::Tangents is the collection spot for the things we're thinking about, obsessively researching, and doing at home and on the web.

Katie's Tangents

I'm still working on my stairs. This has been a real learning process for me. Not only am I learning new skills, I'm learning to use new tools, which is great. The circular saw no longer scares me and I kinda want a hammer drill for my birthday. 

Also pictured is my trusty little drill, which I love, and my new carpenter's square, which I can't believe I've lived without. I had to buy it to make the stingers and it's so useful! 

Anyway, I did have to cut three extra "practice" stringers while I was figuring everything out, but things are still moving along.

Believe it or not, everything is pretty much level- a victory! I plan to add the risers and treads today. 

We are delighting in our garden right now. Last fall I finally bough some alliums and I'm so glad I did- you can see them in the background here- 

I know this iris is a bit over the top, but it seems so pleased with itself, I kinda like the un-planned purple theme that's going on.

I finally have a bug to submit to the super What's that Bug website. Julian spotted this huge moth clinging to a hosta.

Do you know what it is? I *think* it's some kind of sphinx moth, but I can't figure it out. I'll share what they say over at WTB when they post it.

 Laura's Tangents 

Enjoying the new album from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. (video here of Thao responding to a harsh critic...) 

Looking forward to planting my tomatoes, basil and other tender stuff out this week-and getting my seed starting set-up taken down-it takes up a lot of space!