Monday, April 28, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
In the past week all of the flowers I planted last fall have started blooming! The tulips were the first to poke through the ground (a full 2 weeks before the daffodils), but the daffodils bloomed earlier (as they should). Now we have daffodils, tulips, vinca, forsythia, and azalea all blooming at once. This is the azalea in front of the house:
And, I am very pleased that it looks like all of the daffodils and tulips I planted last fall have come up and are blooming or ready to bloom. I'll get out my garden journal and check exactly how many of the ones I planted came up, but it really appears to be all of them. This is great! I now can highly endorse the Naturalizing Daffodil Mix from Park Seed and the Perrenial Tulip Mix Super Sak from Breck's.
So, to review the Naturalizing Daffodil Mix from Park Seed I would give it an A. The bulbs were large with probably 25% of them having 3 sprouts. I think in the 2 bags of 50 I purchased there were maybe 2 bad bulbs (and there may have actually been more than 50 in the bag). There is definitely a mix of colors, shapes and sizes. Some are large all yellow singles, some are white and yellow singles, some all yellow frilly ones, some light yellow and white frilly ones, and some small yellow with orange centers. I'll complete my review next spring when I see how many come back and to what extent they multiply in one year.
For the Perrenial Tulip Mix Super Sak I would also give a grade A. I planted 59 bulbs last fall and I thought I counted 61 tulips sprouting in the flower beds (but I must have miscounted). These bulbs were also very large and if I planted 59 that means there was only one bad bulb in the bag. I was happily surprised that the deer didn't eat any of the tulips because they seem to have eaten just about everything else (see this post). The tulips that have bloomed so far are yellow/orange, red, and orange/yellow. There are about 40 that haven't bloomed yet so there may be other colors as well.
Friday, April 18, 2008
I still have an aversion to sweets, especially chocolate. I walked to Starbucks after lunch today and picked up a grande decaf iced mocha. I started sipping it and thought, "man this is sweet" and almost went back into Starbucks to buy a milk to dilute it. I didn't buy the milk, just took the drink back to the office. It's 2 1/2 hours later and I still have 1/2 of the mocha left (unheard of in the pre-pregnancy days). I guess I didn't have to be concerned that having chocolate today would bring my sweet tooth back.
On the way out the door this morning I took a walk around the yard to see if anything was blooming. Three daffodils looked about to open, and some of the vinca (which the deer chewed to bits) has started to grow back and bloom. It's supposed to have gotten into the 70s today so I'll bet that I have more daffs blooming tomorrow--and I wouldn't be surprised if a couple of the tulips bloomed too.
Monday, April 14, 2008
In addition to the maltodextrin, the dip contains all sorts of ingredients with chemical rather than "natural" names. I'm sure that there are plenty of things I eat that contain as many additives and preservatives as this stuff, but I don't think I've knowingly eaten something with this much "stuff" on the label in a long time. The thing is, the stuff tastes good, but not nearly as good as if I had made a dip with sour cream and spices. I'm thinking of making a dip with a mix of full fat yummy sour cream mixed with tofu (I generally dislike tofu, but it works with the sour cream for me). In the meantime, I'll keep on with the maltodextrin stuff.
Ironically, I spent quite a while at the grocery store today looking for lemonade that was made with sugar rather than corn syrup...and come to find out, the dip has corn syrup in it too!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Last night I thought I got poison ivy. I was sitting at the dinner table when all of the sudden my ankles started to itch like mad. I has been walking around the yard with shoes but no socks, so I was worried I had walked though poison ivy. Turns out I have 4-5 mosquito bites on each ankle--better than having poison ivy, but still not good. Nothing's blooming yet, but already the man-eating mosquitoes have emerged from the swamp. It's going to be a long spring/summer! Of course being pregnant I'm not supposed to use DEET at all. Instead I'll be dousing myself with white vinegar (which actually works pretty well)--hope D doesn't mind that his wife smells like Easter Eggs!
My 6th nephew was born today. My brother-in-law sent some great pictures including one where the doctor is holding up the baby probably just after clamping the cord. He looks like such a big baby (my nephew, not the doctor). In some of the other pictures LAV (the baby's initials) is wearing the hat I knitted for him. I'd post, but they all show his face and I'm not sure his parents want their newborn out on the internet. I'll see if they can get a picture of the back of his head wearing the hat.
Yesterday afternoon the temperature was in the 70s but tomorrow afternoon it's only supposed to be in the low 40s. I just love the New England weather. Why couldn't it have been 70 on a Saturday or Sunday?
D fired up the grill last night for some of our favorite steak tips. Grilling season means my cholesterol will be going up since we'll start eating burgers, sausage, and steak again. I guess the good news is that grilling season coincides with fresh local produce season...maybe the amount of produce I eat will cancel out the amount of beef and pork? Maybe I'd better stock the freezer with grillable seafood (now if I remember to take it out to thaw it will be a miracle).
Next Tuesday I'm going to the Museum of Science with my nephews Tim and Matt. I'm excited to see the "How Your Life Began" exhibit about conception, pregnancy, and childbirth. May have to get a picture of my pregnant sister and me somewhere in the exhibit. I think my older nephew (5 1/2) will be really interested in the exhibit--he's very curious about how the baby is going to come out of his mommy. Of course, he'll be much more excited about the lizard exhibit!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I almost finished the valance on Sunday night but I was getting frustrated trying to get the right tension for my final seam. I had to rip out almost an entire 102" seam. I called it quits, mom went home, and I finished the valance last night. here it is hanging in my kitchen window this morning (my mom brought me the pansies).
I'm almost finished with another one of these in the colors of the swatch below. This will be for my sister's baby (due in may) if she has a girl, otherwise it might be for mine. I'm going to make another one of the cream/blue/green/brown hats for my sister as well in case she has a boy.
In addition to this little hat, I also made a sock this winter (just one). I took a toe-up sock class at my local knitting store. Unfortunately I signed up before I knew I was pregnant. The class met for 3 consecutive Thursday evenings, and I was totally beat by the time I got home from work and went to the class. I arrived a little late for the first class and I think that got me off the wrong foot with the teacher. I felt the teacher didn't have a lot of patience for people like me who needed help getting the toe started, learning M1L and M1R, and shaping the heel. If I had known how to knit socks then I wouldn't have taken the class, so of course I needed help with these things. Maybe I was just being overly sensitive. In any case, I had hoped to do my 2 socks simultaneously by working between classes, but the "morning" sickness prevented that. So I have one sock and someday will make the 2nd one!
I have no idea what this yarn is...I'll look in my knitting bag for the label and update the post.
Monday, April 7, 2008
D has done an excellent job keeping up with the housework, laundry, and grocery shopping in the past few months while I've been pregnant. He went to Idylwilde Farms for the first time a few weeks ago and has now been going every week to get our produce. They have amazing produce and it seems to be the same price or less expensive than the grocery stores we usually go to. And, it's only 7 minutes from our house (the nearest good, but not too expensive, grocery store is 12 minutes). Combine a trip to Idylwilde (for produce) with a trip to Trader Joe's (for packaged goods, frozen, and dairy), and pretty much everything is covered--high quality food at good prices. Of course there are some things that we need to go to the supermarket for (ziploc bags, cat litter) but not too much, and it's stuff we don't have to buy too often.
I hope to finish my first valance tonight and post pictures tomorrow. I was just about finished last night when I noticed my final seam was all funky--instead of loosening the tension to account for more layers of fabric I tightened it. I had to rip out a lot of stitches and decided it was time to call it quits for the night.