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We bought a board game called Planetarium. Tonight we playtested it in preparation for playing with friends later this month. I'm not inclined to do a full review based on one round, but I want to record some preliminary observations so I don't forget them. After I've played some more, I'll add more details and clean up the descriptions.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Read "Real Friends Help You Hide the Bodies" by Bairnsidhe
Poem: "Digging In"
Poem: "The Green Monkey"
Read "Rule 34" by Siliconshaman
Sunday Yardening
Reward for Impeachment
Poem: "Come Closer in Kinship"
Crowdfunding Creative Jam
Kneeling
Poem: "Liminality"
Toward Activity Scouts
Friday Yardening
Poem: "Transpeciation"
Thursday Yardening
Poem: "Transcend Apparent Limits"
Moment of Silence: David Patterson
Wednesday Yardening
A Word for America Today
Good News


There is a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics this week.  Shop for poetry, or watch for new goodies to appear.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and has 7 new verses.  Stylet comes out of the shower.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Pips and Jules discuss what to get for G and Joshua after the fire.  

We got a little rain, and the weather turned much cooler.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, firecracker plant, morning glories, frost asters, goldenrod.  Most of the fields around us have been harvested.

I saw a couple of sparrows around the birdfeeders this week.   Right now there is a male cardinal around my office window.  :D 
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Today is partly sunny, chilly, and blustery.  We got more rain late last night and early this morning.  Most of the fields around us have been harvested.

I planted 20 Iris 'Harmony' in the wildflower garden.  These are miniature iris with lavender uprights and bright purple falls.

I also gathered more wildflower seeds and planted them in the prairie garden.

EDIT: I went back out and planted 6 Daffodil 'Thalia' in the purple-and-white garden. They are narrow-leafed white daffodils.

EDIT: I planted 12 Puschkinia / Lebanon Squill in the purple-and-white garden.  These put out clusters of star-shaped flowers in white to pale blue.
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We missed the beginning of the Grand Prairie Friends Fall Fete today, but got to part of it. 

They had live music this time, quite a charming band, including a mountain dulcimer player.  It's not often that I like live music because my tastes are different than the usual, but this was really nice.

The food was a huge disappointment.  It was catered instead of the usual potluck.  I had high hopes because it was catered by Smokey's, a favorite restaurant.  Their catering is greatly inferior to the restaurant.  The barbecue pulled pork was fine -- but they had grilled pineapple and portabellas that they wouldn't let me have, because they were "for vegetarians only," and the two sides they had weren't suited to me.  >_<  So all I left with with was the sandwich.  Later a couple other people shared some of their food with me, which lifted my mood a little, but this is probably the last time I'll eat a meal catered by this restaurant.  It was completely inappropriate for a whole host of dietary needs, and most people won't say anything about those because it embarrasses them.  They just won't come back. 

Compare this to the dessert potluck last month where we had over a dozen delectable things to choose from.  The usual Fall Fete potluck would have over two dozen sides and desserts brought by members, plus hot dogs, beef hamburgers (with or without cheese), and veggie burgers bought by the organization.  You could take whatever you want, depending on your personal needs and tastes.  There were usually plenty of things to please a very wide range of folks.  A lot of people layered a beef burger and a veggie burger together.  Today was one main dish, you couldn't take both options even if you couldn't eat the other stuff, two sides, a pre-mixed salad, and soggy cobbler for dessert.  Total mood-killer.

They had printed plastic cups, though, in four colors.  Those were new, and really cute.

We didn't spend half as long there as usual.  It was nice to see some people we knew.  We did stop to explore part of the new trail, which has a very nice little parking lot at the far end.  The forest is in great shape -- oaks, hickories, maples, sycamores, all kinds of trees.  The trail is pretty good, a nice moderate challenge level.  But it's going to need maintenance by spring.  They cut of a lot of saplings at chest level which are, obviously, already sprouting new branches and will be right across the trail in late spring.  To say nothing of spiderweb frames in any season.  Also I spotted at least one trickle cut across the trail, which means they didn't put pipe cuts or even gravel under it for drainage, making it prone to wash out in the rain.  The concrete blocks across the creek (currently dry, but it'll fill with rain) were turned holes-up, which is not only a tripping hazard but will make the creek back up.  Turn them flat side up, and the water goes right through the big holes.   :/  But eh, it's a beautiful new route for hiking, and I don't have to maintain it.

