The clutter on my workbench finally hit the ‘can’t stand it anymore’ mark this weekend, and I can stand a lot of clutter. Between cleaning it off and preparing a bunch of coins to work on while on vacation, I spent most of the weekend at my bench. Not the most fun place to be, but on the up side, there is much more workable space on my bench and have upwards of sixty coins to work on while I’m away. I also watched all of the British series Bletchley Circle. I’d started to watch it a couple of times, but had trouble getting into it. It was much easier to follow after seeing The Imitation Game.

I did get a second coat of paint on the chicken coop. Still have to paint the back and the roof, but that’s going to have to wait until after I get back.

I’m very glad to have so many pieces in the works. Most of them are coins that have sold well in the past, but that I don’t have in stock right now. I’m hoping to have enough stock to get me through Christmas, but I think I’ll still have to finish more duplicates of my most popular coins. I need to put a batch of coins away, so I’ll pull the ones I need to finish when I do that.

I’m hoping the garden makes it through. The forecast has temps in the 80’s and 90’s for the foreseeable future and 10 days is longer than I’ve been gone for the past five years. The Spouse will water, but it’s easy for things to go wrong when the weather is hot.

Santa Barbara Botanical Garden

Went to the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens when we went to Santa Barbara for a concert a few weeks ago. It was gorgeous. It’s all native plants and tucked up way back in the hills.

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I really liked the meadow garden. I’ve never successfully grown lupines.

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These always look like a bush covered with crumpled handkerchiefs.

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We picked the perfect time to go. We had been going to go on Sunday, before the concert, but we really didn’t have time so we went on Monday before we went home. It was early in the day and there very few other people there.

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We ran into some residents.

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They had a redwood grove, planted when the park was new.

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Pretty, but don’t touch.

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I really enjoyed it and it was the perfect time of year to go. It seemed like everything was in bloom.

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And of course I came home with a few new plants. Only three this time.

Work in progress

Been working on a new jewelry making project. It started on Ebay where I happened across a cigar band. That made me remember my grandfather. He smoked cigars and he would give me the bands to wear as rings. They didn’t last very long and they weren’t the fancy kind, he smoked cheap cigars, but I always thought they were cool. And I had an idea.

It started with this:

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And moved on to this:

20150520a Cigar process

And this is the first piece finished:

20150520c Cigar process

I’m actually pretty happy with it. And I managed to pick one that translated well into metal. The idea is still evolving in my head and there will probably be some changes, but this isn’t too bad for a first attempt.

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Most mornings, Ash comes up for some attention and all the sun she can get. Like me, she likes to be warm.

Supposed to rain today, thunder and lightning even. My fingers are crossed for a decent amount. I spread flower seed mixture out in the places that the chickens have most recently dug up. Here’s hoping they don’t get into it again before the seeds have had a chance to grow. Rain two weeks in a row. Will wonders never cease? I’ve got the sprinklers on hold, which is very unusual for this time of year.

Keeping it alive

This is one of the reasons I’ll do anything I can to keep my garden alive:



and this:


and this:



And since reading some statistics listed in a post at Annie‚Äôs Annuals I feel a lot less guilty about it. I’m not saying there aren’t ways we can use less water, but letting my garden die is the last thing on the list.

Undeveloped land in California is disappearing fast. We losing wild spaces and mountain trees to fire and climate change. Wildlife is running out of places to live. The rule for my garden is that it has to feed somebody, be it hummingbirds, butterflies, lizards, bees or us.


My high school is having a reunion this year. My initial thought was “Why the heck do I care?” I didn’t really have any close friends in high school. In my freshman year, most of my friends moved out of state. The ones that were left became way too cool to have time for me. It was definitely not the best time of my life and not something I look back on with fondness. I did go to one reunion, and boy was I clueless. I didn’t realize it was a “I turned out better than you” contest.” I was recently divorced and went by myself. Had a pretty miserable time.

So when one of my old classmates contacted me about attending I just wrote back that I wasn’t attending.

Then the other night my husband and I started talking about it. And he came up with an idea that I just love. Crash cosplay the reunion. I’ve been a science fiction fan for most of my life. Dress up as what ever character we like and go. Won’t matter. I haven’t seen any of these people in the last twenty years, I don’t think it’s likely that I’ll see them again in the next twenty. As I’m a bit of an Anglophile, I’m thinking Doctor Who. I have the right car for it, a little blue Mini, and the costumes can be subtle or flamboyant. If they aren’t aware of the show, they won’t know. Now, which character to pick?