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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Two pickings today. Two quarts. I wasn't in this position last year until next week. I'm doomed. :)

Jennifer 9:00 PM

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Sunday, June 07, 2015

Raspberries ripening. 

Picking currants. 

Almost all the tomatoes are planted, along with the squash. The peas are starting to bloom, and I'm enjoying salads of various greens as well. 

My lime tree is covered in blooms, and so is the Calamondin orange. The lemon has one bloom for now; the big orange tree is recovering nicely from the winter. 

My apple trees have lots of apples. And I even have a handful of blueberries. :)

Garden 2015 is off to a good start. 

Jennifer 9:04 AM

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

And... my car did not need transmission work. It was a prior recall. It's now at the dealership's service center, hopefully getting fixed!

I'm off this week, and have been busy in the garden. The squash and cucumbers are planted; the tomatoes and peppers are still a bit small yet, but they should be ready soon. The raspberries are loaded, and so are the currants; I'm going to be even busier once they ripen!

Jennifer 11:34 AM

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Friday, May 15, 2015

It's time for the May auction blitz, and just in time, because my car needs transmission work and I have no earthly idea how much that's going to cost. :(

A lot of what I'll post this time are things I've been waffling over; whether or not to keep. The link to my ebay page is up above; check it out!

Jennifer 7:23 PM

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Friday, May 01, 2015

I don't see weeds. I see wild. 

One of my resolutions this year was to try something new. I had recently decided that something new would be musical in nature. 

I have tried to learn various musical instruments over the years with various results. My criteria this time was a bit different than any other time before, though, because I wanted to learn (and play) something simple, inexpensive (although they can be expensive) and especially inexpensive for upkeep. 

Replacement harp strings cost over $200, for example. Even fiddle strings aren't cheap, and instrument upkeep can get pricey fast. 

I've always fiddled (haha) around with whistles and flutes. I've also always wanted to play a low D whistle, but had always hesitated because of the price. After a bit of searching, I found a reasonably priced and decently reviewed low D whistle for under $20. (Which is much better than the under $200 prices I was looking at.) this way, I can try one cheaply and upgrade if my hands are even big enough to play it. 

I also bought these. 

I find flutes much more difficult to play than whistles. But again... something I've always wanted to learn to play, at least adequately. I found these two on eBay, made from Buttonwood Sycamore (the lighter) and Witch Hazel (the darker.) 

These were my "paid off the last credit card" gift to myself. I'm looking forward to playing them, as well as my new whistle once it arrives. :)

Jennifer 10:34 PM

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Sorry for the radio silence. This novel has eaten my brain. More later!

Jennifer 7:47 PM

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

So for such a rainy day, Burlington wasn't a total bust! I actually ended up with an entire empty container, which was nice. We did leave early, and decided to stop at the antique mall and then Goodwill on the way home.

At Burlington, I purchased a few things from Dad and an old wool army blanket. The few things from Dad were three old photos, some teal Anchor Hocking dinnerware (apparently that and the bright green Fire King is what I'll be collecting this year), a cool handmade vessel, and something else I can't remember. I spent about $15.  

I did not buy the (newer, not well-made) mini Great Wheel for $25 at the antique mall. I probably would have; in fact, I decided to go look at it again and it had mysteriously vanished. But I did buy a handmade wooden box and a bright green Fire King mug. At Goodwill, a watercolor Shaker saying, a skirt, two pairs of pants, and a little jar that will be useful in the kitchen. 

All in all, it was a good day, despite the rain. 

Jennifer 5:33 PM

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