26 September 2017

Remnants of Summer


A touch of fall definitely is in the air, but a few flowers in my garden (and in my house) are still pretending it's summer!


































The indoor babies...




The dahlias I planted indoors back in early spring died or fried during Ride the Rockies in June. I bought new bulbs at the local grocery store for $2.99 each and planted them in the same pots. Plants grew, but they did not bloom. (They're still growing, so I haven't completely given up hope...) The first set of bulbs seemed to be fine, so I transplanted them to the garden. The one that received the most sunshine (the white one with blossoms I'd died blue with food coloring) eventually bloomed again!






The last daisy of the year came up after I trimmed down all the spent daisies. I guess it just needed a little sun of its own.


Marigolds are the harbinger of autumn, and portions of my garden are teeming with orange and red. The one plant I put in my whiskey barrel planter next to the garage, far from the main garden, resulted in hundreds of plants all over the place, including in the French drains where nothing is supposed to grow!






I spent one evening after work de-flowering every single marigold in my yard for a dye pot and to attempt to make sure the entire garden isn't all marigolds next year. Two weeks later, I had just as many new blossoms, so I made a second jar of marigold dye, which currently is solar-cooking on the patio railing in the sun every day. I'm trying to eek what color I can out of the first jar, too, after preparing my first jar of marigold dye.




I would not have expected the color I seem to be getting! I think it looks a bit like spaghetti!!!






I also attempted to pollinate my new giant hibiscus, which Lizard bought for me at the Farmer's Market about six weeks ago. It's the showpiece of the neighborhood, and passersby frequently ask if they can photograph the tremendous blossoms.




Alas, my pollination efforts seem to have been for naught. But that's okay. Now that blossoming is done, we're transplanting the huge plant into the backyard next to the itty bitty hibiscus that came with the house.




Both hibiscus varieties got a dye jar of their own.


All I need now is some time to wind some new hanks of white prepared-for-dyeing yarn!

25 September 2017

Snowflake Monday


This one is a challenge. But that's why you come here, right?

You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes and/or dragonflies you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!


Finished Size: Snowflake, 4.5 inches from point to point; Dragonfly, 1.75 inches long
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, optional beads, sequins or gemstones for eyes, size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Dragonfly Snowflake Instructions

Foundation Round: Ch 13; * 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 7 ch; 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch (dragonfly body made), ch 25; repeat from * 5 time, omitting last ch 25 of final repeat; ch 12; taking care not to twist work, sl st in same ch as 2nd dc of 1st dragonfly body.

Round 1: * 1 sc in bottom of 2nd dc of 1st dragonfly body (or next dragonfly body on repeats), 1 sc in top of same dc (as shown below for making individual dragonfly), ch 2, sk next 2 ch, 1 hdc in next ch, ch 2, sk next 2 ch, 1 dc in next ch, sl st in same ch (small dragonfly wing made), sl st in next ch, 1 dc in same ch, ch 2, sk next 2 ch, 1 hdc in next ch, ch 2, sk next 2 ch (small dragonfly wing made after next sc until final repeat); repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc.




Round 2: [Ch 12, 1 dc in 7th ch from hook, ch 2, sk next 2 ch, 1 hdc in next ch, ch 2, sk next 2 ch, sl st in next dragonfly body sc (large dragonfly wing made), ch 3, 1 dc in same sc, 1 dc in next sc, ch 3, sl st in same sc (dragonfly head made), ch 12, 1 dc in 7th ch from hook, ch 2, sk next 2 ch, 1 hdc in next ch, ch 2, sk next 2 ch, sl st in same dragonfly body sc (large dragonfly wing made); bind off. Sl st in next dragonfly body 1st sc] 6 times, omitting last sl st of final repeat. Weave in ends.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.


Individual Dragonfly Instructions

Ch 13; * 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 7 ch; 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch (dragonfly body made), ch 10, sk next 4 ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 2, sk next 2 ch, 1 hdc in next ch, ch 2, sk next 2 ch, sl st in bottom of 2nd dragonfly body dc (small dragonfly wing made), ch 12, sk next 6 ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 2, sk next 2 ch, 1 hdc in next ch, ch 2, sk next 2 ch, sl st in bottom half of 2nd dragonfly body dc, ch 3, 1 dc in same dc, 1 dc in top of same dc, ch 3, sl st in same dc (dragonfly head made); ch 12, sk next 6 ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 2, sk next 2 ch, 1 hdc in next ch, sl st in top of 2nd dragonfly body dc, ch 10, sk next 4 ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 2, sk next 2 ch, 1 hdc in next ch, ch 2, sk next 2 ch, sl st in top of 2nd dragonfly body dc; bind off. Weave in ends.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Finish: Beads may be added to dragonfly heads as eyes if desired. Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin snowflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. Sprinkle lightly with glitter. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel snowflake from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one spoke, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch the snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.









