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When I want to freak myself out, “I” think about “me” thinking about having an “I.” The only thing stupider than puppets talking to puppets is a puppet talking to itself.

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Thursday, July 24th, 2014

🦋 Walking down the path

Seen lately in the READIN family garden --

posted evening of July 24th, 2014: Respond
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Sunday, July 8th, 2012

🦋 Dogwood down!

One day,

-- the next,
Time to rent a chainsaw... I seem to remember hearing dogwood makes nice carving/turning wood, will try to get some blanks out of this.

posted morning of July 8th, 2012: Respond
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Saturday, May 19th, 2012

🦋 Purple and Orange

Courtesy of Ellen's green thumb:

posted afternoon of May 19th, 2012: 1 response
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Sunday, October 30th, 2011

🦋 Storm damage

Man, am I glad we cut down that dogwood tree this summer! The storm last night brought down large (but ultimately insignificant to the giant tree) pieces of maple and most of the burning bush on the side of the house -- the power lines are rather miraculously none the worse for wear.

posted evening of October 30th, 2011: Respond

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

🦋 Dogwood Funeral

One of my very favorite-ever pictures of myself is this one, taken 8 years ago, when Sylvia was 3 and my parents were visiting -- I believe it was their first visit at our new house, the house we live in today. My dad took this picture of 3-year-old Sylvia on my shoulders, entranced by the dogwood blossom.

Every year since then, the dogwood has produced fewer blossoms, fewer leaves; and this year it is well and truly dead.

I spent some time this afternoon cutting off its limbs. For Sylvia's documentation of the process, look at our family album.

Update -- a year later, it is down.

posted afternoon of May 7th, 2011: 1 response
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Saturday, May 8th, 2010

🦋 In the garden

One of the nicest, most springlike days of 2010 so far. Here are some photos:

posted afternoon of May 8th, 2010: 4 responses

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

🦋 Fuzzy shade of lilac

So there are these pretty little purple things blooming in the front garden -- I'm not sure what they are and am finding it difficult to get a good, in-focus photo of them -- but they are lovely! Especially nice against the red things which are blooming next to them, and of which I also do not know the name...

(Ellen tells me, the red flowers are sedum.)

Update: Ellen is convinced the purple flowers are a weed/wildflower, not anything she planted -- there are similar white flowers growing in parts of the yard where we haven't planted anything.

posted morning of September 27th, 2009: Respond

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

🦋 Vegetation

I'm surprised by how quickly all of the vines in our garden are growing -- every day I go outside and I can see the growth since the previous morning. Must have something to do with all the rain we're getting. So: In front of the house are a climatus and a hyacinth, both planted just last year; on the side of the house are a 3-year-old grape vine, a climatus of about the same age, and a vine I don't know the name of. I'm hammering together a new piece of trellis for the side vines this morning. And when I finish that, maybe I'll work some more on a carving project I gave up on a few months ago! Pictures later...

posted morning of May 9th, 2009: Respond
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Saturday, August second, 2008

🦋 Weeding: two approaches

Ellen and I are clearing out dead stuff and overly grown stuff from the fern and forsythia garden on the side of the house, about the state of which the bitchy neighbor has been complaining and which, if the truth be told, is getting a little long in the tooth.

Me: Did you see that vine with the pretty blue flowers? I hadn't noticed that before.

Ellen: No...

Me: It was right over here -- (looks around) Huh, now I don't see it. (A little later, looking under a fern and seeing a bit of plant with a flower attached) See, like this! I could have sworn there were a lot of them over here!

Ellen: Oh yeah, those are weeds. I usually pull them, they're pretty invasive.

(And this afternoon, the neighbor thanked us and apologized for complaining about it. Nice! Back on good terms.)

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Monday, May 19th, 2008

🦋 Irises

Our irises are blossoming this year! Last year the plants grew but produced no flowers. The bulbsrhizomes are from The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Montclair, where you can get a mixed grab bag during bloom season for cheap.

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