was awake

Jul. 14th, 2011 10:02 am
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I've just returned from an early morning doctor's appointment. Took some pictures of day lilies on the way in. As this is still the middle of the night for me -- I'm going to go take a nap.





day lilies

Jul. 13th, 2011 07:31 pm
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I spent most of the afternoon cleaning house or maybe it was sorting stacks of things. Did a little laundry and then wandered around the garden. It's beautiful outside -- sunny and mid 70s F today. So here are some of the day lilies in bloom...













the 4th

Jul. 4th, 2011 11:28 pm
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It was a sunny but warm day. Humidity down so the 80-something F was OK.

Cami and I went looking for a place to view the fireworks at about 9pm. Both of our usual places (empty parking lots) had been locked up. No trespassing, etc. So I drove around the area until I found a place to put the car. I was on the street near the park were the city sets off its show and with a view of the baseball stadium where the Lugnuts do a smaller show.

We had both brought nosh so we did a small picnic and watched the hordes gather. As always there were a lot of illegal fireworks being set off. Pretty but how can anyone afford the things?

The show at the baseball stadium was very short but the city display was longer and better than usual. I wonder if someone donated for the fireworks.

I did not climb on the top of my van but these kids had a good view.


I don't recommend using your cellphone for pictures of fireworks but this is what I got.





The kitty girl was hiding in the closet when I got home and is now sitting next to my feet. She twitches/jumps as each boom happens. Hopefully it will quiet down soon and I can open the windows.
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So we went from cold and damp to warm and damp (mid 70s F). A number of things choose to bloom today anyway. Starting at the back fence line I have Viburnum trilobum American Cranberrybush Viburnum. A really nice multi-season plant that doesn't mind having its feet in water. The far back of my yard can be a bit soggy even if not encouraged to this by the copious quantities of rain we get. This bad picture because I couldn't get close enough because of mud on the path. Pretty lace caps of flowers and plenty of Photoshop to make it presentable.



I do occasionally allow weeds to grow so I have some Dame's Rocket Hesperis matronalis flowering at the moment as well as this Greater Celandine Chelidonium majus out front.



Early iris blooming. This dark purple one came from the front yard of a friend's mom. Nothing (including iris borer) seems to faze it. The Baptista is just starting to open.



The front door guardian Rosa Rugosa 'Frau Dagmar Hastrup' has its first rose open.



Saw a mallard swimming around a small pond/fountain in front of an apartment complex. King of the very small pond. Just a female on the next time by. Two raptor sightings, one smaller than the other. The second one was probably the Trowbridge Red Tail.
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This was one of those days where I wonder why I went to school for a collection of meetings. Sleeping would have been much more productive. It is supposed to be sunny and nice tomorrow so I will do a garden look about.

Got home to some photos from my sister showing how our VT place survived the winter. Or mostly survived. A couple of downed trees tried to demolish the outhouse, but as it is a garden shed at this point it wasn't a great tragedy. It does need a bit of clean up and electricity. Seems one of those fallen trees did take down the power line. Lots of pine needles need to be removed along with a lot of small stuff.





Across the pond Uncle Bud's place is doing less well but it has some new tenants! Not the house but the brook will be having a renovation.

...the brook... Please note that the log you see is a bridge and is intentional.



...the other side of the culvert where THINGS have been happening!

the garden

Mar. 20th, 2011 10:51 pm
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Many things this year a little later than last year, but the witch hazels are as always perfectly on time.





The hellebores however are a bit late, the flowers are just breaking the ground. Such an odd plant, the flowers open as as soon as they are above ground and then just keep growing taller. The pictures are from yesterday but I didn't get them posted.

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After following her around the house for a bit, this is the best picture I could get. She did not want her portrait taken, I guess. Her Furriness is 9 years old today. Happy Birthday!


sun today

Feb. 3rd, 2011 03:42 pm
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Definitely not buried or anything.



Grumble, grumble: The city of Lansing doesn't allow cars to be parked on the streets overnight. So a "get off the street or you will be towed" ban went into effect Tuesday night (enforcement is otherwise a bit lax). On my street at the top of the hill (hill defined in this context as any area not completely flat) a number of cars obviously were on the street when the snow plow went through. I did watch a car get towed in the next block north and do not know the fate of the ones on my street. All of the houses have driveways which were not full of cars by the by. Thank you neighbors for making the street near impossible & impassable.
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I had friends over for the annual indulgence fest. The rules are bring whatever you want, so we get lots of variety. Sometimes it has turned into all desserts as well, so one never knows what this will be. The other given is to watch a christmas related dvd. This year it was the Alastair Sim version of "A Christmas Carol".

This is what arrived in the way of food.








Food eaten, presents unwrapped, movie watched and dishwasher running. Merry christmas!
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The day started out cloudy and cold. Supervised the pruning of the rose that is attempting to eat both my and my neighbor's house. It was trimmed and constrained to the fence. We shall see what it decides to do next year.

While I was out the sun decided to come out. At the time I was attempted to work on school budget stuff and watch the "Rally to Restore Sanity". Then the sun came out and I went back outdoors. As we have yet to have a killing frost there is still a lot of color out there. Leaves and flowers both. So this is what my yard has to offer, starting near the front door.















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I had new doors put in this spring. I therefore needed to deal with the wall in the living room. I also had water stains on the ceiling there from before I had the chimney rebuilt. And I've been saying I would repaint my bedroom for ages, so finally I hired a painter. Romy went into hiding immediately after he arrived yesterday. He got the wall patched and one coat on the ceiling. He left the drop clothes in place so I awoke to a totally pissed off cat this morning who had also complained all night. All HER furniture was covered in STUFF!

Front part of the house will be done today. Then the bedroom next week. I'm a little job and he is fitting me in between the real work.





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Warm and in the 60s. Tons of pollen but at least the maple trees are starting to drop their flowers. Wide circles of chartreuse on the pavement, pretty.

The fothergilla flowers are completely open and I include a close-up of the various pinks of the yard trees.







Also came up with a great (or evil -- depending on your view) idea for my final exam in 3D Animation. I am going to have them model Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano. I am particularly taken with the night pictures with lightning. As they have just spent a lot of time with particle systems it seems the perfect thing to see if they actually understand.


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Well it was really nice this morning before I left for work -- underground. Trees in bloom in the back yard, from the left Kwanzan Cherry, Crab Apple, Redbud and Dogwood. Still lots of daffodils and a Fothergilla in the foreground in bloom. Fothergilla or Witch Alder is another relative of the Witchhazel, family Hamamelidaceae.


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Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.





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