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Wednesday, June 14, 2006


The cover label for VaR, the next Big Game book. Probably will do a bit more work on this one, especially with the spacing of the letters in the word "Retarded," and possibly remove or alter the angle of the white lines on the initial "R." Other ideas?

In other news, the squirrel likes hot sauce. He gnawed off a tabasco-y sunflower stalk yesterday. I fear for the others.

In better garden news, my gladioli are starting to bloom. Huzzah!

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Monday, June 12, 2006


Of Fonts and Fruits

Spent hours downloading new fonts from this weird Italian website. Tons of freeware. It's been a while since I went on a font spree.

And in tomato-growing news, the first of the cherry tomatoes achieved full ripeness today:

I ate it, and I have to say, it was damn good. Tomatoes with a taste. Huzzah!

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Sunday, June 11, 2006


Solved! -- The Sunflower Slayings

So, along with my storm-induced tomato tragedy, my garden has suffered one other major problem -- the Sunflower Slayings. (There's also the matter of the weird white bugs on the petunias, but the bugs do not appear to be actually killing the plants -- just chilling out). Anyway, I went away for the weekend, leaving a perfectly healthy dwarf sunflower, which I had possessed for several weeks. This is what I came back to:

Sad old devoured sunflower

I had no idea what would eat the stalks right off the darn thing. Yesterday I purchased a new sunflower plant. Today, as I was laying out "Villanelles are Retarded," I heard a horrible ripping sound coming from my balcony, and found a squirrel with a mouth full of sunflower, just tearing away. I chased him off with a deftly wielded roll of gift-wrap (hey, it was handy). I also think I have devised a crafty method for getting him to leave my sunflower alone.

I have liberally poured a cayenne pepper-chilipowder-currypowder solution all over the plant. The thing just reeks. It smells like a Cajun cookoff gone terribly wrong. Take that, Squirrel! I think this should hold him off at least for today, but I will pass by Uncle Brotha's Hot Sauce Emporium and purchase some extremely deadly hotsauce to make into an even more powerful squirrel deterrent.

new sunflower, now with Amazing Chili Powder Action

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