Are you a tinkerer? Do you enjoy taking things apart and putting them back together? Or maybe you get a kick out of repurposing disassembled bits and pieces? If you said "yes" to any of these questions, I'll hazard a guess that this week's book, "The Art of Tinkering," just might tickle your inner "fiddler."
By Karen Livingston, for The Columbian
April 11, 2014 6 a.m.
This May, Lindo Mexico Restaurant & Cantina will celebrate 22 years in business. The establishment occupies the better part of a strip mall and also has a street taco truck on the sidewalk outside. The restaurant offers family-friendly dining, as well as a lively cantina.
Couve Couture has cultivated another lovely garden of designers for its spring fashion show. Ten local designers, including Vancouver's Seth Aaron Henderson of "Project Runway" fame, will showcase their latest looks at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay.
Ready or not, a host of new perennials have stormed the garden world and are vying with the old standbys for our attention. If you're like me, you came into the spring season with a list of plants to add to the new spring garden. Since heucheras have done so well in my garden in the past, I've been looking forward to adding a few more selections to this year's garden. With the proliferation of new plant material on the market, I'm beginning to doubt my own ability to keep up with a burgeoning supply of new introductions. Then again, I rarely balk at such an intriguing challenge.
If you've recently started humming to yourself, or noticed an extra spring in your step, I'll bet I know why. It's April! Who doesn't like a month when the daffodils pop, robins chirp, and bunnies frolic? It practically cries out for the creation of a "Happiest Month of the Year" award, what with all of the springing forth of animal babies and cherry tree blossoms. Perhaps this is why April is National Poetry Month. Observing the natural world as it escapes from winter's icy grip must surely spark the creative juices of poetry-minded folk.