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theodosia: (thousand elephants (by heuradys))
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • FBI terrorist interrogator on the uselessness of torture and the efficacy of cookies - Boing Boing ow.ly/absU

Amazing how much more reliable the information you can glean from humane treatment is.  Somebody in the discussion pointed out that it's sort of like inducing Stockholm Syndrome, and I suspect they're right.  And strangely, the Geneva Conventions are completely silent on the use of kindness.

  • Spare Cat is not an Affection Sponge. She is an Affection Mugger who wants Teh Love Nownownow and will crawl up on your face to get it.

Chumley is definitely an Affection Sponge -- if you start petting him, he can never get enough of it.  And he will often remind you that he likes being petted.

Spare Cat, however... isn't content to wait around for it.  Oh no.  She demands it.  If she had a little gun and opposable thumbs she'd force you to pet her about 80 times a day.  As it is, she jumps up on your lap or the desk or whatever, and pushes into your hands or even your face.

  • ZooBorns: Nubian Goat Kids at the Indianapolis Zoo ow.ly/achC While I'd take a turkey for the backyard, I'd really like a goat!

Even if it turns out that the only plants left in my backyard are Weeds That Goats Don't Like To Eat -- it would be worth it.  Also... how cute are these kids?

  • Amazing how much better the patio looks now that I swept about a billionty-seven maple seeds and old blossoms & whatever off it!
  • Said hi to house-shoppers checking out the empty house behind my yard. Seemed like nice people, hope somebody like that buys the place!
  • My state rep put an offer up on Freecycle for some violets, mint plants so I emailed her & got some. That's real public service from a pol!

What can I say -- it  was a backyardy day for me.  I felt ambitious early and used an old broom to sweep up, so that the concrete isn't speckled with litter and I'm like... oh gosh, this looks so much better.  Glad I did it before the Prospective Buyers showed up.  Talked to them over the fence, volunteered that the train tracks so close by are very very rarely a problem (which is true, but keeps the cost of these houses a bit lower, which is good if you're a buyer in search of a bargain).

And yep -- my State House rep is Patricia Jehlen, who lives about a mile from here, and has a lovely garden.  When I told her that my childhood backyard had white violets all over it, she got a shovel and dug up a couple more for me!  And now they've been planted in my backyard, where I've already got some purple violets, but have missed the other style a whole lot.  Aww!

  • Spare cat has not only managed to get out of her e-collar, she's hidden it... somewhere. I'm tempted to put her back in the stiff one.

And it would SO serve her right.  But I think I'll just go by PetCo and get another soft one.  She's managed to reopen the wound a bit, and anyway, I've got to be able to return something to the nice person who lent it to me.

Of course, the collar will turn up probably when we least expect it.  But it's really, thoroughly G O N E for now.

  • Testing the XML Flash app online! Don't mind the silly icons, K? ow.ly/ahmP

It seemed like a good idea to actually try the app in an online environment -- which makes sure that I'm not depending on some local setup. It behaves as advertised, so I'm quite the happy camper.  I'm sure there's about ten better ways to do this, in Javascript and through Content Management Systems and all, but for cool DIY design, not too shabby.

  • Movie Trivia: Mary Poppins - Neatorama ow.ly/ahBu Still a Biiiiig favorite movie for me, bad Cockney accent and all!

I do love this: "Dick Van Dyke freely admits that his cockney accent was awful and in fact kind of gets a kick out of it. " Good for him, I say.  This makes me want to write a bit of fanfic where it turns out that his character is in fact an American posing as a Cockney for some bizarre reason.   Thank goodness that the impulse will pass me by.

theodosia: (art!)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • Spare Cat managed to remove her surgical staple by catching it on the cloth edging of her soft e-collar. She is amazing talented, sort of.
  • By the time Spare Cat goes home, I will have extra muscles in my left arm from propping her up in my lap as I type.
  • PS -- Spare Cat's wound is looking much better despite staple removage -- wound is drawing closed, skin looks good around it.
  • Trying to explain to Spare Cat the concept of the Firm Protestant Handshake but it's All Cat PDAs All The Time with her.

