365 Days of Botany

I spent part of this afternoon drawing in the shade of my next door neighbour's yard today, and it was so nice! One of the people who lives there is an artist and was working on her art in the yard, so invited me to join for a bit, since our yard is blazing hot when the sun is out. I hope that in fifteen years or so (if we're still in this place, or if we're somewhere else) that we have a nice shady yard as well!

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In raccoon news, we got this great bench for our front stoop last week, and were planning on adding some plants and making it a bit nicer up there, but yesterday I noticed some dirt on the bench. I thought it was pretty odd, and my gut was whispering "raccoons" just because really, what else would get dirt on the bench - they've been SO PESKY again lately! 

These wouldn't stop blowing in the wind, so this was the clearest shot I got, but I still wanted to share it. I love these oddly neon coloured little flowers, they look a little otherworldly, like they should be in a bog or a magical fairy-land something!

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In other news, I changed the privacy settings on my Flickr photos today, and I am in utter shock that as a by-product, that process changed all the image file URLs on my existing thousands of photos. :( That means almost all the embedded images on my blog are busted right now. I've fixed the last few pages of posts, but it's going to take me a while to even get through the rest of the 365 photos. I may just let the rest be, sigh. Big fail Flickr. Big fail!

I feel like things are gonna be okay. Actually, like things are okay.

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It's an art day! These are petunias from our next door neighbour's yard - and another dark background, apparently I just have a thing for them! I experimented a bit with more background texture rather than just flat black, it was hard to do, but I think with some practice it could make for more interesting backgrounds.

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Hope everyone's week got off to a good start!

Some bamboo for my bamboo lovin' love. <3

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Having a nice relaxing day today, except... RACCOONS AUGGGHG#)(@*$&#*!!!!!!!!!!!! The night before last, after very little raccoon action the past month or so, we awoke to THREE nasty raccoon poops in the yard. Which brave Bruno cleaned up yesterday.

And then just this afternoon, I was sitting and reading on the couch, when I looked up and saw a big furry beast climb up onto the deck railing right out the window! By the time I ran out and got the hose, I only managed a quick spraying before it waddled off and back into the neighbour's yard. But, it didn't go without leaving us a new nasty little package right next to the house. :( 

Grumble, grumble...

Nasturtiums! We have a big beautiful pot full of them, but I have officially given up the battle against the aphids. (You can see some soap bubbles in the top right, I'd been trying to keep them at bay, but it's hopeless!) They'll be gone by the end of the weekend. Sadness!

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I crashed hard this morning, it was the worst I'd felt in a long time, but I managed my last two appointments with a little help from my favourite guy. The dentist sterilized my sad gums and then prescribed me this horrid looking black mouthwash stuff, which I am dreading trying out tonight. 

Pods! I'm kind of excited for fall and winter when I come across pods. They're something I don't pay a lot of attention to right now, but I'm sure I will develop a keen eye for them once the cooler months come around.

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This week feels like a marathon of medical appointments - I still have one more to go tomorrow plus a return to the dentist to see what's up with my gum that got poked too much at the cleaning. I'm pooped! But it'll be really good having all of this stuff out of the way.

It may not be immedicately obvious, but this is lettuce! Red oak leaf lettuce - one of my very favourites - that went to bolt a while back, producing tiny little florets on the top. 

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I am super wiped today, after a bad sleep, but luckily today is my day off from appointments and such (two more to go this week, it's been a busy one...). That's assuming my poor gums calm down yet, still sore from the brutal dental hygienist and salt swishing like a madwoman!

I'm happy to have some grey weather for a few days after this long hot summer. It suits me just fine. 

I felt like doing something playful and different today, so I did some "doodling" with paint...

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Sometimes it's just fun to change things up, even if this might not be my usual style - I think I'm still finding my style, so I'm okay with trying different things!

ps. If you haven't yet, tell me your faves!

The dentist appointment yesterday was a massacre!!! So glad I don't have to repeat that for a while now... Today, I tackle a less painful task: my first foray into business banking... I've been working on getting everything properly set up to be able to start selling some of my artwork, and this is one of the final major steps!

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It's times like this I'm glad we have Vancity, an amazing progressive credit union, where we live. They understand and are very supportive of small businesses, and I feel confident that they'll be able to meet my needs in an appropriate and supportive way long into the future.

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