22 September 2017

Friday Funny


September 23 is doomsday for some. I'd not heard about this, but researching it led me to some very interesting reads, as well as a few inspirations for outer space novels!

"Whenever you find someone who is 100% sure the earth is going end on a certain date, ask them to sign over all of their possessions starting the day after." - LargeFarva

"#$%$!!! I just booked a Restaurant for the 24th! Suppose I'd better cancel!" - Timothy

"And this guy's vote counts the same as yours. Let that sink in for a minute." - L

"Knowing my luck it will hit just before the last 'Game of Thrones' episode is broadcast!" - Richard

"Well, I hope it's not until the afternoon because I have an appointment in the morning on that day to get my flu jab." - Dr. Redthumb

"So what about the Andromeda Galaxy moving toward the Milky Way at 250,000 mph. It's set to hit us in 4 billion years' time. Should we worry about that, too?" - Martin

"Yes, he's probably right about all that. Also, I heard when I was 6 years old that if every single human being on the earth spit at exactly the same time, there would be a huge flood." - Sylus

"In my country, 99% of people believe in the existence of aliens. Out a total population of 21 million, we have around 225 Aliens. All of them live in palatial mansions and have secret meetings, once a week, at a huge venue called the Parliament. Having made a lot of money over a five-year term, they revert to becoming humanoid again if they lose a race to retain their Alien qualities." - M.R. Sufi Dole

"I'm still betting on Dec 31. My calendar ends there, so someone must know something we don't." - Moe

"What if the eclipse everyone saw was actually Nibaru? Note the timing of changes of weather patterns and effects, earthquakes and even the timing of war by Red China, who has a super-secret 2000-year-old Ministry of Astrology. One could confirm this by a reversal of the direction the North Pole has been migrating to for so long. How amazing that Florida and the Caribbean Islands line up right along Hurricane Alley. Is that how they've been formed over the Millennia? Is the whole Climate Change beeswax just to prevent wide-spread panic?" - Rick A.

"I hope it does destroy the world on Sept. 23 because my mother-in-law is coming for a visit on the 29th." - Marie

"Does this mean I can skip my next two mortgage payments?" - Lawrence

"'the planet (along with a shower of other debris) will smash into Earth, killing much of the human race in October – except for government employees who will (of course) flee into underground bunkers.' - Impressive bunkers or a very small planet meaning Pluto might get reinstated... Woo!" - Nuitari

"There should be a BS tax. People have to pay in order to spew their garbage, and that money could be put toward proper science education." - Ted

"The world we were accustomed to ended years ago. Time flashed, and we entered an alternate universe where no one minds their own business and everyone is triggered and hurt by anything that happens they don't fully agree with." - Eric T.

"Better use those vacation days in the next few weeks." - Mike G.

"Not sure about ya'll, but I think this would be a great movie. Imagine the special effects! WOW! Could rival the Star Wars series." - NS

"I wanted to type something snarky and very troll-like, but the seriousness of this article wouldn't allow me to keep a straight face long enough to come up with something. So I just typed this and hit 'post' instead. And I just spit on my screen because, again, I cannot keep a straight face." - Brandon

"What critical government infrastructures are moving from their susceptible positions on the East Coast to the protected areas of Colorado? Are we talking pot seeds and grow lights?" - V

"What's the world coming to when you can't believe a conspiracy theory loony when they tell you something?" - Garry

"I'm still recovering from the last apocalypse! Do we have to have another one so soon? Oh, alright then, book me a ticket." - Delphi

"Me, I've survived the end of the world a dozen or more times. Like riding a bike, you never forget how." - Doug

"My name is Zorton. I was a space traveler dispatched from Pluto more than 2,500 years ago. My mission was to orbit earth and monitor human evolution. On my 10-year anniversary orbiting, a squadron of Uranian fighter crafts attacked my spaceship, causing severe damage to my steering mechanisms, causing my spacecraft to plummet into the Indian Ocean, where I began hiking under water for two months before reaching land. I currently am rebuilding my spacecraft and planning an escape this weekend back to Pluto. Have a nice day." - Mister

"I wish a death planet would destroy Yahoo."- Al


Note to Al: It already did. It's called Verizon.

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