Sunday, September 30, 2007

The Garden Isn't Done Yet

It may be fall, it may be almost October, but my garden isn't done yet. We finally got some significant rain last week, which perked up my wilted plants, and the weather has been beautiful. We're currently experiencing weather bliss in my opinion, highs in the high 70s and low 80s and chilly at night. Even weeding is a treat in this weather!

My rose (still not sure what kind of it is) i still blooming, although not as profusely as it was in June and the blooms are all clustered in these giant clumps.

The veronica speedwell is still going too and looks great next to the sweet alyssum that I grew from seed. The alyssum is looking great right now.

The tomatoes are still going strong too.

And the most exciting news, to me anyway, is that it looks like one of my coneflower plants might actually bloom this year. Last year I planted seeds that did nothing, so this year I bought some tiny coneflowers plants which haven't looked like they were doing a whole lot but in the last couple of weeks there has been some major developments. I just hope they bloom before this gorgeous weather disappears for another year and we get a hard frost.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Happy Hour Just Got a Little Less Happy...

Did you hear the news? Apparently it's not bad enough that regularly drinking copious amounts of alcohol can cause Cirrhosis and alcoholism. Oh nooo. Today they had to announce that regularly drinking more than three drinks per day increases a woman's chance of getting breast cancer by 30%. THIRTY percent! I just want to know if this is based on an average or what. Cause I'm pretty sure I can keep it below 21 drinks per week easy. But less than three weeks every single day...weeeeel. Luckily one or two drinks per day only increases your risk by 10%. I'll drink to that!

But seriously, this cancer thing is getting out of control. I need a vice to deal with the stress of living with a poisonous gas in my home. Yes, I’m talking about radon. Yet another worry I I'd be blissfully unaware of if I had JUST STAYED A RENTER. In my basement the decision of opening the windows or not is a toss up. I can keep them closed and run the dehumidifier to ward off the mold, or I can open them up so as to dilute and hopefully reduce the amount of radon I inhale everyday. Cause radon is going to give me lung cancer you know.

So combine all this with my family history and odds are looking pretty good that it's the big C for me.

Well, gotta go, all this cancer bidness is making me thirsty...

Sunday, September 9, 2007

I Love Lavender

I'd like to introduce my lavender, Lavandula angustifolia. I decided I needed my own supply of lavender after visiting some lavender farms in Sequim, Washington last year and buying some of the dried herb. It makes such a great addition to my lingerie drawer!

So I picked up three little lavender plants at a nearby nursery in May for just 33 cents each. Here's what the little guys looked like then.

And here's what it looks like today, a little more grown up and with blooms! I can smell the sachets already. They'll be little sachets, but still.

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