Sunday, April 29, 2007


Finished up that long term sub position on Friday, and Mr. M was out of town all day Saturday. It turns out that we are going to get our house appraised again (long story) so I decided to tackle some long postponed yard work.

For the record, I had raked up all those leaves once before, but the wind swept them back into my below ground car port and I didn't get them out again before the city did leaf collection. I'm not much of a yard work girl, but it was nice to be outdoors with the weather just turning toward summer, in the shade of the big tree... letting physical labor erase the tension of the past few weeks. I'm looking forward to having a place where I can plant a nice little garden.

After finishing the front yard (I even tried my hand at some weeding), I enjoyed some rewards... I'll have to get back to you on Dorian, I'm still mulling over the Calvinistic (?) commentary on sin and damnation.

There are some things I will miss about this house.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Dogwoods For Mom

Spring is much more lush and complex here than I remember it ever being before. I was quite curious about the Dogwood trees before they bloomed. The buds look like little grey buttons and one would never imagine what they were about to become.

Right before they bloom they look like paper lanterns, or some mysterious origami.

They come in several colors... a bright white, blushing white (above), a white tinted with a spring green, and several shades of pink. I didn't quite get them all on my walk today.

I couldn't resist the "wrong" side either.

I think this is the best picture. I am teaching haiku right now and this struck me as a quintessentially haiku moment... the floating white petals, the peeling picket fence... I might have to see if I can actually do something with it. The lilacs are coming next... ah, the smell of spring.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Study in Green(ish yellowish)

Grades due tomorrow. TTFN.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Texture Study

Our trip to the coast was lovely (anyone recognize the Fresnel lens in the last post?) Mr. M took some fabulous pictures of the seascape and the coastal swamplands. It's funny how he is the "big picture" person in our relationship... drawn to vast vistas and visionary plans. It's one of the things I love about him. He sees so much potential. I, on the other hand, tend to focus on the details. The first picture in this post is one I have been wanted for a long time, but I needed a digital SLR to finally catch it. SLR to get in close and digital so that I could snap, snap, snap away and be able to see if it was working. My other great catch (courtesy of the notorious shoreline junk shops) was a few handfuls of vintage glass buttons ranging from art deco to daisies. I'm thinking hello yarn's pulse warmers.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Where Am I?

Had to climb a few stairs to see this...

And walk a few miles to see this. Any guesses?
In other news, made quite a haul at the LYS here; some destined for future Christmas presents. Thus, photos may not be forthcoming. I am thrilled about the yarn though :) Now if only I had more time to knit!