Sunday, July 26, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009

i used the word "lovely" 4 times in this post, but i fixed it. you're welcome.

king web

This was created by, as my little brother put it, *cheating*. I drew the image in pencil then colored it with colors stolen from other drawings I've done in the past. I wouldn't call that cheating, since everything I used I created myself ... I would just call it *smart*, because it was wicked fast.

So after not driving my car for months because the brakes were weird, having them looked at by 2 different places, then having the brake light come on last week and getting the wheel cylinder replaced to solve the leaking brake fluid problem ... the brakes on my bike are funky. the front ones stick a little bit. I'm not sure what it is with me and brakes ...

I am still not fully out of vacation mode. I've done some work today, but I'm being very slow about it. This morning was wonderful. Brandon went into work (yes, on a Saturday), so I had the house to myself. It was raining and cool out, so I opened up all the windows and doors to air out the house. I did some drawing, and it was lovely. Then this afternoon I went for a bike ride (where I discovered the break problem) to take pictures and pick up some pita bread. Tonight is taco night, and I'm also going to make a salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and basil from the garden. This summer is great. I'm hoping the searing hot temperatures stay away forever, but perhaps I'm asking too much.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

back from mackinac


max and i were excited on the ferry boat over.

I touched this.

max rode one of these for the first time (i was too chicken to do it).

we ate ice cream (the seagull tried to eat some, too).

played glow golf at 10pm.

attended a ladies party on that porch.

sat on this boat (the one my dad took across for the Mac Race ... they got 1st in their class, and 2nd overall ... out of over 300 boats!).

went to a place on the island i'd never seen before.

and it rained a lot.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Later today I will be driving to South Bend. And then tomorrow morning I will pile in the car with my family and go to Mackinac Island, Michigan, which I believe is a good 6 hour drive. I'll be leaving Brandon behind, who I will miss very much. But it will feel so good to get away!

Before I leave I have so much to do. Here is a list:

Post Office
Recycle Center
Make sure mona's food and litter are squared away
Clean Out Car
Put Bike in Car
Do Dishes
Finish a tiny drawing and scan it
Figure out why the house smells like onions.

Last night I made spanakopita featuring some items from our garden: spinach, basil, and red onion. Probably why the house still smells like onions. They were pretty decent. Not as fantastic as greek restaurant ones, but I think that had something to do with the quality of the phyllo dough. I would imagine an authentic greek restaurant makes its own phyllo, or else has access to better quality than the kind you can buy from Meijer.

I feel like our overgrown garden is making out backyard feel bigger, which is a weird phenomenon.

This is not a good photo to illustrate such, but I still like it.

These are all different kinds of zinnias. Aren't they pretty? And Allison, I actually DID plant these flower seeds, I was so freaking happy when they actually came up and didn't just die. I do not have a very green thumb. Thank god for Brandon's.

We found a baby pumpkin!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Right now I feel like I have a giant cotton ball on my head. I finished a huge project earlier today, except for a few odds and ends ... well the odds and ends will take awhile to work out, but at least the biggest part of this big project is completed. Finally. I have very literally been coloring and coloring for days. It seems for as long as I can remember I've been sitting here, wild eyed, listening to episode after episode of The Office, my pinky finger getting rubbed raw from scraping back and forth across the paper, my pointer finger developing a red lump against the pencil. It feels really good to no longer have it all hanging over my head, but I think the feeling of it being done is what is causing this cotton ball. I almost feel like I don't know what to do with myself, even though I have plenty to do. It's like since I no longer have this huge thing dominating every waking hour of my life, I am now free to choose things from my to-do list, and that freedom is freaking me out.

So, step one ... here is our first cucumber:


This is not the baby one I showed you before. This was one that was growing in secret, and is way bigger than the other one. Although that one can probably be picked any time now. How fast my babies are growing up.

Step two ... make dinner. We're having good old fashioned meat loaf. Even though I'm not usually a huge ground beef fan, this meal redeems itself due to the use of ketchup. I love ketchup. One time Brandon helped me make a grocery list, and he wrote "growd befe" instead of ground beef. He also wrote "ketcup" and "gamola bars." Then he gave me the list with a straight face. It was one of the most amazing grocery lists ever, and it is currently hanging on the fridge in a place of glory.

Friday, July 10, 2009

corn silk

did you know corn looked so exotic?

baby pumpkin

this will eventually become a pumpkin.

butterfly dinner

this butterfly tried so hard to drink from that flower from the wrong side of the fence; eventually figured out how to get around it and settled in for dinner right in front of me.

only 3 more drawings to go. 2 days to do them. i think i'm going to make it!

Friday, July 3, 2009

garden update

Nothing too exciting happening in my world these days. just doing a lot of coloring, and watching a lot of The Office. I discovered they have the first 4 seasons streaming on netflix so I've just basically been letting that play straight through for the last 3 days (while I am coloring).

The garden is doing well. We had an incident with "stinky grass," in which our neighbor left us a garbage bag full of her grass clippings when we asked so we could use them for mulch, but Brandon somehow didn't notice them on the side of the house for 2-3 days so they got all baked in the sun. Which made them very stinky. But somehow he didn't notice, or didn't realize how big of a deal it was until he had dumped them out on the ground under the tree. It smelled BAD. Like manure. And our neighbor was very upset because when she tried to sit on her back porch to enjoy the nice weather, she got grossed out. But yesterday Brandon buried them and now it seems to be all better. So interesting, I know!!



here is a size reference for the pumpkin leaves:


a cucumber with a butt that is looking really cucumber-y


these pumpkin flower buds look strangely threatening:


like they might shoot poison darts.