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Gardens. Ballet Flats. Fascinators.

Went out to the garden yesterday to begin making a list of everything that needs to be done. I need to rake; not sure about rototilling: The plot was used last year, so the soil can probably be aerated with a garden spade.

I met Claud, a handsome, Swiss-German professorial type who followed me around because he was just dying to tell me about his fertilization techniques. Organic!

I bought seeds. My idea about gardens, basically, is that it only makes sense to grow things you can’t buy in the farmers markets hereabouts. Like cucumbers. (The Hudson Valley isn’t a big cucumber-consuming locus, and I like them.) And heirloom tomatoes. (The HV has quite a few strange tomato hybrids that apparently were developed here.) Beets! And basil! Basil is expensive in supermarkets, pesto is easy to make, and if it were up to me, I’d subside entirely on a diet of pesto and beet greens.

Today, though, is icky and overcast. Snowflakes are predicted!

So I’ll probably put off raking till tomorrow.

I should start the seeds today.

Very inadvisable to put anything but lettuce and root vegetables into the ground before Memorial Day because this area is so unpredictable weather-wise. Starting seeds, though, is un peu problematic because I’m gonna be gone for such big chunks of April and May.

I trust L to feed the cats when I’m gone, but I’m not sure she will do right by tiny, trembling, vulnerable seedlings.

Possibly I can commandeer Benito Snowdrop for the job.

Benito will finally be graduating from CIA in July whereupon he and Caro plan to journey immediately back to the Mormon Promised Land.

I shall miss him.

“I haven’t met too many people with whom I have the intellectual rapport I have with you,” he told me the other day.

We’d been talking about video games and the accelerated evolution of sniper reflexes. The Enders Game conversation!

“I know!” I said. “It’s kind of like we knew each other in a previous life. And in that previous life, we were tight! We’re not so tight this lifetime, but still: We recognize one another.”

Exactly,” he said.


Also, I am kinda coveting these ballet flats with the ruby silk dress:

Needless to say, they are hideously expensive, and I’m not sure how much actual walking I’d be able to do in them.

I’m also wondering whether there’s any way of repurposing this mask into some kind of fascinator:

Mask would be balanced on the left side of the head with cascading flounces of black tulle all around it.

Mask is currently residing in E’s Oakland basement along with 50 others – I have quite the collection of Italian masks, and somehow, that was the one thing I fought to keep when disaster struck.

Anyhoo, I could obtain the tulle and design the hat here, construct it in California, and then I wouldn’t have to worry about carrying an elaborate hat on the plane.

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Apr. 10th, 2018 07:59 pm (UTC)
Those flats are so you.
Apr. 12th, 2018 04:33 pm (UTC)
I think so, too! :-)
Apr. 10th, 2018 09:57 pm (UTC)
I envision ruby ballet flats. Repurposing the mask would be interesting. A fascinator would work too.

By the way, it's a cute dog.
Apr. 12th, 2018 04:34 pm (UTC)
Ruby ballet flats with a ruby dress would be a bit too much like wearing socks that are the same color as your sweater. :-)
Apr. 12th, 2018 08:48 pm (UTC)
Oops, I do that sometimes.
Apr. 11th, 2018 01:58 pm (UTC)
"who followed me around because he was just dying to tell me about his fertilization techniques..." Ooo la la!

IMHO, mask will not make a convincing fascinator. Too much like a mask, and the wrong shape. Can you order one on Etsy and have it sent to your eventual location?
Apr. 12th, 2018 04:32 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna play with the mask. As a fascinator, it's the shape and the color that interest me (it goes with the ballet flats.) Worn at the proper angle, it won't be identifiable as a mask.
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