Monday, April 14, 2014

A Budgie Comes Home!

We called the animal shelter a few weeks ago and put our names on the list for a small bird.  They called yesterday to say one had come in.  He's ours now : )  He loves to sing and ring his bells.  He seams very chatty and likes to listen to the piano. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Seedling Success!

 One key to success for me is "petting" my plants every day (actually, several times a day - I love the smell of green growing things!)  This stroking back and forth over the little plants helps to keep them sturdy and strong.
The second thing is installing cheap fluorescent lights - bargain brand at Walmart $2 - left on 24 hours and day.  It helps grow healthier foliage and stockier plants.
I always use peat plugs and then pot up to 3 inch peat pots.  I reuse the same trays every year and get refill peat plugs - I get nearly 100% germination with those.  I plant my seeds sometime in March, then, by mid-April they're ready to pot up, and it's warm enough to put them out in the potting shed.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"Spring Cleanse" Diet

I've been on a fresh/raw foods diet for a couple weeks.  I started out with just fruits and vegetables: cherry tomatoes, cucumber, bananas, cauliflower, green pepper, grapes, carrots, grapefruit, papaya, plums, strawberries, blueberries, etc...  (Some things I did bake, like sweet potatoes, and onions.)  Then, on the second week I added in coconut milk, granola/muesli, and greek yogurt.  I've done some fruit salads and smoothies, but basically I just ate whole fruits and vegetables.
It's been a delicious change from the regular wintery foods and I've felt great : )

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Denim Summer Dress

 A clearence shirt dress from Old Navy, cut off at the hip, and a skirt from an old jean skirt sewn on.  (The original shirt dress only came to mid thigh length).  Now I have a comfy, cool, durable dress for the summer - with or without tie.  I'm most pleased with the matched top stitching for all the seams!
I got out the summer clothes today!  Wearing my favorite sandals for the first time this spring : )

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Walking Iris

My walking iris is blooming.  A fun houseplant to have around - nice foliage and once in a while it will surprise you with it's dainty flowers...then, when it's done blooming, it sets plantlets out of the flower stalk.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pussy Willows

 "I know a little pussy
Her coat is silver gray
She lives down in the meadow
Not very far away. 

 Though she is a pussy
She’ll never be a cat.
She is a pussy willow.
Now what do you think of that!"
Meaw, meaw, meaw, meaw....SCAT!!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Growing Seedlings

I planted some tomatoes, marigolds, basil, etc.  225 peat plugs should be enough, right?  I have to tell myself not to plant too many - I  get over eager ; ) 

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