Saturday, November 18, 2017

Twitter Propehcies


I was born, and now I'm going back home.  The only way you can make it is to be the best you can be to yourself in this game.

 -Stormy Peterson

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

8 A.M.

"When they came to harvest my corpse
(open your mouth, close your eyes)
cut my body from the rope,
surprise, surprise:
I was still alive.
Tough luck, folks,
I know the law:
you can't execute me twice
for the same thing.  How nice.
I fell to the clover, breathed it in
and bared my teeth at them
in a filthy grin.
You can imagine how that went over.
Now I only need to look 
out at them through my sky-blue eyes.
They see their own ill will
staring them in the forehead
and turn tail

Before, I was not a witch.
But now I am one."


 -Margaret Atwood 
Half-Hanged Mary

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

You Say it's Your Birthday...



This is Stormy, Pusheen's "cute little sister".  Apparently, we have a lot in common ... We're both adorable, bratty, and Scorpios celebrating birthdays today.  Bon anniversaire, my little not-so-alter ego!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall-ing in Love Again

 Fog horns and ferries
blankets of cool monochrome
ships passing unseen.



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Lord Almighty, I Feel My Temperature Rising!

And, not just because I'm a hunk of burning love.  As Summer lulls on, the mercury keeps surging, and it's got me looking for new ways to stay hydrated, and cool
leading me to peppermint infused water.  

Since the menthol in peppermint can actually induce a mild sweat, it's considered a cooling agent, and is quite refreshing in small doses.  Peppermint is also a source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium - some of the crucial building blocks for our electrolytes, which are often easily depleted by guzzling tons of ordinary water in hot Summer months.  Ok, so while we may not be bowled over by the trace amounts of minerals in herbs, and able to forsake all other forms of food (1 Tbs of fresh leaves = 9 mg of potassium), it certainly doesn't hurt to slip 'em into your jug, and infuse your beverage you were already going to drink!

Here's What You Do:
In a glass gallon jug combine the ripped, crushed, or pulverized leaves of 5-7 stems clipped from your peppermint plant with pure, filtered water.  Let sit around 6 hours on your counter top, strain, and keep in the refrigerator for the duration of its use.

"But my garden is overgrown with peppermint, 5-7 stems a day will never tame this invasion," you're saying.  I know, I know (well, I should say: I know now - I had no idea, before planting, how aggressive peppermint was in the garden!) ...  But now that you have an out of control patch of herb you're going to clip the hell out of it, and start drying it to make your own tea!

Here's What You Do:
Step one - Clip the hell out of it.
Step two - Dry it.  Here, you have a couple of options.  One, you can gather small bunches and hang them in a clean, dry area with lots of air flow.  Or, save your drying for the odd rainy Summer day, and dry your batches in the oven.  I use my roasting pan that came equipped with a rack in the bottom, of course you can improvise with cookie sheets and cooling racks, it doesn't have to be perfect, you just want nice air flow around your stems.  Next, place your peppermint in the oven on the lowest setting your appliance allows, and leave the door cracked open - you want to dry it, not cook it (depending on your oven, and location this can take anywhere from 30 minutes to about 1 hour and 45 minutes).  Remove, and let cool.
Check for signs of moisture; your leaves should be nice and crunchy.

Once your peppermint has sufficiently dried, remove the leaves from the stems, and rub in a strainer situated over either a bowl or measuring pitcher with a pestle or soup spoon gently grinding the leaves into small flakes and removing any unwanted sharp pieces of stem.  Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry location until your next tea party, or recipe calls for it.  Enjoy!

xoxo

Thursday, July 20, 2017

15 Seeds to Order and Sow Now!

July is a great time, in the Pacific Northwest, to buy and even start your seeds indoors for an August planting of your Fall, Winter, and early Spring crops.

Below, are fifteen plants (including my personal favorites) to consider swapping out with varieties who've already had their early Summer hurrah, and produced all they're likely to this season.

