Friday, May 30, 2008

A Quiet Month

Violas by the kitchen

High cirrus clouds this morning but the breeze was warm and we got a good amount of sunlight during the day. It feels like summer is coming.

I have been off work since early in the month. I thought I would have plenty of time to blog and catch up, transfer old entries from my original blog to this one, and make new entries from notes I took over the past few years.

Instead, the sudden demands of quickening Spring, coupled with the mental lethargy of relaxing toward retirement, have left my on-line activities bereft. I have puttered around the house and greenhouse, tending flowers and helping Denny prepare for and plant potatoes. I have re-played some of my old games to the old choke points. I have cleaned rugs and sorted photos and tended our cats.

In the meantime, Spring has come and nearly gone...


The air is full of bird song. I forget--during the winter--how many birds come to live in our neighborhood during the warmer months. The swallows are busy with their nest boxes, the golden-crowned sparrows are scratching amongst last year's leaves like tiny chickens.


It's been a week since we let Bunny go.

We miss her presence in a dozen small ways each day. She was so much the center-of-the-bed cat, except when she would share the pillows with Punkin. We had ham for dinner last night and remembered how much Bunny loved ham.

And we loved her. I am sad she is gone but I know we did the best for her and shortened her suffering. I can't stand to think of Bunny suffering--she had had to live with so much pain in the course of her life. She deserved a peaceful ending.

Monday, May 26, 2008

A Cat Named Bunny

Buny 1999

Bunny 1996 - 2008

Memorial Day

Patriotic Flowers

These are the flowers I bring out for all the "summer" holidays--Memorial Day, The Fourth of July, and Labor Day. For some reason, it seems the summer holidays are all civic/patriotic in nature, so my red-white-and-blue flowers fit whatever occasion.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


It continues cold this week. Although the days are sunny, the wind is chilling. I have been anxious to put the plants outside--as I always am--but it only takes aminute of standing outside in the brisk breeze to realize that it is still too close to winter.

So, I putter in the green house, slowly transplanting the starts into their permanent pots and baskets.

I got brave enough to put the first baskets out in front, where they are sheltered from direct sunlight and somewhat out of the wind. I decided to go with just violas in the two "out-front" baskets. My first few years of having flowers here in Homer, I stuck pretty much with the hardy violas and some marigolds. I have diversified over the past decade or so but I still have a soft spot for violas--they bloom all summer and well into the autumn.

So this year, it's like a return to tradition.

Snickers and violas

The basket on the cat run features dark violas (as admired by Snickers.)

Hanging Basket

By the kitchen window, I chose a "Sorbet" mix of soft purples. We'll see how they look in a month or so.

Friday, May 16, 2008


High, overcast clouds and a cold, cold breeze...

I was waiting at the airport here in Homer for Denny to get home from work yesterday afternoon. He's spent the past week in Bethel. Now just one more rotation to go until he is retired.

The way the diffused light reflected off the parked rental cars caught my attention.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Misty Morning

We are in the clouds this morning. The world is shrouded and quiet.