Thursday, April 30, 2009
The hot weather recently has encouraged it to think summer is here. We won't be past the average frost date for another week or so.
I just love the way the blooms look. Eventually, it should be tall enough it will shade the office window in the summer time, which is good as the window is full west and that room heats up like no one's business.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The late cold weather followed by sudden temps in the 80s has made the plants feel like they're late, hurry up. The tulips, the daffodils, the hyacinths and the magnolias are all blooming at once - which is notable as they usually are spaced out a bit more. In my front window bed, the tulips usually have time to come up, bloom and fade before the lilies are more than peeking out of the ground.
Not so this year, as you can see.
I can also see that I probably need to thin both the tulips and the lilies again this year.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The willow tree has bloomed and is giving us lacy yellow-green fronds. It makes a brave picture against the still slightly drab woodlands behind it.
At the base, you can see the squirrel who has decided the willow is big enough to make an emergency bolthole if the dog, cat, or neighbor threaten it. I'm not sure I believe this as the tree is only about 12 feet tall and is not close enough to other trees to make a leap practical. However, I'm not going to bother trying to convince the squirrel otherwise.
Monday, April 20, 2009
That did let me get a bunch of reading done for my homework, which is all to the good.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
I seem to be in a terribly restless mood. I want to throw away two thirds of my possessions and strip down to basics. There are reasons why I hang onto stuff (mostly because if I throw it away or give it away I will hate having to buy it again if I ever need it once more). Paperbackswap has been good for getting rid of books I don't want, but it really only works for swapping books I don't want for those I do (which is somewhat of a good thing) and leaves me with a zero sum game. I want a reduction, not just a changing of the guard. And besides, the books that I've listed for swapping have to go somewhere so I don't lose track of them when someone wants one, and those piles are more damn piles.
This rant all started with reading Madwoman's Lunchbox, which took all my vague feelings and bundled them up for me, seed crystal in a supersaturated solution. J had noticed that stuff had been leaving the house via the trashbin and the recycling options - I'm afraid he hasn't seen anything yet.
The term Spring Cleaning exists for a reason, honed over generations of people rasped to tender nerve endings by being closed up in their domiciles for too many months on end. I've got a bad case this year.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Monday, April 06, 2009
K's Treble Choir got a gold award. The Jazz Ensemble got a gold award, the bands got a gold and a silver, one band got the Adjudicator's award, two students got Maestro awards, one director got the director's award...
Basically, they cleaned up! They were exhausted when they got home; all of them were drooping when they climbed of the bus, but they claimed they had a good time. Hurrah!
Friday, April 03, 2009
Thursday, April 02, 2009
They've been blooming for several days now, so tomorrow's rain may start battering them a bit. They don't open on grey days, and they snap shut the minute the sun goes behind the house, but the rain is not their friend when they're getting a little tired.
K got on her way this morning. My second interview in two days went well. The state taxes as well as the federal are done. Red Dwarf VII arrived in the interlibrary loan today, after a three week wait. Not a bad day after all, even if it started at 3:30 am. 'Night.