A Little of This, a Little of That, a Lot of Gardening


Since my last post, I’ve been busy with my spring gardening.  We have a very short Spring season here in CenTX, which means we have to take advantage of what time we get.  I lost a lot of my back yard grass to the drought last year, and had a crop of weeds spring up after the winter rain.  I’ve been meaning to convert more of my back yard to xeriscaping as I did with my front yard and this seemed like the perfect time.

I don’t have before pictures, which is good because it was pretty awful.  I spent Easter weekend scalping the weeds, attempting to till the hard-packed clay, hauling a cubic yard of compost, and planting plants.  Last weekend, I mulched all of my flower beds in the front and back (4 cubic yards of mulch), planted a few more plants, prepared my garden and planted seeds for my summer vegetables.

Journal Page - Zentangle

I’ve been working on Khamse’en a bit, but don’t have any progress pictures yet.  I’ve put her down for the moment so I can get started on my fabric book for Gypsy’s round robin.  I have the front cover design mostly fleshed out and am working through how I’m going to construct it.  I’m leaning towards dye-painting it, but want depth and dimension and need to figure out how I’ll achieve that before I start painting.  Here’s a picture of the sketch from my journal with the color roughed in.  It’s loosely based on a star map from the Harmonium Macrocosmica book I mentioned previously.


Bear is stable. We had a scare over Easter weekend.  One of the things my vet told me to watch for is white gums, which is a sign he’s not oxygenating his blood.  I have been checking and Easter Sunday, his gums were bone white.  I rushed him to the vet Monday morning and talked to the Dr.  She set him up on oxygen, ran some diagnostics and loved on him all day.  When I got back to pick him up, the vet was full of dogs barking and was a general madhouse.  After an update, which included the news that he had a bit of fluid on his lungs, but was otherwise in great shape, Bear hopped into his cat carrier and communicated quite clearly that he was ready to go home!


One thought on “A Little of This, a Little of That, a Lot of Gardening

  1. Glad to hear Bear is doing okay – he looks so cute tucked under your work table. Don’t envy you all the slugging you’ve been doing in your garden though!! I guess one of the good things about my having such bad allergies is that I can’t do any of that.

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