would change, and I could ride Giovanni to work, and not get caught in the 40mph winds and horrific thunderstorms that were forecast for my evening ride home. It was not to be. In the car I went. Sigh. Chilly afternoon, even though it was close to 65 or 70 out, there was a cool breeze. And the rain made everything soggy soggy soggy...

Though it is spring. The red-winged blackbirds are back. And almost more significantly, the ice cream shop on my way home is open! I was seriously craving a soft-serve as I left work. It is quite possible I willed them into being open. Now to use my powers for awesome and will their coffee/strawberry machine back to working order...

Tomorrow will be a day of VROOM with [livejournal.com profile] mylisant! This makes me very very happy! :)
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Sultry
Originally uploaded by gshower7
I am ignoring the white stuff falling down outside. It will be gone soon.

This is a shameless kitty post.

We had the front door open yesterday, and the cats approved of the perfectly warmed front hallway. Gratuitous floof photos lay beyond here... Don't say I didn't warn you.
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Spring Moon
Originally uploaded by gshower7
Spring is here, spring is here! It's not snowing (though it's only 26 degrees out...), the sun is shining, and I've got the day off. Life is goood.

I did get outside, too, at 12:30 AM or so (agh, need to change the time on my camera for daylight savings...), with my camera and tripod (and should have worn gloves. Brr.), and stared up at the sky for a little while.

Big bright moon, perfectly clear night. Gorgeous.

The first photo I took also had some stars in it. I will need to play with this fantastic camera a bit more, when it's warmer in the evenings, and there is not quite so much moonlight. I have tried taking star photos and a lot of moon photos before , but I have so much more control over every single setting on this camera, I bet I can get some better ones. This was the 'Chaste Moon', according to English Medieval tradition... It was beautiful. Everything outside was bathed in blue light, reflecting off the snow that still covers the land here.

Stones are poking through, though. I am excited to see my terrace again; this year, I know what I am going to put there (Hydrangea quercifolia, Oakleaf Hydrangea), and will do it, before fall! So pretty... Much soil amending to be done first, and the Battle of the Sumac and Raspberry will continue... I made a good dent last year, but there is much ground to be gained and much compost to be spread.

SPRING!

Mar. 18th, 2011 07:15 pm
felis_lupus: (plant kitteh)

Snow Violas
Originally uploaded by gshower7
Annnd here's what's been going on...

It was 68 degrees today. EEEEEEEE!

We had the greenhouse WIDE open at work (I wish I still only had a 5-minute drive to home so I could have opened all the windows and aired out the house).

And it certainly was WINDY. Changed all the air in the greenhouse too, which was a Good Thing. 40-50mph gusts made the house sway, which made all the hanging baskets sway, which made the risk of clunking my head all the greater, but it was worth it...

Our seeds came in at work! I now have a packet of 'Brightest Brilliant Rainbow' Quinoa sitting on my desk... an experiment for this year. Seems to be pretty easy to grow. I'll have to pick some up at the store, just to see if I even like it. It will at least be pretty!And not take up a whole lot of space, since I don't really even have a garden yet. Big buckets, maybe, for this year... hrm.

The little violas are blooming! So I chopped their heads off and stuck them in the snow! Pretty! And there are lots more where they came from.

The motorcycles have been out these last two days... Giovanni is calling me from the garage... I tell him, there is still too much sand on the roads, and the snowbanks are too high, and motorists don't know motorcycles exist yet... wait just a few more weeks. Ready for vroomVroomVROOMvroomVroomvroomVROOM... and 56mpg... hope for a sunny spring/summer... it can rain at night, after I'm home.

I have two scrolls to finish for Coronation. Shouldn't be too much trouble at all. Shiny and gold! Eee!

The highschool kids just won their one-act play regional competition. Two weeks of sewing our fingers off to make their costumes was worth it! And, we got my great-grandmother's sewing machine dusted off, oiled, and working again! Purrs like a kitten... Hasn't been touched, I don't think, in about 20 years. Once we got the right manual for it and figured out how to put the needle, and the bobbin, and the thread all in properly, it stopped breaking threads and skipping stitches too!

