Just found out today that ThunderCats and SilverHawks comic co-creator, Stephen Perry, died last month under circumstances that are at the very least suspicious. Stephen was a great resource to Lady Razorsharp and I, pointing out quite rightly that we should post credits for SH on the Shadowspace page. He continued to stay in touch,and was happy to answer long e-mails full of questions about TC, SH, and the comic industry in general. He also autographed a copy of the SH comic for me, for which I am grateful.
Stephen struggled in life with his health, career, and many personal issues, and he was often in my thoughts and prayers. He spoke often of his need to improve his situation, for the benefit of his child.
Rest in peace, Stephen, and my heartfelt condolences to his young son, who has lost a loving and devoted father.
So I finally grew a carrot. ONE carrot. But it turned into my first harvest of 2010, so that's okay. My tomatoes, the hybrids, are still putting out fruit, but I think that will end very soon. I did manage to make 6 cups of luscious tomato sauce from about 20 tomatoes, and wow, was that ever work. How did pioneer/farm women DO all this stuff? I'd never survive. I know that now.
The broccoli turned labor intensive as far as bug management goes. I think I'll give that a pass next year. But more tomatoes (heirloom), green onions, carrots, and maybe some greens. Also whatever flowers keep bugs away. Have to consult a friend about that.
Sort of at a lull now. Tomatoes did come in, thick and fast for a while, but they have tapered off. My heirloom plant has about 2 dozen tomatoes on it, just starting to turn orangey now, so I suspect a few more days and other will be ready. Carrots were an abysmal failure. Cauliflower I am just starting now, as it can go in early spring or early fall Still feels like summer here, but the sunlight is slipping away day by day. Broccoli looks like it will be a success. Two plants came up, and they have the tiniest little broccoli crowns on them. Can't wait to eat that. Onions are on their second setting, and I'm anticipating planting and harvesting those pretty much perpetually. Assuming it doesn't freeze too hard, of course.
Ladyrazorsharp is getting married next weekend. Whew, feels like it went by fast... Still lots to do, though. Fingers crossed that it all gets done...
Er, fruit. I managed to harvest 1 green onion from the garden tonight to go into stir fry. Tomatoes are starting to develop, and the beans and peas both have numerous flowers. I'm looking now at putting in broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. But I have to keep an eye on the new dog, because he's a digger, and I don't want my vegetables all over the yard.
But so far, so good.
Rules: It's harder than it looks! Copy to your own note, erase my answers, enter yours, and randomly tag 10 people (including me). Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real; nothing made up! If the person before you had the same first initial, you must use different answers. You cannot use any word twice and you can't use your name for the boy/girl name question.
1. What is your name: Marianne
2. A boy's name: Martin
3. A girl's name: Marleen
4. An occupation: Marine
5. A colour: murasaki (purple)
6. Something you wear: mukluks
7. A food: manicotti
8. Something found in the bathroom: make-up
9. A name of a place: Maine
10. A reason for being late: My car died
11. Something you shout: "Merde!"
12. A movie title: Memoirs of a Geisha
13. Something you drink: milkshake
14. A musical group: Marilyn Manson
15. An animal: muskrat
16. A street name: Miller
17. A type of car: Mazda Miata
18. Something scary: Meyers, Stephanie
19. A four-letter word: make
20. Ice cream flavour: mint chip
...how does your garden grow?
Pretty well, actually. I have a number of snow pea shoots putting out leaves, and today I saw the first signs of green onions coming up. They aren't much bigger than threads right now, and deciphering them from the eager-to-return crab grass is a little tricky, but I'm giving weeding a couple of days off, to let onions be onions. If I read my seed packets right, they should be my first harvest
The tomatoes are at least holding their own, though they look lovely and vibrant. I THINK they are growing, but I have no empirical evidence, just the feeling that the plants are bigger and more robust than when I put them in. On the green bean front, I may have lost a plant, but it was a long shot to begin with. The poor little thing came with no leaves, which doesn't make for good solar energy collection. I tried giving it some extra matter at the root, hoping to jump start it, but the attempt appears fruitless. Still, I have 6 green bean plants that are doing well, and I think I saw the starts of more vines. Time will tell, I suppose.
I need to turn the compost over this weekend, somewhere between attending the Greek Orthodox ethnic food festival and the Lompoc Renaissance Faire. *sigh* A gardener's job is never done...
I'm a city girl by nature, concrete corridors etc, but recently I read a book (a lot of my adventures start that way) about the cost to our environment of corporate farming, and the value of eating what's grown right where you live. Well, right where *I* live, there isn't much they DON'T grow. But, that doesn't mean they are growing it in an earth-friendly, environmentally conscious way. So, I have been inspired to plant for my little family a garden. It's not much so far, a few tomato plants, some beans, snow peas, spinach, and green onions. And the fun growing part has only come after hours of ripping out weeds to get some room to grow. But as of today, the Ides of March (Hail, Caesar, and farewell!) stuff is in the ground. I guess I'll try to keep a running account here of activity, for my own amusement if nothing else.
I shall endeavor in my little plot to garden in a responsible way, using compost rather than chemicals, not stressing over a few bugs, and doing what I can by hand, even if it takes a little longer.
Here's hoping by July, I might have a salad ready to go.
Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...
Simple, Progressive, and Sensual
33 Ukiyo-e, 10 Islamic, 9 Impressionist, -25 Cubist, -29 Abstract and 15 Renaissance!
Ukiyo-e (浮世絵, Ukiyo-e), "pictures of the floating world", is a genre of Japaneseand paintings produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries. it mostly featured landscapes, historic tales, theatre, and pleasure. Ukiyo is a rather impetuous urban culture that has bloomed in popularity. Although the Japanese were more strict and had many prohibitions it did not affect the rising merchant class and therefore became a floating art form that did not bind itself to the normal ideals of society.
People that chose Ukiyo-e art tend to be more simplistic yet elegant. They don't care much about new style but are comfortable in creating their own. They like the idea of living for the moment and enjoy giving and receiving pleasure. They may be more agreeable than other people and do not like to argue. They do not mind following traditions but are not afraid to move forward to experience other ideas in life. They tend to enjoy nature and the outdoors. They do not mind being more adventurous in their sexual experiences. They enjoy being popular and like being noticed. They have their own unique style of dress and of presenting themselves. They may also tend to be more business oriented or at the very least interested in money making adventures. They might make good entrepreneurs. They are progressive and adaptable.
Okay, I try not to be political here because my politics are kind of NOT the politics of my friends (sounds badly translated from French, to paraphrase Laurie King.) But this is just.... I don't know. Make your own judgment.
For the record, ganked from gryphonrhi (proper LJ links hate me right now, for some reason)
As evidenced by Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade.
The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.)
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 1954. The Court held that separate facilities for black school children denied them equal education opportunities. Overturned Plessy v. Ferguson that established the doctrine of separate but equal. Ruled that segregation violated the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. A great stepping stone for equality for ALL Americans.