After that, I had great luck shopping for flower bulbs.  Mixed tulips, white narcissus, pale blue squills, all kinds of stuff.

Not a bad day overall, just had its ups and downs.
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Today is sunny and mild.  Birds are flittering around.  Leaves are on the ground.  Not much color yet, but plenty of shedding.

I planted 15 crocus 'Spring Beauty' in the wildflower garden.  These are purple and white. 

EDIT 10-13-17: I went back out and planted 10 Eranthis cilicica.  They are small yellow flowers that bloom very early.
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Today is cooler, cloudy, and damp.  We got some rain last night; there are puddles in the road.

I started work on the wildflower garden.  Today I planted 10 Muscari 'Ocean Magic' bulbs.  These are like the classic blue grape hycacinths except the flowers are an exquisite pale blue. I also put out 10 Hyacinthoides hispanica in mixed colors, aka wood hyacinths or Spanish bluebells.  I still have plenty more left to plant.
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Today is cooler, gray, and damp.  It rained a little last night.

I planted two batches of bulbs, for a total of ten, each one a different cultivar.  Six warm-colored ones went beside the barrel garden.  Four black ones went in the tulip garden beside the parking lot.  That's all I have for now that's slated for those locations.

I still have a big bag of stuff for the wildflower garden.  That was the largest batch.

A few more birds have been fluttering around the feeders.  I saw a sparrow on the hopper feeder yesterday.  Today I saw finches around the fly-through feeder.  If I keep seeing finches, I may put up a thistle sock.  I don't always, because the bird population varies and thistle is expensive, but when we have lots of finches then it's worthwhile. 
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Today is mild, cloudy, and damp.  It rained buckets last night.  \o/

I planted bulbs in the white garden at the end of the driveway.  I put in 1 Allium 'Mount Everest' that will be a big ball of tiny white flowers, like the one I experimented with last year that bloomed so nicely this summer.  I added 10 Scilla siberica 'Alba' which have little white star-shaped flowers.  Finally I planted 10 Iris 'Katharine Gold' which is not actually yellow but instead a miniature iris producing flowers of white and pale green.  I haven't tried this cultivar before, but I love miniature iris.  This concludes the current purchases slated for the white garden.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Grow into a Scary Place"
Today's Adventures
Poem: "Overkineralization"
Poem: "The Source of Each Other"
Saturday Yardening
Poem: "Fisheye Lenses"
Friday Yardening
Thursday Yardening
Batman vs. Elmer Fudd
Today's Adventures


Last week's Poetry Fishbowl went well. I still have two poems to post that my parents sponsored, "Transpeciation" and "Come Closer in Kinship."


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.  Pips and Jules discuss what to get for G and Joshua after the fire.  

Weather has been mild and intermittently rainy here.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, firecracker plant, morning glories, frost asters, torenia, purple aster, pink sedum, goldenrod.

I saw a couple of sparrows on the fly-through feeder this week, and a hawk in the yard.  I've also seen squirrels scampering around.  They're leaving piles of cracked nuts on the picnic table.
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Today we went out to visit Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery for a fall event.  There was a construction detour on the way, the parking lot was overfull and required parking in an unmown overflow lot, the trail to the barns wasn't well marked, and the activities weren't impressive either.  We did note that they sell raw honey, and we bought some goat sausage, so it wasn't a total bust.  We also bought some homemade donuts, which were very tasty, although the advertised flavors weren't really discernible.  On the whole, we were underwhelmed by the farm.  I suspect their heart's in the right place for community outreach, but they don't quite know what they're doing yet when it comes to event organization.  So not a terrible trip, but disappointing.

We decided to drown our sorrows in some draft root beer and gourmet pizza at Brixx.  This improved our mood and the day.

There was still grocery shopping to do ... but then my partner Doug spotted a new antique store near Wal-Mart.  By new, it turns out they've only been there for 8 days.  And this is where the day turned amazing.  :D  The place is called Captain Jack's Treasures.  Imagine, if you will, a typical antique store, the size of a barn, crammed full of stuff, 90% of which is crud.  Now throw out all the crud and cream off the top 10% into one largish room.   That room is this store. 

