Green Thumb Adventures

Green Thumb Green Thumb AdventuresI’ve written one or two posts over the years about not having a green thumb, and nothing has changed. But… and I say this strongly… I am willing to try over and over again. And this summer is no different!

I had a philodendron for 13 years. It was very low maintenance and easy. Summers, I’d just put it outside and it flourished. In the winter months, it sat in my foyer. I watered it when I thought about it. Just as it started turning very brown, spring would show up to rescue it.

Those plants are no nonsense and die hard, literally. No matter what I did, or didn’t do for it, it lived. That was until this past winter. We didn’t have a hard winter at all, and I tried to see how long it could stay outside and live.

Well…  that wasn’t my actual thought process. I just didn’t bring it in. And every time I passed it at the front door it seemed to be okay, so I left it there. And then we had a couple of cold snaps. Soon after that, it was gone. I mean gone as in DEAD!

I don’t know, why I’m not a plant person. Maybe if plants cried, talked, or pooped, they would get more attention from me. I really want to be a plant person, and grow pretty green plants, and have them all over the house. I love flowers!

Last summer I grew a pineapple plant, from the top of the pineapple. It was a little touch and go for a while but it started to grow. I put it outside and it thrived! Then it met the same demise as the philodendron. I just didn’t bring it in. *Insert deep sigh*

Mr. Husband says, our house it where plants come to die. Again, I REALLY want to change that. Late April, I ran across caladium bulbs on sale. I think it was already a little late to plant because they were on sale for about $1.25. But I was willing to give it a try.

I brought them home with EVERY intention to plant them right away…

WELL, THAT DID NOT HAPPEN!

What did happen was… All three packages of bulbs ended up in a cabinet in the laundry room, out of Mr. Husband’s sight. If he knew I was trying my hand and plants again this summer he was going to tease me. And I wasn’t having it… So I hid them in the cabinet.

What’s the old adage? Out of site, out of mind.

I kinda forget they were there. Then Mr. found them, while looking in the cabinet for a tool of some sort. And I got teased!

Finally, June 9th, I planted one of three bags in the front door planter. And they were already sprouting. Since I put them in the dirt, they seem to be doing really well! If it’s dry this weekend, I’ll plant the other two packages in smaller planters in the back yard.

Caladium bulbs Green Thumb Adventures

It’s now only June 17, and there are visible changes even from just yesterday. Follow the progress of my #GreenThumbAdv on Instagram. I’m excited and optimistic about the outcome. I wouldn’t do this, if I didn’t think I could make it work, eventually.

I don’t want to be Mary May Quite Contrary, with silver bells and cockle shells… Just a few simple, easy, and low maintenance flowers blooming around the house, and yard will do just fine.

Do you have a green thumb? What are your tricks, and secrets to making your garden grow?

 

My Summer Reading List

Reading List My Summer Reading List

It’s been a long time since I’ve had the pleasure of sitting down and reading a book longer than 36 pages, or a magazine. And I miss it. So, I added one more thing to my list of things to do for the summer… Read a book, or two. Who am I kidding, I’ll be lucky just to finish one book!

But it shall be done.

As I was writing a post, a reading list for school aged children I ran across a few books that I was interested in. Like 10 Books From High School You Must Read Again. The Great Gatsby, To Kill A Mocking Bird, and Invisible Man are a must for that list!

  • Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. I enjoy reading books before I watch the movie made for it. I’ve searched all over for the movie, maybe I’ll have better luck finding the book. 
  • The Heart Of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend, by Bob Drury. This book is about my cousin’s, husband’s grandfather several times removed. I’m really excited to learn about their family history.
  • The Perfect Summer, by Morgan Billingsley, Jackie Lee, and Gabrielle Simone. In April, I attended an Arkansas Literacy Festival Event where I listened to two of the two young authors. I haven’t gotten around to reading their book yet… But I will!
  • Half of A Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I’m going backwards with this book. I watched the movie on Net Flix last year, then realize this was the author and book Krystal Grant had spoken so highly of. This is another must.
  • Black Looks race and representation  My supervisor and I started talking about a textbook for ‘The History of American Journalism’ that I now teach. Last fall I found it boring, and difficult to get into. She gave me a few pointers and introduced be to Bell Hooks. She also let me borrow this particular book, a collection of 12 essays…

…the personal and political consequences of contemporary representations of black women and men… Taking on popular music, advertising, literature, television… 

I also plan to read 100 combined picture and chapter books for research.

Whew, I think I’ve got enough on my plate. This is more of a wishlist, and I’ll be lucky to read two by the end of the year. The 100 children books will probably get accomplished first.

I intentionally kept my list short. I still have that dollhouse to finish on my Projects Half Done list. And my deadline is THIS WEEKEND!!! it’s time to set a fire, and get it done!

Do you have a reading list for the summer?

The Taste of Summer

Taste of Summer The Taste of SummerSummer is my favorite time of the year. The flowers have bloomed, bright colors are everywhere, and the grass is green. I love the warm days, sounds of crickets and frogs after a rain, and watching fireflies light up the yard at dusk. I don’t even mind swatting a mosquito or two. I exaggerate.

Most of all I enjoy the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables available during the summer months. Some of the best foods are related to summer.

SUMMER IS THE BEST! 

Many of my favorite memories are tied to food, and summer.

For a while, I’ve pondered the “Taste of Summer.” I know it may seem a little odd, equating food with a season, but indulge me.

Recently, I started asking everyone I come in contact with “What does summer taste like?”

I’ve gotten some really great responses from barbecue to homemade ice cream, iced tea, and watermelon, along with others in between. And they all have their very own connection to the season.

This summer I’m on a quest to find The Taste of Summer. I’ll taste summer, cook up a little summer and share it in words, pictures and recipes along the way.

So I’ll ask you…

What does summer taste like to you?