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Saturday, December 27, 2008

2 ginger cats


More doodlings in ArtRage, then further fiddling in Photoshop. The background color came out weird, though. It looked greener in Photoshop.

doodly-doodly-doo


Just doodling around with ArtRage. Making swirly colorful stuff.





I saw a little doggie's face in the swirls. La la la la la. That's what my brain is doing right now.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Homemade card and sketch


See? I do still make some stuff, sometimes, when properly motivated. This card came out nice, just as I'd envisioned it.

Collossal time waster meme

1. Do you like cheese? Generally, yes.

2. Have you ever smoked? Ick-no.

3. Do you own a gun? No.

4. Do you like listening to Christmas music? Yes, but only at Christmastime, and in moderate doses.

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? A little, usually.

6. What do you think of hot dogs? Best barbecued on the 4th of July. Eaten on a bun with mustard and maybe a little relish. Or a chili dog.

Dang, now I want a hot dog.

7. Favorite Christmas song for all time?

Marshmallow World. It's actually more of a winter song than a Christmas song, though. It played all day in my head one June day when it snowed on our summer vacation. I’ve loved it ever since.

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Just enough orange juice to wash down my morning pills.

9. Can you do push ups? I haven’t even attempted to do push ups in a few decades. I’m guessing probably not.

10. Who is your favorite Grey’s Anatomy Character? Uh, sorry, I am apparently one of the few people who don’t watch that show.

11. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? I wear very little jewelry. I guess my wedding ring and the little chai pendant my grandma gave me are my favorites. I wear them both all the time.

12. Favorite hobby? “looking and finding” for bugs, shells, rocks, whatever.

13. Do you eat “exotic” foods? What’s “exotic?” Chinese? Indian? Deep fried bugs on a stick?? (Yes to the first 2, no thanks to that last one)

14. Do you have A.D.D.? That would explain a lot- Ooh, hey, is that the Goodyear Blimp? Be right back!

15. What one trait do you hate about yourself? I’m lazy.

16. Middle Name? yes.

17. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment: I feel a little like taking a nap. I smell coffee. Should I divulge my middle name?

18. Name 3 things you bought yesterday? Avocados, tomatoes, and a jalapeno pepper. I made guacamole!

19. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? Water, juice, occasionally diet coke.

20. Current worry right now? I haven’t finished started my Christmas shopping yet.

21. Current hate? Stupid people!

22. Favorite place to be? Death Valley, always. (OK, maybe not in the middle of summer, but hey…)

23. How will you bring in the New Year? I’ll be asleep before the old year ends.

24. Where would you like to go? Right now? I’m good.

25. Name three people who will complete this? You, you, and you. (you know who you are)

26. Do you own flip flops? Not anymore. I used to live in those things. Now I can’t wear them because of my foot issues, plus I can no longer tolerate the little thong that goes between the toes.

27. What shirt are you wearing? I’m in layers right now. A red/black/white striped ¾ sleeve t shirt covered by a fleece thingy. And a vest.

28. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? I've never tried it, but I bet it feels slippery.

29. Can you whistle? yes

30. Favorite color? Green. Or maybe Blue.

31. Would you be a pirate? I don’t think I have the stamina.

32. What songs do you sing in the shower? I don’t sing, but sometimes I “rehearse” what I plan to say to the next group I will be touring at the arboretum.

33. Favorite girl’s name? I had the girl’s name (Deanna) picked out for both of my pregnancies, and I ended up having 2 boys.

34. Favorite boy’s name? I always liked Brice. Come to think of it, Michael ranks right up there, too.

35. What’s in your pocket right now? Ha! When I walked to the corner this morning to pick some eucalyptus leaves for my ET, I found these 2 weird things:

Some kind of game tokens, or maybe pogs. (Remember pogs?) Anyway, as I was picking them up from the sidewalk, I was wondering what I would even do with them, and now their purpose is clear: to be in this post!

36. Last thing that made you laugh? When that guy threw his shoes at President Bush.

37. Bed sheets as a child? There were yellow flowered ones that I liked. And some blue ones that looked pretty, but were cheap and scratchy.

