Cardinal Beetle

May. 23rd, 2017 04:15 pm
nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
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Cardinal Beetle
[Macro image of a cardinal beetle peering over the top of a postcard.]

This visitor landed on my toddler when he was playing outside yesterday evening. Toddler was delighted.

Garden Check-In

May. 20th, 2017 05:05 pm
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How is your garden going so far? Is it looking great? Is the weather fighting you or working with you?

more projects!

May. 20th, 2017 01:33 pm
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A childhood friend of mine and his wife are having a baby soon. I'm going to make some things for the baby, probably a little vest-thingy and a couple of pairs of booties. Because I don't have enough projects as it is. (Ha ha ha!)
taiga13: by jackshoemaker (Little Red Riding Hood)
[personal profile] taiga13 posting in [community profile] poetry
Sewing patterns are designed for imaginary
people, based on average measurements
taken in the 1930s by the WPA

and adjusted over the decades by the Industry.

I sew a Misses 14, designed for a woman
5'5" to 5'6", 36/28/38,

which is to say no one,

so I alter the pattern to fit a phantom of me
instead of a phantom of her.

She doesn't need any more dresses.


May. 18th, 2017 09:36 am
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My irises are finally blooming so I thought I'd share some of the beauty. :D

 photo DSCN1572_zpsmnkyww8p.jpg

more pretty )

Forgotten Worlds

May. 16th, 2017 07:41 pm
marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
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Forgotten Worlds by D. Nolan Clark

Sequel to Forsaken Skies. Serious spoilers ahead for that.

Read more... )
emeraldem: (crochet basket crochet)
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This is a Lion Brand pattern called "One-Skein Wrap" and though I'm not using the one-pound skein, and am therefore using more than one skein, I am using a Lion Brand yarn. I am having a great deal of fun working with the soft, fluffy but 100% acrylic Heartland yarn in a dark blue. I want to start taking pics and posting them here.

I say "100% acrylic" because a few years ago I lost my ENTIRE STASH to an infestation of wool-eating moths. I've been too nervous about reintroducing moth-friendly yarn to work in wool blends, never mind 100% wool, since then. Although I have now lived a year in a new apartment and haven't seen a single sign of moths (*knocks on wood*), so I might start taking chances on LB Wool-Ease or Plymouth Encore again. They have been my favorite blends to work with.

Moreover, the Moon ---

May. 15th, 2017 11:50 am
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[personal profile] missangelique999 posting in [community profile] poetry
Face of the skies
over our wonder.

truant of heaven
draw us under.

Silver, circular corpse
your decease
infects us with unendurable ease,

touching nerve-terminals
to thermal icicles

Coercive as coma, frail as bloom
innuendoes of your inverse dawn
suffuse the self;
our every corpuscle become an elf.

last gasp harvest

May. 15th, 2017 08:05 am
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Report from a late summer garden (in the southern hemisphere):

Harvest and planting for winter.

My area in Australia is mild enough that cool-weather leafy greens do pretty well over winter, so long as you protect them from frost.

I know most of you equatorially-north folks are just getting into planting times for your gardens - what do you plan to grow this year (and how's that coming along), and is there anything new you're going to try this growing season?

Speaking for myself, I'm trying to grow: cabbage, cauliflower, bok-choy, raab broccoli (I've never had luck with regular broccoli), rocket, brussel sprouts, onions (both the ones you use the leaf stalk and the ones you store the bulb), carrots, parsnips, sugarbeet, and the usual run of beetroot (which I have finally worked out how to cook: bake in individual wrappings of foil, and then after 40 mins, put a dob of butter on top and bake for another 40 mins).
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by Richard Siken

The Love Song of the Square Root of Minus One (i)

I am the wind and the wind is invisible, all the leaves tremble but I am invisible, blackbird over the dark field but I am invisible, what fills the balloon and what it moves through, knot without rope, bloom without flower, galloping without the horse, the spirit of the thing without the thing, location without dimension, without a within, song without throat, word without ink, wingless flight, dark boat in the dark night, shine without light, pure velocity, as the hammer is a hammer when it hits the nail and the nail is a nail when it meets the wood and the invisible table begins to appear out of mind, pure mind, out of nothing, pure thinking, hand of the mind, hand of the emperor, arm of the empire, void and vessel, sheath and shear, and wider, and deeper, more vast, more sure, through silence, through darkness, a vector, a violence, and even farther, and even worse, between, before, behind, and under, and even stronger, and even further, beyond form, beyond number, I labor, I lumber, I fumble forward through the valley as winter, as water, a shift in the river, I mist and frost, flexible and elastic to the task, a fountain of gravity, space curves around me, I thirst, I hunger, I spark, I burn, force and field, force and counterforce, agent and agency, push to your pull, parabola of will, massless mass and formless form, dreamless dream and nameless name, intent and rapturous, rare and inevitable, I am the thing that is hurtling towards you...

