Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Random linkage

I haven't done a Technorati search in awhile, mostly because the site kinda sucks now for some reason. Like, it won't find links to TTtC that I know are out there, or whatever.

Found a couple of interesting things this time:

This site, which I think is in Portuguese, has a pretty familiar blog roll if you're acquainted with the art blogging world. Unlike most blogs in foreign languages that link to me, this one looks legit. I think the tag line reads something like "Small impressions about the big (plastic?) art world," but someone please fill me in if you can read it better than I.

Then there is this freaky site which apparently searches for any post with the word "paralegal" and turns it into its own freaky posts. What the hell is that about?

The Aforementioned Sprouts

I took a couple close-ups of the front yard when I got home so you could see the little tadpoles coming up. I've come to a disturbing realization however - I seem to have misplaced my camera. My good camera, that is, my six hundred and fifty dollar camera I bought a year ago because I needed something better than a point-and-shoot but couldn't afford the SLR I really wanted. So, this is upsetting. I can't remember the last place I took it out with me, but I haven't scoured the entire house yet, so all hope is not yet lost, though it's teetering madly on the brink.

All that is to say, these pictures suck. I have too much dignity (really?) to crouch in my front yard, pressing my face up against the dirt in order to see what I was focusing on, lest my new neighbors start to call me That Crazy Girl Taking Pictures of The Dirt, so I just sorta knelt and stuck my lens down near the sprouts and took 10 photos, hoping a few of them would come out alright.

Ta-da!
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My Garden Cannot Be Contained By Mere Mortals

I'll take a break from offending my alarmingly growing number of readers with delicate sensibilities by refraining from using any "zoological disease references" or commenting on one small part of a vastly complex problem that could never be contained in one blog post - by updating y'all on my garden! Woot!

I've make some serious headway on the front yard, which is an insanely large project. I told my roommate that I'm going to have to quit my day job, because this gardening thing is becoming a full-time job in itself. I'm sure he won't mind paying my half of the rent, while I adequately compensate him by making our yards look pretty. I spent most of Memorial Day Weekend weeding the damn thing (it's 120 sq. ft., you know), and on Monday I seeded two-fifths of it. There's a 7-10 day germination period, and wouldn't ya know it, seven days later I can see tiny little green sprouts poking up all over the place! Unbelievable. On Sunday I finished another fifth and planted two cucumber plants in the front yard as well.

Just before Memorial Day, our next door neighbors unexpectedly up and moved out, with a new family moving in the very next day. They've been very friendly, which is a nice change from the "This Neighborhood Has Gotten So Much Better Since the Black People Moved Out" lecture I got from our old neighbors every other day. Our backyards are only separated by a wide-set picket fence, so we can easily see each other's yards, and the mother of the family has given me a series of very nice compliments, even telling me how happy she was to live next door to people who obviously cared about maintaining the house they lived in. Joe has graciously accepted these compliments for me, being our household representative to the outside world. Or, "nosy neighbor," as Christopher and I colloquially call him. Last Friday, Joe came in from the backyard with two baby cucumber plants, saying they were gifts from the neighbors! Since I'm out of room in the back, they went in the front yard. I just need to grow some lettuce spinach, and I've the makings of a nice summer salad.

In fact, one of my ingredients is just about ready to go:
Fat Green Tomatoes
Check out the plump on those things! I gave in and got some organic pesticide, because they were just crawling with tiny black bugs. I also gave them a little haircut:
Tomatoes
No joke, this is after I pruned them. They've really gotten out of control. Remember when they were babies?
Gigantor tomato
I know. They grow up so fast. (Tear!)

I finally gave in on the mulch. I've vowed I wouldn't use it only because I think it's really ugly...but I have to admit I was wrong.
Mulchified
Doesn't it look much better? While you're at it, take a closer look at these monster begonias:
Begonias
They were nearly impossible to weed (and with hope, the mulch will prevent me from having to do it again) because I had to lift up the plants just to get between them. Another flashback to the early years:
Finished!
So tiny! I must have Micracle Gro Fairies who visit my yard at night.

I bought a couple more herbs last weekend as well: purple sage, cilantro, and two dills. Unfortunately, I carelessly left them in the scorching sun last weekend before I planted them, utterly decimating the cilantro and severely wounding the others. Luckily, an emergency planting session on Tuesday saved the sage and dills, but the cilantro was DOA. One of these days I'm going to have to learn how to cook so I can, you know, use these things.

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