Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Garden Update: End of Summer Is Near

Okay. Here we go. It has been a weird summer and I haven't done a very good job with the garden updates. So I'm just going to cram as much into this post as possible. Seeing it is the last day of August, which is essentially the end of summer, I would like to have the garden on record before it's time to put it in next year!


Snow Peas:
These did very well. We harvested, shucked, and blanched. We ended up with 2 quart bags of peas for the freezer.





Green beans:
Did very well, also. We harvested and blanched. Ended up freezing one gallon bag. I'm going to make our Thanksgiving green bean casserole with beans from our garden this year!



Tomatoes:

Did a good job of training and trellising the plants. They were HUGE!!


But was slack in trimming back non-producing limbs to make room for more growth. All of the plants fell completely over at one point or another (except the Roma because it is only 2 feet tall, which is also weird).

Everyday we looked out the window and another one was laid over. We tied them up, tied them to each other, and even let one use the chaise lounge! There was so much unnecessary growth that the plants were pushing their cages out of the ground and flopping over! They also were not focusing on the task at hand -- making ripe tomatoes! Eventually, I went snip-happy on them and trimmed off a giant pile. All plants lived and we had red tomatoes within days.




Beets:

These did very very well. Seems like root veggies love it here. We chose to plant carrots, beets, radishes this year because the winter was so rainy and the slugs were so bad, we knew the leafy veggies would just be a liability.

We harvested the beets, cleaned them up, blanched them, removed skin (what a pain in the ASS!), and pickled them. We yielded 10 half pint jars and 2 quart jars! We've stashed them away in the pantry for the winter. This was a very long and arduous process. I can definitely say we were "beet" by the end of the day!



Oh my gosssssshhhhh, this post could go on forever! There are so many pictures of the garden and I just don't have the time to write about it all. So, I'm going to post a slide show of all the garden pictures so you can check them all out.

Enjoy!


PS. We're planning on having a winter garden this year. I'm planning to sow the seeds soon (it's way late to plant a winter garden but what the hell!). I don't have high hopes for the crop, but I am hoping that a little ground cover will help keep our fabulous soil from washing away like last year.

Always something new to try with our urban farming!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Kings Over Breath

Post by Jason - imported from The Digital Fallout.



Motherless men cling to a life raft helpless
drifting further and further out to sea
a lighthouse twinkles in the motherless men's eyes
but grows distant on the horizon
becoming a stargazers last bright bursting dot of the night
an aleph fading out from the motherless man's sight

space

that is the point of all points

changed

that is the point

darkness folding over night

becoming one

fear and understanding unite

Infinite!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Work. Busy. Music. Listen.

I want to live in a grass house and play on Giant's Causeway.


BON IVER "Holocene" from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.


"someway, baby, it's part of me, apart from me"
You're laying waste to Halloween
You fucked it friend, it's on it's head, it struck the street
You're in Milwaukee, off your feet

... and at once I knew I was not magnificent
Strayed above the highway aisle
(Jagged vacance, thick with ice)
I could see for miles, miles, miles

3rd and Lake it burnt away, the hallway
Was where we learned to celebrate
Automatic bought the years you'd talk for me
That night you played me 'Lip Parade'
Not the needle, nor the thread, the lost decree
Saying nothing, that's enough for me

... and at once I knew I was not magnificent
Hulled far from the highway aisle
(Jagged vacance, thick with ice)
I could see for miles, miles, miles

Christmas night, it clutched the light, the hallow bright
Above my brother, I entangled spines
We smoked the screen to make it what it was to be
Now to know it my memory:

... and at once I knew I was not magnificent.
High above the highway aisle
(Jagged vacance, thick with ice)
I could see for miles, miles, miles

Friday, August 19, 2011

Homegrown Revolution - The Urban Homestead

The path to freedom begins with sustainability and self-sufficiency. Freedom is my dream.

This short film expresses exactly how Jason and I feel about urban farming. It explains all of the reasons why we dream about the Art Farm (our future urban homestead in the Willamette Valley).




Check out their website: http://urbanhomestead.org/.

"Don't look for others to change, you start by changing yourself."

For Grins on Friday

It's been a pretty crazy week so I wanted to wrap it up with something to make us all smile and go Awwwww.


Best Buddies



More posts next week on the garden, pickled beets and blackberry jam, OH MY!

Hope you have a great weekend! I think it's BEER:30 by my watch ;-)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Winnebago Man

OMG!!! How have I never seen this guy before!?!

He's off the fucking chain and it's hilarious!

It's almost poetic how he fits so many curse words into each exclamation!



"...an ‘80s RV salesman whose hilarious, profanity-strewn, on-the-job meltdown was captured on video and passed around on VHS tapes, before exploding into an Internet phenomenon seen by millions. Filmmaker Ben Steinbauer goes in search of the infamous viral video star and discovers him living a hermit-like existence on top of a mountain, unaware of his fame."


