Sad Panda. :(



Here’s a little story about my plants, the Lord of the Rings characters.

One day I was so excited that I had kept some outdoor plants alive that I bought a houseplant. (you’ve seen Gollum/Stan here)



That little plant thrived. He grew so much I had to put him into a giant planter, and he was happy.



And so I decided one day to bring home another plant. And that plant also was happy.That 2nd plant led to another. And another. And another.





Soon I had 5 plants. FIVE.(and that included the death plant! aka a really cool looking aloe plant, which is death to me since I am allergic to it, ironic eh? Also allergic to benedryl. Go me. Nothing like being allergic to the things that help with allergies. Winning.) And they were all doing great!




One day I got selfish. And I decided to add another plant. I wasn’t absolutely in love with this plant, but I did it anyway. Terrible idea people. I should have stuck with 5!!!



That newest plant (who’s name was Kili because of the Hobbit) had gnats. And it spread those bugs to all the plants. I tried everything to get rid of them. I was unsuccessful. I researched, and researched. And then tested and tested.




One of the suggestions for getting rid the gnats was to sprinkle coffee grounds around the plants to kill the gnat larvae.It worked for about 3 days and our house smelled like a coffee shop. I’m here to tell you: don’t do that! Tonight I had to do something hard. I had to throw away all of my plants. They were all growing mold. Thick disgusting mold. And the bugs came back. I can’t handle that. I really can’t. I have huge bug phobias. And it doesn’t make sense to have air purifying plants if they are growing lung destroying mold. lol




So my question is this: How in the heck have I kept my family alive for 14 years if I can’t keep “easy to grow” plants alive for longer than a few months at a time? haha. Only sort of kidding. Seriously: sadness. I need to go research realistic plastic plants.

It’s been a long week.

This week has been a crazy week. My entire family could use your prayers as we are going through something that is a total mess. Please pray for healing and safety.

This week has also been vacation week!:) Which means it was also our anniversary! Yeehaw! I can’t imagine going through the last 14 years of marriage with anyone else. It’s been a wild and crazy ride that no one else could have ridden with me.

This week in between some craziness, we had a baby shower for my sister A, (it’s getting so close! I can’t wait to meet this little dude!) went on several sunset/sunrise drives, went to the museum, and hung out with each other. It’s been amazing.



I’ve been trying to decide what I should be sharing. What I shouldn’t be sharing. If I even still need this space. It’s been a lot of years that I have had a blog, but honestly: there are some personal reasons that make sense for us to get rid of this space.



I have found myself tempering the things that I share, just because there has been some sharing of the URL, and even though it is public, it makes me feel vulnerable for people I know to read my thoughts and stuff. I share a lot of my pictures here, but people don’t come here for that. Most people come for prints, and don’t look around much since they are after certain ones. I don’t do as many projects that I photograph for other people to see anymore, because it’s just not that convenient. My daughter is getting old enough that our projects together have turned into different things, and honestly: I just enjoy doing them with the kids and not having to worry about taking pictures.



But on the flip side, I love taking pictures, but if I don’t have a place to “share” them, what is the point? Because I already have a hard drive full of pictures that I don’t always look at it. See my dilemma? If ya take the personal safety part of it out of the situation, then I am confused. But if I take that out…. do I need to get rid of the space? But it is an expense that kind of hurts, and it is not like I’ve ever gotten any kind of money for this thing, but it used to be more for creative release. Who the heck knows anymore. I need to go to sleep.

So those are thoughts that are flipping around my brain.




I do have some other pictures to share at some point this week, these are all from the museum. ;) Those ducks were crazy. Completely crazy. They were literally attacking us for crackers.




I have a plant addiction.



This plant’s name is Gollum. That’s what happens when you let your daughter name your plants. (they have to have names. How else are they supposed to know which one you are talking to? and yes I talk to my plants. it helps them grow.)
He is actually the first plant that I got. He has grown considerably. He needed a new pot, and he is HUGE. So because we is poor, my only option was a gray kinda rubber planter from the Family Dollar. It was fairly cheap and large enough for the job, and that’s all that I required. Unfortunately my plant stand is one from hobby lobby that they had a long time ago on clearance, and it was made with only 3 legs. That is a danger waiting to happen my friend. Especially with nephews.  So I requested that my dad and Brad make me a crate on wheels to house this guy. They exceeded my expectations. It’s perfect. I stained it dark walnut and then taped off three stripes and added 00. They aren’t straight or perfect, but I was going for a faded, rustic look, and it looks awesome.







Please excuse my dust. I have since cleaned underneath this completely. With a broom and mop and stuff. It was lovely. For a day. Wood floors are always dirty. gah!



It’s Monday! Again!


So we have been spent this weekend sick. Very sick. It has not been pleasant here. Brad is the only one who hasn’t gotten this, I am hoping I am finally on the upswing and that Aly is too. We have that respiratory infection crud that has been going around. Not good. Not good at all. My pregnant sister had it first and it’s gradually made it’s way around the family. Currently I sound like a jazz musician and smell like Vicks and cough syrup. Sexy beast.

I was going to show you the crate or the headboard, but I think I will just share some sunset pictures from the other day. It’s about all I have energy for right now!