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Fruit of the Vine
Here There Be Goblins

calendula_witch
Date: 2014-09-29 22:49
Subject: Still Too Busy To Blog
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Location:Witchnest Manor
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Tags:friends, mark, money, travel, wedding

Probably it will be thus until the wedding. But: here, I have a moment, I will write something to the internets.

Maybe I will even finish it!

So as it turns out, it is perhaps cheaper but certainly less fraught to BUY several hundred wine glasses than it is to RENT them.

That is, if you have a certain Giant Swedish Warehouse Store in your town.
Svalka

Now the car is full of Svalka, which is kind of inconvenient, though we went out yesterday and bought a Yakima (no relation to Svalka) box to put on top of the car, because we also have to carry a kajillion paper plates and plastic silverwares and wedding programs and decoration stuff and I don’t even know what all else, not to mention all our garb (I’ve begun assembling a Bride Box with all my various fripperies and foofy stuff), oh and the rest of what we’ll need for a week and a half away.

(And, can I just ask: WTF, Ikea, with the super-flimsy Svalka boxes, that go halfway up the glasses and are open on top? We are going to have to repackage ALL those glasses, just to get them anywhere and arrive with anything but shards of glass-rubble.)

And while I am expressing frustration…hmm, not sure how to phrase this exactly, but…hmm. Perhaps it is our fault. Perhaps we should have sprung for actual physical RSVP cards (and their attendant postage) in the invitations, rather than relying on the website. But. It seems to me, and perhaps I am being unreasonable here, but, just a thought: it’s kind of nice to know if people are, you know, intending on coming to a wedding, if they’re invited to it. Or if they’re intending on not coming. Either answer is entirely acceptable! We totally understand either way! But…not getting an answer at all…and having to hunt up responses (not one, not two, but three and four and five emails and phone calls in some cases)*…all I’m saying is, this is time we could be spending on, I don’t know, other things.

Like writing our vows and remembering coffee cups and chasing down the rental folks (who never respond) and designing and printing programs and figuring out how to make the wedding dress not-see-through** and buying more plastic place settings and finding bartenders and finding an appropriate reading for the ceremony and planning the Sunday brunch and oh yes the rehearsal dinner (and buying food for that too) and working out all the music with the DJ and figuring out what signage is needed and taking Mark’s suit to the cleaners (oh, gotta remember to pick it up too) and weren’t we going to practice dancing? and ordering beer which means I gotta talk to Youngest Brother first and um gifts for the wedding party and and and and and

Okay, too busy to blog. I knew it. :-)

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*Because we do actually sort of Need to Know. Because the caterer is charging us a Not Inconsiderable Amount Per Actual Human Being Person, and needs to know in the next few days what that Number of Human Being Persons is, because she will be preparing food for That Many Persons, and if more people sort of show up unexpectedly, there will be not enough food; and similarly if people do not show up there will be wasted food and money; and come ON, people, really??

**The underwear situation here: seriously. Epic. I will be able to host a Smallclothes Convention just from this one outfit alone. The things I have learned!***

***Dimmers. Really.


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calendula_witch
Date: 2014-09-22 22:39
Subject: More Social Whirl
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Mood:busybusy
Tags:food, friends, garden, mark, weather, wedding, wine

So then there came another whirl of social delights.

On Friday I spent most of the day with Miss H., my good friend and (not incidentally) one of my attendants. We worked on clothing stuff and hair and even makeup (!) for the Coming Nuptial Events, and I think we’re pretty close to getting that all worked out. Never mind that some of our decisions amounted to “bring them both, we’ll decide that day.” Shut up, that’s still a decision.

Here, have some dahlias that are still pretty even when they’re dead.
Send Me Dead Flowers

Then Friday evening we had dinner with Mr. B., which was ever so much fun. Charmingly, he took US out for dinner, and yet today, a thank-you note arrived. We do not deserve such friends!

Saturday, The Lovely Miss A. hosted a wedding shower for me. The theme was Wine and Chocolate; the fare was scrumptious, and the company was spectacular. We were a small, yet highly compatible (not to mention energetic) group. Much fun was had. Much amazing chocolate was et.
Chocolate Shower

scarlettina was down from Seattle for the shower, and other visiting; we had brunch with her and davidlevine Sunday morning, which was delicious and conversationally stimulating.