Finished a wee little vest to further improve my Steampunk attire, plans are to attend the Steampunk Industrial Revolution in Nashua next weekend. And discovered last week that the buttonholer for said 1952 Singer sewing machine works beautifully. There are 9 buttonholes on the little vest. I will not be tearing my hair out trying to get the Viking to behave. No. More. Fussing. With. Buttonholes. EVAR. Squee.

Snow is going away, bit by bit. We can see the firepit in the backyard again! I bet we could see more of it if we trudged down there and really got a good fire going... maybe we could even clear some of the backyard that way... hmmm....

Lancelot, our lovey, but thought to be deaf-as-a-post kitteh, appears to be getting some of his hearing back. He's talky more, which generally means he can hear at least miaous, and the 'look, he's completely deaf, right behind the ears and watch the no-reaction-at-all-from-the-cat' on Sunday resulted in a flinching and vaguely disquieted stripey kitteh. Better hearing? Dunno... reactions are not consistent at all...He also has lately taken to following me into the bathroom, yowling a bit, and flopping on the rug by the sink to have his tummy rubbed... strange cat... good acoustics in there, maybe?

This Sunday is the first day of Spring. Full Moon is supposed to be incredible. We may even be able to see it. Time to get the camera and tripod out!!
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Another day of springlike warmth. It's only around 50 or so, so I need a sweatshirt if I'm not moving around much, but I'm not complaining... last of the plants are moved, all the rest were picked up and tucked in for winter as of yesterday afternoon. All snug.

Customers... customers confuse me. A lady came in this morning (I was in the loader, couldn't stop and jump out and say "hi!" as quickly as I'd have liked to...), and I watched her walk up to the front door, try the handle, read the GIANT sign I'd stuck in the windows that said "we're closed, but come up to the office for assistance!", try the handle again, read stare at the sign again, play with the door handle yet a third time, and give up and go back to her car. I had managed to park the loader by this point, and did get to at least be polite and say hello (she was looking for a wreath, no wreaths this year... "did you sell them all already?!" er... no........) before she left, to continue her search.

Seriously, though... three attempts on the same door, obviously not moving (yes, the door handle turns... but the door is bolted from the inside, into 6" of concrete. Not. Moving.), and there's a nice, friendly sign that says "nope, not here! try the other building!", you are not going to get inside. No matter how much you think you want to. We are keeping you out for a reason.

Ah well... back to the mulch, I suppose.
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I do not want to be at work today.

I want to be out on my motorcycle.

It is December 3, in Maine. It is at least 65 degrees out. The sun is drying the roads from the MONSOON and high wind storm we got this morning, and I do not want to be at work right now, piling perennials (which are no longer frozen) up for the winter.

It was one of the more surreal experiences I've had when I answered the phone and talked about Christmas trees today. Global warming, much?

Nah. Just a beautiful, beautiful day.

December 3 is a significant day in my brain, for some reason... am I forgetting somebody's birthday? I cannot think of why, right off, but here's what websites have to say:

1965 - The album 'Rubber Soul' by the Beatles was released (I don't think that's the exact reason, but good enough for me!)
felis_lupus: (plant kitteh)

Birdie
Originally uploaded by gshower7
In which I am reminded that March is schizophrenic.

Got here this morning, a bright, sunny day, if a bit chilly. Headed straight up to the greenhouse before the hill had a chance to thaw and turn into a mudslide. Made my way to the back, where the potting table is, and saw a dark shape fall from the ceiling...? strange... Somehow my brain translated it into "bird", which it was. A little sparrow, probably flew in yesterday afternoon, and ended up spending the night. I knew there was no chance of catching it, so I opened up the upper windows and small doors, and eventually it found its way out.

