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I've decided that it's not that I can't take decent garden pictures, it's that a) I should get them on disc in stead of hard copies and b) my scanner sucks. So I've put a few pics taken a month ago under the cut of the garden, and one of my kitten, Hope. D'aww.

I mentioned a while back that I watched two front crash and later we had tornadoes in the area? Here are two pics from that night:

The sky was SO BLUE. And then, BAM. Yellowy-green. All the birds went quiet for a bit, which isn't indicative of goodness. We just had minor wind damage from this one.

The first pic was taken from the front of my house, and this one was from the backdoor. By the time I walked through the house to the back, the system had circled the whole area. (That's like... many many miles. Yeeps.)

Rule of thumb for people not from here: if the sky is the color of a bruise, get into the most interior room of your house, preferably a small bathroom or closet. (Structurally the safest.)

And again, the actual photos in my hand are so nice! But my scanner made them all fuzzy and discolored. Bah. Garden!

Blue plants in the foreground are bluebonnets (State flower) and the purple flower is a Spanish lavender.

Here's a closeup. I like how this variety looks like bunny heads. Hee! The silver/grey plant in the back with threaded leaves is that old standby, Powis Castle artemisia. (Wormwood.) One of my most favorite plant smells, too.

And finally, KITTY!

And because I'm procrastinating (we had another major storm roll in last night and blow my climbing rose off the house again, and I need to get a copper pipe trellis installed to keep it from DYING, omg. *cries*) I have a poll under the cut. MP3 A GO GO!!

Poll #973156 iPod Shuffle!

Every little step I take

(you will be there)
(we'll be together)
(I want to feel you from the inside)
(you bring me closer to god)

A list of some of "my" problems would include:

being harassed by the police
racial prejudice
The Man
needing to f&ck you like an animal

I thought I was a fool for no one

oh baby I'm a fool for you.
you're the queen of the superficial
and how long before you tell the truth?
because I want to f&ck you like an animal
and if there's some free time, perhaps feel you from the inside?

The spell we cast with Buffy must have

released some primal evil that's come back
seeking I'm not sure what
Willow, look through the chronicles
for some reference to a warrior beast
I've got to warn Buffy
there's every chance she could be next
in which it will fuck her like an animal
or maybe it's benevolent, in which case it will get her closer to god...
Xander: help Willow
and try not to bleed on my couch I just had it steam cleaned

Who's got the look?

I don't know the answer to that question!
(If I knew I would tell you.)
(Unless it had to do with Trent Reznor, because that's getting old.)

What's the look?

Yes, there's one thing, there's one thing that still holds true!

What's that?

That's the look, it's the look.
(The look of love.)
(And how you are like a lioness, and I'm a lion. And I'm in heat. And it's go time.)
(translation: animal humpage. My feelings towards it, rather.)
If I was a surgeon, and I liked you, and put my hands in your intestines? That.

Stoney should:

quit procrastinating
get something done
make faces at me for checking the top two, because who the hell am I?
No seriously. WHO ARE YOU.
not have more coffee
have ALL the coffee!
ooh, wait! A Thai coffee!
or a glass of water? Have I had water today?
sit on the patio with a book and watch the butterflies.
f&ck me like an animal.


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Apr. 25th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
Oooh, bonus points for ABC lyrics!
Apr. 25th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
Bonus points to YOU for KNOWING they were ABC lyrics!

(Yippy yi, yippy yi ay ay! HOOOOOOO oooo HOOOOOO ooooo!) hahahaha.
Apr. 25th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
All this rain is certainly making everything look lush and beautiful, though I could pass on the skeery winds and lightning that emerge from nowhere and make the lights do that spooky on/off horror movie flickering while I'm quietly reading a murder mystery...
Apr. 25th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
My gardens are looking fuller, which is a def. bonus, and the almost doing away with Stage 3 drought conditions is awesome, but I need to treat my yard and can't because it's all soggy!

(Ooooh, I actually love lightening storms. But yes, that's all foreboding while reading skeery stuffs)
May. 4th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
Your pics are awesome, dear. The one that has the dress in the foreground is ART with capital letters even. We had a real nor'easter, or however one is supposed to spell that, for some reason one is supposed to leave out letters and sound like one has a piece of hay in one's mouth even when in the Northeast born and bred. But we did not get great pictures out of it along with the thunder and lightening, only a foot of water in the basement when the float on the sump pump got jammed.
If it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all, as the saying goes.
Actually, not true, the tree I asked you about a while back, my cherry tree, is blooming and looks gorgeous! I am filling my vases and shall prune it back when it is done.
New question dear master gardener, actually two. Are you walking again for Breast Cancer this month? And two, do you know anything about hibiscus plants? The sweet older lady next door rescued one from the trash at her place of work and is nursing it back to health. It looks like it was probably a gift that was tossed and she is asking me for advice. We live in Southern NJ which is pretty warm, with sandy, fairly acidic soil. Should she keep it potted or try planting it? Feel free to tell me to google it if this is something you don't know off hand.

