not_hathor: (Chows)
 We have a tenant in the big, partially hollow tree in the backyard -- no, not Keebler elves, nor Pini elves, nor even named 'David'.  We have a Raccoon.  Which is driving Jethro crazy, especially at around 2:30 in the morning when it decides to go walk-about in the (mostly) vacant lot next door.  I've seen it a few times; so has Daughter.  Husband got to see it one evening around dusk, when, for reasons only known to the critter itself, it decided to emulate our acrobatic squirrel troop and attempt a tree-to-tree maneuver and thence to the ground before trundling its way down the sidewalk and out into the alley.  We suspect that due to the tons of rain during the latter half of May, the varmint was flooded out of its usual habitat (we are approximately 1/2 mile from the river, as the crow flies/raccoon trundles).... the real question is whether or not we have a SingleRaccoonMale, or an ExpectantRaccoonFemale -- it being that time of year.....  Hopefully, SRM will return to its usual foraging grounds once the water goes down;  ERF, on the other hand..... well, we had a Mama Possum a few years ago that we only discovered once the babies were mobile enough to crawl out of the tree, not to mention the rabbits which persist in digging their baby bunny burrows within tie-out reach of the mudroom porch....

In the meantime, we are being careful about putting Bel or Jethro outside after dark.  Bel has always been pretty chill with wildlife antics -- she'll watch from the porch.  Jethro, on the other hand, raises the roof....and has to be restrained from dashing down the stairs. 

Over the past weekend, my Jazz-loving,  mathematical genius of  a nephew graduated from high school; Mom flew down to Texas for the festivities.  Nephew -- National Merit Scholar that he is -- has already been accepted by the University of Oklahoma, AND has a slot in the university marching band!!!  I am about a third of the way finished knitting an afghan in school colors (crimson and cream) for his dorm room, and will really have to double-down for the next few weeks.

Also over the weekend, we accomplished some house-cleaning and bad weed removal in the butterfly garden.  I think this year we will forego the usually futile attempts at a vegetable garden.  I pulled 'bad' weeds, and cleared areas for more of the desirables (Milkweed, Joe Pye Weed, Butterfly Weed, etc.) Looking to expand into Hummingbird-friendly plants as well.

Also trying to find the type of Sage plant that I had up at the trailer -- the one with the gorgeous silver-white flowers.... the thing is, I'm pretty sure that it was an ordinary culinary sage variety, picked up at random at a local garden shop.... but!  The closest I can find anywhere is either "White Sage", which is considered a desert climate variety (not suitable for Midwest growing) and reportedly has light purple flowers, or "Bee Sage", which does have white flowers, but not only looks nothing like my plant but is not suitable for cooking use.  Considering that the original purpose of the plant was  for cooking, I'm starting to wonder if my lovely little plant was a mutant....  Oh, how I wish I'd thought to take a cutting or even dig up the plant during the spring after the move but before the trailer sold!!!    **sigh**

On the Knitting Front: finished the 'Waves and Scallops' shawl, and gave it to our church's Music Director who went in for knee replacement surgery the week before Memorial Day.  She is also the organizer of the Prayer Shawl ministry -- my thought was:she's always making shawls to give to other people, she should receive one too.   As mentioned earlier, am now in a frenzy working on school afghan for the Nephew.  All other knitting is now on hold.

Books read:  Um. Too busy knitting.

Birthday Shout-Out to my One and Only Moffett (aka "Reziac")!!!




not_hathor: (JanineRGB)
Guest #4 at Anime-ZING 2015 --- some lady who moved to the Midwest from Japan, who currently teaches Japanese and calligraphy at a local Community college, and is a self-proclaimed cultural ambassador. I am SO THRILLED that my pre-registration dollars are providing such Quality Guests this year. NOT.

Edited for Correction: I was wrong about her teaching community college classes. Apparently the lady in question operates an art studio of sorts and offers classes in Japanese, art, calligraphy, etc., and demonstrations of various Japanese cultural practices -- by appointment, although the building is open to the public on weekends for tours. Now that I think about it, this might be the same group (?) that hosted an exhibit on anime in general and Studio Ghibli /My Neighbor Totoro in particular awhile back (maybe 5-8 years ago?). They had models of the CatBus and Totoro's camphor tree that kids could climb on and pose for pictures. So maybe not such a fly-by-night, light-weight choice for a convention guest as I assumed, but still not what I'd call a Major Attraction....

On a brighter note, Daughter says we're done shopping for cosplay materials.

For the past two weeks (minus yesterday and the day before) it. has. rained. every. effing. day. There was water in our basement for most of that time. My Mom's sump-pump failed, and HER basement had water in it.... and we didn't hear about it until last night. My Mom is a very independent lady, but sometimes she doesn't quite get the point -- that sometimes, just because you can do it yourself doesn't mean you HAVE to!!! Ugh. Thank goodness for the ex-brother-in-law who, even though he and Sister split 10 years ago, had remained on good terms with Mom (and Dad).

