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I mentioned somewhere that I would put up photos of my container garden so here it is with other random things, cut so that you can choose to look at it.



This is what it looks like as you walk out the sliding door:



Trees above that scene, looking out:



Cat interlude; Sir William :P



Crappy selfie:



More patio:



My favorite tree!



Hummingbird!





This is the best that my garden has ever looked! I am really hitting my stride this year.

So I live in an apartment complex that has had a barely functioning laundry. Each week a new sticky note would appear on one of the washers or dryers. It was like a bad joke. This has been dragging on for months. Finally yesterday I was beginning to wonder if I would need to go to this place in town, Laundry Lounge, as we were down to four washers and five dryers for the entire place, when a man materialized and fixed all of them in under an hour!

This made my week. I have never been so excited to do laundry.

Also, it is Sergei Prokofiev's birthday!! (Well, they changed from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar so...it is mostly his birthday.)

I am listening to all of his piano sonatas. I am on No. 8 of 9. :O
For anyone interested, I will stick links below to various recordings!

I really like his 5th Sonata . Here is Gergiev conducting his Fifth Symphony with a toothpick because he is a little cray cray. He is brilliant though. The second movement of this one sounds mechanistic. I love it!

And here is one of my favorites: Sarcasms! It's solo piano stuff where he has a bit of fun, a little too much fun? I just love that he wrote something "sarcastic".

Finally (cause I would be on here all day), I really like Tales of An Old Grandmother. The first piece is so wistful. It makes me think of the fading light on tall buildings. I want to play this one!!

More "what I've been up to" stuff on a separate post though it isn't drastically exciting. Mainly practice, work, errands, procrastination, mad plans, and tv shows. :)

Random question of the day: do you all drink tea and if so, what kind(s) of tea do you like? I really like Earl Grey and Russian Caravan. And how do you take your tea? I am a little tea mad.

Date: 2015-04-24 07:22 am (UTC)
oraien: ([★ // eye of newt])
From: [personal profile] oraien
Tea tea tea- I am a tea drinking fiend.

Mostly it's just straight black, hot or iced based on the weather, bit sweet with a lemon wedge and I like it super strong.

But I also love mint tea in general and Tazo's Wild Sweet Orange too. Earl Grey is good but sometimes it strikes me as tasting like lemon pinesol and that is.... not good :P I like it with coconut milk though!

Sir William is adorable and I also like the watercolor (I think) squares behind him!

Date: 2015-04-25 09:25 am (UTC)
oraien: ([★ // old bones])
From: [personal profile] oraien
Ooh tea story you just reminded me of!

I used to work as a security guard for a construction site and in the early mornings I would bring my massive gas station travel mug full of random breakfast tea with me and one morning this older construction worker stopped by my station to talk before work started (we were there around 5:30 every morning and didn't leave till after 6PM, so you know, long days and dark-

And when he found out I drank tea and liked it STRONG, he brought me whole packages of Bewley's tea that was all he'd drink because it's what he got at home in IRELAND (no idea what he was doing in backwater West Virginia doing construction work but no big deal) and it was AMAZING on cold early mornings and strong enough to pretty much stand the spoon up on end in the cup XD

And I STILL would throw the teabags in and leave them all day with a bit of heavy cream!

I don't drink anything with milk milk since our household went vegan last year, but between cashew mylk and almond mylk and COCONUT MILK, we're pretty set on the milk substitutes that are not soy milk!

Your sir sounds like my sir~ I'll have to post some pictures of him. He's a flamepoint siamese and SUPER TALKATIVE Talker Mc-Talkson, for serious. He's my baby too, so he's spoiled rotten XD

Oh, acrylics! It does not look like acrylics at all under that light but that's so neat anyhow! I could say that I paint, and if you take that to mean that I own paintbrushes, Liquitex acrylics and all that jazz and am too intimidated to do anything with them, you'd be spot on XD

I am not really an "artist" but more a "wannabe".

