With our dinner tonight we grilled some fresh asparagus: brushed with olive oil, grilled until tender, and just a touch browned and crispy on the outside – about 8 minutes, then doused with fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Delicious.  

14:25:07 PM

photo: dandelions and creeping charlie
After breaking the last leg
of my old push mower, I finally broke down and got a new one
. It made a huge difference. For one thing, I could adjust the cutting height to where it should have been all along for our grass: 2 1/2 inches. That alone made it much easier to mow. But it was also lighter, wider and sharper than my 50-year-old cast-iron model. It was so easy, in fact, that I actually found myself humming – almost whistling (!) – as I walked along. The grass already looks healthier to me, the weeds more crowded.

Speaking of weeds, in deference to our neighbors, I spent way too long digging up dandelions from our front yard. We seem to be the only ones who don’t use weed killer, and the dandelion sanctuary (neighborhood park) behind our house makes our yard an easy jump for a dandelion seed. I actually like the way they look, especially against the purple creeping charlie, so they stay in our back yard. But I worked up a good two or three blisters on my hand as I aerated our lawn, one dandelion root at a time.  

19:12:07 PM

Clouds of jack pine pollen and cottonwood flurries drift through the air on every gust of wind.  

12:45:12 PM

photo: lunar eclipse
Last night we watched a blood-red, full-moon lunar eclipse… eerie, ominous and a little disturbing. It hung low in the southeast sky, red, then gray, then black.

I didn’t have my tripod, so I learned just how un-still I am over an eight-second exposure, but I think it came out alright.