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Saturday, May. 29, 2004 - 2:39 a.m.

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Hospitable Hostas and some Fair Photos

Yo Yo!

Hehe. I didn't get my page of comics done today. I will have to do it RIGHT after writing this entry. But I did have a busy though gee, where did I put my head?? Oh, it's under my arm!! type of day. urk!! I didn't get to bed til past 7am, and had to be at the nice editor lady's
me at the book fair in Toronto two weeks ago. Circled is the little "turn down the suck" from Onewetleg. Photo copyright 2004 Wench77
house to show the sketches for the Far North book at 3pm. Counting backwards through driving there, picking up the car, doggywalkies, making photocopies of the sketches to leave with her, washing my filthy self, eating breakfast, dressing (well, not in that order obviously since my clothes wouldve gotten wet...), looking quickly through emails and snail mail for business time-sensitive materials etc... I probably should've been up at noon, but set the alarm for 1pm. hehe. I was late. Well, a bit, like 24 minutes exactly.

Yeah, so I forgot to take one original I needed to the copycenter. oh well. Then I couldn't find the woman's number to call and say I was late (she has two or three numbers)... but when I was driving up to her house, and looked at the
Yup me again at the Toronto Small Press Book Fair May 15, Copyright 2004 Wench77
addy she had emailed me and i had printed out, there was her phone # written right after her addy. Duh. In my hand AS I was looking for it at home. AND while driving on the highway to get there I realized I had left my whole fanny pack, with all my id, including driver's license, at home. Duh. So it was really one of those days.

Oh yeah, I forgot to say that as I was putting stuff in the car, the bag with a bunch of comic books in it opened up and two landed buttfirst on the concrete, so they look like some small kid's gravelly knees. Urk. That takes them out of circulation. hehe. Maybe I will send one as a freebie to Jeffrey Brown who writes "Clumsy" and "Unlikely"... I wrote him sort of a fan letter and he wrote me back. yay!

After leaving the nice editor lady's house (she was thrilled with the drawings and doesn't forsee any changes yay) I went to the Double Hook bookshop to take in said comics (the ones that DIDN'T look like gravelly knees) but it turns out they close at 6pm on Friday night. What is UP with that??? I got there at 6:11, and of course had plugged the meter for a half hour. grrr.

So then I continued on to the farmer's market to buy my plants. Yay and yay!

Amazing how fast one can zoom through a market and comparison shop when one has to return the community car share car at a fixed time! I had 115$ in my pocket, and I spent it to the last penny and not a percentage point more.

Knotweed planted in my backyard with dead grass, copyright 2004 Wench77
So, I mostly indulged on my backyard. You can see in front of where I planted the Japanese Knotweed how the grass has just died. Three years ago there was nice new turf there, with about an 18 inch clean edged border in which I used to plant tomatoes. Not much success. Lots of plant no fruit. So knotweed which is "invasive" yay. I am just glad sprouted up again this year... I stole it from where it was escaping a schoolyard last summer and poked my eye out on an old cane!! It should fill out and get taller than the fence.

Anyhews... I shopped wisely and got five funky hostas to plant in front of it... some variegated, some not... all between $3.95 and $5.95 each. yay. I also got some funky pretty plant known commonly as alum root. It is called a "Heuchera micrantha"... and has leaves that sort of look like maple leaves, but some are green and some ar this lovely maroon red colour. Apparently it makes flowers, so I guess that's a bonus. Perennial. yay. It was my one pricey purchase being the last $15 in my pocket. But it should spread and last.

I also got two lovely 18 " tall Englemann's vines (=Virginia Creeper)... now this stuff seems to be unkillable. I will plant it behind my garden bench, where I have a totally shaded rough grey concrete wall (from my neighbors')... supposedly the vine will climb anything unaided, and grows to 30-50 feet tall. hehe. It recommends pruning it to keep it where you want it. Sounds good to me. Yay for green!

Right beside the sort of patio platform (which is sort of out the back door) on which the garden bench is, are these ferns and lily of the valley. You can see that unlike the tomatoes and grass, they are happy as pigs in shit. Besides, the compost was right beside the ferns.
Ferns and lily of the valley in the backyard copyright 2004 Wench77
I have dug up the good compost and put it in the tomato patch in the front and moved the compost over a good 4 feet, since the ferns have gotten so bushy. At the foot of them you can see some of the moss I brought back from Toronto. The bare spot bottom left was a huge compost pile before. hehe.

