Sunday, December 27, 2009

Moving into Spring

As the solstice brings longer days, my brain is moving towards seed starting, and retail displays.

Last year we loved starting the season with our Sweet on Spring celebration. Now it's a ritual. Scotty is now busy working on the main display.

One winter, about 10 years ago, we visited friends in Tucson. Scotty was so taken with the Sonoran desert that he built a 9 f00t tall metal and stucco saguaro cactus. It has lived in a corner of the shop ever since. A few weeks ago, he moved it over in front of the wood stove and began his winter art project. It is amazing!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Scotty's blog..

My muy talented husband has started a photo blog.
Mostly landscapes, amazing landscapes.
It's going to be harder to steal his photos now for my blog.....

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

every good boy does fine

Scotty has been giving me music lessons on the piano. I really want to learn how to play the fiddle but I thought I would learn more about basic music theory and what all those notes are first..kinda fun!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Golden Whitman County

Here is a link to a map titled The Decline: The Geography of a Recession. It animates the unemployment rates from January 2007 to October 2009. Whitman County's unemployment rate has virtually remained unchanged. I am not suggesting that many lives have not been touched, I know they have, but we seem rather insulated from the larger picture this map is showing.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Osage Orange/Hedge Apple

A thanksgiving day trip up the snake river to Heller bar revealed a tree that I've never seen these parts. Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera) is a common tree on the great plains where it was historically planted as a fence row due to it's dense branching and tough thorns.
The fruit has a citrus & evergreen bough scent and a beautiful lime green color. It is common in the mid-west to bring the fruit indoors for the winter to repel spiders and insects.

I think they are beautiful lined on my kitchen window sill.