Plants plants plants for many many hours... I wear gloves now to protect my hands when I mix soil and fill pots; the soil-expander water-holder stuff we use destroys my nails, and is generally icky.

Sun went away, and high winds picked up about an hour ago, and a look outside revealed a minor blizzard passing by... Bah. All over and done in 15-20 minutes, I think. I just had to listen to the snapping of the poly on the outside of the greenhouse as the wind took it. Sunny again now. Fluffy white clouds sprinkled here and there...

We have daffodils coming up just outside the office, and my mechanic has tulips poking through the mulch on Wednesday. Spring is officially here. :)
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Spring! SpringspringspringSPRINGsPrInGspring!

*ahem...*

The Vernal Equinox is upon us. Rejoice, and Be Glad.

Days are getting longer, I can play in the dirt in the greenhouse again alllll day long on Sundays (for a few more weeks), and soon, it will be time to garden.

House hunting is not going terribly well... Feeling very meh about the whole thing at the moment, but it may just be that I'm tired. Long week. Weird week. Saw a house this afternoon that had a dry basement, had a garage (and a pool... meh), but needed a lot of cosmetic work and rewiring (scary!), and was just... weird. Not our house. Friendly kitty, though. Little panther.

And I do believe this video has reached "viral" stage at this point, but it is so worth it. I Dream of Electric Sheep. Amazing what those doggies can do when they're well trained.

(oh, and Happy Anniversary to Max and [livejournal.com profile] anna_mickel. :) )
felis_lupus: (Howl)
It won't stay for long, though. This is just light, fluffy snow. That has been falling all day. Constantly. Steadily. And the flakes are getting larger.

*sigh*

About an inch? two? out there right now... my parents report this morning that they have about 6" on the ground. Radar appears that we are just about out of the initial bunch of snowy cloudcover, then a short break, then a bit more snow later, just in time for the commute.

The office, at least, has been quiet today. The guys are all out sanding (and maybe plowing by now), so it's just me and Sally and Rosie. I am ordering perennials, still thinking of Spring... Last weekend proves it's on the way, soon.
felis_lupus: (plant kitteh)

Oxalis Flowers
Originally uploaded by gshower7
Today proves it. It was at least 65 degrees out (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] sprirtwolf, for sending those extra 15-25 degrees up here! Glad you could spare 'em.). Sunny, warm, springlike. My houseplants were happy and sunlit this morning.

I opened up all the doors and windows and aired out the apartment.

I washed my car. I vacuumed my car, with the loan of new neighbor's shopvac. They're nice guys, our new neighbors (were having a party tonight, by the sounds of it... over now).

All the neighbors in our little 4-plex came out at one point or another to enjoy the sunshine and warmth and talk and listen to the water rushing off the roof as the snow melted.

The glacier on the garden box receded over 2' today. I have green shoots coming up from the daylilies and chives, and the mint is definitely growing. The thyme right up against the building is starting to bud, too, and there are little hints of violas where I know the yellow one lives. I so wanted to dig in the dirt... only the top inch or so is anywhere near thawed... I must be patient. Casualties so far include my $5 strawberry pot... shouldn't have left it outside. Oh well. The strawberry plants inside are still fine.

Little lettuce sprouts got a vacation outside on the porch steps. They seem happier for it. Brought the grape hyacinths and (as of yet unsprouted) sensitive plants out too; there is one little tiny tip of hyacinth leaf poking through the exact center of the pot. Out they go again tomorrow morning if it's anything like today.

A little bit of spring cleaning inside happened when the sun shifted, and clouds moved in to cover, cooling it off... nothing major... might do more tomorrow.

Spring is coming. I am ready. Let's do this.

Of course... it's supposed to snow again on Monday... I know better than to expect miracles... it's still definitely winter (see ref: 15+" of snow still on the yard), and this is Maine. But the end is in sight.
felis_lupus: (plant kitteh)
...and they have made it their mission to pester me (and any other living, breathing entity) to no end.

Yesterday was the Day of the Blackfly.

