Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spring Fling: Day 29, or My Pitiful Attempts at Gardening

Welcome to the Spring Fling! Don't forget, I'd love everyone to join in! By the way, you don't have to do the Spring Fling this month. Feel free to start it whenever you'd like! To learn more, read this. I now have a button for anyone who's joining me for the Spring Fling (it's located on the sidebar). So here's the plan:

Day 01 — Your favorite song
Day 02 — Your favorite movie
Day 03 — Your favorite television program
Day 04 — Your favorite book
Day 05 — Your favorite quote

Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad

Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy

Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic

Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy

Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe

Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail

Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy

In the next 365 days, I hope to be almost finished with my college classes. In a little over a year from now, I'll hopefully be graduating...I also hope that I will have made a simple quilt for my bed, made a dress that actually fits me perfectly, and a few other things. I hope that I will be closer to God than I am right now.

Here's a little confession. I do not have a green thumb. In fact, that's almost putting it too nicely. I cannot seem to grow anything. It all started when we received an invitation to my cousin's wedding over a year ago that was printed on seed paper. It had instructions to plant the paper and it would grow. I planted it in this flower pot I had decorated years ago and was so excited when a bunch of tiny green stems grew up. The next day, they had fallen over and died. Yeah. I tried all sorts of things...overwatering, underwatering, watering "just enough," but this cycle happened over and over. Then I came across some bamboo. My dad warned me to be really careful because it'll grow like crazy and take over everything. I planted some bamboo in the pot, and nothing ever happened. Plants are not my friends.

Over the weekend, my brother and his girlfriend bought me this tiny little kit from Target. I think it was about $1, and it includes 10 sunflower seeds, a little soil, and a tiny pot. You're supposed to transplant them when they get 3 inches tall. So I planted them Sunday, put the little pot on my windowsill, and have been patiently waiting. Yesterday, I ran downstairs to my parents to make sure I wasn't hallucinating. See:

And now it's even a tiny bit taller. The only problem is that earlier today I was letting some water drip from the faucet onto the soil to keep it moist, and I bumped the handle and water started pouring into it. I tried to salvage things, but who knows? I probably drowned it. However, this tiny glimmer of hope has inspired me to finally make that terrarium I've been planning on making.

I fell in love with glass terrariums when I saw the movie "Penelope" for the first time. See, she has all these gorgeous glass ones sitting on pedestals all around her room. I think they're so beautiful, so I've been planning on making one.

Today I stopped by my favorite store, Hobby Lobby, to peek at the glass containers, and nearly got banned for life in the process. See, there was a really pretty one that I picked up to look at. I placed my hand on the lid and flipped it over to check out the price and *crash*! The lid fell onto the floor, and the noise echoed through the whole store. All I could say was, "Oh, no!" This lady behind me said, "Yes, you'd better walk swiftly away." But I just stood there and started picking up the big pieces, and then two employees appeared from nowhere with a broom and dustpan. Apparently, this happens all the time. And of course, this was the only jar on the shelf that didn't have the seal around the lid to help keep it on. I was thinking that I was going to have to buy it since I broke it, but I didn't. Good grief. So I grabbed this quirky little jar and my 99 cent Simplicity patterns and ran for the door (stopping at the cash register first).

I think it'll work perfectly. The book is there to show the size of the jar. I'm really exciting about trying to make a terrarium: they're supposedly super easy, and the most amazing part is that you rarely have to water them. They're supposed to be foolproof...but then again, so is bamboo. If this doesn't work out, I might have to resort to growing something indestructible. Like kudzu.
And to finish up this wannabe "green" post, I have some pictures of my mom's flowers in our yard. Having a green thumb apparently skipped over me. My parents and grandparents can grow anything.

Until next time,

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