Or at least herb garden domination. Ya gotta start small around here.
Your disturbed hostess,
...yeah. This is the only scene I have ever witnessed from this particular film, but I thought it rather apt whilst yanking spearmint up from the herb garden. Said spearmint is intent on taking over the garden...but it's best displayed with pictures.
See, it looks all nice and innocent and cute here...
...but lurking beneath the weed barrier and soil is a tangled mass of root, intent on world domination!!
Or at least herb garden domination. Ya gotta start small around here.
The roots are relatively large, and LONG. My gosh, I've pulled up roots that are over two feet long--and then of course there's the whole 'tangled mass' issue. *shudders*
Case in point. *sighs* This stuff is BAD. Fortunately I have learned my lesson about planting invasive species, and have planted comfrey (another fast-spreading-to-the-point-of-invasiveness plant) next to the horse pasture, far, far, FAR away from anything that it could choke out. XD
Have I inspired to you shudder? Delight in not having willfully planted invasive plants? Pray that you don't have nightmares tonight? If so, then my desire to disturb has been fulfilled. And with that, I say good night.
Your disturbed hostess,
You know what I don't want to talk about...so I won't talk about it. XD Instead, here's what I've been doing in between bouts of angst.
Yesterday I took Colletta for a ride. I have been riding my horses regrettably little lately, but I have plans to keep my Tuesdays and Thursdays open over the summer (they're currently filled with school, but come final exams they'll be totally open) so I can concentrate on working with them. Yesterday was maybe the fourth or fifth time that I've had Colletta out all year...but it was a first in the fact that at one point she fell.
See, Colletta can be very pushy and 'wanna go faster'. Generally I don't want her to change gaits unless I tell her to, so when she does start going faster I'll pull her around in a circle until she slows down.
Yesterday while performing one of these 'slow-down circles' in town, Colletta slipped and fell. I think she must have caught herself for an instant part-way, because when she actually hit the ground I had gotten my foot out of the way of her body and landed standing up. It took me approximately .003 seconds to bail, after which Colletta jumped back up. I think the only injuries to either of us was my leg where I had hit the saddle horn jumping off (it's not even bruised, but at the time I had a scrape)...and I will say that Colletta stopped acting quite so stupid after this incident. At least, she started slowing down immediately when we turned in a circle and taking very tiny, careful steps in said circle. XD
(On a side note, I was wearing a helmet and had a cell phone, so if I had gotten hurt I could have called for help...in the case of unconsciousness being on a public road pretty much guarantees that someone will come alone at some point. XD)
I'm hoping that over the summer I can get both Colletta and Violet in some sort of trained shape...the former is her usual pushy self, and the latter is scared of everything (Tuesday it was trash cans *headdesk*). Long rides and wet saddle blankets are in order for both, methinks...
The herb garden was the domain of spearmint, weeds, and oregano yesterday...but no more. I pulled up some the fast-spreading mint and associated roots, saved some leaves for drying and pitched the rest, did the same with the oregano, and set about pulling up weeds. By the end of an hour or so my hands were caked with dirt, I had dumped three buckets of weeds, and I could actually see the ground in the herb garden. ^.^ I ought to get picture of the spearmint roots, by the by...they're frightening to behold. ("FEED ME! Feed me, Seymour!!")
I haven't drawn or painted anything for ages...makes me feel like a broken record when I say that. XD I also haven't been reading much except for World magazine (which I love, by the way) and Horse and Rider...I need to start ordering books through the library exchange system, 'cause I'm getting bored with the books at home. >.<
A tentative idea for a photo shoot has been percolating in my brain, so expect to see some pictures soon...until then, adieu.
Your flurried hostess,
My brother Isaac has started a blog in the last week. His reasons behind starting said blog are mostly to muse upon the observations he has made about personal issues (notably how people relate to each other, etc), and to keep in touch with people.
He's been in the Coast Guard for about five years, most of which has been spent in Jacksonville, FL, and in June he's relocating to Alaska. So hopefully this blog will be a way to let the people he's met and known for the past few years know how he's doing as he starts a new stage in his life.
Last night he wrote an excellent post about the difference between dating and courtship. Part of it was brought out of observing my own failed attempt at a relationship, but most of it is his personal observations on the entire subject.
Leave him a comment if you take a look at it--we bloggers live on the knowledge that people read our stuff! :D
Thank you so much, everyone, for the thoughts and prayers you've been sending...*tears up at the support* I'm doing better today. Activity helps--if I keep moving and try not to think too hard about it I'm okay (teared up a few times, but nothing like last night). Reading Calvin and Hobbes quotes and watching really silly movies helps act as a distraction too... XD
Yesterday I was so incredibly hurt I could barely function, but as of now it's almost as if a switch has been flipped. Life continues...I'm sad, but in a fading, almost numb sort of way. I don't know if this is just a phase or what. And I'm dreading going in to work tomorrow because I'm not sure if seeing him will make me cry... *has a sneaking suspicion that it will* Only time will tell, I suppose. >.<
I don't know about you all, but talking about this whole situation makes me depressed. I'd much rather talk about happy things...strange things...deranged things, like Calvin and Hobbes. :D How does that sound?
