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2017-07-17 11:41 pm
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Recent Trip

In case you're wondering what I did last week, my partner Doug went to the IBM/SAM magic convention in Louisville, Kentucky. We met up with friends, and I spent several days exploring the tourist attractions ...

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2017-07-17 12:11 pm

Monday Yardening

Today I walked around the yard.  It's getting warm and moist.

There are bees everywhere.  In the wildflower garden, I saw a big bumblebee visiting every flower on this plant.  I saw a small black bee and a tiny metallic green one on the echinacea.  These are probably native species, some of which are rarely seen. All had large panniers of yellow pollen collected from the flowers.  :D  Beeeeeees!

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 2, I picked a few blackberries.

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 3, I planted some morning glories and watered plants.

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 4, I weeded about half of the septic garden.
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2017-07-17 11:13 am
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Monday Update 7-17-17

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Garden Photos 7-16-17 (pots)
Garden Photos 7-16-17 (prairie garden)
Rainbow!
Sunday Yardening
Badger Engineering


I'm back at the keyboard now after a busy week.

The second session of the July Poetry Fishbowl will open on Tuesday, July 18.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne talk more about Saraphina as she interacts with another toddler.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.  

Weather has been steamy here.  It rained a little yesterday.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, yellow coneflowers, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, and some yellow thing in the wildflower garden.  Corn is tasseling.  I need to pick more blackberries.  I think there are two jalapeno plants with tiny peppers on them, and more cayenne too.  \o/  Evidently peppers grow better in pots than my efforts with tomatoes.
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2017-07-16 11:49 pm

Garden Photos

I posted two batches of garden photos today, pots and prairie garden
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2017-07-16 05:03 pm
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Rainbow!

We got a little rain.  We might get more.  Meanwhile, we have a rainbow to the west of us.  I think it's the flattest one I have seen, arcing low along the horizon.  :D
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2017-07-16 04:25 pm

Sunday Yardening

Today I took pictures.  I have several batches that I haven't even had time to post.

Just now, I went out and watered plants.  It is starting to spit rain, so hopefully we'll get some more. 

Jalapeno peppers are getting bigger, some about thumb-size now.  Blackberries are ripening.
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2017-07-16 01:55 pm
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Back in Action

 ... more or less.  Family obligations are complete.  Internet is spitty but somewhat functional.
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2017-07-11 08:28 am
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Busy Week

I have family obligations that will keep me busy most of this week.  I should be available again sometime late Sunday. 
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2017-07-10 03:57 pm
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Monday Update 7-10-17

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Missing"
Poem: "The Women Who Live in Themselves"
Sunday Yardening
Poetry Fishbowl Update 7-9-17
Poll: Poetry Fishbowl Links
Poetry Fishbowl Update 7-7-17
Poem: "Clutching at Pearls"
Integrated Visual Assistance
Poem: "Dejection"
Poem: "The Lamentation of the Women"
Hard Things


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne talk more about Saraphina as she interacts with another toddler.  "Essential for Human Survival" is now complete.  Cassandra and Groundhog enjoy crafts and cuddles.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.  

Weather has been warm and we got a little rain.  Currently blooming: dandelions, carnations, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, rose campion, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, yellow coneflowers, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, and some yellow thing in the wildflower garden.  Corn is tasseling.  I picked the first cayenne peppers and the first blackberries.  One jalapeno plant has survived and is now putting out tiny peppers.
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2017-07-09 06:18 pm

Sunday Yardening

Early today I took some pictures.  My pink ice plant is finally blooming.  :D

I watered plants, sowed a few morning glories, then collected seeds from the white allium and planted them in the purple-and-white garden.

Round 2, we hauled a small pile of grass and gathered a few sticks.  I also picked the first two peppers from the pot.  :D  It looks like one jalapeno plant also survived and has tiny peppers on it.

Round 3, I picked the first few blackberries.  

Tonight is warm and muggy.  Fireflies are out in force.  :D  Cicadas have been singing the last few nights and are out also.

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2017-07-07 07:28 pm

Poetry Fishbowl Update

I have mostly finished the first round of poems for each prompter, but there's still a lot of stuff I want to write.  I have family obligations that will keep me away from the computer for most of next week.  So I'm going to try something new and just reopen this fishbowl as the mid-month activity.  

* It will have the same theme of "gender, orientation, and identity.

* I will keep writing previously collected prompts.
 
* If you did NOT prompt on July 4, you may leave a prompt when the fishbowl reopens.

* If you sponsor something already written by Sunday night, you may leave a prompt when the fishbowl reopens.
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2017-07-06 05:14 pm

Poem: "Clutching at Pearls"

This is the second freebie for the July 4, 2017 fishbowl courtesy of several new prompters.  It was inspired by [livejournal.com profile] zia_nuray. It also fills the "queer" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest.

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2017-07-04 07:18 pm

Tuesday Yardening

I managed to get out and water plants, but I probably won't get much else done outside.  It's warm and muggy tonight. Something new is fixing to bloom in the wildflower garden. 

EDIT 7/4/17: I went back out for a walk at dusk.  The air is warm and moist, so the fireflies are all sparking it up.  :D  The breeze is heavy and sweet with corn pollen.