38. Worst injury you’ve ever had? I’ve dislocated my knee several times. The last time was in public, on vacation, and it was not only embarrassing, it spoiled the whole rest of the trip.

39. Do you love where you live? I like it. I’m used to it, but I don’t love it.

40. How many TV’s do you have in your house? We have 2, but one will become obsolete next February. But we can also watch TV on the internet, so counting all the PC's it’s almost like having 6 TV’s

41. Who is your loudest friend? I’m the loud one. Everyone else is quieter than me.

42. How many dogs do you have? Two, Boomer and Marley.

43. Does someone have a crush on you? Boomie does.

44. Do you get embarrassed easily? Kind of. Sometimes.

45. What is your favorite book? Any good book I read becomes my favorite of the moment. I don’t know if I have an all time favorite. Maybe Lord of the Rings?

46. What is your favorite candy? Dark Chocolate.

47. Do you know all the words to the Fresh Prince theme song? OK, I just sat here and hummed it quietly to myself, and, surprisingly, yes I do. I hope I don’t have it stuck in my head all day now!

48. What song do you want played at your funeral? I don’t plan on having a funeral. No, I don’t expect to live forever, but I will want to keep things simple. And I don’t have a big family or lots of friends, so it won’t be a big deal.

49. What were you doing at 12 AM last night? Sleepin’.

50. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? How long can I lay here before the dogs come in and start demanding their breakfast?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Blog Consolidation

My blogging has slacked off considerably this past year. Maybe it's just a temporary slump, or it could be the trend for the future. I don't know. In any case, I had been pondering merging my art blog into this one for a while, but I didn't know how I could do that. Lo and behold, Blogger has added a new feature which made it possible. So now, all my art posts going back 3 years are here, and future artwork posts will go here as well. Once Inspired will remain, but will no longer be updated.

SoCal COLD


This is a screenshot of the weather widget on my Google home page. That temperature reading, (48 degrees!) matches what is says on the digital thermometer in my car, so it must be right.
So, it's the middle of the day, and it's in the 40's! Dang! If it gets much colder, I'll be expecting to build a snowman in my own front yard. (I wish)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Mental note: Fractalius

A while back, I found these awesomely altered praying mantis photos. Today, I learned there's an application you can get called Fractalius that does this.

Friday, December 12, 2008

I could do this every day.

Today Jerry and I went to the beach. There was a minus-tide. I really wanted to explore the tidepools, but it's just getting harder every time for me to navigate those slippery rocks. So after struggling through (but still enjoying) the rocky part for a little while, we just walked along the sand for a couple of hours. I brought home a pocket full of treasures, and a few pictures you can see here.

I love just walking anywhere in nature, but especially if there are rocks to be found (or shells). I get the same high from beachcombing as I do from walking up a rocky wash in the desert. (or bug hunting!) I don't care if my back or my feet are hurting. There's always more to see just up ahead or just around the bend, and I push myself to keep going.

I'll probably be hurting tomorrow. But that's OK. If I had a choice (and apparently today I did) between having a back ache from cleaning and vaccuuming or from going down (and back up) a steep hill and clambering over slippery rocks, I'd pick the second choice every time.

And I really would do it every day if I could.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A written complaint


Sometimes the notes the boys leave crack me up. Sometimes they crack each other up. Michael found this terse message from Brice on a carton of Almond Breeze in the refrigerator, and it sent him into a spasm of hysterical laughter. (OK, maybe you just had to be there)
In all fairness to Almond Breeze, it's good stuff. We drink it all the time. There was just a little bit left in this particular carton and it was several days old already, so I guess it was past its prime. And now we know what happens to that stuff when it goes past its prime: the viscosity exceeds tolerable levels.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Two new friends

There has been a cactus/succulent sale at the arboretum this weekend. I always like to go and look. I would buy a whole bunch of new plants, but A) I'm too cheap, B)I don't have space for all those little pots, C)I can't always keep them alive.

But after careful consideration, I picked out these two little guys. They're delightfully round, nicely patterned, and that's pretty much all I know about them, except their names.

Astrophytum asterias


Euphorbia obesa

The sale ends this afternoon. Tomorrow morning I will be searching the ground around the sales area for little fallen bits and pieces that could be rescued and rooted. Of course, most of what I find is ridiculously common, and often damaged on top of that (stepped on, mostly), but it's still something I like to do.

