10.18.2007

tired but coming back to life

This week has just felt monumentally long. I am tired and just grumpy all day. I stayed home from work on Wednesday after a weepy breakdown on Tuesday night, blubbering into the marinara sauce on the stove. (A new all-time low!) I think I need to change my schedule around, because I really want this going back to work thing to work! I'm trying to jam too many things into one day, and it shows. I am at one job in the AM with G, and then we rush home for lunch and a quick house-cleaning before our little baby friend comes over at 1:30, she stays until 5:30. In theory all of this should work, but there I am, blubbing in the spaghetti. I think I can shift things around so that I don't do both of these jobs on the same day, which is, I think, the only answer to the blubbing problem besides just giving up one of them all together.
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But on a happier note, B is singing to G one of my favourite Sesame Street songs, "Breakfast Time", a duet between Ernie and Cookie Monster. Good old Jeff Moss, who also wrote 'People in Your Neighborhood'. B's sweet and noble tenor is one of the things that first endeared him to me, along with his goofy repetiore. And G sits beside him, busily rubbing a handful of scarlet runner beans, harvested from our garden. She is officially sweet and clean, being lately come from a bath, nice and damp, clothed in slippery red pajamas. I am glad for my life, and I remember all the good things God has given me, even as I record them. I'm off to read doggie books. Arooff! Aroof!

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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.