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~♥~ "Memory is the Scribe of the Soul" ~♥~

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blog posting.

I can never post on Stacey's blog now or on Jodi's.  But enjoy reading them.  Sorry.  I'm really not ignoring your posts.  

Thankful Thursday

I'm grateful to live in the United States but there is a caveat lector in this.

I may be grateful to be here, but I'm not happy that we have become a pariah to many in the world.

I'm ashamed that we have let greed win so many battles, and even when one of our armed services WANTS to cut back,  the Powers that Be will find yet ANOTHER way around the military and make sure no changes are made.

I wish we hadn't become this Robo-police dog with huge metal teeth.

I don't care if you don't see this my way.  But let me be clear on one Point!   I'm a hundred percent for the brave people who have not questioned the call of duty.  When they put their lives on the line, I want to make sure it isn't because  Lockheed Martin (or you could name 15 other arms dealers here) can build a bigger and better "slingshot" to be tested.

There, the Quaker in me just can't be quiet all the time.  You Know?

PS to the Sunday Stealers.. I'm sorry to be so tardy in visiting.  I'm on it!

Tell Top Obama Officials to Meet With Tribes Over Grizzly Protection

Native Americans inhabited the North American Eco System for at least  20,000 years, and the environment was kept healthy because these peoples, 500 Nations,  had sustainable habits.

 It's time we started listening to a people who could achieve that sort of success on a huge continent. They deserve to be listened to.  Please add your voices to help them save an animal that is iconic to this land.  The Grizzly Bear's ancestors have been here for 200,000 years.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday Tails... Next book...

We have a bumper crop of baby lizards this year.  We get a lot of species around here.

I think that if the cats don't catch them all before they get as big as one of their grandpappy's who used to adorn a social media page, I will be a very happy woman.  I haven't got many pictures of the babies because they are just really FAST!  Sort of like birds.  You get ready to shoot and take the snap, and it's a picture of an empty branch or birdbath.

I'm resting my crinkly old backbone, and e-reading a Donna Leon that was somehow missed in the big run up to becoming a truly bionic woman.  I refer to the knee replacement surgery after getting a metal wrist installed three years before.  Let's see, so far only two but enough to qualify.

Thanks to Goodreads Website
I think this is the best one I've read so far, though they are all spellbindingly beautiful to read.  The family time in these books is a delight, and there's a little teenager now in the Brunetti household.  hehe

That's about all.  Back to sorting, tossing and recycling.....  So far, a brilliant idea flashed through the old noggin when I was snapping off for a nap one day last week.  It involves a lot of heavy lifting so it's going to go very slowly, as we paint the walls an off white.  Goodbye forever to the faded Lavender walls of flown little birds.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Stealing.... A boat load of true lies... You're It!

You all know about the side bar button but you can teleport using this LINKIE, too.  Sorry I'm a bit late to the party.. but here goes ...

RaNdOm Meme

If there are typos, I'm sort of on a deadline here!  Gah!  I'll correct them later!

Stolen from: Lots of Questions

1. If you were to attend a costume party tonight, what or whom would you go as? 
A gumball machine.  The most clever homemade costume I've ever seen.

2. What are your choice of toppings on a hamburger? 
If I could still eat them, I'd like everything, please.

3. You are chosen to have lunch with the President. The condition is you only get to ask one question. What do you ask? 
How can we stop the junk food industry from feeding our kids their lunch junk?

4. It’s your first day of vacation, what are you doing? 
I'm traveling across the desert to see some friends in Texas.

5. What is your concession stand must-have at the movies? 
The only thing I'd want is popcorn.

6. Which do you dislike most: pop-up ads or spam email? 
Dislike?  Can't we just HATE them both?

7. What do you think Captain Hook’s name was before he had a hook for a hand? 
Actually Captain Hook is a pirate BECAUSE he lost that hand.  He used to be a Privateer for Queen Elizabeth, according to the myths.

