Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
I have 1 little african daisy so far. I think I might get more though. Apparently it's an easy grower that blooms "profusely", hmmm, we'll see. They're kind of crowded though and I planted them as an afterthought. I got the seed packet wet and they started to sprout and I felt bad for them (I feel bad for plants so I probably won't make a good gardener) so I tossed them on some potting soil and covered them with a little more soil, watered them and they grew. Go figure. I like this flower though so I might try to do better next year. This is a marigold variation. I can't remember what they're called but I like them better than regular old marigolds. They look terrible in that pink pot though. Note to self- next time buy something not pink. I don't even like this color. I also planted cosmos in this pot and bush morning glory but I *always* underestimate how big the plants will get so the morning glory was crowded out- it sprouted but they aren't going to bloom. I'll probably put them in the front containers next spring. The cosmos should bloom soon. They're no-brainers-almost. I've learned that whenever someone says they're "fool-proof" that it's relative. If you're a gardener and are outside every day at least watering things and keep an eye on everything then, yes, these are easy. You still have to water them (even though the package says "drought tolerant") and fertilize them- but not too much- you just have to get a feel for it and learn things little by little. I find it much more helpful to look up all the plants online rather than just by going by what the package of seeds says.
This is Chloe's pumpkin plant. I have really high hopes for it and we got some blooms that bloomed and then died and fell off. I was so sad until I found this website and found out those were male blooms. Who knew? I certainly didn't. And I thought all our chances were gone but there are about 20 or so blooms on this plant and the info on the web said that they just keep producing blooms trying to make pumpkins. But it can't be too hot or too wet and it needs enough phosphorus (bone meal), I shouldn't get so invested in plants but I want Chloe to have her very own pumpkin, please.
Here are some more pumpkin blooms.
And this is my lemon tree. Remember that? I've had pretty good luck with it so far- even though I had to take it out of the pot it's in and put more potting soil in. This must be one hardy tree because I couldn't get it out of the pot without a lot of the soil falling off. I expected it to die but instead it started growing like crazy. I did all of that just before vacation and even had dreams about it while we were gone that the leaves had all fallen off. So it was a nice surprise to see it like this. I planted some parsley with it in the hopes that when I have to repot it again the roots from the parsley will help keep it all together. I don't know if that will work or not, I'm trying to not be too attached. And here are my sunflowers. These were grown from the seeds from last years sunflowers. Those seeds are harder to harvest than I thought but it's cool to grow the plants from them this year. I also have some chianti colored sunflowers growing but they won't bloom for probably another month because I planted them late. And I really like this door on my house. There are a handful of things I actually like about my house and this door is one of them. The others are the yard and patio and that it's all brick- and that's pretty much it- oh and that it's mine. But the door adds a little character even though it's just the entry to a storage closet. And I'm sure I'll like my house more the more we fix it up. It's just taking sooo long...K, I'm done posting about plants now.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Monday- Chloe didn't go to school because she was really, really weak and looked like a zombie. And I kind of laid around all day because I had a fever and Amanda and I watched a Gilmore girl marathon. I heard the "la-la's" in my head when I went to bed that night- alone because Travis (and Eric) is working on a huge project at work. He got home really late and he might as well have been the tooth fairy because I was out.
Tuesday- I woke Chloe up for school and she promptly started bawling- and bawling and bawling and bawling. I get her up 30 minutes before school starts, which is plenty of time except for the bawling. "I will miss you mommy. I want to stay with you mommy. I don't want to go to school". But we were running out of time so I ended up barking orders at her and we pulled out of the driveway 10 minutes later than I wanted to. We were still on time though and when I opened the van door I hugged her really tight and she fell into me and just started bawling. It's the same feeling I used to have when I worked, although I think I was the one that felt like crying everyday while she ran off to play. Later that morning, Halle and I ran 5 errands and made it back home in time to toss all of the Costco groceries at Amanda to put away while I went to get Chloe. And after I picked Chloe up and Travis got home from work we ran around to 3 more places to look for shoes and to grab Little Caesar's pizza. The big (and only real) downside to starting school in July is that there are very few school supplies out and the selection of running shoes is beyond pathetic. Chloe has worn shoes that are a bit too small all week because we can't find a pair that I feel comfortable with her running in. Tisra suggested Shoe Carnival and while I don't want to spend big $$$ on running shoes I'm going to have to if I can't find some others by this weekend. Chloe's school will be doing a mile run again at the beginning of the year and they'll train for another mile run for the end of the year so she needs some that are functional and not just cute. I was tired. We ate pizza. We went to bed.
