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I feel like I woke up in Sideways world...

Totally out of sorts this morning, and it's disconcerting. You know that feeling, like when you've had a really vivid dream and you can't believe your actual life is the real life and the dream wasn't real? Like that, but I can't remember what the real life was. WEIRD.

I think it has to do with the crazy non-stop weekend we had. One of the Mr.s oldest friend's mother passed away, so he flew down to attend the funeral, and I stayed here to get the kids to all of their things (batting cage practice, etc etc) because I couldn't get anyone to hang for the day so I could fly down, too. Then we had storms all weekend and it's FREEZING here (okay, upper 50s, but this is TEXAS in APRIL) and I woke up Sunday to NO COFFEE. Bah. I grab a jacket, slip on shoes, go outside to take the Mr.s car and find that my 35 foot climbing rose has been ripped off its support from the storm. BAH. Half of it has been ripped in half (the thorns on this thing are MASSIVE. The main trunk is as thick as the drain pipe, btw, and that sounds like a dick joke, but it's not.)

So I get coffee, come back, and put on the toughest jacket and pants I can find and wrangle the Mr. into helping me prune it and reattach it to the house. I'm dropping hints the whole time (read: giving him the business) about how if we would just put up the garage arbor I've been wanting, we wouldn't have to do this every time a big spring storm rolls through... Pics under the cut.





This doesn't really do it justice. I'm standing just beyond the walk way by the light in the next picture. Those garage doors are over 11 feet high, btw. The canes extend beyond the top of the picture when they're growing. (I'm letting them get long for the ONE DAY I get my garage arbor.)



It was just starting to bloom, too. They're the prettiest grandiflora roses, too. (Juliet climber, btw.) *cough* My irises are looking super pretty. I can totes take a picture for any plant nerds like me... Lol.



The elusive Mr. Stoney tying off a branch or two from our daughter's window. (I manned the ladder below. That's a new trellis, and half of the rose has been cut away. CRY. Hmm, I need to get that shepherd's crook out of there, it's doing nothing but cluttering up the bed.




THIS IS WHAT I WANT OVER MY GARAGE. How pretty will that be with the contrast in color and the pretty rose along it? i am an old prissy lady that wants a god damn rose arbor and fifty cats, why can't I have it? Lol. (If I was strong enough to drill through brick, I'd do it myself. I've tried. I can't drill through the damn brick.)


Oh, hey, remember how I redid my front walkway? I had to redo the landscape lighting because of a short in the system, and then decided to line the stepping stones with a contrasting stone for a little visual flair. (I've got your flair right here!) I like it. :)

Step One:


Step Two:


The ajuga (the blue flower that lined the outer edges of the bed) are fading as are the creeping phlox (the pink that was behind it) and now the penstemon (the purple leafed plant coming in) and the mounding artemesia (the silver puffy plant on the edges) are taking off. There's always this two week awkward period in the garden because our seasons are so rapid fire in Texas.





In other news, I have - for the first time in almost two weeks - no appointments today. This is a miracle. This also means that I get to play catch up on all of the things I didn't get done last week. SERIOUSLY: I WOULD LIKE MY OWN WIFE, pls. Requirements: she's funny, a good hugger, and very very organized. A nice caboose is a bonus. :D

The Pacific continues to fill me with Meh. Also, Adult Swim has some REALLY WEIRD shows on now, and I'm not a fan. Anyone seen "Superjail?" Wow. Bizarre for the sake of being bizarre is never good. Now, Squidbillies, that shit was funny. Bizarre? Yes. Funny? Oh, hell yes. [And I may be the only person that A) ever RP'd a Squidbillies character and B) ever wrote Squidbillies fanfic. AND IT WAS HILARIOUS, IF YOU WANTED TO KNOW. AND IT WAS A HARRY POTTER CROSSOVER. Hi, crack, how are you?] lol.

If you're going to make a show for stoners, which, I have no problem with that, it keeps them out of the drive-through at 3am buying Jack in the Box deep fried tacos, but could you at least learn from Ren & Stimpy? That's how you do it. "I've had this ice cream bar since I was a chiiiiiiild!" What rolls down stairs, alone or in pairs, rolls over your neighbor's dog? What's great for a snack, and fits on your back, it's log log LOG!

...I believe I got off track there for a bit.





Oh, before I forget: kita0610, I got the catalog, THANK YOU. Smooch.

