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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Eier, Easter, Random Mental Weeds Sprouting

It is very cold today, but there are violets everywhere. "H" on my keyboard is not cooperating at all. Crabapple blossoms and tulip trees are in their glory, and an unknown redbud sprouted on my slope.

We are sad because a tiger, Asia, at our zoo died unexpectly. The big cats used to run to the edge of their cage when my son appeared. Must have thought he was sushi.

Going to the Easter Egg market at our local museum to look for European eggs. My mom and I have a huge collection, including homemade items I made by drawing Tasha Tudor designs. Look for more on this and my other blogs on Dolls, Memoir, Pym/Bronte, and Erzebet Bathory. Would like to hear from those who have ideas for humanely dealing with moles.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: Thank you to my Viewers

An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: Thank you to my Viewers: Thanks to all Viewing this new blog. I hope to have more information about the Snow White/Erzebet exhibit soon. We plan on this fall. I a...

Crabapple Blossoms

They just exploded today. I've never seen them so pink. We are back to very warm weather, and expecting a storm. The mini gardens are hanging on; hope they keep it up. I am nursing a poinsetta on the porch as well. I just can't give up on a plant, I guess.

Lots of studies about animals and water rights; studying excerpts from Silent Spring,still a classic, though in her time, she was considered somewhat of an ecoterrorist. One wonders, though, how much this had to do with creating or encouraging West Nile Virus.

A friend told me that true organic tomatoes are big and purple, not red. There are whole societies in the US that feature these antique, organic seeds. Would love to plant some. Still trying to reseed pumpkins, including some gorgeus Cinderella varieties. I love even how the husks dry and hollow themselves all winter.

Dying for a Burpee catalog, for the sake of ordering Black Velvet petunias. Carrying garden tools in my car; hope springs eternal!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Vinegar and Windows

The mind reels; not 4 weeks ago, we had an ice storm, and everything was coated with ice and wet snow. Then, mid snow-melt, we had 80+ degree temps. The violets have started blooming, and the forsythia and pussy willow have been out. Rose bushes are sprouting, and trees are budding. We plan all black flowers for our slope, and one friend recommended a Burpee's catalog or online site.

I washed windows with vinegar and blank newprint yesterday. It cuts right through dirt, but will streak if you aren't careful. Dad and I worked on the yard, and we need a human method for discouraging moles/vholes that are tunnelling everywhere. Emma cat is going mad, frisky, playing with musical toy mice, and her own version of a doll collection. She loves pink, tuna, and fresh chicken. She hates even organic cat food, and will spit it up in protest. Chicky is nothing.

My husband and I had an interesting discussion about beluga sturgeion and beluga whales yesterday. Of course, the caviar is from the sturgeon. Any one else want to weigh in?

Our rivertown ghost story anthology is ready to go, and our launch party is May 19th, the day Anne Boleyn was executed. Amazing how things converge.

I plan soon to review the latest Radish.

Would be interesting in hearing other ideas for home made/organic, environment friendly cleaning materials.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Kudos to Safeway; No Pink Slime

I can't even think about the name of this filler, let alone the fact that many of us may be ingesting it. My hat is off to Safeway for vowing not to use it!

I think the answer is don't eat hamburger, or buy organic. I wish more stores would follow suit.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring and Recipes for Compost

Belated Happy St. Patrick's Day. I have been too sick to enjoy one of my favorite holidays. I didn't even get corned beef, or to wear my fancy sweater. I did put little shamrocks on my garage windows, something I'm doing for each holiday. I find cut outs or gel decorations, and put them on. It shows with our lights.

Felt a little better and started getting out lawn furniture. I fixed the gnome village and gnome doors and window to my oak tree. This helped. Then, I had to sit down

My daffodills are out, and crocusses so purple that it looked as if it had hailed amethysts all over the yards. I saw some snow drops, too. The hyacinths are out, and I can't wait to see my tulips. The forsythia is gorgeious this year as well. Looking forward to the local lawn and garden show this weekend, and hope to feel better. The Cancer Society Daffodills are here, and I love looking at them and knowing they are for a worthy cause.