Then Sunday evening, some out-of-town friends (from Florida!) came for dinner. We turned this giant zucchini
El Zucchini Gigantico
into a delicious frittata.

Then today (whew), we had a loooong talk with the wedding DJ (not coincidentally, also a good friend and groomsman of Mark’s), then made a ton more wedding-planning phone calls, some of which actually accomplished something; then in the evening, our friend M. from Orcas Island came for dinner. Fortunately, garden bounty is still such that I can whip out something like this with no effort whatsoever.
Just Another Caprese Salad

Ah, summer. How I will miss you.

The rest of the week looks a little quieter! At least, I hope so. I’ve got lots of non-wedding work to do; it would be nice to get to some of it. :-) But yeah. “19 days to go!”, as the wedding website helpfully reminds me. Yargh. Thanks.


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calendula_witch
Date: 2014-09-05 20:52
Subject: Food Thing
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So: this is a thing, let me tell you: Sweet tomatillos!
Sweet Tomatillos

desperance, did you know about this?

You pick the pinkest ones (yes, they continue to ripen there in the bowl), and you coax them out of their paper, and you eat them, and they are SO GOOOOOOOOD, and sweet, and crunchy-juicy, and unlike anything else ever.
Sweet Tomatillo

Mark found them at this farmer's market the other day, for a dollar--he also found the farmer's market, one we hadn't known about--one day a week, and we will certainly be back.

In other news: there is no other news. It's Friday night, and it's been quite a week, and that's all you need to know about that.
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But no: there is other news, and that's that LiveJournal refused to crosspost four times, and then blocked me from crossposting because of login errors, and I AM logged in, and phooey on you, LiveJournal, please stop dying.
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calendula_witch
Date: 2014-09-01 21:46
Subject: The Sound of Crickets
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Music:crickets
Tags:fishes precious, food, friends, home

Ahh, I actually hear the sound of crickets. Because I’m sitting here, downstairs at my computer, doors and windows open to let in the cool, comfortable evening air. No one else is in the room. No one else is even downstairs.

Chirp, chirp. So peaceful.

Don’t get me wrong. I really enjoyed all our company over the last few weeks here. But….wow, that was a lot of people coming through this house. A lot of cooking, and eating, and drinking, and socializing. A lot of staying up too late, and falling behind on things. A lot of noise-and-busy, which wears me out. (We even had two toddlers here at one point. Oh my goodness, is this house not toddler-proof!)

Chirp, chirp, chirp.

Lovely.

In other buggish news, a ladybug came in and wanted to read my manuscript, but I had to tell her it’s not ready for review yet.
Ladybug

And the other day, we found a katydid walking across the top of the aquarium.
Katydid 1

The fish were very interested.
Katydid 2

Good thing the aquarium has a lid. Ms. Bug could have carried off handfuls of those fish, had she been so inclined.


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calendula_witch
Date: 2014-08-25 08:28
Subject: All The Social
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Mood:busybusy
Tags:friends, home, introvert

Apparently, the end of August is the time when All The People want to visit Portland. (And I can hardly blame them: it is very lovely here now.) We had houseguests last night (to whom we are about to serve breakfast). We have a different set of houseguests coming tonight, and then yet more next weekend, when we will also have other out-of-towners visiting but not staying here. I’ve gotten several last-minute home-exchange requests. Had to turn those down, but fortunately our temporary roommate is out of town, so we’ve been able to say yes to all these guests!

Good thing we’ve got bed-and-breakfast innkeeping experience. :-)

Speaking of which: I am still taking care of my friend H’s B&B this month, while she is away. All the guests have gone, but there is still watering/weeding/general overseeing to do.

So yeah, I’ve changed a lot of beds and scrubbed a lot of toilets recently.

But the socializing! It’s not just the out-of-towners. We went bike riding with Alex & Claude yesterday, in the Hawthorne Sunday Parkways, then played cards; we’re hosting book group tomorrow; a dear friend I don’t see enough of comes Wednesday; dinner party this coming Friday; the back-fence neighbors came over last Friday, and we went to the across-the-street neighbors’ the following night.

