Archive for March, 2008

Wildflower seedlings

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Last fall I collected some jack-in-the-pulpit seeds out in the woods behind where I work. The directions that I found (on the internet, naturally) for propagating them said to clean the pulp from them and store in a ziplock bag with damp vermiculite in a refrigerator for a few months before planting. The cold storage […]

A little woodworking

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

The bigger woodworking project I did over the weekend was to finish plywood shelves for the baker’s rack and adjust them to fit. In addition, now that I have a light over the little workbench with the lathe and bandsaw on it, I did these: My second bandsaw project. The first was a whale cutout […]

Home and Garden Show

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

We went to the Home and Garden show at Southern Maine University today. It was a nice Maine scale event, a fraction (maybe as much as a quarter, maybe more like a tenth) as big as the Boston Home Show. Just exploring another town past Portland was interesting. We’ve tried to get to Casco from […]

NSFW

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Somehow, probably from an announcement or an ad in Rubberstampmadness magazine, I saw that Meer Image stamp company was doing a project “Stamp Naked” on nudes. We’ve met Steve Van der Meer, the Meer of Meer Image, at stamp conventions; in fact, he’s the person who gave us the name of the place we buy […]

Pic with Dozer

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Here’s a picture of me with Anne and Matt’s dog Dozer. Matt took the picture on the 16th, must have been; I’m walking back from the mailbox with the Sunday paper. Dozer likes to go outdoors any chance he gets. The driveway is long enough that by the time I’m back with the paper I’ve […]

New meaning to “spyware”

Monday, March 24th, 2008

The F-secure blog had a very interesting piece today about targeted malware attacks against pro-Tibet groups. F-Secure is a security software vendor from Finland, in the same business as Symantec and MacAfee. I hadn’t heard of them until I ran across a link to their blog several months ago, because they don’t seem to have […]

Soda Bread

Monday, March 24th, 2008

I’ve often bought a loaf of Irish soda bread when I see it in the supermarket in early March, partly just for a change and partly because I do like substantial breads more than soft fluffy ones. When Stephanie linked to the soda bread site in her Saint Patrick’s Day post I clicked through to […]

Sharpie

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

At some point (probably while washing breakfast dishes) Arlene called from the kitchen, “The hawk is here! It just buzzed the bird feeder!” We had seen a small hawk last weekend, under the trees across the driveway, eating something it had just caught. This time, it was on the snow beyond the apple trees. Arlene […]

Maple Saturday

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Usually Maine Maple Sunday is the third Sunday in March. This year that’s Easter, so a lot of sugaring operations had their open house yesterday. We went to a pancake breakfast at the Crescent Lake Community Center in Webbs Mills. My pancake was cooked really nicely — just done, not overdone — but there were […]

Craig Listing

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Two weekends ago, when we were in the Boston area because of my klez gig, we did some shopping from Craig’s list. My mom has a nice sewing box that opens up to reveal six shallow drawers or boxes, just the right size for spools and notions. Arlene has been seeing many things a lot […]