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06:58 pm: Blooms and buses
The rain let up for a short while this weekend. Yesterday I was really thankful for the good weather.

I started off the morning yesterday by taking the bus to the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. I had gotten some money out of the ATM the day before in preparation for the event, and I wound up spending all of it (and then some). The first thing I purchased was an orchid that is suitable for growing outdoors. (It looks really good in my living room, though.) I already have one orchid, left behind by the house's previous owner, which is sporting a flower stalk with buds. Now the two plants can keep each other company.

I went on to buy several more potted plants, including a white-flowering lavender, and some other home/garden supplies. I also bought two quarts of orange blossom honey, which I thought I could try turning into mead. (If I don't get around to that, I can always just eat it. It has an amazing aroma.)

I attended a couple of the seminars, including a cooking presentation by Martin Yan (from Yan Can Cook). He was pretty funny, though he did use the same jokes multiple times. He passed around samples of the food he was preparing to the whole audience, but unfortunately it was chicken, so I couldn't eat it. He is apparently opening a restaurant in downtown San Francisco this summer.

It was late afternoon by the time I set off lugging my acquisitions home. Note to self: It is hard to take a bus with a 4-foot orchid in one hand, three potted plants in the other, and half a gallon of honey in fragile glass jars in your shoulder bag. It's even harder when you accidentally take the wrong bus, then try to transfer to the right bus, only to find after waiting at the stop for an hour that the bus doesn't run that late on Sundays. Good call, self.

This morning I signed all the paperwork for my new lower-rate mortgage. I should be getting the first monthly statement within the next couple weeks. Then I spent the rest of the day weeding. Most of my garden plants are doing well, but there have been some casualties. Last weekend I took the cage off the spring vegetables because the turnips were starting to look cramped. Within days, the neighborhood stray cats had used my seedling carrot patch as a litterbox, digging up some carrots and burying others. I tried to save as many as I could, but I'll be lucky if even half of them survive.

I finally harvested my red cabbage. I got one four-pound head and five baby heads.

My experimental apple wine has been fizzing along all week, and it's really starting to take on the sharp smell of alcohol. I'm going to have to transfer it into a glass secondary fermentation jar in a couple days.

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From:melf42
Date:March 27th, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
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As soon as I looked at that picture of cabbage, I started singing "a mean green mother from outer space..."

Yay for lower mortgage. Boo for busses not running late. Yay for alcoholic beverages and orchids. Boo for stray cat poo.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 28th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
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I was thinking of you while shopping. The lavender plant that I bought is named Melissa.
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From:melf42
Date:March 29th, 2012 04:22 am (UTC)
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Ooooh, pretty. And I'm not biased by the beautiful name. :) The orchids are lovely as well. I love how much passion you have for doing so many things (cooking, planting, decorating, growing stuff, kimono making, reading, writing, etc, etc, etc)
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From:collarnojutsu
Date:March 27th, 2012 03:23 am (UTC)
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snerk: baby heads.
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From:mangaroo
Date:March 27th, 2012 09:16 am (UTC)
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...but how did you make it home if the bus wasn't running?

The cabbage looks beautiful. What will you prepare with it?

Congratulations on finishing the refi!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 27th, 2012 11:15 am (UTC)
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...but how did you make it home if the bus wasn't running?

I took a different bus that got me within 15 minutes of my house and walked from there.

What will you prepare with it?

I'm planning to make sauerkraut with this one.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:March 27th, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
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The orchid is gorgeous! But I might think you're a little crazy to try to carry all that on the bus.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 28th, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
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But I might think you're a little crazy to try to carry all that on the bus.

I imagine the drivers and other passengers were thinking the same thing.
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From:megory
Date:March 27th, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Wow! All those years of carrying books in Japan gave you amazing skills still useful today! I can hardly carry anything now a days.

I hope the mead and the apple wine go well.

That orchid is amazing.

We're glad you made it home safe.

That cabbage is gorgeous. I don't think I've ever eaten red sauerkraut. I hope I get the chance.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 28th, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I imagine there will be plenty of sauerkraut left when you get here.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:March 28th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
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I started wondering how you ever got it all home the minute you started listing all your purchases!

Sounds like an excellent weekend.
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