Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunny Gardening Weekend

Well I did get out there and garden on Saturday. In fact, I was out there for about 6 hours. And it was another glorious perfect spring day on Sunday too, so I was out for about 4 hours. Saturday I put together some pots an planted some seeds. Then I worked on edging some garden beds and tidying them up. I discovered some extra plants and some plants are missing - like a wonderful viola that should've been up by now and seems to have disappeared under a pile of fern leaves. The only good thing is that the viola likes to travel and I have found little plants in other parts in the yard so I hope they will be able to establish themselves.

I also moved two roses that may have been a mistake. One has been overgrown by the wisteria and couldn't even bloom since it was robbed of light and water - however, thanks to those wisteria roots it was IMPOSSIBLE to dig it out, so I used my fingers to get ahold of as much root as I could and pulled. I sure hope it can regrown in the new place. It'll be so much happier where I moved it.

And that's basically my weekend- almost all of it outside and almost all gardening. But I'm so very grateful for the wonderful weather - it's been a few years that we've had an April like this one. One more day of sunshine and then it's back to rain for the rest of the week. But I sure am looking forward to the Good Friday holiday! And Easter this weekend, I can't believe it's already time for Easter. It's just the two of us, but we'll make it special somehow

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hurry up - there is work to do

Today it is a beautiful, gorgeous spring day. It is the perfect day to get out and garden and many people already have. During our morning walk there were many people cutting and raking and pulling weeds etc. But I woke up tired and achy and with a little bit of a headache. And I don't feel like gardening at all. Not one bit.

So presently I am finding other things to do, but I know that I will just have to get out there and start. Start something. That usually does the trick. I am old enough to know that if I just get out there and start something I end up starting many things and next thing I know 5 hours will have flown by and it'll be time for dinner.

Do you have that? Where your mood doesn't match with the weather or your chores? Usually for me it is the other way around - I try and fool myself and say "gee, I totally would have painted the house if it wasn't raining today" or "aww, too bad it's raining, I would have mowed the lawn" or "I would have baked cookies if we had eggs".

Okay, time to be an adult and get work done. I know. I know.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Yarn Bombed

For years I've heard of,  and seen photos of, yarn bombing - sometimes in some very famous places, such as these:



And sometimes whole groups have put them together and you hear about a type of 'flash mob' descending upon a location to decorate a public place or space. A couple of times over the years, my sweet brother has clipped a photo from a newspaper and mailed it to me, showing me another inspiring knitting or crocheting story especially about yarn bombing and as a knitter and crocheter myself I've always enjoyed seeing them - mainly because they are usually so very colourful. Just google "yarn bombing" and see all the images that come up.

So then you can imagine my surprise that I came down a side street in my residential neighbourhood, in a little suburb outside of Vancouver to discover this walkway fence had been yarnbombed with multi-coloured hearts! So neatly done, in three little rows :

I love it - SQUEE! Isn't it fun?

            well I thought it was.


(ha! I didn't realize that Eco was in this photo too--she's probably 
wondering why I was standing there facing that fence) 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pinecone Puddles

Every couple of days, Eco and I pass through the local school yard during our walk. Besides the atrocious amount of garbage that litters the grounds there can be some interesting things - like part of toys left behind or sidewalk chalk drawings. But the efforts of many little fingers also do things like dig - and many of the trees on the grounds have deeper than normal grooves around them, and many trees have the bark picked off etc.

But yesterday morning was a rather fun experience - this is what I saw:

Now I'd love to show you a 'before' photo, except before it was just a puddle. Who knew it would dry up and leave a little depression that one or more children would decide they'd fill with pine cones, acorn and walnut shells? Isn't it rather fascinating?

Monday, April 07, 2014

Movie Moods

(spoilers ahead - you've been warned)

Sometimes you need to be in a certain kind of mood to watch a certain kind of movie. I was not in the mood to watch Inside Llewyn Davis this weekend - one reason was the damn cat - I couldn't help but be stressed as Llewyn carried the cat through the city and onto the subway and then the scene where he's driving back from Chicago in the snow and thinks he hit something. There are whole Facebook groups about " I don't care who dies, as long as it's not the dog" and other similar groups.

I tell ya, my nerves couldn't take the stress of worrying about that damn cat.

I had heard good things about the movie.
I thought it was going to be on the humorous side.
I did not expect the movie it was

It is a good movie, but I suggest you make sure you're in the right mood for it. Do your homework. And who knows, maybe it won't affect you as it did me.

Consider yourself warned....

Sunday, April 06, 2014

I'm dreaming of little seedlings and popsicle sticks

Okay, finally the weather has gotten into the double digits (celsius that is) so it finally feels warm enough to even think of gardening. Even though there are very few plants in bloom the hummingbird has already been spotted, so I'm helping him out by putting up a feeder.

I usually have to skip feeders as it seems that everyone except the intended guest visit them. Starlings on the suet, bees and wasps on the hummingbird feeder and of course the absolute worst offender was the dang bear that scrunched over $200 worth of feeders a couple of years ago. Oh, and I forgot to mention the pesky squirrels.

And every time I put out food I have  to contemplate those that feed on them - should I discriminate against nature? Is is wrong to feed Juncos and Sparrows and Chickadees but not Starlings? Is it bad to allow wasps at the hummingbird feeder? So what do I do? I usually don't put out feeders  and leave it up to my neighbours to deal with the pesky squirrels and starling fights.

But it's early and I'm feeling generous so for now I'll leave out the suet and hummingbird food.

And then I can back to dreaming about my garden - this year I'd like to try "square foot gardening" - are you familiar with it? Any advice?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday Morning Contemplation/Lament

Right now I am tired from the weekend, I feel like I've been hit by a car. I don't want to be at work, I want to lounge in bed. My head is still achey - but it's not a migraine anymore. I am conscious that I have created this headache due to work stress, and trying not to get frustrated that I let it take over my Sunday. My weekend. My head aches trying to reason how I should react with a teenage boy who is like a remora in my house. 

I am cold. I don't like being cold. Everything in my body wants me to go back to bed, but here I am. Ready to work. And I will start work and I will plug away and my alarm goes off telling me it's time to take lunch and then I will continue work until it's time to walk the dog. And then it's time to shower and get dressed until it's time to leave for dance. And then I will dance, and laugh and have and forget there is a world outside the studio. And go to bed aching from dance, but this time it's a good and satisfying ache and I will sleep well and start another work day four more times.And then it's the weekend, a chance to get what I want to do. I try again weekend after weekend. Hoping for a do-over every Sunday night.