Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sciatica - A Real Pain in the Bum

This past week I've been laid up with sciatica pain all the way down my left leg. I don't even know what I did, probably just slept wrong or something. The sciatic nerve runs from the buttocks all the way down the leg and if you've ever had it you'd know it's about the worst thing to incapacitate a person.

Luckily I had some pain pills and muscle relaxers left over from previous injuries otherwise I would have been in world of even worse pain. These things always seem to happen on a weekend; I've avoided the cost of a visit to the ER or a doctor's office. Today is the first day I've been able to sit or move my left leg or get slightly comfortable. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Moon and Mars in Opposition


Last night the sky was so bright I ran out to see. In the Eastern sky the Moon was full and Mars was in opposition.

 the Moon

Mars

A few minutes later clouds passed in front and they were just a glow. But then I looked down and lightening bugs were flickering over the lawn. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Down the Garden Path

This week in the garden we added the stepping stones. I still need to paint the landing blocks all the same color. The tallest plant on the right is bee balm. It's spread to cover quite a large area. Perennials eventually grow in width and can be divided rewarding gardeners with even more plants to divide and share with others or replant.

Here's another view, the orange is red hot poker and the yellow in the back is the same plant but in yellow. Each day they're sending up more and more blooms. Most of the perennials I've grown from four inch pots or from seed. Much beauty can be gained with a small investment. The dwarf Alberta spruce on the back right was one of the few plants already here.

When our home was built they cut into the back hill and it's almost bare rock. Over time some pine trees have struggled and gained a foot hold. Since they're close to the house we don't want them to get tall so we're pruning the candles off each season to keep them compact. They're larger than bonsai, perhaps a miniature pine tree size.

The catmint branches are full of blossoms and it will continue blooming all season long.

A few plants I'll add this year are geum, the bright orange, some basil for the season, and a pot of hens and chicks I'll divide and plant along the stepping stones.

The yucca blossoms are getting taller and taller but no blooms yet. To the left of this yucca is marjoram and beyond is lavender and then garden sage. Behind the yucca is a coral bark maple I planted two years ago. It's getting so much bigger. Eventually I'll shape it a bit but for now I'll let it go where it wants.

Each one of the yucca buds are shooting out; I can't wait for the spectacle. A few of my seedlings have come up but not as many as I would have thought.

The lavender buds keep swelling waiting for warmer weather. It's been cool and misting all day long. Pleasant weather to work in but plants require more heat to really shine. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Monday, May 16, 2016

A Potter's Potato Salad

Perhaps you're wondering why I called this a potter's potato salad. Please keep reading. I prepared all the ingredients for the salad, seven boiled eggs, (chop all but two, reserve the two for slices on top) ten medium yukon gold or red potatoes cut and cooked, (put them in cold water and turn on heat to keep the inside and outside cooked the same), 1/4 cup of dill pickle relish, 2 shallots chopped fine, 1/3 cup black olives sliced, 1/8 cup course brown mustard, one cup of sour cream, salt and pepper, four dashes of cayenne pepper, and paprika as a garnish on top.

When I got all my ingredients together I realized I didn't have a bowl large enough to toss the salad gently. I always toss my salads in different bowl than I serve them in so the top and edges are free from the smeared dressing. Then I remembered I had requisitioned my large stainless steel bowl for the studio. I ran downstairs to get it.

The bowl was taped with foam on the outside to protect the clay from getting creases from the rim. I was going to cut it off but then I thought, what the heck, I'll just wash the inside well and toss the salad in the stainless bowl and move it to a clean bowl. Then I can just bring the stainless bowl back down to the studio without having to retape the sides with the foam. So that's just what I did. The potato salad was delicious. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.