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June 7th, 2015


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02:14 pm - Return of Stuff, Post #19
1) Master Danger is hiding from the heat by denning under my desk.
2) He'll have to be there until October to actually miss the heat here....
3) Summer, not my fave. In fact, it is my last choice for favorite season.
4) On my back patio, however, is a container full of Fireworks gomphrena and lemon balm. The gomphrena there is sort of an accident, as I thought I had cleared it all out of the container at the end of last year's growing season but I apparently had missed a fair number of seeds. The magenta blooms erupted out of the lemon balm after I planted the latter.
5) While washing dishes this morning I saw a butterfly, huge, multi-colored, sturdy airiness, dip down and drink from a bloom of that accidental gomphrena.
6) Small summer pleasures, in other words.
7) Other summer pleasures -- I've been able to watch the first episode of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, thanks to BBC America streaming the first episode ahead of the premiere next Saturday.
8) I am all about Bertie Carvel's Jonathan Strange. I LOVE HIM. I LOVE HIS FLOPPY REGENCY HAIR AND HIS AIRY BRIGHTNESS AND HIS CASUAL MAGIC AND HIS LOVE FOR ARABELLA AND HIS EVERYTHING.
9) That means later episodes are going to hurt like mad, of course, but there we are.
10) The programme has changed my mind about Childermass, too, because the way Enzo Cilenti plays Childermass is a delight, all gravelly voice and hooded eyes and weariness.
11) Also the world of the programme is so far removed from subtropical summer hideousness that I almost feel cool when watching it.
12) Do you counterprogram the seasons? Watch warm-weather programs in the chill of winter, or vice versa?
13) To switch topics, there are work calls upon my time this coming week. Yay, I guess.
14) I'm also continuing the spruce-up-the-humble-abode program I began last week: the nice people at the local alterations-and-upholstery place collected my grandmother's armchairs yesterday in order to make custom slipcovers for them.
15) Tomorrow, while I am at the work thing, the fence company comes to add a wooden side-fence and repair another section.
16) Will this be enough barriers to keep Master Danger from fence-fighting? Who's to say?
17) Let us keep good thoughts.
18) Let us all have a good week.
19) Let us have all things in good season. :)

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From:paratti
Date:June 7th, 2015 07:58 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad it hit the spot. About to watch the new eppy:)
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From:laurawise
Date:June 8th, 2015 10:31 pm (UTC)
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Since I love the first ep, I suspect I'll like the rest even more (even though Bad Sad Things happen) -- hope you liked it! :)

[hugs]
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From:gwynnega
Date:June 7th, 2015 08:17 pm (UTC)
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Ugh, summer. We've been having June gloom, fortunately, but we're supposed to have a blast of heat tomorrow...
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From:laurawise
Date:June 8th, 2015 10:31 pm (UTC)
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Ugh, summer is Exactly Right.

Hugs and less heat for you, Gwynne!
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From:stateless82
Date:June 7th, 2015 10:33 pm (UTC)
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I used to like summer, a long time ago.

Summer down here is my least favorite season. It might not even be a season. More like a prison sentence.

I just came in from outside. I may be holding a grudge.

Fingers crossed for a good week, and things to help us all with fence-fighting.
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From:laurawise
Date:June 8th, 2015 10:32 pm (UTC)
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Summer in the Sunbelt is not a pleasant time; your 'prison sentence' metaphor is all too apt! I send ice cream and sympathies.

[hugs hugs]
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From:mamculuna
Date:June 7th, 2015 11:39 pm (UTC)
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Oh, gomphrena! Nothing that volunteers should be disdained, so glad you're enjoying it.

ARggh, wish I'd known that BBC America was moving ahead. I have DS&MN programmed to record (using my phone to control my DVR, yay) but really so much would like to that Right! Now! Maybe they do reruns, but I don't remember that they do. Research will be done.

Good luck with fence, slipcovers, and heat. Hope all turns out the way you want.
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From:laurawise
Date:June 8th, 2015 10:34 pm (UTC)
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I am absolutely fine with that kind of plant volunteer! (Air potatoes and other invasive vine-volunteers, not at all.)

No, your DVR programming should be fine! The TV premiere is still this upcoming Saturday -- they've just kindly streamed it ahead of time, so that obsessed people can watch it a few times already first.

:) Happy evening to you!
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From:cindergal
Date:June 8th, 2015 01:07 am (UTC)
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Have not read the book yet - should I before watching?
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From:laurawise
Date:June 8th, 2015 10:35 pm (UTC)
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I think the story will be *relatively* easy to follow without reading the book; the script streamlines lots and lots of exposition. But I'm not sure, since I just reread the book a couple of weeks ago....

Hugs!
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From:ljrags
Date:June 8th, 2015 01:12 am (UTC)
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Summer is my least favorite time of year also. However, I did buy some very wildly colored petunias today. May they attract some cute wildlife. And the hanging baskets usually become home to some sort of nesting birds. We will see.

Happy Week to YOU!
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From:laurawise
Date:June 8th, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Petunias are awesome, and color is always wonderful! Yay you!

Hugs for your week, too.
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From:anne_d
Date:June 8th, 2015 02:25 am (UTC)
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Hugs, and cheers for accidental butterfly bushes. I hope you get hummies too!
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From:laurawise
Date:June 8th, 2015 10:37 pm (UTC)
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I don't have enough big blooms for hummingbirds, but I am v.v. happy to see bees as well as butterflies on what flowers I do have. Hurrah!

And hugs for a restful evening for you, too.
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From:anne_d
Date:June 8th, 2015 10:49 pm (UTC)
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I don't know if hummingbirds have a minimum flower size - with them, it's more about the right bright colors. Clusters of small flowers attract just as well as one large one, and the small red flowers on our lipstick sage plant are a favorite.

So with any luck, you'll get a resident hummy or two.
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From:janus_74
Date:June 8th, 2015 02:43 pm (UTC)
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Butterfly!

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From:laurawise
Date:June 8th, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Gorgeous butterfly, in fact! :)

Happy evening to you!
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From:freixenet
Date:June 8th, 2015 09:05 pm (UTC)
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List mania! I love it! This is a great, surprising list, too. Accidental flowers and butterflies are always high on my list of happy coincidences.

Hugs, L! Hugs for this week to come!

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From:laurawise
Date:June 8th, 2015 10:54 pm (UTC)
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Being a terrible gardener has unexpected benefits! [beams]

Hugs and a good start to your week, F!
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From:roguedemon
Date:June 14th, 2015 01:31 am (UTC)
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I hate summer. ;) ((Hugs)) and cool air to you.
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From:laurawise
Date:June 14th, 2015 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Summer is the WORST. Sigh.

[hugs hugs]

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