Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Giddy about worm poo

I'm the luckiest girl in the world. For Valentine's Day I not only got beautiful tulips AND dark, dark chocolate AND a very sweet card, but I also got something I'll bet few of you received from your sweeties.


Not one but TWO buckets of worm poo!!!  Wing Nut scored the motherload when the nursery decided to clean their worm bins right before the most romantic day of the year. Yessiree, Wing Nut sure does know how to treat a girl.



Saturday, February 21, 2009

Distracted, not disappeared...

Hello blog readers! Sorry we haven't posted in a while. We have not disappeared, fallen off the face of the earth or been pulled to the ever-after. No, we've just been really distracted lately. Several things are to blame.

The influx of seed catalogs and planning the vegetable garden, of course, have taken up quite a bit of our conscious waking hours. We've poured over the Seed Savers Exchange and Territorial Seed catalogs for hours. We've made lists, compared notes, highlighted our favorites, and tried to figure out what to order from whom. And then visited our favorite nurseries to see what we could buy locally.


Also, we agonized over whether or not to go to the (perhaps) last Northwest Flower and Garden Show here in Seattle. We decided not to go -- we both hate crowds -- and instead spent lots of money at Sky Nursery and some at Swanson's this weekend. We bought some very cool new tools, but I'm sure Curmudgeon will write about those soon.

The other major thing that distracted us from our blogging was something rather evil... and yes, demons are involved... our biggest distraction lately was Kim Harrison's latest book The Outlaw Demon Wails

Outlaw Demon

(cover photo from amazon.com)

If you're looking for a supernatural thrill-ride with action, drama, mystery, sexual tension, and wicked humor, give Harrison's books a try. Harrison's writing improves with each book in The Hollows series. The main characters are a bounty hunting trio of a witch, a vampire and a pixie who live together in a church. The characters and their relationships become more complex and multidimensional with each adventure. For an adrenaline rush in an alternate world, get seduced by the Inderlanders...

Just a note to MK and DB -- this is a repeat of the Harry Potter books!! Let me explain for everyone:  Several years ago, DB and MK encouraged us to read the Harry Potter books. We held out and did not read them, thinking with all the hype, how good could they be? But then DB loaned us the first book. Curmudgeon read during the day while I was at work. I came home and tried to read in the evenings, IF I could pry the book out of her hands. We fought over it and ended up rushing out an buying the first 4 books all at once. Then it became a race. Curmudgeon was on summer break and started devouring a book a day. I had to wait until I got home and read what I could each night. We have all the books and have seen all the movies. I guess you could say we're hooked.

Well the same thing happened with Harrison's books.  Thanks a lot MK!  ;-)  However, now that we've each finished reading The Outlaw Demon Wails, perhaps we can blog more again about our garden plans!

-- Wing Nut

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Cranky Curmudgeon Experiencing Blotanical Withdrawl

Today my morning routine did not go as planned.  I was looking forward to a round-the-world tour of my favorite gardening blogs. But when I tried to log on to Blotanical,  the site was down. I raced around the blogosphere checking in with other blogs to see if there was any news as to why the site was down. I even checked the weather in Australia--Blotanical's founder Stuart Robinson is from  Busselton, Western Australia--to make sure mother nature was not to blame for Blotanical's disappearance from the radar screen. When I came up short on answers I was forced to move on to Plan B--laundry and vacuuming. This made for a very cranky Curmudgeon. 

Blotanical, where garden blogs bloom

Blotanical is a social site that brings together blogging gardeners of different ilks and stripes from all over the world. From professional gardeners, garden writers and nature photographers to complete novices like the Wenches, you can find it on Blotanical. I have my own page on the site, "My Plot", which contains info about me and my garden. I learn about other gardeners and their blogs by visiting their plots. My favorite tool on Blotanical is the ability to search for garden blogs by geographical location--France, South Africa, India, Indonesia, Australia, the Caribbean and of course all across the US and Canada.

Hey! I just checked and Blotanical is back. But it's way past lunchtime now. Making it around the world before I need to leave for work is going to be a challenge. Heck with laundry! Who needs clean socks anyway!