Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Been a busy summer

in several directions, and this place, sadly, has been mostly at the bottom of my priority list.  Not for reading, but for contributing.  (slaps the blog lady on the wrist--get your act together, lady, people are watching)  

however,  I did add a link to a place called  "Lope"  which I keep forgetting about and shouldn't>>>over there in the Interactive List.  http://www.lope.ca/

Friday, July 18, 2014

By Golly I think we have it now (link to Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac)


(which is now also listed in the Interactive Stuff list)

Garrison Keillor

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Aizhai suspension bridge

If you dont use Bing as a home page... this link should take you to a gallery of views of an  incredible bridge.  I've always loved the Chinese landscapes,  there seem to be mountains all over the place, and it has made the Chinese  into incredible engineers in the process.   the slideshow is really worth the trip.

Aizhai suspension bridge



Saturday, July 12, 2014

garden, wood, lawn; lather, rinse, repeat (6WS)

--and I know when I've reached the pivot point of the summer when I start thinking "next year I need to do this and put  that over there" and understand that for this year I've done all the titrivating and tweaking I can do.  But by golly, next year...=)


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Prepositional Phase



prepositional phase

where you are right now
between away and to

is not where i am
among the concerned leaves
down along the empty  hallways
beside and amidst the parted grasses

there will never be an after
without the before that came before
no here no there
no way around above or through
without me,  without you

the perhaps of you and I
has been overtaken by the now

why doesnt even enter into it
and that will have to wait for spring

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sorry, I've been off in all directions lately.

sometimes (as I think i have mentioned before) things happen in bunches.  all the water backs up in the dam and spills over (no no, that was a metaphor),  you go to the doctor and he says,  we need to have some blood work done.

The little oh oh light goes on in your head. 

So now I am making the rounds of osteo doctors, physicians,  blood work places.  The folder I started last winter now has a new one beside it.  Last winter it was about tests and scheduling and exams.  Physical Therapy.   This new one will probably be an extension of that,  with treatments and results as well. 

We're also in the middle of  finalizing the Land Trust for this place, and that takes up a fair size hunk of energy, mental and otherwise. 

I just fired my old reliable wood guy because he was becoming less than reliable and more expensive as well.  I hated to do it,  but at some point you have to stop making mental excuses for him, and move on. 

And I guess moving forward is what we do, every day. Sometimes a bit of backtracking, but it's still progress of a visible kind. 
this is a porcupine leaving,  totally fed up with my incessant picture taking;  I often feel this way,  just want to turn my back and walk away.  If i had his quills, I just might =)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What happens when you don't take vacations from your vacations

Every year I do a bit of titrivating to the garden, much the way I used to rearrange furniture in different rooms;  next year, I say, I want peonies over there and maybe a bit of poppy for color...

and next year thats what I do.  This year however we have raised the bar a bit, and instead of replanting peonies and scaring the daylights out of unsuspecting jonquils when the new neighbors move in next door,  we have decided that stove A (parlor stove) really needs to  be in the dining room and stove B (log burner) really needs to be in the parlor.

From there it's like a rock dropped in a still pond.

In order to make this work properly, we have to change the kind and amounts of wood we will be using, and make a space for the new shorter stuff so that its easily accessible and more plentiful.  Before this, we  just culled out short bits and stored them on the attic stairs.  This year we are actually buying quantities, and it needs to be separate, and will be living on the porch. and arent you all fascinated by this. It will also be dumped on my lovely lawn.  sob.

We got more long wood last year than we could use, so we have to explain to the wood guy in short words and with a lot of arm waving and pointing, that no no we need short chunks and then 16-18" stuff.  12 cords total.  Then he tells me how much that will be and I go in the house and have a nervous breakdown.

And of course due to global warming last winter was, by some accounts, one of the mildest on record (whose record, and which southern tropical island did they take the readings from)--it was so mild  that Florida had snow and Louisiana got to practice driving sidways in snow with one foot on the brake and one on the gas...and we had such a mild winter that we actually burnt 13 cords of wood.  three years ago we were averaging  8 to 9.