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Still working on videos - here is one of a bit of my bike ride downtown to the square earlier today - trying to figure out how to get it less blurry and learn editing, too. I was holding the camera in my hand, so hopefully watching this won't cause motion sickness!

As you may remember, I live in a small college town about 30 minutes southwest of Cleveland. In this video, I started filming when I went into a inner area of the college and then through to the square and downtown.

We had a huge thunderstorm last night so you can see lots of leaves and branches on the ground. Thank goodness for rain - we really really needed it.


a saturday

This morning, the dog woke me up thankfully because I had turned off my alarm and fell back to sleep.  She does this thing Robert calls 'clunking' where she'll knock on her crate to get our attention.  Usually she doesn't get my attention  (I sleep through it, especially since I use earplugs. Or I'll sleep in the office/spare room.)  But fortunately this morning my earplugs had fallen out and I heard her so I wasn't late for work.

In fact, I had time to water my garden, and stop by the Farmers Market to say quick hellos to everyone and pick up a scone for breakfast.

The road is being resurfaced, so it was one lane for awhile, and I had to try to keep up with the cars and trucks as I was afraid the road crew guys with the STOP/GO signs wouldn't see me and would send vehicles in the other direction and I would be roadkill.

There wasn't nice smells or sounds today because of the road crews and their machines, and I got a headache from the asphalt.

a saturday
Here they are, right in front of the shop.
The guy parking in the lot did ask if he could park there.
But it was a nice day because it was just touching 80 degrees and sunny, and I had some fun conversations with the customers who came into the shop.

I'm watching little clips on YouTube from that show River Cottage.  R sent me some money so I treated myself and ordered Homemade Jams and Chutneys: Women's Institute.  The British seem to be much more relaxed in their preserving techniques than we are, and I cannot wait to get this book in the mail to see how the recipes are written.

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The fermenting is going well.  The pickles are done - but then I remembered I don't like fermented pickles all that much, I prefer vinegar ones. But they'll get eaten up.

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The beet kvass is excellent!  I gave a few of the leftover beets to Sephora as a treat here and there, and she liked them. That dog loves her veggies.

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The sauerkraut is still hidden away in the pantry.  I'll wait at least another week before I try it.

Trying to keep a positive spin on things - some aspects of this world are crushing my spirit, and given that my husband is away, that doesn't help either.

Had a lovely dinner with P and M on Sunday night.  I'm looking after their cat and garden for a couple of days.

Yesterday it rained nearly the entire day.  We needed the rain, but I got soaked to the bone twice - once on my way to work (coming home from work, a friend drove me home and then my boss brought my bike home for me - wasn't that nice of them?), and then again heading out to check on P and M's cat and garden in the evening.  Have to say, though, in all these months of riding my bike everywhere, I have only been in downpours three times.   I need wipers on my glasses!

Denise is coming over today!!!!!

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Nearly two years ago, Denise took me with her to see the Dalai Lama 
speak in Virginia for my birthday present.
Here we are, surrounded by her VA friends (We're in the middle)

what the fresh hell can this be?

On my way to and from work, I pass by George Jones Farm.  Usually I take a look down the fields to see if anyone I know is working.

This morning, I see this thing walking in front of the fence.  I pull up short, turn around my bike, get out my phone, and take a photo.  It waddles towards me.  I say loudly "What the hell are you?"   Is it a turkey vulture's head on top of an butt-ugly duck? Is it a mutant/alien combination of two or more fowl species?  I jump on my bike and pedal furiously away.

It totally grossed me out.  Now most wildlife doesn't squig me out.  Other than tapirs. And that bear-looking microscopic creature that was featured on Cosmos. Oh, and I guess some turkeys, too.

Dawn (my friend and owner of the nursery)'s father stopped into the shop - he lives on the property.  I tell him about this creature.  I show him the photo on the phone.  He laughs and says "Oh that's a Muscovy duck."

I'm going to have nightmares tonight.

what the fresh hell can this be?
This is the photo I took  - if you dare, go a google image search of muscovy males

what the fresh hell can this be?
Okay, I googled for you.  

hidden treasures

This morning because I dropped off some dehydrated apples to our community services organization, I took the bike path part way to work. Click here and here for some cool information on the history of the railroad that used to service our town.  Even though I enjoy the bike path, I kind of wish the railroad still went through.
hidden treasures

I ride by an antique store when I go to work at the nursery.  I have lived in this town for over 16 years, and yet I have never stopped in, until today on my way home.  Unfortunately, the store was closed but I did take a few photos of the garden/yard.

hidden treasures

hidden treasures

hidden treasures

It is probably a good thing they weren't opened - I would have spent money I don't have on stuff I really don't need!

ice cream truck

Coming back from P and M's place after watering their garden and feeding their cat, I hear that music!

I speed ahead, hoping that the ice cream man hasn't passed me.
I'm 12 years old again, with a bit of money in my pocket.

ice cream truck

Yes! I bought two Watermelon Whirls and one Orange Creamsicle.  I wanted a Watermelon Whirl immediately, and I bought an extra and the Creamsicle so Robert could choose.

