Thursday, May 24, 2007

What book am I?

Since all my friends were doing it I did too. I can be such a follower sometimes.

You're To Kill a Mockingbird!

by Harper Lee

Perceived as a revolutionary and groundbreaking person, you have changed the minds of many people. While questioning the authority around you, you've also taken a significant amount of flack. But you've had the admirable guts to persevere. There's a weird guy in the neighborhood using dubious means to protect you, but you're pretty sure it's worth it in the end. In the end, it remains unclear to you whether finches and mockingbirds get along in real life.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Friday, May 18, 2007

In the Garden

It doesn't look like much yet...looks more like a garden of straw but I am hopeful. I really haven't shared much of the garden because it never seems like much in the beginning then I harvest everything before I get pictures of the bounty.

A view of the garden looking southeast. In the corner I plan to place a bird bath and some more grapes. The lush green band is a bed of strawberries that I will be harvesting very soon.

Just behind the strawberry bed is the asparagus bed which is struggling right now because it's being attacked by asparagus beetle. I go out daily to crush the little buggers and pick off the eggs they lay on the asparagus. The bed to the right of the boards is Jade's bed which she planted tonight the one to the right of hers is Corbin's.

Jade planted: lettuce , turnips, morninglories, mustard greens, carrots, cherry tomatoes. Corbin has some basil and carrots. He was going to plant watermelon but changed his mind and wants to plant corn.

Below is the garden looking from the southeast corner. You can see the tips of the struggling asparagus and the lush strawberry patch. The bed to the right of the boards has potatoes, then a bed of peppers, then the tomatoes.

This is the east side of the garden right next to the fence. It has raspberries that we will get to harvest this year and a varietys of perennials: salvia, black eyed susan, yarrow.

A lovely Salvia one of my favorites in the garden, right next to it, not blooming yet, is Purple Gayfeather another favorite of mine an native to Kansas.

Here's the herb bed just behind the tomato bed: oregano, chives, sweet grass, sage, and one other herb that I forgot what it is.

This is Rose - I call her Rose - She is a Rose. I have tree in the yard I call Fred. I don't have a picture of Fred, yet.

I have more to share later. There are a few beds I didn't get pics of yet.

This is what I've been busy with over the last few days.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

the kidlets

Right now the kids are playing. I am amazed at their playing focus. They've been playing for about 1-1/2 hours in a Star Wars inspired theme, going on trips and making things, making up dialog and creating the story. It just keeps evolving effortlessly it seems. Sometimes it's not so effortless, but it is today. It's joy to be home to catch glimpses of it here and there, a precious moment, for sure.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Japanese Proverbs?

Coming out of hibernation to share:

I am not sure if these are really Japanese Proverbs. I'm curious where they come from. Even if it has nothing to do with Japan. They are pretty cool.

This one is my favorite:

Attitude: Japanese Proverbs
We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

Here are more:

Courage: Japanese Proverbs
Fall seven times; stand up eight.

Courage: Japanese Proverbs
Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.

Business: Japanese Proverbs
None of us is as smart as all of us.

Character: Japanese Proverbs
The reputation of thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.

Action: Japanese Proverbs
Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.

Attitude: Japanese Proverbs
We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

Character: Japanese Proverbs
When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.