The documentary about this guy is awesome!

Check it out!

Watch more free documentaries

Monday, August 08, 2011

Evolution of the Hipster

Got a joke for you:
Why did the hipster burn his mouth eating pizza?
Because he ate it before it was cool. Ha!

This video is very educational in case you're wondering what exactly constitutes a "hipster."

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Jefferson Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now

Woke up with this song in my head today. This video is pretty corny but I did kinda like the movie Mannequin.

I especially like this part of the song:

Let em say we're crazy, what do they know
Put your arms around me baby
Don't ever let go
Let the world around us just fall apart
Baby we can make it if we're heart to heart




Looking in your eyes I see a paradise
This world that I've found
Is too good to be true
Standing here beside you
Want so much to give you
This love in my heart that I'm feeling for you

Let em say we're crazy, I don't care about that
Put your hand in my hand baby
Don't ever look back
Let the world around us just fall apart
Baby we can make it if we're heart to heart

Chorus:
And we can build this dream together
Standing strong forever
Nothing's gonna stop us now
And if this world runs out of lovers
We'll still have each other
Nothing's gonna stop us, nothing's gonna stop us now

I'm so glad I found you
I'm not gonna lose you
Whatever it takes I will stay here with you
Take it to the good times
See it through the bad times
Whatever it takes is what I'm gonna do

Let em say we're crazy, what do they know
Put your arms around me baby
Don't ever let go
Let the world around us just fall apart
Baby we can make it if we're heart to heart

And we can build this dream together
Standing strong forever
Nothings gonna stop us now
And if this world runs out of lovers
We'll still have each other
Nothing's gonna stop us, nothing's gonna stop us

Ooh, all that I need is you
All that I ever need
And all that I want to do
Is hold you forever, ever and ever, hey

(guitar solo)

And we can build this dream together
Standing strong forever
Nothing's gonna stop us now
And if this world runs out of lovers
Well still have each other

Nothing's gonna stop us
Nothing's gonna stop us, whoa
Nothing's gonna stop us now, oh no

Hey baby, I know, hey baby, nothing's gonna stop us
Hey baby, woo, nothing, hey baby
Nothing's gonna stop us now yeah

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Camouflage Cat Perch

I painted Derville's cat perch the other day.


I happened to have white and black paint on hand so I decided to make the perch camouflage. Derv is a midnight marauder, shadow-lurking weirdo so camo is perfect.



Jason thinks it has a Dr. Suess look to it. I have to agree.



First, I painted the entire thing white.


Then I attacked it with some glossy black.


All finished!


Installed -





 Obviously, the cat loves his perch and it matches perfectly!

Monday, August 01, 2011

AWOLNATION -- "Not Your Fault"

Another tasty jam from Awolnation, Megalithic Symphony album "Not Your Fault."

Jason and I really love the way the lead singer's voice has this distorted AM static sound to it -- very cool.




She was built with a brain
and some swagger.
A little scream, little cry,
little laughter.
She's a ten,
I'm a joke in my own mind.
But she still loves to dance
with my punch lines.

This love found us
now I see it.
This love up down.
Please believe.

Baby, when I'm yellin' at you,
It's not your fault
It's not your fault, yeah and
Baby cuz I'm crazy for you,
It's not your fault
It's not your fault, yeah
Maybe I'm a little confused,
It's not your fault
It's not your fault, yeah and
Baby, it a wonderful news.
It's not your fault
It's not your fault, yeah

Oh, it's not that you should care.
I just wanted you to know.

I'm a fight with myself
till I'm bleeding.
Just a taste of your skin
starts the healing.
Anyone from my past
get your ammo.
Find my sun in the dark side
of my shadow.

This love found us
now I see it.
This love up down.
Please believe.

Baby, when I'm yellin' at you,
It's not your fault
It's not your fault, yeah and
Baby cuz I'm crazy for you,
It's not your fault
It's not your fault, yeah
Maybe I'm a little confused,
It's not your fault
It's not your fault, yeah and
Baby, it a wonderful news.
It's not your fault
It's not your fault, yeah

Oh, it's not that you should care.
I just wanted you to know.

Hey, hey
na na na na
Hey, hey
na na na na
Hey, hey
na na na na
Hey, hey
na na na na
na na na na
na na na na

Oh, it's not that you should care.
I just wanted you
Oh, it's not that you should care.
I just wanted you to know.
Oh oh oh

Baby, when I'm yellin' at you,
It's not your fault
It's not your fault, yeah and
Baby cuz I'm crazy for you,
It's not your fault
It's not your fault, yeah
Maybe I'm a little confused,
It's not your fault
It's not your fault, yeah and
Baby, it a wonderful news.
It's not your fault
It's not your fault, yeah

Oh, it's not that you should care.
I just wanted you to know.