Saturday, June 24, 2017

175

I just remembered that I meant to plant cilantro, too.  I hope it's not too late.... 

Meanwhile all I can say is that we went to see Wonder Woman yesterday and now my phone has a new ringtone.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

174

One little filter applied, and suddenly I'm back in the summer of 1975. I wish I were getting ready to go to camp.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

173


A member of the dogwood family, I suppose.


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

172


I was given a small fig tree (which cannot be planted outdoors because it must be brought in over the winter); I am nervous about taking just the right care of it and encouraged by this small sign of success.  Summertime, indeed.


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

170

It has just been the summer of peonies. These are from a friend at work, who didn't want the abundance to go to waste so she dropped by with  a huge bouquet for me.


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

169

Father's Day dinner out.  I should have asked for a sheet of their table-covering paper when I had the chance.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

168


Ken's only happy with the wild rabbits in the backyard when they eat the clover, like this good bunny.  He's less enthralled when we find new plants taken right down to the quick; Dean and I feel that we're pretty much okay sharing with bunnies, but find all the chipmunk damage to be harder to take.  We're not sure what the groundhog gets up to (we know for sure he eats clover, at least) but he seems more like a neighbor that we wouldn't dream of evicting.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

165

The previous owners of our house weren't really gardeners.  The plantings that were done seem to have been some cut-rate landscaping -- filling in spaces for the sake of having something rather than nothing, with poorly chosen and often poorly planted things.  One happy exception is this climbing rose, which has survived not only their neglect but also the replacement of this fence and some pretty severe pruning.  A twin had been planted on the other side of the gate opening as well, but that side is a corner that gets no sun and so that one was already dead when we moved in.  This one has responded to care with joy and abandon....

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

164


It was Wild Kingdom day at the gym this morning, or so it felt -- I saw the Very Large Turtle (about the size of both my feet together) outside in the grasses on my way in, and then through the large windows the young deer was watching my run around the track (making sure I stayed on my side of the glass, I suppose). 

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Monday, June 12, 2017

163


The bud has finally burst, and the fragrance wafts across the yard -- reminding me of all those peonies that my grandfather tended in his neat and tidy little backyard in Chicago.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

162


A rare evening in Boston, in town with Ken to see Pat Methany. The concert was originally supposed to have been in January; we found out just as we were leaving the restaurant from dinner to walk to the theater that the show had been cancelled because of a health issue. Pat was ok, and the show was rescheduled to tonight (he said it was the first time in 43 years that he'd ever not been able to play as scheduled). It was hard to be out late on a Sunday night (esp. for Ken), but the evening was beautiful, we had a lovely dinner, and the show was terrific.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

160


More progress, but still waiting.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

159


SONDER: (n.) the realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own.
(Art by a student at our school, my friend Yan.)

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Saturday, June 3, 2017

155


Still need to plant some milkweed in the yard, but in the meantime we're still being visited by these beauties.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

154


An update; progress is slow! This variety is taking it's own sweet time to unfurl.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

152


More ingredients! They don't even look real, do they? Utterly perfect and almost glowing.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

148

Dean has been eager to do some of his own gardening, and got under way by filling two large outdoor containers and claiming a section of the hill out back.


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Friday, May 26, 2017

147

My peony out front is so happy, and so utterly prolific, that I can easily bring in a stem or two to enjoy without feeling that I'm sacrificing how it looks outside. This is luxury to me.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

142

I've never tried pressing azalea blossoms before; big plans for these. Apparently it's *not that difficult* to make your own ink out of natural materials so I'm drying a bunch of plant materials, saving little jars, and trying to remember to stop at a thrift shop for a big old pot


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

141

We have this little side yard out back (the main backyard area is up those stairs on the left, and a gate to the right leads out to the driveway and the front of the house); Ken and I have put daylilies along the white fence that are just coming up and that's a flowering tree in the corner, but otherwise it's a rough patch of weeds. Dean has plans to make this into a mixed flower and vegetable garden (it's shady now, at the end of the day, but it does get a full day's worth of sun), and Ken envisions a couple of winding pathways; it's going to take another season or two to really get this going, but I love that they are all in.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

140

Recording the wine so he can find it again.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

139

Rhododendrons are ubiquitous here in New England; when they are happy where they are planted they can grow to be huge, and even when they aren't ideally situated they will hang in for years and bloom every spring. It's a delight to see them in this just-about-to-bloom phase because they look so much more tropical and exotic to me.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

138

They are collectors. Well, to be fair, we all are, but they are both definitely in more active phases these days of collecting. The pleasure of the hunt, the find, the envelope in the mailbox, and then the joy of holding and sharing and putting into place -- ahhhh.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

137

Actually enough sun today to want to try to get out of it.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

135

A movie, and an early dinner out, and a big hanging basket of flowers that will keep me company all summer long. Other than the fact that I really shouldn't have gotten the calamari AND the fish & chips (really Jennifer, all that fried food -- what were you thinking?!?), it was an awesome Mother's Day.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

133


I should probably just keep the panini grill on the counter all the time.

Friday, May 12, 2017

132

Whenever I see baby corn, I think of Tom Hanks in Big. It's enough to make me put a couple extra pieces in the bowl.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

131

Enough light for a walk after dinner, enough of a break in the clouds and wet weather to be out.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

130

We've got the band back together, and he's so happy to be home. Stories, plans, unpacking in all the literal and figurative ways.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

129

Half way there.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017

127

We got up and drove into Boston early this morning, so that we could get a parking spot on the street where Dean's dorm is. He got up early, too, and met us for breakfast, then helped load up my car with a first round of stuff to come home. His last exam is on Tuesday morning, and he'll come home Tuesday evening.  I don't think I've done very well this year; I have not remotely figured out the empty nest. Now I know that this next stage of home life will be its own different thing, but this I can do.

Saturday, May 6, 2017