DIY Seed Starter

Last year I posted my toilet paper diy seed starter and although it works, I have found that the paper method works much better.  I either use paper bags like I did here or like the one I’m showing you today.  I don’t suggest using this particular method if you’re starting forty different seeds inside because it can be time consuming, but if you are planting just a few flowers or herbs, then this method will work great.   

And just to show you that it does work, I included a picture above that shows my little bean has sprouted. 🙂

What you need:

leftover newspaper

twine

scissors

small glass jar (about two inches in diameter)

Instructions:

Take your newspaper and begin folding sections.  The width should be about 2-3 inches wide.

Once you’re finished with folding, wrap your paper around the end of the glass and secure with the twine.  Pull the paper off the glass and begin folding the paper inward to form the bottom that will hold the dirt.  **Tip:  I cut the paper to make it easier to fold it inward. 

Viola!  Just add some dirt, water, seeds and your done!

   

I’m Leaving Blogger

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This is a somewhat official announcement of my departure from Blogger.  I’ve mulled over this idea for the last two years, never taking the leap for this reason or that, but usually my reasons were due to finances and a lack of experience on my end with coding.  However, I think it is time to move on.  Blogger has served as an awesome beginner platform, but I’m ready to move on and leave the quirks that come with Blogger behind.  I don’t have a specific date for when this move will actually happen, but expect it to be very soon!  As in within the next month or even week. 

If you’re curious, I’ve chosen to use Squarespace as my host.  They offer a free two week trial that I may just “try”.  I’m nervous to leave the security blanket that Blogger has become, but like I said, I am ready to move on.  Bear with me as I work on this blog in the days to come, and stick around to see the finished site!

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…Weekend…

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…Gardening.  It happens every year around this time; I become antsy with planting my vegetable garden.  I’ve started my herbs again , using the paper bag method.  It was successful last year with all my herbs and tomatoes!  I’m also using another DIY seed starter that I’ll post about later.  I still need to purchase some of the seed starters from the store though.  I want to jump start most of my seeds indoors this year in order to extend my harvest period. 

… Donuts.  We had a rare, sweet treat this weekend!  I say rare, not because we are sugar prudes, no no, we are quite the opposite.  I mean, we once drove all the way to Portland, OR  just so we could eat at Voodoo Doughnut.  I  even have a lovely picture of me stuffing my face with the Ol’ Dirty Bastard to prove it.  Yummy.   I say it is a rare treat because we do not have a donut shop close to our house. 

… DIY Play Dough.  I made this green play dough for the  kids this weekend.  They loved it and are still playing with it as I type.  I got the recipe from Pinterest, of course, and it is a pin that actually works!   (You can follow me on pinterest here if you want!)

… Sketch.  I’ve picked up my art journal again.  We’ll see where I go with this sketch.  My husband hates it, but that’s not surprising.  He is a really good drawer, and if it doesn’t look life-like or really pretty, then he doesn’t like it. Haha!

… Flowers.  The “I’m Sorry” flowers are from the hubs.  They were accompanied with a very nice letter of apology.  I accepted.  What can I say?  I’m sucker for letters and flowers.

That’s it for us!  Now tell me, how was your weekend?!

In The Throes

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Bubba is in the throes of his academics, and like every semester, we are exhausted, slightly bitter, and testy with each other.  We have a running countdown until his graduation, and I am the first to tell you that we cannot wait.  In fact, I have a countdown app on my phone and it says we have 1,042 days left of this craziness.  That’s a whole lot of days’.  He attends summer classes, too.  This is a year round thing for us.  

I find myself miffed about the level of self-sacrifice between Bubba and me.  Obviously I feel that my sacrifices are higher than his.  I had to ask him what he thought it was, and his conclusion was the same as mine. I suppose I sacrifice more in terms of raising kids (during the trying times of their age), convenience, sanity, and having to take over his typical “jobs” (mowing the lawn during kids naptime etc).  If I’m honest, I get a little jealous that he gets a nice a long, quiet commute to school/work seven days per week, or that he is able to get out of the house everyday while I often feel isolated, left at home without a car for hours and hours per day while he sits in class making idle conversation with people over the age of 12.  I also envy the peaceful walks he must encounter between classes.

Although we work very hard to keep our line of communication open, it has proven to be difficult.  We only have one phone so we do not speak until he is home in the evening from work/school.  And even then, as soon as he struts through the door, I’m usually off to the gym for an hour or trying to squeeze in an errand or two while he studies & watches the kids.  Our usual time for conversation is what I call after hours:  After studying for 2-3 hours, after the kids are winding down for the night with a movie, after we eat, etc.  However, usually by then, we are both finished with our day and all we want to do is sleep.  Being so tired all the time, our listening skills suffer, but at least we are trying our best!

With that being said, I don’t want to undermine the burdens that Bubba carries either.  He is taking five classes.  Five, very hard classes, and I have to say that he makes it all look pretty easy, even though it’s not.  He pulls it all off though; going to school full time and then waking up on the weekends at 3:30 in the morning to head off to a physically demanding job for eleven hours per day.  He rarely complains which is better than I can say for myself.  He always tries to come home as quickly as he can, get done with homework as fast as possible, and then help me with the kids so that I can take a rest.  Trust me, his efforts have not gone unnoticed!    

We do our best in supporting and helping each other out.  It’s just that the path we’ve chosen is not the easiest one to go down.  Ha!  But hey, that’s life right?

I know that once this is all over and put behind us, we’ll come out on the other side a little stronger, a little wiser, and eventually it will all become a memory of life that was well worth the B.S.   And I’m sure I’ll roll my eyes a couple of years from now when I read this post.  Ha!

Until that moment in time arrives, I’ll be counting down the days till this madness is over with.

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Preparing

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We have three rainy days forecasted this week, making this the scene in my house for the next three days.  One day isn’t bad, but three days trapped inside a house with multiple toddlers is going to be crazy!  In preparation of the gloomy days ahead, they are getting extra playtime outside today while it is a warm 64 degrees & sunny. 

What is your favorite thing to do when it’s constantly raining?  I could use the ideas!

Hooray, Snow!


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Hello, polar vortex!  The cold temperatures finally graced the south for  a couple of days, and you can bet that the kids took full advantage of it.  I stayed inside, because baby, it was cold!  The snow has pretty much completely melted since the temps have risen back to 58 degrees today, but Scout, as it turns out, loves that white powder.  He has been belly aching, wanting to play in more snow.  

Other than that, Bubba and I took advantage of our new vision insurance and had our eyes checked.  I still have 20/20 vision.  Booyah!! But, I still need to use my reader glasses when my eyes grow tired &  I’m straining.  (I’m far sighted, btw.)   Maybe there is some truth behind the carrots myth.  I eat them all the time. 

As for Bubba, he is still blind and has a new prescription to fill.  Poor guy…he’s deaf and blind! LOL!  

Seriously, he can’t hear a thing.

And in case you’re wondering what is on Scout’s face, it’s my pink lipstick.  He raided my makeup before heading outside…he can be such a little turd.  He did it again today, only it was my eye shadow and eyeliner.

How has your week been?