Beets
(Bull's Blood, Detroit-Golden)
Broccoli
(Early Purple Sprouting Broccoli)
Brussels Sprouts
(Long Island Improved)
Cabbage
(Golden Acre)
Cauliflower
(Pusa Meghna)
Cilantro
(Coriander - Slow Bolt)
Collard Greens
(Georgia Southern Creole)
Kale
(Scarlet)
Leeks
(Giant Musselburgh)
Lettuce
(Red Romaine)
Mustard Greens
(Red Giant)
Radishes
(Black Spanish, Sparkler)
Spinach
(Monstrueux De Viroflay)
Swiss Chard
(Rainbow, Fordhook Giant)
Turnip
(Gold Ball)

As always, my favorite seed mongers include: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Garden Hoard, and Seeds Now.  Happy planting!

xoxo

Monday, July 17, 2017

All Wrapped Up: Canvas People

A couple Seven years ago, I snapped one of my all-time favorite photographs on a beachy, mid-day stroll where (nearly) everything had come together perfectly, and quite accidentally.  All I knew was that the lowest tide of the year was coming up at some point, and I needed to get my toes into some cold saltwater as quickly as possible.  What I didn't know was that I'd have to trek nearly the length of a football field to get to said saltwater ... Never one to be easily discouraged, however, if even under the blistering sun back then, I cuffed my off-brand denim jeans from the men's department of my local one-stop-shop, and slogged out to the water's edge, flip-flops in one hand, borrowed digital camera in the other, and me ducking every now and again beneath the safety of the pier's shaded underbelly.
http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-4012340-12590055
What I found at the end, aside from the refreshing tingle of chilly Puget Sound waves lapping at my ankles, was totally worth it.  And now, thanks to a company I first patronized in 2011, I have it on an 18 x 24 canvas on my wall.  After many setbacks, and a pace so glacial it could drive a sane man to weep with madness, I'm finally catching up on my to-do list.  Thankfully the stars aligned, and Canvas People offered a 90% discount, and quick delivery to make up for all of my slack in this project!
It might need a gaudy frame...

And now, here it hangs above my uneven chairs in my crooked cottage (note to self: will rearranging chairs to go with the slope make them look even?)  Ah, the joys of renting a 100+ year old house sitting on an underground spring ... the baby earthquakes in the bay aren't exactly helping matters; before it's said and done, I might end up with a houseboat!

If you've got some goodies of your own you want to turn into masterpieces for your wall, place an order with Canvas People through August 22, 2017 and get 70% off your order + $4.99 shipping - gaudy frames, optional.
  

Friday, June 30, 2017

Fill Your Cart With Color


The new eBay #FillYourCartWithColor campaign couldn't have come at a better time.  With Etsy's latest moves to stiff-arm shop owners being my final straw with this corporation I decided to jump ship, and sidle up to one of its biggest competitors.  But why eBay of all places, aren't they even worse?!  Sometimes it just comes down to "better the devil you know, than the devil you don't," and after seven years with Etsy, I can say with all sincerity, I don't even know what that company is anymore, and highly doubt anyone who works at their headquarters has even a slightly better clue than I do.

To me, eBay has never pretended to be anything it's not.  It's gritty, and unapologetic, and I kinda like it.

With that in mind, I popped some fresh listings up, and I hope you'll join me over there for some color-holic mayhem!  If you're like me, and haven't got a beige bone in your body, click: here, or hit the SHOP link in my sidebar, and paint your world with all the colors of you!

xoxo


Monday, June 12, 2017

Steppe into the Past

Glittering sunshine
hypnotic sweet air rises
valley wakes anew.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Nerd Alert!!!


They're baaaaAAAaaaack ...

Pat Rothfuss' well-oiled, charity machine is at it again.  Worldbuilders is throwing a week-long "Geeks Doing Good" fundraising event (on behalf of Heifer International) in celebration of the Author's (and all around geek aficionado) birthday.  Plus, if you missed out on his end of the year charity merry-making, where they raised a sum over two million dollars, this is your chance to jump in, and score some geeky goodies (ofttimes limited edition) for a good cause.  Head on over to his blog and read up on the event, or just dive right into the Indiegogo page, and start shopping!  Last year's summer event raised over $200,000 USD in just one week to help people around the world deliver themselves from crippling poverty.  To read more about what makes Heifer International unique, head here.
xoxo

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mess With the Bull ... You'll Get the Horns


Because of Etsy's insistence on becoming a payment processor, and my non-compliance with this mandatory service change my shop will be SUSPENDED by May 18, 2017. If you're desperate to have an Etsy experience with me before it ends, click here to shop now! To stay in touch, or receive updates about my store you can always stay tuned here, or find me on Instagram:@The.Longshoremans.Daughter or Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/TheLongshoremansDaughter.

