Amaryllis is Awake! And Some Updates. And goofy videos.

Good morning! The sun is shining, the birds are at the feeder, the amaryllis is in bloom!

wpid-20140307_071409.jpgif you don’t think that is beautiful, go see a doctor

So far two of the six rumored flowers are up! I’m tickled! Also my goofy christmas cactus is producing buds AGAIN, even though it has literally flowered three times this year. It flowers, drops the flowers, goes quiet for a day or two and then WHOOP back to making buds. I don’t ask questions. Better than the misbehavior plants, the aloe vera and the seedlings.

love like yours will surely come my way…do you like Buddy Holly? PRIZE AT THE END!

Speaking of the seedlings, a few brave tomatoes have decided to stop being turds:

wpid-20140307_074555.jpgwhatever. i sow when i want! choo don’t know me!


I don’t even want to talk about what a bunch of butts the bamboo is being. Not like I really even wanted to keep them, but they are just being brats! Ok, I guess I did traumatize them, but come on. Grow some roots!

On another topic, I am about to get some kefir grains. IĀ  would much rather have Kiefer Sutherland, but ya know. As Mick says:

are you a rolling stones fan? I HAVE A SURPRISE AT THE END FOR YOU!! šŸ˜€

On another topic, Aspiring Tranqulista, as she is known on Facebook; I am not going to hand out her real name like candy, is sending me home tomorrow with kefir grains. I did ask her if she had a link for me to link to, but just search for her on the FBooks, she’s there. She doesn’t blog, which is kind of a shame to be honest. She’s very clever.

Regardless, I have a bit of mixed feelings about my new children (kefir is alive) and I hope they get along with Francine. I’ll probably name them, because I am a dork. But they really do best with milk* and I don’t really like milk. For two reasons. One, I don’t like the taste. Honestly. Two, I don’t like how it’s produced. I don’t want to get on a soap box here, but I do really try to avoid eating meat and meat products as much as I can because of factory farming. I’m not going to get into it now, but ugh. But she swears by the stuff, so I am going to at least try it. Worst case scenario, I will give them to someone else. Best case, I can find some relatively inexpensive milk that is not made with tears and beatings. Ok, this got dark. Let’s brain bleach with some cute animals!

*yes, i’ve looked in to water kefir and how to change milk based to water, but as a newbie i’m going to stick with milk until i get the ball rolling…then we’ll see.


the best part is how excited he gets! šŸ˜€

I am excited to try the kefir, but like I said, we’ll see how it goes. I am always willing to try new things and disregard them if I don’t like them.

Such as my regrow romaine project, I am pulling the plug on that because all the romaine did was bolt:

wpid-20140228_110734.jpgwe’re leaving!

wpid-20140228_110718.jpgi know it’s hard to see, but they went to seed.

I am going to release them to the worms. They will enjoy, I am sure! It was fun while it lasted, but I have enough house plants. I am going to hang on to the celery for a bit.

Ok, fun videos time!

Buddy Holly first, this video cracks me up every time. Listen to the woman introduce the “rock and roll specialists” it kills me every time. “If you haven’t heard of these young men, then you must be the wrong age.” Keep a nice open mind, people! LMFAO!

WARNING, NSFW AHEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Next we have an under appreciated Rolling Stones song. NOT SAFE FOR WORK. DO NOT PLAY THIS WHEN CHILDREN ARE AROUND. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Alright, I’m off to the crochet sweatshop! Have a good day!

Free Romaine Planter from a Cat Food Bag

I am such a hoarder sometimes. For whatever reason, I saved the last bag of cat and dog food, just the bags. Ok, I usually do in case the cat destroys the litter box. Or I might need a heavy foil bag…for a planter, I guess. Well I remembered that I had saved them last night and decided to make a romaine planter! Why not?

wpid-20140218_083301.jpgthis is what we’ve got. and coffee.

If you’ll note, the bag of dog food is puppy food. Have you seen my dog, Angie?

wpid-20140218_083349.jpgshown here under a blanket. her natural habitat.

