Friday, January 23, 2015

Chaos and More Chaos.

Yesterday was one of those days I wondered if there really is something to Chaos Theory.  If a butterfly flaps its wings in Central Park will the lights go out in Georgia?  If I had not run out of coffee yesterday morning and needed to run through a drive through on my way to work to get some, but left late because the electricity went out and showed it was ten minutes earlier than it was, so I was rushing to get to work on time, would the tree limb have fallen over in my front yard into ground soft from being rain soaked and broken the main water line into my house and spewed gallons and gallons of water all day before I arrived home from work late from grocery shopping?


Maybe not.  Chaos Theory.  So this morning I had to make a hard choice with the one bottle of water I had in the house (because my water line is off until I can get a plumber):  wash my face and hands, brush my teeth, or make coffee.  You know me.  I made coffee.  I can brush and wash at work.  But my poor inhibitors don't understand why they are not getting their morning drink.


And because chaos begets more chaos, the battery on my truck's security system died during all this.  Now it is stuck in the driveway where I slammed it into park last night to try and figure out how to turn of the water until I can get a new battery for the security beeper.  Luckily, my neighbor works close to me and is going to give me a ride this morning.  If I didn't have such giving people around me to help with days like this one was I would have been more stressed.  As it is I just have a good story to tell.

Thanks, Brent, for bringing out your chainsaw in the rain and cold to help me move the tree.  Thank you, Lucy, for feeding me and giving me your plumber's number.  Thanks, Brenda, for giving me a ride.

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Little Like My Grandmother's

My grandmother used to keep plants in a big picture window in her dining room.  It's something I haven't thought about in years.


In fact, I may not have recalled that memory if it had not been for my desire to have more plants in my house.


As it turns out my dinning room window gets perfect morning light.


After buying a few new plants from the clearance rack (also known as the "need a good home and loving care" rack) at Lowe's, I moved my hallway table to position them to take advantage of that eastern light.


So far they seem to be doing well.


Even my little $1 finds have perked up with a little fresh dirt and careful pruning.


Breck and I checked every plant we bought for toxicity since we know our Inhibitors tend to nibble on my plants, as you can see from some the the leaves on this Bromeliad.


I also moved my outdoor ficus (indoors for the winter) into a corner where it can get good light as well.  I cleaned the leaves of the dirt that had accumulated on its leaves over the year and borrowed a footstool from the living room to raise it up.  It seems to have responded already.


I also took a couple clippings from my succulents to see if I can get some new babes to grow.


Since I was changing things up anyway, I configured a new centerpiece with Breck's collection of bourbons and some wood and petrified wood we have collected from around the property.


After 4 years of living in the house, Breck and I had our first meal for two in the dinning room.  Removing 2 leaves and the plants just make it seem cozier.


I still haven't shown you the bedroom changes, but now that the sun is out again I can get some good pictures.  Next time.

Monday, January 12, 2015

A Little Life To A Cold Room

For some time now I have wanted to add plants to my home.  Plants add so much warmth to room and makes it feel cozy and full of life.

February 2, 2014
I had a little cash stashed away and decided I didn't want to wait any longer, a year was enough, and set off to town to buy some greens.   I started with a ceramic triple pot and a few snake plants.


My button collection came in handy to plug up the large holes in the bottoms.


Then a little good potting soil  . . .


. . . and some plants in desperate need of some growing room.


Now they have a nice new spot to grow in my newly rearranged (I got in the mood for something new) bedroom.  More on that change another day.


I also picked up some small plants for the living room.  This bird house was perfect for keeping my cats from nibbling on their leaves.


And I love the way it looks.

Back row: Watch Chain, False Aralia
Front row: Echeveria, Rainbow Elephant Bush
I knew back in February that I wanted something tall in the corner, and this Umbrella Tree was not to be passed up.  I got it on sale at Home Depot and could not be happier.


Two others round out my plant additions.  A small Fiddle Leaf Fig that I have high hopes for in my hallway if it gets enough sun to stay happy.


And this Corn Plant for my fireplace.  I do move it to the floor when I have a fire.


I read somewhere that you should have 10-15 plants in your home to reap the health benefits of live plants.  I now have 11.  The ficus on the right doesn't count; it's usually outside on the patio and only inside because of the cold.


I would still like to add a few more, but it's a great start.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Carcassonne: A New Favorite

Company for Christmas.  Check.
Traveled to Georgia to meet our new niece.  Check.
Celebrated 2015 by going to bed BEFORE midnight.  Check.
Back to work and routine.  Check.

No that's out of the way.  Let me tell you about a new addition to our game collection.  It is called Carcassonne and after only one match it has moved up to my favorite go-to game.


It can be difficult to find games that can be just as enjoyable with 2 players as 4, but this one is.


It doesn't take up a lot of space and it is different each and every time you play.


You draw tiles one at a time and earn points for claiming roads, abbeys, and building cities.


So easy to learn, but with a multitude of expansions it stays fresh.


Games only take about 30 minutes, so it's great for when you have just a little time to kill.


Like when you are waiting to the Cowboys and Packers to face off on a rainy Sunday afternoon.


Breck won,  Now let's eat and see how the Cowboys do.


Go Cowboys!