Those who have ever lived in the northeast, and especially in Maine, know exactly what I am talking about. For those that don't, imagine a cloud of swarming, biting insects, each individual nigh undetectable when they light on exposed skin, and leave behind quarter-sized welts around itchy, itchy bites. Add to this that they seem to think I am their personal and private blood bank, and it all adds up that I should really, really have an indoor job for several weeks in the spring. aaarrggghhh! Just what I need, several nice red welts on my arms, just in time for Sarah's wedding on Sunday (Aaaa! Sunday! Then it's all over!) I'm still wearing a sweatshirt and jeans till then, to stave it off as long as possible...

Now that that's out... cut for whining about work... )

And being crazygonuts at work, of course, leaves no time for fun things like photography. All the trees are finally leafing out, the Amelanchier is blooming PINK in the back garden (I didn't know they came in pink! I think it bloomed white last year... weeeeeirrrrd.) at work, all the magnolias are in full burst, and I'm running around too fast to stop and take a darn photo! Must... remember... to bring... camera... to work tomorrow... aieeees!
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Because I left my camera at work, I give you memey-ness in lieu of a real entry... (It's awfully nice out, though. We get spring. Going to put the peas in tomorrow morning, I think. I planted my (possibly over-soaked) Morning Glory seeds in little pots today. They might grow, they might just rot and I'll have to do some more...)

It's pretty accurate, I think... )
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Back from NH. Traveling weekends go so FAST, and it didn't help that I ended up taking a 2-hour nap this afternoon, and losing that little bit of weekend... agh. Beautiful weather, if a bit un-seasonal. High 70's all weekend makes for happy plants and the disappearance of the last vestiges of snow.

Bridal shower was fun, my dress is safely at my parents', I found my shoes, and now everybody knows where to be in three weeks for the Big Day. Should be a wonderful time. :)

I got my first sunburn of the year yesterday, too... I don't think I've ever gotten a sunburn in April before. 2 hours in the car, driving east/southeast around noon requires sunscreen, apparently. I had the window open the whole trip down, so I don't know if that helped or hurt matters, but it's definitely red. Not as bad today, thanks to tons of aloe goop. Usually takes more than that to burn, but my pasty pale white winter skin is apparently pretty sensitive right now.

BookMeme

Apr. 17th, 2008 10:25 pm
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Aieees... the first of many 6-day workweeks is over... Am exhausted. Need sleep soon. Headed South this weekend, first for the Return of Friday Lunch with Max & Mickel, then for some serious Guitar Hero with my brother, then to pick up my beautiful lavender bridesmaids dress for Sarah's wedding next month, but most importantly, for her bridal shower on Saturday! Going to be a fun day, I think.

Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] anna_mickel:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.


" "But monks live for God," the novice protested.
"And they are also ordinary human beings - no more, no less. That," Brother Adam added gently, "is why we need God's grace."
- Edward Rutherford, The Forest

Interestingly enough, the "nearest book" was 2 stories up... I refuse to include game instruction manuals or cookbooks in this meme, and my computer being in the basement offers little in the way of fine literary material... The Forest, a gift from my mother-in-law this past Christmas, is quite a good book, so far. Gotten me through a couple sessions at the auto mechanics', anyway. Takes place over several centuries, centered around the forest along England's southern coast, stretching from the Norman Conquest and William the Conqueror to present day. I highly recommend, even before I've finished it. :)

Color

Apr. 11th, 2008 05:04 pm
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Color
Originally uploaded by gshower7
There is a kitchen/linens shop in Windham called Mills & Company. It's a wonderful, wonderful store. I don't think I've ever gone in there and walked out empty handed (fortunately I go intending to spend money, so it works out ok). Usually I go for placemats, towels, some sort of kitchen gadget, and manage to find exactly what I was looking for, even if I didn't know it when I walked in. It's fantastic.