Chatty folks, too, the staff and customers alike, so plan to spend some time if you go there.  You're not going to get in and out in 10 minutes.  We did eventually get our groceries.  Very eventually.  I think we spent between half an hour and an hour in there.

The owner bills himself as a treasure hunter, and I agree.  I've seen hundreds of antique stores, and the vast majority of them look like they were stocked by magpies.  This one is different.  It is very carefully curated by someone with an exceptional eye for quality.  (They also stock some stuff from other vendors, including Timeless Treasures.)  There were all sorts of items I recognize but almost never see anymore.  Old tricycles and wagons.  Depression-era glass and books.  Crockery.  Some truly splendid hardwood furniture.  A wooden horse that may have come off a carousel or child's riding toy.  A genuine cookstove with the lids on top that come off to expose the fire.  And if they get a bargain, you get a bargain; there was a walnut-and-marble coffee table for $75, and a couple of art glass rolling pins that I'm pretty sure had more than their $45 price in raw materials alone.  Prices actually ranged from very cheap -- the book I got was $4 -- on up to quite expensive for the really old and rare treasures.  Granted, people like all different things, so there was a lot of stuff that didn't grab me -- but I can recognize good stuff even if I'm not into it personally.  I didn't see the outright junk  that clutters most antique stores.  It was basically like a museum where you could buy all the stuff.  So we came home with a book, a jello mold, and a set of mid-century burlap glasses.  \o/

If you're within driving distance of Champaign-Urbana (the shop is actually in Savoy, which is adjacent to the south) and you're into antiques, this is totally worth the trip. Too far away?  Look up Captain Jack's Treasures on eBay.  That's mostly smaller items; you can see some of the larger ones on their Facebook page.  This is what happens when someone with a pirate's eye for travel and treasure takes up a legitimate business.  <3  It's adorable.  It's like a little slice of Terramagne.  Most highly recommended.

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Today is cloudy and dim, mild with a blustery breeze.  A wall of rainclouds is blowing in.  It was starting to sprinkle when I went outside. 

This time I put out the bulbs intended for the goddess garden.  I planted 10 Hyacinthoides hispanica in mixed colors, also known as wood hyacinth or Spanish bluebells.  I also set out 10 Eranthis cilicica,  aka winter aconite or buttercup.  I first tried them last year in the same location, now adding more because I love their cheerful yellow flowers which bloom even before the snow crocus.

So that's a second garden done, out of the current batch of bulbs to be planted.  \o/

 
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Today is cloudy and mild.  I went out and planted more bulbs in the purple-and-white garden.  I put out 20 Allium caeruleum, which will have globes of tiny blue-violet flowers.  I also planted 10 Scilla siberica 'Alba' which have white star-shaped flowers.

I have seen sparrows on the hopper feeder twice today.  \o/  Also while we were outside, we saw a red-tailed hawk!  It flew from one of the corner trees around the edge of the yard.  They like to roost where they can look out over the fields.  :D

EDIT 10-6-17: I went back out and planted 20 Muscari latifolium in the purple-and-white garden.  It's a tiny species hyacinth that blooms dark purple at the base of the flower spike with lavender buds higher up.  This concludes the current purchases slated for that garden, so I'll be moving on to another tomorrow.
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Today is warm and gray.  It rained thoroughly last night, so the ground is diggable again.  \o/

I went out and worked in the purple-and-white garden near the patio.  I planted one Allium 'Globemaster' which is a fist-sized bulb that will put up a softball-sized sphere of tiny purple flowers.  I also set out four Camassia leichtlinii, which will have spikes of starry lavender flowers.

When I went outside, a squirrel scampered away from the picnic table.  They've been cracking nuts on one bench.
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We went up to Champaign today.  I bought a whole bunch of bulbs, mostly deer-resistant stuff.  New favorites like squill, allium, and eranthis topped the list but I also got a few miniature iris and tulips.  Dad says he has around 500 bulbs to share with me later.  I figured he would, and he tends to buy lots of daffodils and tulips, so I leaned away from those.  \o/

We ate supper at Sitara.  They are back to being a good place again.  :D  Also now they're offering specials, which we tried.  The new potato appetizer was a hit with our spice fans but too picante for me.  However, the paneer pakoras were excellent.