8. Rock, paper, or scissors? 
Do I like them or covet them or want to be which one?  What happens when you like them all?  Rocks are just the greatest thing in the world of design if you ask me.  They come in such a variety and so many colors!  Paper, is next, especially hand made, and then Scissors, for which I have a fetish.  I own just about every kind of scissor on the market.

9. Let's say a brick fell on your foot, and your kid is standing right next to you, what is your 'cleaned up’ swear word? 
It's still unprintable because it is a German word.  And it has nothing to do with dogpiles or things of that nature.

10. Which is worse, being in a place that is too loud, or too quiet? 
Too Loud.  I HATE Loud!  Pardon me for SHOUTING!

11. What is one quality that you really appreciate in a person? 
Loving Kindness to all creatures great and small.

12. At the good old general store, what particular kind of candy would you expect to be in the big jar at the counter? 
Jaw Breakers

13. What is the most distinguishing landmark in your city? 
Aha!  You want another picture of the big bronze Horse and Rider in Balboa Park, don't you!  Well, I'm not going to do it.  I will give you the Brigantine in the harbor.  The Star of India.

14. Everyone hears discussions that they consider boring. What topic can put you to sleep quicker than any other? 
The only thing that puts me to sleep is whatever I'm watching on Netflix around 3pm.

15. How many times did it take you to pass your drivers test? 
Do you mean the first one where you drive?  Once.   I was 15 and SO ready for that freedom card.  I started driving when I was 13, in the riverbed.  Lovely place to learn.

16. If you had to have the same topping on your vanilla ice cream for the rest of your life, what topping would you choose? 
Plain old vanilla?  I'd pick Caramel..

17. What food item would need to be removed from the market altogether in order for you to live a healthier, longer life? 
High Fructose Corn Syrup and Sugar.  Katie Couric helped to try to do this, and look what "they" did to her.  Those dudes are dangerous I tell you.  Just ask the Senators and the Presidents who tried, too.  I'm  sure they don't care about me, but then, who does?  hahahaha

18. You are offered an envelope that you know contains $50. You are then told that you may either keep it or exchange it for another envelope that may contain $500 or may be empty. Do you keep the first envelope, or do you take your chances with the second? 
I would just take the money and run to Michaels or JoAnn's with it.  Or maybe I'd buy some new sandals at Kole's.. Hmmm?

19. If you had to choose, which would you give up: cable TV, or DSL/cable internet? 
No Contest!  Cable TV!

20. What is your highest level of education? 
3 years of a four year degree.  And look what it got me?  It's 11:25pm  and I'm here, answering some questions I'm sure I've seen before...

Hmmmm...*narrows eyes*

21. How much is a gallon of gas in your city? What was the highest it’s been? 
I really do not know.  Prices must be in the stratosphere by now...

22. What kind of lunch box did you have as a kid? 
I wish!
I had the little brown baggie kind.  My kid sister is the first one to have an actual lunch box, the spoiled brat. Just kidding Sis!

23. What would you rather have, a nanny, a housekeeper, a cook, or a chauffeur? 
Oh, Lord, if only I could have a hand with the housework I would be in seventh heaven.  Does that housekeeper come with a couple of maids attached?  Housekeepers like American ones or like this one?
"I'll serve you Sherry
but I will not clean the commode, Madam!"

24. Would you rather be trapped in an elevator, or stuck in traffic?
Give me traffic any day.  I'm used to it.  Not Elevators as I don't even like them all that much.
Let me outta Here!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

No Myth, no Mind, no Way!

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: No Myth (1989)

And HERE is the song, and next comes.... The Nine!  Like 12 Strings?  I sure do.  It's the Guitar to die for!


1) The girl in this song is "just looking for someone to dance with." Who was your most recent dance partner?
A. My oh my, that was an age ago.  Back in the age of Disco!  Other than "Sweating with the Oldies", I'd say that's the most recent.

2) Michael Penn wonders if he'd do better with the ladies if he was Romeo or Heathcliff. What fictional character represents your romantic ideal?
A. Heathcliff, too Moody, Romeo, too Teenager.  I'm afraid it's still going to be a Knight in Shining Armor, Like Saint Michael slaying Satan in Guido Reni's painting.  Trés Hunkee!