It’s a lot for an introvert. I’m going to need to pull back a little soon, or I won’t have anything left for the wedding. (Not to mention I won’t fit into my dress.)


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calendula_witch
Date: 2014-08-12 14:13
Subject: I Have Something To Show You
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Tags:editing, friends, per aspera

You know I am an editor too, as well as being a writer. The editor-part of me is newer, but no less exciting…especially when I can tell you about the magnificent books that I get to acquire!

Here is one of them.
perf5.000x8.000.indd
(cover art before all the type got put on, being as how I know the artist and all)

It is a marvelous little tale, dark and creepy, by one of my favorite writers, and favorite people: our own desperance. I am so honored and delighted that he sent it to me, to be my debut offering as a Per Aspera editor!

It’s coming out on August 28. You can already order it on Barnes & Noble; Amazon should be coming along any day now.

Oh and look: Mrissa said nice things about it! I am in agreement with her: horror is not usually my thing either, but this book…is. It’s lovely and quiet, gorgeously written (of course, it’s Chaz); it sneaks up on you. And you should just read it. That’s all I’m saying.


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calendula_witch
Date: 2014-08-04 21:42
Subject: Partway-Boring Ride
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Tags:bike, food, friends, mark, weather

In view of this THIRTY-THREE-MILE BIKE RIDE we’ve somehow signed up for THIS SUNDAY, we took a long ride today. Yes! That’s right, we chose the hottest day in weeks to get on our bikes at 11am and ride for hours.

We took the Springwater Corridor Trail, and rode about two-thirds of the way to Boring. Yes! That’s right, for you non-locals: there is a town called Boring; it’s just past Gresham.

It was a lovely ride, actually.
Pretty Swamp
This is usually a swamp.

Pretty Swamp 2
Actually, I guess it’s still a swamp. But with very pretty flowers.

I think we did something just shy of thirty miles altogether. Along the way, we stopped at Cartlandia for lunch, thereby undoing all our good efforts.
Voodoo Cart

But THEN I rode my bike out to dinner with a friend! So I was a bike-riding fool today.

And here is a particularly lovely spam comment on my blog:
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Just thought I’d share that.


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calendula_witch
Date: 2014-07-29 23:29
Subject: Escaping Shrimp and Other Tales
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Tags:book view cafe, fishes precious, friends, garden, home

Ooh, here I was thinking I was blogging two days in a row! Except, not, I realize; for last night, the across-the-street neighbors texted and said, Do you want to come to dinner? We have Air Conditioning! And we said YES, and that was the evening.

We got to know their new puppy better.
Isis coming

She’s not actually that small; she was sitting very still, hoping I’d feed her something. She usually looks more like this:
Isis going

Cute, though!

And then this morning, I came downstairs and found what appeared to be a dead shrimp on my desk. Escaped from my desk-aquarium, you see. I went to pick it up…and it wiggled its little legs. So I plopped it back in the tank…and it swam off very excitedly, and it seems to be fine now! Go figure.

I don’t know why, or HOW, it got out of there.

Moving right along. For dinner, we made a huge salad out of Things From The Garden.
MY SALAD (ingredients)

It was awesome.

Oh! And a seriously amazing writer (Nicola Griffith) wrote a seriously amazing guest post on another seriously amazing writer (and marvelous human being)’s blog (Charlie Stross) (and this is not to say that Nicola is not a marvelous human being!, because she quite obviously is!, but I haven’t met her, and I HAVE spent serious quality time with Charlie, including beer, just saying)–anyway, this is just to say: she talked about Book View Cafe, and she’s right, we ARE a pretty amazing co-op, I remain astonished and awestruck that I get to be part of BVC. It’s such a functional, groundbreaking, collaborative, smart, professional group of writers, putting out amazing work…so, thank you Nicola and Charlie for helping to let the world know about us. :-) YAY.

And I think that’s all the news for now. Except that I was in the weird position of trying to figure out which of my NEXT big projects to start today, because none of the remaining ones were due three weeks ago. So I picked one and started it. I’ll tell you more about it later.


