Bzzzz November 28th, 2007

I thought I had sworn off the 8 random things meme, but when Val at the very beautiful Illustrated Garden tagged me, I thought it might be fun to do one more–and illustrate it like Val. Well, not exactly like Val. Val can draw. I cannot draw.

My illustrations usually lean toward the lopsided stick figures. But I put some effort into this one. I even purchased some of those nifty watercolor colored pencils that you can just color with, add water and–Voila!–instant watercolor.

Still, you can laugh all you want at my silly drawings. I actually had fun with this one! The hardest part was thinking of eight things that I might actually be able to draw! So here goes…

My-Family-Web.jpg1) I am very tall — 5’10 in stocking feet, although I usually wear some heels. The only time I am short is when I am with my family. My husband is 6’3 and my son was 6’4 last time we checked. I feel tiny when we have our family hugs.

Robin-Drinking-Coffee.jpg2) I start my mornings by drinking my coffee while looking at the birds outside the big windows that frame the back of our home. Wintertime is more difficult since it’s still dark. On cold winter mornings I snuggle with my little dogs and drink coffee and wait for the birds to join the party.

Pulitzer-Books.jpg3) I am working my way through reading all the Pulitzer Prize winning fiction books. I just finished The Namesake and am currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird. My son is amazed that I made it all the way through advanced English classes in high school and an English major in undergrad without reading To Kill a Mockingbird.

Magazine-Love.jpg4) I subscribe to LOTS of magazines. It’s an addiction that I really need to break. Some of them are Food and Wine, Architectural Digest, Backyard Poultry, Hobby Farm, Organic Gardening, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Audubon, American Gardener, Garden Design, Cottage Living and Horticulture.

Bugs-Love-Me.jpg5) Bugs love me. If there is a stinging or biting bug within five miles, he homes in and has his way with me. Once, my friend Rebecca and I were vacationing in Savannah at a hotel on the river. We went to the pool in the evening. The mosquitoes were so thick we had to hide in the water, keeping just our faces above the waterline so we could breathe. When we got back to the hotel room, my face was covered with red welts. Rebecca had NO mosquito bites.

James-Bond.jpg6) I once ended up alone in the ladies room with Roger Moore, yes, James Bond. It was during the filming of an episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” at a horse track in California. I was filmed with him when he presented a trophy to the fellow I was dating at the time. Later, he stumbled into the ladies room while I was washing my hands. He had, errr, a wee bit to drink. He was wearing a tuxedo and top hat. He very charming–and handsome. I have never enjoyed a trip to the potty more.

Doris-Day.jpg7) Years ago, I was on television twice with Doris Day for her show “Doris Day’s Best Friends.” She was interviewing me about the importance of spaying and neutering pets and adopting pets from local animal shelters. She was very gracious and beautiful and treated me very kindly. Somewhere I have a photo of us together…must find that.

Ten-Thousand-Steps.jpg8) I wear a pedometer all day and aim for at least 10,000 steps. It’s interesting how much exercise–or how little–you get during a day just doing regular activities. Of course, all steps are not created equally, so I also hit the gym several times a week to help fight gravity, if you know what I mean.

Previous editions of random things can be found at:

Seven Random Things

Garden Art and More Random Things About Me

Make it Stop!!! More Random Things

I count that I have now contributed 30 random things about me. Since I have no plans to delve into the world of random things about me performance art or random things videos, I now retire from the random things postings. It’s been fun, but really, I have to keep some random things to myself!

Now, so that I don’t have to tag you (and you know who you are), why not just post a few things about yourself in the comments section here, ya hear?

Posted In: Lifestyle


Bzzzz November 25th, 2007

In case your gift-giving taste doesn’t lean toward the absurd or the obscene, I managed to come up with what I think are some pretty nifty Christmas gift ideas for the gardeners on your list.

Some of these things I have. Some of them I want. (Anybody out there? Hint. Hint.)

In ascending order, from least expensive to most expensive, here are my seven favorite gift ideas for gardeners.

Recyclable%20Bottle%20Spouts.jpg1) Watering Spouts – At six bucks each, how much more clever can you get? These stylish spouts are also functional and environmentally friendly. Just screw a spout onto a recyclable liter or other plastic bottle and—Voila! Instant watering can! Just think of all the places you can have little watering cans—next to the violets, next to the window boxes, all sorts of out-of-the-way places.

2) Insect Hat Net – I won’t call this stylish, but it IS functional. Have you ever suited up with long pants, long sleeves and boots, waded into the weeds to do some serious work and still been bothered by pesky flies and, even worse, stinging pests? insect%20hat%20net.jpgJust slip this insect net over any hat with a brim and you automatically look part of the bee keeping set. Like I said, you won’t win any fashion awards. But at least out here in the country, the fashion police don’t show up much anyway.

3) Stirrup Hoe – A while back I extolled the virtues of the simple stirrup hoe. I still think it’s the best weeding tool out there and that everyone with a yard should have one. Just wiggle the business end of the hoe under the weeds to dislodge them, roots and all. Then you can just rake up all the offending weeds. No more stooping and walking around on your knees!

4) Garden Tool Caddy – I hate to waste steps when I have important garden work to do. My guest blogger Sophie mentioned a while back that I fell in love with this handy cart I found at Bed Bath & Beyond. I can stuff all the tools I need in the garden into the rack and also have room for a stool, gloves and other garden paraphernalia. No more running back and forth to the garage to get what I need! Sadly, I couldn’t find the same cart online, but there is a nice one at Smith & Hawken.

big_scottie_mossed.jpg5) Dog and Cat Topiary Forms – How about helping your gardener add a bit of classical whimsy to the garden with a dog or cat topiary form? Unfortunately, these folks haven’t figured out how fabulous Papillons are because don’t have a single Papillon topiary form. I think I’ll look for a bumblebee topiary form instead.

6) Stone Wall Lamp – I don’t know how those folks at Wisteria find the artifacts that they sell, but some of them are truly amazing. I adore these old wall lamps in heavy stone. These lamps definitely won’t blow away. And they will add some architectural interest to the terrace, balcony or patio.

Chimney%20Pots.jpg7) Chimney Pots – Re-purposed antiques such as these chimney pots from English Antique Imports have lots of uses in the garden, including as visual elements but also as table bases. In fact, I love just about everything they sell at this resourceful shop. I may need to make a pilgrimage with a truck before spring sets in.

Happy shopping!

–Robin at Bumblebee

Posted In: Gardening


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