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http://library.si.edu/exhibition/cultivating-americas-gardens

American garden-making has evolved over time, shaped by history, social attitudes, the environment, and new ideas. Illustrating this history with books and other materials from their vast holdings, the Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Gardens take us on a special kind of garden tour.

Location: Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition Gallery, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 1 West 14th St and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Summer
Tanya Huff's novel Sing The Four Quarters is free today on Amazon.com, bn.com, iBooks, and Google Books, in the US.

Admittedly, I never got through it. I didn't read it when I was of the right age to love it (hi, Valdemar!), but I keep saying that someday I will go back and sit under the trees and try to bring that mindset forward again.

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2nd-May-2017 04:03 pm - pondering MDS&W
Summer
This weekend is Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. The weather report is for "decent" (cloudy and 60) which translates to "the whole mid-Atlantic packed into one venue." The fair organizers are actually charging admission this year (a whole $5) which will likely not impact the population boom at all.

Do I plan to go? Which day? Do I offer rides? Do I go hunting for someone else to carpool/drive instead? Do I bring a crate in case any spare PHF Angora goats need new homes?

If anyone is seriously trying to help me out here, consider that driving *to* the show is going to take over 2 hours with traffic, and coming home will be about 1:45.

I'm tired and would love to sleep in some time this weekend.... but... yarn!

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Summer
The weekend was full and busy, and we still managed to get at least some gardening done. Achaosofkittens planted the herbs and some carrots in his new VegTrug (tm), so all that is pending for that bed is a pepper plant or three. He also put carrots inboard of the onions in the artichoke bed, so that bed is done, all but for mulching. And one of the artichoke plants has a wee little artichoke flower already. So cute! So hopeful! While he did the fun stuff, I hauled barrow after barrow of fill for the new raised bed. And there is a LOT still to fill.

I've done nothing about the half-containers of bulbs (glads, freesia, liatris, and a box of phlox starts) still sitting in the dining room and the mud room. It's getting on towards wishful thinking time if I don't get them in this week or next. And I am vastly tardy in getting grass seed out onto the pastures, too. I may just wait until summer rains and use the seed for patching only.

Thankfully, the garden is definitely springing forth regardless of timing and weather. My tardy potato planting did not fail completely (yet): I have tiny little potato plants poking up out of four of the six pots. I have no idea if I will get any good potatoes this late into the spring, but hey, at least the plants are making an effort to show. And the onions and a few pea sprouts are showing as well.

As far as perennials go, the daffodils in the octagon did their random daffy thing; the last two groups are just finishing now. Next to them, the bleeding heart are doing great and making us proud. One little hollyhock has made an appearance so far (reseeded from forever ago) and some random aster are popping up. The iris have nearly completed their takeover of their side of the bed, so I expect a good showing from them. Over in the triangle bed, the mini-daffs were fabulous, the white daffs were green but barely bloomed (so probably need dividing) and the columbine are coming up in four places, as anticipated.

I took some samples of problems to Merrifield Garden experts on Sunday. One answer was, kid you not, "plant bug." The solution was to spray the lemon tree with insecticidal soap. The other problem was mildew on overwintered pepper plants, and the solution was to move the plants back outside into the sun for a good, natural wash-n-dry. And while I was there, I decided to buy a quart container of ladybugs for Achaosofkittens (and me, and the garden). 'Cause nothing says LOVE YOU! like a big transparent carton of bugs!

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14th-Apr-2017 10:56 am - LJ Scrapbook
Summer
Does anyone have a decent tool for exporting the LJ scrapbook photos to anywhere? Or do I have to pull them all down one by one?

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14th-Apr-2017 09:06 am - Good-bye to Peavine Hollow
Summer
After many years in the Angora goat business, Peavine Hollow Farm is shutting down operations this summer. They are ready for the next chapter in their lives, which apparently will not include goats or dogs.

If anyone reading this blog desires registered white Angoras or maremma dogs, please visit http://www.peavinehollow.com/index.html

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13th-Apr-2017 08:43 am - Boy goats frolicking
Summer
The view from the bathroom window this morning included a silly swirl of Diego and Simon. They were running in circles around each other, wagging their tails and head-faking with more excitement than skill.

Then Richie tried to join the fun. Rather like back when Sancho tried to play with Jared and Loki together, the twosome didn't open up to a threesome very well. Richie and Diego ended up head-butting while Simon danced off up the field in his own happy spring celebration.

And over in Jessie's field, Blair-baby had a case of goat crazies that was amazingly cute and very circular. His dance involved two cinder blocks, a dry pile of goat muck, his mother, and Herc-a-llama.

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Summer
http://www.peabodylibrary.org/freeforall/?p=4750

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11th-Apr-2017 08:57 am - Gaming humor from Ursula V's twitter
Summer
Arashinomoui, I'm looking at you.

GM: The kobolds have discovered Agile. They have short attention spans and find the daily stand-ups useful. #dnd

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Summer
"City Born Great" by N. K. Jemisin (Hugo nominated for Short Story)

It took me a little while to get into this story. The flow of the narrative isn't in one of my default rhythms. But it works. It works better than I initially thought it would. The narrator's voice gets stronger and the layering of realities become more purposeful and blended. I don't know the New York that is described in this story, though I know enough about it to get the Port Authority comment.

Don’t sleep on the city that never sleeps, son, and don’t fucking bring your squamous eldritch bullshit here.