The Krannert Center was a mess tonight.  >_<  The person who used to run the gift shop retired, so they sold off everything and are just starting to restock.  Plan is to make it half store and half display.  I will check later, but suspect it will no longer be worth the bother, and it used to be awesome.  The staff were disorganized.  They didn't even have ushers at the gate like they usually do, so we had to go to the Will Call window for help because there's a less-mobile person in our party.  And then we discovered they didn't have enough seats in the accessible area, and they hadn't done a good job of telling people which seats were accessible -- most of them were down many steep stairs. *sighhhhhh*  After five minutes of listening to other folks angsting about how to get seated, I suggested splitting our party since two of us could manage the stairs.  So we did.  The couple we swapped with actually had great seats, right in the middle about seven rows from the front.  But still.  This was not a situation I should've had to patch up.  Facilities are responsible for making sure seating is appropriate and properly communicated.  Normally Krannert does MUCH better than this -- it's the first time I've seen such a clusterfuck there.  If you are planning to go there, double-check any special needs against their available facilities and staff.

On the bright side, Tango Argentine was brilliant.  Evidently theatrical tango is much richer than ballroom tango.  The musicians were lively, the costumes spectacular, and the dance framed in an elaborate narrative.  I really loved it.  Also the smokin' hot dancers were often in extremely revealing outfits, and by revealing I mean some of the men had shirts open to the waist and one woman danced in a catsuit that was entirely transparent except for a few strategically placed sequins.  OuO I'll be in my bunk.  Top favorites were the bola dancer and the human futbol -- one dance mimed a soccer game, starting with a real ball, but then they brought out a girl dressed as a futbol and proceeded to play with her instead.  Actually there was a lot of overhead girl-twirling tonight, very impressive.

Also we stopped at the cafe  afterwards for chocolate cake, and that was delicious.

We're getting a tiny bit of rain, which we desperately need.  Hopefully we'll get more, so I can actually get the bulbs into the ground.  I could maybe chisel holes for the little ones, but I bought another big allium, this one purple, which is the size of my fist.
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Today is sunny and warm.  I went out and relocated wildflower seeds into the prairie garden and septic garden.

Some kind of tiny, bitey insect that I don't recognize is out in force today.   Not much bigger than a flea, very annoying.  >_<
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Today in the Kitchen
Fall Festival Bingo Card 10-1-17
Poem: "Sacrificed Part of Himself"
Saturday Yardening
Poetry Fishbowl Report for September 5, 2017
Poem: "Fluffy"
Friday Yardening
Poem: "Branded in His Memory"
Good News
Mutant Butterflies
Poem: "Twice-Wise Tiresias"


[personal profile] daisiesrockalot sponsored all the unpublished poems from Path of the Paladins, which have now been published and listed in this post. \o/

There will be a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, October 3 with a theme of "Otherkin and Other-nesses."  Please mark your calendars, and I hope to see you then!


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.  Pips and Jules discuss what to get for G and Joshua after the fire.  "Two Foxes" is now complete.  The Iron Horses help Kenzie pick out some two-spirit clothing.  

Weather has been sunny and cooler here.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, firecracker plant, morning glories, frost asters, torenia, purple aster, sawtooth sunflowers, pink sedum, goldenrod.
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I'm making another batch of pear pie filling.  I went out to pick up pears, and discovered that most of the ones on the ground were already eaten.  I think the possums, skunks, and raccoons have realized that it's pear season.  I got some, but I had to get a stick to knock a few more off the tree, enough for half a bucket, which fills the pancake bowl and then the medium-round crockpot.  So then we cleaned the pears and put them on to cook.  Yay us! 
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Today is sunny and mild.  All the corn around us is down now.  We walked around the perimeter of the yard and discussed future projects for yardwork and planting.

We startled up some bluejays while we were out.  :D  I'm happy to have them here.
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Today is sunny and mild.  I went out and watered plants, then gathered and planted wildflower seeds.

The farmers are out harvesting the corn around our house today.  Not quite half the fields in the area are down.

Squirrels are nutting like mad.  I keep finding piles of cracked walnut shells.

 

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