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We have lots of little crocuses coming up in the lawn - several white, a few lavender, and so far just a single deep purple one.  So far they're all on the north side of the lawn - those always show up sooner than their opposite number.  I planted them there a few years ago, and they have mostly hung in there, although it seems I lose a few on the south side and gain a few on the north every year.

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The seedlings are doing well.  I let some of them get too dry to the point of wilting yesterday, but they've all recovered.  The broccoli and cucumbers are about to lose their seed leaves.

The wilt problem with the tomatoes was confined to just a couple of plants.  Looking closely at one of them it appeared to have bred untrue, so I culled it.  There's one more that isn't quite as dramatic; I'll give it a few more days to see whether it's going to straighten up (literally & figuratively).

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I repotted 3 houseplants last week: the new fatsia, the ficus lyrata, and the ficus elastica.  No more ugly plastic nursery pots in the living room!  And it only took 6 years or so.  :P

The jasmine has scale, and apparently gave it to the fatsia.  So last weekend when the weather was nice, I took them each outside, hosed them down, spritzed them down with spray oil, and let them sit outside until dry.  The fatsia seems completely cured.  The jasmine was so heavily infested that I'm going to give it another go next time the weather is decent.  I can see the ugly little things beginning to fall off already, which is good.  I hate scale.

Mum's clivia miniata is blooming beautifully.  I'm so lucky it's hanging out with me for now. :)

Tomorrow Mum & I head to Ikea to pick up some more of that incredibly cheap utilitarian shelving they carry.  I have cleaned out the grow room and intend to use one wall for storing indoor plant supplies.

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Thank goodness it's spring.

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Would anyone be willing to recommend a restorer of antique furniture in Minneapolis? I have several dining room chairs in varying states of disrepair that I'd like to make usable again.


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...I don't need a "meme" to tell me; I know what kind of nuts I am. I just organized the 200-odd books in my dining room according to the Dewey decimal system.

Because, you know, it’s not like I have anything more important to do.

(I'm just glad that my other thousands of books are upstairs in boxes, safe from my ministrations.)

If anyone wants a bunch of Scientific American magazines from 2002-2003 and/or all of the Penzey Spice catalogs (with recipes) from 2003-present, speak now or forever hold your peas. I'll be putting them out with the recycling in 10 days unless someone comes to get them first.


Aug. 20th, 2007 07:42 am
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I've spent most of my free minutes over the last week getting my house clean, and I love the results. I love the smell. I love being able to run across the wood floor in my socks and slide a full ten feet before coming to a halt.

So it should have come as no surprise to me on Friday morning when I rounded a corner and couldn't stop until I banged my face into the woodwork.

My thoughts went, roughly, thus:

  1. Ouch!

  2. Sh!t!

  3. Oh, great, now I'm going to get a black eye and everyone will assume I'm a battered woman.

  4. I should put some ice on this.

  5. So I iced it, and for the record, I didn't get a black eye, just a little bruise underneath my eyebrow. It looks as though I made an ill-advised choice of eye shadow, used it on my left eye, then came to my senses before doing my right.


Jun. 17th, 2007 09:14 am
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A definition that popped into my head during a recent meeting; not at all incompatible with the uncapitalized definition:
A form of government characterized by the very specific and inhospitable birthplace origin of its principals: i.e. "Everyone who has any power around here acts like he's from another planet - this must be a Plutocracy!"

Also, a charming and devilish poem.

Finally, a phrase I should remember next time I want to spend way too much effort on buying a tiny bit of decor for my home: "bridge lamp shade."


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