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CarcarcarcarcarcarCARcarcarcarcar....

Roughly T-19 hours until I have a shiny little turquoise car! EEeeeeEEEEE! Drove it tonight, love it! Financing goes final tomorrow, I sign papers as soon as I can get to the dealership after work. Pictures, I promise.

My criteria for searching for a new vehicle? Blue. I wanted a blue car. Fell in love with the 2014 Nissan Versa Note via an ad on the internet. I'll admit it. The biggest selling point was the color. Mystic Peacock. Which is exactly as awesome as it sounds. The used car market is not so good. Anything worth buying was close enough in price to the brand new car to make it not worth even looking at. Anything in a lower price bracket wasn't worth looking at.

One more trip with my Rosie to work, then out to pasture she goes. She's been a damn fine steed and travel companion these last 10 years. But she's done, my girl. Rust is eating her rocker panels and undercarriage, the A/C cracked sometime between last summer and this one, so no cool air has blown for a while, and the rear end is pretty loose. Got every penny's worth of miles out of her. I found the original paperwork last night while looking for the title (who knows where that is). Originally purchased April 12, 2003, 27,415 miles. She'll be just over 211,300 when we roll into the dealership tomorrow night. Those were some good miles.

Seedlings!

May. 5th, 2013 11:54 pm
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Garden update: Still no rain, but got the hose hooked up and in a better, more use-able space over the weekend.

Seeds are up! Beets showed their funny little 3-leaved cotyledon sets over the weekend, so they win 2013. Two carrots, some chard, and kohlrabi made an appearance today. No sign of peas yet, but hopefully the warm weather will bring them and the rest of the seeds along soon.

Still haven't washed my car...

Had a lovely day at Fort Williams yesterday, having a steampunky teatime and kite flying afternoon. Was able to get two linked kites in the air once the wind cooperated later in the day, and it was such a wonderful sight. Photos (none of me, the curse of the photographer) from the day:
05-04 Tea on the Green

Hoping to see some video of the kites, once the videographer figures out how to get it off her phone...

Spring!

Apr. 26th, 2013 04:53 pm
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Right... so... I'm still here. This is still here. Spring is here. Dusting a few things off today, both physical and metaphysical, I guess. Kurlon is at the track for his first actual race weekend in a few years, so it's just me and the kitties at home for this first actual beautiful sunny warm weekend of Spring. I planted the garden box. Half of it.

To start with:
'Sugar Snap' Peas
'Five Color Silverbeet' Swiss Chard
'Early Wonder' Beets (yup... gonna try 'em... I had pickled beets, and didn't hate them, so we'll see what happens here)
'Purple & White Vienna Blend' Kohlrabi
'Tyee' Spinach
'Buttercrunch' Lettuce
'Danvers Half Long' and 'Purple Haze' Carrots
Borage
'Sunspot' Sunflowers
'Mahogany' Nasturtium

and a pot of 'Starry Night' Sweet Peas by the front porch... hoping they'll grow and climb the railing after they (hopefully) hit the top of the trellis. Hoping the slugs are not as bad as they were last year, that was awful. All defenses armed and ready for that battle, they will NOT get ahead of me this year. Slug bait, diatomaceous earth, and beer. I will deal with gooey piles of drunk slugs if it means I get to keep my seedlings.

I cut down a few saplings that needed to go, more to go in the near future. More tomorrow. Cleaning up the garden, porch area, other stuff. Maybe I'll even wash my car.
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There will be a Pennsic post eventually... this one is quicker, and easier, and more recent. :)

All Things Scribal was announced sometime before GNEW, and it was going to be in IDD. Got very excited. Emailed the delightful Baroness Tadea, figured out what I wanted to teach (also what needed teaching), and arranged crash space (since Cynan was going to be in PEI that weekend...) I ventured North on Friday evening, prepared for a day of ART on Saturday. Landed at Angus and Tigger's around 10:30, Rozi and Kayleigh arrived somewhere around midnight, sleep was had soon thereafter.