And He's a redhead

3) The lyrics refer to "knots I have yet to untie." Do the shoes you're wearing have laces?
A. It's summer.  And it's California, so it's always sandal season here.  Even in winter we wear them, with wool socks but we do wear them in the dead of winter.  Or rather, I do.  Laces?

4) Name a character from mythology.
A.  Loki, the God of Mischief and Mayhem.

5) Michael Penn is the brother of Oscar winner Sean Penn. Give us the title of a Sean Penn movie.
A.  "We're No Angels".

6) Their father, Leo Penn, was a busy TV director from the 1960s through the 1990s. He specialized in detective shows (Magnum PI and Cannon) and medical shows (Trapper John and Marcus Welby, MD). Are you more likely to watch a program with lots of car chases, or one that's set in a hospital?  
A. Those being the only two choices, I'd rather read a book about Outer Space.  I loved "L.A. Law" before it went all CSI on me.  But, hey, you can combine both of those choices and watch the early "Midsomer Murders".

7) 1989, the year "No Myth" was popular, is the year of the first HDTV broadcast. Do you watch many shows in "high def?"
A. Probably.  I watch old VHS tapes that can barely be tracked, too.  HiDef TV is Lots better, though!  if only we could cure cancer, solve world hunger, and establish World Peace with it.  Just Sayin'.  Y'know?

8) 1989 was also the year The Simpsons premiered. Who is your all-time favorite animated character?
A. The little, black dragon in "How to Train your Dragon"

Major Cuteness!

9) Random fill-in the blank: If I never had to cry again, it would be too soon.   

Friday, May 15, 2015

Are we up a creek yet? Friday5

Friday5 for May 15th:  Paddles

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What experience have you with canoes, kayaks, and rowboats?
A. Only with rowboats, and only a little.  I sat off point loma in a rowboat, fishing, while others were SCUBA diving for lobster and abalone years ago.  I've also been in a rowboat about twice on Loch Lomond in the Santa Cruz mountains.

What experience have you with ping pong?
A. I used to play it as a kid when we went to the Rec Center programs during the summers.  The little white balls are fun to paint dots on and stick in our scrunched up eye sockets, too.  There are so many things to do with ping pong balls.... Get out the Glitter Glue!

If you were spanked as a kid, which of your parents’ implements did you fear most?
A. The whip end of a cat-o-nine tails.  We were whipped pretty viciously with it on many occasions.  Those were the bad old days!  

What experience have you with live auctions?
A. I've been to them a couple of times.  The first one I went to I won the bid on a sweet little vanity mirror with oak frame and beveled glass which we still have. 

When were you last up a creek without a paddle?
A.  Only once, while hiking in Sequoia with our kids.  Mr.Z and I were backpacking the twins- who were getting Trés Heavy!  Finally, walking along a dirt road, we were chanced upon by a passing vehicle containing some new friends at the camp, and they saw we were exhausted.  They gave us a ride back.  Otherwise, we've always been lucky enough to have a "paddle", or a plan B, since we were counterculture MacGyver types long before there was a MacGyver.  

Thanks for participating, and have a delicious weekend!

Friday storm....

We collected six full water barrels.  Yay!

This PAGE goes to the fun and not so fun things people tried to do with the large amounts of water being dropped on our streets.  We are so happy that the rain dances are working!

The knitting bag made it onto the bed but that's as far as things went.  I'll try again tomorrow.

Rain, rain, rain!

From: Everyday Emily Blog
Friday5:  When it's up, I'll post another entry.  I love the friday5 meme....

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thankful Thursday... Rain tonight and tomorrow.

It's coming our way!

RAIN is coming!  half an inch maybe!
I am extremely grateful for a storm this late in the season.  Thank you, Heavenly Father!  The last time this happened it was years ago, and was called the Miracle May!   We so seldom get any rain, this far south, past April. Drive carefully everyone!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Music Monday: Pepe Romero - Concierto de Aranjuez

This is still my favorite, I think....  I keep hopping back and forth between Pepe and Julian Bream.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunday Stealing: Everyone wants to know this?


