Monday, June 20, 2011

In My Element

Happy Monday! I just wanted to say hello and share some photos of my garden. I spent a few moments this morning poking around all my little plants to get some fresh air before going to, what other than, chemistry. The sun was out, the cool air from the night was still lingering and the morning was quiet. Ahhh, I love starting the day like that!

The plums are growing bigger everyday! I can hardly wait to pick them straight off the tree. I think they're the best when warmed by the sun.

My garden companion, Nissie, loooooooves the catnip so.

I'm gonna need some good recipes that have corn in them! We're gonna have more than we know what do with. Any recommendations? 

I have tomatoes! Yayyy!

My camera didn't want to focus on the right stuff. A pretty picture nonetheless. 

See those teensy tiny fuzzy green orbs? Those are baby pumpkins. Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins perfect for Halloween. 

The beautiful leaves of my pumpkin plant.

A "Blue Jay" pepper that will turn deep purple as it matures.

A summer squash plant that the slugs love. I'm winning that battle, however.

An action shot leaving the garden. 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ah, to take a vacation

What started out with a rather depressing Friday turned out to be a rather wonderful weekend. Here is a wee preface to the weekend I'm about to describe to you: I am a crazy person and am taking an 8 week summer course in Organic Chemistry. Alkanes, alkenes, benzenes, alcohols, hydrocarbons, ketones, sugars, carbohydrates, etc, etc. I call this The Summer of No Fun. Chemistry absorbs every moment of my life. I am in class for 6 solid hours, I go home and do 3-8 hours of homework, I go to bed and guess what? I dream about chemistry. So, needless to say, when I find even a smidgen of free time, I take full advantage of it. I pulled myself out of my bad mood on Friday, looked at my mom and sisters at work and said in a determined tone, "I am going to do something fun. I will see you on Sunday". And so it was, the boyfriend and I packed the car with camping gear, food and beer and off we went. And this is where we ended up.

We stayed at the Plum Creek campgrounds in Sierra City, CA at camp stite #38. To be exact. Those are the Sierra Buttes and we didn't even have to lift our heads off the pillow to look at that lovely view. It was so nice to get out into the wild and not think about...stuff (especially chemistry) for a while. We went on a beautiful hike, ended up losing the trail in a mountain of snow, ate yummy camping food, sat around the fire and nearly froze our rear-ends off at night. All in all, a pretty nice weekend. 

And that is Gold Lake in the Lake's Basin region off of Hwy 49 here in California. We're so lucky to be a short 2 hours away from this. Anyway, it was back to business on Sunday, so we packed up early and headed home. My sister Emma came over for dinner that evening and we celebrated Father's Day. I attempted to sew a little later that night, but was simply too tired and kept messing up. I hate it when I can't do something as simple as sew on some bias tape, so I threw in the towel (or the altered man's shirt for that matter) and decided to write a blog post instead. Hopefully I wasn't too tired to spell or form coherent sentences. Anyway, my little garden is just growing away and I'm excited to share it so I'll post again soon. Happy summer everyone, I hope yours is more fun than mine! 

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Tin Thimble's Second Annual Handmade Summer Wardrobe Fashion Show

Hello Everyone. I hope you're all enjoying this beautiful summer weather! I have some very exciting things to share with you today. We (at The Tin Thimble) finally announced the dates for this summer's Fashion Week and our 2nd Annual Fashion Show!! Yayyyy! 

There is nothing about this event I don't like. I love everything from designing the posters and handouts to organizing the fashion show. I can hardly wait for this week. Please visit The Tin Thimble's website for more information on all the events, including prices, descriptions and more.