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calendula_witch
Date: 2014-07-22 22:48
Subject: The Latest
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Mood:busybusy
Tags:food, freelance, friends, garden, home, mark, oloti, wedding

By happy coincidence, Madame Reverend E, who we just visited in Seattle two days ago, had business in Portland today so now she is visiting us. And we enjoyed a FEAST at Bamboo Sushi, including an Interesting Cocktail.
Interesting Cocktail

Before the festivities, we’ve just been working along–book covers (Mark), Our Lady final edits and freelance work (me), wedding business (both of us).

Oh and gardening of course. Always gardening. Our first dahlias are blooming! I’ll try and get a picture tomorrow. Today it actually rained a little, and a few transformers blew in the neighborhood–we could hear them, and the lights flickered off and on several times, though there wasn’t lightning or anything.

And speaking of the lights, pretty much most of my old-style light bulbs have gone by now. Fortunately, most of them didn’t actually blow up and shatter glass everywhere…but some did. The new compact fluorescents, thus far, haven’t. ::fingers crossed:: I wish I knew what was going on with the electricity in this house….


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calendula_witch
Date: 2014-07-20 23:03
Subject: Sunday
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Mood:sleepysleepy
Tags:friends, mark, travel, wedding

We dashed up to Seattle briefly, just an overnight. Went to one of the unofficial Clarion parties, and spent the night with Madame Reverend E, who drove us to said party in her shiny new Tesla-car. Very exciting! She showed off its acceleration. We might have potentially exceeded the speed limit, a time or two. Don’t tell anyone.

Also we spent a lot of time talking about the wedding ceremony, which Madame Reverend E will be performing, or officiating, or celebrating, or whatever you want to call it. She also showed us all her marvelous minister-swag, which is fun and marvelous.

Then we rushed back home and spent the rest of the day working on wedding stuff. Including contacting All The Peoples to get mailing addresses. Well, not All of them…but we made a good start anyway.

And lo, now I am tired.


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calendula_witch
Date: 2014-07-18 00:09
Subject: Progress Report
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Mood:busybusy
Tags:family, food, friends, garden, home, wedding

It was a very productive wedding-planning trip to California last week, including bonus! visits with all my immediate family. Yay!

Then we drove home all day Monday, including an unplanned but quite fortuitous stop at a winery which, it looks like they will be not only supplying some of the wine for our wedding, but doing it with personalized labels at no extra charge. Double yay!

Then, having gotten home, we discovered that zucchini is sort of an all-or-nothing proposition.
Mah Zucchini
I am demonstrating that they are bigger than my head.

We cut most of both of those up and made them into zucchini-feta pancakes, for an old friend who was coming through town, and some of her friends, who are now our friends too. Much yum and fun!

And meanwhile, Mark has been designing our wedding invitations, while I went out today with my local bridesmaid and tried on Wedding Related Smallclothes. And found something which, though not particularly sexy or anything, does solve the problem of being able to read the small print in my belly button through my wedding dress.*

Oh and also-meanwhile, we have a new temporary roommate. Miss C moved in Tuesday; she is going to be living here for a few months. She is cash-poor and talent-rich, and therefore she will be paying in massages. To me. As I am also too cash-poor to pay for massages, this works out well for everyone.

And that might sort of catch you up!

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*Hyperbole. My belly button has no small print.


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calendula_witch
Date: 2014-07-07 23:02
Subject: And There Again
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Mood:busybusy
Music:Soul Coughing
Tags:family, food, freelance, friends, garden, mark, travel, wedding

Why is it so hard to blog these days? The end of the day comes too quickly, and so many things are undone, and…I go to bed.

Except tomorrow we’re heading to California at oh-dark-early, for a wedding-planning trip and some family visiting (my family this time), and who knows when I’ll have time at the keyboard again?, so, here we go.

I think part of the trouble is, I’m so busy doing things NOT at the computer–reading manuscripts, working in the garden, proofreading, errands–it’s not like I’m just sitting here anyway and can make a quick blog post.

So let’s see…what’s new?

Light bulbs are exploding again. I wish that wouldn’t happen.

We’ve really been enjoying our deck–have had every meal possible out there, including entertaining.
Dinner on the Deck
And I continue to master the barbecue–I successfully conquered spare ribs, which OH MY GOD YUM. And broccolini, and cauliflower, and LETTUCE yes lettuce.

