Thursday, February 12, 2015

In The Garden, Part 3: Some of the Best Things In Life Are Free!

When spring fully arrived last year, things began to get a little wild.

It was time to think about boundaries.

I know that there are lots of folks whose motto is, "Don't fence me in!" 
While I do love my surprises- volunteer plants, pets, etc., I like having boundaries, too. 
Especially when they're free.
(It's almost an oxymoron- free boundaries.)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

In the Garden, Part 2: Small Changes, Big Difference!

Welcome to the second installment. I took the liberty of fast-forwarding through a bunch of boring, dreary stuff (namely, the months of March and April), to show you the first steps that we (and Mother Nature) took to improve our lot. (Yes, the pun was intended!)

In the beginning of May, we began to make the first changes:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In The Garden, part 1

I haven't posted much in the last year. There was a solid reason, and that was The Garden.

We speak of it in Those Tones still, even now. 
Thing One & Thing Two are pining for it, as am I. We spent our summer in it. We're still dining on its bounty. And like many things, it started out...well, ugly. Let's see just HOW ugly...

before picture

This was our yard.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Look what SewMagical made!

Hi, guys! 
I know, I's been awhile. Trust me, the hiatus has been for good reasons. 
You'll see. Sometime soon. When I get my $%^& together. And life slows down a little!

SewMagical sent this picture of her take on the Simply Swirled Earrings- I like how shiny and bright they are! Plus, there are so many advantages to the click-close hoops. (I wear this style more often than my own creations- they don't catch on my helmet straps.)

Thank you so much, SewMagical- you made my day, week, and month!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

This made me laugh a little too much....

I don't know about you guys, but after the greenwashing experience (read about that here) with Dove's so-called natural products, I've had a certain level of disdain for them. And for their "true beauty" thing. I mean, yeah, nice message, but are they selling us things that are actually good for us? That's questionable, at best, and at worst, well...what I'm thinking rhymes with "ducking pliers", if you catch my drift.

That's why I was so, so tickled to run across this little gem today!

Wherever you may be, whatever you may be doing, always remember: you're not actually a hideous monster.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

*Hee hee* Bob Ladiesroom, fiddler extraordinaire!

Guess who started "singing" this morning?


He's not exactly a virtuoso just yet, but if you turn up your sound, you'll be able to hear what a "baby" cricket sounds like, just starting out. Thankfully, he's somewhat more melodic than the average high-school-age garage band! And if you watch closely, you can see how he's doing it, too.


In all of the years that I've listened to them, I never realized that they actually just vibrate their wings to make the sound. I'd always been under the impression that they did it with their wings, plus the raspy bits on their legs- but so far, Bob's winging it. His wings are oddly crumpled- not sure whether these are some kind of intermediate, teenager cricket wings, or if this is what he'll have for the rest of his life.
But by golly, he's TRYING!

And really- that's what counts.