Anyway, during the two days of mostly sunshine this weekend, Husband and I managed some more garden work. Five Tomato plants, two cukes, three bell peppers, assorted herbs, and pole beans. The pole beans are mostly on faith.... I planted the seeds, Husband put up the doubled fencing and sprayed coyote pee, errr, Rabbit & Squirrel repellent around the perimeter; but I'm darned if I can tell whether or not those are actually beans sprouting under the windmill! My porch railing flower boxes are doing well; likewise my planter lettuce patch and planter cherry tomatoes. The Butterfly/Prairie Garden has been expanded to include two blue Veronica plants, the Cone Flower is making a good recovery (Wascally wabbits!!! Nipped the flower heads right off two nights after planting!), and part of the area along the back fence has been cleared and sown with milkweed seeds and purple iris. And I indulged in a bit of whimsy by creating a 'FAIRY GARDEN' in a large planter bowl on the mudroom porch, with leftover herbs/flowers and a bought accessories kit. It was fun.

And we actually did some laundry. Finally.
not_hathor: (Ryou)
My Passport arrived last week, so now it's time to gear up for Travel. Need: New walking shoes. Have already started the Travel wardrobe by getting two new pairs of cotton twill slacks; ideally will get two additional pairs, plus dressy jeans. I think I already have sufficient long & short sleeved shirts/blouses; will have to double-check the itinerary, because I'm under the impression that at least one of our planned overnights is at a fancy resort hotel that *might* require 'dressing' for dinner.

I really like how my passport photo looks; wonder if I can convince the DMV to use it for my Driver's License next time its up for renewal.

I also need to start some walking exercise. Get myself in shape, so I can keep up with Mom. I've been sitting and knitting for the past month when I should be walking. my bad.

Got three of my four flower boxes planted over the weekend -- ran out of flowers! But they look nice. Need to swing by the Garden Center and pick up more this week. Plus some herbs for the half-barrel planter.

Rained yesterday and overnight. Now a bit muggy. Midwest weather.
not_hathor: (Default)
Watching "Megafault" on the SyFy Channel Saturday night, and seeing a CGI mountain looming behind the Pierce School Mall.... and south Jersey Ridge Road masquerading as Vale, Colorado .... and some stray town in Kansas.... and gee, I never realized how much both Washington D.C. and someplace West Virginia resemble downtown D-port....

*Snickers* But seriously, folks, the wrong lead actor fell into the fault.... I was ready to toss whiny smug entitled-much? female lead into the abyss myself by the time the movie was only HALF over....


And in other news, I learned an important fact re: sweet potatoes. Next year, I gotta plant them earlier, and curtail the vines a little better...I dug up lots of tiny sweet potatoes Sunday afternoon, in the darnedest places!
not_hathor: (Default)
Watching "Megafault" on the SyFy Channel Saturday night, and seeing a CGI mountain looming behind the Pierce School Mall.... and south Jersey Ridge Road masquerading as Vale, Colorado .... and some stray town in Kansas.... and gee, I never realized how much both Washington D.C. and someplace West Virginia resemble downtown D-port....

*Snickers* But seriously, folks, the wrong lead actor fell into the fault.... I was ready to toss whiny smug entitled-much? female lead into the abyss myself by the time the movie was only HALF over....


And in other news, I learned an important fact re: sweet potatoes. Next year, I gotta plant them earlier, and curtail the vines a little better...I dug up lots of tiny sweet potatoes Sunday afternoon, in the darnedest places!
not_hathor: (Joy of Ledger)
Dearest boy, I will always love you, wherever you are (Daughter, bless her heart, insists that you are in Vegas, with Elvis!)and I treasure the production still that Daughter gave me for Mother's Day with yours and Jake's autographs in purple marker (even though I am well aware that it's probably an e-bay forgery).... But, it's June and time for a new Default Icon. Maybe 'Janine' in celebration of the report that a Real Ghostbusters DvD box set is finally on the way?

Monday I start Physical Therapy for my Shoulder/Arm -- I really hope it will help, because I'm tired of having a bum arm that HURTS when I stretch to empty the clothes dryer, use the drive-thrus at the bank and fast foods, and hook Bel up to her tie-out, etc.

Speaking of Bel, we put up a child-gate on the front porch and she loves it when the gate is up and the door is open and she can go outside and bark at the passers-by. I need to finish planting my railing boxes -- marigolds, impatiens, and this colorful spiky flower that reminds me of lupines but they aren't. Hopefully the lavender will have a growth spurt soon and I can add them to the boxes as well.

Haven't really been in the mood for writing; plus I'm stuck on how to get from the end of chapter two to the start of chapter four of "Paths" -- which reminds me to go check out Frenziedpanda7's new story at the Vole Pit and leave a comment! Us 'Mothers Who Love Anime' (pat.pending) need to stick together!