We had our first zucchini this morning (scrambled into eggs, not on the grill), and we allllllmost have tomatoes! Seriously, one is probably going to ripen tomorrow. Oh well, we’ll enjoy them in a few days when we get back.

Mark did a handful of book covers over the last few days, one or two of which I’ll post when it’s okay to.

But mostly it’s just been work, work, work…which, I think that about catches you up. Tomorrow: on the road!


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calendula_witch
Date: 2014-07-03 22:12
Subject: Picspam
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:busybusy
Tags:family, food, freelance, friends, garden, home

Mark’s mother left on the train yesterday. It was a very nice visit, even if she did leave us with a jigsaw puzzle half-done. Of course she did the easy parts.

Well, it’s not as though we haven’t done the same thing to her. More than once. Even so! She should be better than us, shouldn’t she?

So mostly all I’ve got for you is pictures.

Sunday evening, we went to dinner at the home of some old (Ferrari) friends–new friends to me. The dinner was awesome and the dessert was awesomer.
Because Cake

Monday, I cooked here. I’m really getting this barbecuing thing down. My cheeseburgers are things of delicious delight.
Cheeseburger Cheeseburger Cheeseburger

Also, the garden.
Hydrangea

I’ve made this photo the new background-screen on my phone (the garden in low morning light):
Garden Morning Light

And, in super-exciting news, I was weeding around behind the lilac bushes (formerly the lilac trees, but this particular one got powder mold and we chopped it to the ground), and discovered that the fig tree that we’d planted last fall, and thought we’d lost in the hard winter, is not dead after all!
The Fig Tree Lives!
Its original stalk is a dead stick, but it’s putting up three healthy new spurs–nearly two feet tall. Hooray!

And…work work work. I understand tomorrow is a holiday of some kind? (Whatever that means?) Actually, we are going to try to go see fireworks with Miss H., if we can figure out how to do so without driving into crowded places and getting stuck in crowded crowds of people. Probably we’ll bike, and seek out auxiliary sites. I like fireworks, but I hate…well, crowds. So we’ll see.

Fortunately, fireworks shows are necessarily late here in the PNW, as it doesn’t get dark till 10pm or so, so there should be plenty of time to get work done before the festivities start. :-)


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calendula_witch
Date: 2014-06-29 22:50
Subject: Away and Back Again
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Mood:accomplishedaccomplished
Tags:family, friends, home, mark, oloti, sleep, travel, wedding

We had a lovely time on the Oregon coast (just south of Lincoln City), though the weather was fairly dreary. But we were mostly resting and hanging out with family, so that was all right.

Curious Seagull came by our condo every morning, looking for a handout.
GIMME FOODS

Friday night we came back to town, and had a lovely dinner party. Then the rest of the weekend, we both immersed ourselves in going over the book…because, yeah, “done” doesn’t always mean done.

But! I’ve not only sent the manuscript off to the editor, I’ve also sent it to a few awesome people who have agreed to consider blurbing it. So it’s real now! :-)

Tomorrow, I actually start to get working on something else. Er, like wedding planning. Ahem.

For now: ALL THE SLEEPS.


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calendula_witch
Date: 2014-06-23 22:24
Subject: The Weekend Was
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Mood:busybusy
Tags:deck, family, food, friends, home, mark

Busy times! Good stuff. Mark’s mom’s flight arrived just a tad late on Friday–so that we got to experience the full-on Portland rush hour bringing her home from the airport, oh well. At least we had plenty of time to get caught up in the car. Then I barbecued hamburgers, and they were MUCH better than my first effort. I’m really getting this barbecue thing down.
Deckwarming
Which was good, because Saturday we had a deckwarming party, including having the grill going all afternoon! I am proud to report that I kept coals going, more-or-less steadily, for like six hours. I feel much more confident now. And many, MANY good things were cooked on it…we’d done it “BYOB and BBQ” style, so everyone brought what they wanted to grill. Fun!

It was a big party–nearly fifty people, near as we can reconstruct. At the end, we ceremonially burned a few pieces of the old deck.
Old Deck Burning
That went well too–nothing burned that wasn’t supposed to burn. :-)

Sunday, we went down east of Salem for a the 84th annual reunion of the maternal side of Mark’s mom’s family. Fortunately, that was a potluck too, so we were able to bring a lot of the leftovers from our party.