The rules are over yonder in the sidebar, about how to link up and play.  * Points rudely to the side bar*
It's one of the most fun memes around.  Come on over!


A. If you're lucky, you can get four candy bars and a soda for 10 bucks.  Do you know how expensive the stuff in a gas station store is?  I would hot foot it to the Mini Mart across the highway for a little price break.

A. I'm probably going to be another human and even less lucky than this one.  Nothing is worse than being human, except maybe being a sad little feed lot animal or a a street dog in China.  Humans have this big brain and Lord do they EVER pay for it in suffering.  Just ask your pet cat about this.

A.  I know too many!  This is a loaded question which  I am not going to touch with a twenty foot pole, assuming I could even lift one that long off the ground.  OK   I'll just say Lucy Ricardo, or maybe my wacky, lovable, Guildie friend who likes pink, too. 

A.  Ok.  I will never go out to breakfast unless Whole Foods is now serving breakfast.  Then I'd order fruit and Chocolate Gnocchi.  Yes, it exists.  

A.It was Amy Tan's newest, in ebook  form.  And it was more like a novelette in length.  What is happening to the world of books?  Trilogies that take all of a week to read all three?!

A. "The Imitation Game" about Alan Turing.  It was fascinating.

A. You Jest!  My 1890 Bloomers, secretly stashed under the socks.  What kind of question is this?  I tell and then 2 million total strangers  have this sensitive information?  And to what purpose?  I know, you want to know if little old ladies wear those forties things or maybe even their DH's skivvies, right?  

A. Mentally?  See question 7.  My credulity took a swan dive into a black hole.  
Physically?  Two days ago.  I re-injured a wing.  
Emotionally?  That will be during today's interminable smile fest with people whom I love and others that I love best from a distance, and whom I just try to get on with, who are in attendance.

A.  A super secret Drone to watch the Senate's revolving door.  It would be able to multi-colorize, permanently, anyone using that door to steal from, or lie to, the American people.  And it would be able to turn colors when it was warning them of their impending fate.  I prefer pink and purple myself but I'm open to suggestions.

A.  Both, but the rock concert would have to be short, and I'd have to wear a noise reduction headset.

A.  Flowers, of course.  Sometimes it's the darling doggie but he's just a blizzard of dark hair so it's usually flowers.

Tonic water, and I'm not kidding.  I like the taste.

A.  Homemade chocolate tapioca pudding.  That stuff that comes out of a box, I'm so DONE with it!

A. I can still do manicures.  And, sorry, I couldn't sit still for a pedicure.  I'd rather go to the thing they have in Korea where the little fish in a pond clean your feet.  that sounds a lot better.

A. Buttons that just sit there, Quietly? Yes, I have them.  Blinkies, well, I just can't stand those little demonic creations.

A. I moved all my older blogging buddy buttons to another site, and have that pink  flower linking button in the side bar.  I must read at least 200 blogs.  I love blogs.

A.  How odd that so many questions about clothing come up in blogs in the Spring.  I'd say it was at least two years ago I bought sun dresses in a Ross close out.  I caught up with sandals last year and purses this winter.  I hate to go shopping unless it's beads, crafting tools, shoes or purses.  

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Just a Sunday like any other.....

This Sunday is Mother's Day, but it's a day that is so bittersweet that I never want to celebrate it anymore.

And then there is this:

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts,  whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by
irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking
with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be
taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach
them of charity, mercy and patience.

We women of one country will be too tender of those of another
country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From
the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says "Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance
of justice."

Blood does not wipe our dishonor nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons
of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a
great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women,
to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the
means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each
bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a
general congress of women without limit of nationality may be
appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at
the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the
alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement
of international questions, the great and general interests of

Julia Ward Howe

So I'll just say, to all the Mothering and Sweet People out there, no matter how you perform this loving kind service to other Earthlings, I send my heart out to you, and wish you well.

Hugs and Kisses

Saturday Komeekz

Thank you Pina!

"And thus spake Zarathustra"!