Fireworks are starting up. Someone's doing quite a show just to the east of us.  I can't see anything due to the corn covering the whole horizon, but I can hear them thumping and banging away back there.  To the south and west I have a better view, and got to see a few fireworks.  Mostly I'm content with the great show our northerly neighbors did just the other night.
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2017-07-04 05:36 pm
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Poetry Fishbowl Update

Some news:

1) The linkback poem is now live.  If you have linked to the fishbowl, please tell [personal profile] dialecticdreamer so she can post your verse(s).

2) My net connection is terrible today.  That makes writing very slow and limits my ability to do anything else, such as forward linkback claims.  Also, I may not be able to finish a prompt for every person, or I might need to tweak the fishbowl structure -- I have a lot of outside obligations at the end of this week and most of next.  I will keep you posted.  Sorry for the hassle.
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2017-07-03 08:16 pm

Monday Yardening

Today was warm and muggy.  We moved two piles of grass to the grass wall. 

EDIT 7/3/17: I went out and watered plants.  

Fireflies are out.  They like the warm damp weather.

Most of today, like yesterday, has been focused on cooking up the ingredients bought on Saturday.  My house smells like sloppy joes right now.  :D
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2017-07-03 01:01 pm
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Monday Update 7-3-17

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "As We Have Created It"
Dealing with Grief
Poem: "Changes Over Time"
Fireworks!
Winterfest in July Bingo Card 7-1-17
Garden Photos 6-28-17
Poetry Fishbowl Report for June 6, 2017
Friday Yardening
Selective Memory Erasure
Poem: "We Are All Related"
Unsold Poems from the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
Thursday Yardening
Moment of Silence: "Michael Bond"
Poem: "The Place Where the Journey Begins"
Wednesday Yardening
Good News

"First Aid for Scrapes and Cuts" has been updated several times with new details. There are still other things I'd like to add, such as more references for road rash and hydrogels, just haven't had time yet.

There will be a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, July 4 with a theme of "gender, orientation, and identity." Please drop by then and give me some prompts!


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne talk more about Saraphina as she interacts with another toddler.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra.  Groundhog and Cassandra encounter one of the monks. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.  

Weather has been mostly mild, but getting warmer again.  Currently blooming: dandelions, carnations, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, torenia, yarrow, white and red clover, daylilies, rose campion, coreopsis, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, golden rain tree, blackberry lilies. There are just a few mulberries left. Blackberries are turning pink.
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2017-07-01 09:35 pm

Fireworks!

Tonight has been a good night for distant fireworks, and also our nearest neighbor put on quite a show with full-size ones. :D Some of my timely posts from previous occasions:

"Chemistry That Goes BANG"



"Veterans and Fireworks"

"What Fireworks Are Like"

"Friends, Family, and Fireworks"



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2017-07-01 08:11 pm

Today's Adventures

We went to the farmer's market for the first time this year, and bought supplies for making Sloppy Joe filling and Wild Tidy Joes (bison version).  We also had lunch with my parents and visited a bookstore.

There's a new mushroom vendor, Flyway Family Farm, who had lovely batches of fresh oyster mushrooms for $5.  Very sweet and tasty, we had those for supper with garam masala.

Biggest score was Prairie Rim Bison / Ruhter Bison.  Lovely ranch running about 40 head of buffalo at present.  Aho!  In addition to the usual ground bison and less common things such as ribs, they had something I've not seen white people selling before: bison soup bones.  Not just meatybones like I was expecting but actual slices of limb with quite a lot of meat around it. I bought two fist-sized packages for $6.50 and opened them to find that each contained two slabs the size of large lamb chops, nearly as big as my hand.  *victory dance*  So I have crocked those with about a gallon of water now simmering away in the kitchen, and we shall have bison broth!  :D  We also bought cheesecloth so I could make a bouquet garni  instead of chasing bits of leaves around the pot.  I put in two bay leaves, a bunch of peppercorns and juniper berries, a big sprig each of fresh sage and rosemary, and some sea salt.  I had fun rolling the fresh herbs between my hands to bruise them and release the flavor, so now my hands smell like rosemary and sage.

I also trimmed some brush from the forest garden, watered plants, and sprayed the Japanese beetles.  Little bastards have almost denuded my firecracker plant.  And I couldn't find my can of Sevin.  >_<  I prefer to avoid pesticides, but when the JBs swarm there's little other choice because nothing will eat them.  Must get a fresh can.  Blackberry lilies have tiny buds on them now.
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2017-06-30 04:58 pm

Friday Yardening

Today we went out erranding.  It's been raining off and on for much of the day.  \o/  Weather is warm and damp at the moment with sun coming out.  I bought some plants, a couple more thymes and a gorgeous purple sedum.  I may go outside presently and try planting those. 

EDIT 6/30/17: I planted a Red Canyon sedum in the purple-and-white garden. It's really pretty, although more of a soft lavender than red.  (There is genuinely red sedum.)  I hope it is as unpalatable to wildlife as the other sedum I have.

Japanese beetles are eating the barrel garden.  >_<  I cannot dust them in wet weather.  This displeases me.

EDIT 6/30/17: I planted two German thymes in the Goddess garden.  That's eight in total, which fills the ring nicely.  \o/

EDIT 6/30/17: I put out more saucers under potted plants.  Then I cut low branches from the forest garden.

It's still warm and damp out.  The sky is partly clear, but with gray and white clouds like long skeins of wool.  The corn is just beginning to tassel and I can smell it faintly on the breeze.  In another day or few it will be heavy and golden in the air.