Date: 2015-05-01 10:44 am (UTC)
oraien: ([★ // tangled up in you])
From: [personal profile] oraien
I've had typhoo as well and really quite enjoy it, not quite as strong as the other though :D yay for tea and pretty tins, it's a really good coffee alternative. When I drank milk, I used to just mix a bit of heavy cream in. No need for sugar or anything else when I did that XD

I love coconut milk, and almond is really thin in comparison to cashew milk, which I also love. Never had TJ's soy though, actually- I will have to try it next time I am around the city!

It's funny that Bill's brother was a flame-point because 3 of Yoshi's siblings were all orange tabbys! I think Yoshi would just run and hide from intruders, but Kirby would probably puff up like an angry dandelion and try to scratch their eyes out, so there's at least some balance in it.

I am an eclectic "creative type". I mostly write but sometimes doodle, sometime photograph, sometimes sculpt, maybe dabble in paint a little but I'm not effortlessly talented or even really practiced-a-long-time talented. I just sort of dabble :)

Date: 2015-05-03 01:27 am (UTC)
oraien: ([★ // delightful nightmare])
From: [personal profile] oraien
Lava. Cats have lava and sandstorms in their mouths, I'm sure of it. *sagenod*

You'd have to meet Kirby to understand why I describe him that way XD He has no guard hairs like some cats do and his fur is UTTERLY soft and plush, much like a bunny or almost like a chinchilla? And when he gets worked up he PUFFS and gets twice his normal size and does, for all the world, really look like an angry dandelion!

Thankfully, we have no wool in our house, but I'm not sure Yoshi would eat it even so. He's a.... sensitive soul? You don't even have to yell at him to startle him and make him run out of the room, which I find funny and worrisome in turns because no one's ever actually hurt him or anything, he just really does not like being 'yelled' at?

I have exactly NO time for anything but sleep and work these days with the barn and my desk job x_X Sometimes I wonder what I've gotten myself into and then I'll be looking at Bridge and realize OH YES, THIS.

Date: 2015-05-04 04:57 am (UTC)
oraien: ([★ // fire haired girl])
From: [personal profile] oraien
I really do need to do an updated "here are the babies" post- since now we have a bunch of scalie things too XD

Yoshi never really puffs up much but sometimes he will look sort of "bigger" somehow. But the cat weighs almost 20 pounds so I really can't tell most of the time XD

Kirby's been sleeping on my pillow again since I've changed my barn schedule. He really hates it when I'm away from home and the husbeast is there alone. Even though he's PJ's cat, he loves me best XD

Date: 2015-05-10 09:32 am (UTC)
oraien: ([★ // subtle charm of ghostly moans])
From: [personal profile] oraien
I promise one of these days I will have enough time and energy to make a post and get pictures of our menagerie up! We've got SO MANY THINGS now, plus I really want to put up some pics of Bridge soon.

Yoshi is giant and if he is partially muscle he doesn't want us to know it. He'd rather be a limp noodle because he gets more belly rubs that way XD

Date: 2015-04-24 02:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vintagewitch
I love tea! I pretty much only take my tea plain, with no add-ins. I also really don't like iced tea, so I'll drink hot tea in the middle of summer.

My favorite black is definitely Earl Grey or a good Assam (but I'm allergic to cinnamon, so sometimes tea is hard.) As for herbal, I love Tazo's Wild Sweet Orange (which doesn't have aforementioned Evil Spice).

I feel like mostly I've been drinking medicinal teas lately. I should fix that, because tea is lovely.

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I'm a mad translator with a degree in Comp Lit and assorted languages. Writing a novel and studying violin. (The story has been flailing along for the past couple of years. I think that the Scrivener research file is larger than the actual text.)

I live with a rather naughty ginger cat. Is there any other kind?

I love tea, loose leaf teas, teas in sachets, all sorts of teas and COFFEE. The more legally, addictive stimulants, the merrier!

Music and books are my life. I basically live in a closet-sized library with a container garden. I occasionally sleep. <3

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