Arwen (who can't answer the poll as it isn't show music)
May. 5th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
(dress? You mean my stripey umbrella? *g*) I'm so glad we don't have basements here - I always hear about y'all needing to bail yours out! Good ness.

I am walking again for Breast Cancer (the 3 Day) but it's not until October, so you'll have PLENTY OF TIME to give me money, heeeeeeee! I'd say to put that hibiscus in a pot. They're tropical, and if the leaves are shiny, that's the annual type. If the leaves aren't shiny (looking like they're coated in oil and thick) then it's a perennial and can be put in a pot and brought in during the winter, then brought back out in the spring for a new year of blooms.

I wouldn't try to plant them in the ground up there - they're tender in the cold.
May. 5th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the expert advice!
And you can count on me for the 3 day. I contributed last year to your effort and will be there for you again this year! I am writing a fic about the 3 day in fact at my site.
Apr. 25th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
Purty [and skeery] pictures!

I love polls of randomosity.
Apr. 25th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
I love wonky polls, too! I mean, serious polls? Psssh.

(Have fun this weekend with your girl!)
Apr. 25th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
I just ordered myself a white lavender from Burpee the other day. "rubs hands in glee"
Apr. 25th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
OooooOOOooooh. I bet that's LOVELY. I have many many lavender plants, but they're all the same variety, as French and English lavenders absolutely MELT in our Texas heat. One of those "grow what won't die" environments...

Be sure to post pics of your garden when it's all established so I can drool over it! :D
Apr. 25th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
I don't have a digital camera but I have old peektures of my garden .
Apr. 25th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, isn't that so PRETTY! I love all the wonderful soft mounds of plants you have there!
Apr. 25th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
"sighs" That was the year that it was a cold, wet Spring and everything bloomed like crazy. Unfortunately since then we have been hot and very dry and quite a few things are now deceased. So I've been redoing various beds in hope of bringing things back.

And btw, my cousin's daughter and her hubby are TX storm chasers, those photos would have had them salivating.
Apr. 25th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, stoney. How you make me laugh. Only you would come up with such an awesome poll.
Apr. 25th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
Hahahahaha, man, I am SO RANDOM some days. Even my sister emailed me and was all, "Wha?"
Apr. 25th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
My friend Missey calls that "Random Thought Tourrett's". I call it AWESOME. Like when you're working in your cubicle and suddenly blurt out, "Quentin Tarantino!"

*nods at a fellow sufferer*
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Apr. 25th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
CAT LICKING. Isn't that the sweetest thing? I mean, sure, their breath can be just HORRID, but still! When a predator is all "I looooooove you, slurp!" there's something so sweet about that!

Thanks for saying so about the garden. I mean, y'all have utterly stunning gardens up there, so I get incredibly envious of the New England garden scene... Can't wait to see it up close and in person in a month! (I'll email you later today or tomorrow - 'kay?)

Apr. 25th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
Apropos of nothing you were talking about, but I had one of the strongest deja vu experiences of my life while at a production of Bell, Book and Candle. 'Pyewacket' brings that whole moment of woah!* back like nobody's business - I hadn't thought of it in ages, so I felt compelled to talk about it.

*Must be heard in Keanu Reeves' voice for the full effect :-).
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Apr. 26th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
There's also a Jimmy Stewart/Kim Novak movie which I've seen on AMC, but I don't know if it's rentable.

Our cat knows her name, but is selective about when she chooses to acknowledge that fact. One of her favorite ways to get attention, if I'm sitting down, is to sit on the arm of the chair then push her body into me - subtly at first, and then ever more forcefully until I get the hint. As if to say, "I'd like some attention, but I'm not going to lower myself to *asking* for it. After all, I am a cat."
Apr. 25th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
Oooh! I LU-HUV Spanish Lavendar, we have it EVERYWHERE here. That and those orangey-yellowy-reddish ones.... um, Birds of Paradise, methinks. I really like the first two pics, i mean fear of falling sky aside, they's all purty and artsy lookin'. /photography kink
Apr. 25th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
I love lavender! I have several varieties growing on my patio, in containers. The English lavender is the size of a small bush, and the Spanish lavender is getting close to that size. I also have a small white variety, and a dwarf variety. The plants are just getting ready to start blooming...any week now.
Your garden is pretty!
Apr. 25th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
Yay kitty!

