Friday, November 23, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
These pieces have as much purple as the do blue, but purple just doesn't photograph. Why is that?
We brought in the two hibiscus, the two brugmansias, the geraniums, the jasmine, and several other plants. The biggest brug was loaded with blooms, and I couldn't bear to lose them, so the whole pot got hauled in. The hibiscus, which had been touched by frost early in spring, had just begun blooming, and I couldn't bear to lose those buds, either. So, my Oldtimer went to Home Depot and got some of those waterproof bathroom panels, and cut them to size to fit the tabletops in the family room, as well as cutting a few floor panels. Then we went to the dollar store, and bought large plastic plates to fit under the smaller pots, and a dozen $1 laundry baskets. When you cut the gridwork off the laundry basket, you have a nice, large, round saucer with high sides. Isn't that Oldtimer of mine clever?
Fortunately, the window end of the family room has very high ceilings and the loft where we have our computers and the rest of the stuff for a home office, looks down on the jungle. Here's a shot, over the railing, of my indoor jungle:
That brugmansia sure is glad to be inside (and the fragrance is wonderful)!
Now, the tougher job was bringing the fountain in from the pond. We can't take the chance that the winter weather will freeze and crack the float which supports the lights and the fountain, so we got an inflatable boat and today, in the 47 degrees and cloudy weather, my Oldtimer launched the "HMS Rufus" and we pulled in the float. Of course, I captured it in photos, mostly anticipating the tumble from the boat. No such luck...but as you can see below, it did look like it *could* happen. (I think all of these photos are clickable so you can see them larger.)
At first, Oldtimer was relaxed and smiling:
My job was to catch the (slimy) anchor ropes as he tossed them to me. Note the look of determination here:
Now, in this shot, I'm thinking he looks a little too relaxed. In truth, however, he couldn't situate himself to avoid leaning back too far, and the float kept moving away (both anchor ropes had already been unattached and staked at the shore).
OK, now things get interesting. This leaning back business, while playing gondolier, isn't working. Oldtimer decides to get on his knees...out in the middle of the pond...in the 47 degree weather...and one knee has been wonky of late:
No such luck. I threw him the spare rope and hauled him and the float in. I think for next year, we'll buy some paddles.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
These come from Diane (yarngoddess). Great spirals for faces, and of course, Diane's signature color - green!
These three pieces come from Ruth. I wish you could see the metallic/color affect on the one on the left. It's quite appealing. The bits and pieces used on each of these dolls are so clever!
And Meri went all out, creating old world Santas from large puzzle pieces. Can you see the bits of vintage jewelry, buttons, and so on? These were all sealed into bags, and I didn't want to disturb their nests, so I hope you can see the work done here.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Our downstairs family room looks like a jungle - two large brugmansias, a jasmine, several tropical houseplants that we put out during the summer, two hibiscus, and four geranium plants.
Today, we will cut back all the ornamental grasses on the "berm," and pull in the fountain from the pond (brrr!). If time permits, we'll also cut back the hostas and black-eyed Susans. Yesterday, I was able to do the peonies and the blue hydrangea. Guess it's time to get busy!