Saturday dawned bright and HOT. I thought Canada was supposed to be cooler... (heh, right) I realized that I'd forgotten paper towels (essential supply for painting), and then proceeded to forget the roll provided by my most gracious hostess on the table. Got to the event site, was directed to a bank (for money) and a corner store (for paper towels). Found both. Sketchiest. Corner store. Ever. Eeeeeugh. Acquired paper towels, though. Back at the event, got ready, taught class #1 (scroll layout, 8 people), had a break, taught class #2 (beginning gouache. very popular. at least 13 students. more people than I'd anticipated, but I had enough stuff, some folks brought their own, so it worked. a bit overwhelming for me, but I think everybody had fun, and by the end was using the paint (mostly) properly). Her Majesty and Her Higness sat in on that one. No pressure.

Lunch was lovely, and then thank goodness there was an extra hour I didn't think I had between lunch and my last class (whitework), because I needed to clean palettes and decompress a little bit. Whitework was 6 or 7 students, just about perfect. Her Highness joined me again, and again by the end of the class, most of the students were making good progress.

Three classes is my limit. It didn't feel like a lot of work, but it was pretty tiring. I was falling asleep at dinner, which was hard to do with at least 30 people in the backroom. One of the highlights was definitely discussing the "finer" points of NASCAR (and various other things) with His Highness Edward. We had a lovely dinner, the 30 of us...

So many good people and good times. I think everybody had fun. Staying with Angus and Tigger was fantastic. Can't wait to go back up in February for K&Q Rapier. I do so enjoy Canada and all the people there.

Pictures!
08-25 All Things Scribal IDD


Things to do for next time:
- have a 'preferred brands' list. The brushes, paint, and paper weren't really written down anywhere... I may do a follow-up email/post to the event page.
- demo paint before handing it out. too much gouache too quickly, not enough instruction before brushes started hitting palettes.

Sunday I met up with Cynan (returned from PEI Saturday night), and I got to be a tourist. It's nicer when it's not 17 below (C) out there... We wandered a bit of Montreal, went climbing all over Mount Royal, had a lovely lunch at a pub downtown, and then I had to be off... quick day... another wonderful day, though. Home by 10:30 or so, didn't get enough sleep. I'll catch up eventually.

Photos of Montreal/Mount Royal:
08-26 Montreal

Alive.

Aug. 17th, 2012 12:01 am
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Pennsic was awesome. Real recap later. Pictures now. Still kind of exhausted, ready for a weekend to laze around at home.

Sunday and Monday at about 2 AM, I woke up, couldn't figure out why the tent looked so funny, or where exactly I was... it was a little disconcerting, but reality came back fairly quickly... I miss my little tent on the Serengeti.

Photos here:
General Pennsic Photos
Rapier Champions Photos
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Pennsic is in less than a week. I leave here at ohgodthirty in the morning on Friday, for a week of a very unique type of relaxation... Cannot wait to see everybody, and wake up every morning under canvas.

I'm packed. Mostly. Ish. Everything on my checklist is pretty much in one big pile in the basement. It's not that big a pile, looking at it... I could possibly do this in my car, but J is letting me steal his truck for a week because it has a roof rack, and tent poles really do work better up above...

Still ToDo (besides the last minute whoops-I-forgot-X packing):
- Get tent/poles (once they're repaired), and cot from Max & Mickel
- Make new fencing/sword bag. Mine are just about worn out.
- Get EK Artisan Exchange project in a better transportable state so I can work on it onsite
- buy fruit & water (Thursday PM)
- water houseplants (Wednesday PM)

I of course feel like I'm forgetting things, and my brain says no way do I have enough of anything to be gone for a week, but I know I do...

This is gonna be a long 4-day work week.
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It's been almost a week, the truck and trailer are unloaded (but boxes of stuff are still all over the basement, and I am now mostly caught up on sleep. Should really have taken Monday off like I usually do, but the one extra day of vacation somewhere will be worth it, I think.

HOT and humid. But Fun. )

Overall, a fantastic weekend. I have just enough time to recover and collect all my personal camping gear and try to get it organized before my next Big Adventure.

