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Sleeping Beauty

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Today was a little bit shaky. I wasn’t feeling so hot and I slept until 4pm! What the hay??? I had stuff planned. I was planning to go to a watercolor painting lesson at 3pm but I guess I needed my beauty sleep. I did go to the gardening class. Today was the first class and I am so excited to learn more about gardening and starting plants from seeds. I had a hard time sitting on a hard chair for 2 hours but I wanted to learn as much as possible. I was fiercely taking notes and trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible because I want to put it into action very soon. I had my first vegetable garden 2 years ago with store bought plants and they turned out great for the most part. I was working at that time so I didn’t have enough time to spend in the garden so I know it could have been better. I really wanted to start my own plants from seeds but when I tried that last year I didn’t have much success. So now I hope to learn how to start my own seeds and grow myself a salad bar! I also want to donate some food to the Rescue Mission (homeless shelter). My first thought was to help the food bank but they only take non-perishables. That is okay though because this group was so excited to get my call that they said they would even unload everything for me.

Anyway, after I got out of that class I went to Michael’s to buy so new goodies. I was really after some more pens to doodle with since that has become my new obsession. I usually like to have things in sets but there are so many kinds of pens available. I’ve found I like to buy them individually. It was a great day to go though because they had this rack of 12×12 scrapbook paper on clearance. It wasn’t all ugly stuff either. I love it! I snatched up a nice little stack of it. It even rang up way cheaper than what it was said it was. Most of them were only 14 cents each and well worth it.

After I got home I watched American Idol since I had that taping and voted for HeeJun Han! I also downloaded the song he sang. I love it that they have them all on itunes!  There are so many talented people on this show.  I wish more than one could win.  It is so hard to pick a favorite out of this group.  Shannon didn’t do as well as I’d hoped but I love her anyway.  I know she has an amazing voice and I would love to have an album by her AND HeeJun of course.

Okay, Today’s blog prompt is

Would you rather have more blog readers or more blog comments?

Well, is that a tricky question or what?  I would love to have more blog readers and I know I have some awesome readers who don’t always comment but I do like getting those comments.  Many people just click the “like” button and that is good too.  I guess I would say more readers because I’m going to write what I write no matter what anyone thinks.  I don’t really write for anyone but myself anyway and I had this blog for years when probably no one read it.  Feedback is great but not really necessary.  I know if people are reading they must not mind my writing.  I don’t usually look at the stats page but now they have that little thing at the top of the page all the time so it catches my eye.  So by that I know when people are reading but like I said, even if no one were reading I would still post.  Writing is very therapeutic.

Valentine’s Day

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My husband asked for Valentine’s Day off and they gave him Tuesday and Wednesday off too.  We were going to do all kinds of fun stuff today and he ended up having to go to work.  I was so bummed but I still had a good day and we still have tomorrow.  My husband told me to go make an appointment to get my nails done…. all of them.  He told me about a new place he saw that had a sign advertising a special deal on a manicure and pedicure.  I couldn’t believe it when he told me – $32 for both.  Here in Alaska prices are higher and it usually cost that much for one.  I wasn’t sure what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised!  The man was very nice and I enjoyed talking to him while I was there.  They have great massage chairs and I was in heaven!  He was also really excellent at massage.  I have never had that great a pedicure!  He took extra time since there was no one waiting.  Then he did my nails (I don’t do artificial nails) and he did a great job!  My hands are so soft!  I love being pampered.

My husband finally called me when I was finished up and I went to pick him up and we went to lunch at the Thai House!  That is my favorite!  He told me to call and make a hair appointment for tomorrow and we are going to do our running around town then.  Hopefully work will not ruin our day again!

It was a beautiful day too.  It has warmed up to around 30 above F and it was sunny and beautiful.  I didn’t have any pain from the cold today.  Hopefully the cold weather is over for this year.

I called the Cooperative Extension office at the University and got some info on growing garlic and composting.  I also found out about a gardening class that I’m going to sign up for tomorrow.  I want to learn how to grow plants from seeds and have a vegetable and herb garden.   I tried that last year but didn’t have a lot of success.

I hope everyone had a happy Valentine’s Day or just a good Tuesday.

