The view from the downspout drain

July 3, 2008 § 1 Comment

Over the course of time that we’ve been living in our current house, we’ve made some pretty big changes to the house and the garage. Those were the immediate and identifiable things that really needed attention. We’re now working on figuring out some of the things on the inside that would really benefit from updating. Chief among them is the electrical work in the house. In all, it’s pretty standard for a 1940s bungalow in Royal Oak, Michigan. War housing went up fast, but personally I think the quality for the time was better than what most people realize. It has been the updates since that time that have really killed us. We call it “6 pack Construction”, as in “I have a 6 pack of beer. Wanna come over?” « Read the rest of this entry »

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First Golden Raspberries

July 2, 2008 § 2 Comments


First Golden Raspberries
Originally uploaded by iasmindecordoba

One of my fondest memories of living in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan was foraging for wild fruit. My favorite fruits were the thimbleberries that carpeted the forest floors. But my second favorite were these golden raspberries. Where we lived during our last years in the UP, these same raspberries grew all around the cabin we stayed in. Even with the short growing seasons of the UP, I still managed to get three good crops of these berries. Milder than most red raspberries, these golden ones made the second best jam I’ve ever made in my life. The first best jam was the accidental hard cider jam we made. But that, dear friends, is another story entirely. I really hope these berries (the ones we planted in our garden this year) continue to survive. Wish us luck!

A Lesson in Physics

June 23, 2008 § 9 Comments

After one good rain, and not a very long one at that, this was the state of my rain barrel. Holy wah. What have I *not* been harvesting all these years? What do I do *now*? Clearly we have to have a multi-barrel setup or a much better overflow system in place. Likely both. I guess we chose the correct downspout to use as our first try at this but…wow. Just wow. I had no idea what I was wasting all these years. (And yes, we’ll need a cover on it and such, but we were just testing the setup and were waiting on extra screening to come from The Once and Future King’s mother’s house that’s having its windows redone. We figured reduce reuse and all that and we could wait instead of buying the screening immediately.)
EDIT: Here’s a perspective shot to give you an idea how big the barrel is.

Rosarius’ First Blossom

June 15, 2008 § 1 Comment

After the move of the plant, we were terrified that she would linger and do poorly, but the first bloom gives us hope. She’s setting good roots, not being too showy, and letting us know that things will turn out just fine. She’s happy in her new home and has room to expand. We’ve obtained permission from the neighboring lands to allow her to cross borders, ritchie_dagger. Rosarius will live and it makes me very happy to say so.

Eastern Market Finds

May 18, 2008 § 6 Comments


Eastern Market Finds
Originally uploaded by iasmindecordoba

Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nishiki’ (Japanese variegated willow) = $40
Rhododendron Pentanthera (Azalea) = $20
Delphinium ‘Aurora Blue’ = $6
Veronica spicata (Spiked Speedwell) = $6

Getting an offer of a date at 7 in the morning from a gorgeous young man 20 years my junior = Priceless

Rosarius on the Mend

May 14, 2008 § Leave a comment


Rosarius on the Mend
Originally uploaded by iasmindecordoba

I took this picture yesterday during my search for a happy thought, but before I found out about the new baby. Mr Beer Baron, sir, she looks like she’s out of the woods, so to speak. Rosarius has been officially given a clean bill of health from a certified professional. Your lands are safe once more.

Rosarius in her new home

April 21, 2008 § 1 Comment


Rosarius in her new home
Originally uploaded by iasmindecordoba

It took us over a half an hour to dig enough dirt out that we could wiggle her base in the ground. This should have been our first clue. Do you guys remember when we fixed the garage? Well the final result was that rosarius was never moved during that whole time. It was ultimately the wrong time of year to try a move and have any hope of survival. So this year we decided to move her, since we couldn’t make it to coronation.

About the move

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