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Today is sunny and warm, but not sweltering.  I went out and gathered seeds of blackberry lily, northern sea oats, and thistle from the wildflower garden and planted them in the prairie garden. That involved reaching down into tall dry grass, so now I have scratches all over my forearms.  :/

Yesterday I watered plants and planted some blue flower bulbs in the goddess garden and wildflower garden.

The squirrels have been out nutting.  There are broken walnut hulls all over the yard.  I've seen one squirrel on the hopper feeder and several running around the yard.  They are fun to watch.

EDIT 9/26/17 -- I went back out and gathered more wildflower seeds to plant.  Blackberry lily and some yellow thing went into the prairie garden.  Prairie onions went around the edge of the septic garden.

The warm air of the savanna is thick with the scent of fallen leaves, spicy and rich.  They crunch and whisper underfoot as I walk. Autumn is coming.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "We Must Bear Witness"
Poem: "An Atmosphere of Shame"
Poem: "Black Swan Lake"
Saturday Yardening
Crowdfunding Creative Jam
The Jewel in the Heart of Quantum Physics
Birdfeeding
Hard Things


The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics is now complete.  I have a few new poems up already, and more to post.

"Branded in His Memory" is fully committed, so if you pledged money toward that, now is the time to send it (not counting the person who specified a later date of donation).  Look on the sale page to see the tally; I had to put it there because the donor comments kind of spread around several posts.

The discussion "Working Around Microphones" has gained a lot of attention. If you're concerned about accessibility and diversity, please check out this list of ideas for supporting everyone's comfort and communication. If you're an organizer, or you know someone who is, by all means print it out and pass it around.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Stylet enjoys a shower and Valor's Widow starts cooking.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 23 new verses.  Pips and Jules discuss what to get for G and Joshua after the fire.  "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses.  The Iron Horses tell Kenzie what happened to the gaybashers.  

Weather has been hot and muggy.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells,  firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, frost asters, torenia, purple aster, sawtooth sunflowers, pink sedum, purple sedum.
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Today is hot, muggy, and sunny as I discovered when I went outdoors to plant bulbs.  I wound up watering plants, and only planting the fist-sized purple frittilaria bulb in the purple-and-white garden.

Many of the flowers are drying up, although a few are still blooming.  Sedum and goldenrods are flowering vigorously.

Still not much activity at the birdfeeders, but we saw a squirrel doing acrobatics on the hopper feeder and another bird near the fly-through feeder that may have been a phoebe or a flycatcher.  It was dark with a white belly, but seemed to have more of a crest than a dark-eyed junco.

EDIT 9/23/17 -- I went back out and planted 12 blue miniature iris.  I put 4 each in the purple-and-white garden, goddess garden, and wildflower garden.  \o/

I need to get out and gather/redistribute seeds.  Many of my wildflowers have gone to seed.  :D
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A few days ago, I filled the birdfeeders.  Today I saw a mourning dove on the fly-through feeder, so at least one bird has discovered the seed.  \o/ 
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I got back out to pick up pears, so we cleaned half a bucket of them, and I put the bits in a crockpot to cook into pie filling.  :D
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Today is warm, partly cloudy, and muggy.  We went out to the orchard and removed many many field weeds from under the pear tree.  It is a bumper year for pears, they are all over the ground already, with plenty left overhead.  If I have the energy, I'll go back out later and pick up a bucket of them to make pie filling. 
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
Wolves and Dogs
Review: Skyr
Friday Yardening
Poem: "Downtime"
Poem: "For Whose Sake"
Thursday Yardening
Good News


This week there will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and has 25 new verses.  Stylet enjoys a shower and Valor's Widow starts cooking.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Pips reveals his attraction toward Joshua Tull.  "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses.  The Iron Horses tell Kenzie what happened to the gaybashers.  "A Haven in a Heartless World" belongs to Diminished Expectations and is now complete.  Read about family in adverse conditions.

Weather has been mild and mostly sunny.  It rained yesterday!  :D  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, frost asters, torenia, purple aster, sawtooth sunflowers, pink sedum, purple sedum.
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Today has been warm and muggy.  We finally got some rain!  \o/  There will be more chances later in the week, too.

