Sunday, October 21, 2012

SNL's Sad Mouse short


I kind of love this.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Hula Hoop Cam at Burning Man 2012

This is a little bit NSFW (scantily clad girls in pasties), but the footage is beautiful — POV cam attached to a hula hoop at Burning Man.

I don't imagine all the female attendees are quite this attractive, but it's fun to watch. Really nicely edited.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

First foray into Bountiful Baskets food co-op

All this for $16.50, plus a on-time $3.00 new customer fee — quite pleased with the quantity and the quality.

• 2.5 lb cherries
• 2 lb champagne grapes
• 9 plums (2 lb)
• 4 apple pears (1 lb 5 oz)
• 10 hatch chiles (2 lb)
• 1 head romaine (1.5 lb)
• 2 lb brussels sprouts
• 2 heads of cauliflower (5 lb 12 oz)
• 1 tomato (6 oz)

www.bountifulbaskets.org

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Onion volunteers


Onion volunteers, originally uploaded by txfiddlechick.

A few months back, I threw a past-its-prime yellow onion into our kitchen scrap compost bin in the back yard. Sometime later, we noticed it had sprouted and was thriving (there was a big happy bunch of green onions growing out of the side of the bin), so we dug it out and stuck it in the veggie patch to see what it would do. (Neither of us have ever grown onions.) Since then, I've been using the green onions from time to time and not really paying attention.

This is probably not news to anyone who gardens, but eventually the big onion broke down completely, and then the single plant split into a half dozen little onion plants and began sending up flowers, one per plant. (I think when you buy onion seedlings, the plants are past this point, or I guess they could have been grown from seed).

This is the first one to actually bloom (it seemed to take weeks before the flowers finally opened).

We were probably supposed to thin them or separate them at some point; we picked a few today to give the others some room. I'm not sure why I haven't just looked up on the internet what we're supposed to do, but it's been more fun just to wait and see what happened.

Friday, April 27, 2012

At 92, Movie Bootlegger Is Soldiers’ Hero - NYTimes.com



At 92, Movie Bootlegger Is Soldiers’ Hero - NYTimes.com


Movie piracy for a cause. This solitary 92 year old man has probably done more for troop morale than anyone else. I love this story.

If the studios were smart, they'd be doing this kind of thing themselves.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Little snake


Little snake, originally uploaded by txfiddlechick.

I think this little guy is either a Smooth or Rough Earth Snake, which Wikipedia tells me are found in the area and tend to max out at around 7" (about the size of this little guy). They feed primarily on earthworms and the like.

Found him lying in our driveway, curled up in this snake equivalent of the fetal position. One of our cats (probably Ruckus the Destroyer) clearly had chomped on it until it played dead. He was definitely punctured, but it looked like it might be something he might recover from.

I put him under a shrub in the garden. Checked back later, and he was gone.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Hawk Cam!


We've become addicted to this webcam, a red-tailed hawk nest on the ledge of a building on the campus of University of Wisconsin-Madison.

When we first came across it, it was just red-tailed hawk mom (or dad — they take turns) sitting on eggs — not a lot of action. Now that there are babies, we can't turn it off. Mom and dad fly in with a steady stream of unidentifiable dead critters to feed them. It's fascinating to watch.

Daniel got to see the first chick hatch. We're now up to two chicks, and with still one egg unhatched.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Adblock's April Fools 2012 — cats instead of ads


Funny, though as you can see, a little redundant in my case.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Bee on the broccoli blossoms

I'm ever more glad we let the broccoli bloom. While we've since cut it down to make room for the summer garden, in the end, it was swarming with happy bees like this one, weighed down with fat saddlebags of pollen.

Caught this lucky shot with a point and shoot and patience.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Broccoli blossoms


Broccoli blossoms, originally uploaded by txfiddlechick.
The broccoli side shoots got away from us a little bit this week and are starting to bloom. We have a big bag in the fridge as it is, and I think the flowers are pretty.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

This Is My Home on Vimeo


This Is My Home from Mark on Vimeo.