Sheared Bliss

WiP Wednesday
December 4, 2013, 1:02 pm
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My current main WiP:

Looks a little bit too much like the view out my window:

I need a hit of color:


FO Friday
December 28, 2012, 8:00 am
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How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?

Yeah, apparently teething has turned my kid into a woodchuck or a beaver or something.

Inspired by this tutorial I measured the crib, did some math, bought some fleece, chopped it up, and ended up with this:

Beaver-child, thwarted!

Fall Fell
October 16, 2010, 8:01 pm
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Signs that it might be fall:


Mrs. Bliss and CodeMonkey got lost in the corn.



The tomato plants were covered a couple of nights ago for the first possible frost.



There are herbs are drying in the kitchen.



The cat is cold.


What do you mean, what cat?


This silly cat who whined until I lifted up the blankets so she could get under them.


Cooped Up
October 4, 2010, 9:22 pm
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This past Saturday was the first ever Chicken Coop Tour of Denver hosted by the Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Urban Homesteading.  It was a great idea and very well executed.  Fifteen urban homesteaders around Denver opened their yards to those who are interested in the idea of urban chickens.  It was fascinating to meet the homesteaders and see the wide range of possibilities that fall under the umbrella of urban homesteading – from one small chicken tractor in the front yard to a couple of acres boasting chickens, honeybees, gardens, and orchards.

There were a wide variety of chicken coops:

Housing a wide variety of chickens:

Several of the chicken farmers kept other animals as well:

There were a lot of really amazing gardens too:

I totally want to be a farmer when I grow up!

How Does Your Garden Grow?
August 13, 2010, 11:17 pm
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In addition to the landscaping in the front yard, I’ve also been doing some vegetable gardening in the back yard.  With as busy as I’ve been this summer, it’s been a pretty laissez-faire sort of garden.  The peas didn’t appreciate this much and shriveled up and died without ever doing much, but everything else seems to be holding its own pretty well.

There are five pie pumpkin vines.

Um, please ignore the weeds (laissez-faire, remember?) and the random artificial flower landscaping in the neighbor’s yard.  Yeah, about those . . . what can I say, I’m sure she likes her fake flowers better than my weeds, but I like my weeds better than her fake flowers.

Little pumpkins are starting to appear on most of the vines.

There are also four heirloom tomatoes – yellow pear, purple Cherokee, Siberian red, and ace.

They’re all doing well and have flowers and green tomatoes so far, but the only one with any ripe tomatoes is the yellow pear.

The darn thing is such an overachiever – it got so big that it fell over, taking the entire tomato cage with it during a storm this past week.  I ended up having to stake and tie it to get it upright again and then do some extreme pruning to keep it that way.  There are still a lot of green tomatoes on it though so hopefully there will be a good crop.  The three I’ve eaten so far were delicious and I’m looking forward to more.

Oh yeah, and sunflowers, because they make me smile.

Signs it might be time to reorganize your closet:
August 7, 2010, 9:59 am
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Your bags keep ending up on the same shelf as your cat.

Yeah, not exactly sure how she got up there.  Must have jumped from the top of the bookcase, but that’s a pretty big jump for her.  She may not do it again any time soon either because shortly after I took this picture she fell off the shelf taking everything else on it with her.  Graceful.

Extreme Gardening
August 5, 2010, 11:24 pm
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With added walls!  Now sinkhole free!  But we’ll get to that in a bit.

So back at the end of June, MommaBliss came to visit.  Being the good, dutiful daughter that I am, I didn’t want her to get bored.  I figured a week of hard physical labor would be just the thing to keep her entertained.  Um, no, actually what happened was that I mentioned that we could maybe work on sewing some curtains or making plans for a garden I wanted to put in.  Mom’s eyes lit up at the word “garden” and the next thing we knew we were at the nursery with a cart full of plants.

Remember the giant pit of doom in my front yard last fall?

Well, after the sewer was fixed they filled in the hole, but it’s pretty much looked like this ever since:

Nice, huh?  You know, if you like bare dirt mixed with a heavy dose of pea gravel, bordered by randomly placed irises and roses, loomed over by a really funky looking juniper, and accented by some lovely thistles.  Yeah, the neighbors love us.  Luckily, MommaBliss had A Plan – and it only took the two of us plus MommaCodeMonkey a week to implement it!

First we had to clear the garden:

Then we dug up grass, moved dirt, measured, and built a wall:

And another wall, and laid some pavers:

Then we put in plants and an irrigation line:

Then then stupid thing developed a giant sink hole and caved in:

Then we said some bad words, pulled the plants out, filled the hole in with a bunch more dirt, sand, and gravel, replanted the plants, relaid the irrigation line, mulched everything and – ta-da! – we have actual landscaping.

Now, if everyone would just focus on this nice little garden and ignore the rest of my yard, I’d really appreciate it.

PS: Many many thanks to MommaBliss for her plant smarts and MommaCodeMonkey for her wall building smarts.  I couldn’t have done it without you two!