I had to go out and reposition flowerpots that fell over.  Again.  I moved some around and maybe that'll help hold them up. 
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Last time we went to Harvest Market, we picked up a carton of skyr, which is Viking-style cultured milk.  It is similar to yogurt, but not quite the same thing.  It doesn't smooth out when stirred, but tends to stay chunky, not my favorite thing.  It is the sourest yogurt relative I have tasted.  :P  There are notes strongly similar to sour cream and cream cheese.  I do not like it at all for eating by itself.  However, it could make an excellent ingredient, for example in cream cheese or pastries.  For people who dislike sweet things and find regular yogurt too insipid, try this.
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Today is cool and mostly sunny.  I trimmed some weeds around the forest garden and Doug helped me set up the new birdfeeder.  Then I filled that one, the hopper feeder, and the fly-through feeder. 
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Today was mild and mostly sunny.  I went out and watered plants.  We got a little rain but it hasn't helped much. 
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "The Gifts That Move"
Decoding the Voynich Manuscript
Poem: "The Choices That Make Families"
Poem: "Even for an Old Soul"
Art Imitates Life: Skin Color in Video Game
Emotional Trauma Care in Houston
Poem: "Accommodating Celebrations"
Poem: "Eddies"
Wednesday Yardening
Hard Things
Poem: "Revontulet"


Last week's Poetry Fishbowl went well.  I am still posting some of the poems sponsored by my parents.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow coaxes Stylet to take a shower.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Pips reveals his attraction toward Joshua Tull.  "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses and has 30 new verses.  The Iron Horses tell Kenzie what happened to the gaybashers.  "A Haven in a Heartless World" belongs to Diminished Expectations.

Weather has been mild and mostly sunny.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, frost asters, torenia, purple aster, sawtooth sunflowers, pink sedum, purple sedum. 
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Today is partly cloudy, breezy, and cool.  I went outside and watered plants. 
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Doug cooks on fishbowl nights.  Usually it's something simple like lox, eggs, and onions.

Tonight he is making the chicken makhani.  He asked me to help find the cornstarch.  I went into the kitchen and aaaaaa it smells so good!  I just want to stand there and smell it but then I would be in the way and not get any work done.

But it smells soooooooo yummmmmy. :P''''''

And now I am starving

EDIT 9/5/17: It tasted as good as it smelled.  :D

Chorizo

Sep. 4th, 2017 06:05 pm
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So we bought this chorizo at the Mexican meat market recently.  This stuff is like tear gas, it gives off a miasma, it has so much red pepper in it that Doug had a hard time telling when it was cooked because the browning was invisible.  Some people like this sort of thing.

This evening I opened up the jalapenos and made stuffing, which included some of the chorizo.  As I was scooping that into a bowl, the fairies grabbed the spoon and dumped some on the floor.

Then I heard "Hot! Hot! Hot!"

And then "AAAAAAA!  EEEEEEE!  AAAAAAA!" as they ran screaming from the room.

ROTFLMAO.  I bet my drop rate in the kitchen goes down to nothing for months.
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Today is mostly cloudy, breezy, and rather warm.  I picked up sticks along the south side of the driveway and dumped the trolley in the firepit. 
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Ladiesbingo Card 9-3-17
New Crowdfunding Project: "Mine"
Poem: "The Sum of Her Parts"
Poem: "Pebbles in the Path"
Today's Adventures
Graffiti from Pompeii
Pirate Fest Bingo Card 9-1-17
Musical Hat Draw: "Stars"
Poetry Fishbowl Report for August 15, 2017
Unsold Poetry for the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
Dal Makhani
Cuddle Party


There will be a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, September 5 with a theme of "families of choice."  Mark your calendars and come give me prompts tomorrow!

Currently we have four poems in microfunding, so there's no slot open for the Tuesday fishbowl.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow coaxes Stylet to take a shower.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Pips reveals his attraction toward Joshua Tull.  "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses.  Kenzie is intrigued and a little embarrassed by Ron's caregiving skills.  "A Haven in a Heartless World" belongs to Diminished Expectations.

Weather has been cool and sunny.  We're getting some yardwork done.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, echinacea, frost asters, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, torenia, purple aster, sawtooth sunflowers, pink sedum, purple sedum.  I need to set up my new birdfeeder and start filling the old ones.
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We went to the Cheese Festival in Arthur today. Didn't look like much of a shopping fair at first, but we found some great stuff later on. My corn dog was meh, but the funnel cake was quite good, and so were the shakeups. The weather was gorgeous too, mostly sunny and cool. Show is still on Sunday if anyone wants to go.

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Today was warm and partly sunny.

I went out and took pictures.   Sawtooth sunflowers, some new asters in the prairie garden, the purple and the pink sedum are blooming.  :D  Also there are pears all over the pear tree.  I saw a preying mantis feeding on a butterfly, and a couple of grasshoppers humping.  Sometimes it's all about perspective -- I didn't see the mantis or grasshoppers until I crouched down to photograph the colorful wing of the butterfly.

Later I went back out and watered plants.  It's dry here.  Someone mentioned online that the wetland at our local nature center is all dried up.  :(
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Doug finished making the dal makhani today.  It's a little wetter than ideal -- beans can be tricky to cook -- but quite tasty.  Also it's kind of a pink color, rather than the darker reddish-brown I've often seen in restaurants.  This may be due to using fresh tomato puree or who knows what other reason.  We got one large container, four medium ones, and the bowl that Doug bailed out to eat immediately, which is a pretty good quantity.  \o/  Success!

Later this week we plan to shop for the chicken makhani ingredients and test that. 

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