Lovely garden, no matter what the dumb scanner does.

And there's nothing like a mesocyclone to brighten up your darkening day. (I remember these oh-so-clearly from my Texas childhood. Here comes the hail again!)
Apr. 25th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
Garden! I want more garden pictures! Your kitty is very cute. And that storm looked SCARY. *hides in basement*
Apr. 25th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
You've got the look, silly. Cool photos!
Apr. 26th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
Now I have to dig out my ABC -- Greatest Hits CD!

HOPE! *snugs her*

Wow, I really hope things are okay with all of you in the storm. So, so sorry to hear that the roses fell further. If I was there, I would help you find the right copper trellis to re-mount them!
Apr. 26th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
Heh heh, you said "re-mount."

I did a lot of pruning this afternoon - it just took away a bunch of the blooms, but it's in good health, so that made me happy. (I think we're going to make one tomorrow. o_0 The Mister seemed determined...)

*snugs YOU!!*
Apr. 26th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
Hello there. Not to sound like an insane stalker but I was wondering if you live in Austin.

A mutual friend of ours southernbangel has said that she is visting you, and if you live in Austin, I would love to meet up for dinner or something. :)

I'm afraid she might not check her email before hopping a plane, so I thought I would ask you. :)
Apr. 26th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
Few hours north in the DFW area, actually, although Austin is one of my most favorite cities on the PLANET. Man, there are about 10 places to eat/drink I'm thinking of off the top of my head that would have been a blast, too!

I'm working on a magic map where you can fold it to make two places touch and be that close in RL, however... ;)
Apr. 26th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)

I used to live in D/FW. Damn her for not visiting you sooner! [shakes fist]

And damn her for not visiting you later! I'll be in D/FW in two weeks for work!

And damn lawschool for having finals that prevent me from properly stalking both of you.

[stomps on the ground]

Haven't you people figured out that the world is supposed to revolve around ME!
Apr. 26th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
*spits on the ground*

Well now that I know the world revolves around you, I can take appropriate steps in the future!! *buys a new planner* Hee!
Apr. 26th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
Thank you. That is, of course, the correct response.

Next time you two concoct a plan to have havoc and melee in Texas be sure to contact me FIRST, BEFORE making your plans.

I am a scary tiny blonde person. And I never shut up. If you leave me out again, I will make sure you regret it for the rest of your LIFE.
Apr. 26th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
The one thing that turns this gray sky to blue - what's that?
1. Tornadoes are f&cking terrifying. I don't know how you live with them.

2a. You have pretty pretty flowers. And a cute kitty.
2b. Book. Butterflies. Sometimes it's relaxing to just not f&ck anything like an animal for a bit.
Apr. 26th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
(That's the look, it's the look) THE LOOK OF LOVE
If you judge a book by the cover... then you judge a book by the LOVER.

1. Cowering, wireless radios, and more cowering
2a. thank you!
2b. unless the animal is a sloth, because I think they're most likely hold their lovers with tenderness. Or possibly just a look. A LOOK OF LOVE.
Apr. 26th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous pictures. One of my earliest memories from childhood in Missouri is my mother screaming at me to get away from the window and down to the basement. I was mesmerized by the neighbor's vegetables flying by the house. :) Another memory is sitting in the basement reading The Wizard of Oz with my mom by oil lamp during a storm. We get torados in Colorado, but not usually up where I'm at. They do make the sky beautiful.

You're poll is crazy, girl. *mwah!*
Apr. 26th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's right! I meant to post the "answers" (and the songs) today! I'll go do that.

And I know people are terrified of tornadoes (and rightly so) but they happen so fast and are over so quickly and make everything so bizarre and wonderful. Not like hurricanes where you have three days to prepare and the storms just sit over you for days.

I was sad when my dad redid their kitchen and boarded up the potato cellar underneath where we used to crouch when I was a kid. Now, the city has developed so much that the center of Dallas is rarely affected directly by twisters. They skirt around the buildings and hit the farms, instead.
Apr. 26th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
I would never want to be out in the car or something during a tornado, but if I have access to protection, I think they're awesome. And way better than hurricans, for sure.
Apr. 26th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. Unfortunately, you can always tell folks that aren't from here, because they drive their cars under a bridge on the highway, thinking that's a safe spot, not knowing that's one of the WORST places to be because the winds are more powerful through bridges/tunnels. (not to mention how they cause back up traffic which can be astoundingly dangerous)

The mister is from Houston, so he grew up with all the hurricane knowledge. I just don't venture that far along the coastline, personally. :D
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