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dancetomato
Apr. 19th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
The angel pic has been my desktop wallpaper at work for ages now. I keep making people come in and look at it.
stoney321
Apr. 19th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
lol, this is why we love each other: funny chicks flock together. <3
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fitofpique
Apr. 19th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
Stoney, I can't get over your gardens. Your walkway is gorgeous!
stoney321
Apr. 19th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
<3 <3 <3! Thank you! I want it to quit raining already so I can plant another peony and some coral bells and some...

It's really a sickness I have. I would spend all day puttering, if I could. SEE: OLD LADY, ME.
furikku
Apr. 19th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
OMG that angel pic. *ded*
stoney321
Apr. 19th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
It's so LOLable.
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stoney321
Apr. 19th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
SEE YOU ARE SO FUNNY BECAUSE YOU GREW UP ON A DIET OF 90S-ERA NICKELODEON! (And now I'm singing "pinwheel, pinwheel, spinning around! Look at my pinwheel and see what I've found!" and doing Oobi hands. I CAN'T HELP MYSELF.)

SO COME SIGN UP FOR THE JOB OF MY WIFE AND THEY CAN BE YOURS.
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julia_here
Apr. 19th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
My most sincere commiserations; the wnd took my Clematis montana Rubens, growing twenty feet up in to an oak tree, and shook it off its roots, killing all but one cane. I've got to get The Manchild, else The Muscle, to move some rock around its roots, sonce part of the trouble has to do with voles undercutting the sod.

I hope you've got some muscle for retrellising that big rose; or perhaps a few dozen bungie chords for doing it gradually.

Julia, I read a "how to prevent voles" list but it basically says not to live on a farm, nor grow fruit, nor nuts, nor feed birds: phooey on that.
stoney321
Apr. 19th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's already retrellised, as shown in the picture with my husband learning out of the second story window. :D

Voles? Urgh. Another reason to be glad I live in clay soil in Texas, I suppose.
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dampersnspoons
Apr. 19th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
Boo rosebush! Yay no appointments!

I like Superjail!, but I should mention that I like David Wain LOTS (the voice of the warden and the writer/actor/comedian from many The State spinoffs) and think he's hilarious, and has a unique vision of comedy and the surreal. There's a new brand of comedy that's growing in popularity these days, and it's very visceral and disconcerting (not just Superjail! obviously), and a lot of people just don't dig it. I don't think it's being weird for the sake of being weird. There are writers and people conceiving ideas for it and planning out every episode, and especially on Superjail!, there is an underlying message of greed and violence that's pretty damned brilliant. You may just think it's weird without point, but that doesn't mean that was their intent or goal. I guess because I see the point, so I can't agree with that theory.

It's the same for Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!, which you know I also love. I understand and appreciate that the majority of folks just don't think it's funny, because they watch it and don't understand what their eyes are seeing. But you watch it again, and you go, "Oh holy fuck, this is brilliant." At least I do. *shrug* But then I didn't like Squidbillies, so I guess we jus' ain't gonna see aye to aye on the 'dult Swim. I think there are people who can only watch a show if there's a full-on obvious story, and if it gets "weird" or unsettling or uber violent or suddenly random in visual comedy, then they can't/won't watch it. Totally get and appreciate that! I just like nerds who finally got their comeuppance in the industry with weird as fuck shows. I support this.

Also, I need tips on where to buy planters for my cactus that the squirrels (AND THE CAT) keep chewing on. AlsoX3, STOP HITTING YOURSELF.
stoney321
Apr. 19th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
Well, we definitely like different late night cartoons, so I'll just say I can appreciate that you have a different opinion, but I'm sticking with mine.

With Tim and Eric, I think sometimes they hit the mark on things, and other times it's just too bizarre. Rarely do I laugh at things on their show. (I saw a short they did for Funny or Die last Friday with Karen Black and some of it was amusing and I got it, but other stuff was just... hmm. Trim the fat and stop trying to just push things to a point where it's weird and different from other things because that doesn't mean it's good, just because it's different.) I digress from my original point of we like different things. :D

Planters? As in outdoor pots? Wait, wait, the squirrels and cat are CHEWING on the POT? Or the plant? EH MEH GEHD MEH BRAINS. Call me up if you have a moment and tell me whatchu lookin fo, BB.
fabrisse
Apr. 19th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
The Iris are gorgeous.

I can sympathize with the wind problems. We've lost many trees and branches here in DC, and the wind was so bad on Saturday it blew my glasses off my face.
stoney321
Apr. 19th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, off your face? I hate that kind of wind. HATE.
shipperx
Apr. 19th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
The Pacific continues to fill me with Meh.

