Monday, June 27, 2022

We Dissent

After the world turned upside down on Friday, we sought beauty and joy where we could find it.

We found it right here, in Cacti Corey . . . 

And we needed it:

After today, young women will come of age with fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers had. The majority accomplishes that result without so much as considering how women have relied on the right to choose or what it means to take that right away. The majority’s refusal even to consider the life-altering consequences of reversing Roe and Casey is a stunning indictment of its decision.

[The majority] eliminates a 50-year-old constitutional right that safeguards women’s freedom and equal station. It breaches a core rule-of-law principle, designed to promote constancy in the law. In doing all of that, it places in jeopardy other rights, from contraception to same-sex intimacy and marriage. And finally, it undermines the Court’s legitimacy. 

In overruling Roe and Casey, this Court betrays its guiding principles. With sorrow—for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection—we dissent.

-- Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan 

We dissent.

Monday, June 20, 2022

1 Time day

Our great and glorious friend Kat Murphy found this list yesterday and brought it over and nothing has been the same ever since.

Bella and Addi have some ideas about the powers they wish they had. I wish I had their powers.

Bella's list  . . .  


1. Super Speed 1

2. ice 2

3. fire 3

4. control weather 4

5. green lantern 5

6. Invisible 6


Signed by a probably very young tiny tot Bello/Bella


Addi, on the other hand . . . 


1. Read minds 7

2. heal myself 8

3. Move things with mind 9

4. water 10

5. when I touch people I see there past 11

6. Teliport 1 time day 12


Oh my darling girl.

My thoughts, you ask? Oh, I have many thoughts . . . 

Of course.

2 Sure. But, like, to *make* it? For beverages?

3 Okay. Just be careful.

4 Yes please. I like it hot and steamy.

5 Whatever you say, honey.

6 Oooh, now we're talking . . . 


And Addi's ist? . . .

7 Good luck with that honey; better you than me.

8 Ohmygod. Okay. That stopped me in my tracks. Oh, Addi.

9 I would dearly love to know what you would move.

10 To swim in? To drink? For flowers? Elaborate. Please.

11 Oh dear. Are you sure? Because that is a *lot* to take on, you gorgeous empathetic creature.

12 Again with the stopping in my tracks. Because only 1? One time a day? Oh you modest glorious soul.


I love Addi. And I love Bella. And I need to teleport with them.

1 time day.

Monday, June 13, 2022

The Anti-Dust Bowl

 It was a week. 

Mom would have been proud, and I'm quite sure of that.

We finished clearing out Mom and Dad's place, and it was emotional and exhausting and has taken me all weekend to recover.

I drank approximately 75 gallons of wine, too, but that's not important right now.

In the meantime, Mistah and I can't keep up -- *nobody* can keep up -- with all that is growing out there in the Field and in the World, but who cares, really. I'd rather have this absurd amount of green growing than what the poor Joads* had to go through during the Dust Bowl years.

*I'm reading The Grapes of Wrath**

** for the first time ever***

***I know, right? It's awesome.

Anyway, here it is green. And here are some photos of the green side of things. The other side of that green wall has purple and orange and yellow and white and red.****

****You'll have to trust me on that one.

The new tree is happy.

Oooh, here's some color! Of the sugar snap pea variety . . .  

And here's some more . . .  

. . . compliments of Lydia and Sebastian at the Dutch.

And here is our absurdly awesome Nancy orchid.

And let me tell you this, my people . . .  

. . .  keep your eyes on Cacti Corey.

Talk about ready to Bust Loose . . . 

Monday, June 6, 2022

Bustin' Loose

When I talked to Mom at 4:44 every day, I'd regale her with stories of our Field Work. She'd always said we were (well, *I* was) working too hard but I always said, "But it's not work; I love it." 

I love it.

There needs to be a different phrase for Field work.

Work is work. But gardening is fun. Hard, yes. Taxing, sure. But fun. And ever so rewarding.

Exhibit A. 

Exhibit B.

Exhibit C.

Okay, we can't go on like this, plus I'm a terrible photogrophist, but let me tell you this . . . 

Cacti Corey is about to bust loose . . . 

And we will be there for her.

Let's just call these next photos Exhibits A through Z . . .  

. . . everything is busting loose.

These make me happy.

And these make me happy and are soon going to make me even more happy. When they, you know, bust loose.

And the hydrangea? Oh, loose it will bust.

The Iri have already done all their busting, and have made this season so spectacular, and are handing it over to their next friends . . . 

. . . these guys . . . 

. . . and this butterfly bush guy . . .

. . . and these grape vine guys.

We are all about to bust loose together.