Recipe: Roasted Vegetables


I never know, from one day to the next, whether Michael and Jessi will be having dinner with us. This is further complicated now that Jessi is a vegetarian. I am mindful of having something on hand that she can eat for dinner, even if I've made something with meat for the rest of us.

I tried this recipe for Roasted Vegetables to go with a rotisserie chicken that Jerry made. They came out really good. I used less red pepper than the recipe called for, because I just had half a pepper leftover from something, and my guys aren't into bell peppers so much. I also threw in a few green beans and mushrooms. Other than that, I pretty much stuck to the recipe, and I really liked it.

(and Jessi ended up going out with her family last night, so she didn't get a chance to taste it. There are still leftovers, though, and I have another recipe waiting to try on her.)

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Snoozy doggies


Marley. Look at those sweet, grizzled dog-lips.



Boomie. Now able to get up onto his 7-foot leather dog bed, otherwise known as our couch.
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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Leaf studies

I haven't done much artwork lately. I've got lots of ideas, but they pretty much spin around inside my head and then fizzle or fade away. But I had an idea to try something tonight: I tried making these leaves in Photoshop. I want them to look sort of like fabric, and 3-D.



The green ones are supposed to look like felt. I think the one on the right looks better. The red one is a burlap texture. You can see the texture better if you click on the picture to enlarge it. I figured out how to use a texture overlay for these.

Don't know what I'm going to do with this new skill, which, knowing me, I could forget by tomorrow. But here, at least you can see I did something.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Ugh...sick

It started out like a cold, but now I think it may be a sinus infection similar to what I had in September 07. I can probably look forward to about a week of congestion and aches, to be followed most likely by a cough that will make my docent duties challenging.

Oh well, at least I lasted for over a year without an illness, and got through my Death Valley trip and Thanksgiving before I got sick, and I have no serious obligations for several more days.

Pass the Kleenex, please.

And the heating pad.

Or maybe the ice pack.

And the TV clicker.

And that half of turkey leg in the refrigerator.

Our Thanksgiving Dinner

Even though there were only 3 of us for dinner, I still made the usual feast, just smaller amounts (of some things). Michael and Jessi ate with her family, but they came here for dessert (and in Michael's case) carcass-picking.


New this year: Vegetables simmering to make vegetable stock for the stuffing. Jessi recently became a vegetarian. I didn't know if she would even eat any, but I was ready for her any way.
After draining off the stock, I gave the dogs some of the veggies and the turkey liver in their food.


Our bird. A modest 13 pounder, smoked to perfection. It was supoib as usual.


Basic yams. I don't go in for all that marshmallow stuff on top. These are par-boiled and tossed with margarine and brown sugar, then baked.


Green bean casserole. Quite possibly the best side-dish ever to come out of 5 cans. (3 cans of green beans, one can of cream of mushroom soup, one can of french-fried onions)


The stuffing casserole. This was Jerry's mom's recipe. It has bread cubes, apples, onions, celery, mushrooms, olives, walnuts, giblets and raisins. I made a special giblet-less portion for Jessi.


Jessi's beautiful apple pie.


Leafy pie crust detail. Jessi's pie crust is amazing. So much better than the pie shop, even.

We had about 3/4 of the turkey leftover, and ample amounts of the accessories as well, but I don't expect them to last more than a couple of days, except for one breast-half which I froze for later. The two days after Thanksgiving are usually spent constantly grazing on leftovers, right out of the fridge. That's good for me, because I came down with a cold last night, and at least I don't have to worry about cooking for a couple of days.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fire storm, day 2


The air was thick with smoke this morning. Really bad air quality. There is heavy ash fall. The fire has moved north a little bit. We can no longer see flames from our front yard. It's actually creeping closer to where Jerry works. There was virtually no wind when we first ventured out, but now there is a little breeze blowing. We don't want wind. It fans the fire, and it blows the smoke over many miles.
I have put a few pictures on my Flickr page. Still bugging Jerry to get some of his on there, too.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Close enough, thank you

Fires are burning close to where I live. The closest one is just a few miles away. but there's a much bigger fire whose western edge is probably about 10 miles away. Jerry and I spent some time up at our hilltop park with a bunch of other local lookie-loos, watching the hills burn and taking pictures. Most of my pictures turned out pretty crappy, but Jerry's were a lot better. If I can steal a few from him, I'll post them here, and hopefully he'll put more up on his flickr page.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Box of love, '08


This is my digitally-created card for this year's Box of Love. I used paper and elements from Lliella Designs. , but of course added my own touches as well.

