It’s a pretty typical April, I guess. It has been cool and raining almost every day and on the days when there’s no rain it’s still mostly cloudy. We have had a couple of warm, partly sunny days but I think those just make me more impatient for summer weather.
I haven’t planted anything yet. I did clean out the flower bed at the south side of the house but with all the rain I need to do it again. The dianthus are blooming and the first iris opened a couple of days ago. It’s a pure white one named Immortality. Funny, that’s the only one of my irises that I remember the name of. The dogwoods looked great this year but they’re almost done blooming. I have really been enjoying all the little spring wildflowers that grow everywhere.
I sort of want some of this but my attempts at starting ground covers haven’t gone well. Also, I don’t know exactly where I want it to grow. Thanks.
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Television – Orphan Black (BBC America) is back! I love the weirdness of it and the amazing acting, and I think it’s one of the most technically brilliant shows ever made. We’re also watching Lost Girl. (SyFy) Number Two Son got us to watching that. Personally, I could take it or leave it but it’s okay. Star Talk, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s new late night talk show started last night. I haven’t watched it yet; it’s on the DVR. Seems like there are some more good shows starting or returning soon but I can’t remember what.
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Some more recipes I want to try:
Beer bread – I have made beer bread before but I want to try this recipe. And here’s another one, called the easiet ever. I don’t know about that. The one I used before had only three ingredients.
Relationship advice from grandmothers – A bit surprising. Most of their answers don’t sound “old” at all. (but maybe that’s just me?) My favorite line: “You kids play too many games and think way too much.”
Complete List of All Jello Flavors – Wow, I had no idea. All the stores I’ve ever shopped at only had maybe half a dozen flavors – usually even fewer than that. I got bored with Jello about the time I was 12 but if I saw some of these I might be tempted to buy.
But it’s nice in life to have something you do just for you. Where you are the only person who has to look at it and decide if it’s good or bad. — here
And realistically, one should not expect a warrior woman to be a waif. — there
In celebration of the date on which Winston Churchill was granted honorary US citizenship, Hillsdale College, custodian of the Churchill Project, is offering the biography deal of the year – perhaps of the decade. — here
AS A CHILD I knew exactly what was most desirable: pinkness and sparkle. When I was grown-up I was going to sweep down a flight of stairs into a great ballroom wearing a pink satin dress with a huge skirt: yards and yards of the shiniest pink satin, because obviously if something was desirable you couldn’t have too much of it. — there
may his soul repose with whatever God may find it — here
Hominids didn’t spread first across Africa, and then the entire globe, by utilizing just one foraging strategy or sticking to a precise mix of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We did it by being ever so flexible, both socially and ecologically, and always searching for the greener grass (metaphorically), or riper fruit (literally). — there
The sun is shining. Well, off and on, but hey, sunshine! Haven’t seen that in a while. I actually got a good haircut yesterday, which is a bigger deal for me than you might think because usually when I get my hair cut it’s not quite right somehow. And I finished a sewing project that I had been putting off for a while. Like the t-shirt says, “life is good.”
Speaking of t-shirts, I want one of these so bad but I’m probably not going to get it. I have only one hour left to decide. I hate these limited time only offers. I need days, at least, to decide and these usually don’t show up in my Facebook feed until a day or less before time is up. I don’t need any clothes. I don’t know if I could even stuff one more t-shirt into my t-shirt drawer. And there are other shirts that I want more. I guess I’ll just call this one momentarily hilarious and pass it by. Strange thing though… at the top of the page it says “One hour left” but the countdown at the bottom of the page shows over 6 days. Hmmmm… I don’t know if I can resist temptation for 6 whole days if that’s right.
A few more things…
“Fillyjonk” posted a link to this in the comments on an earlier post: Pattern Behavior. Some of the captions are funny, others, not so much, but I find myself scrolling through looking at the patterns and forgetting to even read the captions. A Dress A Day has been doing entertaining little PatternStories for years.
So I threw caution to the winds, ill-blown as they were, and leaned over the counter until I was nearly nose-to-nose with Monkeywoman and discovered she hadn’t brushed her teeth since 1983 and mainly ate possum assholes for breakfast. — here
…but by the 5th winter weather advisory, my creativity was on the couch watching Netflix. — there
“I am dismayed at our seismic people about this issue and believe they couldn’t track a bunny through fresh snow!” — here
But when talking to voters, the GOP really can’t afford to tone it down, because while monied elites tend to be secular, selling free-market pillage to the people getting robbed is not a very effective strategy. — there
Meanwhile, in a computer graveyard somewhere, the plastic remains of abandoned broadband modem are slowly strangled by creeping ivy, their cases mottled with a lark and heron droppings. A newt passes by in the dark and chuckles to itself. — here
I’m not sure that most people even see the sky at all, day to day. — there
39 Reasons Why 2015 Won’t Suck – I haven’t clicked on any of the links yet. A few of them look interesting. As for not sucking… It already does. Right now I don’t care about any of the 39 things; I just want to see the sun again.
…I continue to be kind of oddly convinced that it says something about America that a book and its resulting movie about a fetish that involves pain and torture and bondage and the like is a runaway hit and that very fetish is socially acceptable while people who dress up as fuzzy animals are somehow giant weirdos, but that’s not what I’m thinking about tonight. — here
(Well, darn. That’s two from the same blog. I never do that but I can’t give up either one so I’ll just make both of them a “here”. Onward…)
…when it seems like every single other one of my town’s 15,000 residents are at the same store, and they’ve all run across their oldest and bestest friend, and they have to park their carts diagonally across the aisle while they talk…there (I really hate when people do that.)
But there’s something about driving an SUV through a foot of unplowed snow on a long driveway that approximates the feeling of remoteness.here
This was all rather depressing news to me because, until fairly recently, while listening to the music, I’d always pictured a snaggle-toothed Mother Ann Lee, Shaker supremo, striding around the hills in her bonnet exhorting the birds and bees to make chairs, not love; a mental image I found quite amusing. — there
It’s really hard to exorcise the 1939 MGM film from your mind and to do something original — here
It’s easy for those whose dreams have come true to say that anyone can achieve their heart’s desire, but for every one of them I suspect there are thousands who have not and will not make it, no matter how much they dream and how hard they work. — there