Garden Tales

I’m just going to let the pictures speak for themselves.  I have to say, after feeling for a while that there was no positive change in my life, the growth cycle and success of my garden are reminders that:

  1. growth is possible in every circumstance.
  2. growth (negative or positive) happens in every circumstance whether we’re paying attention or not.
  3. sometimes the tougher the circumstance the sweeter the reward.

Now here comes the feast of growth:






















Yes my lovelies, that’s a jalepeno pepper you see in the fourth photo down and my rejuvenated cilantro in the third.  😀

Moving from this


to this


any sign of green and growth is a plus and a blessing.   This coming weekend is going see some experimentation planting of lemon balm, rosemary and English thyme.  Fingers crossed.  😀

WIP Wednesday: The Late Edition

Insane couple of days = late post with bad pictures.  But I know y’all will forgive me anyway. 😛

My socks have grown since the last time you saw them.  I think I’ll name these “Freedom Fighters”.  Let’s just say having them to work on during my train rides to and from work  stopped me from ending up on CourtTV on Thursday last.    As for last Thursday, I have to say — although I should expect it, it’s always hurtful and heartbreaking when someone you trust (even a little bit) betrays you.   But back to the socks …  other than me really gamed to finish them, the story behind their name will be shared sometime soon.  But in the meantime … here’s a bad picture … 😀


TAAT Socks


You can go ahead and ignore the three floor to ceiling bookshelves … reading … that’s my primary hobby crack and I blame both my parents.  But let’s leave them out of today’s post — I’ll get ’em another time.  😀 .  Just focus on the socks.  I love my version of “Two At A Time”!  I figure if I’m working on them together, they both finish at the same time and NO.SECOND.SOCK syndrome.  Can y’all believe there’s ACTUALLY a definition for this?!!!!  Knitters will eventually rule the world!  I said here first.  😀

I’m using 9 inch circulars for them both but look at the difference in the ribbing.  The one on the left has more uneven stitches, the one on the right, obviously the tension is way better.  That’s because I’m using two different brands of circulars — Chiaogoo and Hiya Hiya.    I think some knitters would assume that I’m using the Hiya Hiya circs on the right.  The tips are pointier and the cable more flexible.  But nooooooooooooooooo!!!  Call me Death Grip McGee!!!  The more flexible cable had my tension alllllllllllllllllllllllll over the place.  The Chiaogoos have duller tips and a sturdier cable and that’s the one I find myself relaxing my grip on and having more tension control with (enter Right Sock as evidence 😛 ).  I tell you.  My knitting buddy didn’t believe it when I told her cause she loves flexible cables; she thinks I’m a “rare bird”.  LOLOL!  I know I can’t be the only one.   How many of you are with me … pointer or duller tips / flexible or sturdy cable?   Which are you?  Which do you have the best tension on?

In gardening WIPs (that’s Work In Progress for you non-knitters  😛  ), I transplanted my peppers, cilantro and impatiens yesterday.  Cilantro I understand throws suicidal temper tantrums when transplanted so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that these babies got the “Staying Alive” memo I sent them.    Here are these babies in their new home:

Cilantro Transplant

Cilantro Transplants

Transplanted Peppers

Jalapeno Pepper Transplants

That’s all for now folks.  Hope you each are having a wonderfully crafty week, no matter what you’re into.