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One of the things I love about dandelions is that they don't wait for permission to grow and be pretty.  Here's a picture of a dandelion I took a few weeks ago, growing with exuberance in the tiny crack where the alley behind my house meets up with the next house along the way.

And I don't think I bragged about it yet, but this is my newest icon by djinni .  Tod is awesome, the way he can draw so many, many icons in each batch and have them all come out  unique and attractive.

Of course, I love my roses too.  I have to spend some time taking pictures while they're at the height of their season, especially since that's now, not during Duckon, like in a normal year.  I'll try to do that tomorrow, instead of what I did today--get computers running normally again (this computer decided to stop noticing the touchpad; the old one that My Angel's been using for games stopped recognizing the keyboard.  That issue resolved when I turned it off and let the updates install; mine I had to call for help to get resolved.  Then (as if that wasn't enough chores for the day) I paid some  bills and did the *delightful* (ahem) adding and subtracting in the checkbook so I know how much money I'll have when the bill payments clear.  (Never mind that the next paycheck will be deposited before all of them clear, and I don't have that added in yet because I don't know exactly what it will be yet!  Let me feel accomplished!)

I've been thinking about finishing Feeding the Hungry, or perhaps writing the sequel, with a different name, and I've also been thinking about how to structure Fireborn to turn it into a finished novel.  Dang that Dragon-boy for insisting on being a viewpoint character--and a good addition besides.  It makes the story all lopsided as it is. 

Oh, well, no one ever promised that the fun stuff would be easy.

Come to think of it, the easy stuff gets boring awfully quickly...

So, tomorrow's goals--get some writing done, photograph roses, and blog about them too!


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Jun. 29th, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC)
One of my favorite plants is the giant mullen--and for much the same reason. I'm a bit disappointed this year because the wet weather had made them shorter than usual.
Jun. 30th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
I'll have to look up the giant mullen (especially since a character I was given to play in a LARP was named McMullen)
Jun. 30th, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)
I love mullein too. I looked it up (to be 100% sure of the funny spelling), and I was disillusioned to learn that it's not a native species. But it's still fuzzy.
Jun. 30th, 2011 04:36 am (UTC)
Jun. 30th, 2011 11:54 am (UTC)
Cool. Mullens are interesting and technically medicinal. Last year, I had one in my front yard that was taller than the porch roof. Have to love weeds.
Jun. 29th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
Have you ever eaten dandelion greens? Yummmmm. My Italian relatives, being world-class gatherers, use every part of the dandelion as food. Wine, tea, greens in salad or sauteed with garlic, roasted root. All but the fluff, as far as I know. But I understand the yellow heads make a wonderful tea. Good for the digestion.
Jun. 29th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
I am aware that they are edible, however, I don't like bitter things, including any greens more bitter than spinach.

I did have dandelion wine once, though, and it would be cool to try a dandelion mead, if I ever were to decide I didn't have enough things to do with my time.
Jun. 29th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
If you're ever of a mind to try eating your namesake, a quick parboil takes away a good amount of the bitterness. Cooking it in a little olive oil and chicken stock will further remove bitterness.
Jun. 30th, 2011 04:36 am (UTC)
I'll keep it in mind!
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