Along with the gifts I went with the intention of purchasing (and did) today, I at last bought something for ME! Not that I really *needed* new placemats or napkins, but I'd have been kicking myself if I'd left without them. I think it was the bright colors that grabbed me by the eyeballs and wouldn't let go, or the feeling that we needed some color on this gray, gray April day. They are fabulous.

I also bought bright purple sheets. Last set, on major sale, couldn't just leave them there... Now to find the matching purple quilt that I know I have, tucked up in the closet, somewhere. J will probably twitch a bit when he gets home, but he'll get used to them. :)

The apartment is now Winter-free. I finally took the last of the Winter wallhangings down (gah, forgot about them), and replaced them with springy ones. No more snowflakes. I hereby banish the last of them to the months past. The daffodils I bought earlier this week have gone by, but it was just the jolt I needed to get spring in here.
felis_lupus: (plant kitteh)
We'd better get a lot of flowers in May, given the way April has started off... Kinda gray today, but some bits of sun... got up to about 55 or so, and I actually dug into the garden box. Thawed, almost warm, all the way to the ground... were it not going to be 20 tonight, there would be peas in the ground. nrgh.. *twitchtwitch* (I don't think I planted anything till the last week of April last year... should really start keeping track... maybe that's what this is for. Hm.) Found a few worms, though, veeeery slow moving, but alive and well. The little girls in the other apartments were out running around, and came over to "help" me. We mushed soil between our fingers, and (re)planted a few Nasturtium seeds that were turned up when I raked the soil. Was good. My awesome Peony of Wonderfulness (a Bartzella; a thousand thanks to [livejournal.com profile] fairestyarrow's father) is quite alive and well; showing nice pointy red buds when I dug down to surface level, but he'll stay buried for just a few more weeks.

There is baseball on TV! Joy of joys! It's the Braves! They're winning! :) Fox23 is still fuzzy, but I can see and hear well enough. Life is good.

Memey meme: how I talk. Makes perfect sense to me... )
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Thyme
Originally uploaded by gshower7

First flower!
Originally uploaded by gshower7
This is NOT an April Fool's post. I would not joke about something as momentous as this.

Emerging from the bleak of winter, bravely facing the soon to be cold, dark world, but with a promise of greener times to come, emerges a lone viola blossom. To the left, tiny green leaves are sprouting on the extra thyme plant that I thought would look just lovely tucked up against the foundation. It does.

The snow is receding, the ground is thawing, and this was the first thing I saw when I decided to come in the back door when I got home from work this afternoon. I cannot adequately describe how happy this makes me.

It was 60 degrees today. I had both doors open in the apartment to get some new air moving through here, and it was wonderful. And the foundation keeps things a bit warmer, which is why I win the pansy contest. maybe. :) Anybody else got flowers yet? Let's get some Spring in here!
felis_lupus: (plant kitteh)

Violas
Originally uploaded by gshower7
It's Spring, folks, no matter what we're looking at outside right now. The garden box in the back is free of snow, save for a little bitty patch in the front corner. I could just scoop it up and dump it in the yard, but I'll let the garden take care of it on its own. The soil itself is still quite frozen, I didn't even attempt to stick a trowel in, but the chives are showing signs of life already. I cannot adequately describe how happy this makes me.

The delightful little green things in the photo are viola leaves... not greenhouse grown. Uncovered and dug out of the snowbank, alive, growing in the pot from last year. How wonderful is that? Tough li'l guys, violas. I'll have flowers before anybody else this year. :) (not sure about my lavender, though... time will tell... it's definitely too early to know about that right now!)

I must still be patient... it is still to early to start my morning glories inside... by the time I could plant them outside, they would be 6 feet long and stand little chance of survival. I can be patient. I will wait a few weeks more.*

There are still, however, well over 2 1/2 feet of the white stuff in the back yard, as was made readily apparent when I sunk through over my knees a few times. It is cold. And wet. But it is going away.

(*inner voice: AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!! MUST PLANT NOWNOWNOW!!!! NEED MORE GREENGROWINGTHINGS!!!)

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