Even so, it took me till this evening to finish just the open bottles of wine.

Oh–speaking of wine! We were, quite coincidentally, given bottles of blueberry and blackberry wine this weekend.
Berry Berry Wine Day

But the piece de resistance was this:
Spinning Wheel & Chair

We chanced to be talking to some relatives a month or so ago, and they asked Mark, “Do you want a spinning wheel?” “YES” he and I both said, before we even heard the rest…it’s the same spinning wheel that lived in his great-aunt’s house, that he was fascinated with as a child, and which is memorialized in chapter 18 of The Book of Joby. It now has pride of place in our living room–WITH an entirely gorgeous rocking chair that belonged to a different great-aunt.

This house is coming along nicely, I think.

Last, and also least: in culinary news, I invented a new dish tonight. I don’t know what it’s called, but it’s what would result if someone in India read about cassoulet but had never seen or eaten it. And it is a direct result of too many weird and random leftovers in the fridge, plus fresh sage. But it was delicious!
Sage and Beans and Garlic


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calendula_witch
Date: 2014-06-20 16:07
Subject: What's Up
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:accomplishedaccomplished
Tags:deck, family, friends, garden, home, mark, oloti

I bet you think I finished the rewrite of Our Lady of the Islands weeks ago and just forgot to tell you.

Um, no.

But it’s really really close! I know I’ve said that before. Oh but it’s REALLY really close now. Two more scenes to go–and one of them is quite short.

Trouble is, both Mark and I have run out of time and had to start focusing on other things for a little while, like his mother’s visit starting today, and this little gathering we’re having to inaugurate the new deck tomorrow…

Which has meant, for my part, lots of time in the garden, getting stuff ready. Including! I rehabilitated a little mostly-dark and punky-looking spot beneath the ancient lilacs, right off the edge of the deck. (The dark round shape at the lower left edge is part of the base of the giant deck-umbrella.)
Pot-pourri

Portland is very big on the “just leave it on the sidewalk and someone will come by and take it” mindset. We’ve contributed to that cause in the past, and we’ve also been the beneficiaries. Several times last year people left stashes of PERFECTLY GOOD POTS on the sidewalk, and we’ve been hoarding them. For just this reason! As it turned out.

The seashell, however, was Mark’s.
Shamrock Fern

And Mark, for his part, put shelves in the greenhouse:
Greenhouse Shelves Windowseat

So we can actually plant things in there, rather than just storing junk!

His old desk from his apartment makes a great potting surface, or maybe even a place to go proofread on a sunny day:
Greenhouse Desk

And on the other side, a big low shelf makes a perfect window-seat:
Greenhouse Windowseat

Why yes, I did put a Persian carpet in my greenhouse. Wouldn’t you?
Greenhouse Inviting


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calendula_witch
Date: 2014-06-17 23:36
Subject: Urban Farm
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:sleepysleepy
Tags:chickens, food, friends, home

I was walking home from the grocery store today when I saw a chicken on the street.
Urban Chicken
Yeah I know people in Portland have chickens (I want to have chickens!), but…on the street?

It ran around the corner as I approached, and then clearly wanted to get back onto the other side of a fence.

Where there were goats.
Urban Goat
On the street where I live.

We can have GOATS here?


Anyway, I found a young man who seemed to be in charge of all this livestock, and he went to catch the chicken, and my groceries were in my backpack, so home I went.

We have company tonight–our friend from Anacortes (well, half of our friends from Anacortes–the Mrs. should be here but she isn’t, but we had a fine time anyway)–much food was et (including everything that was in my backpack) and much wine was drunk and some cards was played, and, it was all very fun.

And now is the time for going to bed.


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calendula_witch
Date: 2014-06-08 21:39
Subject: Sunday Already
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:busybusy
Tags:editing, freelance, friends, garden, mark, money, oloti, per aspera, swimming, yoga

Oh my goodness, what a negligent blogger! Often I think, Oh I blogged yesterday; I can skip today; but apparently I blogged three or four yesterdays ago, and that just won’t do.

So! It’s been a busy week and weekend. Work on Our Lady of the Islands continues frenetically; the book is getting closer and closer and closer and clooooooooooser to the end without actually getting there….(and, I fear, it’s also getting loooooonger….oh but it’s going so well!). Soon, my friends, very very soon.

