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It’s Spring Indoors

February 13th, 2010

Remember those forsythia branches I brought inside last week to force? They’re blooming and bringing a little bit of sunshine into my dining room. I thought I’d share some of that sunshine with you today.



I’ll be cutting some more branches today when I’m at my mom’s and maybe some pussy willow branches as well. It will still be a few months until these are blooming outside. Until then, I’ll be enjoying a little bit of spring inside. Who need Valentine’s Day roses when you’ve got these?

What helps bring brightness & happiness to your day?

All Things Purple

January 24th, 2010

When I started gardening I wanted a lot of white blooms in the garden. All of the things I planted that first ended up blooming purple instead. I don’t mind now, it seems like all these attract so many beneficial insects.

I think my favorite purple flower is the liatris, I love the tall structure they have. They’re so interesting.

Although coming in a close second are petunias. I love hanging baskets filled with white and purple petunias.

What’s your favorite purple flower?

All Things Pink

January 22nd, 2010

The snow has melted and brown is not the predominant color here in Ohio. This is the part of winter I don’t like. As long as there’s snow I can take the cold weather, but as soon as it’s gone I get more and more antsy for spring. I want to get outside and get some work done. Most of all I want to see some color in the garden. For the next couple days I’ll be celebrating the colors of the garden. Each day I’ll do a collage of a different color, mostly of things in the garden (although a few other things crept into the collages). We’ll start with pink.

What’s your favorite color in the garden?

It’s Time

January 15th, 2010




I try to make sure I enjoy each season, instead of longing for the next one. However, once I take down the lights and garland I start getting antsy for spring.

What about you, do you have spring fever yet?

Always Good for a Laugh

January 14th, 2010

Just about every day I check my Flickr account to see what people are searching for to end up on my photos. It’s not that I particularly care, it’s just good for a laugh. It seems like every day I have a couple very funny search terms that resulted in someone stumbling across one of my photos. Check out these from Google.

I got a good laugh when I saw “barista MMMM.” They ended up on the photo of Mr Chiots making lattes, I’m wondering what exactly they had in mind when they typed that into Google.

Of course sometimes it’s not the search term that’s humorous but it’s the photo they ended up finding through their search. For example search #2 on this day was: Ballet Toes (and this is a common search that leads people to this specific photo).

This photo is titled “Practicing my Ballet Toes”, so that’s how people end up there when searching for ballet toes. I bet this isn’t quite what image they were thinking about when they typed “ballet toes” into google images. Oddly enough, there are many cat photos that come up.

There are days when I’m baffled by search terms, like this one. What exactly are you looking for when you type “driving minivan” into a search engine?


I also wonder what exactly people are looking for when they search for things such as “scary sewer” on this day (oddly this isn’t the first time someone has searched for this and ended up on one of my photos).


I don’t know what’s worse, that someone is searching for “scary sewer” or that one of my photos popped up.

Then there are those time when I have no idea what exactly someone was looking for. What is a brussels sprouts map anyways?

At least they stumbled upon this lovely photo to hopefully entice them cook up some brussles sprouts at home.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve turned up when searching on-line?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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