Friday, February 16, 2007

Odds and Ends

I have so many things I want to share with you.......this is my 100th post. I have contemplated this post all week long. I don't have any good knitting to show you, nothing exciting has happened around here, well there has, and I will tell later in this post.

Warning: Lots of pictures.
Let's start with Tuesday. For a brief time, we had nice weather on Tuesday. Almost short sleeve weather. John came asking if anyone else was interested in having a garden this year. We didn't have one last year. Robert wasn't willing to turn it over if we weren't going to keep it up. That's what happened the year before. My allergies just go haywire if I am out there too much. So, several of us went out and started working on it. We haven't done anything since last Spring, so our yard has kind of gone to the birds, or the weeds in this case. We haven't even picked up the branches that were in the yard from the wind storms this winter. They aren't big ones, but they do make it a mess. Kim and I started on that while John pulled out some of the dead stuff from the main flower garden.

The after effects. It is a bit cleaner, and we will be able to see the flowers as they start to emerge. The Holly is growing bigger and has little tiny Holly plants growing under it. There was a tree this side of the Holly, but we had it taken out last summer.

Like these Oriental Poppies. Most of them are red and orange with one, maybe two pink ones. They literally take over the flower bed.

I can't remember what these are. Maybe the grape hyacinths, or there's another blue flower back here that goes nuts. It kind of looks like little bells. I probably have another picture of them somewhere. It's the second picture below. I took that last Spring, right about the time that I started this blog.

In the other flower bed, these are starting to sprout up. Grape Hyacinth,

Tulips, and

Daffodils. Our daffodils are always later than anyone elses.

This is our vegetable garden, or could be if we kept it up.

We did some clearing out of it, but by then we'd already spent almost two hours outside doing yard work. Surprisingly enough, I wasn't too sore afterward. Except the fingers where I got poked with sharp pieces of grass. So the next option is to pull out the grass, some of it is long and dead, or to just turn it under with the soil. I don't know what we'll do. The other stuff I need to find are the seeds, soil and pots of some kind so we can have some starts for some of the vegies my kids want. Hmm, I wrote them down somewhere and now I can't remember where I put it. I know there was lettuce, green onions, zucchini, cucumber, corn, potatoes, and I am sure there is more. Of course I need the tomatoes.

Less than an hour after we went inside, it started raining, and has been raining since.

Yesterday I worked my rear off at BMFA. Actually getting stuff ready to send to Stitches West. It's hard work bundling yarn. My arms were sore, I'm surprised they aren't today. Ok, several weeks ago, I mentioned something in passing that I was working on. Well, I am part of the admin team for this. I am so excited. I'm not doing the hard work but just keeping an eye on things, deleting comments if necessary and answering questions as I can. To top it off, I get to go on this trip in April as a "Sockateer" and I get to see the Yarn Harlot twice this year. She has her tour schedule up and will be in Portland in June!!

Today, I did this. I have never taken photos of myself. I thought it was funny and couldn't keep from laughing at myself. I took many pictures, most that didn't turn out. Finally, I closed my computer (the blue glare was on my glasses) and took off my glasses. I'm sitting in my favorite chair with all of my knitting junk around me.

Then I went and had this done.......

I feel light and airy and........younger. It's been a couple of years now since I've had it like this. It was time.

Hmm, I thought I had two Project Spectrum items, but I can only remember one. Unwittingly I read "Shades of Earl Grey (A Tea Shop Mystery)" by Laura Childs. I like this series. Each book is short and interesting, with tea shop recipes in the back.

I think that was all I had to say this week. I should be knitting, or planning our anniversary get-away, or even our Spring Break trip. I doubt I will get to any of those, well maybe the knitting. Have a good weekend.


crickl's nest said...

You have a wonderful blog here. I love all the pictures! (love the new haircut looks really stylish and cool)

Thank you for visiting my blog the other day! Sorry, it takes me a while to get back to people sometimes. I appreciate the comment and the connection with other bloggers.

Hope you're having a good weekend....=)

Peg said...

What potential you have in your garden Tammy, I know it's just getting the time but think of it as a knitting pattern you're putting together :o)) I love the smiley pictures and it's so nice to put a lovely face to a name. Have a great weekend

Peg :o))

Suz said...

ooooh! Sassy haircut (sassy hair is the supreme complement in our household) Very cute!

Sunny weather always makes me want to get out in the yard, too. Our garden is looking a little sad after this miserable winter (the fence fell on it, for one thing). But, you've given me hope for a garden resurrection!


Tammy said...

Suz, that was the word I was trying to come up with last night and for the life of me, couldn't!! Sassy!!

I love Peg's imagery of looking at our garden as a knitting pattern I am putting together. I think looking at it as a quilt square would work too.

Hi Crikl, I am so glad you stopped by. I am really enjoying your blog and your thoughts.

Roxie said...

Perky was the word that came to mind for me, but sassy is even better! And you work for Blue Moon? Sqeeeeeee! How can you STAND it? They would have to pat me down for "borrowed" yarn every day when I left work. Do they ever have discount sales for the, "mistakes", or do they realize that every yarn will find someone to love it, and no colorway or dye experiment is a mistake?