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Mid-October 2017

Look at this ultimate October tomato!

Fall festival fun!

Hair chalk

“Golden retriever please”

Touchdown!

They do such a good job taking care of the animals each day

And I haven’t mentioned it but we are getting lots of eggs (2-4 a day!) from our four chickens (for the past month or more). The Spy asked “Have you even taken a picture of our eggs?”  Me, “No, not yet.” The Spy, (looking shocked) “Whats wrong with you??!!!” Hahahah so I guess an egg and chicken photo shoot needs to go on the to-do list! hA!

Sneak preview

Cotton!

Cotton

Late blooming echinacea (a volunteer)

Bugs helping to make this zinnea look sufficiently creepy for October!

October nook

The most recent art show at my school’s art gallery was very photogenic and (I think) very October. Paper sculptures by Jiangmei Wu:

Love these! From the artists statement: 

I grew up in China in the Seventies when resources were extremely scarce. Most of the Chinese children at that time didn’t have toys – we played with simple things we made with our hands.  We played games with shuttlecocks made of feathers and bottle caps, slingshots made of rubber bands and wooden sticks, and of course, airplanes and balloons made of paper. Indeed, we made all sorts of objects from paper: balls, baskets, dollhouses, bird figurines, and other objects. Paper was a common commodity, but it was not abundant and cheap during that time. We would fold and make objects using all kinds of paper from old newspapers, old magazines and used notebooks. Since I was a child, I have always been fascinated by the art and the science of the folding paper. Paper folding seems to always start from a simple geometric pattern and then it evolves into a complex piece of art through the hands of an artist/designer. (source)

I love the possibilities of paper. Indeed, I once did a little blog series entitled “The possibilities of paper.” where I waxed poetic on plain white paper as my favorite inspiration for a quick/simple creative activity. (Click here to learn how to make a seven sided star, snowflakes and a scroll (one of my most popular posts!) 

Happy Friday! Hope you are all enjoying October in your neck of the woods!

Shmita 2016

Celosia

Celosia

Someone told me 2016 was the shmita…

The sabbath year (shmita Hebrew: שמיטה‎‎, literally “release”) also called the sabbatical year or shvi’it (Hebrew: שביעית‎‎, literally “seventh”) is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Land of Israel,[1] and still observed in contemporary Judaism.

During shmita, the land is left to lie fallow and all agricultural activity, including plowing, planting, pruning and harvesting, is forbidden by halakha (Jewish law). Other cultivation techniques (such as watering, fertilizing, weeding, spraying, trimming and mowing) may be performed as a preventive measure only, not to improve the growth of trees or other plants. Additionally, any fruits which grow of their own accord are deemed hefker (ownerless) and may be picked by anyone. A variety of laws also apply to the sale, consumption and disposal of shmita produce. All debts, except those of foreigners, were to be remitted.[2]

Chapter 25 of the Book of Leviticus promises bountiful harvests to those who observe the shmita, and describes its observance as a test of religious faith. There is little notice of the observance of this year in Biblical history and it appears to have been much neglected. (source)

I say, bring back the shmita! We have (unintentionally) observed it this year and am so glad we allowed Spy Garden to rest.

Dexie in the garden

Dexie in the garden

Are you all enjoying this season? It has been very mild and warm here.

November 15, 2016

November 15, 2016

The leaves have been slow to change

The leaves have been slow to change

Bear sculpture near Spy Garden

Bear sculpture near Spy Garden

The invasive honeysuckles stay green until it gets very cold

The invasive honeysuckles stay green until it gets very cold

Today is November 15 and our basil is still green as can be. When the basil turns black you know the first frost has arrived and winter is coming! Woo! I really love winter. Winter is quite shmita-y; the perfect time for rest and reflection. The first frost is due this weekend.

What I am NOT schmita-ing is school; So. Much. School work. I am currently taking two courses; advanced pathophysiology and advanced pharmacology (studying to get my doctorate in nursing practice) so basically endless reading of bloated anthologies of all the possible things that go wrong in the human body and all the drugs we’ve created to fix these problems whilst creating new problems (#sideeffects).  I prefer the topic of health promotion/prevention and a nonpharmacological focus on wellness; but of course this stuff is good to know.

I wasn’t quite ready for Halloween to end at the beginning of November so took a little more time and refined the carved pumpkins:

Butkus as Bunnicula: Bunny bat dracula!

Butkus as Bunnicula: Bunny bat dracula!

A friend meeting Butkus

A friend meeting Butkus

Little Halloween boy of yore

Little Halloween boy of yore (~2006)

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I see a face

I see a face

Moles everywhere in the yard

Moles everywhere in the yard

Aunt Spy snuggling Butkus

Aunt Spy snuggling Butkus

Super excited to have a friend over!

Super excited to have a friend over!