You can find out more about Boxes of Love, and see one of my earlier cards here.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Boomer update

I had mixed feelings about going in for his 6 month post-amputation exam. Even though he has been feeling just fine, I wasn't sure I really wanted to know if the deadly seeds of cancer had spread to his lungs, as the doctor cautioned it might. But part of me did want to know, so I could be prepared for what might be next.

I let them give him an x-ray.

It was clean! No visible mets or suspicious spots.

I wasn't really surprised, because I know he's been feeling and acting like his old self. But I sure was glad anyway.

He also had a routine blood test, mostly just to make sure that his liver function is still OK with the continued use of his NSAID prescription.

Good boy, Boomie. Mama loves you.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Voter's muscle


Michael asked me to draw the Obama logo on his arm with my face paint crayons. He proudly displayed it all day.

Not a bad present, eh?


(Click to enlarge)
With apologies to Lane Smith and the Happy Hocky Family.

I did my part


Saturday, November 01, 2008

Going back to the desert


Jerry and I decided rather suddenly to plan a trip to Death Valley for later this month. He has time off coming, and seemed disappointed this morning that we hadn't planned some kind of getaway yet. So I checked, and by some miracle one of the nicer rooms at Stovepipe Wells was available. We toyed briefly with a couple of other options up and down the map, but ended up booking reservations at Stovepipe.
Usually, a trip to DV is something we plan for months in advance. This trip is just 3 weeks away!

Fluff


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Originally uploaded by Buglady1104
Just one of those things that caught my eye.

The hose again


Thursday, October 16, 2008

My favorite breakfasts

That previous post about the High School Musical made me think of good breakfasts that I would much prefer to eat. Here are my favorites, in no particular order:

Bagel (preferably a bialy) with lox and cream cheese

Eggs, over easy, with corned beef hash

French toast with a few slices of bacon on the side

Kelloggs Sugar Frosted Flakes

Orange-Ricotta Pancakes

Malt-o-meal or Wheatena, cooked by my dad when I was a kid

Huevos Rancheros with beans and rice

Cold, leftover pizza, right outta the fridge. (I call this Breakfast of Champions)


Now, here's what I usually have for breakfast, when I'm not having one of the delicacies listed above:

Cheerios with a banana sliced into it.

Peanut butter and jelly on toast

Scrambled egg and cheese sandwich

Hot cereal (usually oatmeal)

Fruit smoothie

High School Musical: The Cereal


First of all, I have to say that I have never seen any of the High School Musical shows. (Or are they movies? I don't know, because nobody in this house falls within the demographic to give a damn!) But I have heard of it, and I know it's popular with, who? Little girls, maybe? Pre-teens?
Anyway, imagine my surprise annoyance at seeing that it has been made into a breakfast cereal.
I didn't eat Shrek cereal, I didn't eat Pirates of the Carribean cereal, and I won't go near this stuff either.

A fascination with the garden hose

This truly expresses the spirit of this blog: Random, miscellaneous and trivial. It's my garden hose.

I can't be bothered to roll it up neatly, so I usually just hoist it up out of the way. Recently I have noticed what a lovely, graceful shape it makes on the ground.








I will try to post more pictures of my garden hoses as conditions warrant.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Favorite stuff meme

Nabbed from Julie's blog. Hehe.


1. Clothes shop: I did not inherit the shopping gene from my mom. I am decidedly unfashionable, and I don't really care, as long as it covers my nakedness. Most of my wardrobe comes from WalMart and Mervyn’s.

2. Furniture shop: Most of our furniture is old (not antique, old.) And shabby. There is a nice wood furniture shop in our county, and we have purchased a few nice things from them, but they are old now too.