Please, just call us Seamstresses -or even "Tailors" for the males in the business!  Those are a couple of great old words for people who create fitted patterns, and seam cloth, hides, whatever, together into clothing, sails, draperies,etc.. Windwings?

Saturday Nine- Harper Valley is exactly where?

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!
Saturday 9: Harper Valley PTA (1968)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it  HERE 

1) This week's featured artist uses her middle initial (C. for Carolyn) all the time. Do you use your middle initial very often? 
A. Almost always.

2) In this song, a mother tells off the local PTA. What's the most recent school event you attended -- whether as a parent, a teacher or a student?
A.  Our DD's graduation from U.C. Berkeley last year.

3) The lyrics reference the mom's miniskirts, which were trendy in the 1960s. The website Popsugar reports that gingham checks are trendy for 2015. Tell us about the most recent addition to your wardrobe.
A.  I have to laugh because gingham checks were "trendy" when I was in Jr. Hi.  And to answer the question, I can't remember when I last bought anything but a purse or shoes.  Does that count?

4) Thinking of moms, Access Hollywood named Carol Brady of The Brady Bunch TV's #1 mom. Who is your favorite TV mom?
A.  I have to give this a pass because I just don't watch T.V. shows.

5) Mother Winters always gave Sam peppermint tea to calm her stomach. Do you have any tried-and-true home remedies to share?
A.  Naps?

6) Sam's mother always tips 15% in restaurants. Sam has worked in food service and is more judgmental, tipping between 10% and 25%, depending on the quality of the service. What's your tipping policy? Are you more like Sam or her mother?
A. Bad service gets 10% and that's the last time we go there.  We have almost never had service that was that bad, though, and it's usually 20% or a little more..sometimes quite a bit.  My aunt was a waitress her whole adult life so I know how hard servers work for their money.

7) When the tip of her shoelace becomes frayed, Sam's mother snips off the end and then paints the tip with clear nail polish. Good as new! Sam thinks that's crazy because you can just buy new laces for less than $2. Are you more frugal like mother or spendthrift like daughter?
A. Frugal.  

8) Mother Winters loves how french vanilla smells and burns her Yankee Candles all year around. Do you use scented candles or air fresheners?
A. No, I don't.  I've got so many allergies that it would be very bad to do so.  Just going into a candle shop isn't wise for me.  I'd like to keep breathing.  

9) Sam is celebrating Mother's Day with her mother's favorite, Hershey Bars. Would you prefer classic milk chocolate, dark chocolate or chocolate with almonds?
A. I don't eat Hershey's chocolate,, sorry.  I do like dark chocolate or chocolate with nuts but also like the taste of milk chocolate from time to time, like in S'mores.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday MacGyver's - an occasional series.

Ok only one picture of the project, the only really interesting thing because it shows a most excellent tool.  This is a spring loaded dimpler- there on the right.
The next step is to Spiff up the metal lid.

Mr. Z muscled the lid apart.  It got a little stretched.  Since I can no longer work this little monster tool ( a hand held, spring loaded gadget) he did the dimpling.

This tool has a sweet history.  It has worked on P-51 Mustangs and other WWII era war planes.  It was given to me by a man, a Rockhound buddy, who worked on these planes at Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft (Convair) and at General Dynamics.    This weird spring loaded "hammer" was for marking rivet points for drill holes on sheet metal.  It's lovely.  I am weirdly crazy about any tool, and would have a 36 inch long spanner on the wall if DH would stand for it.  I think I get this from my maternal Grandpa, who was a Heavy Equipment Operator and a Mechanic in the Merchant Marines.  He loved tools, too.

But, back to the topic: I'm grateful and honored to have this historical object, Frank, wherever you are.

The Project:

After dismantling the lid, Mr.Z handed it over to me.

The How-to:

The new fabric filter was made from two 7.25 inch diameter circles, and a single 10 inch diameter one, made from the re-cycled edges of an old mattress cover.  I've got scads of it to make new filters. and think it's some sort of interfacing material; in other words, it's a breathable non woven fabric.