Pictures here:

07-12 to 07-15 GNEW XXVI


GNEW XXVI Embroidery Challenge

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Busy couple of weekends I've had.

Two weeks ago I day-tripped Palio di Stonemarche with Alianor, Mickel, and Max. Retained for the Princess in the morning, did some silly silly fencing games in the afternoon, and got to actually watch some of the equestrian stuff. Pretty horsies. An absolutely delightful day. Alianor and I worked on (and I finished) new garb for her, which was indeed done in time for her first event in a while. Pictures here:
06-16 Palio


Last Saturday I did a crazy thing, I'm pretty sure, but I lived. Didn't panic. Didn't break anything on me or the new dirtbike. Fell a few times, probably could/should have fallen a few more, but I'm still putting at pretty low speeds. Even so, I bruised my butt pretty well, but not enough to turn me off it.

So yeah. I'm OK... I lived. I do remember how to ride a motorcycle, though [personal profile] kurlon is right, dirt is absolutely nothing like the street. I'm not quite at "having fun" yet, but I definitely didn't hate it. Ah, my little noble steed... Going to try it again on Sunday at MX101 in New Hampshire, if it's not too rainy/thundery.

Today was spent puttering, Cleaning All The Things, and working on the door for the dang tent. One more day of sewing and work, it'll be done. I guess I work best under pressure, that's why I've waited till 2 weeks before the event to actually do anything, even though we'd planned it all out a year ago. Argh. Had allllll winter to work on this. Why didn't I? I dunno... It's going to be so nice, though... :) Door panels are all sewn, just need grommets and loops, and then to be attached to the tent.

Next potential project is possibly finding a tent to go to Pennsic in... I'm planning on taking my car, which means the kitchen tent is out (poles won't fit, no roof rack), and the rain fly from Max & Mickel's cabin tent is currently AWOL... awkward. I'll figure something out. Need to make a packing list.
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Things are going well. Been getting plenty of rain, got plenty of slug stuff to keep the rotten little slimy gits from eating absolutely everything in sight. They ate all the purple kohlrabi, have shredded my iris foliage and cutleaf coneflower leaves, and as I discovered today, completely ate my Canadian Ginger. This pisses me off some... I will have to make sure to redouble my efforts on keeping the anti-slug stuff sprinkled around. There are good moments, though...

My 'Enchanted One' bearded iris has one flower stalk, 4 buds, all beautiful. Lemon scented, ruffly, yellow and purple and peach and blue. Doesn't get much better than this.

The potatoes have been buried as deeply as they're going to be, and I've hayed them in. Hoping for good blooms, and then lots and lots of tubers later! The second half of the garden is not doing so well... the peas are growing nice and tall, but aren't really clinging to the trellis. I still have a mere 4 lettuce plants, the spinach isn't doing much, no sign of more carrots from when I re-seeded a week ago, the chard is still tiny... My borage is growing well, though, and the onions appear to at least be doing what they should be doing at this point. Perhaps will just have to start with seedlings in future years, if the bed stays where it is... really it'd be better on the other side of the driveway... depends on how well I can keep the pots watered, I suppose.

The "fruit" tomatoes are both planted now. 'Pineapple' is taking off like a shot, and the little 'Garden Peach' that Ruth gave me is finally in its own pot, after the pouring rain last week finally moved off.

Everything has a nice thick topping of compost now too. Brought a trailer load of our wonderful surf n' turf compost (cow poo and seafood bits; nothing better for amending the soil!) home from work Saturday, [personal profile] kurlon helped me shovel it off. While working, I just mentioned to him to please not clock me in the head with his shovel... "Yeah," said he, "that would be an awkward police report... 'So, why exactly did you hit your wife in the head with your shovel?' 'Well, officer... I just got tired of dealing with her shit...'"

Yeeeeeeep. ;)

Everything looks fabulous, though. So happy. So tired... New photos of the garden start here, I think.

Oh, SQUEE.

