Wednesday, 29 May 2013


I'm still pulling together the Mermaid Garden of 2013. Mother Nature was been watering it ... so much that I'm worried seeds got washed away. :-(

Some of my seedlings have survived and are thriving - green zebra tomatoes, sweet peppers, pansies, and cilantro.

I had a surprise when I started cleaning up the garden - some Johnny jump up pansies had jumped up in the vegetable area. I transplanted them into pots and they are growing nicely.

Surviving from last year - periwinkle, ferns, white nancy, and chives. The lilac bush I planted last year is growing very quickly. I didn't expect it to bloom this year, and I doubt that it will.

Last year, I found a little sliver of a bush by a fence and transplanted it out into the open. This year, I'm sort of thinking it's not a bush - it may be a tree! Must research.

This year's acquisitions include two blueberry bushes, already blooming, and raspberry bushes. I love fresh fruit and it took some work to find some bushes that aren't strawberry - I'm allergic to strawberries.

So where are the pictures? Well, I've been taking them, but I'm really busy this time of year. And I have more gardening news - there is a new community garden debuting this year in my neighbourhood. I've agreed to use my web expertise to set up a Facebook group and a blog to publicize it and generate interest. I've rented one of the phase 1 plots and am excited to be able to plant things like corn, which just aren't possible in my tiny backyard, with soil that is full of rocks. (Also, the gas line was placed in the middle of the garden, terrible planning there).

If you'd like to know more, check out the Deer Ridge Community Garden blog or Facebook group.

Monday, 13 May 2013

This was delivered tonight.

Via Flickr:
One of the benefits of not having children - I don't have to share this. And the cats are distracted by the box it came in. :-D

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

New laser pointer

New laser pointer by angelamermaid
New laser pointer, a photo by angelamermaid on Flickr.

Best $1.25 spent at Dollarama ever.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

The weekend

It was a nice weekend. Warm and sunny. Saturday morning, workers came by to install the custom casement windows for the master bedroom. Bee-yoo-tiful. Also, they finished the job on the sliding patio door - they installed a lock on it so I can now access it with a key.

Then I went to my stitching group for more knitting. We decided we'd have an event for Knit In Public Day (which is really a week). I set it up on my iPad - somehow I'm "the social director" because this is twice now I've suggested an event separate from the regular weekly ones. (On May 27th we're going to Heritage Park for a quilt show).

Saturday evening, since the weather was nice ... I decided to try out a "couch to 5K" running app on my phone. It did not go well. The app couldn't find any satellites. I learned that I really hate running in the neighbourhood where people could see me. I barely ran, feeling tense.

Today, since the weather was also awesome, I went to Fish Creek Park to try it again. The app still couldn't find any satellites. I still hate running where people can see me but I ran more. My calves hated that I didn't stretch first. I didn't do a lot of running, but I did walk quite a lot.

I came home and dug out my Garmin Forerunner, and am charging it.

The Mermaid Garden of 2013 is shaping up. I've been slowly transplanting the green zebra tomatoes outside. Some didn't make it due to chilly weather, but the second batch are doing well.