I keep thinking that this should be better than it is. I think there is a fundamental problem with it when I just do not care. The only character that I've come close to caring about it Lecky. But the way that the series is set up seems so disjointed. There isn't a real flow to it. Also, no character/group of characters are given enough time together to develop relationships that we care about. And given there's so much less action than BoB (I'm surprised by that) the sum of its parts is suprisingly boring.

Lovely climbing rose. (I keep fearing the same fate will happen to my back trellis with the overgrown Don Juans). And gorgeous front path. I'm envious. Also like the pergola over the garage doors.
stoney321
Apr. 19th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
Yup, that's exactly what's wrong with that show. It's incredibly frustrating, right?

OooOOooooh, Don Juans are my FAVORITE. And of course, I don't have one. I need to fix that problem! :D And thanks, I really REALLY want the arbor - I'll need to re-wire the outdoor sconces, too, I think. (Um, and get new ones that are less - those. :D)
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tabaqui
Apr. 19th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, beautiful roses! I love them. :) I approve of the garage arbor thingies.

You don't need to be strong to drill brick, you just need the right drill bit and some patience.

It got cold here, too, i mean - nearly freezing! Insanity. WTH, Mother Nature?
stoney321
Apr. 19th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Nope, I have the right mason-bit, I just can't get through this damn brick we have. It took my husband almost to the point of a coronary even to drill two screws in for a planter. We've actually gone through 2 drill bits.

NO MORE COLD, PLEASE. I live where I live for a REASON: I like the heat!
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raineishida
Apr. 19th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
I LOVE your plant posts. I am also a plant nerd, so...keep posting them. May I see the irises? <3

:)
stoney321
Apr. 19th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
I will happily add the irises in a bit! I'm off to the nursery in search of another Shirley Temple peony... Brb!
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beadattitude
Apr. 19th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
I don't know where to even start commenting, but I LOVE YOU!

And damn that's a big rose and Mr. S. rocks and rawrs!

Also, I simply can't imagine you as a prissy old lady. You'd have teas and talk to the cats, but would be dropping the f-bomb and laughing so hard you'd snort tea up your nose.
stoney321
Apr. 19th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
I LOVE YOU TOO.

That poor rose has been reduced to half... one day it will get to grow to its full glory. ONE DAY.

OMG, I totally want to write out those conversations now. O_O
minstrel666
Apr. 19th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
AAAAH! *points to house* I want your house! I want to live in such a house when I have the money to! I want two floors, shop windows, bricks and a porch with a column!

And a garden! I know jack all about gardening, but you could teach me!

But I will not drive a Ford. :| Tell the Mr. his choice of vehicles is impeccable, but I'm a tiny European dude and I would get lost in the glovebox.

Also, I have been reading femslash this whole weekend. I am this close to turning "Requirements: she's funny, a good hugger, and very very organized. A nice caboose is a bonus. :D" into an RPF featuring you and an obscure manga character.
stoney321
Apr. 19th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
LOL, that's MY car! He has a Ford truck as well, though.

LOL, just make sure that I wear a Japanese schoolgirl uniform and have HUGE BINKY EYES and I'm good.

dovil
Apr. 19th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
I was going to go on and on about what a lovely house you have but the angel picture killed me dead, dead from laughter.
stoney321
Apr. 19th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
OMG, isn't that hilarious? Stop hitting yourself, stop hitting yourself!
a2zmom
Apr. 19th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
Roseicide is so sad.

I don't grow roses because I don't want to deal with Japanese beetles. It's why I stopped growing hollyhocks (which I love so much).

That Angel pic is cracking me up. And reminding me of my youth.
stoney321
Apr. 19th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
It IS so sad!! Woe. We don't have Japanese beetles here in my neck of the woods, just aphids, thrips, and June bugs (a cousin to the Japanese beetle.) You can treat for them with milky spore, if you didn't know - and you wanted to be organic and non-toxic. Otherwise, Sevin makes a GREAT granule that you put on the ground right about now through May to kill the grubs - which is the larval form of those beetles. They're horrid.

Oooooh, Hollyhocks. I had a huge thatch of them at my old house, and my transplants here didn't take. <3 them, too.
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zyrya
Apr. 19th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, I like the big pebs alongside the path! Nice transition from path to bed now. You did a beautiful rescue job on the rose, too.

Mr Stoney, get my woman a rose arbour!
stoney321
Apr. 19th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! They're very blue when dry, black when wet. <3 (They're called Mexican river pebbles, but I'm sure other countries have rivers as well, lol.)

FROM YOUR COMMENT TO HIS WALLET! ;)
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