Wednesday, June 20, 2012

This time last year

This time last year I was in Munich, Germany with a friend from work. She had tickets to see Bon Jovi in Munich and was supposed to go with her husband but he decided he didn't want to make the trip. She asked me if I'd like to go. I hesitated and said "well, ok". I'd never been on a plane before, not really a big Bon Jovi fan, and had never been out of the country before. So, I packed my stuff and got some high-test anxiety meds from my doctor (which totally worked....only a slight melt down at JFK where I briefly considered ditching my suitcase and running) and I was on my way. I actually liked flying. I'm not sure why I had been avoiding it all these years. Anyway, we had fun, Munich was awesome, Bon Jovi was fun. We visited two castles, a beautiful lake town, and Salzburg, Austria with her friends we were staying with. I took tons of pictures of statues which seemed to be everywhere. I really like some of them.  I need some statuary for my garden I think.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Vow to be better

I take a three year break, post once and then disappear for almost four more months.  I am vowing to be more consistent.  Making that vow to myself anyway.  I love looking back over my old posts and seeing what I was thinking, what I was enjoying, things I was experiencing for the first time.  And all the photos!  Pets that are no longer with me, bumper crops from the garden, things I somehow did really well in the flowerbeds....and things that didn't turn out so well.  Anyway, I'm really into gardening again this summer....both flowers and vegetables, so I hope to be taking lots of pictures and documenting! 

Ike (aka squirmy) coonhound puppy child.

Monday, February 20, 2012

An approximate 3 year break

Things that have happened during my "blog vacation"!

I almost got a divorce, but then didn't. And somehow I now see that I'm married to a pretty awesome man. And maybe it was because I didn't see his awesomeness before or maybe it was because our near meltdown made him want to be a little more awesome. But it doesn't really matter how we got where we are, just that we are here.

I lost interest in a lot of things I used to love and now am interested in them again (otherwise known as depression).

I went on an airplane for the first time Germany.

I had a brief involvment with Facebook before I came to the realization that Facebook is.....stupid. And shallow. And should go away.

One of my beloved dogs died suddenly causing me to have do an abrupt inventory on how much time I was spending doing things I didn't really love (hint: approx. 40 hours per week).

I got a new dog to lift the flagging spirits of my existing "pack" husband, our dog chessie, and our two cats....although jury is still out on whether cats actually had flagging spirits....very hard to tell with cats.

I begin a new journey to figure out how to fill my days with things that make me happy....things I enjoy doing.....things people will pay me for.....I know, such a cliched mid-life crisis thing going on here.

My comment sections have been slowly filled with erectile dysfunction spam.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

More field pictures

More field pictures. These are from yesterday. We have a wetland mitigation sight next to a small goat farm in Northern Lancaster County. And the owners don't mind if we visit with the goats.

This goat was a little ominous. He just kept staring though the window.

See the giant spider? Sort of in the middle of the picture? It is hard to tell without something for scale, but it was enormous. Yuck. Some kind of fishing spider but there was no way I getting closer to tell which kind. The thing had to be close to 4 inches across. My co-worker thinks I am dramatic and am overestimating the size. It sure seemed huge though. And it freaked me out that it was that high up in a plant that I easily could have brushed past. Usually they are around rocks in the stream bed. I don't like spiders at all.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Field Photos

Last week I had a lot of field work to do for my job. Tiring but good. Here are some photos.
The first two are from Fairmount Park in Philadelphia.
I am 38 years old and I never noticed that the inside of a black walnut looks like a heart. Now I see them everywhere.

An orange shelf fungi. You could see this from a mile away, it was so vibrant.

A giant piece of conglomerate. Conglomerate is a sedimentary rock and you don't often see pieces this size. I think it is part of the Pottsville Formation found in the Anthracite regions in Eastern Pennsylvania. Zoom in for a closer look. That is my field book for scale.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Checking in

So lately I've been feeling like my horizon has disappeared. And I'm somewhere in the horse latitudes. I feel adrift with no sense of if I'm moving forward or backward or standing completely still. Not necessarily panicked or anything, but a definite sense of "I'm not where I want to be at this point in my life". So I haven't been blogging. Just lots of taking stock and thinking.

But here is an "I'm okay" post and thanks for all the emails and comments of concern. I just got back from 2 weeks at the beach, which was totally awesome. And I pretty much know where I want to be now. I just have to work up the courage to make the trip from here to there.

For some reason I'm into lists lately. Well, that is a lie. I've always been into lists, they help keep me sane and organized. I mean lists for no reason.

Things that have been making me smile lately:

  • tomatoes - because who can really be glum when eating a bowl of tomatoes with fresh basil and thick balsamic and good olive oil and salty olives?
  • banana pudding - I had for the first time a sour cream banana pudding made by Connor's Market in Buxton, NC and it was one of those moments when you eat something and everything gets all shiny and tingly and I think I actually laughed out loud because it was that good. Hard to believe, but it was. Banana Pudding! With Nilla Wafers! They only had it one day out of the week and the nice lady behind the deli counter shared her recipe, so I'll try my hand at it soon.
  • The Republican Party imploding.
  • A sign on a conservation district building on the Eastern Shore of said "Keepin' it rural since 1963." haha. keepin' it rural.
  • Little girls in kayaks that swore they would never, ever get in a kayak. Let alone check a crab trap or reach down into an underwater grass bed to pick up a scallop.

So I'll keep in touch. And thanks Pete, I had forgotten all about Mr. Hartman. I am power!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Much better

Yay June!

April and May were soap-opera-ish months and I am weary of drama for awhile. I'm going to put my nose in the dirt for a few months. Actually, until frost.

Thanks for all your kind words. Last week was a bit weird but I think I'm all better now. I'm still sad that things turned out the way they did, but there really isn't anything I could have done to change that. Nothing is gained by me dwelling. It is what it is (I say this so much lately).

And while it does annoy me that there was no spectacular, thoughtful birthday gift from the husband, the lack of did enable me to purchase a new dress and two pairs of spectacular platform sandals which I will show as soon as the come in the mail. God I love these new free-shipping mail order shoe places.
Behold my volunteer foxglove. I love foxgloves. I want a whole big sweep of them. I have wasted I don't know how much money buying foxgloves and planting them only to have them grow about a foot tall and die. So two years ago I stopped trying. I gave up. Foxgloves just did not like me. I had one remaining foxglove that limped along that summer. It dropped seed and last year I had several volunteers pop up. They were healthy all summer but had no blooms. I left them alone. This year this beauty suprised me. It has to be at least 3 feet tall. So I try not to look at it too hard or fuss with it too much. One of the other ones also had sent up a spire but that one succumbed to a fat yellow hen that was too lazy to walk around it and instead walked over it. You just can't have nice flower beds with chickens.

And my newest friend. This toad has decided to live in one of the flower pots on the front porch. He is there every day and then climbs out (the top of the pot is adjacent to a step) and is on the flagstones every evening. This pot has pansies and johnny-jump-ups in it so I'm not sure what he'll do when I change over to something a little more heat tolerant. I will keep his needs in mind though. Something to shade him during the day and keep him cool. Perhaps some big leafy sun coleus?