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Oct. 20th, 2014 @ 10:01 am Dialann - the year is turning to the north
There was a threat of frost this morning, so I brought it some of my plants last night. To me, this is a signal that I need to reorganize. See, when my elder son came to visit in June, I moved the hydrogarden downstairs to the kitchen table - and then left it there. I sort of expected it to be defunct by September, but the tomato plant and water cress are still going strong.

Said tomato plant is a miniature plant with teeny-tiny tomatoes - about the size of grapes. So, at some point, I took a couple of the ripe tomatoes and squirted seeds into a couple of other pots - I expected failure because ... well, brown thumb isn't a joke - not really. To my surprised, both sprouted, both grew; but one grew faster and that one is flowering now. The other I'm thinking of transplanting into a smaller, lighter pot because it has occurred to me that everything I plant in the lovely glazed ceramic pot it's in ... does not thrive. Plus it's big and heavy.

I'm having a bit of trouble with the coffee tree -no, not transplant shock. Not yet anyway. Jealousy. It doesn't want to share the window with the potted tomato and keeps putting branches and big leaves over top it of it to block the sun. We'll get it figured out, I'm sure. Most likely, I'll move the two-level end table the tree is on around to get it further from the window ... which means I'll lose the place where my netbook is set right now. It'll be under the window ledge, out of reach and out of usefulness - for computing purposes.
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Oct. 19th, 2014 @ 12:21 pm Depressing ...
I've had a lesson this week past in things I cannot indulge. I had made a pan of breakfast oat-bread. Rolled oats, raisins, minimum wheat flour, minimum sugar. Based on the "disappearing raisin oatmeal cookies" recipe on the top of the Quaker Oats box.

I ate too much of it all at once and have been suffering as a consequence. The pain in my hands, arm and knees isn't as bad as it could be (thankfully) but I'm having trouble with my eyes; especially focussing on things near at hand. To make matters worse, I foolishly ate a piece of candy Friday. Well, what could I do? I was pouring the Halloween candy into a container and one of the snack-size Butterfingers was unwrapped. So I popped it in my mouth. Should have called B or tossed it in the trash, though - I know that now. Of course, whether I'll know it next time or not ... no way to tell.

I did some leaf-sweeping yesterday; not only because it needed doing but also because I had towels on the line and thought that the skies looked threatening so I wanted to be outside in case they were and I needed to react immediately. They were. Both laundry and lawn were called on account of rain. IMHO, it was the fault of my neighbour that it did, in fact, begin raining. He was performing the traditional rain-calling ritual. Washing his car.

It's a sunny day today, but the leaves would be wet, so I don't know that I will continue where I left off. Kind of funny to look into the back yard and see the sharp line with many leaves on one side and few on the other.

Oh ... and Friday I transplanted my coffee tree to a larger pot. I'd like to have it blossom and maybe even fruit, but that wasn't going to happen in the pot it was in. May not happen in this one either, but there's a better chance now. I'm keeping a close eye on it, watching to see if it goes into shock from the procedure. So far, not, but ... early days.

According to one site about growing coffee trees in pots, they grow to a height of 5 to 8 feet. I'm just going to have to make sure that it doesn't get much above 5 (our ceilings are only 7 ft high). The site also says that coffee blossoms are self-pollinating, which will be convenient.

While I was out shopping Friday, I purchased two over-the-toilet cabinets. One is in place in the downstairs loo. Unfortunately, this model won't fit over the toilets in the two bathrooms. HOWEVER - it will fit over the end of desk in the spare room, up against the wall, which is good because I've been thinking I need more storage space in here. I'm needing to clear space to bring the plants in and up here. Which sort of means I need to tidy up and put things away. Which is difficult if there's no place to put them.

I do wish that there was some way to store towels and toilet tissues in the bathrooms where they are used, though - that would free up space in the linen closet for ... well, you know ... linens.
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Oct. 14th, 2014 @ 10:43 am Dialann : I went to the Renaissance Faire
Seems like I ought to filk that line to the tune of "the Animal Fair", mar an seo ...
I went the Renaissance Faire
All the Freaks and the Geeks were there,
... but there inspiration fails, so I'll leave it to see if anything else develops.

We actually went on Saturday, the forecast, which we both checked beforehand, called for rain in the morning and overcast the rest of the day.

We drove there (an hour away by the highway) through cloudbursts, with the expectation that the storm would exhaust its fury by the time we arrived.

It didn't so much.

We drove past the entrance to the Faire twice and only found it through the use of the GPS on my belovéd's phone.

It was closed.

I was desolate ... so we went to the bookstore. HEY! It's cheaper than demanding jewelry to cheer one up, no?

Yesterday, however, the skies were overcast, but there was absolutely NO rain in the offing and the website indicated that the gates were open so we went, arriving in the township of Carver around 12:30. It took us half an hour to go the couple of miles to the entrance - that's how long the line of cars was then , two hours after the gates opened. I felt quite sorry for the locals who needed to use the main streets to get from point A to point B on their daily errands.