TTFN
not_hathor: (Joy of Ledger)
Dearest boy, I will always love you, wherever you are (Daughter, bless her heart, insists that you are in Vegas, with Elvis!)and I treasure the production still that Daughter gave me for Mother's Day with yours and Jake's autographs in purple marker (even though I am well aware that it's probably an e-bay forgery).... But, it's June and time for a new Default Icon. Maybe 'Janine' in celebration of the report that a Real Ghostbusters DvD box set is finally on the way?

Monday I start Physical Therapy for my Shoulder/Arm -- I really hope it will help, because I'm tired of having a bum arm that HURTS when I stretch to empty the clothes dryer, use the drive-thrus at the bank and fast foods, and hook Bel up to her tie-out, etc.

Speaking of Bel, we put up a child-gate on the front porch and she loves it when the gate is up and the door is open and she can go outside and bark at the passers-by. I need to finish planting my railing boxes -- marigolds, impatiens, and this colorful spiky flower that reminds me of lupines but they aren't. Hopefully the lavender will have a growth spurt soon and I can add them to the boxes as well.

Haven't really been in the mood for writing; plus I'm stuck on how to get from the end of chapter two to the start of chapter four of "Paths" -- which reminds me to go check out Frenziedpanda7's new story at the Vole Pit and leave a comment! Us 'Mothers Who Love Anime' (pat.pending) need to stick together!

TTFN
not_hathor: (Default)
Such a grey and gloomy Sunday morning...And yet so much to look forward to!

Our friend Bruce came thru his Protruded Disc and fusion surgery with flying colors; surgery was Friday morning, we visited him at the hospital Friday evening and he reported already 99 percent improvement! Yes, he is on some pain medication and has to wear a neck brace for several weeks, can't lift anything heavier than a paper bag at the moment, but he is home and comfortable and more than a little sheepish about how gloom and doom he'd been about the whole thing a few weeks ago!

Yesterday was my mom's Birthday, so the church flowers this morning were for her! Alas, I didn't get a chance to take a picture of the flowers I dedicated for Heath two weeks ago, but I don't think Mom would mind sharing.... she'd tracked a branch of her Dad's family to Australia, so who knows? Mayhap the Heathster was a distant cousin! That's what I told the two people who asked who 'Hal Kimson' was to me, anyway -- distant cousin.

Speaking of flowers, I am now in possession of an Easter lily, two Hyacinths and two peony plants waiting for the ground to dry up enough for planting. On order from Burgess Seed & Plant Co. are live lavender plants, an assortment of herb seeds and two Flowering Cherry trees, hopefully to be delivered withing the next two weeks. It may sound strange, but the only real regret I have at moving out of the Mobile Home was that I couldn't take my Lilacs, rose bush and Sage bush with us!

On the very Plus side, we have room for a small vegetable garden. Anyone who has recommendations for a beginning gardener is more than welcome to comment. I will mention upfront that I won't be planting corn: there isn't room to plant enough to be practical; plus, of course, the whole 'being allergic to corn' thing -ugh!

Sounds like the washer has spun out; time to transfer laundry to the dryer. Another plus -- the Trailer Park didn't allow clothes lines, so that's something we'll also have to see about setting up some time soon.

Later, 'gators!
not_hathor: (Default)
Such a grey and gloomy Sunday morning...And yet so much to look forward to!

Our friend Bruce came thru his Protruded Disc and fusion surgery with flying colors; surgery was Friday morning, we visited him at the hospital Friday evening and he reported already 99 percent improvement! Yes, he is on some pain medication and has to wear a neck brace for several weeks, can't lift anything heavier than a paper bag at the moment, but he is home and comfortable and more than a little sheepish about how gloom and doom he'd been about the whole thing a few weeks ago!

Yesterday was my mom's Birthday, so the church flowers this morning were for her! Alas, I didn't get a chance to take a picture of the flowers I dedicated for Heath two weeks ago, but I don't think Mom would mind sharing.... she'd tracked a branch of her Dad's family to Australia, so who knows? Mayhap the Heathster was a distant cousin! That's what I told the two people who asked who 'Hal Kimson' was to me, anyway -- distant cousin.

Speaking of flowers, I am now in possession of an Easter lily, two Hyacinths and two peony plants waiting for the ground to dry up enough for planting. On order from Burgess Seed & Plant Co. are live lavender plants, an assortment of herb seeds and two Flowering Cherry trees, hopefully to be delivered withing the next two weeks. It may sound strange, but the only real regret I have at moving out of the Mobile Home was that I couldn't take my Lilacs, rose bush and Sage bush with us!

On the very Plus side, we have room for a small vegetable garden. Anyone who has recommendations for a beginning gardener is more than welcome to comment. I will mention upfront that I won't be planting corn: there isn't room to plant enough to be practical; plus, of course, the whole 'being allergic to corn' thing -ugh!

Sounds like the washer has spun out; time to transfer laundry to the dryer. Another plus -- the Trailer Park didn't allow clothes lines, so that's something we'll also have to see about setting up some time soon.

Later, 'gators!

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