Not soon enough, alas, to make Locus’s just-announced “forthcoming” list:
Forthcoming Books
But I was VERY pleased to see it featured there. Forthcoming in October, now, honest, we promise!

And there has been a lot of reconnecting with people I don’t talk to or see often enough. Some friends came over for dinner last night–and I barbecued successfully–I bought one of those chimney-things everyone advised me to (and brought it home in my backpack on my bike!), and it worked fabulously. And the friends stayed late and lots of wine was drunk and cards were played, and it was marvelous.

And Thursday night we had another friend over, who had just had to put down her 15+ year old dog. Heartbreaking. She was also a friend of Jay, so it was a particularly hard week for her.

And I spent a lot of time constructing the wedding-website, which included making phone calls to strangers, which I just hate doing, but I did it, more than once–more than five times–lots of times!

And this weekend I also did my final proofing pass on the ARC of Being Small, and noticed a timeline-anomaly that made me simultaneously quite pleased with myself for catching it and entirely horrified that I’d not caught it sooner. The author was very gracious about it, fortunately. He’s nice that way.

Hm. What else? Lots of gardening. Some swimming (yay the heater is fixed at the gym’s pool!). Some yoga. Lots of proofreading. A number of potential clients on the horizon for Mark. My financial anxiety is abating somewhat…though we are not out of the woods. But things are looking up.

There, I think that reasonably catches us up. Now I need to go lie on the couch and read a book. For research. No really. :-)


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Date: 2014-06-03 21:49
Subject: Not Fully Assembled
Security: Public
Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:confusedconfused
Tags:friends, jay, oloti, portland, sleep

I’ve been feeling sort of partially disassembled all day. I slept till 9, which is not unheard of, though it is absolutely not normal; all the things I thought I would get done today, were not the things I got done today.

Though I did get things done today! Laundry, and some groceries, and some proofreading, and the making-and-cleaning-up-after meals, and even a yoga class. But not any Our Lady work, or any wedding-planning work, or other more pressing things.

And a fun thing happened! My Facebook post of last month made Ann Arbor Amish today! Clearly Portland and Ann Arbor are sister cities. Or something.

But…mostly I feel kind of like…when you’re screwing the cap down on something but you haven’t got the threads lined up right. Everything’s just a little cockeyed.

I’m sure it’ll be okay eventually. These things take time, and it’s different for everyone. And my position in it all is…as it ever was…complicated.

There are so many people posting memories of Jay online. I am turning up in more than a few of them–photos, or by name. It’s fine–I mean, it’s marvelous, I am happy to have been an important part of his life, however briefly, as he was in mine. No matter how it ended. It was intense, and life-changing. I just…don’t quite know what to do with it all now.

So I think I will go read. That’s usually a good answer for me. :-)


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Date: 2014-05-27 23:01
Subject: Sometimes the Title is the Hardest Part
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:sleepysleepy
Tags:bike, fishes precious, freelance, friends, garden, mark, weather, wedding, yoga

Especially when I’ve got a disconnected jumble of things to write about. :-)

Yesterday was a lovely day–almost kind of a day off, or as much of a day off as freelancers/writers ever get. It was sunny, and Miss H came over to see the new deck, and for her-and-me to have girl-time, though before we left for that, she graciously took a bunch of pictures so Mark and I can build our Wedding Website (because that’s what you do these days, apparently.)

Here are some outtakes…
Lintpicking Outtake
Mark had a piece of lint on his collar.

The photo we ended up using is kinda sorta like this one:
Much Like This (outtake)

And then Miss H and I had a lovely walk, and then some ice cream, and finished our visit off with thrift-store-ing. Very nice!

Then I came home and did work till bedtime. :-) Today, in addition to work, I: rode my bike to the bank (and back); walked to yoga and got caught in a torrential downpour (with hail); read a bunch–well, that was technically work too, as it was research–; watered the lettuce (because it’s in the greenhouse, and missed any benefit of the torrential downpour); finalized and sent out my resume to a potential client or two. And made breakfast and dinner. And fed the fish. Okay, it makes sense that I’m this tired.


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