I couldn't get to her in time to save the staple, or at least stop her from hurting herself on it -- because she was thrashing around a bit, pulling on it as she tried to get the edge free, and yowling as she hurt herself.  (Dollars to donuts, I bet she used to catch her tail as a kitten and CHOMP on it, surprised that it hurt....).  But the staple tore out of the remaining little strip of skin and honestly, the wound isn't all that much worse -- in fact, it's visibly healed up since that point, so I'm going to leave well enough alone.

She still has the soft collar on, but she can navigate much better in it than the stiff plastic one.  The borrowed collar is sort of like a little cape, which kind of fits her persona.

I keep telling myself I knew what I was getting into when I volunteered to catsit, but really, I didn't.

  • OK, I just spent about two hours trying to figure out why my XML wouldn't load -- I typo'd file names listed therein. Me = Queen of Idiots.

Oh there were more problems than just the typo'd file names, but really, if I'd had that right, it would have boiled down my mistakes to just a couple that I could have identified and corrected in a timely and efficient manner.  I really did teach myself very well exactly how URLLoader works, but really, it would be better for my stress if I refrained from mistakes that send me down the wrong rabbit hole.

Note to self: always check out the simplest fixes to problems first.  (This is why the Help Desk people always ask if you've rebooted FIRST.  Because it's the lowest overhead method to try, and it really often does help.)

  • If you heard a little girly scream from my backyard, it was me NOT stepping on a dead bird. It was probably somebody else! -looks innocent-

I really did yelp, even if I'm not all that squeamish.  It's just when you're walking out to the patio table and suddenly notice a bird corpse with a couple pieces missing, there's the whole "surprise" thing going on, especially when you notice as your foot is heading downward -- at least a quick hop in time saved a whole crunchy squishy thing happening.

After I regained my dignity, I used the rake to push the sad little corpse off into the vines where I'll remind myself not to weed for a week or two.  I really don't want it to be a two-yelp bird.

Between this, mosquitos and other flying annoyances, and the occasional caterpillar landing on me under the maples, I am reminded that when I go out in the backyard I'm for sure Part of Nature, for good (sun, shade, clouds, butterflies, chirping birds) and well, less good.

  • I have the Flash XML menu widget working right! I'm so relieved that I can indeed wrangle the ActionScript correctly as I thought I could!!

XML is a kind of file that is sort of a human-readable database "list".  The XML file I'm working from looks like this:

 <link image = "thumbs/thumb1.jpg" name="Home!" url="http://somelink" />
  <link image = "thumbs/thumb2.jpg" name="Works Forum Link" url="http://someotherlink" />
  <link image = "thumbs/thumb3.jpg" name="About Link to Somewhere" url= "http://somewhere" />

See, the thing is, you can then have this little Flash box embedded in a regular HTML page.  It looks to the .XML file and pulls the thumbnail from the image designation, the name/headline/explanatory text from the name, and the link text gets passed into the code so that it dynamically loads that page when you click on the picture or text.

That means that a non-Flash programmer can change the links in the box on the fly -- just go in and edit in a new thumbnail file path, new name, new link and as long as the pathname and URL are correct, you're good to go.