Wednesday- School. No crying because we had Life Group but it involved friends and swimming. She got up with an almost smile. She still doesn't hurry though and I have found her lying on the bathroom floor more than once. I was still busy because I had to run Amanda to work, make two key lime pies and a tub o' baked beans for the party that night. We really had fun but I didn't swim- I conveniently had a sinus infection. I really do and I feel crummy but it was also the "dreaded-church-swimsuit thing". I should probably buy a "mom-kini". You know, all the mom's have them. Cute little tops with a skirt bottom. I wear a FL bikini, not because I look fabulous in it but because I don't want to have a white stomach. So, anyway, I didn't swim.
Oh and you should insert driving Amanda to work and switching cars with her etc. on Tues, Wed, and Thurs. Gaaa!
Today- I took Amanda to work but we left early so that we could go to the mall (awww). She found a pair of jeans that fit her perfectly and she'd been thinking about them for over a week so she knew that she must have them. She also scored a dress that was $80 (maybe) for $7 at Express- she was really, really happy. Then I picked up Chloe from school, brought the girls home and took a 15 minute nap- but I kept waking myself up snoring. Then I went *back* to Cool Springs to pick up Travis so he could leave his car for Amanda to drive herself home. And he took Chloe to orientation so I can fix dinner. I feel like I'm in a race or something.
The really nice thing about Chloe being in school so early is that I'm up earlier and have time to do lots more stuff in the morning like water my plants and run errands. But wow! This is kind of hectic.
Monday, July 21, 2008
I'm not so crazy about the shots of her in yellow but this one is good.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Christy is having a no pants summer and Tisra is having a no microwave summer then the Buttons are having...wait for it...a no cable summer! Yes, it's true. I have to give up HGTV and Food Network for a whole summer, sniff, sniff. But I think we're having much more fun than if my kids sat around at night and watched me watch Good Eats. And I really, truly love Alton Brown. So here are some pictures of what we're doing instead.
We finally went to Fort Granger which you can access through Pinkerton Park (just a little FYI, they're showing Ratatouille on August 23rd at 8:00 and find the other movie nights and times here). It was a little disappointing that the fort wasn't still standing but the hike was very nice and was easily doable by the little ones. Besides the extreme humidity (and I'm talking FL humidity here) it was perfect.
I love summer!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
We were also able to see my brother and his family. I've actually seen them 4 times in the last year. I think that's a record since we moved away. There was a big cookout to celebrate my parent's 40th wedding anniversary so we saw lots of family on Friday. We also visited my Grandma again. She's in hospice care now but that's a good thing for her because they let her have more medications to manage pain and that type of thing. She was very happy to see all 14 of us
(my family, my brother's family and my parents) but she tires quickly so it was a short visit.
I also came home with a partially finished quilt that my maternal grandmother started but didn't finish before she died. It is completely hand sewn and my mom has had it for quite a while but she doesn't quilt and neither do I so I'm not sure how to remedy that but I'll think of something. I'm not going to get a quilting frame for this one quilt and I surely don't have room for it but maybe if I get a big enough hoop I could quilt it like that? I love the aqua that grandma used and I think it's pretty cool that I could finish something of hers. It will probably take a long time for me to do it but I really do want to finish it. Just don't expect too many updates on my progress, K?
Sunday, July 06, 2008
I bought opaque white to cover the blue vase and the flower stems that, I swear, looked like bamboo. I was seriously questioning why I decided to give a painting as a gift to an artist at this point. But in a happy accident (I have several of those when I'm painting) the background ended up looking textured which is what I wanted to begin with but hadn't acheived. Then I painted the brown vase (Tisra's favorite color) and connected the stems to the poppies. Then I questioned why in the heck I put the poppies completely at the top of the painting. I also wanted to use a glazing technique because the stems of the sunflowers pictured above turned out really flat and I didn't want that to happen again. I mixed acrylic medium in with the paint to make the glaze but it also helps to slow down the drying time- acrylics dry pretty quickly. So, I applied several coats of glaze/paint to a bunch of poppies and stems and here's the finished product.