Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sunflowers in the fall


Summer left Wisconsin this week.  It is fully fall, with cool mornings and overcast days.  Lucky for me, I planted my sunflowers late, and minus a few droops from the rain, they are still going strong.

Monday, June 13, 2016

In the swing of summer

Britt found Millie a pool.  She mostly likes to get in and get out again, but when she's really hot, she'll lie down in it.

In the meantime, Sam and I have been doing a lot of work on the garden and building up our list of fun plants around the house.

Garden:
Hops (four varieties)
Tomatoes (four varieties)
Cucumbers (two varieties)
Romanesque (fancy broccoli)
Eggplant (two varieties)
Soybeans (edamame)
Okra
Turnips
Tomatillos (two varieties)
Lettuce (various)
Dragontongue beans
Snow peas
Snap peas
Eden's Gem Melons
Volunteer squash (probably Delicata)
Hot peppers (five varieties)
Basil
Cilantro

Other edibles:
Rhubarb
Red raspberries
Black currents
Blueberries (new this year!)
Rosemary
Sage
Pineapple sage
Tarragon
Thyme
Oregano
Lemongrass
Mint (so much mint!)
Chives
Alpine strawberries

And all sorts of random flowers.  It's been a productive spring.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Gardening in garages

You know you live in a good neighborhood when almost all of the garage sales include plants for less than $2. The homeowner knows exactly how the plant grows, and is often willing to dig up some extra if you need it.

Today I got two types of Lamium for the shady front of the house, some creeping sedum for the dry, sunny spot under the eaves, and a hen-and-chicks just because. 

Sam and I also stopped by a little, local greenhouse and bought a Cranesbill geranium for by the front steps and a rosemary plant for our herb garden.

Now if we can keep everything alive during the weekend's late frost, we'll be good.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Green unfurling

The ferns are unfurling their curls and leaving little bits of fern fuzz along the north side of the house. As this is the first time I have experienced such a thing, I am happily surprised.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The return of spring and blogging

Spring finally returned to Wisconsin this week; unfortunately it came two weeks after my visitors left.

But the tulips are blooming, the trees are dropping buds all over the sidewalks, and Millie's annual allergy-related ear problems are back. I can't complain about most of those.

With spring comes the end of college ultimate season and the beginning of the club season. Once again we'll be traveling hither and thither across the country. Stay tuned for at least a few photos from our upcoming excursions.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Setsubun Millie

On Saturday, the Japanese club celebrated Setsubun, a traditional Japanese spring holiday. I hosted, and of course that meant Millie got to enjoy lots of attention, both in terms of the food falling to the floor and being made to wear an oni (demon) mask.

On Setsubun, someone dresses up as the oni, and the household chases the bad luck out by throwing beans at the oni until it leaves, and then chanting a phrase to bring good luck into the house instead.

Millie wasn't the official oni for the day, but she was a pretty cute oni for a few minutes.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Fresh snow on the ski trails

Millie and I were the first ones out on the ski trails on Wednesday after the big snow. We quite enjoyed the scenery.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Snow day snow fort

All the schools got cancelled yesterday due to our lovely seven inches of snow, and thus Sam did not have to go to work.

The snow was perfect for packing, and we decided to make the most of it. I give you the snow fort of 2016, complete with delicious beers and a snow-happy dog.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Learning curve

Things I have learned after two days with short hair.

Yes, my hair is definitely curlier without the weight of long locks, but it is also fluffier.

Those non-curling bits in the front stand out a whole lot more when the rest of the hair is curlier.

It takes two minutes to wash my hair!

I think Sam is right: long hair makes you look younger. I feel like I look like a grown up rather than an old college student.

Luckily, my hair grows pretty fast, so if I don't like it, I'll be back to long hair next year. The jury is still out.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Best friends

Obviously, I did not complete NaBloPoMo. There were many reasons why, but none of them are good. Now I'm back to my irregularly scheduled posting.

Here are Millie and Koda doing what they like to do best - play tug of war with a ball that barely fits into one of their mouths, and makes them get awfully close when locking their jaws on it. They pull each other across the house like this.