The Love Song of the Square Root of Minus One (ii)

I am the hand that lifts the rock, I am the eye that sees the worm, I am the mind that strings the worm and throws the line and feels the tug, the flex in the pole, the key in the lock, as the root breaks rock, as sunlight streams across the plain to make the world visible again, foot by foot, I find the groove, the trace in the thicket, seed to flower to fruit to seed, a holy pilgrim moving through the stations of the yardstick, I track, I follow, a flashlight, a crowbar, I find the fulcrum, I hinge and turn, a simple machine, frictionless and efficient as an equal sign, I manifest, votive and incandescent, shrinking the space between here and there I become the future, as drowsiness overcomes the dreamer, as the eye of the archer is the eye of the target, I flip and fold, I superimpose, the letter delivered, the year decembered, I become location, plum pit and apple core, I am motionless and you veer towards me, the eye to which you are relative, single point, silent witness, there to your here, I decide and calibrate, magnetized for your revelation, the doors burst open, I am your outcome, the verb in the sentence, intransitive, end of the road, hook and bait, polestar and checkmate, time and space as I observe them serve me like gravity, lamp to your moth, dot to your map, home and heart and hearth, a selfishness, submit, surrender, I am your arrival, there is no refusal, we are here, you see, together, we are already here...

Giant Trouble

May. 13th, 2017 08:58 am
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Giant Trouble by Ursula Vernon

The return of the hamster princess who runs about in fairy tales! Mild spoilers for earlier volumes. . .
After a session enjoying her new returned ability to cliff-dive, Harriet is riding her quail Mumfrey home when a cloaked figure leaps out at her. Only a salesman. Of, you will no doubt be surprised to hear, beans.

Which sends Harriet off on another adventure with new friends and an old one as well.

Beef, spinach and red lentil curry

May. 13th, 2017 01:42 pm
highlyeccentric: Manly cooking: Bradley James wielding a stick-mixer (Manly cooking)
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If anyone's wondering what kind of day today is, it's the kind of day where I put a pot on to boil for pasta, and come back five minutes later to find the pot's hob cold and the one under the chopping board has melted the chopping board and a plastic container-lid.

Meanwhile, a Good Recipe from last weekend. Adapted from Campion & Curtis' In The Kitchen.

Accessibiltiy and dietary notes )

What you need and what you do with it )

Tip: Shoe polish

May. 12th, 2017 03:59 pm
beatrice_otter: Are you challenging my ingenuity? (Ingenuity)
[personal profile] beatrice_otter posting in [community profile] actyourwage
I don't know about you, but I grew up in a family that HAD a box of shoe polish and supplies, but never really USED them.  But now I am a convert.  I need professional shoes for work, and my basic black ones were getting pretty, uh, unprofessional looking.  They were bad.  Really bad.  So I was talking to my Mom about how I'd have to replace them.  Dad looked down and said, naw, they just need to be polished.

Now, I was skeptical, because we're not talking actual good-quality leather shoes, here.  We're talking cheap fakes.  But he insisted, so I went to a shoe store (one of the nice ones) and got myself a bottle of black shoe polish.

The shoes do not look new, but they are back in the firmly professional category.  And not only those shoes.  I also tried them on my black tennis shoes.  Again, not real leather, and this pair had places where the top layer of the vinyl had come off.  With polish, you have to look very carefully to see where those places are.  They no longer look like "good for nothing but yardwork," I can wear them out and around town.

I got the bottle of polish for like $9, and it will be enough to last me for years to come even polishing all my pairs of black shoes on a semi-regular basis.  It will save me so much money in not having to buy new shoes.

And, best part?  It's this new thing where you don't have to brush the shoes or polish them after.  You just make sure the shoes are clean and dry, daub the polish on with the included applicator brush, and let them dry.  That is it, that's all you have to do.  The same company (tarrago) also makes clear polish, so you don't have to get a bottle for each different color shoes you own.  I don't think the clear polish would cover the places where there's an actual layer of vinyl missing, but it would probably get rid of scuff marks. 

baby pic!

May. 12th, 2017 11:17 am
emeraldem: (crochet basket crochet)
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(Third attempt:) Child of a friend of mine. I made the sweater she is wearing. She is now a toddler--the one I'm making a blankie for.

Tales of the Minivandians

May. 10th, 2017 07:12 pm
marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
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Tales of the Minivandians by Tom Rogneby

A humorous series of tales recounting the adventures of an odd setting: a mix of modern suburbia and ancient Norse sagas.

The opening tales are mostly suburbia through saga telling, but the saga elements -- such as undead and elves -- increase as the tales go on.
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I recently was in the Harz Mountains for a weekend hiking trip, and goodness, the scenery was gorgeous.

9 resized photos under the cut, so they're not ridiculous MB-eating monsters )


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