Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Girl in the Spiders Web

Read. Not by Steig Larsson but authorized by his estate and criticized by his partner of many years.

Still, a good book.

The first Dutch Apple Baby of the season

Fall is apple season. I hope to be able to eat more Dutch Apple Babies this season. Sometimes these are called German Apple Pancakes.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Digging purple potatoes

The tops of two of the potatoe plants died and the sources say it's time to dig them up. Lynn did the digging and I did the recording for posterity.

A potato in situ.

The haul from that plant.

The haul from the first plant. I thought there would be more, but this was our first try. Next year even more mounding as they grow.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Crepe Myrtle Blooms

One of the two trunks on this crepe myrtle has died, but this side is blooming.

Crepe myrtles blooming is the sign if high summer, maybe even the peak.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Hosta flowers

We do have a lot of hostas in our forested yard by the creek.

There are many with interesting leaves, and I do like the flowers. We have been culling boring hostas and filling in with other perennials bit by bit. It is a multi-year process. This is getting to the end if year 9.

Potato flowers

I am assuming these potato flowers are purple because the potatoes under the ground are. we are hoping this experiment works.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Inside Out was a great movie

We saw Inside Out on Saturday.  I think we had the same thought as many, to go see a movie on a rainy day.  The 12:30 and 1:30 showings at Brandwine Town Center Regal were sold out when we got there! We went to the Penn Cinema Riverfront in Wilmington at 1pm. I guess that bodes well for the Inside Out that it is so popular on week 2, though I also wonder if rainy days are good for summer blockbusters.

The movie was even better than I would have thought from the millions of trailers and promos on Disney channel.  The idea of seeing inside someone's head to see the thought process and the interplay of emotions is a clever one, and I think the movie used it too good effect.  As others have said, having a common language to talk about emotions and what motivates us helps in conversations with 6 year olds (and 46 year olds), and also provides some good comedic fodder.

As with every Pixar movie, there was enough loss and poignancy to make even the most hard-hearted person break into tears in a public movie theater,  Even when you could see it coming the loss still got you.  As for me, I had one takeaway (spoilers).

Remember Bing Bong...

And now for something completely different.

What's with all of the trees?

Is four posts in a row about trees down due to two recent storms enough?  Please comment if you want more or less or this is just right.

It is just that the trees down was one of the more interesting things happening that I could get an interesting picture of, that we can "oh, wow!" over without including deep commentary.  My biggest worry is that I personally can't just look at a tree, factor in the past, current and upcoming weather conditions and tell you whether it is going to fall.  As a person who lives on a lot with many trees close to my house, this is somewhat worrying.  I am sure it will be fine.

I hope some of the next posts will be on other topics.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Tree down across the creek

This tree broke from its stump and fell down in last night's storm. It is across the creek from us.

You can see it broke off partway up the tree.