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so i woke up this morning and it was beautiful and sunny and i opened the blinds in the bathroom to peek out into the back yard and my freshly panted bed and the whole backyard is in shadow and im like boooo but i know this.  we have a shady backyard on the east side of the house.  itll be shady till like… may probably… when the sun is finally high enough to get over the laurel hedge on the south side of the yard.

and then it hit me.  i just put in late winter seeds.  but my beds dont have any sun yet.  crap.  BUT my summer veggie bed gets some sun now and gets the MOST sun in the summer and since im not planting till like may/june in that bed theres no reason not to start arugula and peas there since they’ll be ready to harvest when the other stuff goes in (THEORETICALLY ! ).  we’ll see which bed does better.

ALSO while outside i found my favorite flowering mystery shrub is flowering again!  this guy showed up last year and i have NO idea what it is or how it got here and my across the street neighbor friend has the SAME MYSTERIOUS SUDDENLY-APPEARING SHRUB and she ALSO doesnt know what it is!  exciting!   and lovely!

i found one thing i wasnt looking for though:

slug eggs.

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stuff i am terrible at but enjoy anyway:

  • baking
  • knitting
  • video games
  • gardening

This past weekend i decided to focus on the last one.  the weather this winter has been unseasonably warm and dry (thx el nino).  i’m wondering if that means i could probably plant some stuff earlier than usual?  im a little scared of that – everyone tells me that we’ll get another frost around march.  but still, a friend of mine who has the most phenomenal garden said she’s already put in potatoes and some other stuff… so im thinking i’ll get my plans together now and start putting things in mid to late february.

not pictured: every other book i own

so yeah that means planning.  im the kind of nerd that has to make 1000000000 lists and charts and spreadsheets and then research all kinds of stuff and stress and sweat about every single detail before i put a single seed in the ground because i don’t really understand this whole process and am somewhat terrified of it.  Last years garden gave me some confidence;  everything i planted grew and produced something with the exception of the corn, melon and winter squash (which actually did set one teeny squash, but then broke off before it could ripen). the corn and the melon just might not be appropriate for the pacific northwest.  that doesnt stop me from giving it another shot this summer tho.  i don’t know why I continue to freak out about this crap.  i mean – stuff has been growing for millions of years.  right??  the natural course of things is on my side.  theoretically.

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* double lattes.  woo baby i was on FIRE

time to make a birthday cake!  as i posted before my last cake was a minor disaster.  enough so that for the last week C. was all: are you SURE you want to make another layer cake and finally I got right in his face and said Back. the Fuck. Off. and he edged slowly away like any sane person would.

i’ve learned some lessons from past experience and was ready to put into practice some additional internet wisdoms regarding the wizardry of cake decorating.  I made my layers the night before and had them chilling in the fridge overnight.  no melting frosting top layer sliding off and having to be secured with crossed fingers and toothpicks THIS year.

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subtitle: fingering weight yarn, norwegian purl, attempting (and failing) to scale learning curves & project overload

before last week’s journey to the yarn store i told C. that I would make him something, anything he wanted and that he could pick out any yarn he wanted.  in hindsight i should have set some parameters.

but i didn’t and he chose a lovely soft merino/bamboo hand-dyed yarn and said he wanted a scarf. I was THRILLED to buy it.  Then I tried to knit with it.

see up til this point I’d been working with worsted weight yarns and size 7-8-9 needles and felt pretty confident; even knitting in the round with dpns was awkward but not daunting.  my new years goal of knitting socks was within my grasp and it wasn’t even february yet!  I’m king of the world!!

until I tried to hold that woobu with size 4 needles (which isnt even that small!!).  I started and frogged probably a half dozen times – I couldn’t get it cast on right, I couldnt control my tension, I kept dropping stitches… aaaaa!  it was terrible!

Reality check #1: I’m not as good as I thought I was (more…)

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