Saturday, April 30, 2011

Lots to Do!

Some pretty good things have been happening as of late! I had an interview at a local grocery store and, if my friend Renny is correct(he works for the same company), I got the job!  I know there is a chance that I don't but I want to feel good about something. :P  Grendal's father also has a possible job lined up, which is wonderful!  The group of us are also going to be having a craft booth at a local cruise night.  Grendal's parents are buddy/buddy with the owner and the guy was apparently more than happy to let us have a small booth.  This means the guys need to make some awesome wood items and I have to work on some jewelry by the 26th of next month.  That means I need to work on my macrame and beading some more.  Plus Grendal's father is going to fashion some nifty wooden items so I can make earrings. :D

I mentioned my whole gardening thing before and I'm still working on that.  Grendal tore out some old stumps so there is even more room!  I need him to take out a few roots(too big for me to handle without hurting myself) and another stump looking thing.  There are two plants growing, one is a thorny thing and another already has yellow blossoms.  More than likely I'll keep the flowering plant since I believe that was something Grendal's mother had planted a while back.  That and flowers are always nice to have!  With the possibility of a job I can make sure I get some good seeds as well as some starter plants to increase the likelihood of have a good harvest.  We're thinking about adding some sunflowers to attract even more birds and squirrels, which is awesome!  We have a cardinal and his mate who have made a nest near by, and the male is constantly chirping/singing/talking/whatever.  So much so that I now can pick out the sound of a cardinal where ever I go.  We also have some Blue jays nesting in the yard somewhere.  They show up randomly, more specifically to confuse the poor squirrels so they can have the peanuts I toss out.

Grendal and I have taken up a new hobby.  We're in the process of joining a local 'chapter' of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism)!  I stumbled across the group when I decided to look up Medieval Reenactment groups for Grendal.  He's been into the idea of reenactments but doesn't like the whole World War and Civil War type stuff.  So when I found this group and that there was one in town we quickly made it a point to contact the group and make sure they're still together and that we can just show up.  Last week was our second time going.  Grendal was going to try out the heavy weapons fighting but had hurt himself removing stumps, so he couldn't.  Renny was with us and ended up trying his hand at fencing(he loved it).  Grendal, Renny, and one of the fencers are trying to get me to try it out too, but I'm not sure.  I'm way too shy for my own good, so it'll take me a while before I can get the courage to do it. XP  What I do want to do is more of the Arts and Sciences that the SCA have.  Stuff like bardic arts, beadworking, brewing, dyeing, and herbcraft.  The idea of being a bard, though, is awesome.  I could tell some awesome stories!

Another awesome thing is that Grendal and I get to pick personas.  Its really no surprise that we're both going Norse.  He jumped at the idea of being a viking and, well, since we've been together for nearly 7 years and I've been getting into Norse history I thought 'why the hell not.'  I've done more research now, getting ideas for names and costumes and what we can do.  This'll be awesome!

That's it for now!  I get to take it easy thanks to the threat of rain.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Gardeing....Ain't my thing

I have a black thumb, I swear. My mother told me banzai plants were hearty and they were hard to kill. I got myself one, pruned and watered it, even kept it in a nice spot. Sure enough it died. D:

For years I've wanted a garden, one that thrives with all the veggies and herbs I could want! They always die off. One time I asked Ba'al to aid in the fertility of my plot. Turns out I should've been a bit more specific because EVERYTHING went nuts. The weeds couldn't be controlled and then the prairie plants sprung up well over my head. To make matters worse, my parents' garden thrived like no one's business. :I

So, once again I'm setting out to garden. There is a nice bit of soil that is black compared tot he sandy dirt in the rest of the yard. I believe it was to thanks to the fact that no one touched it and the weeds and prairie plants grew. So I've been pulling up the dead stuff, getting rid of the small weeds and what not. Hopefully the seeds I've found are still viable, because we're still in a bit of a financial bind and every bit helps. Growing our own veggies, while not an immediate saving will help.

The big thing will be keeping the animals away, people(mainly children) from tromping through, and making sure no one takes my harvest without asking ME first. I have no problem sharing with Grendal's sister and her family, but I find it rather rude that they assume they can just take it. I've been debating about doing a ward or something, and the big reason is because of the financial situation. Who knows. That will all depend on if I can make something grow.