How about some quotes to kick things off?
Weekends don't count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.
A little rudeness and disrespect can elevate a meaningless interaction to a battle of wills and add drama to an otherwise dull day.
It's psychosomatic. You need a lobotomy. I'll get a saw.
That's the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn't good enough for me! I demand euphoria!
You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help.
((Side note...I want some lucky rocketship underpants. XD))
I have a hammer! I can put things together! I can knock things apart! I can alter my environment at will and make an incredible din all the while! Ah, it's great to be male!
Grittens. Mah name ees Kahlfin. Heer yor lunboks. Hoffa goot tay askool.
I'm not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information
"My powerful brain has come up with a topic for my paper"
"I'll write about the debate over Tyrannosaurs. Were they fearsome predators or disgusting scavengers?"
"Which side will you defend?"
"Oh, I believe they were fearsome predators, definitely."
"They're *so* much cooler that way"
I go to school, but I never learn what I want to know.
"I'm never gonna get married. Are you?"
"Hmm...I suppose if the right person came along, I might. Someone with green eyes and a nice laugh, who I could call 'Pooty Pie'."
"Or bitsy pookums."
"I think that would affect my stomach a lot more than my heart."
"Bitsy pookums I'd say. Yes snoogy woogy, she'd reply..."
And, last but certainly not least...
"Since September it's just gotten colder and colder. There's less daylight now, I've noticed too. This can only mean one thing - the sun is going out. In a few more months the Earth will be a dark and lifeless ball of ice. Dad says the sun isnt going out. He says its colder because the earth's orbit is taking us farther from the sun. He says winter will be here soon.
Isn't it sad how some people's grip on their lives is so precarious that they'll embrace any preposterous delusion rather than face an occasional bleak truth?"
:D Hope I made someone smile...I certainly made myself grin over here!
Your emotionally confused hostess,
Spanish moss, a-hanging down Sweeter than a sycamore I've found Spanish moss Keeps on following my thoughts around
Ahem. Anyway. Gordon Lightfoot is something one can never forget...
What I was MEANING to say is that on Day 6, Saturday, we went to Fort Christmas for a church picnic, arriving at 10:00 AM and staying for most of the day.
We. Had. A. BLAST.
I finally got the news from the people at Waunita...sadly enough I wasn't hired. They are going to have a really slow summer and decided not to hire as many people as they would have in the past. Sooo...the Fox is staying home for the summer!
Strangely enough I'm not too awful upset about it...I mean, I was really looking forward to it, but on the other hand it was also going to put a lot of stress on my parents and brother to 'pick up the slack', so to speak.
And I'll get to work with Violet this summer too. Just sayin'. :D
Let's see...in other news it's been raining like CRAZY (I was caught in said rain yesterday, and was forced to drive 40 mph on the four-lane highway with the wipers on top speed)--I'd say we've had several inches of rain in the past two days alone. Oy. So things are growing, getting greener, and things are starting to head towards late spring.
I saw Will's play last night--it was a rousing success, and I have several pictures and videos to prove it. Once I get said videos on Youtube I can see about embedding them on here...I've never tried embedding a video, so this will be interesting. *sweatdrop*
Not much else to say, really--I'm working on knitting a scarf so I'm going to head off to do that. I was given a down mattress cover for my bed today, and WOW. It's so soft...all I want to do is lie on it and knit. :D
Your knittery hostess,
Friday was--are you ready? Are you ready??
Ahh, Wednesday...a day of infamy and desperation, a day which shall go down in history forever.
(Actually, it won't. 'Infamy and desperation' just sounds vaguer and more sinister than 'we had a blast'. XD)
Day three...let's see, Tuesday? Yeah, Tuesday. :D We started off with working in Julia's mother's yard--all in all we raked and bagged leaves, planted flowers, put in a bird-bath/flower garden, mulched, and watered. With five of us working it took something around five hours...I don't know about the others, but I rather enjoyed it.
And we were fed with the most AMAZING pizza from Dominoe's, so all was well. :D
(Seriously, this pizza was the best I think I'd ever had. The crust had SOMETHING in it that was...it was...gah. It was amazing.)
I have now placed all of my journal entries on one page, so people (well, mostly me XD) won't have to sift through each month's collection to find a certain post. The link is under my name and description to the right. *points*
Let me tell you right now that going through ALL of my entries has put starkly before my eyes just how much progress (if you could call it that) this blog and I have made...I used to post maaaaybe 7-8 times a month, if that (as opposed to two or three times a day XD) and over the past few months they have gotten more picture-focused and ‘interesting’, for lack of a better word. This is so cool. :D
Anyway. Not much else is going on—I’m currently re-reading ‘The Screwtape Letters’ and just finished reading ‘Mere Christianity’ earlier this week. I bought a collection of six C.S. Lewis books and am having a grand time working my way through ‘em.
Speaking of books, at some point I need to take pictures of the books that I bought…I kinda went crazy in Barnes and Noble and bought almost $200-worth of books. *cringe* But they’re totally worth it.
Your bibliophile hostess,
Multifacted obsessionist and all-around randomosity generator