Two-Fer Tuesday: It’s Gettin’ All Sexy Up in Here

Da Goddess @ 03:45

Sorry. Spent an evening with one of the sexiest men alive and my mind went a-wandering.



Two-fer Tuesday: Saturday Edition – Guess Who I Saw Last Night?

Da Goddess @ 18:03

Ryan Bingham

Holy moly.

Fantastic concert.

He sang “Hallelujah” during his encore. Think he did four or five songs for the encore. Solo. It was amazing.

Don’t know who Ryan is? Try this song (which he did NOT play at the show, but everything else was so good it didn’t matter):

Opening the show was honeyhoney. Lead singer Suzanne gave me a copy of their CD and I fell in love with the band even more.

I like “Angel of Death” but I think my favorite is “Don’t Know How”

Don’t get me wrong, I like their livelier stuff, too! But these two songs just kill me in a way I can’t explain.

Bonus videos

Super special thanks to The Fat Guy for being the one to first introduce me to the music of Ryan Bingham years ago.


Tangerine Dream

Da Goddess @ 04:40

LD was over yesterday and he helped with a few projects around the house. He helped me get a couple of trashcans separated (the one was so heavy, it took both of us to pick it up), helped water all the plants in the backyard, and he helped me pick some of the tangerines I couldn’t reach.

He was sent home with a bag of them. And he took a tomato cage, too. He’s turning it into a Christmas Tree for his room.

We also worked on some beading (thanks to Pam) and listened to Christmas music (thanks to Patti). Mr. Creative came up with a very smart way to get one of the bracelets we were working on to fasten properly. Clever kid.

Dad felt good, I wasn’t dead on my feet, and LD was funnier than ever. At one point, I couldn’t stop laughing. In other words, it was a good day.

And now for those tangerines. This particular version has seeds. In fact, I was surprised that one of the small ones had three seeds in just one slice! Go figure. The last batch from the other tree — well, you’d be hard pressed to find even one seed in the entire thing. No matter. Both types are delicious!





TJH: Inspire – Color Theme

Da Goddess @ 05:00

purply blue flower

Bromeliad - aechmea blue tango

A lily


TJH: Inspire – B.o.P!

Da Goddess @ 13:40

Bird of Paradise. Kind of a photographic cliche, but definitely one to revisit regardless. Bold colors, slightly masculine parts, definitely feminine parts, otherworldly. How else would you describe it?

Slightly masculine version of Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

The feminine side of Bird of Paradise

I couldn’t resist a B&W version of this feminine view. A little darker. A little more sensual. Just the ticket.

B&W version of my Bird of Paradise


This Was Supposed to Be Coffee

Da Goddess @ 03:24

Three types. Don’t remember which is which, though. However, in my search to identify the varieties, I couldn’t find anything that resembled these images. Either I misread the signs in each plant’s pot, or they were mislabeled. I’m going with the latter.

The gold version

All three were labeled as coffee

I thought it was coffee

Eh, no matter. I think they’re lovely.

And Kimberley and I had fun cruising around Balboa Park that day.

Calotropis gigantea

Da Goddess @ 01:45

Love love love this plant! I’ve been fascinated by it for years. It took until recently for me to learn more about it.

Calotropis gigantea has beautiful, waxy flowers that just don’t look of this world. The aroma from this plant is somewhat on the pungent side (although some sources claim it’s not scented, they certainly weren’t sniffing the plant I was). I wouldn’t dab it behind my ears. Actually, that’s a bad idea anyway, since the sap can be extremely irritating to the skin. It’s part of the milkweed family, which, if you know anything about milkweed, can be very toxic to humans if not handled or prepared correctly. So, it’s not a plant I’d play around with much without knowing the exact side effects it can have on the body.

And with that, I will leave you to these images.

Calotropis gigantea in Balboa Park, San Diego

Calotropis gigantea in Balboa Park, San Diego

Calotropis gigantea in Balboa Park, San Diego

Calotropis gigantea in Balboa Park, San Diego

Calotropis gigantea in Balboa Park, San Diego


Wandering Jew

Da Goddess @ 02:05

Purple Heart Wandering Jew, to be exact. Actually, to be precise, it’s Tradescantia pallida. And it’s lovely.

Purple Heart Wandering Jew

I think I’d rather have that in a yard than standard ivy.


TJH: Inspire – Part 4 – Guess What It Is

Da Goddess @ 04:00

What does it look like to you?

TJH Balboa Park

So, have you guessed?


TJH: Inspire, Part 3

Da Goddess @ 02:56


I think it is.

But I’m a contrarian.


Skateboarding Dogs are Right Out

Da Goddess @ 03:58

They said nothing about my rollerblading cat, though

Oh, the discrimination!! The horror!



Gardenwife is Here!

Da Goddess @ 03:22

I’ve been looking forward to Gardenwife’s visit from the moment she started talking about it. It all started while I was still in Vegas. At one point, we were planning on driving out to California together. Then I left Vegas and she was worried about driving to California on her own.

She got over that real quick because next thing you know, she’s all up and down the coast!

And last night she finally arrived in San Diego!

Kimberley is every bit as lovely and dear as the woman I’ve come to know online for the past 10 years.

Anyone who says you can’t trust people you meet online just isn’t looking in the right places.


TJH: Inspire Inspire Inspire! Part One

Da Goddess @ 05:00

Wow, that totally made me think of Tora! Tora! Tora!

I’m silently cursing you, Pam, all the while giggling as well.

That said, I took Pam’s advice and went out to the backyard to just shoot and get the creative juices flowing.

Backyard skull

Backyard skull

Everybody’s dad has a skull in the backyard?



Da Goddess @ 04:00

The kid just doesn’t take me seriously.

I don’t understand why.

The Pirate Family Ren Faire 2012

Ya think it might be something I said? Something I did?

Ren Faire 2012


Fresh Fruit

Da Goddess @ 11:11

Oh, how I love going out in the morning and plucking a bit of citrusy goodness off one of the trees!

Tangerines two days in a row.

My dad says, “they’re not ready yet.” I say, “did you try one? There are a few that are ready!”

We’ve also had some oranges. Yummy, yummy oranges.


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