Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Day Lily Blooms in November

Our little city garden supprised us this week: the day lily bloomed in November!

We've been having this crazy weather this fall. Sometimes cool, but then it warms up. The killing frost that should accompany El Día de los Muertos (Nov. 2) never came.

The last 2 weekends it was in the 60s (15-18 deg. C) and it got one of the day lily plants a bit confused. There was a yellow flower coming out in November!

It should only be blooming during the summer. But this summer was very wet and it only bloomed when we were away in Peru. But this one little bloom in November makes up for it.

The killing frost finally came this week, but the yellow flower remains.

Here's the little flower, hiding in our front planter:

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Joy of Spam

Ah, the joy of spam!

If your spam filter isn't working, it just keeps coming and coming and coming and coming.

To quote Monty Python: "Spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam, wonderful spam...."

Do I need a cheap car? An early payday? Satellite TV? Money for school? Maybe even a job? Or maybe I need to control my appetite. Spam reveals the way! Here's some of my favorite topics.

Breast Implants

Sounds great!? Not only can I get these larger, perkier breasts, but I can afford better breasts!Wow! Well why not, if I can afford it!

So why does one need these better and perkier breasts? That's when you have to read the message:

"Are you tired of men paying more attention to women with larger, perkier breasts?"

Hmm, can't say I am! And what exactly makes a breast perkier? Is it just size or a more conical shape?

Even if guys are watching, is it such a good thing? A close friend who is naturally "very well endowed" feels very self-conscious in public when guys stare. In fact, she often says she'd like to get them reduced. (I kid that she should be a doner for the less endowed who desire a perkier endowment!)

What if you think you're reasonably proportioned as is? (They look ok in the pic, at least to me.) Who needs to be top heavy!

"Do you want to feel better about yourself and have all those eyes on you at the next party?"

Don't know I really want that... I'm shy, so I don't mind a few eyes, maybe, but not necessarily all those eyes (particularly those guys who gauk at your breasts and don't look you in the eye when talking to you) .

Funny thing -- these spam ads came to a guy's e-mail. Wonder how many guys want perkier breasts to they can get more guys looking at them!!!


So Jenn wants to chat with me! Two new signles want to talk with me! But who's this "Hey Babe..." character who also wants to chat with me? Am I the "Babe" or is she/he? Never realized so many people want to chat with me.

And now I have a neighbor who is looking for me! (Hope he or she is not peeping into my bedroom window trying to find me!) And why is this neighbor assuming I'm still single?

Now I must find out who are these sexxxy singles!! Do all those x's make them extra sexxxy?

So, why do I want to see Britney's pics? What if looking at a young women's pics isn't my thing?

Why does spam always assume everyone is single? Or is this an opportunity for those in a relationship to "chat" with someone else -- maybe one of those extra sexxxy singles! This is a consumer society, so why just have one relationship when you can have as many as you can stand!

Now, you shouldn't think I spend my days reading spam. But every once in a while, it's entertaining to see what they're trying to sell and how they pitch it. Ah, spam -- it you can't avoid it, at least you can make fun of it!

Visitor in my garden

I hate spiders -- them and their yucky webs! They give me the creeps. I like to avoid them and just let them be, hopefully somewhere far from my comings and goings.

Now it's been unusually warm again, in the 60s (15 to 18 deg. C), and I was thinking of taking in my 4-ft. high geranium before the killing frost (if it ever comes). As I was about to reach for the geranium pot, I felt something funny. There was this web connected to my plant and the biggest spider I ever saw in the garden sitting in the middle of her web. Well, I just left her alone.

Later I showed it to Rosie who said “Hmm, not going to catch much at this time of year.” Unless some insects decided to check out the unusually warm weather in November, she’ll go hungry.

Her she is, squatting in my garden!

Today, the web remains, but no garden spider.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

My Garden is Dying

Today is known as the Day of the Dead (El día de los muertos in Latin America). Since I started gardening, I have always associated Halloween and the Day of the Dead with the first killing frost here in the northeast.

Being in the city, it comes a few weeks later. But it's now or never to rescue whatever I want to keep indoors over the winter. Soon my inpatients will be withered, the tomato plants brown, and leaves will cover it all until next spring.

Here are some photos of my garden last’s days before the frost and the rescuing of the geraniums and parsley.

For pictures of this garden in bloom, see my post titled "My little garden."