May. 31st, 2012 07:29 pm
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My new hoya babies are here. 6 I ordered, plus one freebie I got for leaving a review on the site (The Violet Barn), and the free one is even one I didn't have yet. SQUEE. All miniatures/very small species except for the two to the right, which I will have to find space for... once they get bigger. I'm OK for now. Eeeeee!



They did a superb job packing, too. The shipping box was shoved upside-down in the door, and I feared the worst. Nope. All the babies were wrapped in a paper cone, and tucked together inside a roll of air pack, and that whole thing was covered in an insulated wrap. Brilliant, and safe, and wonderful.
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Mostly. I think I relaxed for real sometime around 4:30 on Saturday afternoon, during one of several naps...

Arrived onsite at Panteria earlier than I'd hoped I would, helped Max & Mickel finish setting up the Taj, and had a lovely dinner, fire, and starwatching with everybody. There were a few shooting stars, and lots and lots of satellites swooshing overhead. A beautiful evening.

Did not sleep well, for some reason, Friday night. Bah. Made for an out-of-it (and apparently slightly cranky) Camille the next morning. Fencing was at 11. That was the happy thought of the AM. Breakfast was good, I chased a bird into the crabapple tree across the way (an American Restart, a pair of them!), attempted to sit and be calm for a while, failed, and took a walk around camp. Helped Frenya set up the fencing lists at 11, got my gear, headed back, did some FENCING. I needed to stab people. We did a few authorizations; neither one really had a firm grip on the rules, but we gave one guy a provisional. Outright failed the other guy, which I felt a little badly about, but he had no clue... nobody in his area (Mountain Freehold?) to practice with, but he hadn't even read the rules recently and couldn't tell me much of anything about proper fencing. We did the swordwork as a formality, and there was no hard hitting or hesitation, but skill, even with light was just not there... sigh. Better luck next time.

Cynan showed up, ginormous shield in hand, and we fenced. It was awesome. From fighter to fencer in three months, and he's FUN. He and Carolyne and I were one team for Jack's tavern brawl, and we ended up winning the day. Woo! Usually it was Cynan and me left standing at the end of the scenario, which was a new thing for me... still alive? How strange. Hot day though, and lots of fencing, made us all tired. I headed back to camp for a shower and a nap. Kathy joined me on the blanket in the shade, Mickel tootled on her recorder, and I think I actually got some sleep. Or at least relaxed. Which was lovely.

Woke up a few times, not entirely myself, apparently, but conscious enough to chase down Cynan, find Brian, who had my cake pan filled with lovely things from Angus & Tigger before he headed back to Canada, and return to the blanket for more nap. Kinda nap. Laying down in the shade, talking with wonderful people, drinking a bit of Kathy's chocolate-whippedcream-wine. Delicious. Delightful. We were camped on the corner of the main road through camp, so everybody walked by, said hi, socialized for a bit, and wandered on.

Mickel and I headed for the ball post-feast. She ended up playing my recorder and I danced and directed traffic. It was pretty near perfect. Back to a campfire prepared by Max, for stories and singing and socializing, and then I had to go... way too early again... sigh. Home by 3AM, not enough sleep, but work the next day wasn't too bad. So much fun.

The sunshine and warm weather has made the garden explode! Now if only the pouring monsoons would ease up a bit. Between the slugs and the pounding rain, I have hardly any seedlings left. They've eaten the tops off half my sunflowers, the spinach has gone half rotten, and the rain has beaten half of my poor carrots into nothing. I'm going to have to replant, and get some slug stuff. Blech. I whacked my red coneflower this evening, and sent at least a dozen slugs flying. Ick ick ick. All my iris leaves have holes in them, but I am pleased to say that I will be keeping the iris that came with the house. They are not the expected "old fashioned" purple (not that there's anything wrong with purple, I just can't stand they "typical" purple iris that spread everywhere...), but a lovely shade of pale lavender. At least the one that bloomed is. My potatoes have also taken off like crazy! Even out of the tower, like they're supposed to! Yaaaaay! Just need to get rid of the slugs...