3. Sweet: Dark chocolate

4. Favorite Cities: Fullerton, CA (where I live), various cities and towns in beautiful Sonoma county, (CA), where I spent 10 days last year. Albuquerque. Denver.

5. Drink: Water

6. Music: A variety of genres, some old, some weird, some old and weird. You can click on the little gadget on my sidebar to hear some.

7. TV series: PBS: Nature, Nova, History Detectives.... Network TV: Ugly Betty. Boston Legal. I enjoyed the first episode of Life on Mars last night.

8. Movies: Lord of the Rings trilogy, Waking Ned Devine, Cars (Yeah, well my taste in movies is about as weird as my taste in music.

9. Workout: I will walk anywhere, anytime I might have a chance to see nature. I prefer the beach, the desert, or the woods, but most of the time I happily traipse through the local arboretum, looking at flowers and bugs.

10. Pastries: Pastries? Would chocolate cake be considered a pastry?

11. Coffee: No thanks. I’ve never liked coffee. When I was seventeen, I nonetheless decided I was old enough that I should start drinking it, because that’s what adults drink, and I set about trying to “acquire a taste for it”. After about a week, I decided I would just have to become an adult who doesn’t drink coffee. I do like the smell of it brewing, though.

Anybody who wants to can consider yourself tagged. Just let me know, so I can find out how weird you are too.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Make your own

Found this recipe online for floor cleaner, which also happens to work as a houseplant insecticide.

Just keeping it for future reference:

1/3 c rubbing alcohol
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup bottled water
2 drops Ivory dish soap

Friday, October 03, 2008

Mentholatum-te-dum(b)

The other day, Michael, who has a cold, put in a request for Mentholatum. You can see where he wrote it on my little note-board on the fridge.


Normally the consummate speller, in his congested state he could not think of how to write it, except phonetically:

I was perplexed by this momentarily, until I read it out loud. Menthol-A-dumb? Ah, Mentholatum!



So we got him some of this....


and then I turned it into this!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Distracted by leaves


I made a quick trip to school today to give something to Mrs. W.
On my way back to the car, I passed under an ornamental pear tree, and got sidetracked looking at all the pretty fallen leaves. I could spend an hour collecting them, but then what would I do with them? In a day or so, the colors would fade and the leaves would all turn brown. So I pulled out my camera and took a picture real quick. This handful, at least, will never fade now.

Mix-up at the Sara Lee plant

I consider myself to be a pretty careful shopper. I look at the nutrition label, try to get the best price, and I always remember to check the expiration date (and then dig around to see if I can find a better date!) But this was something I didn't notice till after I got home: My hamburger buns came in a hot dog buns bag.




Not that it really matters. HD and HB buns cost the same, for the same quantity. It's basically the same thing only a different shape. But it was still funny.

Interesting fern stem cross section

Well, I finally finished cleaning out the little section in my front yard that had old, overgrown, and generally yucky-looking plants. There used to be 4 old ferns. 3 of them died a couple of years ago. Their rotted stumps just pulled right out. The last one was still alive, but failing. I had Jerry take it out. Then Michael cut the stem/trunk in half so the trash collectors would take it. Check out the cross-section of the trunk. I've never seen anything like it before. It almost looks like Arabic writing. (...says the clueless American lady)

More made-up phrases

In this previous post, I listed a few made-up words and silly sayings that we use in our family. Over the weekend, I remembered a couple more:

Blooby- blooby-blooby: used exclusively by me, usually in reply to Jerry, as a way to let him know that I have no idea what he's talking about. (most often it's something to do with computers or some other technology.) I got this several years ago from a cartoon series called "Recess". In one episode, the main characters, a group of 4th graders, took a group of kindergarteners under their wing. The brainy girl, Gretchen, was reading something rather complicated to one little girl. When Gretchen asked her to repeat what she had just heard, the kid just went, "Blooby-blooby-blooby" I knew instantly this was the phrase for me! I use it fairly often, much to Jerry's annoyance.

