Indoor / Outdoor Gardening


I had my backyard paved / bricked over last year. I couldn’t take it anymore. It was killing me to mow that little plot, anything that grew was quickly overtaken by the weeds. I won’t even go into the swamp effect I was getting with poor drainage.

I have much respect for weeds, they are like roaches. Long after we are gone, they’ll still be here.

Indoor Gardening

I want flowers and food bearing plants around me. Yet, I have complications: a cat. The little devil likes to dig up big pots with soil, and chew on the plants that look like grass. Over the years, my houseplants have been going dwindling.

I love having a lot of plants.

So I’ve decided to change my ways and get back to enjoying my brownish-green thumb. There have been lovely advances in taking care of plants, plus lots of practical advice I’ve forgotten.

The biggest problem I’ve with plants is me: I forget to water and give ’em food. I neglect the things.

I’ve found remedies from YouTube (of all places): using old water bottles to drip / wick the plants. Takes one or two nylon / cotton strings, bury one end deep into the pot and the other end goes into the bottle to the bottom.

So far it’s been working like a charm. I’ll see how it goes in a few months.

Outdoor Gardening


The same problem with watering plants indoors, I have with outdoors. I have four large pots with perennials, and so far three are are dead after a short, brief flowering. They used to bloom beautifully, but then again, I used to water them often.


I have to replace them and add more pots, especially self watering. If I can keep the seeds on hand, I will buy them now, then get ready for next Spring and Summer. I want strategic flowering to happen all the way from May up to and including early October.

They have to be hardy too, I wont always remember to water them.

I want to grow herbs and a couple of peppers. I have to see if I have enough time left.

Why grow some food?

I love tomatoes and peppers, that salmonella scare was enough for me.

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Random Thoughts for Today

Cruelty

I had someone tell me that they used to kill – for fun! – newborn kittens as a child or teenager. In doing so they remind me to never underestimate the cruelty of people. So when I am informed about the endless list of harmful acts folks commit against the helpless, I am not surprised.

By the way, the kitten killer in this story was a woman.

It was definitely not something I ever did as a child or teen. I also never fought with anyone after I turned eleven; I didn’t need to. I wonder about people who fought or fight as teens or adults: something is wrong with you.

So no, I don’t buy the notion, and never have, that women are the kinder, gentler sex. It’s a myth. Oftentimes, the worst misogynists I’ve encountered are women.

Podcasts

I love listening to Podcasts. I bought a refurbished iPod a while ago and download mostly positive personal growth (and finance!) stories. It may take a while to sink in, but I believe these stories penetrate the subconscious for the better.

I know they affect my mood and sense of well being.

Computer Spare Parts

My computer died on me (again!). So far, that’s three computers and one laptop I no longer use. The hard disks still function, along with some other their spare parts like memory, motherboards, video cards, etc. I need to take the machines apart and catalog what I can use.

I will either put all the hard drives into external enclosures so as to rip my entire CD collection, or put them together into one PC tower case and start to build anew. I have to see which choice is cheaper and less of a hassle. There are many good options available to me.

Has My Hair Stopped Growing?

I honestly don’t know, but it sure feels like it. I haven’t measured it by way of a picture in a while, yet comparing at a glance to a picture from February, I’d say it is the same length.

Oh, well.

I’m not babying it as much as I did last year. I mean, how much can a woman obsess about hair? If it gets longer, it’ll get there on its own schedule. I have to live with that.

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