Plant projects

I spent part of this morning interviewing a couple of beekeepers for a newspaper story I am writing. I love my job. I get paid to go talk to interesting people about interesting topics. I meet everybody. I met beekeepers today. I met the guy who runs the sewer plant a few weeks ago. I tagged along after the garbage truck one morning this summer. I spent this afternoon in a boutique/animal shelter that finds homes for stray cats. Sometimes I still can’t believe what a great job I have.

On my lunch hour, Ron and I grabbed sandwiches and then went to Hippygift, a little shop here in town that is going out of business. Everything in the store was 40 percent off, so I bought several objects I didn’t need, just because they made me smile. Here are two of them:

1. I had to have this butterfly because it reminded me of something you’d see on Fraggle Rock. I hung it up in my home office window tonight.

Butterfly

2. This flower reminded me of the flowers on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, which is still one of my all-time favorite TV shows.

Flower

After work, I went to Garden Ridge and picked up some pots and potting soil and perlite (and several objects I didn’t need … I think I am turning into a magpie) so I could transplant a couple of cacti and make the cute mini-terrarium I saw in Cottage Living last winter. Here are some pictures of those projects:

1. The cactus that my friend Hilda gave me a couple of years ago. It’s needed to be transplanted forever. I finally got around to doing it.

Cactus

2. The cacti I started from seed using this mini-terrarium I bought at Cline’s Corners during our last trip to New Mexico on Route 66.

Seedlings

They aren’t very big, but I’m excited, because this is the first time I ever got cactus to grow from seed.

Seedlings uncovered

3. Here are the transplanted cacti. I don’t know how well they’ll do, but we’ll see. I divided the one from Hilda. Half of it looks alive. Half of it looks mostly dead (but still slightly alive). Hopefully it will grow.

Transplants

4. This is the first step of the terrarium project. I took a clear glass Christmas ornament (chipped at the top but still usable) and put some perlite and vermiculite in the bottom. That pot in the background is one I decorated earlier this year during a brief fling with decoupage. I’m not great at decoupage, but the pot turned out kind of cute.

Terrarium start

5. I added potting soil, a teaspoonful at a time, and sprinkled in some California poppy seeds I saved when we lived in Belleville. There isn’t room in there for them to get big and bloom, of course, but they tend to germinate well, and the foliage is pretty, so I thought they might work. I added a little bit of water and put the cap back on the ornament.

Terrarium filled

6. It was a little bit heavy and pulled itself off its cap the first time I tried to hang it, so I used some ribbon to make sort of a net or sling-type thing to support the bottom, which allowed me to hang it in the window beside the butterfly.

Terrarium finished

If the seeds sprout and grow, I will take some pictures of their progress.

Also, Anne sent me the picture she shot of that owl we saw the other night. It was really dark out, so the image came out a little fuzzy, but I love it because it reminds me of a very cool moment.

Owl

Wherever you are, I hope you are enjoying your job and doing lots of fun projects and having lots of cool moments and surrounding yourself with little things that make you smile.

Emily

“The wisest keeps something of the vision of a child. Though he may understand a thousand things that a child could not understand, he is always a beginner, close to the original meaning of life.”
— John Macy