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April 22, 2017

This poem came out of the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alatefeline and [personal profile] technoshaman . It also fills the "habits and routines" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Clay of Life series.


"You Who Have Fed the Hungry"


As a blacksmith,
Menachem did well for
himself; and as a golem,
Yossele required no food.

Yet they felt sympathy for
the poor who could not work
and therefore had no food.

Menachem worried most
a...
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Published on April 22, 2017 20:02
This poem is from the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing . It also fills the "memories" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles . It belongs to the series Clay of Life.


"Her Wilderness Like Eden"


Menachem did not always
keep to the common roads
and the busy villages.

Sometimes he turned
his horse down narrow lanes
and traveled through lands
that were largely barren.

When Yossele gestured...
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Published on April 22, 2017 18:58
Today we went to the Earth Day event at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center.  I took two flats of plants for the plant swap, and picked up a big pot of lamb's ear and another of bachelor's button.  I also bought a bunch of native plants from the plant sale.

It's cloudy and cold outside.  

Some of the grass and clover seed is beginning to sprout. \o/

EDIT 4/22/17: Round 2, I planted the lamb's ear in the septic garden and the bachelor's button in the wildflower garden.

EDIT 4/22/17: Roun...
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Published on April 22, 2017 11:19
This poem came out of the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman . It also fills the "magical / mythological creatures" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Clay of Life series.


"What You're Living For"


Menachem and Yossele
visited the city of Siegburg
to shop for the tools of their trade,
for it was not always easy to find
what they could not...
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Published on April 22, 2017 11:06

April 21, 2017

Today is cloudy and cool.

I planted a hollyhock in the septic garden and a hydrangea at the edge of the savanna, and watered those.  

I spread grass seed in the back yard, which is about half done now.

I dug up 10 plants for the plant swap tomorrow.  

The white spirea and the birdgift apple tree are blooming. 

EDIT 4/21/17: I dug up 8 more plants for the plant swap, and labeled all 18.  It is now dark, so I'm done for the night.
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Published on April 21, 2017 16:26

April 20, 2017

We met my parents in Champaign today.  :D  Stopped to shop for spices, and I got the ones I was looking for.  Doug found a new brand of world spice blends that I looked at for 2 seconds and said, "If I start going through those, I will blow $50 and I've already got a sizable order here."  But I definitely plan to go back and do that in the future.

For supper we went to Olive Garden, which had a sample table with their two flavored lemonades: strawberry-passionfru...
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Published on April 20, 2017 22:00 • 14 views
Today it rained, and even hailed a little so I had to go holler at that to stop, which it quickly did.  Good water for the plants, though, and I don't think any substantial damage was done.

I bought a few more flowers, like marigolds for the barrel garden.  Mom and Dad brought the last item from the plant shipment that came separately, a contorta hazelnut.  :D  So I have lots of planting to do. 
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Published on April 20, 2017 21:49 • 2 views

April 19, 2017

I took these pictures after lunch on Tuesday, but didn't have time to post them until today.


This pink tulip is blooming beside the barrel garden.
This tulip is blooming beside the barrel garden.

The first of the new hostas planted in the purple-and-white garden are well up.
This hosta is leafing out in the purple-and-white garden.

The second batch are just beginning to sprout.
This yellow-green hosta is blooming in the purple-and-white garden.

Here is the septic cap garden.
Here is the septic cap garden with herbs and flowers.

The pink honeysuckle hedge is blooming.
The pink honeysuckle is blooming in the hedge.

Wild strawberries and blue grape hyacinths are blooming in the wildflower garden.
This wild strawberry is blooming in the wildflower garden.

These blue grape hyacinths are blooming beside the log seat.
These blue grape hyacinths are blooming beside the log seat.

The wild cher...
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Published on April 19, 2017 21:37 • 2 views
Today we bought more grass seed and flowers.  I put most of a hopper of grass seed down the front of the fencerow and finishing the side of the house.  Then I put a little more beside the patio.  There's some left. 

EDIT 4/19/17: Round 2, Doug raked some of the back yard while I planted more flowers around the septic cap.  Then I spread the last of the grass seed in the hopper on the raked patch.  I also watered the border of the septic cap garden.

EDIT 4/19/17: Ro...
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Published on April 19, 2017 15:42 • 2 views
I saw two blue jays at the hopper feeder.  I've heard them in the yard, but this is the first I've actually seen any in months. 
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Published on April 19, 2017 14:46 • 1 view