Welcome Pinetoast to the blogosphere! He's starting off chronicling our unlikely adventures on a cruise, of all things. Only the love and deep pockets of a parents could get us on board this beauty, the Noordam. We leave in two days, and nothing is ready. Laundry is undone, suitcases in a mournful slump in the Blue Room (office cum garbage tip), hair uncut, G's thinking about getting sick, my eyes are crossing with sleepiness. I was so happy to see Piney want to blog that I dropped everything to sit down and give him a proper (if not cross-eyed) welcome. Go check it out! This is the best way, maybe, to hear about our cruise. I expect ole Piney to be spending plenty of time in the internet cafe aboard the ship, while I am doing latch hook rugs, line-dancing classes and shuffle board competitions. Sounds like a blast. A good way to celebrate Mum's 60th birthday, splashing out by taking her kids on a cruise to Alaska. The Great White North, Piney calls it.
For the record: books I am bringing on our trip:

1) trying to read more of the Good Book

2) The Treasure-Seekers by E. Nesbit (E. Nesbit is a rare jewel well worth finding. This book is hu-larious.)

3) The Railway Children by E. Nesbit (A very satisfying and cozy sort of book.)

4)Blessed are the Cheesemakers by Sarah-Kate Lynch (untried territory, trusting to Mum's good taste.)

5) The Tea House on Mulberry Street by Sharon Owens (definitely of the Rosamunde Pilcher/Maeve Binchy School of Literature, good cruise fodder.)

I have vague feelings that I should be reading The Call of the Wild, but that just sounds too much like school for me to bother with.

This is it so far, and I'm a little nervous about how short this list is. What else should I bring? (*worry*)
If all goes according to plan, we'll be visiting the mighty Mahle's, our friends and neighbors from the Seamill Centre, in North Ayreshire, Scoland. (We lived on the same hall.) They live in Juneau and we are so glad to spend the day with them there. Okay, my eyes can't focus any longer. Time to say goodnight.

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Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.