Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Record Store Day 2013

These are some of my finds from the cheap bin down at Hymie's. The Longfellow neighborhood had a fun little street fair for Record Store Day with great live music, it could have been warmer though. As you can see I picked up some classic polka albums, that's right, I'm already getting ready for Octoberfest! Of course all of my choices had mostly to do with the album design...

Monday, April 15, 2013

Chasing Spring

I just got home from a long weekend in Georgia. My husband and I simply drove around to different state parks and hiked around the wilds of the South for a little Spring break. It was in the 70's and absolutely beautiful, the forests where filled with a sweet palette of spring greens and the constant bird song chorus was almost overwhelming having just escaped another dose of Winter from that lovely lady, Mother Nature. When we had our first cloud break view of Minnesota on the plane this morning it was like coming from technicolor back to the land of black and white. Ah well, Summer will come soon enough although it's always tough to miss a Northern Spring, I think it's going to be one of those years where we just skip that whole season.

Here are some shots from the weekend, pretty typical of me, I know. We thought we had a little white owl sighting at one point but it ended up being a bird with an enormous amount of toilet paper in its beak. I really wish I had taken a picture but we were so excited for an owl and ended up laughing so hard when we finally caught up to it and realized what was going on that I missed the opportunity. We had owls on the mind after a night filled with some loquacious and soulful hooting by at least several owls.



I thought the chives, in the third image above, were pretty amazing. We were touring an old Southern settlement that had long ago been made into a National Park destination and these chives were sprinkled sporadically in the lawn, we think probably that the lawn was once that settlements garden. I know we weren't the only ones to notice because all of the chives were snapped off at the top, apparently we all just had to check and make sure. Once I got a whiff it immediately rendered my PB&J in the car inedible, I wanted something savory!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Rabbits

I have a rabbit living in a woodpile in my backyard. He or she must have moved in at the end of last Summer and it makes quick work of getting in out of the yard through various seemingly too small of cracks in the fence. I know I shouldn't feed it but I've been throwing veggie scraps out for it inconsistently over the Winter. Strangely I've seen the cardinals picking through the scraps but have yet to witness the bunny enjoying any of it.

Of course this gives my husband heartburn because we just took down our small garden box this past Fall and created two proper garden beds, a rabbit smorgasbord come Summer, he thinks. I don't know, you see that rabbit or a completely different rabbit, could be spotted in the garden box every morning over the Summer but never really did any damage that we could tell. My guess is that our overzealous lettuce planting and ensuing crop created a perfect balance between human and rabbit consumption. I've suggested planting a nice variety of lettuce around the woodpile just for the bunny but the jury is still out.

With Easter in the rearview mirror and bunnies in my yard it got me to thinking about the night my dad woke me up in the middle of the night and handed me a singed baby bunny. I can't remember how old I was, a tween I think, and the bunny couldn't have been more than a few weeks old. My dad was the volunteer fire chief for our small little country community and had been down the highway fighting a fire at what was the last (and only) little country store out our way. He had found the little bunny somewhere in the rubble, put it in his pocket and brought it home to me. I nursed it through the night and then we took it to an animal sanctuary in a neighboring town the next morning.

And so I give you a my rabbit selections from the ever awesome Etsy:



This last image is from the Glacier National Park's Facebook page, they posted it on April 1st and I laughed and laughed...