She’s about 8 and definitely grey in the muzzle. But she is an Italian Greyhound and her metabolism is fast. I once put her on adult food for a month when she became an adult and she got so skinny her bones jutted out. Not a good look. So I have to keep her on puppy food. Either it’s more palatable or there’s more protein and fat in it, I don’t care. I don’t need a wispy greyhound. I need a nice healthy stinky little greyhound to chase tennis balls and make sure the blankets get rearranged.

wpid-20140218_083431.jpgthis is Lucia and she wanted a selfie too.

I originally wanted to use the dog food bag but it had a hole in it. Ugh.

wpid-20140218_083631.jpgnice tape job.

So we had to go with the cat food bag and the dog food bag as the dish.

wpid-20140218_083613.jpgcut down some excess

wpid-20140218_083755.jpgsorry for the blurry picture, but Inspector Greyhound had to inspect what I was up to.

wpid-20140218_083837.jpgthe cat heard a food bag rattle. she may be old, but her ears work.

wpid-20140218_083819.jpgcut some drainage holes

Down to the potting bench!

wpid-20140218_084402.jpgnot too shabby, if I don’t say myself.


How fabulous! Free romaine planter! Right now, I still don’t have anything worth harvesting, but I’ve got two more in water dishes working on growing, so who knows? If nothing else, I’ll have enough to supplement the grocery haul. I’m thinking they will kick more butt when it’s warm enough to put them outside. We literally had another blizzard yesterday. Oh, Illinois. Why can’t it be spring?

More things too! My Unlucky Bamboo is not thrilled about life right now.


But it is getting that slimy goo that plants get when they’re starting to root. I tried to take a picture for you.

wpid-20140218_090107.jpgstill a jerk.

I am sure they will be much happier when they get roots and go into pots. I wish they’d hurry it up though. Also, Francine a l’Ancienne got to work yesterday while I was at work. She literally ate the bowl. She’s warming on the counter right now because I didn’t have time to bake her off last night. So that is coming soon. I did finish that skirt I was complaining about and I will probably take some selfies so you can see it. It came out pretty nice! Next sewing project will be a hippy dippy tunic top thing (fabric pictured in that post), so stay tuned. I might get that started today, but I still have phone calls to make about wedding stuff and some other things to do, so we’ll see. Stay tuned for bread!

Free Plant Pots!

Sorry I am posting so much today, but I hate waiting to go to work and I was poking around the internet and found a link about what to do with old coffee bags. And then I looked at my sad celery and romaine, still stuck in their water bowls and how much I did not feel like wasting a pot on them. BAM! Recycling!

Right now I don’t have any empty coffee bags, but I do have an old water jug that we kept…for some…I, I really don’t know. I think I was going to use it as a watering can or something but then I forgot.

wpid-20140217_145339.jpgmanna from an episode of hoarders

Well then! That will do until I manage to drink more coffee! Off to the man shop to find a tool…

wpid-20140217_145455.jpgexacto blade. i also put some holes in the bottom.

And let’s go rescue the sad celery!

wpid-20140217_145721.jpgit probably hates me

wpid-20140217_145846.jpgthe newest bunch

Okay them, drop the scraps off to the worms while I am down here and let’s plant these babies!

wpid-20140217_150154.jpgBOOM SUCKA! Right next to the sensitive plant, which germinates in the dark, hence the slop sink.

Okay, I feel clever. Probably shouldn’t, because this is a pretty obvious idea. But, who knows? Maybe the celery will take off enough that we can stop buying it!

Regrow romaine? Take One!

So I keep seeing among my craftier friends Facebook posts how to “re-grow” your romaine from the butt end of a store bought one. Out of all the things I’ve seen grow in my worm bin (garlic, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, et cetera) I have never once seen romaine try to grow. However, since I freeze my clippings first, I decided to give this a swing and try to eat it myself, instead of the worms.

Day one:

wpid-20140124_101657.jpgmakin’ a salad. a huge salad, apparently.

wpid-20140124_101745.jpgI SAY GROW NOW, DARN YOU!

wpid-20140124_101804.jpgdo you think anyone will notice it among the plant hoard? oh, look, there is a greyhound sized tennis ball hiding with the plants too.

So that’s basically it. Now we wait to see what happens!