Friday, October 31, 2008
Posted by Pam J. at 10:43 PM
I've learned that you need to stuff each ball with dark (black,gray) batting instead of the standard white batting I used. See it peeking out on the left? Still, this was fun to make. It's all one long piece, no stopping or starting until you reach the end.
Posted by Pam J. at 10:42 PM
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
From The Washington Post, October 29, 2008
...And so began the 23rd annual Halloween High Heel Race, held last night on 17th Street NW. The race -- for the benefit of newcomers unfamiliar with this venerable institution -- happens on the last Tuesday in October, when drag queens and queens for a day pull out their best size 12 pumps and hightail it down two blocks of the Dupont Circle neighborhood.
You had your moose-ear-wearin' Sarah, your Sarah 'n' McCain, your Sarah 'n' Todd, your Sarah 'n' Bristol's baby, all sporting tousled bouffants, all blowing kisses to a crowd that screamed and shivered and packed the streets. You had your Wasilla-consignment-shop Sarah ("The original," boasts costume-wearer Philip Gerlach), and you had your Neiman Marcus Sarah, with handwritten price tags dangling from the expensive-looking jade ensemble. Purse: $990; Suit: $2,390.
"Women's size 20, and I tailored it myself," says Neiman Marcus Sarah, a.k.a. Blaise Williams, who arrived with friends dressed as Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama. "The wig was actually originally a Farrah Fawcett, but I'm a hairdresser so that was no problem."
And the shoes -- those darling peep-toe pumps -- can Williams run in those shoes?
He looks down at his gigantic feet, flexes a muscular calf. "Oh yeah."
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I can't help feeling that I caused not-so-healthy's ratty appearance. Maybe I plucked off the flowers too soon.
A bit windy today to say the least. I tried to pull-push this "bush" back upright but wasn't successful. I guess I'll hoist it up with a rope tomorrow. Very shallow root system. And I'm dying to prune it back but was advised to be patient and wait until spring.
Monday, October 27, 2008
His band, Gangi, is back on the road. In the next week they play Atlanta, Houston, Austin, Santa Fe, Phoenix. Then home to LA. Rebecca flew from Phila to LA on Saturday. And landed a job today. Happy for her, but.
I wish I hadn't planted that Lady's Mantle so close to the grass. It was hidden for most of the summer. I always underestimate how huge those grasses get. On the other hand, the Mantle may not be able to withstand full sun, so the grass protected it from that. I planted it last spring but it never bloomed. Maybe next spring. Gardening is complicated. Especially when you're stubborn / contrary like me and garden, mostly, by the hit or miss method. I don't like to use owner's manuals.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I found this tomato hiding under a bush. It was on a rogue plant that produced just this one fruit. I keep cooking (and giving away) green tomatoes but I still have dozens and dozens. I'll make up a couple of casseroles this week to take to my sister's house next weekend. Up in the Old Country.
Posted by Pam J. at 8:11 PM
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
But he's not even in office yet and I've got a request for him: I'm a little worried about Afghanistan. What does he want to accomplish there? If it's just about finding OBL, that's one thing. It's even possible that he could convince me that it's worth trying to shake up the Taliban. Possible. But anything that sounds like nation-building will make me very, very unhappy.
Posted by Pam J. at 3:27 PM
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I've been mouthing off on other blogs about how much I hate leaf blowers. Noise and air pollution; waste of gas; no faster than raking. Then when I couldn't get my (gas) lawn mower to start yesterday I decided to buy a scythe. I ended up instead with this tool (called a grass whip), which actually does cut the grass. It would take a long time to make my yard look trimmed and it doesn't produce a manicured look, to say the least. But it IS quiet and clean. Using it is a little like playing golf.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Got the recipe from Kitt in Denver:
http://kittbo.blogspot.com/2008/10/green-tomato-casserole.html. Think I'll make a bunch more tomorrow and freeze them.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
A favorite line from Hannah and her Sisters (on the TV right now in the background while I browse through blogs).
How the hell do I know why there were Nazis? I don't even know how the can opener works.
Posted by Pam J. at 7:18 PM
But my little 5 x 5 garden looks so barren. Just a little lettuce left, and if we get frost tonight, as predicted, that might be gone in the AM. I'd like to build a cold-frame but don't think I can do it in one day. But I COULD cover up the plants tonight I guess. Hmmm.
Posted by Pam J. at 11:00 AM
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Posted by Pam J. at 9:12 PM
Posted by Pam J. at 9:07 PM
“The Field Beyond” by Jalaluddin Rumi.
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in the grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase `each other'
doesn't make any sense.
Rumi was a 13th century Sufi poet and mystic. Sufism is a sect/branch of Islam and Sufi’s believe that they are on a spiritual path and that they can become close to God while they are alive, while apparently most Muslims believe they achieve that closeness in paradise.
Learned something in that parking lot.
Posted by Pam J. at 5:31 PM
Anyone got any clue what this sign is supposed to accomplish? It's posted in a neighborhood on the edge of Rock Creek Park.
Posted by Pam J. at 5:27 PM
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Posted by Pam J. at 4:10 PM
This year he'll dress as Sarah Palin. 'natch. Connie holds his wig-in-progress. A coworker (or as Kitt says, cow-orker...love that) will dress as Cindy Mc.
Posted by Pam J. at 4:07 PM