Of Slurpees, squash, strikeouts and stills.

12 Jul

It’s been a busy week. Not only have I been attempting to get back into shape (butt, meet at-home Elliptical), I’ve been out and about.

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Free Slurpee Day! My mostest favorite part of July after fireworks!

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My section of the community garden! It’s the shady side, but they’re growing nicely. (It’s tough to see, but behind the lower left corner the squash is leaf-ing big time!)

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Go O’s! The usual “beltway rivalry” between the O’s & the Nats was this week, and not only were my seat awesome, the O’s won!

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Today’s task: a course in Shelter Photography. I’ve always wanted to help out in this way, and though it’s tough getting the kitties to strike a pose, when they do? Bliss!

Time to curl up with a glass of wine, a great book (The Night Circus), and chill out for a while. Happy Saturday!

Happy 5th of July!

6 Jul

Took advantage of being a mile away from Fort McHenry today. Gorgeous weather – 83 for the high – and a lovely breeze.

I’d put in a pic of the fireworks I saw last night, but my cameraphone doesn’t “do” focused shots o’ fireworks. Sigh.

Happy birthday, America! AMURICA!

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Garden – and mantis – update.

1 Jul

Because USA choked today – seriously, Tim Howard was amazing but he wouldn’t have needed to perform all those saves if the rest of the team played more than defense.

Ahem.

Behold, things to soothe my tattered psyche. New strawberries! A cucumber that ain’t stopping with the growing! Sunflowers that sprang up Hydra-like after the main one got cut!

And of course, the mantis. Which I know is also plural, but I like using Manti. Because I’m 5.

Check out these two; they look like separate species, right? Pansy is about 2″ now, but lil’ Sunflower is a quarter of that.

I love them both the same.

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Me. Make. Potpourri!

29 Jun

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Okay, so it’s really just Me Cut Huge Eucalyptus Branch & Attempt To Dry It.

Whatever. I just love the smell of eucalyptus. I ain’t ashamed.

Baking hot backyard? Lemonade y’all. Lemonade.

GardenWatch: tomatoes! Peppers! Mantis!

28 Jun

Morning in the summer is my time to putter around in the garden. It’s still cool(ish) from the previous evening, and the UV levels are lower. As a skin cancer…survivor? Person who has had many – all removed – thanks to my transplant meds? I like low UV levels.

Anyway, so proud of my little garden! TONS of peppers already. I’ve always been lucky with hot peppers; dunno if that’s because they’re easy to grow or that they thrive on neglect.

And check out my huge tomato! I love you, tomato. Please grow and get ripe for me.

Bonus: Pansy Mantis is getting bigger every day! Check out her beautiful eyes. (I think she’s a she, going off her thorax. If anyone can confirm/correct, lemme know!)

Summertime. Ahhh…

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Ain't she adorable?

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I love Nalls. Because chickens.

22 Jun

I could have taken pictures of the heirloom tomato plants I was drooling over at Nalls Produce. Purple!

I could have taken a picture of the refreshing gazpacho my friend made as a “thanks for schlepping down” l7nch.

But instead? Chickens!

They’re why I drive to VA. Don’t tell my friends that live there.

Oops.

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GardenWatch: 70 degrees in June

14 Jun

HonFest, Baltimore Pride, Walters Art Walk…. So much to do today! So I decided on none of it. It’s a beautiful day, and I’m going to enjoy it in my own backyard. Because things are a’happenin’!

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