Garden Watch: More stuff! Bigger seedlings!

Happy Easter! Or, as my sisters would say, Xristos Anesti y’all!

Headed to the Farmers Market today, as I punked out of hitting the beach for an en fam Easter. (Good idea, as it turns out; I lost my voice yesterday and am running on scratchy today.)

But anyway, plants! I bought more stuff to flesh out the hanging baskets:

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A few more things to add to existing plant-ness:

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Just so you know, I bit the bullet & put three of the sunflower seedlings in a planter:

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And checked out all the others:

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Phew! Time for my other purchase, a slice of savory steak, onion & mushroom pie from Dangerously Delicious pies. (With an assist from the parsnips & red potatoes I also picked up at the market today.) Happy Easter/Passover/Sunday!

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Sunday Shot: A per-fect day-yay.

Seriously. 80 degree high (and I now know that 80 is The Perfect Temperature.) Slight breeze to keep things nice.

Morning at the Farmers Market, before it got crazy crowded.

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All the things!

Me, scoring tons of plants for dirt cheap.

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Selfie! I may have overbought....

Finding a place for everything! And then more raking of last year’s leaves!

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Yaaaaay! And do they bus these leaves in from the County?

Visits from my lovely neighbors, and compliments on my “green thumb”. (Oh, my, no. But I love hearing it anyway.)

An afternoon of reading and kittens.

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Manny now gives zero fucks about outside. Ever since he tried for the fence-top and toppled into the neighbor's backyard.

Wrapped up with a glass & a long bout of Monster Brawl, or whatever I’m playing on my cellphone nowadays.

Which can be best summed up by returning drunkie, Betty Draper Fisher.
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AMC / Via yourpalfriendpatine.tumblr.com

Perfect day, indeed. *sighs happily*

Sunday Shot: Manny makes a break for…inside.

Springtime can only mean one thing; time to rake up the leaves I didn’t bother with the fall before. I swear, it was for plant protection. Free mulch, as it were.

Yeah, sure.

So, leaving the sliding door wide open as I’m wont to do – c’mon in, bugs! Free room and board! – I go about moving containers and sweeping up.

Eventually, I look over to check on Tippi. And see Mr. Manny checking out the stairs. Outside. Mr. I Freak Out Over A Bug Fart. Outside.

I probably didn’t think the whole leaving the door open thing though.

So, playing it cool so Manny doesn’t find super strength in his own terror, I sit down and tell him he’s a good boy. He startles, but goes back to sniffing all the things.

I decide to get back to straightening, at least the stuff on my side of the backyard. He accepts my activity, and trots over to Tippi, who Is Not Happy her brother is in her official turf. But she gets over it, and shows him the pile of wood that used to be the deck (which is getting the boot, with some being used for a flower raised garden, later this week. Promise.)

I walked by Manny as he chewed the grass, and he was fine. Turning back, I noticed the pair trimming the flowers.

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With two cats in the yard....

Five minutes later, I headed back out to rake. Manny wasn’t keen on that, and decided to sun on the top step instead. When I finished with the pile, he was nowhere to be seen.

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Leaves, you got to go.

He decided that comfy chairs beat dirt any day of the week.

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No-brainer, human.

Sunday Shot: future Manti?

It’s a freezing cold day here in post-Black Friday Baltimore.

My back, still recouping from the lumbar discectomy, is achy. I’m grumpy, because achy.

So? Time for backyard cleanup!

Nobody ever said I’m a genius.

But anyway, with cutting back the cone flowers, digging up the dead basil & impatients? I found this in the lemon balm bush….

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PRAYING MANTIS EGG CASE!

Yeah, kinda excited. Next spring, there’ll be tons of little tiny mantises (aka manti) in the yard!

Here’s hoping Tippi is a good girl. Or she’ll get grounded for the season.

Sunday Shot: ready for some football?

First, a disclaimer: I was going to put up a picture of MC – aka the Midnight Crapper – when s/he made an appearance on my deck last night (!!!), but 1) I didn’t know where my phone was, 2) I was so enamored of his/her fluffiness that I was gobsmacked, and 3) when I made a move to put chow down for him/her, s/he flipped and blew the scene. My bad.

So instead? Pics of the throng getting into the Ravens vs Browns game! We won, which is awesome. Especially after last week’s beat down.

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Craaaaazy crowded!

I love this neighborhood during game day. Because I can see absolutely adorable fans.

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She's so cute!

Oh, and lest I forget, yesterday was the Shining Festival in our lovely Carroll Park. The lines were up, down and around the park! Yaaaaay! I popped down to hear a bit from The Reverend Horton Heat (they were great and btw) and saw all the peoples.

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Gorgeous weather and tons of stuff in the hood. Perfect September weekendness.