Friday, December 25, 2009

I Love You All

Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 21, 2009

'tis the season

to be tired.

The countdown is on, and although I think we are completely stocked for all necessary gifts, I am not done sewing this year's gift bags. I first sewed gift bags last Christmas, but apparently we had many long, skinny gifts last year and the bags don't fit this year's gifts.

The bags are exceedingly simple. I sew them out of fabric that has no "wrong" side - looks the same on either side. I cut out a long rectangle of fabric that I then fold into a shorter rectangle. I cut out a length of ribbon long enough to tie into a generous bow, fold it in half, and then I pin the folded ribbon end into one of the sides of the folded rectangle, about 1/3 of the way from the top. I sew up the sides (the ribbon is sewn into the seam), finish the seams so they don't fray, hem the top and then turn it inside out. Voila! Stuff a gift in the bag and tie the ribbon. Batik fabrics look especially pretty for these bags. We have a wild rainbow of prints and colors under the tree this year.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Opossum #4

I relocated yet another juvenile possum this morning. We suspect a litter was born somewhere in our yard, probably inside The Rosebush That Time Forgot. Hopefully this was the last one. They like to eat the cat food, and they spook the chickens when they sniff around the coop, trying to steal eggs.

I take them way down the creek channel and release them on the other side of the freeway, in the trees alongside the creek. This was the first time I've been down since the floods last week, so I was able to check out all the new debris that washed up on the banks. I retrieved some excellent bamboo canes that will make either garden fence poles or trellises for peas, and saw some other good branches and lumber that I will retrieve later if I can - our section is concreted and steep-sided. Today is all about cleaning the main room of the house, since we have company coming on Friday.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Vermin in Ermine

An actual cool fall. Amazing. We are 11 days from the actual solstice, and it's chilly and damp. So much so that I had to get out my rabbit fur coat last night so as not to freeze at our Relief Society progressive party. Brrr!

Bonfire Christmas Party. Next Friday the 18th. My backyard. Potluck, bring firewood if you can. We'll have cocoa and spiced cider and wassail and possibly some caroling if we get silly enough.

We played hooky this week and tried to go snowshoeing. Disaster! The snow was dry, deep powder, and the road was only plowed to just past Mtn. High so the terrain was too steep. We tried, but Eli fell too much and got wet and cold and started screaming. Then we had to flounder our way back up the hillside to the car. Very little fun was had. Hopefully Yosemite will be better.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

@#$%& Earwigs!


They ate my mizuna mustard. I finally got it to germinate, and the $#@%#%!! earwigs ate it all. I cannot go to the #$@% nursery and buy a flat of mizuna. I will try to track down a Japanese nursery, but in the meantime I start all over. I loathe earwigs. They are the scum of the Arthropoda.