Thursday, June 30, 2005

In the Garden


Bunnies love my yard, and lately there has been a baby bunny that has joined in the feast. The baby ran from the yard when it saw me, and hid in the perennial bed. It's so very cute!

The pumpkins we are growing appear to be doing quite well. They are now beginning to flower, so the fruit will not be far behind. Hurrah! I am already craving autumn.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Bottle Vases


It seems like glass soda bottles have made a comeback - at least for some soda companies. Although, not a new idea, I think these bottles make charming and inexpensive bud vases. They look wonderful in small groups, but equally charming alone. Bottles I like include Orange Crush, IBC Rootbeer bottles and Rolling Rock Beer Bottles.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

I've got a new look!

I hope you like it.

Indiana Folk Art


Here are a few incidents of Indiana country folk art that I discovered on a recent day trip.

Images copyright C. Geisler

Saturday, June 25, 2005

It's a sign


My husband and I were driving home, when I noticed something that caused me to laugh until I cried. Since I wasn't driving, and we are still relatively new to the area, I was reading the street signs. I read "Hill" and next up was "Billy." My husband, who aparently had noticed this before, burst out laughing with me. Priceless.

Friday, June 24, 2005

I miss the X Files.


It's Friday, and I am remembering time when Friday was an all important day - it was X Files Day. I swear, I was completely addicted to the show and Friday, 9:00 pm was sacrosanct. No phone calls allowed, no family discussions. Of course, I still watched the show when it moved to Sunday, but it was just never the same.

I collected X FIles comic books, trading cards, action figures, pics, soundtracks. Like I said, I was addicted. I even went to an X Files convention.

I really want the season dvds, but they are just now nearing a price that I justify the purchase. Hopefully, I'll start my dvd collection soon.

I hear there will definitely be another movie. I can't wait.

Thursday, June 23, 2005


This past weekend, my husband chopped down the diseased elm tree in our backyard. He cut it down with an axe. Quite impressive, really. We replaced it with a Red Sunset maple.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Tiger Lillies

**FLYING CONDITIONS: Mostly Sunny; Light Morning Fog**

My husband and I were on an excursion to a small, nearby town when we happened upon this charming nursery. It was surrounded by Tiger Lillies, which we love. All Spring, we have been trying to locate Tiger Lilies for sale, but considering how profuse they are in the wild, we'd had no luck.

We stopped at this nursey to see if there were any for sale, but no deal. The owner, however, gave us permission to take some off of his nearby property. We returned the next day, shovel in hand! Hopefully that will survive the transplant.

At the Nursery:

©C. Geisler

©C. Geisler

©C. Geisler

©C. Geisler

Our Lillies:

©C. Geisler

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Merry Midsummer Day!

"On a Fine Day"
Elizabeth Stanhope Forbes

"The Enchanted Garden"
John William Waterhouse

Monday, June 20, 2005

Merry Midsummer Eve!


Blessings on a night full of Magick and Merriment!

"Midsummers Eve"
Edward Robert Hughes

"Now it is the time of night
That the graves, all gaping wide,
Every one lets forth his sprite,
In the church-way paths to glide.
And we fairies, that do run
By the triple Hecate's team
From the presence of the sun,
Following darkness like a dream,
Now are frolic. Not a mouse
Shall disturb this hallowed house.
I am sent with broom before,
To sweep the dust behind the door."

A Midsummer Night's Dream, by William Shakespeare

Friday, June 17, 2005



I have a fixation with hedge mazes. I just adore them. I would love to have enough land one day to create one.

When I was around 10, my mom and I visited Colonial Williamsburg. I was very impressed by the Holly Maze at the Governor's Palace. I was a strange kid - I LOVED the 18th century, spooky things, romantic, yet gothic daydreams, etc. (I guess I really haven't changed that much!) The maze at the Palace was everything I thought was cool.

Photos by Charette

Results... in about 10 years.

My husband and I really dislike the how the utlities attached to the back of the garage look. We've put so much wotk into the back yard, that we feel that it spoils the "view." To resolve this issue, we've planted a boxwood hedge. They type of boxwood we purchased will grow 10' tall. My husband devised the layout. Essentially, there are two arched rows that overlap and form a pathway to the area where the utilities are. Still accesible, but screened! (In truth, we will most likely not be here to see the mature hedge.)

