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Busy Little Spider

28 Jun

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I feel rather busy, yet I can’t help but let the little things catch my eye.

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Renegade Cicada

25 Jun

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I read in the news a couple of months ago about the cicadas that were coming to the east coast for the summer. I hoped that I would end up in the area at the right time to see the little buggers, and it just so happened that Rails Girls DC coincided. Well they didn’t visit DC, and we didn’t see them when we moved on to Asheville NC either. I had lost hope. I love the sounds they make, it reminds me of so many different times in my life.

I walked around the side of the house this morning to get the hose and there it was. Hanging off the back of my fella’s motorcycle cover was a cicada shell. We aren’t due for cicadas here in Nashville for some time, so I think he may have traveled to see me.

Flowers and Mosquitoes

4 Jun

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I have been a very busy lady lately. Among many other things I have been preparing for a little vacation time. Vacation actually begins with the Rails Girls workshop in Washington DC next Thursday. Since I will be traveling 11 hours from home in the middle of the week I went ahead and took Friday off of work so we can scoot on down to some ocean before visiting Asheville NC and heading home Sunday. I don’t really like to sit still for too long you can see.

The spring has been long as the summer is taking longer than usual to arrive here in Nashville. My plants are absolutely loving it. The Asiatic Lillies are twice the size that they were last year, and they were too gorgeous to keep to myself.

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While trying to keep the mosquitoes away I accidentally singed the Yucca flowers with a tiki torch flame. The outcome was the prettiest gray little flowers with black singed edges.

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Snail For A Day

20 May

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I was gardening yesterday when I spotted this little guy on the patio. No bigger than my thumbnail and the same color as the concrete, I have no idea why i noticed him. He was so active that I watched him for a while and took some video. I saw him move that little stick without a problem.

It’s hard to explain the feeling I get from something so simple and small. Something that goes otherwise unnoticed, but today became a part of the actual world wide web. His whole life this little snail could have gone along without a person actually seeing him, but I saw him. I named him Carney.

Lovely Little Drips

15 May

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After watering the gardens and all the little plants I sat down on my front porch to drink some coffee this morning before work. I looked over and saw all these little drips on the elephant ears that my sister gave me a couple years ago. It looked so calm and pretty that I wanted to spend the entire day watching it evaporate. Instead I just snapped a few photos and went on my way.

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Lettuce, Fear and Growth

14 May

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The Mesclun mix of lettuce really is growing! It’s doing so well that I planted more! It’s my dream to grow most of my food. I get so freaked out when I read the ingredients lists on packaged food or when I think about the chemicals that could be involved when growing produce on enormous farms. I try not to buy things that are not from the United States, but only because I only know that we regulate the amount of chemicals in our food and food from out of the country has different regulations. There was a time a few months ago when the citizens of the United States were instructed by the news/media not to buy orange juice from out of the country. Not because there were chemicals in it, but because the chemicals were higher than the amount that we legally allow into our food. It’s scary, really scary. I even worry about the safety of the food that I grow because I live in the city, with all the pollution and emissions and such.

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Natural Vegetable Garden Tips And Tricks

13 May

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How many little garden tips and tricks can you find in the picture above?

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My Lettuce Is Growing!

1 May

Quite a few weeks ago I planted some lettuce. I have never had much success with lettuce and I thought I would give it a shot just like I do every year. This is my progress.

Last week

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Pretty puny huh? 

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A Short Dress And An Inspirational Snake

1 May

As I locked the dead bolt this morning before heading off to work, something in the flowerbed caught my eye. I looked over, and there he/she was. A snake, a ribbon snake says Google. Maybe 14 inches and he was looking right at me. I was looking right at him and I only broke our eye contact to get a picture of him and he used that opportunity to try to slither away. The porch and the concrete garden borders confused him as he bounced around for a few seconds and I was able to get a shot.

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Tulips And The Vapors

7 Apr

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I feel like I’m a pretty good vegetable gardener, but I’m no good with the flowers. I have some bulbs that I planted in my front bed a couple of years ago that never blossomed. This spring there was a beautiful red tulip bud growing out of one of the little flowerless piles of green. I took extra care to check it each day to see if it had opened.

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