We’ve had a beautiful weather year for the garden. The moist spring turned into a warm but not parched summer, and our fall cold front came almost a month early, bringing lovely cooler nights and plenty of rain. Because of the way our weather works in this part of Texas, it’s almost like we have [...]
The composting worm bin lives in the upstairs bathroom adjacent to my office/studio room. So when things get weird in the bin, I know about it.
I think that I picked up earwig eggs when I added compost from the outdoor compost bin – I always do this to help stock up the micro-flora. However it [...]
I have a very definite niche. Many of the things that I do, not a lot of people do. And, I document most of what I do – with lots of pictures, which I post online. So, when people are searching the web for something related to my unusual interests, they often find my pictures. [...]
This is not a paid ad. I have received no promotional support for this endorsement – I just think these things are cool, and want to tell my friends.
We live in a lovely, wooded area of south Dallas. We back up to the confluence of two year-round creeks, Crow Creek and Five Mile Creek. This [...]
It’s been an exceptionally good season. We had a warm, mild spring, followed by an unusually wet summer – so everything is green and lush!
I’ve been a fan of passionflowers for a long time. I have begun seriously collecting the hardy varieties, focusing on flowers and fruit. Many of the new hybrids are cold-hardy for [...]
Summer is usually a slow time for silk work. I’ve got a couple of wild native species caterpillars going, but no China silkworms, and not a lot of projects in the chute. But in March, I took my silk show on a live news show, to drum up interest in the Dallas Handweavers and Spinners [...]
I have been a bad blogger.
I got busy, and caught up in other things, and I realized that I haven’t posted here since February, and it’s now mid-July. I realized that part of it, is that I’ve been posting quick photos to Facebook, rather than writing things out; my new phone makes it easy to [...]
One of the greatest delights in the whole process of having chickens has been watching the mother hen interact with the chicks. This relationship has a sweetness that gets me every time.
Sue is a really good momma. She watches out for the chicks every step of the way, teaching them to forage, how [...]
Sue, our broody Momma Hen, has done it again! Four bouncing, healthy baby peeps.
Two of them are Lemon Cuckoo Orpingtons, and two of them are Silver Laced Wyandottes. We don’t know yet (and won’t, for a few months) what we have in terms of boys and girls.
I’ve seen various versions of Quick Response (QR) Code made by fiber-arts methods – the most common are knitted (both hand-knit and machine-knit) and cross-stitched. To get the reader to pick up the code properly, the grid needs to be fairly square, and the contrast has to be very high. I looked at this, and [...]