Monday, March 29, 2010
Scored a good trashy political book at the library today. A weakness I don't even try to get rid of.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
You can't take pictures inside The Uffizi Museum, except for the entry lobby. Outside at night there was A Man in Gold. That's all I know.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I love this casual installation of a new "nuc"--short for nucleus of bees. I'll get my nuc in about a month.
I'd like to be this relaxed during my installation. Somehow I don't see that happening. For one thing, I WILL wear a veil.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Tucked into one side of a courtyard in the Palazzo Pitti there's a small, semi-enclosed pool and fountain. And check out that ceiling.
Hard to take good pictures with my baby camera. I loved this dark little pool area. It was ringed with statues and was designed so you could walk all the way around. I'll bet it's a nice cool place in the heat of the summer.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Four days and five nights in Florence, with minor side trips by bus to Siena and Fiesole. Everything is so, so, so old and beautiful. And the food, my god the food! It helps to go with an art major slash daughter as your tour guide.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Consumer Alert - Pringles|
I should be ashamed to admit that watching Colbert talk about Pringles the other night forced me to buy these. I did it consciously too. As in "you know what I have to go out and buy tomorrow? Some Pringles." So I did. They are such bad nonfood but I'm enjoying them immensely. If you're weak like me, watch the video at your own peril. I know it's stupid but sometimes stupid is very funny (and persuasive too).
I'll plant these soon. I had mixed results with seeds last year--I suspect that my starting-out soil was too rich w/ worm compost.
Meanwhile, I found this discussion of seed-starting and liked it. Especially this: "Tomorrow I'm going to sprout my Tomato seeds on moist paper towel, inside a margerine container in a warm spot. The seed usually sprouts in 5 to 6 days, sometimes sooner. I then prick them out gently and plant in 21/2" pots.
They stay on the kitchen windowsill until they get 3 sets of true leaves and then they go into 4" pots."
I may try some of these techniques, but I'm not going to start for a few more weeks.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I've been taking a beekeeping course, inspired in part by this beekeeper lady in Denver. Tonight is my 4th class and I think I'm ready, mentally, to handle a beehive. There's a lot to learn and a lot of details, but none of it is intimidating. One thing makes me hesitate: the instructors and the books keep emphasizing how important it is to talk to your neighbors when you start. Just to reassure and educate them. And I understand that. But. I don't know. I've got some complicated neighbors, well, one complicated one. He may not react well. And that's not good for anyone. And I've got another neighbor who once told me she's terrified of bees. So I'll ponder that question before I make a commitment to the equipment and the bees. Bees are sooooo interesting.
Pictures of my class last week making frames. Apologies to these classmates who I don't know and who don't know me. It's a very big class: 90 students plus all the instructors and vendors and other passionate apiarists who seem to buzz around the classroom.
Oh, and one other hesitation. I talked to an organic beekeeper a few weeks ago and she frowns upon the kind of beekeeping methods I've been learning about. Sigh.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
I really like the idea of having a few girl chickens--for the fun and the eggs, in that order--but I'd get too attached. & hawks would eat them.
I may have to buy this book. And I want that chicken tractor -- badly. But I can't have chickens, I just can't.