We wandered in and out of some shops, bought a cloak clasp from M's heavy wool wizarding cloak; it's been difficult using it since I lost the cloak pin; and a cloak pin to replace the one I did lose. The clasp we got for him is in the shape of two half-moons, facing away from each other. One has what is basically a hook (two hooks, it is a VERY heavy cloak) on the reverse side, the other has the loops. The cloak pin, however, is a horseshoe-shaped loop, almost closed, with an attached pin. The pin goes through the fabric and then is secured by the horseshoe.

As for shows, we saw some tumblers - Vicious and Delicious was the name of the show, but they went by the names of "Star" (female) and "Thunder"(male). Thunder was planning to juggle fire batons, but they could only find two, so he threw one at Star, then balanced the other on his nose, going so far as to do sit-ups with the flaming baton balanced on the 'end of his nose' (it seemed to be more between his eyes, though). They did a number of acrobatic tricks culminating with Star standing on his head (they borrowed a hat from the audience) and Star contorted herself into a small box. {"We visited Japan this past winter and rented a small efficiency and LOOK! We brought it back with us!"}

While Star was in the box, Thunder inserted a balloon and blew it up. Then, once Star was out again, she held the balloon by the toes of one foot as she supported herself on her arms (not a hand stand, she was bent into an "L") so he could shoot it with a crossbow. While balancing on a unicycle.

We also went to something called "Well Wenches" but left because I was feeling sick and the noise was hurting my ears. Plus, I wasn't amused by their slapstick. Sorry.

After eating, we ... well, *I* noticed a bagpipes show starting. "War pipes and Drums", with a belly-dancer. I like bagpipe music; I know just enough about belly dance to be impressed by her syncopated control but to get bored with her limited repetoir, and ... I wanted to hear war music, not "Happy Happy Celtic Tunes" (that's a direct quote from one of the performers). So we left.

We wandered into a few other shops, tried on some hats (M would look REALLY good in an Indiana Jones-type leather fedora, but he passed), looked at some outfits (the outfits I felt were affordable looked cheaply made and I could do better for less. The ones I *really* coveted were luxury items - like a leather kirtle - and I'm too stout to do justice to such a thing).

And then we left. It was shortly before 5. We got home just after 6. All in all goodly visit.
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Oct. 10th, 2014 @ 05:35 pm The Ten Doctors
Another web series. I get the distinct impression that the artist doesn't care much for Tom Baker's Doctor, but I'm amused by the way he writes/draws him, so it's all good.

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Oct. 9th, 2014 @ 03:15 pm Na Gurnaidh supplemental - A Frog's Tale
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Oct. 8th, 2014 @ 05:08 pm First lesson of "A Field Guide to the Hidden World"
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One of the classes Catori and PK are taking at Aldwyns. Arthur is posting the handouts online.

General Classifications by Height

Simon is taking the advanced class which focuses on defenses, magical and otherwise. This is NOT the same as the Hogwarts "Defense against the Dark Arts". The advanced course combines classes with another private school, MacCumhail Vo-Tech. It covers not only magical defenses but physical ones as well and it teaches cooperative strategy using mundane and magical techniques. Arthur is not co-teaching the course this year, because of Simon.

ETA: Arthur wishes me to add the caveat that he is NOT responsible for the title of the course. He wished to use his own field guide as the primary text, but was over-ruled. (Thimbletack wouldn't let him have it)
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Oct. 5th, 2014 @ 04:01 pm Etsy Owl Fingerless gloves
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size 7 DP needles
CO 32 sts - divide over 3 needles

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Oct. 5th, 2014 @ 12:56 am Knitting - owl fingerless gloves
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I decided to cast on the first of the owl fingerless gloves after dinner tonight (fwiw, the game was Labyrinth card game and B won). This is the pattern I came up with, but I'm making much shorter gloves in order to test the pattern ... well, faster. For some reason, I decided to make the left glove first - most patterns start with the right. I also decided to make the inner wrist in a k2p2 ribbing to make it fit closer even though the target photo seems to be stockinette stitch.

So here's my pattern for the left hand owl fingerless glove.

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Oct. 3rd, 2014 @ 09:30 pm Speaking of distractions ...
It appears that I'm not the only one. Thanks to my lack of posting here, these eggs are in danger - 3 days to go and less than a hundred clicks. (most of them, I think one is over a hundred).

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Oct. 3rd, 2014 @ 09:21 pm Dialann - distractions
I feel kind of bad about these eggs - not posting even dialann posts, let along Na Gurnaidh. Fact is that I've been distracted the past few days - posting to my gaelic lj as well and trying to make some doll sized books. There are tutorials out there on how to make such books - but they're mostly ... just for show. I suppose that makes sense, but I'm a book person. I want books that have content.

I created one with pictures - a 32 page book of Native American tales. The stories are ones that were given to my son as handouts on a lesson involving Tomie de Paolo's "Legend of the Cornflower".

The second book I created is 64 pages - Aesop's Fables. I'm not sure how many, I just kept typing them into the pages until I filled up the table, then printed them and cut them out. Then came the really difficult thing - trying to figure out how to bind them. I think, maybe, I should study my book on book-binding a bit more ... intensely. * wry grin *

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