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Dizzying Intellect » 2000» April

diy

What an amazing day. I’m totally exhausted, but it was great. We replaced the fascia yesterday, and I went to two garden centers and bought eight gazillion plants and seeds. Then I went to Home Depot and bought a sheet of trellis (which a nice guy cut for me, even tho it’s against the rules). It wouldn’t fit in my car, so I had to be bailed out… So I got up today, busted out the leaf vacuum/mulcher, and got all of last year’s leaves out of one my flower beds. It took forever, because they were all packed in and half-decomposed. (For those of you that are new here, I didn’t leave them there last fall, it’s a new house) My privacy fence has this bright green corrugated plastic sheet in the middle, which was quite dreadful, so I ripped it out and replaced it. Ripped out is the wrong phrase, really. I carefully removed the wood pieces that were holding it in, because I needed to put it back together. I replaced it with the trellis, and it looks a million times better. It actually looks very pretty, where it was just an eyesore this morning. Then I started a sky-blue clymatis under it, which will grow up the trellis, and then I started all of my seeds. Ten different kinds, including these beautiful sweetpeas, and black pansies, which are terribly hard to find. I feel like I was hit by a train, I’m so tired, but it was a great day…

denver

I had forgotten how much I like Denver. I only really remembered how incredibly flat it was, with the Rockies hanging above like a guardian angel. The desert has always been my element, where I feel most at home, and it’s very desertlike, there. Beautiful. I was actually in Golden, which is higher up in the hills. Denver reminds me of Montana, in a way, which is one of my favorite places. Except in Denver, you go, “Oh. Flat.” and in Montana, you go, “Oh. Sky.”

snowing

Still snowing…

joy

“Joy is the goal of existence, and joy is not to be stumbled upon, but to be achieved, and the act of treason is to let its vision drown in the swamp of the moment’s torment.”

dsl!

Woohoo! DSL! Wooooooooshhhhhh!

birthday fun

Hooray! Weekend! Last weekend was awesome! Sunday was my birthday, so I threw a giant dinner party on Saturday night. Well, giant for me. There were ten of us, which is a lot of people to cook for. It turned out absolutely fantastic! Everyone I know calls me Martha Stewart now. I made a giant chicken pot pie with homemade biscuit dough on top, a spinach-ricotta bake with a ritz cracker crust, mushroom tarts with puff pastry shells, and a vanilla and Java Toffee ice cream cake for dessert, which was gorgeous! The company was wonderful too. It was me, Susan, Ann, Helen, Chad, Jodi, Curt, and Karen. Ann brought two of her friends from Amsterdam, who are honeymooning in the States, Irene and Mark. They were awesome! They were so funny and such a perfect couple. And they sang happy birthday to me in Dutch! It was a real housewarming. I love this house so much, and it makes me so happy to fill it with laughing, happy people. We had a great time. Then on Sunday, I played my first golf game of the year. It was overcast, but still a beautiful day. I love to play barefoot, when I can, and it was warm enough to do so. I played pretty well for my first game in almost a year. The first five holes all had *major* water hazards. I only hit one ball into the water, and it (get this) bounced out. I’ve never seen it happen before. The water wasn’t frozen, tho it was a little low. The ball went straight into the water, and the next thing I knew, it was rolling up the bank! I was like “What did it bounce off of? An alligator?!” It was like skipping a stone. Very weird. But, very lucky. Birthday shot! My putting has improved too, which is nice… Great start to a birthday morning. :o)

cold again

Aaargh! Yesterday I played nine holes of golf barefoot, and now it’s @%&# snowing! This sucks. It’s April. NO MORE SNOWING!