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Grabby McGrabberson

I took the liberty of snapping a few shots of Eva being grabby. 🙂

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Today Eva went to visit her Grandpop to cheer him up. While the two of them took a nap (which I got on tape!), I did naughty things on the computer. Yes, it’s true. I ordered things from Knit Picks. I bought enough yarn for two sweaters and a hat (all for Eva), plus I bought buttons and a retractable tape measure. When the stuff comes in, I’ll share it with you. In the meantime, I must finish the cabled hat I’m working on so I can start a new sweater for Eva right away!

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Salt & Pepper Cabled Thing – Second Progress Report

I’ve slowly been making progress on the cabled “thing.” It looks like it might work as a hat now, which makes me happy.

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I’m on the third cable repeat. I’ll probably be knitting more than the 4 repeats specified in the pattern since it’s looking a little short.

As always, I have another cute Eva picture to share.

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Here she is chewing on Mr. Octopus’ hangerdoodle. She’s been directing a lot of things to her mouth, now, including Mr. Zebra’s butt. (I got that on video for future use when she’s 16 years old.) I’m on the lookout for signs of teething, but it’s still quite early. I think she’s just exploring. If she follows in my footsteps, she won’t start teething until she’s 14 months old. 🙂


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Early Gardening

This year’s gardening season will mark the first time ever that I’ll be able to have my own garden. I’m really excited to plant lots of beautiful flowers and vegetables. The flowers will have to wait until I’m ready to buy bulbs, but today I tried planting some peppers and cantaloupes from seeds I collected. I don’t expect much, but if I do get some viable plants, I’ll feel accomplished.

Earlier today I used a red bell pepper to prepare what will be tonight’s dinner. (It’s a crockpot chicken and rice recipe.) I saved some of the seeds for planting along with some seeds from a cantaloupe I was eating last night.

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Pepper seeds on the left, cantaloupe seeds on the right.

I filled two takeout containers with regular potting soil (probably not what’s recommended, but it’s what I had on hand) and started with the cantaloupe seeds.

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I read that you should make a 1/2 inch hole in the soil, so that’s what I did.

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I then threw some seeds in the holes and covered them up.

For the peppers, I sprinkled the seeds on top and covered them with a thin layer of dirt.

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Sprinkled pepper seeds.

I set the two containers by the window so they would be exposed to sun and heat. Right now they are behind my other plants (mainly for ease of photographing), but I’ll be moving them sometime tomorrow. It’s kind of late in the day for sun right now.

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As always I’ll keep you updated on any progress. I sure hope I get some seedlings!


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Pollinating African Violets – My First Attempt

I’ve become a bit of an African violet aficionado. In the course of my neverending googling, I found some information on how to hand-pollinate African violets. Seeing this as a chance at free fun, I committed the information to memory and made an attempt at getting my violets pregnant.

The procedure seems simple enough: remove the pollen sacs (those yellow things in the center of the flower) from the “father” plant, cut or tear them open, and apply the pollen to the end of the pointy thing in the center of a few of the “mother” plant’s flowers. There are lots of technical terms for these plant parts, but I’m not even going to attempt to sound like a professional plant pimp.

I cross-polinated my African violets, then went to my mom’s house to try it on hers. I figure the more times I try, the better my chances that I’ll end up with a seed pod. From what I gather, it takes many months until the seed pod is ready to be harvested. This will be a long process, but I’d much rather grow my own violets than take cuttings of my existing violets to produce clones. (Speaking of cuttings, my 99 cent “freak violet” is in desperate need of a trim. It’s producing baby plants off the sides.) I read that most of the time, the violets grown from seeds different greatly from their parent plants. I’m excited to see what I get! 🙂

Yesterday, Kai told me he wanted to go to a hardware store to look for a sledge hammer. (He looked up some exercise routine that called for the use of a particularly heavy sledge hammer. I think the workout involves smacking a large tire. Sounds like a ton of fun.) I, being the patient person I am, decided to capitalize on the opportunity and searched the houseplant section for things that I just had to have. I purchased two more African violets for Eva’s room:

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(I’m hoping this one thickens up now that it’s living in better conditions.)

