Sand Springs Herbal Affair, 2016

This was the loveliest Herbal Affair in recent memory (Perhaps the one where I met my future husband for the first time wins loveliest ever even though it was hot, and sunny and I was recovering from strep throat.) The skies were cloudy, but it wasn’t cold, and it didn’t rain. A light breeze combated any mugginess that might have sullied a still day. We walked around, browsed through the shops downtown (it’s getting so cozy! There’s a new bookstore, and an older bookstore and antique shop have a new, lovely location.) I got some gothic novels for my collection and we bought a few records. Shaun and I stopped at the Lone Wolf food truck and got some Banh Mi & kimchi fries, which was transcendental. We walked home eating them and I popped back down to the festival with my mom so she could buy some pepper and tomato plants.

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Here are my snaps from the day:

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Eight Months into 30 before 30

30 before 301. Cook 30 new recipes 65/30

Maple Baked Beans and Cornbread Casserole Tunisian Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas & Greens Mushroom Lasagna Southern Biscuits and Gravy
Nigerian Black-Eyed Peas & Greens Szechwan Tofu & Green Beans Mix and Match Jambalaya Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Bars

58. Maple Baked Beans and Cornbread Casserole (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
59. Tunisian Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas & Greens (One-Dish Vegan)
60. Mushroom Lasagna (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
61. Gravy (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
62. Nigerian Black-Eyed Peas and Greens (One-Dish Vegan)
63. Szechwan Tofu and Green Beans (One-Dish Vegan)
64. Mix and Match Jambalaya (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
65. Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Bars (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)

2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 8/12 Bo & Su of Les Beehive gave me a Mamiya msx 500 last summer and I hadn’t loaded film into it yet, high time to see how it goes!

7. Reach Advanced Level yoga with Erin Motz’s DoYouYoga course.

I’ve done a lot of yoga this month, feeling pretty good about this one. :)

April 2, warrior 3. (Doing #badyogisdoit  with @angbisho ! Hosted by @erinmotz) Day 6: side plank is definitely a favorite! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) April 7, chaturanga push ups. I have a cold and this was so much harder than usual! I did 5 not-quite-right with knees up and 7 with knees down and now I feel like a noodle. 🙆 (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) #yoga #yogachallenge April 9, floating tabletop crunch! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho) This felt good after a couple of challenging days with a cold! Not feeling my best this morning but getting better.
April 10: plank! #badyogisdoit with hobbit slippers and @angbisho 😘 April 12: eagle! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) #yoga April 14: warrior 1! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) #yoga 2015-04-16 10.21.47 1
April 20: crow! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) April 21, wild card! I chose headstand because it's something I can do somedays. I could have hung out at this stage for a long time but I could only straighten my legs for a couple of seconds today. My falling was super graceful and controlled though, I
9. 30 self portraits in 2015. 

eight:

Two-Hundred & Twenty-Two

nine:

Two-Hundred & Forty

10. Fill my first Smash Journal.

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18. Print another photo book.

Since this project has involved going through and re-editing my photos it has taken a long time. I’m somewhere in the middle of October of 2007 for a photo book that will only span June – December of that year and I’m already past 200 pages. When I was first starting to really practice and study photography I was super prolific, whoops. I’m going to admit that I might not be able to afford to actually PRINT this book until after my birthday, I will consider this done if I finish all of the other work involved because I have put many hours into it.

Here’s a couple of two-page spreads I’m really happy with:

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In 2007 I had some interest in being a commercial photographer, at least in terms stock photography. I have a lot of stuff I shot with that aim that I really love in retrospect but actually shooting photography for someone other than myself wasn’t fun at the time and I decided to focus on more emotive/photo diary work. I’m curious what future photo books will be like, especially everything past the death of my dad in December of 2008, when I realized that capturing and remembering my real life was the most important thing to me artistically.

21. Start a 365 photo set on my 29th birthday. Finish it!

Here are some of my favorites this month:

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Two-Hundred & Thirty-One

Two-Hundred & Forty-Two

24. Scan my mom’s family photos. Got another stack done this month.

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Going down a slide with my dad, in Oregon.

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My dad in a stump chair, 1975.

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My mom at Silver Dollar City.

28. Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all!