At a cupcake decorating place

At a cupcake decorating place

At Forest School

At Forest School

Orange Truck

Orange Truck

Prepping for the superbowl

Prepping for the superbowl

Go Lancers!

Go Lancers!

Go Lancers!

Go Lancers!

The Battle for 109

The Battle for 109

Apparently they can be beat but it sure was close!

Apparently they can be beat but it sure was close!

Ughhhh! Too much purple! #Rivals

Ughhhh! Too much purple! #Rivals

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#7

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#7

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Game at Sunset

Game at Sunset

We had two great field goals ...the score was 12-16 until the last four minutes and they scored. So close!

We were ahead until about 4 minutes were left in the game!

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Little Fan

Little Fan

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Jr. Lancers 4/5th Grade 2016

Jr. Lancers 4th/5th Grade 2016

Fresh local pecans (from a coworker's yard)

Fresh local pecans (from a coworker’s yard)

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Squash blossoms in mid-November

Squash blossoms in mid-November

Knockout Rose bush

Knockout Rose bush

Blackberry Bloom

Blackberry Bloom

Checking out the supermoon

Checking out the supermoon

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Microscopic Moon Dust (Source; Dr. Gary Greenberg)

Microscopic Moon Dust (Source; Dr. Gary Greenberg)

And check out these cool microscopic views of grains of sand:

The Microscopic Photography of Dr. Gary Greenberg (source)

The Microscopic Photography of Dr. Gary Greenberg (source)

Happy November everyone! Please share in the comments what you think about the practice of a schmita year…Or the supermoon…Or those amazing microscopic photographs! Your comments are welcome and thanks for visiting Spy Garden!!

Homecoming Weekend

Homecoming Parade!

Homecoming Parade!

Marching Band

Marching Band

Highschool Royalty

Highschool Royalty

Unicycling banana!

Unicycling banana!

Getting lots of candy from all the kids!

Getting lots of candy from all the kids!

Basically a bonus Halloween!

Basically a bonus Halloween!

Highschoolers; so adorable!

Highschoolers; so adorable!

Our favorite part of the parade; the Junior Lancers!

Our favorite part of the parade; the Junior Lancers!

Great Lancer sculpture

Lancer sculpture

More candy!

More candy!

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Americana

Americana

Headed to the tailgate

Headed to the tailgate

Ok so I’m pretty sure this was the first actual tailgate I’ve ever attended. I wasn’t totally antisocial in high school but football games weren’t exactly my scene. My attendance at pep rallies and the like was usually an exhausting exercise of peevish skepticism. I guess I was too cynical or too cool for school or something. But as it turns out, this whole football thing; parades and tailgates and knights on horseback; is totally entertaining and fun when you’re not so busy rolling your eyes! While I still have a few years (3!) to vicariously relive the easy breezy, conventional version of high school through our progeny, thus far, I am enjoying it!

Tackling

Tackling

A tough game

A tough game

Running a touchdown against our biggest rival

Running a touchdown against our biggest rival

Of course there are still limits to my abilities to socialize, and so, back to the garden:

Zinnea

Zinnea

Irish Poet Tassel Flower

Irish Poet Tassel Flower

Dahlias and mums

Dahlias and mums

A Halloween bug!

A Halloween bug!

Some type of aster I believe

Some type of aster I believe

Musquee de Maroc

Musquee de Maroc

The musquee de maroc (winter squash) plant growing up the trellis

The musquee de maroc (winter squash) plant growing up the trellis

I also wear this shirt periodically

I also wear this shirt periodically

So fall

So fall

Lots and lots of spider webs; everywhere!

Lots and lots of spider webs; everywhere!

A delicate web behind the wood pile

A delicate web behind the wood pile

Lots of color

Lots of color

Another Irish Poet Tassel Flower

Another Irish Poet Tassel Flower

The last of the hardy hibiscus blooms

The last of the hardy hibiscus blooms

I've definitely gained a greater appreciation for weeds this year in the garden!

I’ve definitely gained a greater appreciation for weeds this year in the garden!

Our next door neighbor’s had some visitors this weekend…

Peanut

Peanut

and

Mona

Mona

And a few HUGE bunnies!

And a few HUGE bunnies!

About triple the size of ours!

About triple the size of ours!

Our neighbor's have tons of cool antiques

Our neighbor’s have tons of cool antiques

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Dexie & Butkus; twins!

Dexie & Butkus; twins!

A little painted gourd owl decoration (we got this at Cahokia Mounds gift shop)

A little painted gourd owl decoration (we got this at Cahokia Mounds gift shop)

Looking very Halloween-y

Looking very Halloween-y

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Hiking

Hiking

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Dexie checking out Smokey the Bear

Dexie checking out Smokey the Bear

Hope you all had a nice weekend! Thanks for visiting!