Excited too; I have 6 new hoyas, mostly miniatures, coming by mail from The Violet Barn, probably on Friday. They're small, they won't take up much room!! So pleased I rediscovered the site... I need to go through my houseplants again. Most of them need cleaning, some need repotting. It's supposed to rain Saturday. I'll do that when I need a break from sewing. Making a new door for the tent, BEFORE Great Northeastern War! Which I still need to do some planning and scheduling for. The class form is going up this weekend. Will work on that tomorrow.

Till then, some photos:

05-25-26 Panteria


Garden 2012

felis_lupus: TADPOLE. Joe Cartoon (tadpole)
Lancelot is certainly ready.



This has been a freakin' WEEK OF MONDAYS. I am SO ready for the weekend, to spend some time in Vermont, having some nice low stress fencing, dancing, music, and relaxation at Panteria. With the exception of Sunday, it seems everybody I ran across or talked to this week was absolutely batshit insane, impossible to deal with, high-strung, argumentative, and just plain crazy. I had wondered if it was me, for a while, then noted that everybody else in the office and online was experiencing the same stupid stuff. I blame Sunday's eclipse (which we didn't even get to see). Bizarre astrological phenomena.

In garden news (pictures later), my potatoes are almost all growing! There are a few chunks that have no sprouts yet, but I'm not giving up on them just yet. The first little shoots are making their way out the sides of the potato tower too! First noticed one bunch yesterday, and there were definitely more this evening when I came home from work. Sunny days and rainy nights are doing wonders for everything. I grabbed a couple new coral bells from work to replace the ones I lost over the winter, the villosa cultivars ('Caramel' and a lime green one I can't remember right now) did very well. 'Midnight Rose' and 'Hercules' died. Hybrids... sigh. I am trying 'Hercules' again, since the ones at work made it fine (maybe I just had a bum plant), but have replaced the other with 'Regina' We'll see how they do... There are also a couple new Echinacea that came in today that I need to resist buying... double orange-red 'Hot Papaya' is tempting, though... I do have to pick up some slug repellent, or start leaving saucers of cheap beer around, since the leaves on my cutleaf coneflower and just about everything else are starting to look pretty ratty. Little gross slimy pests...

Packing tomorrow, and hopefully heading out to spend an evening around the fire with good friends, waking up under canvas for the first time since Pennsic. It will be good.
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  • Potatoes! I has sprouts! Yaaaay! Just in the garden box so far; the top ones of the tower are buried a little deeper, I think, and I've got to wait for the ones on the sides of the tower to work their way through the straw, so perhaps next week we'll see some sprouts on the sides.
  • Tomato! I have again obtained a wonderful 'Pineapple' Tomato plant (last seen during the blight of '09 ('10? When was the bad late blight year?); I got one fruit. It was phenomenal.). It is planted in a large green pot, and placed next to the potato tower, in the hopes of more sun = fruits!
  • Purple and green Kohlrabi seeded in the previously vacant spot in the raised bed made their appearance mid-week. YAY.
  • I definitely planted round 1 of peas too deeply. Or it was just too cold. Probably too deeply. Round 2 is all up, just over a week. Half an inch, that's all they need...
  • Have sprayed my rose with Neem oil. The aphids found it. Horrible little beasties.
  • There is ONE bud (so far) on the mystery iris that came with the house. I moved some of them last year, hoping a bit more sun would help them out. I'm kinda hoping for something other than purple, but not really expecting anything exotic. What I hope is my 'Enchanted One' Iris also has one bud. Lemon-scented, yellow with lavender falls, it is absolutely enchanting. Also one bud on the 'Best Bet' piece I got from work when we divided the giant clump last fall. White with deep blue falls. So pretty!
  • Finally planted the Canadian Ginger around the Oakleaf Hydrangea. One casualty, nothing serious, and it allowed me to finally get a good look at the neat little flowers:

    So cool. It's not as glossy and showy as the European, which I have planted around the coral bells one terrace down (two of which need to be replaced... I need a new dark purple and a new green, I think. We've got 'em at work...), but it will fill in the top and hopefully out-compete the darn sorrel.
  • Helped Max put in some hosta, fern, and bugbane by their new privacy fence today, mulch on Sunday after work. Looks fantastic! Looking forward to seeing it next year when it's more filled in.
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BEHOLD THE MIGHTY POTATO TOWER!