Am interested to hear from anyone starting a rain barrell or compost heap. I am mulching some fallen pine branches and would like to use egg shells and coffee grounds again. My neighbor and I plan to use black flowers along our slope; we have Hollyhocks, and I plan to use violae and petunias again. I'm also experimenting with volunteer pumpkins.

I recommend Plow and Hearth for fancy rain barrells; love to paint these things as well. Also, Cabinets of Curiosities for those who want to learn the origins of museums and museums of Natural History, especially. Won a grant of an aquarium, and I can't wait to go. My first shell collection started with a small display from an acquarium, bought for me by my mom when I was five.

Also interested in homeopathic remedies for arthritis; my hand is still very bad, hence more typos than usual. Spring is tomorrow, all hail! Head for the seed catalogs, and nurseries, the violets are on their way!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Automatons, Hugo and Cabinets of Curiosities

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Automatons, Hugo and Cabinets of Curiosities: Here is a great link for automatons: http://www.worldsstrangest.com/drb/amazing-automatons-ancient-robots-victorian-androids/ Welcome to m...

Friday, March 9, 2012

Wicked Moon


Last night was the fullest, yellowest, brightest, most wicked full moon I've ever seen! The photo does not do justice to its neon glow. It doesn't help that the radio keeps playing "Werewolves of London!" I also saw the first robin yesterday, flying across the road. My daffodils and hostas are starting to come up,and I would like to go out to rake later, if I'm able and my sinus infection lets me. I'm noticing seeds and flowerpots everywhere, and we've already bought two kinds of pumpkins, and with hope in our hearts, will plant them. I'm actually interested in Easter and light colors this year, but can't help but think it's only a few months till Halloween! I'm hopeless.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: Ezebet and the Legend of Snow White

An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: Ezebet and the Legend of Snow White: This is the first of several blogs comparing the legend of Snow White to the legend of Erzebet. There are similarities between Erzebet and ...

Friday, March 2, 2012

An Infamous Day

Thank you to the over 6000 folks who have read this blog. I have much to add about water sustainability, green living, cooking, crafts,and literature. I have been laid low the last month or two, and today I learned of three deaths of women who have been my friends and who were important to me. One was 90, but worked into her 80s. I met her when she was my age that I am now, and I worked for her with future brother in law in our junior high library. She was there for me when my youngest uncle died and my mother was in despair, and she was a kind friend to have.

My friend Barbie died on the 29th after struggling with cancer. Her mother never liked me much, and she tended to pit is in competitions against each other, but she liked my mother, who knew Barbie's mom better than I. Barbie and I hugged and cried during Jungle Book when we were brownies. We wrote a play about Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller with another friend, and staged it extempore for the 6th grade. We set up a writers club when we were ten, and I stayed up all night at her slumber party in 5th grade. One summer, we set up a haunted house in her basement, and used ketchup for blood. We learned to swim together, were in all our classes together, learned to sew, were in choir school and Bible school as well as Sunday school. She came to my house on weekends and we listened to The Messiah one Xmas when we were about 12, and my mom made us her favorite meatballs which Barbie loved. She was in my life, always on the periphery of my memory for 46 years, since we were five. May she rest in peace.

Our sweet Juli ran our little neighborhood bookstore, bought after my friend Jane passed suddenly away. She was always smiling, and always had a book in her hands. She was trusting and eager to help, and happy to organize her books and find others for me to read. She helped with my school projects, and had lots of ideas for things. I talked to her two weeks ago, and she was open last Saturday. She died Tuesday, much too soon, and I'm reeling from shock.

Before I learned they died, all three were in my mind and heart. I suddently thouight of them and couldn't stop, and then learned they had died. Life is fleeting, life is short. May you all be well, may all see another blue sky, another sunset. May you have another day to tell someone you love him or her. Be peaceful.