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i am ruminating here in the Desert Castle, and i am thinking of you, husi. and thinking of what to do next.

at first i couldn't quite make out the tune, then suddenly something in the rhythm triggered it, despite the melody lacking tune.
the woman and the dog who live upstairs are doing a rendition of carmen's famous aria
the baby was crying, but luckily the opera and some seriously weird drumming on the floor seem to have soothed it.

edmonton's summer is long gone now, and autumn finds me finished work with the urban farmer for the year, and i am discovering all the things that happen around the desert castle during the day.

as september came to a close, i was anxiously transplanting my coleus and other tender planty friends into the house. the frosts came, and as i gathered all the green tomatoes from my vines i thought of all the husis whose gardens had flourished, whose tomatoes had gotten too much heat, and who had been enjoying tending their soil as much as i had.
while i pulled on my long johns under my jeans and swaddled myself in wool before going out to work for the day, i thought of the texans, sweltering after the hurricane with no electricity to turn their fans.

i have been plotting my future.
i am moving back to toronto.
i have decided to take the train. riding via's 'canadian' from vancouver to toronto is one of those especially grand trips, like taking the orient express from paris to istanbul. i am at this point unlikely to make it the whole way, but edmonton to toronto is still a vast swath of canadian landscape.
i am madly in love with ni.
i am going to be joining him in his toronto burrow soon.

the birds are flocking. they are ready for their migrations.
i feel less ready. though the leaving this town feeling is getting urgent. on friday i saw a big white pickup truck that said "cowboy up!" across it's back window and had a huge pair of testicles. it's not enough anymore to hang balls off your trailer hitch, seems they have to have bigger ones then the next truck now.

i would really like to spend more time on the west coast. the brief days i was there were amazing. i'd like to see more husis in person!

we shall see what these next few weeks hold. hopefully more time for writing. diaries and letters, poems and emails are all waiting to be poured out into text.
thinking of you fondly,
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sounds like the people upstairs are teaching their dog to bark to "carmen" | 18 comments (18 topical, 0 hidden)
Oh! My! by iGrrrl (4.00 / 2) #1 Thu Oct 02, 2008 at 05:05:17 PM EST
 <cite>i am madly in love with ni.</cite>

Um, do I still get to adore him?

"I honestly pity the stupid motherfucker who tries to talk down to iGrrrl" - mrgoat
does my love for him prevent it? by misslake (4.00 / 2) #2 Thu Oct 02, 2008 at 05:07:29 PM EST
i hope not! can't we both adore him simultaneously? i will leave plenty of room for your love.

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My husband's not jealous by iGrrrl (4.00 / 2) #5 Thu Oct 02, 2008 at 05:39:00 PM EST
 ni is one of the few people to make my husband laugh out loud within two minutes of meeting.

So... yay.
"I honestly pity the stupid motherfucker who tries to talk down to iGrrrl" - mrgoat
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Yay! by komet (4.00 / 1) #8 Thu Oct 02, 2008 at 11:54:29 PM EST
I love ni too. In an entirely non-sexual manner, of course.

Oh, wait, I love you too! How silly!

<ni> komet: You are functionally illiterate as regards trashy erotica.
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why of course? by garlic (2.00 / 0) #10 Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 03:00:14 AM EST

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it was pretty craptastic... by clock (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Oct 02, 2008 at 05:26:30 PM EST
...but we learned a lot.  we were going to do a second garden for this growing season (we get two!) but we missed it due to the 'cane.  le sigh.

i wish i could be swadling up.  the air has cooled here, but we won't get cold.  i do miss that.

I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

I'm selfish... by toxicfur (4.00 / 1) #4 Thu Oct 02, 2008 at 05:38:20 PM EST
and I'm really glad you're going to be much closer to me when you're in Toronto than you are now. Even so, I'm glad you went to the end of the earth, if only for your stories of the Urban Farmer. Have a safe trip, and I hope we'll be able to make a trip north or you a trip south soon.

To Rollins lesbians are like cuddly pandas: cute, exotic, forest-dwelling, dangerous when riled and unable to produce offspring without assistance.-CRwM
I'm selfish too... by MostlyHarmless (2.00 / 0) #7 Thu Oct 02, 2008 at 11:19:49 PM EST
because I'm disappointed she's going to be further away when in Toronto than she is now. Even so, I'm glad she's moving back, as she will be much happier there.

Plus it adds yet one more reason I need to get over to the east coast again. My usual trip for work having been thwarted by an unfortunate bankruptcy means I'll have to do it for myself...


[Mostly Harmless]
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fortunately for me by R343L (2.00 / 0) #14 Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 06:11:22 AM EST
Flying to Edmonton and flying to Toronto are not too different in cost .. and Toronto is a far more awesome a place to visit. (Note: the AGO reopens soon! They have one of my favorite works of art evar!)

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
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I can vouch for these two. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu Oct 02, 2008 at 07:48:33 PM EST
They were even making googly eyes at each other, in spite of not exchanging cooties in public.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Tending of the soil by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 12:14:04 AM EST
I have indeed enjoyed my brief foray into gardening this year.  I've had cherry tomatoes, bird eye chillies, sage, oregano, 2 sorts of coriander, 2 sorts of rocket, rosemary and 2 kinds of mint.

Next year I think I'm going to have a go at some root vegetables and the like.