Ok, maybe not so mighty... it's kinda cute, really. Only 18" in diameter, and roughly 4' tall, but 2 layers each of 'Yellow Finn' and 'Dark Red Norland' potatoes. I hope something comes of it... It is in the sunny spot where I really should have put the main garden. Thanks so much to [livejournal.com profile] dervishspin who found the nifty how-to! Thanks also to [personal profile] kurlon who helped hold the silly thing upright and open whilst I attempted to pour soil mix inside and not all over him. I mostly succeeded. One thing that needs to be done is staking it so it stays upright... I don't want to have the Slightly Leaning Tower of Potatoes become the Great Potato Caterpillar. Couple weeks I should hopefully have some sprouts showing through, maybe even before.
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It's spring. It's been crazy. I finished a scroll and a half last week (pictures next week, after it's awarded), and am fried. Wheee! First weekend off in a while. I could have gone to Carolingia's Investiture and had a fantastic time, but staying home and puttering around in the garden was a much better plan for today.

Car is fixed, I'm in debt... but, new timing belt, window all better, new rear brakes, everything else should be OK for a while (I hope). Finally got the bill for the repair of my broken arm. Ow ow ow all over again, even though we knew exactly what it was going to be and have the money set aside, still no fun.

The last couple weeks have been full of fencing and friends! Fencing at Fort Knox (SO AWESOME. And we had a STAIR PIT!), got my baby goat fix and had a lovely visit and dinner with Jehan and Kyle at Sunnywood, Sea Dogs game with [livejournal.com profile] mylisant, Northern Region Rapier Championships and Tyger and Bucket, and finally a day to myself in the garden.

Mother's Day tomorrow; work will probably be crazy, which is really a good thing. I only spent a half hour on the phone with the office today, not bad. Re-confirmed this week that some people have zero sense of self-preservation. WTFPANIC moment from work: I'm in the BIG loader, just finished dumping a bucketload of mulch into the back to this guy's truck, have it in reverse (bucket is still up), so the loader is beeping, and the guy WALKS UNDERNEATH THE BIG BUCKET ARM instead of waiting literally 3 seconds for me to back out of the way enough that he could have walked the exact same space, without danger of being clocked in the head with a major F=MA win on my end. Thank goodness I was paying attention and not actually moving backwards yet. Idiot.

Played in the garden today. Put fabric and started to do stones along the drip edge of the house so any mulch or compost I put down won't get washed away. Got rid of the burning bush and all of its horrible little children so the lilac (which is actually blooming this year!) doesn't have any more close competition. Also found a stepping-stone pathway (though I'm sure the intent was for it to be better...) that I knew was by the front porch, but not the full extent. A flat shovel did nice work uncovering it. Now I know what I have to start with and can do something nice with it all. Planted 2/3 of the seed potatoes in the other half of the raised bed, I will bring some straw home from work tomorrow and build my awesome potato tower that [livejournal.com profile] dervishspin found. Cannot wait. Decided also that the garden box should really have been built on the other side of the driveway... we'll see about moving it next year, maybe.

Lots of photos:
04-28 Jehan's Fencing at the Fort
04-28 Sunnywood
04-30 Sea Dogs
05-05 NRRC
05-05 Tyger and Bucket
Garden 2012
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Apparently, at 180,100 miles, the explosive bolts go off in a Hyundai. Some of them, anyway.



Went through the tollbooth tonight on the way to dinner with the in-laws, got a very spirited and passionate rant from the toll-taker about his blood sugar, and how I should make sure to never, ever get diabetes (do I really have a choice in the matter?), went to roll the window up, and heard a loud and final-sounding "THUNK". Ah, crap. Window did not move, no matter what...

