Changing Things Up

After a lot of contemplation I decided to change a few things on my site. I have decided to not be so anonymous.

I will try to post as much as I can, but some days I just don’t really feel like posting. That’s just how it is, but I do want to post more frequently than I have been.

I have a ton of interests that pull me in a million directions at once, which is one of the reasons I kind of get sidetracked on writing on my blog.

February will be over tomorrow, and we’ll step into March. I never cease to be amazed at how quickly time passes by. I guess at some point it just all becomes a blur.

Here lately, I’ve really been focused on creating my own space in my craft room. Previously it has been a dumping ground for all things that had no real home in the house. It is not cleaned up, by any means, but it is slowly but surely improving. I have my recliner that I got at Big Lots (very comfy, by the way).

I’m trying to get together pieces of cloth to turn into a bohemian rag valance. If I ever get it done I’ll add a picture. I have a plant stand that came from BJ’s work. He stained it for me, and I’m going to put plants on it. My craft room gets western afternoon sun exposure. I think some plants will like it there. I’m planning on putting a few succulents in planters, because they’re cute and so easy to care for.

Plant Stand Staind

Soon we’ll begin our gardens. A cinderblock flowerbed with flowers and herbs in the holes, two straw bale gardens that will be 5 bales long a piece, and a fire pit. Next week we’ll start working on the beginning of the work for it. I have a ton of seeds to still go thru and sort.

Happy Leap Day!

Hungry Joey

 

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Little Bit of Everything

Several different things have been going on with me lately. MrB went fishing in two tournaments this weekend. One was with my stepdad, and my mom sent me this beautiful crocheted hat and scarf combo that she made for me. New Scarf

The scarf is long and you double it up. You can wear it in various ways. The buttons are just decorative.Hat

Here’s the top of the hat. It’s kind of hard to tell, but it’s one of those slouchy style hats. I had requested a slouchy hat, and I got this beautiful combo. Very cool!

I’ve been spending some time on some Facebook groups in search of seeds for our backyard flower garden. I didn’t have any perennial flowers or herbs to put in the cinderblock flowerbed, so I looked to see if I could get some. I discovered that people in this world really are still kind and generous even to those they’ve never meet and never will meet. Yesterday, after a really depressing day when I came home, there was a bunch of envelopes filled with seeds from several different people online. I was over the moon. I will definitely be paying it forward. SeedsI think my flowerbeds will be so beautiful and will attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. I really hope so anyway. I’m hoping for a beautiful back yard this year.

I’m reading and learning about aromatherapy. I’m getting some bottles of different scents from my product testing, and I had a unique opportunity to product test a book specifically on aromatherapy. I’m trying to read, but I’ve been having some concentration issues lately. Hopefully I can make it thru it soon. It looks to be an informative and interesting book. AromatherapyBook

I might even learn how to make some cool things that MrB and I can both enjoy around the house. MrB has given me one of his old tackle boxes to keep some of my essential oils in. So far it works out well. The smaller compartments to hold the small bottles, and then there are big sections where I can put several of my larger bottles. I’m really excited to learn more about what all can be done with them.

I’m also looking to learn about herbs. I bought a small book on Amazon last week about herbs, and when I get a chance I’m going to start reading it. I ordered a few different seeds to try out in my garden this year to see if I can use medicinal seeds for my own health. It will be interesting to see.

We had a small snow this week in North Alabama. We got around 1/2″ on the ground, but nothing that caused many travel problems. MrB was at work, and my dad was here with me. We watched the beautiful flakes as they fell from the sky. They slowly melted away. The birds were really active at the feeder, and the “buffet line” my dad put out for them. He put a line of bird food out along the railing of my deck, and all kinds of birds took their spot on the rail and snacked on seeds. It was neat to watch.

It has been a bit of a hard week, but we’ve survived another week here at the house. MrB will be off all weekend. It is supposed to be pretty cold, but we might drag my plant stand out into the garage and stain it. Not really sure what we will do. Have a happy Valentine’s Day.

 

My, My How Time Flies

As a kid, I always heard that saying and didn’t get it. Well buddy do I ever get it now. Time just slips thru my fingers like grains of sand on the beach. I’m on Topamax now for migraine headaches, and it’s giving me some monster side effects. My doctor said they should subside within 2 months. Gee, thanks! Anyway, my thinking is a little jumbled, I’m a little clumsy on my feet, my speech a little slurred, and I’m still having the migraines. Every week I go up on the medication so I guess I will be “Dopamaxed” for a while.

Anyway, I’ve spent a good bit of time online looking a Facebook pages and looking at seeds for my garden and planning out what I’ll plan and where. Turns out MrB will not only be getting the cinder blocks  and patio pavers to make paths in the yard, he’ll be getting some material he can build a fire pit with. I’m so excited, because in the 8 years that we’ve lived at this house, we’ve never made full use of the land that we own. It’s ours after all, we should be maximizing every square inch of it. A few seeds I have ordered online, and I’ve also found some generous people on Facebook groups who are sending me seeds for simply a SASE. I have quiet a few vegetable seeds that I need to check the viability on. I saw an article about placing the seed in a glass of water to test for viability. I may try that.

