Archive for October, 2008


Building a Head of Steam

October 24, 2008

Several things have to be under control before November 1st. Like all this insane outdoor maintenance work must be done! Please please please. I’ve got some serious stuff done in the last few Indian Summerish days… actually, it can’t be an Indian Summer until after hard frost, right? but anyway, the storm windows for apartment #1 are almost complete. My decision to convert all the peach and mint colored trim over to a tart apple green has meant hours and hours of work this fall.

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Who did I think I was fooling when I said it would be done in a flash. Mail boxes, all the fancy doodads under each window, the bases of all columns, the storm windows, the saw tooth edge halfway up, the storm doors, …anyway, Joe hit all the up high gingerbready stuff, and just today finished the attic dormer.

A miraculous discovery: bondo for wood repair!  the storms have small areas of punky wood, and previously I would have used an epoxy. But Bondo is just so easy! So the last two storm windows are ready for sanding and then painting. When they’re done,  with any luck, I’ll be satisfied that  I’ve completed enough to get us through the winter.

Anyway, on November 1st NaNoWriMo begins, and I’m doing it again this year. I SOOO look forward to devoting hours a day to the commitment. 50,000 words, one month, one novel. ta dah

Today, in between the working around here, I popped the lawn mower over to the garden and mowed around the perimeter, and threw the clippings into my compost pile. Man, when I turned the  pile over yesterday , it sure was steaming! so it’s working. I’m a nut for composting.

Yesterday I put in 22 cloves of garlic from my own harvest, and today bought two bulbs of a california organic garlic and put in 14 cloves. 36 doesn’t seem like enough. maybe I’ll put another patch in before it’s too late.


Colin Powell Endorsement “Sterling”

October 20, 2008

Says Lionel of Colin Powell’s endorsement of Obama.

Aren’t we all ready for a change! Isn’t the world waiting with us!

Meanwhile, it’s Monday morning following the most awesome weekend, full of activities. All free, all fun, social, and productive! Community gardens closing day work activities Saturday morning was followed by building cold frames for the lettuce, arugula, beets, and other things still growing, and more work over there until dark!

Sunday also started at 9 ish over at Conger Ave Condos,  for our fall cleaning and maintenance, and some carpentry repairs.

Eric and Brian work on the north corner

Ashley and Bruce

The weekend daylight ended as I was writing out orders in the Burlington New North End for Burlington Telecom.  Most gorgeous afternoon to stroll the neighborhoods. Around Faith Street, there was a sky full of birds. One of the neighbors said it was a flock of white pidgeons kept by someone near by. They flew in a tight formation, and many other birds filled the sky too.  Even the birds are busy!


Great New Endorsements!

October 18, 2008

Fun to read, and oh so hopeful…do we dare let ourselves be hopeful?

The Los Angeles Times


The Washington Post


Think About It

October 18, 2008

I received this in email today:

A question of perspective: What if things were switched around?  Think about it.

Could racism be the culprit?

Think about the following:

What if the Obamas had paraded five children across the stage, including a three month old infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?

What if John McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law Review?

What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?

What if McCain had only married once, and Obama was a divorcee?

What if Obama was the candidate who left his first wife after a severe disfiguring car accident, when she no longer measured up?

What if Obama had met his second wife in a bar and had a long affair while he was still married?

What if Michelle Obama was the wife who not only became addicted to pain killers but also acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?

What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?

What if Obama had been a member of the Keating Five?  (The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s.)

What if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?

What if Obama had difficulty reading from a teleprompter?

What if Obama was the one who had military experience that included discipline problems a nd a record of crashing seven planes?

What if Obama was the one who was known to display publicly, on many occasions, a serious anger management problem?

What if Michelle Obama’s family had made their money from beer distribution?

What if the Obamas had adopted a white child?

You could easily add to this list.  If these questions reflected reality, do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are?

This is what racism does.  It covers up, rationalizes and minimizes positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative qualities in another when there is a color difference.

Educational Background:

Barack Obama:
Columbia University: B.A. Political Science with a specialization in International Relations
Harvard – Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

Joseph Biden:
University of Delaware: B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science
Syracuse University College of Law: Juris Doctor (J.D.)


John McCain:
United States Naval Academy – Class rank: 894 of 899

Sarah Palin:
Hawaii Pacific University: 1 semester
North Idaho College: 2 semesters (general study)
University of Idaho: 2 semesters (journalism)
Matanuska-Susitna College: 1 semester
University of Idaho: 3 semesters – B.A. in Journalism

Education isn’t everything, but this is about the two highest offices in the land as well as our stand ing in the world.  You make the call.

“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”
– St. Francis of Assisi


Ready to Say Uncle? Turn Off the News! and, the Next GREAT Idea for Fall Gardening

October 11, 2008

I’m still squirreling away garden crops, and tonight, I made the most yummy stir fry of the season; savory, healthy, and really really yummy.

Everything except the pasta and the olive oil is from the garden too:  broccoli, green beans, celery (from Hannah’s garden) , green pepper, red pepper, garlic, a small zucini (from Kerrie’s), and basil. I could have thrown an onion in, but honestly, it doesn’t need a thing. Oh I should mention the cheese is also not from garden:  Cabot jalapeno cheddar and Wensleydale.

Days like this are numbered. In the high 60’s, clearest of clear blue sky, the foliage in a surreal holding pattern. Leaves have begun to fall, but there’s plenty of color, even undeveloped color still to come. I bounced back and forth between the storm window and trim painting, washing studio windows, and garden activity–anything to be outside today. Plenty of geese overhead, but maybe the flocks are smaller? they don’t seem to be as many as some years.

I have a fabulous new green that I’m adding in to my house colors. It’s called “Tart Apple.” I am embarrased to admit that it is a Home Cheapo color; oh well, …. anyway, it’s replacing a more minty green color that has been the secondary trim color.

Mid afternoon I stopped at Recycle North building materials division. I thought I might find some plexi glass with which to build cold frames. Instead, I noticed their collection of shower doors and bought one for $2.00. It’s now in the garden as the top of cold frame for one bed of lettuce, beets and arugula. On Monday or so, I’ll go back and get a couple more. What a GREAT idea, if I do say so myself. Once I’ve finalized the design I’ll post a picture and directions.

Now, it’s time for a fabulous salad, also out of garden this afternoon. Several kinds of lettuce and arugula.


McCain/Palin– they’re lying, exaggerating and not being counteracted in any strong way

October 5, 2008

I’m so frustrated! Palin gets away with accusing Obama of “palling around with terrorists” and all he does is call it gutter politics; well, duh… .

PLEASE, Democrats, unleash the fury!  Make an impression! Take the glove off before it’s too late! FIGHT BACK!!!

“Anything more than the truth would have seemed too weak…” is fine for a gentle paced, Robert Frost reality, but we need to KILL at this stage.


FLASH: PHISH will play in March 09!!!!

October 1, 2008