Got to the restaurant. Said hi. I think. Maybe I just went right into "my window won't go up, something is broken". Cue emergency in-law car repair service. The guys went outside, Bobbi and I stayed in, had a nice chat, and realized it was quite a while they'd been gone... Frank came back for duct tape. Oh dear lord. [personal profile] kurlon and his dad managed to get the window back up. It is now duct-taped to the doorframe. The rest of my door is in my backseat. The white bits are pieces of an envelope stuck to some truly nasty adhesive that I didn't want to get stuck on. Apparently the cable that drives the window got bound in the motor, and finally snapped/gave out/broke. Sigh. Oh, Rosie. She's 12 years old, and really has treated me well... only other major broken part was the alternator, about 8 years ago. Just... why did this have to break now, right when there's a $1,000 maintenance already on the books for this month? Argh.

Further exploration tonight shows that this is pretty typical of this car, and I was lucky to get 12 years before it went boom. I need a $40 part, probably about an hour's worth of labor to get it all working and back together again. Till then, I will possibly be crawling out the passenger door, since I don't want to put undue stress on the cables, since the door handle is not exactly properly attached and doesn't work very well at the moment. Will be taking the HiHy to the Fort this weekend.
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The spinach wins! 8 days after planting, 4 inches of rain yesterday and a nice sunny day today worked their magic, and I have at least a dozen or so spinach seedlings. YAY! The rest of the plants are hopefully not too far behind... carrots will take a little while... not sure on onions... hoping for some peas soon...


My potatoes came yesterday, and are now sitting happily in a box upstairs in the library so they can wake up and maybe start sprouting, and I will hopefully get them in the ground next weekend. I don't know if there's enough to do the full fun potato tower, but maybe I can do a mini-one. I may have more potatoes than I think I do... when they all fit in a little 8x12" box, it is deceptive.

Also got the Bletilla orchids in the mail today! Probably going to grow them as houseplants, even though they're supposedly hardy to zone 5. Two came sprouted and growing very happily in little tiny pots, the third was bareroot... tiny little shriveled thing, with a few roots, and a pathetic looking green sprout flopping about out of the top... I thought "I paid $12.95 for what, now?" but have done the right thing and used up the very last morsels of potting soil and put little Rickey Bletilla properly in a 4" pot, watered gently, and will wait. Patiently. It will be worth it when he finally blooms: The species B. striata has a flower spike on it. Hopefully the stress of shipping and new environment won't shock it and it will still bloom. Thank goodness for easy-to-understand care sheets, too.

Delivery of three Attar of Rose geranium that I have finally, finally been successful at rooting will happen this weekend too. One is a surprise. :) If anybody out there wants a cutting, let me know. I've figured out how to make them grow and be happy. Not as far as I know a medieval-period plant (earliest date I can find is 1690), but quite lovely nonetheless. I've made rosewater, rose-flavored sugar, and a rose-flavored cake (take clean leaves, lay in the bottom of a cake pan, pour white cake mix over them, bake. Delish. And not overly-flowery). The leaves are apparently edible, but I haven't ever munched on them...

And in other news... my li'l red car turned over 180,000 miles today. Good ol' Rosie's at 180,040 on return to the house tonight. Keep going, little car! You have new brakes and will have a new timing belt and other maintenance-worthy internals next week! We'll keep driving for a few more years at least!
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And carrots, and lettuce, and onions, and a bunch of other stuff!

I was not completely wiped out tonight when I got home from work, and found myself idly pulling a few weeds in the garden bed by the stairs, which then turned into ripping a bunch of weeds out further up the path, which turned into getting the damn sorrel out of the garden box by the driveway, which turned into turning over the soil, grabbing my seed packets and labels, and getting half the box planted! Whee! The other half will be mostly potatoes, which hopefully are shipping this week and will arrive soon... I ordered Yellow Finn and Dark Red Norland from The Maine Potato Lady, two pretty much fool-proof varieties, so I am led to believe.

I also finally planted the chives and garlic chives and muscari that have been (barely) living in a box for the last two years, since I dug them out of the garden in Windham. I think they will be happier now.

