Archive for the ‘Garden’ Category

Happy Thanksgiving
November 21, 2012

I am so thankful to live in the United States. I often take the abundance around me for granted, sometimes wishing there were not so many choices because I get easily overwhelmed. I need to remember this is an amazing time to be alive. I am wishing everyone joy in the warmth of family and friends today and throughout the holiday season.

Here are a couple of photos of the Disneyland rose. I want to add some of these to my garden. One of many projects on my never ending list of possibilities.

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Out in the yard.
May 7, 2012

This update is long over due. I want to blog, but wanting and doing seem to be two different things. I have been sewing on Belle, my wonderful Bernina 830E machine. It is a marvel.

I just finished this little top. It is Vogue pattern #1246. Rick took the photo and the back lighting is a wonderful. My thinning hair and wrinkles almost disappear. I made the jeans too. I used a 1990 Calvin Klein jeans pattern. I love the fit.

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Here is a photo Rick took of a backyard visitor yesterday. This is a gopher snake, that looked to be more than 4 feet long. We have rattlers here, so it is always nice to see a snake tail without a rattle. This particular snake didn’t mind us being in his yard and went about unconcerned. That is how we had time to get the camera and get such a clear shot of his head.

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One Year Later….
March 23, 2011

Time flies by so quickly. It was a year ago I was forced by a bad Lupus flare to take better care of myself. I have a lot of bad habits to break, and each one requires so much practice that I haven’t had time to do the fun things like crafting and blogging.

Exercise and diet are in much better shape than they were a year ago. It required a lot of practice time to change from a sedentary lifestyle to one where I make sure I move every joint in my body every day. Dieting can still be a struggle, but even there, practice gets easier with time. I found that I just need to put forward a small bit of effort at first, and remind myself that all effort is cumulative. I plan to use this principle of some other problem areas of my life like the stash, and my messy filing system. I am looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish in the next year.

I cleaned up part of the garden the other day. Last year I didn’t have much energy so the garden was a mess. I never have had much success with dill. I found all this dill growing so nicely in an abandoned pot. I planted dill in the pot two years ago. I think it is because of all the rain and cooler weather that the dill has had a chance to develop a stronger roots. Last year there was just one little spindly plant in the pot I tried vainly to nurse to health.  Sometimes plants need more time too.

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I wish I had more to share with everyone. I use crafting and blogging to not face some of the more difficult responsibilities of life. I am easily distracted, which is another bad habit I am working to break. The only way I know to do that at the moment is to take the temptation away and limit my time online. Hopefully with practice I can again share more with everyone. I do read your blog posts every time I am on the computer. I just have not given myself the luxury of writing comments.  That should get better this coming year. Today I decided to practice keeping to a schedule, and I will schedule in time for crafting and blogging.  I am a slow learner, so it might be awhile.

In the Mist
December 7, 2010

Something drew my outside the other morning. It was misty and surreal. I went back in and got my camera. Here are two photos from that morning.

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Basil & Tomatoes
July 31, 2010

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Wow, I just realized July passed by without me getting my act together enough to post to this blog. Even though I have not spent much time in the garden, the basil I put out in 4 hanging pots keeps producing. I have been able to harvest 3 big 14″ colanders already this summer. The tomatoes are taking a bit longer. I didn’t even know I planted little pear tomatoes. I thought I planted cherry ones. These have a thicker skin, but I think I like the taste better. It is good to try new things, even when it is not the intension.

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July went by in a whirl of activity. The past 10 weeks I have been exercising every morning for at least 45 minutes using Leslie Sanone’s DVDs. I am still not enthusiastic about exercise, though I do notice an increase in stamina and mobility. These DVDs are easy on the joints. I just came to the realization that I won’t be able to sew or knit, if I didn’t take my health more seriously.

Last weekend I took a marvelous cooking class taught by Janah Adickman and Vanessa DiStefano. Janah’s blog Delish Your Dish has some wonderful and unusual vegetarian recipes. The class was held at Sur La Table at the Grove in Los Angeles. It was the first 2-day Intensive Vegetarian Workshop Sur La Table has offered. The experience is one I will always remember; I had such a good time. Janah helped me change the recipes to vegan and offered me advice on raw food preparation too. I learned how to make tofu, seitan, and mochi from scratch on Saturday, and on Sunday we used those proteins in recipes. My son Alex really liked the mochi and I can see that it is going to become a family favorite.

This post is getting long. I wish everyone a lovely August, and will again try to remember to blog.