That was a good sample: This goes way back to when Jerry was little. His dad used to say it. It's a polite way of saying, "Is this all you made for dinner? I'm still hungry!" Jerry used it last night when I made some yummy burgers, but just one apiece!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A meme for couples

A young mother known as Mrs. Smith (if that is her real name) made a nice comment on an old post of mine. In a reciprocal peek at her blog, I found this meme, which she tagged anyone to answer. So here's mine:

How long have you been together?
We'll be married 29 years this December. Lived together for a while before that. Knew eachother a couple of years before that.

Who eats more?
Me. (burp)

Who said I love you first?
Probably him. I don't remember.

Who is taller?
Me, by a hair.

Who sings better?
Um, we don't really sing. Probably a tie, both not so great.

Who is smarter?
Him, for most things.

Who does the laundry?
Me.

Who does the dishes?
Me.

Who pays the bills?
Him. Everything's on the computer. If he drops off the face of the earth tomorrow, our whole financial system reverts to shoeboxes and mattresses.

Who mows the lawn?
Our gardener, Mr. Lee!

Who cooks dinner?
Me.

Who drives when you are together?
Him.

Who is more stubborn?
Whoa, that's a tough one. Me, I think. No, him. No, me! Me, me, me!

Whose parents do you see the most?
His are no longer living, so I win. But we don't see them too often anyway.

Who kissed who first?
Funny story here: Our first kiss, in his old VW bug, we bumped heads before our lips touched. Then we started laughing. But we were both in it together. Simultaneously.

Who proposed?
Neither one of us, really. We just sort of started planning the wedding.

Who is more sensitive?
He can be so thin-skinned sometimes. I, on the other hand, have cried viewing Cheerios commercials. Call it even.

Who has more friends?
Me. Not that it matters.

Who has more siblings?
Also me.

Who wears the pants in the family?
Well, of course we both wear pants! Who's in charge? I give him the final say. But most of the time we agree on the important stuff anyway. And the minor stuff, I let him do what he wants.

And I also tag whoever. Have fun.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Clique Beetles


As soon as Dudley rolled into town with his ball of dung, he suspected he might have a hard time fitting in.




Click Beetles, get it? A clique of click beetles. Ah well, hopefully my fellow bug bloggers will enjoy it.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Don't touch my stuff





That warning is actually a song title that should be the theme song for certain members of this household.

You can hear the song by going here, to Zach Gill's Myspace page. A music player will load on the page. Click on the song: Don't Touch My Stuff.

Art alert!

Okay, normally I don't cross-post my blogs, but since I've been using this blog a lot more than my art blog, I thought I should link to it.

In fact, I've been sort of considering merging my art blog and this one, but I'm not sure if I should or not.

Current events, illustrated

What's this? Art?? That I made???

Yes, I actually made something, and I'm submitting it to Illustration Friday for the first time in a dog's age.

The topic this week is island, and my tiny island is really just the backdrop for the double whammy of disasters, both natural and financial that have dominated the news. Fortunately, the little island that is my own life is far less turbulent, but I am a terrible worrier sometimes, and sometimes it takes strong feelings, even negative ones, to jump-start my creativity.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Cute baby elephant


I remember hearing about this baby elephant a couple weeks ago. He was initially rejected by his mother, but after a few days apart with the baby cared for by zookepers, they were carefully reintroduced and they were able to bond.

There's no way you can watch him scampering and swingin' that little trunk without smiling. In fact, here's another clip of the same little guy with his mom and another female elephant. Enjoy.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

A door to somewhere

On the Friday before Labor Day, Jerry and I spent the day in Laguna Beach. While strolling through this picturesque, artsy town, we passed this ornate antique door.





It looked old and ...special, somehow. We didn't even bother to see what the rest of the building was, though. The part we passed by was just brick, no signage.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Marley wearing a hat


She layed there for an hour with that hat on. Silly girl.

Greetings from The Gourd Tunnel


One of the fun things we had growing at the arboretum this summer. Just make a framework of bamboo poles, plant some assorted gourd seeds along the bottom, add water, and let the fun begin. Oh, and watch your head as you go through!


My favorite thing in the tunnel was not a gourd, but the frilly little flower of one of the gourd varieties. That's the gourd, looking like an oversized stringbean, and the little white flower is next to it.



Lookit all the crazy little CurlyMcCues on that thing.