Things have been busy Chez Bird of late, and unfortunately the bird has come down with the phlegm-tastic plague which has considerably slowed me down, enough to finally get around to getting the pictures off of my cameras. My thumb is showing some signs of greenness. Here is the picture of my kitchen window plants, doing a stint outdoors to get acclimated to the environment before planting. I'm noticing that I have much more plant than I do places to put them so I think I may need to get another planter. I really like having it up on the table like that - no digging up the lawn, and no trampling by a certain dog who's name will not be mentioned, and NO FREAKIN SNAILS.
In addition to the vegetables I have some thriving blackberry vines and I'm starting to see my very first berries! I'll be having blackberry jam by the end of the summer, just you watch. As long as a certain canine does not develop a taste for them. I can just imagine coming home to see her covered in blackberry juice, and not a berry left for me. We'll have to see - but in the meantime - hope springs eternal.
And the fight goes on, daily warfare against the slimey, escalating into holey hostas, lacerated lilies, and corrupted clematis. Its woman against snail and lately, the snails seem to be holding steady. The killer snails are taking their time getting established, and in the morning I have to go out and crushing the ones that I can find to feed my baby snail army. I use a little hand trowel to flick em into a spot near my wee soldier snails and squash their shells with it.
Take a close look.. because soon... soon my pretties... you wont be seeing this slimey invader anymore!
All is not slime trails and mushy bodies here - oh no! The previous owner of Chez Bird also planted some roses, and man are they beautiful. A creamy white dipped in rosy pink - and I loves me some bi color roses. I usually can snip one or two every few days to sit in a little cup and bloom by my sink. I'm still figuring out how to take care of them. A couple of the bushes are a little weird looking, the leaves have holes in them but I don't see aphids, and another has baby shoots coming out of the bottom. They were pruned into a sort of ball shape and straight bare root going down. I'm not sure if I want to keep it like that or let it get a little bushy.
On the knitting front I've completed the body for Eleanor, and am debating on if and what kind of fringe I may use for it. Wendy suggested I refer to Nicky Epstein's edging books for some design ideas - brilliant! I complained for ages about the rabbit hair, which indeed was a pain in the ass as well as not so good on black pants. However, now that she's mostly done (sans edging) I love her. I've worn her twice - once last night to a Rabbi ordination in Santa Monica, and once today to the Childrens Pool to look at the seals with a friend who's visit. I hope I didnt give her my plagueiful cooties.
The photo on the left is the most color accurate, the one on the right gives you an idea of the length, long enough to throw over a shoulder. One word of caution while blocking this yarn... wet Kochoron smells like ass. No amount of open windows, fans or Febreeze can avoid this fact. Just accept it and pray it dries quickly.
Next on the agenda:
Orangina - I lag on this KAL but I should get it done pretty quickly. The lace pattern is really great, super easy to memorize but enough to keep my interest.
Another busy weekend coming up as well - I'm not used to being pulled out of my cave so all this activity is wearing me out. Saturday is Dye Day at Wendy's, Sunday is the Housewarming, and Monday is Firefly night. Somewhere in between all this activity I should find some time to breathe.
Oh. And if you've ever wondered....