For those of you following this blog, please know that I’m still taking my picture-a-day for Project 365. Though I’m taking a short break from uploading them, I assure you I will catch up on posts and pictures soon!
Monthly Archives: February 2013
A couple incarnations of a new tattoo design I’m working on.
This summer will be the tenth anniversary of the death of someone who was very dear to me, and who I grew up with. I wanted to get a tattoo as a memorial for her, and decided that the phrase “So it goes.” from Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut was the simple and perfect choice. The daisy is because that was her favorite flower.
We’ve been having winter storms here on the East side of Hawaii…which of course means downpours of endless rain and flooding! So to make it a little more fun, Mum and I ran out to the porch and took pictures of the torrents of water and newly-formed lakes…
…as you can see, things are a big soggy around here…
These are just a few of the freshly washed eggs of one day’s collection from Mum’s flock. Now that all the hens are starting to lay, the maximum number of eggs gathered per day is upwards of seventy. Most of theses eggs get sold for us by a friend at the Farmer’s Market for five dollars a dozen, alongside the friend’s homegrown delicious strawberries. She says she usually sells out of both in just a couple hours.
My latest taxidermy-ish project: a mongoose skull!
Dad found it the farm a while ago, stripped of flesh and stained with dirt. I carefully brushed it off under water, let it dry, then soaked it in hydrogen peroxide for several hours until it stopped reacting and had reached a color I liked. Then I let it dry completely again, and did any glue-fixes it needed. In this case that meant putting the jaw back together, securing one of the front teeth, and reattaching one of the cheekbones that had popped off when I cleaned it. It’s drying from that in this photo, and then I’ll use watered-down glue to seal the whole thing. Once that dries, it’s done and will be added to my pagan alter!
This is a small pile of the gear Mum spent the day packing in preparation for a two-night camping trip on the beach. She and Dad are finally taking advantage of my return (over a year ago, now) to Hawaii — they get to go camping with some of their friends while I stay at home to look after the farm and animals.
Really, it’s win-win: I like taking care of the pigs and chickens, and also I like getting the place to myself once in a while!