Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Retirement

Not for me, but for my Eureka Tetragon 5 dome tent that had served me well for many, many seasons.  The nylon was sprouting holes in multiple places, the seam tape on the inside floor was threatening to trip me, and the poles had seen better days.  The nylon bags were blowing out at their seams.

I could have possibly squeezed another season or so out of it, but it's the right time of the year for sales and I'd been eyeballing a cabin tent for a while now.

Checking the sales, I went with a Coleman Signature Instant 6 over at Cabela's, with the current sale + $5 promo code shipping it was still nearly $18 less than Amazon Prime, and about $45 less than my favorite camping mecca Campmor.  I was thinking about getting another Eureka, but the one that was most similar to the Coleman was over $400.

Anyone need a 3 man dome tent?  I have a Kelty that I'd picked up years ago before I got the Eureka.  It's in much better condition than its successor, as I did not use it nearly as often.  It's in an old folding chair bag since I had lost the original nylon bag.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

If you plant it, they will come

Spotted a monarch butterfly on my milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) on Sunday.  Hubby said "you sure it's not one of those impersonators?"  Nope, not a viceroy, totally a monarch - and I planted those butterfly weeds just for them.  I'm hoping to spot some caterpillars and cocoons soon!!

The only bad thing is only 4 of the umpteen roots I put in last fall grew into anything this spring.  Horrible, horrible cold winter!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Innovation = ripping off Star Trek?

A tricorder?

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/06/tech/cnn10-inventions/?hpt=hp_t4

I rock at Plant ID! (sometimes)

Saw these on the banks of the Hudson River in Hoboken. 
 

 
Looked up "yellow flower shrub" on Google and... it's a Hypericum a.k.a St. John's Wort
 
I think I want some for filling in the wildflower bed that I'm working on solarizing.  Maybe interspersed with some forsythia for early spring yellow & something that gets brilliant yellow foliage in the autumn?

Monday, June 23, 2014

I'm a slacker

Everybody needs to slack off every once in a while.  Unfortunately, I'm making a career of it.  Sunday was pretty much a lost day.

At least my husband convinced me to go out of doors on Saturday and do some extremely-much-needed weeding in the veggie bed.  Found a couple volunteer tomatoes up behind where they were last year, so I decided to stake & fertilize them and see what they do.  Spent some time in the hammock before I lost all the shade, and then napped in a chair next to the shed under my least favorite tree (some sort of scruffy looking evergreen).

The inside of my house is very much neglected lately.  Need to find some energy on weeknights and just do a little bit at a time, because by the time I get to the weekend I either want to garden or completely slack off.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Investment in the future

I just bought a bunch of Victorian/Steampunk costume patterns on Etsy for something to do during the winter months. :)