theodosia: (gay pirates! (by heuradys))
I thought, therefore I twittered:
  • This morning I'm vicariously following Wiscon via Twitters. So wish that I could have gone -- school AND finances = KO
  • The top 5 words I've tweeted: time, class, listening, looking, gronk. bit.ly/To6TR
    • Also vicariously following Wiscon via LJ and Dreamwidth, too.  I suppose I could have "afforded" missing a school Saturday class, considering it concerned a bunch of stuff that I know well (no way to predict that in advance, though) and I'm still not flat broke after more than two years of unemployment... but with the uncertainty of just "when" I finally get a job, it feels too much like fiscal irresponsiblity.  But damn, what a wonderful group of friends and interesting people, and cool discussions and ideas.
    • The Tweetstats app is pretty interesting both for the statistical charts (I didn't know I was most likely to tweet at 7AM) and the psychological/social reveals of the most-used words.  Although, the top five are a bit skewed for me, because "listening" and "looking" come from the Twitterfox plugin for adding links... oh, and for the longest time, I'd start out my Twitter day with a "gronk", considering how I feel most mornings when I wake up.
  • Finishing up C# today -- Monday we start Java.
  • I survived C# Database Transactions. ::proudly shows off scars::
  • We got let go early on account that it was Mem. Day wkend and it was sunny out. I'm thinking seriously of nappage....
    • Actually, it's Wednesday we start Java -- we get Monday night off, I keep forgetting.  It's not that we didn't cover important stuff - Transactions are so important to data integrity in a multi-user situation! -- but I've been there, done that.  As it was, our instructor gave up on making us do a lab, because not only would that take time, he'd have to go over it with us.  Instead we did an in-class program set up so that if we ran two instances of it, would set up a race condition that needed the transaction locking to make it work.
  • ow.ly/8OdG -- just one instance of what they did to teenaged "terrorist" Omar Kadr at Gitmo.
    • Mercifully brief description, really, and I wouldn't recommend it for the weak-stomached.  Suffice it to say, Kadr was a young teenager picked up on near a battlefield whose possibility of knowing anything strategic or important was nil.  Anything you could get out of him was probably 'buyable' with a couple candy bars and some priveleges like playing soccer.  I can't begin to tell you how Orwellian his treatment was.
  • Now out in backyard, going to cut grass and deweedify. Right afer I finish teh interwebs.
  • My "lawn" is less than the size of most living rooms, so cutting it was pretty much waving around a string trimmer. Wiktory!
  • The backyard smells like newly-cut lawn. I should probably go in before I get hair fever!
    • I really should cut it more often, especially because I have an electric string trimmer and a hundred-foot extension cord (used to power the laptop, whose battery now holds about a half-hour of charge)  Also, there's a bunch of comfrey that's occupied part of the side, and I'm waiting until they've finished blooming before I get rid of them, I hate to kill pretty things!
    • Well, except if they're vines.
    • Interesting side note -- when I tweeted "cut grass" I got a private tweet from an outfit called Green Canary that specializes in painting lawns green.  I'm not making that up.  Suffice it to say, that if I have to CUT my lawn, it's not in need of further greenifying (though once you take out all the weeds, it's significantly less green and more patchy).
theodosia: (Mystery Woman)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

HijiNKS Ensue - Saying Goodbye Is The Hardest Partition (Backups? Are your friends) ow.ly/4waN

A cautionary tale. If I have learned anything with working with or owning computers for the past 25-ish years, it's that hard drive failure is inevitable, and in direct ratio to the importance of the irreplaceable data you have.

Today I will have my first bowl of Corn Flakes in 15+years. Thank you, So Delicious Coconut Milk.

...has become reacquainted with the delicate art of balancing the ratio of Corn Flakes to milk so that it comes out even.

It tasted like milk enough that I might actually drink it straight -- like skim, not full-bodied -- but in cereal, it really really rocked. (I take it all back, God, You DO love me.)

One nation, seven sins - Las Vegas Sun ow.ly/4xDw -- Cool graphic of where our national sins are, statistically.

How does your region stack up? Why am I not surprised that the Bible Belt scores kind of badly on most of these?

RT @scifri: Today is National Honesty Day. Really.

Would I lie to you?

Behold, I have become the Garden Destroyer! Take THAT, weeds!

Every time the breeze blows, hundreds of maple blossoms fall on the yard. The ground is turning yellow-green.

[profile] isiscolo pointed out that this almost made a haiku, and improved on it thusly:

Maple blossoms fall
Ground is turning yellow-green
Every time it blows.

Awwwww!

Remains of a lost American explorer found ow.ly/4C6x (There's a Tony Hillerman mystery in there, for sure.)



