is a story about corruption, prejudice, stupidity and decay on both a personal level and a national one. There's the big picture of how it all went so damn wrong and then there are the small pictures, of how life now is in a city, that really is, all but abandoned. I even found myself wondering, "Could it be that bad?" and then I did a little searching for pictures of Detroit, and yes, Virginia, it IS that bad, maybe even worse. For some of what I found, you can go here and here and here. It's worth the time going to all three image sites. So, if you are looking for a good non fiction read that is thought provoking, current, smart, frightening and painfully honest, this is for you.
It's hard to top that as an opener, but since I'm here and writing, I'll update you on sewing.
I've been pretty caught up in the reading. I did manage to re-organize my patterns. I have tossed those that were a fail for one reason or another and also weeded out ones I just knew I was never going to make. I'll be offering those for free in the next post. I need to get pics. These are all clean unused patterns in a range of sizes. More later.
On the garden front, I e-mailed my extension service and I e-mailed two local large nurseries that grow their own natives and exotics and not a one of them has bothered to answer. But wait, the questions are answered in spite of them! :) What Grows Here? Mountain Gardening in Northern California by Carol L. Young . I am happy I had bought this book a few years ago and even happier I remembered doing so. It had a lot of the information I wanted and needed. She even included a list of fire resistant plants! Woohoo
Parting shot: Just the two of us.