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Apr. 22nd, 2014

Taking a moment to just breathe

I should be vacuuming the floor. I should be doing the dishes. I should be weaving. I should be sewing. I should be beading.


I am doing none of these things. Instead, I took a walk around the gardens to see what was in bloom, what hadn't survived the winter and just enjoy the spring air.

Solitary Tulip

It's funny what extreme freezing temps can do for some plants. This winter made the Wisteria outdo itself in blooms, the Bearded Irises came back better than they have in several years and the French Lilac is blooming more this year than it has in all the previous years combined, it's even sent up a sucker plant in the barberry bushes. Speaking of, someone attempted to walk through the barberry bushes and managed to break several large branches off one, so now it's looking a bit thin in that area. The plan is to put up an iron fencing section behind them, so that won't happen again.

Wild Violets

Even the strawberries are covered in flowers and setting fruit already- we built a netting cover for them to keep the birds and squirrels out, hopefully it works. The wild violets are continuing their attempt at taking over the back hill, spreading further up this year. Although the daffodils put up lots of leaves, they didn't bloom nearly as well as last year. And the freezing cold managed to kill my Rosemary and nearly did in the Lavender. Still only one, solitary bloom from the Tulip. I'm thinking it needs to be dug and moved this fall to a better spot where it may start to multiply. But at least it bloomed before the squirrels got to it, unlike previous years when they'd eat the flower bud.

French Lilac

The Clematis on the side of the porch is making a valiant comeback. Jackmanii is doing well, though I may move it still. Niobe is still struggling, as is the other one that I still, even this many years later, have trouble recalling the name of (Bright Eyes). However, Asao, H.F. Young and Snow Queen on the fence are doing very well. In fact, there are dozens of buds already- Asao, I believe. Henryi at the top of the hill has one bloom and 4 more buds this year, as well as several new vine growths. That's as many blooms as it's had in the last 2 years combined and more growth in all the years since I planted it there. I guess the brick wall falling down over the winter made it have a growth spurt.

Clematis 'Henryi'

The Asiatic Lilies that finally got put in the ground last year, have multiplied already and look to put on their best show yet. The Russian Sage actually survived- that was a nice surprise. The Daylilies are thriving, the Lily of the Valley has settled in. I do believe this will be the last season for the white butterfly bush, it's just not doing well this year. More dead branches than live and it looks very unhealthy. More than likely, it'll be pulled out this fall and the False Indigo planted in it's place- it needs to go in the ground anyway. Still waiting to see if the Black Diamond Crepe Myrtle survived the winter or not. Given that the Natchez White Crepe Myrtle hasn't yet put out leaves, it may be another couple weeks before I know for certain if the little one survived.

Sometime this year, we plan to start on the back patio space. I'm not holding my breath on that though, since we've been saying we're going to do it for a couple summers now. Heh. Need to get more garden soil and top off the raised bed so we can get tomatoes, peppers and other veggies going too.

And now, the rain has started. Guess that means it's time to get back to work.

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Apr. 14th, 2014

Beat already...

This weekend was busy. And I still haven't really stopped going yet.

Sat was the Olde Liberty Fibre Faire. We were going to take the SiL and niece with us, since the niece needed a ride to her easter egg hunt thing for extra credit at school and it would just be easier on everyone if we were already all together.

But when we arrived at their house, a family emergency had come up- the BiL's father had had a heart attack and was in the hospital, so they had to go to North Carolina instead. So we ended up going by ourselves and spending nearly 2 hours there. There were quite a few more vendors this year than there had been in 2011 when we last went.

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So, 2 hours, 10 ounces of various rovings, 9 skeins of yarn, a felted cat toy, 4lbs of organic lam shoulder, 1lb of organic ground lamb, a jar of Plum Butter and a lovely Lemongrass Sage handmade candle later, we headed back home.

Sunday saw us up early to do laundry, then head out to Riverside Nursery to browse their locally grown plants. There after snagging French Tarragon, Rosemary, Dill, Sage, Catnip, Aloe Vera plants, we then headed to Lowe's for potting soil and materials to build a raised netting cover over the strawberry bed to keep the squirrels and birds out of it. Once home, Mark realzed he mistook the 10ft PVC tubing for 20ft, so I had to go back to Lowe's for more. Meanwhile, Mark cleaned up a couple bags worth of dead leaves.

