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Sep. 3rd, 2013

12:12 pm - Woohoo! There's an Indiegogo campaign for A Redtail's Dream!

A Redtail's Dream is one of my favorite webcomics, a charming series themed off of Finnish mythology but with a snarky/apathetic hero and his faithful and exuberant dog - who, as they journey through the dream-world to try and save their village, takes on the forms of different animals (while retaining adorable doggy-ears and fluffy tail). I adore the artwork and the story (which ranges from hilarious to touching to scary and back again), and even though the book (a single volume for the series, plus international postage) will be a bit pricey, I had to have it. And I wanted to post about it in case anyone else would like to check out the funding drive here:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-redtail-s-dream-hardcover-print-drive

There are, of course, more economical options for PDF versions and such, and higher-end ones that include custom artwork (which I also covet, but I could strain my budget only so far!).

And if you aren't interested in the campaign, do check out the webcomic - it's really delightful!

Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic

Sep. 12th, 2012

01:35 pm - Fascinating archaeological news about Richard III

When I first heard that there was an attempt to locate the remains of Richard III during a very short window of opportunity before the last undeveloped portion of the site went under new construction, I didn't dare hold out any hope of actual results - but it turns out that the team found amazing things, including portions of the old Greyfriars building, and...

...wait for it...

...human remains, including a male skeleton showing signs of battle injuries, and some spinal abnormalities.

Many people were buried in abbeys and churches, of course, and many people died in battle, and this may not be him at all, but the fact that these wonderful finds were made under such circumstances amazes me. And I admit I'll be waiting for the results of the DNA tests with interest!

I found a delightful blog called The History Blog that has been covering this story with an enthusiasm that tickled me very much; here's the most recent post:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/19646

It includes links to official sites with more news, so fellow Ricardians and/or archaeology buffs can check it out. And I'm adding The History Blog to my favorites list!

Current Mood: excitedexcited

Aug. 20th, 2012

05:53 pm - Queen Anne's Pocket Melon

Queen Anne's Pocket Melon by gorydetails
Queen Anne's Pocket Melon, a photo by gorydetails on Flickr.

Unusual heirloom melon, very small - softball sized or less - and very fragrant. In fact, it's meant to be used for its scent rather than for eating, which is rather a shame! [I did taste one and found it very bitter, odd since it gives off the scent of a perfectly ripe, sweet muskmelon...]

Aug. 19th, 2012

09:40 pm - 2012 Garden, one day's harvest

2012 Garden, one day's harvest by gorydetails
2012 Garden, one day's harvest, a photo by gorydetails on Flickr.

Granted, it's a very good day - some days it's just a few cherry tomatoes - but I was pleased!

Jul. 23rd, 2012

10:53 pm - I'm not keeping this journal up very well, am I?

Ah, well - "sporadic" works for me!

I noticed that I'm approaching my 10-year anniversary on BookCrossing (where I have spent a great deal of time, what with the buying, reviewing, discussing, and releasing books), and oddly enough I find that I have more books on hand now than I did before I started BookCrossing; no matter how many I release, they come in faster! (Interested parties can see my BookCrossing page, with my most recently registered and/or released books, here.) So my anniversary goal is to get my backlog of read-but-not-released books moving, which would not only help share the book-love but would also clear some floor space in my poor, book-stack-ridden house...

Of course, I'll have to alternate this with gardening, as the tomatoes are starting to ripen. Can't miss the tomatoes!

Aug. 16th, 2011

04:01 pm - "Name that photo" answer:

This is the source of my "what is it?" mystery picture: burnt sugar!

BURN that sugar!

It started out as a pan of sugar syrup meant for the hummingbird feeders (1 part sugar to 4 parts water), which I usually simmer for 5 minutes or so. But this time I forgot to set the kitchen timer, and it wasn't until the house began to fill with smoke that I realized something was wrong! The burnt syrup was overflowing the pan like Caltiki the Immortal Monster, bubbling and seething and smoking... (The pan may never be the same - though I have another pan that suffered the same fate a few years back, and which, after much scrubbing, has almost returned to normal, so perhaps there's still hope.)

While the bubbling blackened sugar-syrup was actually rather dramatically beautiful to look at, it was also a reminder of why I've taken to thinking of my kitchen timer as my Most Valued Appliance - without it, odds are fair that I'd have burned the house down before now. I'm so used to setting it whenever I put anything on the stove that I still can't understand how I missed it this time, but perhaps I was due another little object lesson in kitchen safety!

Current Mood: embarrassedembarrassed

Aug. 15th, 2011

08:43 pm - Today's harvest - more veggies, more colors!

I got a nice little harvest today, clipping veggies in the rain.
2011, Aug. 15 harvest (Roughly) clockwise from the top: jalapeno, "Sweet Chocolate" sweet pepper, "Great White" tomato, cucumber, orange pepper, green peppers (had to harvest them green because a stem broke, otherwise they'd have grown up to be the chocolate or orange types), "Calliope" eggplant, and two "Sweet Lavender" eggplants. Most of it went into a stovetop ratatouille tonight (yum!), with the orange pepper waiting for tomorrow - I plan to make some hummus and dip the pepper in it.

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Current Mood: hungryhungry

03:08 pm - Name that photo:

What is it?

Anyone care to guess what this picture shows? I'll post the answer tomorrow, along with the reason why the picture exists at all {wry grin}. [If you click on the photo, the Flickr entry has a hint.]

Aug. 11th, 2011

06:07 pm - Plants showing off, plants digesting...

This is what I saw when I looked outside this morning:

2011 garden, trumpet vine and morning glories

The poor little garden shed is almost completely covered by rampant vines, with the trumpet vine winning, and the morning glories offering a handsome contrast. It was a glorious day, too, breezy and bright and not too hot - I could count on the fingers of one hand the number of similar days this summer, alas! But I was glad to get this one, and spent some happy time in the hammock enjoying it.

One of the indoor plants managed to do a little hunting on its own; check out my Venus flytrap:

2011 garden, Venus flytrap digesting!

[You might have to click through to the larger image to see the fly-shaped shadow inside the uppermost flytrap, but it's definitely there.] I sometimes take the pot outside to let the plant hunt in the wild, but I hadn't done that recently, so this fly must have been nabbed indoors. Good job, Audrey 2 1/2!

Today's my ninth anniversary on BookCrossing; so many books, so much fun! I'd intended to have a stack of books ready to release for the occasion, and to try to set a personal mass-release record of some sort... But, alas, I kept putting off the part where I write up the books-to-be-released in favor of going shopping for more books (ahem), so I don't know if I'll manage any releases today at all. I'm taking a brief road trip this weekend, though, so I hope to strew a few books across several states in the process...

Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

Aug. 9th, 2011

07:31 pm - More veggies

2011 garden, Aug. 9 harvest

Note the green-and-purple theme of the eggplant, okra, pepper, and even the cherry tomatoes (a variety called "Black Cherry"). I do have some veggies that are neither green nor purple, including tomatoes in white and peach and some "Bright Lights" Swiss chard in white, yellow, orange, and red - but those are all taking their sweet time to ripen.

If the weather cooperates tomorrow (and if I don't get distracted) I may try to get some pics of my poor overgrown yard and neglected house, just to counteract the "aren't they pretty?" veggie pics.

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