I hurry home so the extras wouldn't melt too much.  Eating a popsicle on a bike isn't as easy as it used to be.

ice cream truck

moving rose bushes

Remember I talked about men working on our town's main sewer line earlier this year?  Well they didn't get to us, but they will next year.

In the meantime, we received a letter in the mail stating that we had to fix our sidewalk. Which is silly because next year they'll be tearing up the sidewalk and the tree lawn and the first two feet of our front yard for the sewer line stuff.  After I talked to the person-in-charge, we then received an email saying to not worry about it for now.  Pheww.

So we're moving plants from the front of our yard (why I thought I could take care of that bed in the first place is beyond me) to the back in preparation for the sewer line work.  There were two rose bushes there, and another one in front of our back porch.  It was totally shaded out by the small French Lilac that my mom gave us nine years ago as a housewarming project. That French Lilac isn't small anymore. We still need to move two peonies, and an tiny apple tree.
moving rose bushes
Watering the moved roses.  One was behind that lilac in the back of the photo

moving rose bushes
I stood in front of our back fence and took this - we have a lot more to do,
but the yard is coming along nicely.  Our other vegetable raised beds aren't in the photo, though
Earlier today I did some work for the non-profit, went to the community garden and took some more photos as some folks were working on the compost bin, the open garden, and putting up deer fencing.

Joanne, here's a photo of the open garden:
moving rose bushes

Oh I wanted to say one more thing about riding my bike - whenever I see a police car, my first thought is "Oh shoot, do I have my seat belt on?"  I'm hoping that I don't have this thought much longer.

Gotta go - have to check out P and M's garden and feed their cat as they're out of town for a few days.

a day off

Oh that's right, it's the Fourth of July.

Monday I did some work for the non-profit (mostly with regard to our community garden), and then I spent some time with my son.  It was very warm and humid, and we needed to go grocery shopping, so instead of hitching up his bike trailer to his bike, we decided to try out the town's car share program.

We made the reservation but I couldn't find the car share registration information and card!  I tore apart my desk, and there were papers everywhere.  My son stopped by and I said "it should be in that pile on the floor" and he said "here it is".  Phewww. Thank goodness he has better eyes than me, he saved the day.

The car was wonderful - especially the air conditioning!  I truly enjoy spending time with my son, having a bite to eat (thanks for the treat, J!) and going shopping, and talking about all sorts of things. And yes, I picked up some cat litter!

Tuesday was another day off, and was spent with the husband planting shrubs and hostas, and moving other shrubs hoping that they will thrive better.  The shady east side of our house needed some sprucing up. I finished up adding some ground cover, and moving a few more hostas from the backyard 'weed bed' which is full sun (why did I plant hostas there in the first place!?) yesterday.  I'm quite pleased with the results. A new clethra, two oak leaf hydrangeas (one was already there), a sambucus black lace in a slightly sunnier patch of that bed, some sweet woodruff, and a variety of hostas (Halcyon and Moonlight, and the ones I moved from the backyard, I have no idea).

I just got back from watering at the community garden, harvesting some garlic, dropping it off for son and daughter-in-law.  Robert is just about done making us something to eat, and then it's time for some World Cup!
a day off
At the community garden - my 'new' bike, with garlic in the basket
a day off

random things

I left work 15 minutes early to beat the storm.  I lost.  I was able to seek refuge under a portico at a car repair garage.  You can see a hosta I was bringing home in my basket in the foreground of the photo.  Also this photo is showing the east view - and I was actually heading west, but the west shot wasn't as interesting.

random things

Sephora likes the breeze from the fan much better than the one from the air conditioner - probably because she can see through the fan to the outdoors.

random things

Which reminds me, I have to post a photo of my air conditioner window curtain, but I also have to make one for the window with fan, but I don't have any matching fabric and that's going to bug me a lot, so I don't know what to do about it yet.

We watch the World Cup taped/DVRed most of the time.  That means, when we get home from work we cannot look at social media or the news, which is why I usually don't check any blogs until after I see the games, especially Rachel's blog as she's an avid football fan, and writes terrific blow-by-blow reports of the matches.

We didn't add enough time to our DVR and we missed the ending of the Costa Rica/Greece game!   Arghhhh!  Of course I was rooting for Greece.  Darn it!   We now have added more time to the upcoming recordings. A little too late for this game, though.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend!

the five senses of a saturday

Sight and touch: Have you ever touched the blossoms of the smoke tree?  I have, and do, every time I pass the tree on my way to work.

the five senses of a saturday

Sight and taste:  One of our favorite regular customers at the garden center/nursery brings by donuts on Saturday mornings!

the five senses of a saturday

Sight and sound:  While out weeding in the nursery stock area, I have to keep an ear out for the sound of tires on the gravel and the shop's front door buzzer, as now I work alone during my shifts.

the five senses of a saturday

Sight and smell:  I ride past four magnificent linden trees coming home - the scent is intoxicating!

the five senses of a saturday

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