7:01pm, July 23, 2014

Bittersweet nightshade (probably).

While walking in a residential neighbourhood, I saw these beautiful flowers poking out of a fence. I immediately recognised them as a member of the Nightshade family by the flowers and leaves.  A little googling later, and I think it’s a bittersweet nightshade.

I absolutely love the beautiful little flowers, roughly the size of my thumbnail: five purple petals pulling back from a bright golden cone, and the little white and green rounds at the base of the petals.  I’ll try to find this again when it’s fruiting to take more pictures.

3:02pm, July 23, 2014 | 1,411 notes

Oh god, this comic is just perfect.

Oh god, this comic is just perfect.

(Source: leftycartoons.com, via this-is-eirikur)

7:01pm, July 22, 2014 | 10 notes

Fried eggs, kielbasa rounds, and sauteed mushrooms with garlic and green chiles. A hearty breakfast, using up the leftover mushrooms from camping.

Fried eggs, kielbasa rounds, and sauteed mushrooms with garlic and green chiles. A hearty breakfast, using up the leftover mushrooms from camping.

Growing

3:03pm, July 22, 2014 | 1 note

I don’t think one outgrows a person, I think it’s more often that one outgrows the relationship. People are dynamic, but for whatever reasons, we don’t continually update our perceptions of others, so sometimes they get stuck with the ideas we have about them, so we get stuck with the relationship we build with that idea. 

I know my friends are moving away because their lives are taking them on a different path than mine. I know that if they could stay—if that was part of the path they wanted enough—they would. 

Mason’s journey is taking him to Dubai.
FP’s journey is taking him to Ontario.
Alain’s journey is taking him to Quebec.

And they need to go to these places to fulfill goals they’ve set for themselves, whether personal, academic, career, a combination, or otherwise.

They’re growing in some direction. I’m growing in another.

And when I think about it this way, it feels a little easier to move on.

7:02pm, July 21, 2014 | 2 notes

June 24: My mom grows these purple and white bearded irises.

“Mathematics is a basis for everything, but it’s a basis for knowing that what you’re doing is crap.”

3:03pm, July 21, 2014 | 248 notes

— Applied math professor (via mathprofessorquotes)

8:01pm, July 20, 2014 | 2 notes

June 24: Last year’s golden lemon thyme is off to a slow start.

June 24: Last year’s golden lemon thyme is off to a slow start.

5:01pm, July 20, 2014 | 5 notes

Drop earrings made from aluminum gears, fancy jasper, and glass beads.

Drop earrings made from aluminum gears, fancy jasper, and glass beads.

2:02pm, July 20, 2014 | 2 notes

June 24: Mason gave me a sprig of mint to plant. He helped me plant it, then helped to weed my tomato bed.  You can see the nasturtiums and Persian basil in the front of the tomato bed.

8:01pm, July 19, 2014 | 15 notes

June 24: Tomatoes are flowering.

5:02pm, July 19, 2014

June 24: Tiny Tim’s not looking so good…

June 24: Tiny Tim’s not looking so good…

2:02pm, July 19, 2014 | 1 note

June 21: Carrot bed.

June 21: Carrot bed.

8:01pm, July 18, 2014 | 2 notes

I bought a moka pot!

It’s kind of a shitty one from Walmart for $15, but it does the job!

The only complaint I have is that towards the end of the brewing, when the coffee sputters out, it sometimes shoots to the lid’s hinge, which isn’t tight, so the coffee drips down, is caught by the bottom bend of the handle, and then drips onto the stove.  So when I go to pick up the pot, the handle has hot coffee at both the top and the bottom; also, the coffee that drips onto the stove burns and crusts up a bit.

I’ve seen another moka pot at Think Kitchen for about $13, which I might consider getting to replace this one, since I’ve broken the plastic handle—my fault—and have repaired it only with super glue.  It’s holding for now, but I’m skeptical.

I hope to take this with me next time I go camping for use on my gas stove!

5:01pm, July 18, 2014 | 1 note

Aluminum gears, jasper and white shell beads. 

When I first started fooling around with jewellery-making in late June 2014, these were the first earrings I made.

There’s a lot of metal on them: they weigh approx 6g each (these ones weight about 3g each and plain studs are roughly 0.5g each), so they started to hurt my ears after wearing them for 10-12 hours.

The gears are attached to one another using 24 gauge wire. One day, I will learn how to solder, but for now, this is the best way I have for attaching metal to metal (I am suspicious of glue’s strength).

Although I’m fond of the amount of wire showing and the general look and feel, the right earring (or left, from this perspective) looks unintentionally like Africa, which bothers me disproportionately. 

I will probably take these apart along with some others, and work on the design and balance before I get serious about selling them.

Queue and Call for Feedback

2:16pm, July 18, 2014

I’ll be out of town for the weekend, then I start a new job on Mon; but there’s plenty lined up in my queue for the next week and a bit.

When I get back, we’ll see how much free time I have in my evenings to queue up more posts; I may have to dial it back to 2 posts/day instead of 3.

Also, I just want to mention: As a beginner, I welcome all constructive feedback on my handmade jewellery! Do you think the design is good/bad? The colour scheme? Which techniques need practice? What do you like and dislike? What might you have liked better?