So for my birthday we went out and bought a BUNCH of plants. But nothing I accomplished today had anything to do with any of those. Be prepared, though. Some sweet terrariums are coming.
Today I managed to repot my lucky prayer plant for my desk at my NEW JOB, repot the ficus bonsai tree, and also give the air plant some rocks for its new home.
First, the prayer plant, though, which was essentially just your average everyday repot. Dirt, pull out of nursery planter, pull apart the roots, sit in new pot, fill with dirt. Done!
And then the bonsai. I had to cut the roots a bit because they were getting out of control….but just a couple scissor snips and it was perfect. I didn’t need to anchor the tree because the base was already pretty awesome. This time I used mostly bonsai mix, but added in a little potting soil.
Finally, the air plant. I’m not going to lie, I think it’s going to die. It was glued to the bottom of the old globe and I ripped it out. I’m not sure what it’s supposed to look like on the bottom, but when I tried to pull the glue off, some of the bottom of the leaves came off. Time will tell, I suppose.
I started thinking of how I wanted to do the terrariums, but realized for the closed-lid ones I needed some potting charcoal…so that production takes a halt until I acquire that. I would start the open one, but I’ve already spent a lot of the day playing in the dirt and there’s laundry that needs my attention.
Oh! I also started some jalapeño seeds finally!
So I forgot to do a blog post when I started the seeds, but it’ll be okay because I have AT LEAST one more round of that.
Anyhoo, I did manage to document the transplanting! So I started carnations, cockscomb, daisies, fairy flowers, basil and really old Santa Fe pepper seeds (I forgot to buy any and all pepper seeds this year and still haven’t managed to remember anytime I’ve been at the store. Guess I’m buying starter plants?). Anyway, all but the old pepper seeds have sprouted and are ready to move out of the tray into their own homes.
First, I labeled the containers! I grabbed these from a nursery nearby that has a “recycle” area. They basically let anyone put pots from plants purchased in an area where other people can grab them. Small caution, though- the area is usually exposed to the elements and stacked pots hold a lot of water….and lots of varieties of spiders like moist areas….so just wear gloves when you dig through this bin.
Then I started filling them with dirt. I did this inside in a tubtrug. Which is pretty much the best thing ever.
Look at the tiny baby! the ball of dirt is the teeny tiny root network.
Ta-da! Just remember to be gentle because the roots are super tiny and fragile. And be careful watering because it’s SO easy to essentially bury the tiny plant with dirt when you water it.
What are you planting this spring?
So I’ve been thinking over and over again recently how badly I needed to change the layout of Arielle’s closet organizer so all her dresses/clothes could hang more logically. The way it was everything was kind of crammed in space that didn’t fit such big girl clothes. ::sigh:: She’s so old now.
Anyhoo, I’ve lamented not preparing some kind of home improvement project to work on while trapped in our house….when I realized- no better time than now!
Here’s how it started out:
Dresses sticking out because they can’t hang freely and in three different hanging zones since nothing fit hanging straight down. This wasn’t a tough project, but it definitely wasn’t the easiest with all the tight hammering.
First, I pulled everything out of the closet in those areas and detached the two shelves from the center unit. I had to pull all the pieces out of the wall and spackle (unfortunately for me I had no touch up paint…very disappointed in my lack of planning)
And added the shelf above- using a large level to make sure it wasn’t angled downward…then I anchored all the attachments into the wall with new anchors. Then I sanded the spackle. After I finished that shelf I added the one toward the bottom of the closet.
Added everything back into the closet and BAM! a much more usable space without getting rid of or relocating a single item!
Now I just need to buy some touch up paint so that the project is completely done. I did take the opportunity to touch up a few spots on Arielle’s room walls, though.
Okay, so maybe I didn’t chop the whole thing down, but I finally did some reading on rooting cuttings and got up the nerve to cut off the enormous skewed branch from my lime tree.
A video from YouTube taught me how to do it, and in I dove! Whether this will or will not work, I don’t yet know.
I gathered my materials. Notice I poked holes in the bottom of the cups.
Check out how huge that branch is! And I probably will have to tell many of you this, because I’ve found a LOT of people don’t know- lime trees have thorns. BIG thorns.
I didn’t take pictures as I was cutting, but I got down to these three pieces. The video on YouTube told me to take the leaves off up to the top and to rip those down, so that’s what I did.
Brand new haircut!
Wet the bottom of the cutting and dip it into the rooting hormone, tap the excess off.
Put in dirt.
Water and then put a plastic bag with rubber bands around top for a “greenhouse”. And now we wait.
So it’s been a while since I’ve written…honestly not a whole lot going on as we try and acclimate back into the real world after Ki had two weeks off! We didn’t do any projects, haha. We save that for when we have other stuff to do.
But, I did set some goals for the new year. First let’s start with the non-exercise related.
- Tile the hall bathroom. That floor has also cracked out and is ready for us to make our second go at tiles. First went really well…let’s see how a BIGGER bathroom ends up! Should be easier since we’re likely doing 12×12 tiles and not laying them in a pattern that will end with us standing at the entryway reaching to the back left corner.
- Get that debt monster down. You know how it goes. Save money for the future, blah blah blah. Yeah, we’re on it.
- Keep my bonsais alive. It’s been 6 months for most of them. I *can* do this.
- Get a little more green. Every year on Earth Day I make small changes to lessen our carbon footprint on this awesome planet….don’t know what those will be just yet, but always my goal to be less of a dick to mother earth.
- Discover Virginia. We are going to go to a lot of new places in VA this year. We haven’t seen nearly enough of the state we live in.
Now on to the exercise related ones:
- PR- 5k, 10k, 10 miler, half and triathlon. Not asking too much, am I? ha!
- Beat my husband in our exercise challenge. We have a calendar and every qualifying exercise (3 miles + run, 5 miles + bike, exercise video or 30 minutes of something else) gets you an “x”. The most xs at the end of the year gets something. I assume we’ll decide as the year goes on.
- Run 1000 miles. I was close last year (735), but lost some time with injuries. I got it this year!
- Figure out a way to get sponsored for my race entries. Haha, just kidding. What would the sales pitch I would use be for that? “You have the once in a lifetime opportunity for me to race wearing YOUR COMPANY LOGO. My predicted race finishing is about 50th percentile. All I need from you is the entry fee, what do you say?”
Should be a great year! What are some of your goals?!
So, we finally did it! Honestly, my part in this was mostly done so I played “spectator” and “holder” for a lot of this today. But, we now have a mantle!
Kile drilled into the brick for like 5 hours today. Just kidding, it was like 30 minutes but it probably felt like 5 hours to him.
And then after what felt like an eternity, it was done!! And I personally think it was an awesome (and super economical) project. HIGH FIVE, KI!
Just in time for Santa to come!
I can’t wait to start our next project! I don’t know what it is yet….but I did have a dream that I just started ripping tiles out of the hall bathroom so maybe we’ll start there after the holidays!
Oh wait, we still don’t have a mantle. Well, obviously the holiday wouldn’t be ruined without a place to hang the stockings, but it wouldn’t be the same for sure. The lovely Abby gave us some awesome stocking holders and we wanted to be able to use them! So what do we do? Obviously Kile and I had no choice except to make one.
A board, some trim, brackets and stain from Lowes and we were good to go! I didn’t get any pictures of Ki putting the trim on the front of the board because I was at work, but I did get some while I was staining. I was going to wait until the project was done to post, but it’s been SO LONG since I’ve posted. So…..sneak peek of our soon-to-be mantle 😀