Archive for October, 2011

October 30, 2011

Confessions

Confessions… you hear them all the time on talk shows.  People are interviewed while sitting on a couch, spilling out their guts and shaking out their dirty laundry.  And we love to watch. Why?  Why do we stare and can’t keep our eyes from looking?  Maybe it’s because we are curious, nosy, or judgmental?

Washed CottonI think we watch because we can relate, even if it’s a character trait that is secretly held close to our chest like a royal flush at a high stakes poker game.  The reality is that we are all flawed.  Regardless of how famous you are, how much money you make or where you come from; we are all imperfect.

With that said, this week I couldn’t stop reading the posts from Marianne at the Songbird blog.  She bravely flung out her procrastination for all to see and in the process she dealt with her long list of forgotten tasks with abandon. I watched (and continue to watch) in awe of her sudden bursts of energy.  But something awesome happened to me also.  I got a boost of energy and started to go down my list of unfinished projects: completing the transfer of my blog from blogger to wordpress, creating a new logo for the new blog, completing the blog makeover, making a new avatar for the blog Facebook fan page, making a new background for the Twitter page.  The list goes on and on.  When DH saw that all my tasks were getting  done, he got a burst of energy and started working on his Honey Do List.

The confessor speaks to unload their burden.  There is relief in sharing hidden truths and a sense of accomplishment after taming an unwanted flaw.  But unaware to the confessor there is a byproduct of this action. People’s success is contagious and we use their positive energy to feed our own batteries to move forward.   Knowing that we are not alone makes it easier to deal with ourselves.

Don’t worry.  I’m not going to ask you to confess for this post.  I do want to know who are the bloggers you relate to?  Who makes you feel like you’re not alone?

Linking to Songbird”s Saturday Linky Party.

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October 26, 2011

Zinnias

ZinniasAll the work put in to the annual flower garden last summer has paid off.  This is the 1st bouquet of flowers.  The sunflowers and cosmos should be blooming anytime soon and  I had enough flowers today to share with my neighbor.  This is a very easy project to do:

Matrials List

2 boards 10′ x 1″ x 6″

2 boards  3′ x 1″ x 6″

1 packet of seed each of : Sunflowers, Zinnias, Cosmos, Celosia, Snapdragon

3 Cu Ft Bale of Peat Moss (it expands to 6 Cu Ft)

6 Cu Ft Coarse Vermiculite

1 Bag each of Black Kow, Black Hen & Black Velvet (mushroom compost)

Hoe

Hammer and nails

Tarp

Old newspapers and cardboard

Instructions:

  1. Nail boards together to make a raise bed.  Place the bed in an area where there will be at least  5-6 hours of sun.  Cover the ground inside of the bed with the newspapers and cardboard.
  2. Spread tarp out next to the bed.  Dump peat moss, vermiculite and 3 bags of compost and mix well with the hoe.  Fill the bed with this mixture (Square Foot Gardening Mels Mix)
  3. Plant seeds following packet directions.  Water.
  4. Check the bed every day and make sure the soil is moist so the seeds can germinate.

Do not skimp on the soil ingredients.  I have been using this soil recipe for years and I always get great results.  I’m pretty sure I’ll add another flower bed next year but I’m undecided if I should plant more annuals or start a perennial bed.  If you had to pick 5 favorite flowers, what would they be?

Transformation Thursday

October 11, 2011

Fall Garden 2011

After 3 days of non stop rain, I finally got a chance to go out into the garden today.  You can water your plants all you want but there is something special about mother nature’s sprinkler system.  Everything in the yard seems to get an instant boost!

This is the new annual flower bed.

Annual Flower Bed

The Cosmos is growing fast.  No buds yet…I patiently wait.

Cosmos

The Zinnias on the other hand are ready to make an appearance any time now.

Zinnia Bud

Zinnia Bud
Zinnia Bud

This Leaf Footed Plant Bug tried to hide in the Zinnias. He is NOT a welcome guest.

Leaf Footed Plant Bug

I harvested arugula this week. I’m really looking forward to some fresh tomatoes.
Tomato

There are quite a few more blossoms and the plant looks healthy so far. The garden center recommended I use lime in the soil. I also used the bucket/container method recommended by the local extension office.

Tomato Blossoms

And the roses are just amazing. Here is the yellow tea rose. Maine coon kitty is in the background supervising :)

Yellow Rose

Transformation Thursday

 

October 6, 2011

Birdhouses

Don’t you just love a sale.  I found these cute little birdhouses for $1 each unfinished.  They’re very easy to adapt to your style.  The patterns on the roofs are handpainted, except for the middle one which is a Martha Stewart stencil.  If you don’t feel comfortable painting, you could Mod Podge the roofs with scrapbook paper.  Don’t forget to seal and prime them before painting.  These are too small to hang in our front tree.  If you’re planning to place your houses outside you will need to seal them as a final coat to protect the paint.  I have to figure out which room I’ll put them in…

.Birdhouses

Now I’d like to hear from you.  What color combinations would you use for your home?  Would you free hand paint the roofs and if so what would you paint?  What kind of scapbook paper would you use to Mod Podge them?

Linking to… Transformation Thursday