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Words to live by

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.
     - Philippians 4:8, NIV
Mint tea and cream

Update on the amaryllis

First of all - sorry for the outrageous size on the pictures below! Sure it shows some wicked good detail, but at what cost to the quality of this blog post? Oh well, I was so excited to be taking pictures that I forgot to check the image size I was taking pictures in!
This is an update to how my amaryllis is doing: in the pictures below you'll see the first leaves just starting to show - this is so exciting to me! Not just one but two leaves!! I've always had so much trouble growing things before and I think it's because I never gave my plants any food. Duh! I picked up Miracle-Gro "Bloom Booster Flower Food" at Target and just started feeding it last Thursday morning - today is Sunday, which is when I snapped the pictures below! Amazing results already! I really wasn't expecting to see anything so quickly ... but I don't know if it's from the food or just the fact that I started paying some attention to it.

Next: I need to re-pot it yet again, find some coir to add to it because it just doesn't have enough soil as it is right now. I may need to either cut back the roots or find a bigger pot, too. The other plants in there are succulents I don't know the name of (came with the townhouse we live in, from previous tenant). I snipped what you see off of another plant, but I think they may be getting too much sun. I don't think the top leaves are supposed to be so red; notice the leaves underneath are greener? They've been shaded by the upper leaves with the way I had them placed in the sun. Or it could be because I shouldn't have stuck those snippings into soil; or it could be they don't like the plant food. Who knows, it'll probably be a long time before I find out for sure.

Anyway, enjoy the pics! I'm so very proud of the progress. When I began this project there were NO leaves showing - not even a tip. No green to be seen whatsoever, and this is what has been accomplished in under a week ...

Walk along the beach, pensive

Gardening Zen

I am so intrigued by the prospect of making my amaryllis plant produce blooms again. When I unearthed it from the pot it's been sitting in all these months to inspect the damage (I am horribly guilty of neglecting the poor thing for over a year), I saw not only the bulb is still firm and full of life, but the roots appeared to be in good shape too. I re-potted it right back in the same container with the same dirt, but I'll have to re-pot it with new dirt, and possibly a new container very soon.

Yesterday I went to Target's garden center to buy gloves, a watering can, and plant food (I swear I feel so Delvian right now, hee hee) and had to ask the gentleman working there a question, and wound up asking him if I'm on the right track to reviving my amaryllis plant. Well I wound up asking him a LOT of questions because it turns out he is quite knowledgeable! He was quite friendly and unassuming, and seemed to be in a permanent good mood. I now know what his secret is for that too: he gardens. Frank is his name, and he told me how he got started gardening in the first place - he said he used to live in Chicago and worked a "high-stress job" (his words). He said he would come home and jump down his wife's throat. Well one day he came home from work and before even going into the house he went straight to the yard and began pulling up weeds. He kept that up for a while and among other things his co-workers noticed he was much calmer. Frank laughed when he told me they asked him if he started "taking" anything. I laughed at that too.

Now his garden produces pretty much everything he might buy at the store: bananas (I was particularly impressed by that), strawberries, pineapple, tomatoes, onions, herbs, and a list of other things he rattled off that I forget just now. He told me they make their own spaghetti sauce; he then added, "Once you eat your own spaghetti sauce, from the tomatoes and herbs and spices you grow in your own garden ... " he shook his head: "You won't eat that store-bought stuff again!" Then he laughed again. I replied with, "I don't doubt it."

I continued asking him question after question, everything that's come up out of what the reading doesn't answer, and he answered me. Cheerfully.

I saw tomato plants among other things there, which reminded me of the admonition by Ashton Ritchie I just read a day or two ago to "go to your local garden center, pick out some vegetable plants ... and plant them." I mentioned this to Frank and told him of my desire to "plant a salad" in a great big container based on the idea I got from that container gardening book I have. He told me to just buy a garbage can, cut holes in the sides, and put plants all over the thing! And I realized I could probably greatly reduce my trips to the grocery store practically for free if I spend any significant amount of time picking this guy's brain!

I did go outside and spend a short amount of time with my amaryllis bulb. Then I found a website while searching for images of amaryllis that said I should not add plant food to a bulb that has no leaves because that could kill it. Hm. Too late for that now, but we'll see. This is Florida, after all, and you can grow pretty much everything here. Perhaps the weather will work in my favor for this one.

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You know, I think I have to retract a big statement I once made a long time ago regarding the politics of LiveJournal. Looks like I was dead wrong - but I've never been happier to be wrong about something! I accused LiveJournal of going the way of Enron, and not only did they avoid doing that ... it seems they have emerged stronger, more endearing, and more vital than before without losing the essence of what us long-term LJ-ers love so much about our beloved LJ: the personal content.

LiveJournal, you have born up extremely well under the pressure us users put you under. As a card-carrying permanent subscriber I would like to say "Thank You" for everything! I am so happy you are still here for me!

I love you LiveJournal! Happy Birthday to you!!!

Now playing: Duran Duran - Come Undone
via FoxyTunes   
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We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. Marcel Proust
Poufy white dress

Cool WikiHow

So I stumbled across a wikiHow that for me was an awesome blast from the past: how to darn pointe shoes. I consider myself to be quite lucky to have learned how to do that at one time - from the sounds of the wikiHow it's becoming a lost art. I wouldn't know how to do it now, but if I had a pair of pointe shoes to darn, I'm sure with this wiki I could do it again.

*sigh* ... I miss those days of ballet, those were magical times ...

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Kitty nap close-up

Ode to Excedrin

I love you Excedrin
You take my pain away
You work real fast, don't have to do the math
Mostly I love you in tablet form

But I'd rather have you in caplet form than
Not at all.

The green of your bottle is comforting
I see it and know relief is inside
Without you I could not have gotten through this day
And the best part is
You're not

You are my best friend
You always come through for me
I hope my stomach can always tolerate you
I'll just eat a lot of bread
What am I without my Excedrin?

O Excedrin

How I love thee

I hope there's Excedrin in Heaven