Monday, March 21, 2011

Reluctant Gardener: Advice needed

The backyard could use some color, once the spring flowers are done. I can do containers and whatever, but I wanted to ask for advice. Not a lot of direct sunlight in this area.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring Fever

Azaleas are getting ready...
Camelias are almost done...
And trees are bursting with buds!

This is March Madness.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Curiosity didn't kill her, but she was trapped

One morning while getting ready for work, I heard a strange sound shuffling around. I discovered young Millie caught in a glue trap, set by Terminix. As you can tell from the photo, she was mortified, but reluctantly cooperated with it's removal. The "bait" was an anole who had found his way inside and onto the glue trap.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

In the Trenches

It was engineer's week recently, and though I am not one, the local junior high invited me to come and speak to a few classes about m job, research and taxonomy/classification of organisms. I brought edible props of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts, to illustrate they are all the same species. This week I am eating those props.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Happy Mardi Gras!

Fat Tuesday it is. King cake is one of my favorite ways to celebrate.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Maybe it was Memphis

Very recently, a trip was made up to the North Mississippi Delta inspired by the presence of Mr. Buddy Guy. What an amazing performance! I only hope I can have a fraction of his energy at 74 yrs of age. Following that show in Tunica, Memphis beckoned.

It was great to meet some new people, who enjoy the finer things in life. Except that guy over there on the phone--what is that about?!? Lame.

Friday, March 4, 2011

I heart houseguests

Great to see my dear friend Julie earlier this month for a visit to her old stomping grounds. She is definitely one of the few who enjoy returning to the Red Carpet City. We had a great weekend of visits, food, spa and catching up. My turn to come North!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

2011 Homebrew Season begins

Ryan and newcomer Nathan Beane did most of the work, since I did the prep and cleaning, and Ned was the curmudgeon supervisor.
London Call Ale should be a good one to start with for our new season of brewing.

What a Difference a Month Makes

These were taken in early February. Sunday it was 84 degrees.