Sunday, June 26, 2011

Talking Around the Pictures

My computer has been such a total @#$%&  lately that I'll just chat away and hope the photos upload while I'm writing.  It's hard to believe I am nearly at 200 posts.  I'll have to do some sort of prize/give-a-way for that post.  That's if I survive THIS ONE!  I would love to blog everyday.  If not update my own blog, then leisurely browse through all my favorites and make meaningful comments on each one.  It's just so frustrating that such an enjoyable task would take me several hours to complete.  Trudging through the error messages, blank screens, random disconnections and programs that simply do not work at all.  For the last month I have limited myself to checking my Etsy "activity status", Facebook, my e-mail and my blog.  Rarely do I write or share photos anywhere.  What was once such a joy has become a tiresome burden.  I really miss my chats, comments and conversations with my friends far and wide.  I literally feel "disconnected"!
So as I plod away at my keyboard, waiting the endless amount of time it takes for my photos to upload (if they actually will) I will tell you about my other pursuits.  I've been knitting socks of course.  They are my little stress-reducing tool.  Round and round I go on the double-points.  The repetitive movement combined with the nice little math issues involved make this a very relaxing and productive activity.
Only one left!

Coal and Roy

 I went to the Warren County Arts Festival yesterday, much against my own vow to boycott due to the fact that the committee rejected my work as not being "artsy" enough to suit them.  I actually went at the very last moment to help my friend disassemble her booth.  There were some beautiful items there, but it seemed like the same old stuff...tons jewelry, photography and quite a few booth just advertising various art or ballet schools.  Not to be vain, but I think my items would have been a unique addition to the usual fare.
I can feel my self slipping into my "bitch and moan" habit, so I'll change the subject.

A few new garden ornaments.
 Tonight is a beautiful Summer night, even if the temperature does not quite scream out "Summer".  I like the moderate temperature though.  Nice to sit outside without dripping with sweat.  We had a long period this morning of continuous  gentle rain, which my garden appreciates.  A question for my fellow gardens.........What's up with the lettuce topiary? 
This is just run-of-the-mill red lettuce purchased in a plastic tray of four plants from the local Wal Mart.  I don't understand why they ended up like trees!  They are also rather bitter tasting too....more like arugula then regular lettuce.  You can see in the background that the cabbage is quite normal.  It was so wet in the early Spring that I opted for these planters in order to get the plants growing as soon as possible.  Maybe that's the reason for the Giant Redwood-like lettuce.
Oh look, there are all my photos.  Rather disorganized, but at least I managed to put together a post.  Maybe by mid-week I can come up with something a little more cohesive and interesting.


  1. Great photos Jennifer!
    Well, it is impossible to eat the salad's leaves anymore, because it began to bloom already - and the leaves become to be rigid and bitter now. It is good when it is young..
    You can wait when seeds will ripen and will fall in the earth. Next year you will receive many bushes of salad and then you should not buy them in pots. At us in a garden there is a lot of salad, and it is sowed by seeds itself ..

  2. So sorry that computer time has become such an unhappy affair. I do love the pics you posted - especially that guinea fowl! Wish it could come here and make some new friends. I don't imagine it's very happy being alone.

    Take care!!