November 14, 2016 § Leave a comment
Last Tuesday, U.S. voted for their 45th president. The results revealed a controversial and divisive situation that has been there for years if not decades but which a lot of people haven’t wanted to see before. At this point the actual long-term implications are anyone’s guess.
As a woman, non-native English speaker and an immigrant, I suspect I will be affected; then again, I’m protected by my whiteness, straightness, cisness and economic luck.
I am worried. Very worried. For friends, family, acquaintaces, colleagues, all the people who aren’t as lucky as I am. Who don’t have my privilege. Who already have faced hatred. And there’s a part of population who seem to think that it’s now okay to openly attack people who aren’t like them and to expect no consequences. It’s already gotten toxic, not even a week after.
This. Is. Not. Acceptable.
As I was already having an unusual fall (health issues), this pushed me over the top. Apart from taking care of myself and my family, I will increase my efforts to combat intolerance. So, I don’t think I will have the energy to update here for the foreseeable future. I’ll rethink after New Year.
In the meanwhile, wishing good things to you and yours.
P.S. Photo from a rainbow-wrapped wreath project by Laura Poulette at Duo Fiberworks.
September 23, 2016 § Leave a comment
Remember the strange spore pod I ran into six years ago? (Sidenote: SIX years! Wow. Time sure flies.)
Well, now I know what it is and what’s inside:
I found this pod in the yard, more or less in the same spot where I found the previous one. It looks a little like a chestnut inside.
However, it’s not a nut or a seed pod at all. It’s the nursery (or gall) of a type of wasp. Oak apple gall wasp looks the likeliest, but I don’t properly care to find out for sure. We definitely do have oaks around, as well as many types of wasps, even I can tell that. The solid spot in the middle is where the (one) larva lives – this one looks like it was opened and eaten by a predator.
Brrr! I hate wasps.
May 18, 2016 § Leave a comment
Such a pair of cute (and huge!) arm knit bunnies. This fun project is by Anne at Flax & Twine; go visit her blog for more pictures!
April 4, 2016 § Leave a comment
Ha! Just after saying we’re not likely to get snow anymore, the forecast changed into…
…snow yesterday, snow today and some night frosts ahead. Last week it was so nice and spring-like: budding leaves, first flowers and spring birds. Yesterday, it was still the same – except with a layer of snow. Here’s a view from yesterday morning:
In Finland, we call this kind of return of winter takatalvi. Word-for-word it translates back winter or maybe after winter. The concept doesn’t seem to exist in English, so I can’t translate it any better.
Well, after today, it really, truly seems to be it for the winter. Let’s hope. 🙂
February 23, 2016 § Leave a comment
One of our maples has funny-looking dark patches on its bark:
Mr. E did some digging. It sounds like an insect infestation called gloomy scale. (Lat. Gloomy Scale, Melanaspis tenebricosa (Comstock), Hemiptera: Diaspididae; haven’t found a Finnish name for them, but possibly something kirvansukuinen.) Gloomy scales can settle onto maples in poorer growing conditions and, among other symptoms, turn the bark black as if it’s been burned.
Looks like we have horticultural oil, mulch and watering in our (yard) future. Ohwell. Learned something new again!
February 17, 2016 § Leave a comment
Since the downed tree, we’ve had quite variable weather. We’ve had quite brisk snow and clouds without percipitation. I also gather it was the coldest Valentine’s Day around this area, although not in our town. For the VD weekend, we had lows of -8 to -7 Fahrenheit and highs of 21 to 10 F / around -23 Celcius at night and highs of -12 to -10 C.
Then yesterday, only two days after the (near) record lows, we had rain and the high temperature of 51 F / 11 C!
I don’t remember a February that’s had peaks this extreme.