Sunday, March 29, 2009

projects in progress

A few things in progress today:
  • finished up stage 2 of the limoncino project. Stage 2 involves straining out the lemon peel and adding sugar syrup.
  • planting out the milkweed plant and cosmos flowers bought yesterday
  • installing the trellises that I bought yesterday for my pole beans
  • researching the next "big" trip - the Trans-Siberian Railway... ordered a book, read online for a couple hours...
  • booked the car (Nova Car Hire is highly recommended) for DH's trip to Italy in May
  • made waffles for breakfast!
  • finished up the taxes. Will re-do to see if I can eliminate the $2,000 we have to pay.

All in all, a busy productive day.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

a banner day

a banner day, originally uploaded by AmyEmilia.

This is the first time we have actually witnessed two butterflies hatching at the same time.

Even in discouraging times, the miracle of daily life is intense.

Without this where would we be...

Saturday, March 14, 2009


dancers, originally uploaded by AmyEmilia.

We have had a couple days of cool, rainy weather here in Houston - very welcome because we are running a deficit of almost 7 inches this year.

These little evening primroses (or buttercups, for Texans) are weighed down by the rain. They look like dancers to me.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


snapdragon, originally uploaded by AmyEmilia.

This snapdragon is something of a surprise to us. You may recall that last year we bought a bunch of plants for just a couple dollars. Apparently among them was a snapdragon. I've never actually grown one before so I didn't recognize the young plant until it began to form buds.

I love the color the flowers take on in the afternoon.


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