A white orchid for the living room:

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And a pink orchid for Eva’s room:

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I think I’m all flowered out now. That is, until something else catches my eye. 🙂

I can’t sign off on this post until I mention a little something about Eva. Kai’s mom came over to babysit her last Friday while I went grocery shopping. When I came home, she told me that Eva had rolled from her stomach to her back! That’s a first!

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Here she is with Grammy the Elder.

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And here she is napping with Daddy while watching cartoons.

Since she’s starting to roll and move a whole lot more than she used to, I think we’ll have to move her to her own room very shortly. Right now she’s in a tiny crib next to our bed. I’m beginning to worry that she’ll fall out of it if we don’t take action soon. 😦 I miss her already!


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Salt & Pepper Cabled Thing – First Progress Report

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I started another knitting project on a whim after finishing my second Intuitive hat.  This time I’m doing what may turn out to be either a cabled hat or a cabled cowl.  The pattern calls for casting on 126 stitches for the brim, and in my experience, that’s quite a lot.  I don’t know if the cabling is supposed to pull it in, but I doubt it.

I’m going to see how wide this thing becomes before doing any decreases.  If I deem it too wide, I’ll continue knitting straight and add some ribbing at the top for a cowl.  It’ll be a scratchy cowl, but a cowl nonetheless.  🙂


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Strange Occurence

I mentioned earlier that I have an African violet that’s producing radically different flowers from the ones it produced during its first bloom. Apparently, the situation has gotten even stranger.

This violet is of the Home Depot variety. (Lol). I found it on the clearance rack for 99 cents. I guess it was there because it was small and had no flowers. I took it home to see what would happen. Once it was placed in my dining room window, it quadrupled in size and produced some medium purple, five-petaled blossoms with yellow centers. (It’s actually the fringy stuff that’s yellow. I have no idea what the proper term for that is. Hehe)

I noticed about a week ago that now, during its second bloom (while in my possession), the flowers are looking awfully different. Instead of having five petals, they now have 10+. To make it even more interesting, I just noticed that some of the flowers still have five petals.

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Here’s one of the lesser-petaled blooms. I counted five petals with a weird gimpy one in the middle. It’s not fully opened, yet, but I doubt it’s going to grow more petals.

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Here’s one of the heavily-petaled blooms. I see at least ten full petals with some small ones in the center.

Yes, these two flowers are on the same plant at the same time. I have no idea what’s going on here, but it’s kind of cool. 🙂

Any ideas, anyone?


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The Plant Collector

I’ve become a bit of a plant collector. It hasn’t gotten as bad as my yarn collecting…yet. I had a few houseplants in my possession, namely a Christmas cactus and a couple African violets, but today I added quite a few more.

Every time I go to the grocery store, I mysteriously end up in the floral section. I then spend twenty minutes looking at each plant over and over again until I make a selection. I’ve made a habit of “rescuing” violets since they do so well in my dining room window, but today I branched out a bit and bought a violet AND a mini (Tete-a-Tete) daffodil:

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This went into Eva’s room. I’ll see how it fares in her window. If it doesn’t do well, I’ll move it to the dining room. (The picture doesn’t show it, but the flowers shimmer. That’s why I picked it.)

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I put this on an end table in the living room. I bought a beautiful iris and hummingbird pot to go with it. I hope it gets enough light in its current location!

I then took this obsession further and went to Home Depot under the guise that I’d be purchasing some self watering pots for my violets. I came home with the pots, plus two more pots, plus these plants:

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I call this the Dr. Seuss plant. I have no idea what it is. This calls for some googling.

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This is a little plant I bought for my kitchen window. I would have preferred something that flowers, but I couldn’t find anything small enough. :/

I plan to keep adding to my collection. I’d love a large fern or palm. And some orchids. Good thing I’ve got a birthday coming up!