I hit a wall with the stupid book about JavaScript and Ajax and PHP where the next chapter's exercize on putting together a simple page that updates a clock just.doesn't.work. -- I even went to the website and downloaded their code for one of the exercizes and it just doesn't run on my system, so I know it wasn't a typo on my part. Feh. One of the hazards of trying to learn on your own, nobody to explain to you just where you've gone wrong.

I suspect there's something in the way that PHP or whatever is set up on my iBook that's at the heart of the problem because I'm not getting any errors. Today I'll see about trying to run it on something else....
theodosia: (monsters)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

HijiNKS Ensue - Saying Goodbye Is The Hardest Partition (Backups? Are your friends) ow.ly/4waN

A cautionary tale. If I have learned anything with working with or owning computers for the past 25-ish years, it's that hard drive failure is inevitable, and in direct ratio to the importance of the irreplaceable data you have.

Today I will have my first bowl of Corn Flakes in 15+years. Thank you, So Delicious Coconut Milk.

...has become reacquainted with the delicate art of balancing the ratio of Corn Flakes to milk so that it comes out even.

It tasted like milk enough that I might actually drink it straight -- like skim, not full-bodied -- but in cereal, it really really rocked. (I take it all back, God, You DO love me.)

One nation, seven sins - Las Vegas Sun ow.ly/4xDw -- Cool graphic of where our national sins are, statistically.

How does your region stack up? Why am I not surprised that the Bible Belt scores kind of badly on most of these?

RT @scifri: Today is National Honesty Day. Really.

Would I lie to you?

Behold, I have become the Garden Destroyer! Take THAT, weeds!

Every time the breeze blows, hundreds of maple blossoms fall on the yard. The ground is turning yellow-green.

[livejournal.com profile] isiscolo pointed out that this almost made a haiku, and improved on it thusly:

Maple blossoms fall
Ground is turning yellow-green
Every time it blows.

Awwwww!

Remains of a lost American explorer found ow.ly/4C6x (There's a Tony Hillerman mystery in there, for sure.)



I hit a wall with the stupid book about JavaScript and Ajax and PHP where the next chapter's exercize on putting together a simple page that updates a clock just.doesn't.work. -- I even went to the website and downloaded their code for one of the exercizes and it just doesn't run on my system, so I know it wasn't a typo on my part. Feh. One of the hazards of trying to learn on your own, nobody to explain to you just where you've gone wrong.

I suspect there's something in the way that PHP or whatever is set up on my iBook that's at the heart of the problem because I'm not getting any errors. Today I'll see about trying to run it on something else....
theodosia: (knitting)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

Terry Karney on the torture memos pecunium.livejournal.com/395056.html

Thoughtful observation by a veteran who's not only undergone SERE training but has thought a lot about orders and questioning them.

I spent nearly 3 hours gardening. But I realized what I really do is referee -- You over there! Stop growing! Give that rose more room!

Or maybe a coach? At any rate, the power to garden is for me the power to destroy. Especially destroying VINES which I hate with the passion of a thousand burning nuns. And this is just like ordinary Massachusetts vines, nothing like kudzu, but some of them can get 15 feet long in a season, putting down suckers as they do to create... more vines!

In the end I filled up three more bags of clippings, leaves, vines and random stick-like objects, and now I need to buy more. I did try composting when I first moved here but the end result was a vine infestation on the other side of the yard where they sprouted from the pile. "There's more complication to this gardening thing than I had previously considered."

Watching: The Daily Dish -- F-Minus for the Bybee Memo, A Lawyer's Opinion tinyurl.com/ddkbz2

Good, concise explanation of why lawyers are especially upset about these so-called legal memos.
theodosia: (threesomes)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 07:33 Watching: Secure source code hosting and collaborative development - GitHub. Interesting -- must explore. github.com/
    Waayyyy too advanced for me, but interesting nonetheless.
    #
  • 07:35 Took a muscle relaxant last night. Which means I'm well-rested but also floppy feeling. Still better than ache-induced insomnia. #


