Pots (well, kinda)

I’m required to take several art credits for school, and since I’ve always wanted to try pottery, I decided to take a pottery class.

Or rather a ceramics class. Which is basically the same except this is college so there’s more talking about the history of ceramics (which is, incidentally, over 10,000 years old), which […]


Yup, they’re still building that monstrosity right in the park.

Yeah, that’s such an improvement.

But hey, at least the turtles like it.


I’ve decided to retroactively make this Gigi’s 14th birthday picture. I took it about a week before her birthday which ended up being rainy and overcast, as usual.


I got some cool pictures of this wasp the other day. It was very cooperative. I still had to get way too close than I wanted to, but hey.

See those three spots on its head that kind of look like eyes? They are! Wasps have those cool compound segmented eyes, but […]

Insects (No Wasps)

A few days ago I found a monarch butterfly caterpillar in my yard. It is the first time I’ve ever found one in my yard (despite years of growing milkweed, and seeing evidence of them). The sad thing is it’s also the first monarch caterpillar I’ve seen this year, at all! Here is a picture […]


You may recall me finding this awesome Cecropia caterpillar last autumn. Well, this winter I found a really huge cocoon on the side of my house. Based on the size I assumed it belonged to one of those caterpillars.

I’ve been checking that thing every day since April hoping I’d catch it when it […]

13 (and a bit)

Gigi’s 13th birthday was a couple of weeks ago, but it was cloudy and rainy. And I kept forgetting to bring a camera when it was nice. So yesterday I just took a few cellphone pics.

BONUS: Gigi X-Ray Paw. And yeah it’s all good.

Her other paw, well, apparently […]


I got a new kitten. She’s about 9 months old, and her name is Nora.

Finally someone appreciates all the wheatgrass I’ve been growing.

After that she destroyed every plant that wasn’t wheatgrass.

She’s sadly a bit too old to just accept that Duncan is the boss. She tried asserting herself […]

Palm Wax

I only heard about palm wax a couple of weeks ago. One of the interesting things about it is it’s supposed to make cool patterns when it cools. So once I established that it’s made from eco-friendly palm oil (because that’s just the kind of thrilling person I am), I got some.

I got […]