Monday January 15, 2018:
I have high hopes that yesterday will go down in history as the day that I saved several cacti and a fern. Maybe if we all believe hard enough…should you all clap your hands or something? Can it be like that moment in Peter Pan when we all saved Tinkerbell by believing in faeries? Say it with me: “I do believe in planties, I do believe in planties…”
Honestly, I feel fairly awful about the fern. Her name is Marian, for obvious reasons. Did I mention that she’s a maidenhair fern? It’s obvious now, right? Well, it was obvious to me. Anyway, when we met, at the grocery store, Marian was rather a lush fern. I brought her home, put her on the table, and faithfully followed the instructions that accompanied her. I kept her soil moist, and kept her away from the heating and cooling vents. I misted her leaves, and she just didn’t care. She dried up, anyway. So I looked up care tips, and, as suggested, I gave her a good soaking, and waited. She didn’t produce news leaves, as promised. I kept trying. So, this weekend, I decided to give her a new pot. I even gave her fresh soil, and some lovely pebbles. Then, I read, too late, that maidenhair ferns don’t like repotting! I am very distressed about this. I like Marian so much. She has only two straggly little stems left. I will keep caring for her and hoping for the best, but I am going to be very sad if she doesn’t make it. Perhaps, I should rethink naming my plants, if I am going to continue to massacre them. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. For now, she is resting, apparently comfortably in her new pot. I think she looks lovely in orange. Don’t you agree?
Marian wasn’t the only plant in the house who needed assistance.
Hallie had this really adorable little glass terrarium. You’ve probably seen them everywhere lately. This one was teardrop shaped, and it had what I think is a ruby ball cactus (or is it a pink ball cactus? is that a thing? it certainly looks pink to me), one other small succulent, and some moss. It was super tiny and cute, until George the cat knocked it off the table and broke it. We know he didn’t mean to break it. He’s just a large guy, and it was a small, delicate thing, on a small table. It was an accident. It broke, nonetheless, so we had to figure out what to do about that. The ball cactus looks like it might be damaged. I am honestly, not sure it will make it, so not sure, in fact, that I bought a new one, just in case, but we decided to try our hardest to save it. We also had a dish garden that had been planted long ago, and, sadly, all of the plants but one had finally given up on us. We decided to get a tiny pot for that last one, and the new cactus I’d purchased. I was lucky enough to find these absolutely adorable tiny teacup planters at the nursery, and I happened to have one small pot already, so I bought a soil mix that is supposed to be good for cacti, put a few pebbles in the bottom of each, added the plants, and topped with pebbles and/or moss, as the case may be. I think they turned out super cute, although I didn’t put enough soil in the largest pot, so you can’t even see the plants over the top edge ~ oops!
Oh! There they are!
While I was doing all of this, shane was busy putting together the new tv stand. He got some help deciphering the instructions:
But Leia wasn’t a lot of help when it came to actually assembling the thing. He asked George to help, but all he would do was pose for closeups.
So, finally, I pitched in an helped with one little shelf. It was awesome. I fastened roughly 17 screws. Are you proud of me? I put in, like 36 of those wooden peg things, and I even covered the heads of the screws with little plastic discs because, let me tell you, we buy the only the classiest prefab furniture.
No, seriously. I like this piece. I think it is pretty stylish, for the price. It cost just over $200, and shipping was free, which always makes difference when you have to order something heavy to be delivered.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
….and then, I fell asleep while writing this. Not for, like, days, but then, you know, the days all kind of happened.
Days in which I had a very sick kid staying home from school, and other kids not staying home, and a husband whose car needed to get to and from the shop, and groceries that needed to somehow be purchased and get home from the store ~ I mean, I know they have delivery services for that; but I drove to the store and got them, and brought them home, because that’s what I felt we could do right now. I did have the farm box delivered from Imperfect Produce, because I think it’s a really great thing they’re doing, and, even if I can’t always afford to get a lot from them, I like to give them the business, if I can.
Oh ~ I don’t mean I like to “give them the business!” I mean, I like to patronize them. As in take my business to them. I am not patronizing to them. I prefer to purchase items of produce from them when I am able, because I find them to be a reputable company that is striving to do good in the world.
Why is the English Language so difficult to navigate?
But, I digress.
But not really.
I mean. It’s not that big a deal…is it?
So, anyway, we got the new tv stand put together ~ or rather, Shane got the new tv stand put together ~ and I think it’s just brilliant. I love the look of it. We do need some supplemental shelves, as you will see in a moment, but it’s got a very interesting shape, and it came together quite nicely. The old one was very blocky and dark. You’ll have to trust me, because I completely forgot to take “Before” pictures. Hopefully, at some point, Shane will chime in with some insights on his assembly experience. He certainly had a few words to say about it during the process. Hopefully, he won’t repeat all of them in print.
But seriously folks ~
Here is the new tv stand, in all her glory, as we launch her with the customary Ross family viewing of Star Wars!
Shane was so exhausted by the time he finished putting the thing together ~ and it was so late ~ that he didn’t make it through the whole movie. I mean, he made it. He just fell asleep. Justice had already gone to bed.
This wasn’t exactly the customary Ross family Star Wars viewing at all. I think we need a do-over.
However, I did catch this one really important photo of Princess Leia (kitten) and R2-D2 (pez dispenser) with Princess Leia and R2-D2. It’s blurry, but I thought the world should know.
So, that’s what we were up to over the last weekend. Sorry the pictures are a bit low light. We really need to work out the lighting situation in that room.
In closing, in the interest of giving equal(ish) time to equal cats, I give you Lucille Louise, a.k.a., Lucy:
Isn’t she just the Queen of Everything?