Saturday, May 30, 2009

Anything But Typical Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
I've read several books like this one written in first person, and this one is the most surprising, and the most satisfying. Jason is very believable, and his descriptions of his behavior give the reader a very clear understanding of his feelings. The most amazing part of this story for me was the depiction of his parents, both doing everything they can to help him, and yet dealing with their own insecurities and issues (his mother especially). The characters around Jason are very balanced between those who genuinely try to help him, the who try to "deal" with him, and those who are outright hostile to someone who is different.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Take that Bunnies!

We are high class with the garden this year. My husband tends to go overboard with any construction project, so the garden that was surrounded by chicken wire last year, this year looks like this:

Take that hungry bunnies, you will have to be satisfied with the clover growing in the yard.

This is also my first good year for returning perennials. I highly recommend gardening this way. I have not planted a single flower and we have this:

It's Dame's Rocket, actually a biannual, but still, didn't require any work this year but to unearth it from the surrounding weeds. And we have this:

It's blue speedwell. Thanks Gloria!

Currently only one problem remains. I planted my herbs outside the fence, and the dopey dog keeps eating my row markers. (They are made of PVC pipe.) He's not so bright about gardening. I think he stepped on and broke my new Rosemary as well. He is a little harder to control than bunnies.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Garden Update

The garden is in, and glory be, it's rainin. We've got WAAAAAAY too many tomatoes, as usual, and this year I planted some greens that I thought we might eat. (I'm not know for healthy gardens, but I'm not know for healthy eating either so it all works out.) The garden is 3 times the size it was last year, and I'm going to do my best not to let it go to waist, but then again, it gets planted in May, and needs harvested in July and August. We'll see how my resolve stands when the tomatoes start climbing in the windows.

Friday, May 1, 2009


testing testing 123 (pardon me, I'm trying to work something out.)