  • 09:59 Watching: Please Enjoy - The Work of Ji Lee www.pleaseenjoy.com/project.php?cat=4 #
    Fascinating design and art ideas, plus I love the concise and efficient website design!
  • 10:40 Making a shopping list preparatory to going Forth. Trying to think of what I need beyond soy-based ice cream and failing. #
  • 11:05 Has added bread, couscous and chicken to the list, still hasn't left house. Her needs are so simple.... #


  • 17:25 Going out to the garden. Once I evict Spare Cat from my lap.... #
  • 18:29 2 bags of leaves later. Still many leaves to go, but sense of accomplishment just the same...
    +-*96 #
  • 18:30 +-*96 <-- Spare Cat's contribution to the last post. So Helpful. Not. #
    Garden report: two bags full of leaves from last fall, noticed that the tiger lilies and one of the bleeding hearts are starting up already, and the lilacs have leaf buds. And I scattered some 3+yo clover seeds all over the numerous bare patches of what I call "lawn" in the hopes that something that is not, technically, weeds will grow there.
  • 06:14 Watched two episodes of Middleman last night, then collapsed like there was a hole in the Goodyear Blimp.... #


School day today, also I may be feeling the vague stirrings of Spring Fever, so we'll see if the clean-up impulse keeps happening. Also, it's Time to start sending out Resume 2.0 and see if the employment world responds with the enthusiasm that I so richly deserve.
theodosia: (have fun (by heuradys))
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 07:30 was making elaborate plans to create a blog about gardening last night. This morning, not quite as attractive an idea.... #
  • 09:11 The house next door -- separated by a 10' alley -- is getting its roof replaced today. 8 guy crew, so it will be TODAY, I think! #
  • 10:26 Watching: YouTube - Steam. Punk. Cork. Screw. -- via my friend Jessica. Oh, this is so beautiful! tinyurl.com/ch9o8c//www.google ... #
  • 11:42 www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2009/04/madoff200904 (via @addthis) #
  • 14:03 Roofers are beavering away like champions. They're nearly done! #
  • 15:10 Playing, playing with Dreamweaver and pretty pretty pages #
  • 15:10 Next up, doing a Flash logo with buttons for the site. #
  • 15:24 You know what I just found in a plastic bag on the study floor? My YakTrax which have been MIA all winter. Holy black hole, Batman! #


  • Such a miscellaneous collection yesterday, I guess there wasn't much of a theme at that. Some days are like that.

    The thoughts about a gardening blog was triggered last night by listening to the podcast of Science Friday's interview with a guy who is setting up an Internet Phenology database which tracks stuff like plant flowering times, so you can participate with data from your own backyard/neighborhood quite easily. They're also looking for historical data, so if you have a maiden aunt who kept track of 20 years worth of her elaborate garden, they're looking for that, too. (They call those shoebox archives.)

    That naturally led me to thinking about my garden this spring, which is more like an organized weedpatch, and being motivated to Do More with it if I had to be honest and blog about bits of it. Like, take time to investigate each plant that shows up in it, both the ones that I've planted and the ones that have volunteered, the bugs I see and whatnot.

    Of course, that would be a lot like real work.

    Links that I included yesterday -- the Steam Punk Corkscrew is just a wonderful device, like unto the mechanical wonders of the 18th & 19th centuries. It's so very totally impractical, but delightful just the same -- the illegitimate offspring of Rube Goldberg crossed with Jules Verne.

    And I recommend the Madoff article in Vanity Fair, which makes the good point of what a capital-B Bastard the guy was and is, because while it may sound amusing that he ripped off so many smart people, he did it to people he'd known for years, been staunch friends with (two of the biggest losers are guys that publically called him "like a son to me" many many times), or accepted the investments of charitable foundations which depended on the money for their good works.

    In other news -- the roofers are back, putting on gutters and finishing off the little bits of roof -- on porch extensions, and so on. And I started work on a completely for-spec rewrite of a website for a new local consignment shop (which is SO AWFUL), which I may try bartering to the owners for a nice rhinestone pin. Even if they don't go for it, it will be worthwhile for a portfolio piece.
theodosia: (beetle)

Summer Garden Flowers, originally uploaded by moxie58.

