Archive for July, 2007

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Oh – my – goodness – do I feel stupid

July 29, 2007

tomato-seedling.jpgIn the middle strip of my garden this year, I started getting a new weed that I had never seen before. At first, I let them grow, thinking they might be the carrot seeds I planted weeks before. I finally pulled one when the plant got about a foot tall. Definitely not a carrot.

I’ve been pulling a lot of them, probably about 30 so far. I found out today what they are.

They’re freakin’ tomato plants! I’ve been pulling perfectly good tomato plants because I didn’t recognize something I spent several hours pouring over at the plant store earlier this Spring. I just happened to be reading a gardening blog and he posted a picture of his tomato seedling and it suddenly clicked.

I know how they got there, too. Last year, my tomatoes became infested with moles who ate a lot of my tomatoes. I didn’t throw them out – I just mixed them in the dirt as compost. Since I’m still pretty new to all this gardening stuff, I didn’t stop to think that all those seeds were going to do something.

I’ll probably still pull any seedlings because it’s too late for them to really do anything before it gets cold but my goodness, I feel rather stupid and very unobservant.

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Picture Time!

July 25, 2007

This summer has been pretty good, weather-wise. We haven’t had any really hot days, and only a few sticky days. This past week we had quite a bit of rain which made my garden explode. I once again did not plan the pumpkins very well and they have already overtaken the cucumbers and are halfway through the strawberries. I just hope they don’t make it to the watermelons because the melons are doing so much better this year.

On with the pictures.

After the rain last week, we had some beautiful puffy clouds roll through.

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One of my favorite new plants is my Astilbe. It flowered in the past few weeks and butterflies love it.

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That’s all for tonight, kiddies. My computer is moving way too slow and it’s time for bed. Hope you enjoyed the pics!

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Over

July 22, 2007

I am done…and now I sleep.

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The waiting is over…

July 21, 2007

My book is here. I will be pretty much unavailable until Monday.

Turns out there was one of those Diagon Alley parties in Portland, Maine last night. I didn’t know about it. Oh, how you’ve failed me MuggleNet! (Just kidding 🙂 )

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HP Questions: Book 6

July 21, 2007

Well, tomorrow is the day. For some of you, less than 5 hours. For me, it has to wait until tomorrow. My husband knows when the UPS guys normally delivers, but he refuses to tell me. I might be refusin’ later too, if you know what I mean. Hmph.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Year 6 at Hogwarts

  1. The obvious: Who is Snape working for? I’m leaning toward the Order of the Phoenix, but I won’t be shocked if I’m wrong.
  2. Who will live, who will die? I honestly have no idea and have not even tried to guess, even for myself. I don’t think anyone is safe, including the Trio.
  3. How will things end between Harry and the Dursleys? I highly doubt they’re going to give him a going away party. Well…not one that he’s invited to. But I certainly hope it’s a bit more than, “Well, won’t be seein’ ya.”
  4. Will Draco redeem himself? He obviously did not want to kill Dumbledore. I think he’s a little shit and always will be, but so is Snape and I personally think he’s fighting on the ‘good’ side.
  5. Jenny seems like a very strong-willed girl. Is she going to let Harry get away with that ‘I can’t date you because my enemies will try to hurt you’ crap? How many times have we heard this from superheroes? It’s macho, BS bunk.
  6. Will we see Bill and Fleur’s wedding? Will Percy the Prat attend?
  7. Will Grawp have a hand in coercing some giants over to the good side?
  8. Will the Weasley twins be known as heroes for their anti-dark arts products?
  9. Is Scrimgeour going to help or just be in the way?
  10. What are the House Elves going to do, if anything? In particular, what will Kreacher do ? Rowling told the HP film-makers that they best leave him in the 5th film or they were going to have problems in the 7th, so he’s obviously important to the plot – and I highly doubt he’s going to be giving Harry secrets of dark wizards.
    1. I think Dobby should get to put the smack down on Kreacher. Elf fight!
  11. Will we see Inferi? Will any of them be people Harry knows? Ewwww

Gee, I better stop here or I’ll be posting all night. Well, it would make the hours go by quicker…

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HP Questions: Book 5

July 20, 2007

Less than two days from now, I will have the newest Harry Potter book in these here hands…and if the husband tries to sneak it away, it’ll be upside his head in a flash. 🙂

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Year 5 at Hogwarts

Will Doloros Umbridge ever get what she deserves? By sending the dementors after Harry, she was guilty of attempted murder. She still works at the ministry. What the hell is up with that?

What did Dudley see when the Dementors were making him relive his worst memory? Was it that time when he thought he was getting less presents for his birthday than the year before? Oh, poor Dudders. :p

What is the purpose of the Department of Mysteries? To hide the truth from the wizarding community, or protect it?

Who did Luna Lovegood see die?

Will Neville Longbottom’s parents ever get better?

Will Gilderoy Lockhart ever regain all of his memory?

Is Snape good enough at Occlumency to keep Voldemort out?

Will Snape ever let go of the past and realize that the sins of the father should not be passed on to the son?

What is the ‘Veil’ that Sirius fell through and what were the voices that some people could hear? Some of the adults who told Harry that Sirius was dead seemed to know more about it than they would tell.

Is Sirius really dead?

That’s all for tonight. Tomorrow night, the 6th book and then Saturday, the beginning of the end. Whee!!

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HP Questions: Book 3 & 4

July 19, 2007

Since I missed last night’s post, I’ll do both the third and fourth HP book questions tonight. So, let’s get on with it.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Year Three at Hogwarts

  1. Why do the Dursley’s hate Harry with such a passion? Is it simply because they despise anything that’s out of the norm – which is how it appears – or is it something more?
  2. This isn’t really one of my ‘questions’ but I’ve always wondered about that first conversation Aunt Petunia had with Uncle Vernon about her sister and ‘those’ people.

Well, um, that’s all I can think of for Book Three, believe it or not. So, on to

  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Year Four at Hogwarts
  1. This question isn’t really about the story. On the back of the US hardcover edition, there is a creature with a long beak and long, curly antennae. What the hell is that thing?
  2. Will anything come of S.P.E.W. in the wizard community at large?
  3. Why do the House Elves seem to genuinely enjoy being slaves? Were they enchanted in the past? Perhaps they have an innate desire to please and wizards of the past perverted this into something that would benefit them?
  4. Will Dobby ever completely get over his urge to hurt himself every time he talks badly of the Malfoys?
  5. In the course of this book, Harry gives his Marauders Map to the fake Alastair Moody. In Book 5, Harry has the map back. When did he get it back and who gave it to him?
  6. Here’s one I’ve seen elsewhere and something I found very odd when I read it. Why did Dumbledore, upon hearing of the manner of which Voldemort was resurrected have a ‘triumphant gleam’ in his eye? When I first read that, I was almost convinced Dumbledore was on Voldemort’s side. Pretty silly, huh?
    1. Theory: Perhaps the fact that Harry’s blood now flows through Voldemort’s veins will give Harry an unexpected edge against him. That in the addition of the same phoenix giving feathers for both of their wands might come into play in the final battle.
  7. How will Wormtail replay his life-debt to Harry?

Fewer questions than I thought, but there’s still two more books. See ya tomorrow night!