Thursday, November 28, 2013

new wood

Finally I found wood for sale. First time I've ever had anyone deliver it, and even stranger, sight unseen, which was nerve-wracking, but my schedule made it unavoidable. It's not bad wood, but it could use a few months more seasoning, which I don't have time for, since I'm saving the rest of last year's wood for a power outage, when I'll need the best hottest burning longest lasting wood I've got.

It fills half the porch, but it's not a terribly large porch.
And I've taken quite a bite out of it in only a week.

Still, it makes me happy to be able to toast myself gently in the evenings.

I'm sitting just out of frame beside that wood right now.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

future Christmas tree revisited

Remember this tree?

I blogged it last November.
(The link is acting weird in test.)
(Yay! Now that it's published it works for me.)

The tree has grown a lot.

I'm pretty sure it didn't reach the eaves last year.

I'm completely certain it wasn't this wide.

Something must be done. Does this look like a Christmas tree to you?

The fun part will be leaning over the deck railing with the long handled pruners trying to cut it at a length that's not too tall for my eight foot ceilings once it's firmly seated in a five-gallon bucket.

Then all the part that is trying to break through the stair railing can become door decoration and mantel trim, inauthentically mixed with pine cones.

I wonder if it will produce another leader, or if I will have to shape it into a point for next year. At the rate it grew this year, I could have a perpetual supply of Christmas trees.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

winter mugs

You get to vote.
[2013 is the first year in forty-two years of voting that I am living where there is no election all year. I've voted in some years where there was no primary because the only candidates were running unopposed, and I've voted in some elections where there was nothing on the ballot but school board candidates, but I've never spent a whole year not voting.]

I've chosen the mubs (yes, that seems to be the way I am compelled to spell mugs) to hang for the winter, the season when I heat cider in the microwave every day. I've tried several different arrangements. Let me know if you have a preference.




Sunday, November 3, 2013

more halloween

While I was out, the Halloween decorations improved.

The ghosts edited the warning sign:

And the cemetery grew a tree. A nice dead tree.