Tuesday, March 31, 2015

seedlings

flowers, tomatoes, and watermelon and the lone peanut down in front
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celeriac, canterbury bells, basil, jicama, and stevia
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onions, endive, coreopsis, calendula, blackeyed susan,
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tomaters and onions
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cantelope close up
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

naner bread muffins

banana bread muffins. i started to peel one open before i remembered to take the picture. they smelled so good.
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

puzzles from march

this one was super easy. sometimes you need an easy puzzle.
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this was a different kind of puzzle, a two puzzles in one sort of thing
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one section was a circle, with extra large pieces sized for little kids. and around that circle was another puzzle, with much smaller/normal pieces. i'd never done one like this before.
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puppy stole my spot! the couch is a little low for the puzzle table so i have to prop my bum up with a few pillows to work at the table. and puppy climbed right on top of all those pillows. this is the face he gave me after i told him he stole my spot.
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

seedlings in march

tomatoes under the grow lights. the grow light bulb casts a slightly purple-ish light over everything.
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watermelons and cantelope. the left side was all peanuts, but only one seed out of all of them sprouted this year. i guess the peanut seeds only work when fresh, not when 2-3 years old.
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nasturtiums on the left, more tomatoes on the right.
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i'll be making sauce this year so i need lots of tomatoes. i planted 3 varieties. amish paste, mortgage lifter, and some cherry tomatoes that my brother saved seeds from and gave to me for xmas.
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seedlings: purple coneflower, blackeyed susan, coreopsis, calendula, canterbury bells, stevia, jicama, celeriac, endive, and basil.
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grow light setup with all my seedlings
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the seedlings that stayed out in the greenhouse: broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and bunny tails ornamental grass.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

the picture that caused me so much woe!

the dogs were extra rowdy so i thought i'd take them out on the tricycle bike. but then i got this great idea to take a picture of them while we were riding! not a great idea.

they tipped me over while i was trying to take the picture, holding onto the handlebars with only one hand. i fell and skinned both my palms, one knee, and my forehead. and scratched up my camera. and my bike was a little wonky, the fender was rubbing, but was able to be bent back to shape. i managed to get back up, looked at my palms, tried not to freak out, put my poor abused camera in my pocket, turned the bike around, and the dogs pulled me back to the house completely under their own super power.

one palm and my knee were very badly skinned. the other palm is only lightly skinned, and my forehead is scraped, but doesnt look like the skin is broken. its just red, not bleeding. it was very very painful to clean the palms. i used up all the big bandages i have. the roommate drove me to the store to get more extra big sized bandages. this took a long time to heal. and i managed to sprain my knee pretty badly. its the same knee i screwed up years ago in a different fall.

this is the stupid picture i took of the dogs running while hooked up to harnesses and a bungee leash to my bike. seconds after this picture the handlebars turned, the bike tipped, and i fell.
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results of falling off the bike. right hand
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there was just no good way to bandage this hand. every time i bent or moved my hand, the bandages pulled away and unstuck themselves from my hand.
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a length of gauze helped keep the stupid bandage on.
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i experimented different ways to tie the gauze with each bandage change.
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left hand, a week into healing. it was more of a long narrow cut than skinned palm. this cut pulled open every time i opened my hand/spread my fingers too much.
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this is the configuration of bandages that worked best to stay on and keep it covered. took lots of trial and error to get this simple thing figured out.
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the extra big bandages, i went thru two boxes of these things.
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this one weeped and weeped and weeped, it ended up being much deeper than it appeared and took the longest to heal.
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two weeks into healing, the scraped skin around it is all scabbed over, but the deep gouge in the middle was much slower to heal. at this point the gouge is about an inch across, and the whole scrape is over two inches across.
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the gouge took 6 weeks to heal up completely. by which time my palms' new pink skin was finally toughening up and losing its super sensitivity. the sprained knee is still sprained, but coming along nicely. took 2 months before i could kneel on it and then only very carefully. squatting is still troublesome. i also have trouble if i try to bring that heel up on top of my other knee like to put a sock on. twisting is bad. but last time i screwed this knee up it took over 6 months before it started feeling better, so i'm fine with babying it a little longer to make sure it gets as healed as it can.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

this is how i feel about getting out of bed in the mornings

thor, a great dane puppy, doesnt want to get up and tells you so. turn up your sound.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

doggies

mollys way of telling me she's starving
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puppy, waiting patiently
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

blue cupcake baby afghan

this one went really quickly, it only took 16.5 hours. (my average is around 20 hours for baby afghans)
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close up, you can see the cupcake pattern
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

piece of tail

heres a nice piece of tail for you to chase!
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all stuffies must be ripped limb from limb. ears and tail first.
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then they're all de-stuffed.
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and if the stuffing isnt coming out fast enough, then puppy stands on the stuffy and rips its head off.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

heater in the greenhouse

electricity to the greenhouse. the extension cord is plugged in inside the porch, out thru the doggy door.
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thru the gap down in the corner of the door
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heavy duty extension cord, oil filled radiator heater, borrowed from my parents.
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a brief warm spell allowed me to have the baby seedlings out in the greenhouse for a few days.
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then it got cold again and most got moved back inside under the grow lights. only the cold loving plants stayed out.
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but for a rare few days, it was warmer in the greenhouse than in the house.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015

is it me you're looking for?

saw this in the store and had to try it. chocolate strawberry cheesecake.
"hello, my name is strawberry cheesecake, is it me you're looking for? nice to sweet you."
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i'd totally eat it again, except it was kinda expensive. but fun to try.
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my hungry hungry hippos waiting for their dinner

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Friday, March 6, 2015

seedling pics

seedling pictures
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nasturtiums and onions. i've had such trouble with nasturtiums, i didnt expect them all to sprout so fast.
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last years choice of organic miracle grow potting soil resulted in over half the damn bags being mulch. i complained and they offered to refund my money, but i bought them with cash and couldnt find the damn receipt. grrr. this year i bought a brand from fleet farm. sadly, it also had a lot of mulch in it. not as bad as the miracle grow, but still extremely frustrating.
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i set up a little sifting station.
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mulch strained out thru the sieve
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most of it was small enough to pass thru the sieve. but that still meant lots of small mulch along with the soil. i'm starting to seriously hate mulch.
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