  • move all furniture and clean behind/under it. (fridge, dressers, couch, entertainment center.) (Progress: Kitchen, bathroom, living room done in month 6. One half of bedroom done in month 7.)
  • clean the fridge out. (Progress: I did the fridge a couple of weeks ago. I was surprised by how many jars of useless stuff I had in there. I felt like I was being good at keeping it down to the essentials, but nope! I still need to clean the freezer, but in general it stays a little cleaner.)
  • take ALL THAT RECYCLING so the cozy system can start working. (Progress: Still need to take all the paper and cardboard, but the rest of it is kept sorted and tidy.)
  • take everything to Goodwill. (Progress: I just keep adding boxes and bags. I have SO MUCH that’s on it’s way out, I can’t wait to reclaim that space!)
  • finish each room. If I still have to have stuff piled in a corner, at least let it be stored in a plastic tub. (Progress: Living room I would call done. I hung some curtains this month There are lots of living room photos above in my yoga shots.)
  • closet overhaul. (Progress: Lots of little adjustments but nothing worth noting.)
  • NEW Springtime Garden Tidy. (Progress: Gardening update.)

Garden, 2015

I had my annual trip to Riddle Plant Farm with my mom a couple of weeks ago and things are really starting to come together in my garden. Slowly chipping away at all of those tasks I wasn’t great at keeping on top of in years past and every year the garden cleanup and upkeep gets a little easier. Here are some photos from my gardening adventures so far.

day 99: it's daffodil time! #100happydays

One-Hundred & Ninety-Nine

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My mom’s Easter Basket

I’ve got a lot going on for Easter so I gave my mom her basket early. I was pretty happy with it so I thought I’d share it here!

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my mom's easter basket

 

 

I got the planter, gardening gloves and cute little carrot containers at Dollar Tree. The carrots are filled with assorted Godiva truffles and the cute carrotty umbrella chocolates are Lindt. I tucked all of them into green recyclable paper grass and got a really lovely container gardening magazine to top it off.

 

Here’s a bonus photo from my mom’s garden that I took earlier this week:

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I had my annual trip to the plant farm with my mom last week.

 

The previous owner of my house probably took better care of his yard than I do (it’s so exhausting, and trees just won’t stop growing in the back lot!) but he wasn’t very good at planning. He just clumped a bunch of stuff together and now I have to clump stuff around it. A couple of years ago some under-dwelling creature came and ate the roots off the bushes that were lined up near the front porch and they all fell over except two. Now there is a large, unsightly gap that needs filled. I looked all over Riddle’s for a solution and finally set upon Hydrangea. Now I have it home and I’m worried it’s going to be too large for such a central spot. It would be, perhaps, a bit better, at one end of the gap. I should have gotten some low evergreen bush, something to fill the gap year round.

I love a crowded jungle of a garden and I just need to embrace it. There’s one house on our street that amazes me. The whole yard is like a fairyland, flowers of all types abound 9 months out of the year, a dark, lush colorful mess. I want someone to describe my yard like that.

I’ve been focusing on perennials. I got ground covers & mosses.

 

If you had an unsightly gap in your front garden, what would you put there? The other plants present are a sedum that flowers a bluish-purple in the late summer/fall, tall purple phlox that last the summer, with daffodils and tulips in spring. At either end of the gap there are two sad looking survivors of what ever chewed the roots of their brethren:  a couple of pitiful little bushes with red leaves year round.

More photos below the jump!

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Every year in April I go flower shopping with my mom at Riddle Plant Farm. In years past my dad would go with us, and leave us there to peruse the aisles of flowers in the greenhouse while he had a foot long coney at Sonic, or went to wash the car.  This year my brother went with us, for the first time that I can remember, though it’s possible we all went when we were kids.

This is my haul. Geranium, Sweet Alyssum, Osteospermum, Portaluca, Salvia, Zinnia and a few others that caught my fancy. I really loved some of the prearranged pots that they had this year. I want to arrange something myself along the same style so I bought flowers with similar colors and a scheme in mind. I’ll post again when I have them arranged in pots. I’m excited!

We have a couple of pitiful azalea plants by our front porch. The first year we lived here, they didn’t even bloom. One of them always gets choked by grass that I can’t seem to keep out of it, but it blooms pretty well anyway (the middle of it is full of grass and blooms, I can hardly pull the grass out without harming the flowers). The other one is clear of such obstructions, but barely blooms at all. They hardly get any sun. They never get any bigger. They seem to do better every year, though, so I suppose it could have been the years of neglect in regards to weeding that they had when no one lived here. It would be an awesome spot to have giant azalea bushes if they did well. As it is, it looks pretty pathetic.

We also figured out the culprit for our bushes in the front uprooting themselves. I’ve been replanting them for about 6 months every time I find one lying on it’s side, and they have kept alive as long as I got them back in the ground. Something is chewing their roots off. I have given up. I want to move the ones that have never been uprooted somewhere else and plant something else there and see how that goes.