forest_choir: (Maggie & Hobbes)
This week, I finally completed the Medieval Unicorn needlepoint that I've been working on (haphazardly) since February.
Designed for wools, my version was stitched in cottons on 18-count aida.
As I got closer to finishing this piece, I even packed him up and took him to work so I could stitch on my lunch hour.

medieval unicorn

The day after "the beastie" was done, I started it all over again with another project by the same designer...this time in wools.

Maytime begins

Three Years

Sep. 5th, 2012 12:35 pm
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Three years ago today, my sisters and I survived an encounter with a rip current on an unguarded Atlantic beach.

I'm so glad we're still on this planet.

forest_choir: (Maggie & Hobbes)
Recently, I've been reading about Bryndzové Halušky, a Slovakian national dish.  I figured that any recipe consisting entirely of potatoes, cheese, and bacon could not possibly be a bad thing. 
It's quite salty, but absolutely delicious.

Bryndzové Halušky lurked by Hobbes

Hobbes was very curious about it, but stopped short of taking a bite.
He looked at me as if to say, "Mama, you know I'm not supposed to eat bacon..." 

I've been in such a cheesy mood lately.
One day, all I could think about was crackers with Brie spread.  YUM!

crackers and Brie

Things have been going along quietly at home. 
Our cats are as naughty as ever.
Three-year-old Maggie sleeps a lot during the day but charms us with her chirps and trills.  21-month-old Hobbes is still a live wire.  He leaps off furniture and stalks food with a passion.  But his early-morning snuggle sessions are delightful.  Both cats enjoy sunrises and watching the birds every morning.


They've also discovered the tree frogs that frequent out sitting room window.  The frogs (and hummingbird) often look in the windows to see what we're doing.

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A total stranger just made my day.

I was walking down the pavement when a middle-aged woman crossed the street near me.  Looking over, she smiled and shouted across to me, "Redheads are the most beautiful people in the world!"

Then she grinned and added, "I'm not just sayin' that because I have one and because I love one...They really are the most beautiful people."

Lady, I don't know who you are, but I love you so much for that. 

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Every summer, American Green Tree Frogs hunt around our sitting room windows.  They're very used to people and will even peek in the windows to see what we're up to.  This one was waiting patiently on the shady hydrangea leaves during the hottest part of the day.


Books meme

Jun. 20th, 2012 04:52 pm
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Read on! )
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We have very cheeky bugs here at Loam's Down,  ;D

hide and seek
forest_choir: (mossheart)
red! red! red! red! red!

My little cacti are blooming like crazy this spring.
I love this intense the camera can't capture its full glory.

forest_choir: (green goddess - sad blue)

Farewell, House.
Thank you to the cast and crew for the past eight years.
You will be missed.


read-through for "Everybody Dies"

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Finally got to the end of this meme!
It's only taken me 5+ months to post 30 items... 

This is the flower on one of my most recently bought cacti.
I've been growing them off-and-on since I was in my teens, but I've never had a bicolour flower (or a deep red one) until now. 

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 It's been a while since I posted.  Meme time again!

99 questions )
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Adventures in Container Gardening

This spring, I've been helping my apartment-dwelling sister create a functional garden on her deck.  She'd found some over-the-railing deck planters and was hoping to use them (along with an assortment of smaller pots) to grow veggies, herbs, and flowers.

Last night, as she was preparing to buy more of the planters, I noticed the fine print on a sticker:

Not for food use.

Who the hell buys a planter meant for a small garden and grows only ornamental plants?

This means my sister will have to move all of her existing plants: strawberries, lettuce, thyme, lemon balm, rosemary, and peppers.  She's also ready to plant bush cucumbers, lavender, and other herbs and is scrambling to find food-safe pots at an affordable price.
forest_choir: (Maggie & Hobbes)
Hobbes is growing up to be quite the handsome boy.
Here he is at 1 month old and last weekend at 16 months old.

still handsome
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Further adventures in gluten-free eating.

• beef stroganoff, made from scratch with no recipe

• wraps with baked chicken, brie, and cranberries
  I need to add tart apples to this one next time, but was too lazy to slice one.

• chicken curry pizza with smoked mozzarella and cheddar cheeses

curry pizza
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My parents have been cleaning my sister's college possessions out of the house.  She moved away 15 years ago and left behind all of her things from university.

Among the items I have appropriated:

• 120 Prismacolor pencils

• complete set of sculpting tools

• an awesome pair of embroidery scissors
forest_choir: (beach torches)
If you can correctly pronounce every word in this poem, you speak English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud.
Try them yourself.

tongue-twister )
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five things about me:

• I've been an Earth-person since birth

• love the colour green

• go barefoot whenever possible

• dislike washing dishes

• have an inexplicable fondness for poppy-patterned articles of clothing
forest_choir: (green goddess - happiness)
Scene from our house at 2am:

I stepped outside to tuck in the lettuce plants, whose cover had blown off.
      *noticed how warm it was outside*
      *also noticed a certain noise*

Me (to Stormy): Step outside and tell me if you hear what I hear...

[ profile] stormsongk stepped outside and closed the door.
Broke into a huge grin and started jumping up and down.
Came back indoors - still bouncing and giggling - saying, "PEEPERS!  PEEPERS!  PEEPERS!"

Yes, folks, the spring peepers have arrived.
Let the rejoicing begin!

spring peeper! 
forest_choir: (Maggie and Hobbes)
Life was quiet this weekend.
We got some snow on Monday morning, so I stayed in bed, working on my needlepoint.  The sunlight helped tell the difference between two colours of cream on the pattern.
Hobbes insisted that he was being neglected.

 But, Mama, pay attention to meeee!

Both cats were surprised to see the snow outside.

Spring is around the corner, however.
The first hellebore has finally started to bloom.

first bloom of 2012

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