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6th-Apr-2017 09:56 am - Hugos! Get'cher Hugo!
Summer
I stole this post from Ambyr's tracking list so that I can start tracking where I am in reading Hugo finalists. I'm pretty far behind, particularly as I have read NONE of the nominated novels, but hopefully I can catch up. Achaosofkittens has some of the novels (noted as "we own them"), and some of the shorter stuff is online. As I read them, the list is going to change order so that I can figure out what my ballot would be. Yes, that means my voting is public. I don't care, and if you do, you are welcome to engage me in discussion.

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5th-Apr-2017 09:28 am - Greetings from DreamWidth
Summer
So here I am, over on DreamWidth. For everyone who has migrated, please say hi and let's trade access.

Also, I'm still playing with access settings. So regardless of footers or other additives, I'm still reading and commenting on LJ.

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ColorSheep
My basic gardening technique for the flower beds is:

1) Buy too many bulbs.
2) Pick a spot in which to plant some of these bulbs, and check that spot for daffodils.
2A) Does it have daffodils? Then create your hole by digging up and removing most of them.
2B) Does it not have daffodils? Then dig some up from some place that needs thinning and move them into this hole. (Now you have another hole in which to plant bulbs!)
3) Put the new bulbs in the hole. Plant the daffodils [back] in the hole.
4) Cover, water, repeat.
1st-Apr-2017 03:06 pm - Madeline had a baby boy yesterday
Summer
I called it correctly: Madeline kidded yesterday afternoon in the kidding pen during the rainstorms. She had a slightly-undercooked single boy baby who is bright white. I guess the Richie red genetics didn't cross well with the recessive black Mona x Jared genetics.

This is Madeline's first time as a mom, so she had no real clue. Baby didn't either. So I was up every three hours to bottle feed the dumpling through the night. He's got a great set of lungs, so he let the world know that he was ready to fight for life. And so we did formula all night and then I switched to milking Madeline and bottling that at the 6:30 feeding this morning.

I just got back inside from watching the baby successfully nurse and then piddle. All systems are "go." And the bottle can go back in the cabinet until next year.
Summer
We are expecting two inches of rain today. We need it, and Friday is a good day to get rain, since I have to be at work anyway. It's already raining buckets right now and my last doe - Madeline - is due to kid Very Soon Now(tm). Since I'm at work, I stuck her in the kidding pen already to make sure that she doesn't kid somewhere out in the pasture or, like Dahlia, kid in the doorway to the barn and then drive everyone out of the barn into the rain.

This is Madeline's first time as a mom, so she's bellowing randomly (calling her kids already), picking fights through the fence, and is totally confused about why I have her penned up inside the barn - in the "wrong" side of the barn - in the first place. She was a bottle baby (remember "Good Baby" and "Bad Baby?") so the fact that everything is wrong now is making her cranky and whiny. At least she's not scared.

And a reminder to self: pre-doing morning chores like filling water and checking on hay the night before makes the morning go far more smoothly and leaves more time for baby goat snorgling.
29th-Mar-2017 04:52 pm - Silence Fallen, by Patricia Briggs
Read Irresponsibly
Silence Fallen, by Patricia Briggs. Urban Fantasy. Hardback, 384 pages. Book 10 in the Mercy Thompson series. Keeping it.

First off, the "book blurb" summary on Amazon is teeth-grindingly wrong. Her mate bond didn't break. Nor did it get chewed through, or replaced. le sigh.

Second, if we are going to start invoking the magical spirit of mixed religions, I want more background on ALL of the religions and beliefs involved. I can't tell more without spoiling it for the unread, but grrr.

Beyond that, it was a pretty good book.

Books for 2017
Summer
The goldfish survived the winter. I spotted both of them swimming in the pond this morning. Also, something went "blorp" so the frogs might already be back. There was a frog (toad?) on the path last night, too. Yay frogs! On the drive home last night, I saw two foxes and two rabbits, though thankfully not in the same places.

Henson's Menagerie checked in this morning. They bought Ivan (Alys x Ari) last fall at NYS&W to replace a sudden loss of their red stud. As of this morning, Ivan is now a successful first-time father. He sired twin dark red girls that were born this morning. Also in a separate photo, Ivan looks great. Stud life in Connecticut apparently agrees with him.
Summer
I worked in the garden this evening. I got the six potato grow bags set up and started. I'm horribly late, but hopefully we will get something from the Yukon Golds that I put into dirt.

I also pulled the mulch away from the two artichoke starts that I planted in the raised bed. They are still alive! They are not very vibrant, but they are definitely growing. Three of four starts that we put in pots in the great room are doing well; one of them is doing amazingly well. The fourth one didn't make it from the beginning. But that is ok, because we really only need two plants total. If only FireandEarth had an outdoor garden. I would give a plant to her, for sure.
16th-Mar-2017 07:06 pm - Pansy had a daughter - named Poppy
Summer
Pansy kidded her daughter this morning. I'm so pleased for her new owners to have such a darling colored girl. Congrats Pansy and yay Ari wasn't a total washout siring only boys this year. Read more...Collapse )
14th-Mar-2017 11:35 am - Alys kidded a baby boy
Justin-goat
Alys came back over here from her new home to spend quality time in the shag shack last fall. She was in the field with Ari at the same time as Dahlia, so as soon as Dahlia went off, I told Mary that Alys was due this week. And here we go. They have a beautiful colored boy! photo!Collapse )
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