After making a sandwich of the two smaller circles and closely zigzag together, I ruffled in the 10 inch one to fit these two.    I divided everything into quarters and pinned in the excess, hand sewed the result, leaving an opening for a partially slit re-cycled tissue roll to fit through.  Then we filled the "baggie" with Zeolite that Mr. Z found on the web, and I zig-zaged the hole shut.  All this made a perfect fitting new deodorizing packet inside the lid.   The reason we made one was that we couldn't find any of the original activated charcoal filters for sale anywhere.   Not being used to giving up on perfectly good metal in any form (I even collect Rusty stuff), giving up wasn't an option.

So, there you have it.  An afternoon MacGyvering project.


friday5  for May 8: Vinegar and Brown Paper

Hello, and welcome to this week’s Friday 5! Please copy these questions to your webspace. Answer the questions there; then leave a comment below so we’ll all know where to check out your responses. Please don’t forget to link us from your website!

What kinds of vinegar do you have in your pantry?
A: We have these: Rice, Pinot Grigio, Cider, Red Wine, and White.
What was the last purchase you made that was carried home in a brown paper bag?
A: Last night.  We had food from Chipotle.  
What home remedies do you swear by?
A: White vinegar for sunburn or bites..
How many Jacks and Jills do you know?
A: I had a very good friend, now deceased, whose name was Jack.  He was a  mentor, really.  As for Jills, I don't think I know a single one.
How would you rate your gift-wrapping skills?
I am very good at it.  This isn't my work but this is how I like to wrap.

Thanks for participating, and have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tuesday Tails....newest of the buddlieas bloom, and wolfie's tail, Body shop report.

Wolfie Report: We bought some new throws for the bed.  We use them over the bed clothes so that Wolfie's curly fur doesn't deposit too much leaf detritus and trail dust from his walks (and his headlong charges into the plant life along the trails) onto it and muss up the bed.

The throw turned out to have, in it's beautiful pattern, all the colors that are in his coat and tail.  I wondered why we liked it so much when we saw it in JoAnn's.  It was all our Doggie's Colors!

Wolfie wears his Coat of Many Colors very well.  Mostly he looks black all over.  Mostly, he's not.

Zippi's Body Shop Report: When Wolfie and DH go on walks, I go on a walk, too.  I think it's helping me both mentally and physically.  Also, I finally tried squeezing the knots out of the bad arm and to some extent, it's worked, so, "YayMe!"  I did it with my right hand but next time, I'll "roller" it like the Gym Trainers do.

I'll tell you this: the rollering procedure hurts like H. E. Double Hockey Sticks, but it WORKS!  So if you have knotting, cramping muscles keeping you from knitting or gardening or even putting on underarm deodorant, try it.  I got mine from doing unsupervised and very badly executed curls at the gym. Your trainer, or any trainer around there, can show you how to do this.  I quit going to the gym when I hurt myself doing unwise curls.  Cortisone didn't help this- didn't even touch it.

Garden Report: This is the newest Buddleia bloom spike.  It's called Black Knight and it's beautiful.  We bought it locally.

The last to bloomer will be the white.
I don't care about it very much.
I hope this feeling doesn't make it die.
So far, it looks as though Black Knight, of the three sold to me as TALL - meaning that the plant gets 6 to 8 feet - is the only plant that is actually a Tall.  Kudos to Kniffing's Nurseries!

After we prepare the bed, Black Knight will go into it on one end, and I will plant the shorties in the front of the existing raised bed.  They are not tall enough to make a screen against the fence but they are beautiful and are, after all, for the butterflies.

Next season, God willin' and the Crik don't rise, I will buy the rest of the talls to go into that bed!For the butterflies, hopefully we can make a Seep as well.   I'm sort of disgusted with Googling things because it is so oriented to people selling things that it's useless.  Tiny rant

Anyway, at least we have a year to get the bed built and ready. Something to look forward to I suppose.  I've been sort of in a hurry, after waiting for three years, to get some of these into the ground.  I'm not in such a hurry anymore.

And how are all you doing?