The 10 minutes of daily care that the plants have demanded of me is time I have enjoyed.  And I get to eat them as well.  What's not to like?

Dear Green Thumb . . . by slozo (4.00 / 1) #11 Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 03:49:42 AM EST
. . . welcome back to Ontariariariooo.

I had a small first year garden in a fenced off area at the side of my house this year. There were some noble efforts, and possibly some lessons to be learned. Here are my end of season gardening marks:

Zucchinni  A+
These were a smashing success, but frankly they do well pretty much anywhere. Still, even in the somewhat poor soil (I didn't have enough gardening soil to mix in at the time), these veggies grew to an enormous size, threatening to take over the entire section so that one couldn't walk by on the path. The wife weighed one at over 7 lbs! Next year, I will keep the same amount, but allot more room for them.

Cherry Tomatoes  A-
Obviously the record rainfall was a huge factor for most of the garden, but the cherry tomatoes really went wild - in fact, they actually killed others with their prolific growth. That possibly could be construed as being my fault as I planted everything too close to each other and didn't put in any plant supports until it was too late - but why blame yourself when you can blame a plant! Anyways, I got a big kick out of walking by during my yardwork duties, and after having a quick look, picking up a few cherry tomatoes and popping them in my mouth (after checking for slugs, of course). I still have some from last week even . . . next year, they need lots more care - better spacing, more supports.

Heirloom Tomatoes  D-
Yeah, I know - WTF? But these guys got killed by the cherry variety, and frankly, were a huge disappointment. Planted way too close to other plants, but still - I expected something here, a few big tomatoes once in a while. Instead, I got bupkiss. Who knows, may have gotten bad plants, as generally tomatoes are one of the easiest things to grow. Will try again next year.

Green Pepper  C+
I'm not into greeen peppers myself, but I grow them for the wife, and we had a little surprise with these guys. Instead of the largish, grocery store variety I was expecting, we got thumb-sized (my thumb) green peppers that turned out to be quite spicy (YJ almost burnt her tongue off finding that out). They turned out to be great for chopping up and adding to dishes, but had a small problem of being very insect friendly. Will grow again, but again - they need a bit more space around them, and it would be nice to find a good way to keep the bugs off.

Red Pepper  F
Did not produce a vegetable, and died. Lost under the grand foliage of the tomato jungle. Will try again next year.

(Chinese) Eggplant  B-
These are the long skinny variety of eggplant - not too bad at all, IMO. They weren't as large as I thought they might be, growing to about half the usual size (usual being what they have in the market). Slow growing, but overall not bad. Who knows, maybe in a season less wet they will do better. As with the others, need a bit more space around them.

Mulberry  A+
I love this tree! Not just another pretty face, this small decorative tree also gives off many sweet, delicious berries. I expected nothing at all, as it was planted mid summer; but it flourished in all the rain and has continued making a ton of berries until even now. With more leaves on the tree, we find more berries that the birds haven't picked off. Excited for next year!

Apple  A- / D+ / B-
Who knew that you could splice different kinds of apples on one tree? The former owner was quite the gardener, and somehow attached two different kinds of apple branches on the tree - which made for an interesting grading here, in order of ripening. Those early apples, a sort of mid-sized light green variety were delicious - even though at first one might have been fooled into thinking they were large crabapples. The second batch, a larger red variety, were deformed and somewhat wormy. Not bad tasting, they were a softer, mushier type - but we ate very few of them, as there weren't many that made it to the eating stage. Third batch is . . . well, we're still waiting for some of them to ripen! I've had only one that was ready - they are a large, half green, half red variety with a medium-hard texture and juicy taste. But they have been ripening for what seems like the whole summer, and there are still a bunch hanging at the top, almost ready for eating. Good apple, looong waiting period.

I left the garden wild for long periods of time this summer due to being so busy with other first year chores, so neglect is a big reason for some of my failures this year. That ,and the inexperience of planting things too close together, will make it easy to improve on this year's results, even if it rains half as much as this year did, as I will have more time to devote to gardening, especially early in the season. I will be looking to add a squash or two next year, garlic, maybe green onions and chives.

Any advice/comments to offer?

Well done by Gedvondur (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 04:36:17 AM EST
Very good.  Life plan, check.  Love interest, check.

Very happy for you and for ni.  I sincerely wish you both the best.


"I love my brain. It's the only organ I can afford to lose." --frijolito
Toronto's impossible to leave. I know it. by Clipper Ship (2.00 / 0) #13 Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 05:58:16 AM EST
I actually become physically uncomfortable in any other city and then it begins to creep up on me and drive me nuts if I'm gone for more than a few weeks. When I lived in Alberta for 4 years I thought about coming back to Toronto every single day.


Destroy All Planets

This would be a great anecdote, by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #15 Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 08:42:14 PM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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Am I not? by Clipper Ship (2.00 / 0) #16 Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 06:49:22 AM EST


Destroy All Planets

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LOVE!! by littlestar (2.00 / 0) #17 Tue Oct 07, 2008 at 03:40:30 AM EST
We have had an ongoing mail package for you, Ingy keeps making things, they keep on breaking... sigh.... we have many little bits for you!! Can't wait to have you back home!!


YAY! by misslake (2.00 / 0) #18 Tue Oct 07, 2008 at 07:56:35 AM EST
it sounds delightful! can't wait to see you!

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