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16th-Oct-2014 10:30 am - orange and white
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Cox Arboretum
Cox Arboretum, Dayton, Ohio, August

While the knives seek the pumpkins
the fish glides along.

aging zinnia zinnia
Nashville, October

Who will tell the zinnias
it's long past Labor Day?




A fun thing: last week, a verse I wrote was selected for Pilgrims' Stride, and today the verse to follow it was picked. The most fun part seeing the sixty-some directions people pursued...

A frustrating thing: local businesses failing to return phone calls.

Today's work will include: mixing ink and cutting paper.

Today's cooking will include: Greek cinnamon chicken. Maybe. The recipe looked like just the thing when I was reading it in bed last night, but we have neither bay leaves nor dry white wine in the house, nor (uncharacteristically) onions (not counting the scant quarter-cup in my freezer). Hmmm.

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13th-Oct-2014 10:45 pm - not quite free of the beginning
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Christmas pepper

Sometimes, when a pepper seedling emerges, the husk that covered the seed remains attached for a while.

In this case, the seed came from what I now think of as the mama plant, which I've featured in this journal now and then. That plant now seems well on its way to producing its second crop of the year:

tip

In the meantime, I roasted store-bought peppers this afternoon (with an eye toward maybe making soup with the a can of evaporated milk now past its best-by date), since I had the oven going anyway, for pot roast (with onion, daikon, and potatoes, seasoned with rosemary and thyme from my garden). One of the recipes I looked at called for red wine, so I opened a nice bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec (Dos Fincas 2012) a friend had contributed to a party I hosted back in May. I prepared green beans as well, which meant the dog was practically leaping with joy, as she loves to hoover up the tips.

Middle Tennessee was under a tornado watch most of the evening. I am kicking myself a tiny little bit for not making "The Hugo" (a variation of the Dark and Stormy, by the Lee Bros.) to complement the occasion, but not really, what with working on a submission through half of the night and on someone else's manuscript much of the day. Some other time ...

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10th-Oct-2014 03:15 pm - unexpected growth
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I like the scent of tomato leaves. Before I chucked the last of this year's plants into the compost heap, I snipped off a few stems to keep the scent around a bit longer, slipping a couple into one of the stripper glasses our friend K. gave to us last Christmas:

tomato cutting

That was more than a month ago. They're clearly finding the confines agreeable:

tomato cutting

So much that there are even flowers!

tomato cutting tomato cutting

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veggies are sometimes unnerving

This Miyashige daikon radish kind of reminds me of my attempts at side plank the other day.

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Prague, May 2009

amid and above
the trinkets and the trudging

Prague, May 2009

(Snapshots from a walk around Prague, 14 May 2009)

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29th-Sep-2014 09:51 am - hanging on
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in my kitchen
In my kitchen this morning

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23rd-Sep-2014 01:38 am - 20 years!
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wedding
Ann Arbor Juvenile Probate Court, 23 September 1994

me and my sweetie

Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, 29 August 2014

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14th-Sep-2014 11:28 am - fruit gone
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So, that tomato I mentioned yesterday? By the middle of the afternoon, it had vanished. I'm side-eyeing the dog something major right now.

On a more productive note, I'm the featured poet at the Houseboat this week: one interview, ten poems, and assorted photos. This has been in the works for over a year, and it's gratifying to share at last what Rose has selected from the words and images I sent to her. My thanks to her for all of her work, and -- as ever and always -- to you for reading.

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13th-Sep-2014 09:40 am - late fruit
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I've been waiting for what I thought were the last two cherry tomatoes to ripen. I plucked them from the plant this morning. I was about to haul the container to the compost pile when I spotted this:

not done yet

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8th-Sep-2014 10:59 am - encouragement
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At the moment, it is about 30 degrees F cooler than it felt three days ago. It's apparently what some of the flowers needed to emerge:

my garden, Monday
bachelor's button

my garden, Monday
French marigold

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my garden, Monday

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