I found out that I can still do product reviews Amazon, so I’m going to continue to do that to a degree. I will not be participating in any of the pushy, extremist groups on Facebook who are mean. I don’t need that in my life. So I’m simply sticking with online groups that I’ve worked with, and had great results with. I started with a new company last week, and I was approved to review my first book. It’s all about aromatherapy, which I’m a little obsessed about right now anyway.

Last week was fairly quiet. My dad came to stay with me some. MrB had to work so I had company while he was at work. He took me to meet someone I had connected with on an amazing local program called Buy Nothing Project. BNP is a hyper-local group of people that create Facebook groups for their area and people only in that designated area can join. It is structured to feel very neighborly and pleasant. They ask that you use the terminology of Ask, Gift, and Gratitude. I had recently asked if anyone had any spare yarn to donate for my homeless hat effort. I hadn’t heard anything, when out of the blue, a guy  wrote that his wife had cleaned out some of her stuff and had some yard to gift to me. I asked if I could meet him at a nearby local store the following day. My dad took me, and I received a box full of wonderful, beautiful yarn.Yarn

I was almost done with one hat I had been dragging my feet, so I went ahead and finish it. The man told me that his wife would be so excited if I could post some pictures of the hats that I made from the yarn she gifted to me. So I finished up the white hat, and got the new yarn on the loom.

Loom

My dad left on Friday afternoon when BJ got home from work. When he got home he showed me a plant he had gotten me. It turns out that some of the little houseplants we had gotten before were too finicky to take care of, and they were already dead/dying. So MrB brought home a prayer plant for me. I love them, and it came with a hanging basket. That was a nice little surprise.Prayer Plant

We went to eat at Whole Foods to try something different. We got a new Whole Foods not too long ago, and last week was the first time we had been in it. MrB was boring and stuck with pizza. HaHa! I decided to get an Asian rice bowl. It was so good. It had brown rice, fried tofu, a bunch of diced veggies like carrots and cucumber, an Asian BBQ sauce (it was hot!) green onions, and sesame seeds. We sat at one of the tables in the eating area, and it had fresh flowers sitting there.Rice Bowl Dinner

Centerpiece at Dinner

After eating, I talked MrB into taking me to JoAnn Fabrics. These evil doers send me 50% coupon text messages, and it’s just so wrong. I couldn’t get that scrubby yarn that I could use to make a kitchen sponge out of my head, so I picked some up. They had several colors, but I stuck with red. Then I decided I wanted to try some more yarn for the Zippy loom. I think I can make a scarf with it if I try really hard. We’ll see what happens.

Yarn Haul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hot and Cold

The temperatures have been strange around here this year so far. January was at times unseasonably warm with high’s in the mid-70’s. It makes you start thinking it’s spring, and that it’s time to prepare the garden. We’ve had a couple of days of rain bringing in a cold front, and now it’s in the 40’s. It’s supposed be get much colder over the next few nights.

I’m still planning my garden. I’ve joined a multitude of Facebook groups on seed swapping and gardening. I have a few seeds, but I have some really old ones, that I’m not sure are viable. I’m going to have to do the paper towel test. If you’re not familiar with this, you basically get a paper towel wet, squeeze out most of the water, lay it flat, put ideally no more than ten seeds that you’re testing inside, and cover up the seeds with another of the damp paper towel. Put this in a zipper bag and put it in a warm place. Check them daily, and make sure they don’t get too dry. If after about 10 days there is no germination, then they probably aren’t viable seeds. I have a ton of seeds from 2012, when we did a square foot garden. Some generous people on Facebook are sending me some flower, herbs, and vegetable seeds. I also ordered some herbs from an herbal seed company online Seeds of Thee. They have great prices. I’m looking forward to getting my seeds. MrB is getting an awesome deal on pavers that we’re going to use to create paths from our patio to our straw bale gardens to our flower/herb garden. Soon he’ll get the cinder blocks to make the two flower/herb beds. I’ll also be buying flower pots for the dahlias I got. Dahlia

Then I’ll need to get a pot to plant the purple angel trumpet flowers that we got seeds for. Angel Trumpet Seeds

Potatoes

I’m buying a potato grow bag to grow some really cool purple potatoes. I’m looking forward to seeing the results of them.

I’ve had to stop doing reviews on Amazon. They are not supportive of reviewers, so they’re making it harder for people to leave reviews. Oh well, it was cool while it lasted.

l have found a new knitting loom to work with. It’s the Zippy loom. It has four gigantic pegs, and you can connect them to make wider projects. I got all gung-ho and bought 2 of them. It takes #6-7 size yarns, which are bulky and super bulky. I’m going to try a scarf first. I’m having to use YouTube to learn how to use it better.

Zippy

I am always seeing yarn that I want, but I saw a yarn that I’ve never seen before when I was in Joann Crafts. I would love to make some dishcloths with this:Scrubby Yarn

 

I had a wonderful blessing today. I have been on the Buy Nothing Project for a few months. I had been administrator of the list in my area at one time, but due to health reasons I wasn’t to continue. Anyway the premise of the Buy Nothing Project is to Ask, Gift, and Appreciate. It’s a little different than a regular Facebook yardsale group. I asked a little while back for some yarn to make hats for the homeless. A guy in our area said that his wife had cleared out some of her stash. I met with him today, and I got a box full. I’m going to take pictures and post them on the local group when some hats are made with that yarn.