Archives for April 2012

Finding My Style

I have never been what one might call a fashionista. It’s kind of a silly word anyway. Whatever it is, this art of putting together a “look” – it is not my area of strength.

Some people can toss on various items of clothing and make it look effortless. They wear the clothes instead of the clothes wearing them. They call this art “personal style.” Now that I am in my last year of my twenties, I feel like it’s sort of do or die time for finding mine.

Kaylah The Dainty Squid

This is Kaylah The Dainty Squid, one of my style icons. The hair, the clothes, the photography, Dr. Octopus. It's all love.

By the time you’re 30, you’re supposed to have things figured out, or so we have grown up believing. The least I can do is figure out how to dress myself.

People that have a hard time feeling comfortable in their skin have just as hard a time feeling comfortable in their clothes. So I’m going to get real honest here and do my best to get to the bottom of what is not working with my personal style. Right here, in public, on the blog.

Now – let me point out all the awkward.

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7 Tips to Help Spindly Seedlings

My poor seedlings have not been doing well lately. They have been getting tall and weak and spindly under the grow lights downstairs for a few weeks now. I had been working off my best research and what the dude at Home Depot had told me, but when I noticed they were flopped over all pathetic-like with mold starting to grow, I got on the horn to my garden guru.

Tomato Seedlings

Vixen's bamboo skewer and twine tiny tomato seedling cages.

Vixen, as one dear Community Member is now answering to, has saved the day again. She talked me through what might be going wrong and sent me a photo of her little tomato seedlings with their adorable little handmade cages.

Now that I have some solid advice and real world experience, here are 7 tips I implemented to save my spindly seedlings.

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Daily Inspiration | From Ground Level

Sometimes it all get to be too much. So much that you just have to toss yourself on the ground, despite there being bugs and worms and dirt down there.

Trees from Ground Level

Daily Inspiration | From Ground Level

And then you have to run inside to get a camera, because hey look! More treetops! I will move on from this phase, I promise. It’s spring, people, there are lots of things happening up there and it’s exciting.

You can probably expect the same thing in the fall.

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How to Design a Garden | Reader Submission

Figuring out how to plan and design a large-scale gardening or landscaping project is a hell of a job. You have to figure in bloom time, heights, color schemes, annuals versus perennials, BI-ennials…one can become paralyzed by the options.

If you have been following along with The Retirement Garden Project, you have read all about how, at 10 months into this project, I have run into a wall. Although many plants already have homes out in the Front Yard Sun Garden, my stumbling block was where the heck to plant everything that is still in a seed packet or started under the grow lights downstairs.

Front Yard Project

This is where we were when we bedded the garden down for the winter.

So I put a call out to the Project Community. And, as happens when you finally get out of your head and open your mouth to ask for help, someone answered. The Fabulous Mrs. Fox, otherwise known as Andrea, answered.

Then she blew my mind into a thin goo. Like a squished slug goo. Or a pile of squished slugs.

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Daily Inspiration | Call Me Edward

This is the little Japanese Maple in our front yard. Today I figured out that his name was Edward, because his leaves are blood-red and he sparkles in the sun.

For the record, I am not a Twilight fan. The name was entirely too perfect though.

Japanese Maple

Oh Eddie. Such a cute little tree.

It has been sunny and super windy today, and I am watching from the window. I am home sick because something broke through Papa Bear’s supercharged immune system. I have psoriasis, which sort of messes with my defenses, so I knew the bug was coming for me.

And here we are. I am drinking a hot cup of cranberry green tea and watching baby Edward get stronger with each stiff breeze. His trunk is still so little.

I have been thinking years to the future about what this little Bloodgood we picked up for $25 at Home Depot is going to grow into. I will continue to do my best not to kill him.