Archive for October, 2009

The Mayor of Emerald City

UPDATE:  I’ve now written a comprehensive pattern and tutorial for crocheting a rug like this of your very own.  You can find it here. The Wizard of Oz is on my mind this morning, after sending off The Girl to her Preschool Halloween party not in the Dorothy costume I made for her, but the dragon costume I bought at
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The Annual Garden Report

After last years’ less than successful Intro to Big Country Gardening, we approached this growing season with a pretty hearty measure of realism.  We had a new baby, only weeks old, not many openings in the calendar, and we could still feel the sting of last years’ lack of success.  So we decided not to put in a garden at
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Barn Dance

When I told Isadora that we had gone to a barn dance the night she spent with Grandma and Grandpa, she replied with a puzzled, “isn’t that just for animals?”  Indeed, we had read a book about a midnight barn dance, where the animals paired up and stole out of the barn to partake in some secret midnight dancing.  No,
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Tiny Desk Concert: The Swell Season

This is making me really, really happy right now.  If you like it, check out the whole Tiny Desk Concert via podcast or YouTube.

Flowers dried.

Nasturtium flowers, snatched from the garden before Jack Frost descended with his prickly white blanket.  What to do with these?  I haven’t decided. Calendula blossoms.  These represent only a fraction of the calendula that grew in my garden this summer.  I had intended to harvest much, if not all, of it.  But didn’t.  Which is a shame, because Calendula packs
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Tomato Math

Tomatoes have been the thrumming beat moving us steadily through the days of late September and early October.  Some stretches of milling, peeling, or canning have been marathon-like, blocking out all else on the To Do list; others have been snuck into the regular workings of the day like rags plugged into a drafty window.  Now lining the shelves of
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