Monday, June 30, 2008

Surprise!


What can I say? I like what I see.
This one is the one for me.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Beautiful Photography

I recently discovered this blog/website through various links. It is the absolutely lovely photography of two women who live 3191 miles apart from each other. They post a photo a day and they have a book coming out. One lives in Portland Oregon and one lives in Portland, Maine.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

If only there were more weekends....

I feel fortunate lately to have quite a few people come back into my life that I haven't seen in many years. We're all so grown up and yet we're all still learning, you know?

We had a very relaxing weekend and visited with my old friend Tami (yay!) and her adorable kids. Tyree made his famous spicy noodles (tamed for children without Isabella's love of chilis and hot sauce.) We played in the yard and the Columbia Neighborhood had their big huge neighborhood yard sale day. We rode up and down the streets on our bikes and must have visited at least 20 houses. We showed remarkable restraint. I just got some wooden crates for the garden and a spool rack for sewing thread and a jar.





Tyree built a bat house. There is no underground parking for a batmobile.




One. precious. sunbeam.

Theta and Suki.




No small miracle when Bellingham produces enough sun for sun tea and it's still June.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Fly away home.....

Today's big adventure involved the use of predatory insects. I watched my friend Kate do this last night. After watching them devour the aphids on her beautiful strawberry plants, I marched right down to the Garden Spot Nursery and bought myself some bugs. This little bag contains between 1500 and 1800 ladybugs. They were released at various points throughout the garden to keep down the aphid population.

Surprisingly, the urban garden doesn't have too many nuisance pests to eat the vegetables (except the chickens) but we do always have aphids. They always seem to be on everyone's roses. Last year they took out my artichokes completely. And I found them IN my broccoli crowns. Disgusting. This year, I think we'll be just fine.



You wait until dusk and mist the area they are to inhabit, then you open the bag and they just slowly crawl out. I moved the bag around all evening. One crawled up my skirt during dinner (outside) but, oh well.... at least I wasn't eating aphids.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Automatic Temperature Controlling Apparatus...


I love the way this guy thinks.
Keep an open mind, now!




Neat.




Last degreased in 1927!




Clean!



Awesome.



Tuesday, June 3, 2008

There went the rest of it.....

A nice sort-of surprise when I came home today. The rest of The Nasty Carpet was gone. We all joyously slid around in our socks.


This carpet is sucking the life out of me.



Oh dingy carpet, how much more gray can us Northwesters take?





Oh My.




Theta reverted to her pre-carpet game of dribbling a tennis ball all around the living room. She drops it and catches it after one bounce. She used to do it for hours in my old house. Usually when I was trying to sleep.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Goodbye Nasty Carpet.......

We have THE coolest landlords in Bellingham. They were ok with the chickens, ok with the gardens, paint and now this. When Tyree asked if we could rip out the nasty commercial carpet to expose the hardwood beneath they just said "more power to you." True, we are pretty mindful tenants, but it took some faith on their part. It feels great to get the hallway (stage one of 4ish) done. It took all of an hour.



The revolting floor before....




The sweet scent of Murphy's Oil Soap.