Garlic and Orange Blossoms

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Spring must be right around the corner or something because I’m getting that itch to plant.  Out of the blue I got this urge to plant garlic.  I didn’t know if I could even grow garlic here in Fairbanks, Alaska where the temps dropped to around 50 below F a few times this winter.  I did some searching and finally found this article that actually pertained to Fairbanks.  Yes, I can grow garlic here!   I just have to get “stiff neck garlic” and need to plant it in the fall…… hmmmm.  Fall is too far away.  How about spring?  I think I’ll call the Cooperative Extension at the University on Monday to see what they say.  If I plant it in the spring and don’t get a good crop I should be able to leave them for next year.  I would think anyway…  I guess I will find out.

I also found out something else.  There are a few trees in my neighborhood that look similar to the choke cherry trees but they don’t bloom at the same time.  They bloom late summer/fall by my memory and they have these clusters of beautiful white blooms.  The blooms are larger than choke cherry trees and I have wanted one for several years now but no one knew what they were.  Actually, everyone thinks they know what they are but I always get a different answer.  Well in my garlic search I found an article about growing garlic in Anchorage.  It is quite a bit warmer in Anchorage so I knew the information might not be quite the same for us here, but, in this article they mentioned those trees and said they are called “Philadelphus coronaries” or “sweet mock orange”.  Now I have to find one!  I love white flowers!  I have a Pin cherry tree which is just like a choke cherry tree except the bark is a copper-red and they grow  taller.  It gets blooms just like a choke cherry in the spring.  I also have a may day tree which also has white flowers and a few different types of lilac.  I would love to have one of those beautiful sweet mock orange trees to put something pretty between me and my neighbor with the gazillion gorilla dogs.  Maybe then I can have company over for a backyard bbq and not worry about the smell of dog pooh from the neighbors yard.  This summer they better clean up better than last summer.

Anyway, I finally talked my husband into buying a new printer/scanner.  I really want to be able to scan my artwork to keep a copy for myself.  We actually got one for $66 at Walmart!  I couldn’t believe it.  It was on a great sale.  It’s wireless too so no more printer sitting on the floor!  That has been so annoying!  A few years back my husband bought a new big screen TV and since I also have a 55 gallon fish tank we had to do some major rearranging.  The corner computer desk got   moved to my son’s room and the TV stand amazingly still worked for the huge TV and it could also go in the corner.  The TV and the desk top computer merged into one and it has a media center so it works like Tivo.  So, that means my beautiful fish tank gets center stage in the living room but the printer had no where to go and nothing could fit in that small space.  Too bad we don’t have an inside wall to mount the TV on.  The living room and kitchen area is all open with vaulted ceilings which makes it feel bigger than it is.   Anyway, another bonus to having this new scanner/printer is that I now finally have color ink again…. after it is set up that is.  I also got a new wireless mouse for my laptop AND I installed it myself LOL  No computer geek needed!  You just plug the little do-hicky into a USB slot and it installs itself.  And yes, “do-hicky” is a word.

I did manage to swing by Michael’s on the way home and bought some new papers for my journal.  I was so tired of measuring and cutting 11 x 11 inch scrapbook paper.  This journal was supposed to be easy – one sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch paper cut in half makes two pages.  Well I was surprised when I looked at the individual sheets of scrapbook paper that they don’t carry much of that size anymore.  Most of it was clearance and UGLY with a capital UG!  I ended out lucking out and finding a huge pad of assorted pages in the right size and it was 50% off.  Yes!  This thing is about 2 inches thick, at least.  I also bought a few new Le Pens and gel pens.  I’m a happy girl.

Gardening: lesson learned

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don’t put seedlings out just before a scorching hot day or you end up with tea instead of plants.  So sad  :’O(

So I had this thought…

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that I should start a blog.  I even thought of a good name but it was already taken.  Pooh.  That’s when I realized that I already had a blog.  So I think I should use it.  What do you think?

Anyway, in this blog I had decided I would post regularly about books I was reading, good music I found, and neat quotes I came across.  Maybe I could write about the crafts I’m into at the moment, including the paintings I paint, or want to paint, the things I’m knitting and crocheting and my other great ventures like my gardening efforts inside and out.  Oh wait, I think that was the reason I created THIS Blog.  Hmmmm, I wonder why I stopped.  I guess life probably got too busy and I didn’t have as much time to reflect on the things I love.  I think that means it is time to slowwwww down.

*slowing down in process