Plants, Purls & Puppies

125D89B9-15C6-4A3D-B3D0-9AB7ACE40725Well folks, once again, it’s been far too long since my last update.  I’m trying to get better about this.  Really.  I promise.   Spring is already beginning to give way into summer and my list of projects at the house seems to continue to grow. A lot of my free time is spent out in the yard these days attempting to shape it into something presentable to the public and more importantly a place I’ll enjoy over the years to come.  It wasn’t horrible to begin with, it was just bare, and I’m not the type of person to have only grass.  The focus has been on planting perennials and shrubs and building out the beds to put them in.  The work I did earlier this spring is starting to show with blooms here and there.  If someone told me this time last year that I would leave the world of rented apartments and duplexes and have my own little house, I would have laughed at them.

Pints_and_PurlsThe crafting projects are still being worked on but not at the pace that I’ve burned through them in the past.  I have a hunch this will pick back up in the fall and winter.  I’m still getting at lest an hour in a day.  It’s important to me to work that little bit of knitting time in for sanity’s sake.  It’s my meditation time.  I’ve still got a sweater for a friend to finish, my own sweater, and a handful of other projects in various states.  There’s also some good news locally, a few of us are trying to get a Friday evening craft meet up rolling again.  It’s called Pints and Purls and we meet up at Downtown Drafts on the Gainesville, GA square.  Now, I know, there are a few other craft groups out there named Pints and Purls, but hey, it’s a perfect name for a group that meets for an adult beverage with yarn in hand.  I guess if there’s an official organization somewhere, consider the Gainesville, GA chapter established. If you are in the area feel free to drop on in around 6pm on Fridays.  We won’t be hard to find, there will be a table with fidgeting fingers and balls of yarn.

fullsizeoutput_150And lastly, in this brief update.
SANDOR!
Now this is my favorite long term project.  Sandor, the lab/mystery dog mix, is about 8 months old now and has accomplished making me laugh every single day.  We’re still working on puppy exuberance issues, but overall he’s a damn good dog…well as long as you don’t ask my cat Severus.  Severus is still pissed that a dog has invaded his sanctuary.  Lucious, the more forgiving cat, on the other hand, will play with him like he was another dog.  Sandor and Lu also have an odd afternoon ritual, where they will snuggle up near each other on the couch and before the urge to nap takes over, Lu will wash Sandor’s face.  Sandor used to fight his daily face washing as a tiny puppy but he seems to have grown to enjoy it.

That’s it for the moment.  I’m alive, well, and happy.  How are you guys doing? Fill me in.

 

 

It’s Started: Playing in the Dirt

melonI procrastinated a bit.  I promised myself to get seeds started for this year’s gardening last weekend, but then winter tried to rear its ugly head and north Georgia had a cold snap most of this week.  Today has been the first day I’ve been back outside without wanting to wear all the cold weather gear I own.  This past week seemed colder than most of the temps we had through December and January.

Anyway, it finally felt safe to start poking seeds into dirt. The little greenhouses came out of the basement, soil, bone and blood meal, have been mixed and it’s off to the races.

I may have gone a bit overboard with variety this year, there may have been seeds stolen from my parent’s fridge at Christmas time that doubled the original plan.  We’ll see how it goes.  If even half of these grow well I’ll be happy, and if there is an abundence of veggies, friends will benefit too.

The Pretty Things:

  • Purple Passion Flower
  • King Tut Blue Sweet Pea
  • Russian Sage
  • Chocolate Vine

The Edibles:

  • Kajari Melon
  • Black Truffle Tomatoes
  • Purple Artichoke
  • Purple Potatoes
  • Miniature White Cucumber
  • Little Marvel Peas
  • Minnesota Midget Cantaloupe
  • Blue Jade Corn
  • Red Velvet Okra
  • Early Wonder Beet
  • Cimmaron Romaine Lettuce
  • Lacinato Kale
  • Giant Noble Spinach
  • Fairy Tale Pumpkin
  • Connecticut Field Pumpkin
  • Mr. Stripey Tomatoes
  • Brandywine Red Tomatoes