Among other names, this is known as pigweed. It's a w/e/e/d/ volunteer plant which I let grow on the tiny plot by the side of my lot. It'll grow over 5 feet tall, with broad leaves and tiny flowers that swell into (poisonous) berries that the birds love.

Here you can see some of the leaves, and the flowers, too.

More pictures over at Flickr!

theodosia: (carrots)
Two pictures of recent things -- first, one of the book piles that I've been sorting and cataloguing in LibraryThing. I'm up to 700 books now, and I'm down to my last four bookcases!

(Also, I've arranged for Got Books? to come by and pick up a bunch of my books that weren't good enough for BookMooch, so if anyone local wants to drop off books at my place tomorrow, let me know, K?)

And then... my ever-faithful rose bush out front is at the height of its yearly glory, so here's a picture to commemorate the moment.

pictures under here... )

Back Home

May. 31st, 2007 10:59 am
theodosia: (yum yum face)
The journey home was unexceptionable, though I was pretty tired! Once again, hats off to Midwest Air, who not only had large seats, but also had a good turkey salad sandwich for $5.

While I was gone, May proceeded in the garden without me. While the weed vines grew like the weeds that they are, a couple of my more desirable plants proceeded likewise.

and the columbines bloomed, oh yes )
theodosia: (50s me)
Couldn't resist just taking two little pictures this morning, from my bedraggled front bed, but geeze, these are sure pretty.

pictures herein )
theodosia: (stargate by thefakeheadline)
SciFi Friday wasn't as crowded as expected, even though I did manage to cobble together 10 actual seats into my little living room. I ran the AC at full blast for a couple hours before the guests arrived and it seemed to have built up enough coolth so that we didn't have to have it roar all through the showing. I had cupcakes and tea biscuits and raspberries, and courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] readsalot, a whole lot of little delicious strawberries, too, so that was indeed fine.

And I took a picture of [livejournal.com profile] farwing's new haircut, which is indeed cute, but also makes her look her age -- which is a good thing, as being mistaken for a 14yo boy would get old fast, I bet. I'll run it here if she gives me permission....

Yesterday, I was all prepared for yoga, with all my exercize clothes clean and packed, my yoga mat in the car, and I was aware of the time and managed to leave in plenty of it... except that when I got there, a good 8 minutes before the start of class, there was a sign on the door that said the class had been moved forward to 11 AM instead of NOON!!!??? So it was yogus interruptus, but inasmuch as it was already sweaty and sultry, it wasn't like I wouldn't be sweating anyway.

So I went home and played Sims for a couple of hours, then I once again amazingly managed to keep track of the time and made it over to Central Square for the Going Away celebration for [livejournal.com profile] em_angharad, who is relocating to the San Francisco area for work. I got to see a bunch of wonderful people, and eat some nice fish and chips. It's hard to believe that [livejournal.com profile] em_angharad won't be physically around any more, she's been such a fixture in my meatspace for very long now. But I do manage to get out to the other Bay Area on a semi-irregular basis, so I'm really going to try not to lose touch!

Back home, played some more Sims, and fell to watching The Village which the TiVo had kindly saved for me, a film that I skipped when it was out. There were far more interesting actors in this than I had realized, including Sigourney Weaver and Adrien Brody! I have my differences with the idea/plot, but what a visually beautiful film it was -- even in the "edited for fullscreen" version that ran on Encore, the composition and photography was gorgeous.

This morning, I was feeling somewhat ambitious, so I got my gardening clothes on and wreaked destruction amongst the weeds until it was after time of the start of morning yoga class -- oops! Well, at least I got some equivalent exercize, anyway. Now I'll make plans to go into work early so I can get out at 4:30 and hit the 5:30 class tomorrow night!

Among other activities, I also managed to make a DVD with all the My Name is Earl episodes on it, but I also found out that in September, the DVD will come out with commentaries and a "special episode" direct to DVD, where Earl gets inspired by Stewie from The Family Guy rather than Carson Daly. OK, I'm so in....
theodosia: (puck)
So having made my last post last night, shutting up the laptop and coming into the house in the semi-dark, I opened the door, paused to juggle the laptop while I picked up some garden tools to bring into the house... and Chumley scampered out into the relative freedom of the great outdoors.

