May 16, 2014

of gardens and the monuments men ~ 7QT (vol. 38)

1.  I have a garrrrdennn! Mar sin sásta. Some of you may remember my failed attempt a year ago. Pour yourselves some sparkling grape juice and raise your glasses to second chances. I'm only growing a few things because of limited space, so here is an extremely low-quality snapshot during one of the past week's multiple downpours.
I have since laid wood chips around the plants, so it looks much nicer than this presentation.

Really looking forward to those brussels sprouts.

2.  Erin and I went to see The Monuments Men at the local $3 theatre last week. I have some thoughts:
My overall impression is that it was a good film. Based on a true story, Hitler, whom we all know was a super villain of the worst kind, is stealing the most valued art from across Europe, and a rag-tag group of art professors band together to steal it back, putting their lives on the line to save the thing that greatly makes up a culture, and each other, to giving their lives for the cause.
With a cast of men I don't normally care for (apart from Dujardin, of course), I was pleased and thoroughly entertained by The Monuments Men. It was funny, sometimes somber, and the plot revealed the best and worst in men. While there are some profanities throughout the movie, there are unmistakable expressions of heroism. Two men die for the cause. A man heavily temped to be unfaithful to his wife decides to be chaste. The Catholic pieces of art (which are most of them) are treated with great respect. Etc, etc. Good movie. I really enjoyed it, and I think you might too.

3.  Miss Indecisiveness has made up her mind. Finally. Featured Blogger at CGD shall be hosted on the third Wednesday of each month, and the first one is coming up on the 21st!

4.  Every so often, I happen upon a great article, blog post, or another sort of link I think you would enjoy, but I don't want to dedicate a whole post to any single one, so here's another new idea, with the lovely graphic organized by Jenna after many failed attempts by yours truly.
Pretty self explanatory, eh? I might make it a link up. Thoughts?

5.  Monkey pops in to say hello. And tries to take a chomp out of my mobile.

Hi, Monkey-bear! (And Katie.)

(CGD Instagram account = @iristhephotog)

6. Some friends and I went to see Tim Hawkins, the Christian comic, live in show last Friday night! Hello, group! Hello, more poor-quality, low-light iPhone photos. I really dislike cell phone photography. Anyway...
The show was absolutely hysterical - the first time I've ever seen a comedian live - and I so wish I could relay some of his sketches and somehow give it half the justice it deserves. He was. So funny. I can only strongly suggest you look him up on YouTube. For my more cynical readers, beware he does poke fun at Christians (multiple denominations), but it is only in jest. Plus, Chesterton even said, "it's the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it."  Go ahead. Have some fun.

This be one of my favorite pictures from the night. We were pretty loopy after the show from laughing so much (and the fact it was almost 10:30 when we decided to go out to dinner. I didn't get home until 1 a.m). Worth every minute.

7.  And the deluge keeps on a-comin'. I do love the rain, though... it makes everything smell so lovely and turns all the plants so green. My tomato babies are especially loving this weather.

I found this quote yesterday, and I just love it: "Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards." ~ Vladimir Nabokov
Happy Friday, all. I hope you enjoy your weekend! Mine shall be filled with baby showers (we're FINALLY getting some twins in the O'Hanlin clan), dogs, and Jesus.

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  1. I wish I had a green thumb and could keep my plants and a garden alive!! LOL! Maybe one day I will figure it out!! Ha!

    1. Hah. Up until now (at least I think now), I had zero talent for keeping plants alive. I'm hoping this try works!!

  2. TEA TALK. I'm in. One hundred percent.

    My sister saw Tim Hawkins once, and loved him so much that she had him write his name on her arm in sharpie. So glad that you enjoyed him too!

    1. Yay! I think it shall become a thing. :) I'll give y'all a heads-up when I decide to host it!

      Oh, he is SO funny - even better in person.

  3. Your garden is so sweet! I'm hoping I have the opportunity to keep one some day... though I suspect that I'll end up being wildly impractical and filling it with flowers, as much as I love fresh veggies.

    A weekly post with a compilation of links sounds like a great idea! I know the feeling of finding something awesome but not wanting to use an entire blog post just to share a link. I always love discovering new treasures through the blogs I already read, though, so this seems like a great way to make it happen.

    1. Thanks, dear. I can't wait to fill up the rest of the space, and I'm already planning to move the garden bed to another spot, and maybe even build a few more. :) Here's hoping for next summer! Fresh veggies are one of God's greatest gifts to us, are they not?

      Great! I don't know that it would be weekly, but I know at least once a month. I'll do my best to give y'all enough notice. :)

  4. Lovely! Gardens are so romantic. No, seriously, they are. So glad to see you had a great time at everything!

    1. They ARE! I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that. Now I can't wait to be able to fill up a wicker basket with all my garden loot. ;)

  5. I never really realized how much I need your tea talk until now. Man. (I've come up with something, probably a bit more slapdash than that, for when I'm in Rome in June, to fill two empty weeks, but what a good idea to keep it coming. Love. Peregrin-approved.)
    Tim Hawkins makes me laugh. ;)

  6. I was really impressed with Monuments Men when I saw it -- in fact, it led me to be more interested in art (which was never my thing before).

    Good luck with your garden! We're growing carrots and basil on the window sill

  7. Hi there, I noticed your link on Eli's Stranger blog and decided to check it out. Very nice blog.

    Also, you have a nice little garden growing there. Just an FYI, those brussel sprout plants are going to be HUGE when fully grown. The leaves will grow to about the size of your hands or bigger. I noticed some of the leaves are already touching, and when they get bigger they may choke each other out. Mind you, I'm just going by a picture so you may have more room there then it looks.

    If you decide to plant carrots, you can plant them all the way around the basil, and the basil will actually change the flavor of the carrots a bit and give them a nice basil type of sweet flavor.

    Anyway, good luck with the garden. It's nice seeing people garden more in this world.


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