Archive for May, 2010

Why we can’t ever move to the burbs

This is a quick bike ride away, “this” being Lake Michigan:

feet, lake

It’s never a trip or a big deal. It’s a spur-of-the-moment decision to hop on bike and go. And I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Sometimes it’s faster to just start over

And cut a whole new dress from an old one instead of slaving to make the old one fit.

dress refashion brown print

Thank you, Cynthia Rowley, my new go-to girl. I think I own all her Simplicity patterns now.

I’m using a variation of this 2584 tunic. The A neckline, the B length and none of the sleeves.

Of course,  I had to reverse the front and back, so the back pieces of the new dress are cut from the front of the old one. Which means I almost had a patch pocket on my tush.

I *heart* growing

lone pansy

Was it Anne of Green Gables who talked about the pansy having a cheery face?

As of one week ago, this is about all you can grow for real in Chicago still. Though it has been the warmest April in 30-some years.

Wait! Greens grow this early, too. Here’s some future spinach of America.
spinach seedlings

I spent all of last Saturday futzing. Bleaching pots. Sweeping up leaves. Re-painting some planters. Enjoying the backyard’s trees.
backyard trees

I got a ton of seeds started though, in pots wrapped in clear plastic bags on the front porch.
impromptu greenhouse

These tomatoes seeded themselves, I repeat SEEDED THEMSELVES in the pot we grew them in last year. This will forever change how I put the pots away at the end of the season.
tomatoes seeded themselves

Here’s how we protect them when the nighttime temps plunge. Though probably that’s coddling.
tomatoes seeded themselves

I try harder every year to better use the Y-axis. Like by nailing a giant tomato can to the top of a railpost. Jammed some moonflower and morning glory seeds inside.
can planter atop post