Here is a "before" pic and my quick rendition of what it may look like "after."

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Happy Birthday Angela!

**FLYING CONDITIONS: Partly Sunny; Gentle Breeze**

We've come along way since nursery school. I wish I could be there to celebrate.

Have a fantastic day!


Monday, June 13, 2005

Things are hoppin' here.


I've been really busy with freelance work, so here's a quick pic of one of the many bunnies that enjoy dining at Ch├ęz Cerys.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Incredible Movie Costumes No. 3

**FLYING CONDITIONS: Partly Cloudy**

Moulin Rouge
Hindi Sad Diamonds
Costume Designer: Catherine Martin, Angus Strathe
Best Costume Design (win): 2001 Academy
Best Costume Design (nom): British Academy Awards - 2001

Considering the heat and the humidity (like I imagine India must be), I thought today was perfect for this post. Indian inspired, these costumes are just gorgeous.

The Rehearsal Dress
I crave this jacket!

The Finale
Another stunning headdress.

Incredible Movie Costumes No. 2
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 1

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Corvus Imago No. 4

"Blue Crow"

Corvus Imago No. 1
Corvus Imago No. 2
Corvus Imago No. 3

Clever Crow scans the horizon for work.


I apologize for the scant updates. I've been spending alot of my time updating my professional website. It's been quite a while since I've adding anything to my portfolio and I never even changed my name on it since I was married! I've been beating the bushes in an attempt to gain additional freelance clients, so an update really needed to be completed.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Happy Birthday Kerri!

Hope it's a magnificent one!

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Clever Crow's Garden: A wicked long update


Now that warm weather has definitely arrived to stay, my garden is really beginning to come to life. The roses are blooming, as are the delphinium. The daisies are growing taller and taller by the day.

The weeds have really taken off as well! It's amazing how quickly they grow. The woodland area that was once only dead leaves a few springtime flowers is now a carpet of Maple saplings, plants I haven't identified and Posion Ivy. I believe there are also a few Hickory saplings, as well. The various berries, Hydrangeas and Lilacs we planted are blending in. The Astilbe looks beautiful, however. It's pink, feathery flowers really stand out against the sea of green.

The Rhododendrons have mostly bloomed, but there are still a few late-comers. The "red" ones were are particularly beautiful. Their color is so vibrant.

The Lilacs never bloomed this year. I suspect that transplanting them, combined with the screwy cold weather we had this Spring messed with their internal clocks too much. Hopefully next year will be much improved.

As for other flowers, the Gladiolus, Dutch Iris and Acidanthera appear to be doing quite well. The Bleeding Heart and Poppies are coming along nicely. The Peonies were lovely.

I added 4 more Foxglove after the disappointment of having the two I planted earlier ruined by frost. They are doing well. Surprisingly, the frost-bitten ones have grown new buds! One has begun to bloom. I'm thrilled!

Sunflowers and Pumkins are well on their way. The Pumpkins grow two inches a day, I swear!

In tree news, we've planted a small Silver Maple, a small Red Maple, a large October Glory Maple and a Medium sized Autum Blaze Maple. We are also in the process of transplanting small maple saplings that have grown around our air conditioning unit. Some have taken to their new locations, some have not.

Sadly, the large American Elm tree in my perennial bed will have to be cut down. It is exhibiting all the signs of Dutch Elm disease. It was looking poorly last year, but we wanted to see what it would do this year. We will replace the tree, of couse. Either a Norweigan Superform Maple or an English Oak.

Regarding critters, I have many that seem to like the yard. Squirrels go haywire here, the bunnies love to dine and there are birds a-plenty. This morning I saw my first hummingbird of the season. And last night the fellow seen below scared the crap out of me. Ugh.

Here are some pics that I took of various trees. The light on them just looked so pretty.

Well, I guess that will have to be all for now.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Summer Soundtracks


Although it's techically not yet summer, it feels like summer, so here's is my list of movie sundtracks that I enjoy listening to in the summertime.

What soundtracks do you think are great for the summer?

NOTE: I'm only posting more or less traditional movie score soundtracks, not many compilation soundtracks. I own many of those, too. Maybe I'll do a seperate post of complations soundtracks that I love.

Springtime Soundtracks