He's not an outdoor cat, though to judge from his reaction, he's spent at least some of his kitten-time out there -- sniffing at stuff, hiding under bushes, acting skittish whenever I came near. I tried to grab him when he got close, and there was squawking and wild clawing, and biting, so I had to let him go. Unfortunately, that didn't help calm down the skittishness.

I couldn't just leave him out there -- Butchy the neighbor's mouse-icidal tomcat regularly beats up any cat who wanders into our yard, and while he wasn't aroudn at the moment, I coudn't just leave my little Chumster out in the wild world on his lonesome, no matter what he thinks about his chances.

So I spent the next half hour or so, patiently trying to creep up on the wily Stripey Devil, rattling dry cat food bags, sprinkling tempting catnip. Rosemary helpfully ran the can opener. I had some luck luring him with wet food, at least out into the open, where he sprawled out on the concrete patio.

This time I was armed with my gardening gloves and long sleeves, so the Squawling Feline Lump of Indignity wasn't dropped (and really, was too wimpy to try to bite through cloth gloves) and carried in haste onto the porch, where the door was closed and the miscreant took refuge under the table.

... later on, he tried to climb into my lap in the living room. All is forgiven, in his little noggin, at least until the next time.
theodosia: (beetle)
... was a qualified success. I cut down a bunch of nuisance vines, cut the mini-lawn (but first trying my hand at transplanting some of the small columbines that seeded themselves there. Several of them have flowers, so I can actually identify them... eep).

I also uprooted a couple of comfreys that have extended themselves way beyond the garden bed. I have so many, I don't have to feel guilty about cutting them back, really... but hell, when anything grows that I really WANT, I feel guilty about killing stuff that's actually flowering, even if it's in the wrong place!

I also plucked up dozens of weeds and whatnot. I need a bunch of 'yard waste' bags, to bag it all up in. Alas, my one experiment in composting ended up extending the nuisance vine problem to the other side of the yard -- how was I to know that some plants you just shouldn't try to compost? ::sigh::

Also, the calm of the post plant destruction orgy was shattered when Butchy-the-neighbor's cat came proudly trotting into my yard carrying a not-entirely dead mouse. Which when he put down near me, got up and tried to stagger away. So I tried to distract Butchy, which was only partially successful, because after I left things be for a few more minutes, there was rustling and tiny screams emanating from the bushes.

I'm such a big softy, really. I mean, only a little mouse, and if I'd found it in the house I'd have been much less soft-hearted. (Mind you, the only two mice that I've managed to get away from the cats in the past six years were released far away from my property....)
theodosia: (beetle)
I didn't get out to yoga this morning, on account of sleeping in until 10 AM, which is a rare event for me. I watched far, far too many anime episodes yesterday (something like five Revolutionary Girl Utena and maybe four Fruits Basket with [livejournal.com profile] readsalot and [livejournal.com profile] merrylg, at the home of [livejournal.com profile] rgvdh and [livejournal.com profile] 1earthspirit up in New Hampshire, punctuated by breaks for food and visits by the not-quite-3yo nephew, who is just a delight. I also bounced on the trampoline for just a little bit, and decided that the 3yo was in much better shape than I gave him credit for.

Today has been lazy city by comparison, though it is picking up a bit -- I just spent an hour woking on the yard, enough to raise a slight sweat and also to feel like my front bed isn't going to make passersby faint at the untidyness. I also transplanted some flowering annuals (I forget the name -- I brought two back from the nursery at OSV two years ago and they've seeded themselves all over the backyard lawn), so I might as well see if I can put them upfront where someone can appreciate them -- it's clear they Do Well here.

Right now I'm sitting at the patio table with the umbrella over me, with the neighbor's cat Butchy happily asleep in the next chair. He belongs to the Costas, who have four barky little dogs, so he seems to appreciate the peace and quiet.