It's 100% my choice to let the company suspend me, just as it is the company's choice making itself a primary money processor a mandatory stipulation after it realized letting people voluntarily sign up for their "Direct Checkout" program for the last few years has not raked in the results the company was hoping for.  Now, it's time for a name change (Etsy Payments or EP) in a sloppy re-branding attempt to grab a piece of the PayPal pie they've been desperate to get their hands on, especially after Etsy stock has been tanking.

I can't justify handing over the volume of personal, and financial information they're asking for to a company that can never even seem to chew gum and clap its hands at the same time.  A company that is NOT equipped to handle the support I feel is necessary to be a primary money processor (we already witnessed how they along with then-processor Worldpay bungled a month-long payment outage last summer where Etsy's six-day silence was equal parts business as usual for them + unprofessional-ism of the highest order, if not completely crooked (can we really expect Adyen to be a much better partnership?).  And, last but not least, a disturbingly dishonest company that hides behind platitudes, and spin.  This is not a company I trust.

Why all the hate?  No payment processor is perfect, it's not like PayPal has a glowing reputation.  Let's not be completely ridiculous, it's not that I trust PayPal particularly more, it's just that I don't think PayPal necessarily pretends to be anything it's not - Etsy was supposed to be different.  It was always supposed to be different, but selling-out kind of has that whole conform-or-die thing going for it.  PayPal is its own special circus, for sure, but when the chips are down you can call and get someone on the phone to work it out ... meanwhile, Etsy has proven time and again that it is completely inept at customer support (the snotty-intern attitude, and mentality adopted by the "team" it employs being the cherry on top), and while most money processors have the same type of sensitive material on file, I prefer having mine in as few places as possible.  So, thems the breaks.

I think it's safe to say, Etsy will miss me about as much as I'll miss it.  If there was any love here to be lost, it crashed faster than Etsy's share prices after its IPO announcement.


*Update May 17, 2017*
Email from Etsy (May 16th):
How generous.

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Space Between

Never think that everything you've learned, and all the ways you've grown have taken you further away from me; somehow making us grow apart.

The truth of it is, I've been waiting for you to meet the person I've always known you to be.

Welcome home.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Ēostre

Hair alive and wild
meringue tipped cerulean
gales taming my heat.

 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Special Delivery: Garden Hoard


My seed stash is officially reaching hoarder status, and I blame it all on companies like Garden Hoard, Baker Creek Seeds, and Seeds Now for dazzling me with their enchanting selections of organic, heirloom, and non-gmo inventory.  But, I suppose all things considered, seeds aren't the worst things in the world to be "hoarding," and you're certainly not likely to find a family of dead cat skeletons under my seed collection, so I figure I'm still within a healthy range.  I am, however, desperate to get them in the ground.  Like, toddler on Christmas Eve all planting season long -- My window sills are already overtaken with the ones I couldn't wait any longer to start, and now I wait for the weather to relax a little since I'm not trying to turn my garden dressed like the Gorton's Fisherman in a monsoon.  I know I'm PNW stock, and like a good rainstorm, but even I have my limits, especially when it comes to Spring yard work. 

Until it dries up around here, you'll have to excuse me while I fan-girl out a little bit over Garden Hoard.  Female owned, and operated, Garden Hoard brings us a decent sized inventory cultivated, and grown on their newly-ish acquired Renegade Acres where they've been able to consolidate their growing operation to one location.  What I love most about this business, aside from getting to watch it grow from its infancy (@gardenhoard for those kool kats on ig), is the amount of care, put into every aspect of it.  This is a business that wants to grow, and thrive, run by people who really believe in what they're doing -- and that's something I can totally get behind.  A lot of seed companies will throw in a free packet of something or another, and that's great (who doesn't love a freebie?), but Katie & Christopher stuff orders with complementary seed sowing, saving, and fact sheets that, if you're a nerd like me, can be tucked straight into your gardening book (gigantic 3-ring binder in my case) creating an excellent little quick reference library.  And since they do everything hands-on, personally, it's nice to have pieces of their advice for what has worked for their seeds based on first-hand experience, and not just generic generalizations.  I can't sing their praises enough, but if you're looking to put in a garden this year, especially if this is your very first, I definitely think Garden Hoard is worth checking out!

xoxo