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They Live!

Posted 2016.01.18 9.59 in Hobbies

The cilantro is super busy, it’s going like crazy now. The herb in the back is big and strong.

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And the two late-bloomers, chives and hot peppers, are still hidden under their domes but they have finally germinated and are just starting to sprout.

They’re alive! Everything’s alive!

Plant Eggs Are Hatching!

Posted 2016.01.10 15.57 in Hobbies, Pointless Blather

Less than a week after I set up the Aerogarden, the plant eggs are already hatching!

Thai Basil was first, and despite being a little shy and not yet poking its head out from under the paper cover, it looks like it’s kind of green and bushy down there.

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Genovese Basil was second, but it’s moving slowly and in an awkward position to try and photograph. For now I can only see it by angling a little mirror above the wee plastic dome.

And this one just hatched last night before lights-out, now today he’s already coming up strong!

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Growing Stuff!

Posted 2016.01.06 12.54 in Family/Friends, Hobbies

I got this great indoor garden kit from my sister for xmas this year!

It came with a bunch of ‘gourmet’ herb planters, and she also gave me a set of empty planters (supply your own seeds) and a packet of ghost pepper seeds!

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So this year, I’m growing stuff! Edible gourmet stuff!

It’s pretty neat how it works; the seed pods contain a little column of planter loam stuff, and they are suspended so that they’re about 1/2 submerged in water.

The water is aerated (with a bubbler, like an aquarium) and you add fertilizer liquid to the water every fortnight. The florescent lights are mounted in a hood that can be raised as the plants grow.

The whole thing has a little timer and sensors to control the lights and the aerator and remind you to add water or fertilizer.

The only thing that’s going to take some getting used to is that it is BRIGHT!

The timing sequence for the herb garden is 17 hours on, 7 hours off. And the 17 hours on, is like 17 hours of noonday sun in midsummer in the sahara.

So my livingroom lights up like it contains its own tiny sun at around 5:30 in the morning, and stays that bright till about 10:30 at night. It’s so bright I can see the glow from my bedroom!

I’m sure I’ll get used to the brilliance (or cover it with a box or something when I got to bed), and really, it’s pretty gosh-darn neat and I’m all excited.

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Posted 2015.12.24 16.14 in Cats, Family/Friends

What do you get a cat who doesn’t really enjoy much more than eating and sleeping?

A cat toy filled with herbal sleep aid, of course!

Wait, what?

Misha is one of those cats who likes Valerian Root more than catnip. A LOT more than catnip, in fact.

You don’t often (ever) find valerian cat toys though, so I made it myself!

MM is her initials - Misha Musashi

I hope she digs the DIY flair.

Autumn and the Mystery Cat

Posted 2015.12.22 19.09 in Cats, Photography

I was cleaning old pictures out of my phone and came across a couple that I meant to post but forgot all about.

This pic was taken over 2 months ago, back on October 12th. I really love the contrast of the intense yellow-orange leaves against the pure blue sky, and the still-green leaves of the tree in the background.

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This is the old maple tree in my front yard. I don’t know how old, but it took a beating in the 2013 ice storm. I think it’s the tree that took out my power for a week.

I bear it no grudges though. Like the tree. Hate the winter.


This ginger kitty has started appearing jumping up & over the fence outside my kitchen window.

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He seems friendly enough & tentatively allowed me to pet him. When he saw the camera come out though he got suspicious. He didn’t have a collar, but I think he might live next door.

I don’t actually know that it’s a he, but I didn’t like calling him an it, and I don’t know his name.

Maybe it’s Bernice.

Joyous Yule

Posted 2015.12.21 20.02 in Spiritual

Happy Yule, folks.

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I don’t remember what the winter solstace was like last year, but I’ll never forget the one from two years ago – when an ice storm hit, damaged my house, most of my trees, and left me without power for a week.

I’m so glad the weather is nicer this year, and very much looking forward to the days getting longer again.

Happy Samhain

Posted 2015.10.31 12.37 in Spiritual

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Have a safe & happy Samhain everyone!