Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saturday snippets...

In which our plucky heroine enjoys the beauty of the season...

Today was a "ride transit way out to Beaverton and back for acupuncture day". While heading home, with an extra transfer downtown to get away from the slightly crazy Batman dude, I saw this beautiful wall mural, that must have been at least four or five stories tall. I was walking through a different part of the downtown than I usually do, as I had hopped on the trolley to help two lost Seattleoids find the art museum. Really I couldn't help myself, how often am I approached by two elders with the comment "you look like you know what you are doing, can you help us"... Put all the shine back into the day that crazydude had removed it did.
And, I found this unusually red dogwood blossom on a street tree, whilst I was finally walking home from my last bus transfer of the day


Apple blossoms are just beginning to open, on the one side of the established tree in the backyard. That one was planted about ten years ago; the baby trees from this year have leaf buds opening, and the young feral plum on the south side of the house had a few blossoms this year, for the first time.

The group of feral plums in the far corner of the backyard are almost done blooming now. I always wonder how they get pollinated in such early spring, but something always manages it. This year I'm going to start pruning on the feral plums as it needs to be a few dry days in a row, as plums do badly when pruned in the cold and wet. And the feral grape is large and tall enough enough this year that some attention now will encourage it to grow along the fenceline...


April SMART goals (x=extra)
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2 trapunto knotwork taxes donebag to Goodwill
3 pliers rackapple tree pruned spare lawn mower
4 charter #7 tunes moved -
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  1. I always enjoy reading your blog, as you seem to have such a kind spirit. Thank you for sharing with us.

    1. glad you find it enjoyable... I started writing as a way of journal-keeping, but the blog seems to have taken on a life of it's own

  2. People from Seattle recognize those who know what they are doing! What a great adventure for you and your high level competence and kindness!!!

    1. I could only hope to encounter equally helpful folks in Seattle... I figure life is too fleeting to be unkind

  3. We call it “Adventures In Public Transit” as Vancouver is no better than Portland in that regard. Too bad you have such a long way to go to your acupuncturist and hope all the good doesn’t get undone before you get home. So very nice of you to act as visitors’ guide when you already had a long day! Oh, and that mural is very arresting - I can’t quite figure out what is going on but I like it. Or is that just me?

    1. My acupuncturist was formerly only one comparatively short bus ride away, but when she bought a home on the other side of the west hills, it made sense for her to shift her office as well. It doesn't seem to really affect how I respond to treatment to have to travel there and back again.

      I was uncertain about the actual activity in the mural.. is the shell being capturing or releasing the spots of lightness? why are some in a cauldron, at least one in a lantern, and the rest scattered? I loved the visual balance and the somewhat gentle? feel of the image, unlike some large murals which are more energetic or even disturbing...