Grass dying out with moss filling in, copyright 2004 Wench77
Here you can see the mess the actually NOT DEAD back grass is in. yeah. right. nice lawn. It is totally going to be taken over by moss, with
little sprigs of grass coming through eventually. I will go for the woodlands look. It is fun once you start. If every year I buy like $50 of perennials it will be really nice eventually.

You can see in this closeup photo... where the white arrows are pointing, how this sort of leafy moss is
totally filling in the soil in the yard. I really like it. Very nice. Seems to be doing it all over. This is a very different species of moss than the Toronto moss. hmmm.

Besides the perennials I bought veggies. Twelve cherry tomatoes for $4. Three English cukes for $2.50. Same re yellow zucchinis. Twelve red peppers and twelve yellow peppers for $4 ea. Two flats of swiss chard and two flats of parsley same price. I'm gonna put em all in the freezer yum yum. Parsley pesto again!

I also got three little oregano pots, three basil and a corriander. Oh, and a green and red curly leaf lettuce for the front yard, so when I am lazy I can just shove a leaf in my sandwich. And two pots of peppermint. I am not sure where I'll put it. Maybe in a planter in the front so it can't spread.

If you ask me, that is a haul for $150 Cdn. yeah. Yay! Now I can plant plant plant!

Oh, I spoke with some women who grew the plants and they said 1) my tomatoes which are blotchy may have gotten too much water (it is true once it was raining and they were swimming in that little plastic tray for seedlings), and not enough nitrogen. She said to spray the leaves with some algae stuff and see. So I have not given up on my tomatoes yet.

As for the neighbor I will 1) See if I can move my trellises in about a foot so they are on the INSIDE of the bed. But that way the folliage will stay on my side of the fence, and her plants can't climb it. And I will plant my plants in the same place, but hammer a vertial piece of plastic sheeting (like that corrugated roofing shit) about a foot or two into the ground along the inside of my fence so our roots (and compost) stay on their appropriate sides. I think by doing this, the plants won't really interact, and we won't have intertwined branches, fruit, roots etc. That's the best I can think of. It is a pain, since i have to do so much more than just shoving the plants into the ground. Oh well. I don't feel like fighting and I cannot imagine how ripping her plants' limbs off (as some of you warriors have suggested) is going to lead to anything other than my plants missing THEIR limbs in the morning when I get up. aagh. Do not escalate do not escalate.

So, that was my day. Running around forgetting things and shopping. Since I am home I ate more pasta with parsley pesto. mmmmmm. and cheese melted on it. I suspect that is not a complete meal. But it was SO Good. And I have been slowly sifting through my belongings to put things aside for a garage sale. I figure i will do it not this weekend but next weekend. Hmm. What a bunch of stuff. Clothes all my size. Lesbian porn magazines I had in double, school textboooks I illustrated I had in double. Things like a portable vacuum thingie, some revarnished wood tennis rackets, some art supplies. Very different from your normal kids toys and baby clothes. hehe. We'll see. I still REALLY want to get the doggy trailer. yeah.

Well, i have nothing brilliant to say. Nothing mindboggling to ruminate on tonight. Maybe it is cuz I am nearly done my second Corona with double lime. mmmm.

Welcome to the end of spring! Happy gardening!

Me, wenchola

Here is your horoscope for Friday, May 28: This is the stuff that undeserved suspicion is made of. That said, before you accuse or allow yourself to feel guilty for something you haven't done, ask lots of questions.
Now what the heck are they on about?? I haven't done anything. I have been painfully nice and dull lately. hehe. And is someone being accused? I think not. Just the tomatoes thingie. But I think that is not suspicion, it is fact, and not undeserved, just right on annoying. hehe. Well, we'll fix that. What a pain.

I think my throat is adequately ok I can venture into smoking a strawberry hookah tonight (and draw 2 pages of comics tomorrow) since I was such a good girl and did five drawings for the adult textbook, and finished the Far North sketches. good me. hehe. tah!


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