Sunday, June 15, 2014

Surprise in the bottom of the box

I know, I know, it's more flowers.  Just sit down and scroll through the pretty pictures.  I promise there is something else at the end.  And no, it's not anything about my new job.  I will tell you about that one next time.  Really.  I will.

These are in chronological order, starting from June 3rd (hey - that was my birthday!) and the last few were taken today.

I am fascinated with the way the rhodo flowers blossomed although I must say, the color was much more impressive at this stage than at full bloom.

The azalea has crazy cool color.

Did anyone besides my sister Ann notice that the pictures I had previously posted and called Lily of the Valley were in actual fact Solomon's Seal?  Apparently, I've got both.

Black petunias.  This is what I planted in the sink.

Blooming, blooming, blooming....

That's the fascinating tree in my front yard.


There is only one of those guys, and it doesn't want to stand up by itself.

See?  They bust open and they are a much lighter pink.

Crazy cool color.

This butterfly followed me around outside today.

Yikes, somebody needs to dust out here.

I'm thinking peony.  We soon shall see.

Daisies!  I miss the fields of daisies in Montana.

This is a somewhat crappy picture of two lovely bits of shrubbery.  See the next two photos:

And remember that plant with the little yellow flowers we thought might be a weed?  Now the yellow flowers are turning pink.  Huh.

See?  Following me around.


And now, here is the surprise in the bottom of the box.  I'm giving you a sneak peek at the painting I am sending to Derek for the 2nd annual Bigfork show.

He is 10" x 22.75" and he still needs a name.  He also needs a frame.  A name and a frame.  And yes, in case you were wondering, I drew this freehand before I painted it.  I used a photo as a visual reference, but I drew it freehand.  Not bad for someone who can't draw.  Now, how to pack and ship him when his varnish hasn't completely cured....

Oh, and A GIANT P.S.!  Leslie sent me a copy of THE BOOK, THE BOOK, THE NEW SECOND BOOK!  Woo hoo!  I haven't started reading it yet, so more on that later.  Stay tuned!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Let's Get This Party Started

Here we are, at the beginning of an epic adventure.

Roxie took a moment's break from chasing that darn reflection to help load up the dumpster that is currently parked in my driveway.  Actually, that's two dumpsters.  The ginormous one is for trash, and the slightly smaller one is for metal.  Hence the sign:  METAL ONLY.  Both of these bad boys arrived on Tuesday of last week.  This picture was taken on Thursday.  Mom and I started to make a dent in the crapola piles.

Then on Saturday, all hands were on deck and it all went crazy.

Mr. Foss was here and spent some quality time underneath my house.  He is going to come back and take a bunch of the old lumber away.  Jane was here also, and spent quality time under the house and lugging crap into piles.  Mom was still here and she didn't sit down once.  Ann, Aidan, Liam, Delaney, Hoagie, Johnny, Kathy, Abby, Evan and Ruby were also here.  It was a little crowded.  But this is what happened:

First, Roxie found a stick:

Okay, that happened on Thursday, too.  On to Saturday.  Let's look at a picture I took last August:

This is behind the garage, and when the previous owners moved I asked them to get rid of everything that wasn't nailed down (and some things that were).  Practically the only thing from over here they got rid of was the riding mower and the pickup cap they were using to house the mower.  Past those ladders and windows you can see a little building.

On Saturday, here is Ann, taking video for Liam:

This is what she was filming:

Pushed that sucker right over.  The pile of crap in the picture of Ann with the camera, by the way, was stuff that was either in this shed or part of this shed.  And I use the term "shed" loosely.  The "door" on the side of this thing was a gross old shower curtain.  And it was filled with icky windows, some potentially-salvageable-for-an-outdoor-art-project shutters, half of a wheelchair, an icky old stuffed panda (I did not save it for you, Derek), a wooden chair with a hole cut in the seat (a homemade potty chair?) and other assorted nonsense.

Next we found the La Brea Tar Pits:

Don't get me started.

The tire pile just kept growing:

I'm bummed we never got the official tire count but Johnny thinks it was well over 50.

I'm not sure what won the "oddest find" award.  That snowmobile cowl?  The baby bootie?  (No, we didn't find the baby.  At least not yet.)  The wading pool?  What - you don't believe we found a wading pool?  Here:

That pool did an awesome job of covering up a whole host of shit.  In fact, several layers of shit.  In double fact, there are still layers of shit out there from under this pool - we had to just walk away.  I need to go back out there with more than a rake to excavate some more.

But back to the oddities.  A pool is nothing.  How about bedsprings?

No?  A steering wheel and three windshield wipers?  A broken canoe?  An old push mower, down in the river?  An entire swing set?  This thing, that Evan thinks is an engine?

An Etch-A-Sketch, broken into a million pieces?  Storm windows, broken into a million pieces?  A propeller?  HOW ABOUT THE GODDAMN KITCHEN SINK?  Yes, everything and the kitchen sink.


Metal dumpster is full.

Actually, it's more than full.  We've got another pile going on the grass.

Phew.  Mom has been working her butt off all week and has made three trips so far to the reSource store here in town.  I listed some free (please-please-please-come-and-take-it) stuff on Front Porch Forum.  But Saturday was a huge, long day.  I never could have gotten so much loaded up without the help of all those crazy people I mentioned earlier.  Aidan even came back on Sunday because he was so bothered by the amount of garbage the previous owners left behind.  I hope his tetanus shot is up to date.

Saturday was the best birthday present ever.  I shall be eternally grateful.

Oh yeah.  And there was this:

My cake came in this box, and yours didn't.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Take a walk on the wild side....

Now I'm going to have that song stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

I took a walk around today and photographed my evolving flora so you can see how much it has grown since the pictures I posted yesterday, which were from two weeks ago.  I only had a couple of people stop by for the studio tour today, so we were outside for most of the day.  Taking pictures, chasing reflections, finding more garbage, tearing stuff apart.  You know, the usual.

This yellow flower wasn't there yesterday.  I swear it wasn't.

And hostas are busting up all over.  Especially in weird spots in the middle of the lawn.

I've got a flowering shrub that is blooming from the ground up.

Here is one of the buds that is about five feet off the ground:

That bear planter really needs to go, but when my mom tried to give him the boot a while back, he was too heavy to move.  Maybe he was still frozen to the ground.  Last week I planted a marigold in the front of the pot, and now the greenery in the rest of the pot has turned into these mystery flowers.

I've got loads of other mystery flowers too.  The yellow ones are on the side of the house, and the pink ones that look like weeds are in the front:

Maybe the yellow ones are weeds and the pink ones are precious heirlooms.  I don't know.  I DO know that the lily of the valley is taking over the world.

The next three pictures are of the same little flowers.  They are so dainty, but grow in the middle of the lawn.  I don't want to mow until all the flowers are done blooming - it would be such a shame to mow them down!

Roxie was trying to help me out in that last picture, using her footie to show the size of the wee small flowers.

What else.  The lilacs are not quite there yet.

Lots of the flowers here are some shade of purple.

The creeping myrtle is my favorite.  I love the dark, glossy leaves and the pinwheel-shaped flowers.  So pretty.

That wraps up our photo tour of the yard as of Sunday, May 25th.  All these pictures give the impression that I am over-run with flowers but that's not the case at all.  They are spread out everywhere, but I do have quite the variety, and there's more to come.  I've got a bunch of stuff that my mom thinks might be irises.  Time will tell.  They will probably be purple.

And now for the gratuitous poodle picture department:  someone was tired from all her reflection chasing today, and thought she would give Ruby's bed a try.

Uh, Goldilocks?

P.S.  I forgot to tell you about my job.  Next time....