The French Tarragon, Rosemary, Dill, Sage, Catnip, Aloe Vera as well as the Basil and Cilantro I already had were repotted up into bigger pots- once we finish filling the new raised bed with compost and good garden dirt, they'll be transplanted into it, well, the herbs will anyway, not the Aloe Vera. And we'll add tomatoes, peppers, maybe a broccoli or two and maybe a few other veggies.

The Wisteria on the fence that my desk faces, is going to look spectacular this year. It is loaded with buds and just now starting to open a bit. The Lilac has a lot more blooms this year too. In fact, nearly everything has more flowers this year. Go figure.

Today saw me moving plants to the front porch and repotting the Wandering Jew that the batshit crazy neighbors decided to give me, as well as the 2 Christmas Cacti that they nearly killed. Afterwards, I photographed and listed all the new yarns I picked up on Ravelry. Then I bagged them up and stashed them on a shelf upstairs. I have enough ideas for wraps and scarves and bags and cuffs to keep me busy over the entire summer until the next fiber festival we go to in Sept, methinks. Heh.

And now, back to sewing I go.

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Apr. 10th, 2014

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Hood ornament detail on a Rolls Royce. Unfortunately, I didn't make note of the type or year of the Rolls, but I believe it's a 1930s model. Gilmour Car Museum, Hickory Corners, Michigan. Oct 2013

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Apr. 3rd, 2014

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1928 Hudson Convertible Sedan. Gilmour Car Museum, Hickory Corners, Michigan. Oct 2013. The Hudsons were in immaculate condition and are part of a privately owned collection on loan to the Museum. This one, as well as a couple others, was up on a turn table.

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Apr. 1st, 2014

It's a beautiful day and the sun is shining...

So I opened all the windows and took a walk through the yard to see what's coming back this year and what may or may not be.

The daffs are finally starting to bloom, at least a couple of them. The others are still all leaves as of yet. But they've always been late spring blooms for me, so as long as there's leaves, there may be blooms.

The clematis on the fence are full of tiny leaves and leaf buds. The Jackamanii at the porch is coming back, the others, one isn't- yet, and the other sort of is. They'll likely have to be either replaced this fall/next spring or completely removed and something better suited for the spot planted there instead.

The wisteria is putting out buds, slowly, but surely. I think I may have lost my hellebore, I knew I should have put it in the ground last fall.}:(

The daylilies are coming on. No sign of the lily of the valley yet. The tansy has leaves deep under the dead stuff already, as well as the mints too. Aries got his first taste of fresh catmint today. He's happy.

I think the rosemary plant finally gave up the ghost this winter. Too many below freezing nights with no snow cover to insulate it, I guess. Oh well. It never really was happy in that spot anyway. Now the lavender can have more room. Although, I think the below freezing nights definitely helped the irises as more seem to be coming back this year. They defintely need to be lifted though, the dirt refreshed and checked for bugs. I want to combine all of them into one bed- the front, long one anyway. That way, the shorter side bed can be completely perrenial herbs like it wants to be.

We need to build a net cover for both the strawberry bed and the raised bed out back- which needs several more wheelbarrow loads of good dirt to completely fill it, as well as more compost before it's ready for planting, hopefully by the end of April. We're planning a trip out to Riverside Nursury to get an idea of what we want to grow in it this year too.

In other news, Mark got me a couple skeins of gorgeous new yarn, as an early birthday gift, from The Verdant Gryphon-

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This is Tales of the Amber Sea in Mithril (a hand dyed laceweight 100% Merino yarn). It's a gorgeous, muted jewel tone colorway. The photo simply does not do it justice. This is the same yarn as my Oak Drayd, hand woven wrap, except that is in the Dryad of the Old Oak colorway. (This is it, A href=""> in their Eidos yarn</a>)

It also sold out almost immediately after we ordered the two skeins, that's how popular it is as a colorway.}:) So I can't wait to weave a wrap with it!

Meanwhile, still working on a few handwoven, hand sewn bags to get listed. So back to work I go!

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Mar. 31st, 2014

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1952 Hudson Hornet, driven by Marshall Teague. Gilmour Car Museum, Hickory Corners, Michigan. Oct 2013

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