Grass Stalks

Can I weave a basket or something out of ornamental grass stalks? If this is not enough, we have two more clumps in the back yard.


My neighbor’s tell me that I should as they do and cut my ornamental grass down in the Fall so my yard would look more tidy during the off season. The previous homeowner advised waiting until Spring. I’ve never had patches of grass like this before, so I don’t know. It does look messy, but we have seen a rabbit sitting next to the grass on snowy days. It could be a bunny habitat. They need wintry homes, too. Maybe that rabbit just uses the grass as a quick place to hide from the hawks who nest in a nearby tree. It needs cut and cleaned up soon. I just hate to shove those stalks into a yard waste bin.

I don’t know what I’m doing… the closest I’ve ever come to weaving with natural reeds or anything was when I redid a cane seat on an old chair with purchased supplies. And that was like 40 years ago. So I’ve been searching the Internet for how to instructions. Perhaps I’m using the wrong search terms as every grass basket found so far weaves blades of grass, not these kind of tubular stalk things. They are dry and hard, kind of like reeds, so I’m thinking they will need to be softened enough to work with somehow, imagine soaked in water or something.

Ideas, links, or helpful hints would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!


Flag This

My last act in the role as the Unwitting Advocate of IT shall be to shame encourage the owners of International Towers, an apartment building located in downtown Youngstown, Ohio, into replacing the tattered American flag that has been literally stuck up their pole for so long that the stripes are shredded to ribbons. The condition of that flag is disrespectful. It is like saying “we don’t care” about our flag OR our veterans. Yes, there are elderly and/or disabled veterans living in the building.  Some may have bled for the American flag on foreign soils, and this is what they see every day:


Zooming in on the flag through a window screen makes the photo fuzzy… but that is the view of the flag, what our veterans see, when they look out their windows.

Here is another photo, snapped at dusk by cell phone from ground level:


It would be nice if a flag replacement could be done in a ceremonial way… who do you contact about something like that? I don’t know, so I emailed the first ward city councilman.

By the way, I’m moving to a nameless neighborhood (it’s labeled “38” on the city’s map) in the 7th ward so I shall pass the imaginary baton on to whoever is willing to pick it up.  Thanks for reading!