Garden 2012


Seeds, from back to front, left to right:
'Ringmaster' and 'Flat of Italy' Onions
'5-Color Silverbeet' Swiss Chard (and an empty spot that I need to do something with...)
'Carnival' Carrots (so fun! multi-color!), 'Red Sails' Lettuce, 'Tyree' Spinach
'Cascadia' Sugar Snap Peas are planted by the trellis, and there are a few 'Sunspot' dwarf sunflowers and some borage thrown in around the corners for good measure.

Also went to Coronation this past Saturday with Jean, Sorcha, and Mylisant, which was lovely. Still going through photos, there will be a gallery posted soon!
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More traveling this past weekend, to Connecticut and Balfar's Challenge! Stopped over and saw Dad on Friday night so I didn't have to get going quite as early on Saturday morning, which was nice. Beautiful day, perfect weather again for outdoor fencing. Carolyne and Jocelyn were excellent teammates, we are not treasure-motivated, it seems, and need to pay a bit more attention to the eventual goal of the scenarios we are participating in actually is, but we had a blast. So wonderful to see a lot of the fencing family. And my Don! Wyatt and I were actually at the same event! Now I just have to get us to drill and work on me learning things earlier, when I am not so tired... trying to learn stuff after a full day of tourney and pick up fencing does not work all that well...

Lots of photos here:
04-07 Balfar's Challenge


Off to Coronation this weekend, with Jean and Sorcha and maybe Mylisant. It will be fun. Again. :)

6 months ago was not so fun )
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Last weekend I went to Mudthaw with [livejournal.com profile] ninian_vesalius and Roland. 'Twas a fantastic time, if a bit hairy at the start...

We had hoped to leave once Ninian got out of work, usually around 9:30 on Fridays. Roland and I met at her place, hung out on the porch for a while (partly because it was a beautiful, warm night, but mostly because her roommate didn't hear me knocking on the door, apparently... hrmph.). She called around 9:45, still at work, going to be another half hour or so... Roland and I went for coffee. Had a delightful time, waiting on the porch...... as the hours ticked by... 11:00 came and went. Finally a call, Ninian is on the way. YAY! She got home, unpacked and re-packed the RAV, and we were off for New Jersey. 11:45 PM. ETA hotel 5:30 AM. Oof. Good thing stuff we wanted to be at the event for didn't really get going till 11 or so.

Uneventful drive. I slept the first half, Roland drove through CT. I got us the rest of the way. Only one moment of panic when the gas light came on, and we had a slightly difficult time finding a gas station that was open at 3:30 AM. Argh. No problems after that.

Until we got to the hotel )

Arrived at Mudthaw! Not much mud, as it had been thawed for several weeks already. Beautiful partly sunny day, light breeze, lots of fencers! The trees and Forsythia were all in gorgeous full bloom. Wonderful to see so much color. I landed at the fencing, Roland and Ninian wandered off to Thrown Weapons and then who knows where. Did some pickups, was out of the tourney in 2 (I don't really remember much of it... 3 hours sleep and a Frappuccino doth not an awake Camille make.), waited in line at the bear pit for a few rounds, said to heck with that, I wanted to fence, and did lots and lots of pickups the rest of the afternoon. Don Alfonso and I had one of the most fun on-the-ground fights I've ever had. I was legged, he was legged, we flailed at each other for a little while, and then both fell over laughing at the end. I think I lost, but it doesn't really matter. So. Awesome. [livejournal.com profile] _kria_ and I noted we are both improving at about the same rate, as we kept double-killing (partly because we were not parrying well at all), but had some fun, fun fights there too. Fencing with my Cadet brother Christophel was fun too. More next weekend at Balfar's with everybody!!

We headed home before court; nothing much was happening that we needed to see (though it was apparently a short court! only an hour?? unheard of, for Mudthaw...), and I had hopes of a relaxing Sunday. Stopped at Rein's Deli for delicious delicious dinner, and I was back at home by midnight. No pumpkin for me. What was basically a day-trip to New Jersey is much easier and more fun with more than one person/driver.

Photos here, mostly of fencing. Such a lovely day.
03-24 Mudthaw

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