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Perfect Timing

Well, hello friends new and established! I’ve been off the radar for a minute, so my apologies to everyone who has been wondering what ever became of me.

I would like to kick off my blog with something awesome and profound. Matt Banner @ On Blast Blog suggests polishing the opening post and starting strong. Somewhere in his 40 tips for blogging is a quote about it never being the perfect time for anything.

However, there’s something to be said for mission accomplishment. I have been trying to find 30 min just to sign up but between driving for Uber, launching a business with my girlfriend, and chasing after two 6 year old terrors, it has evaded me. One key to getting shit done is being opportunistic with time, and right now is the perfect time to stare at my phone since life just gave me a great big slap on the sciatic nerve! Ugh, what incredible pain to suffer. I’ve never experienced anything like this before, but the last 7 hours has been relentlessly awful. Really, though, I don’t know which is worse-the actual pain or the frustration of being so incapacitated that I have to be dragged to the bathroom!

Well, considering the pen is mightier than the sword and I can’t even lift my head without agonizing pain, it is indeed the perfect time to get blogs up and other screen time efforts underway. I have a project I hope to post on IndieGoGo and events to line out for vending. I will be posting updates on all of my efforts here as well as my own ramblings. 

So, pretty as my first blog may or may not be, here it is!

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I have a lot of good stuff to fill my blog posts with, so I can roll with the ocean scene for a first. I was 18 years old on a cross country road trip when I first saw the Atlantic. Since then, I could hardly imagine living more than a couple hours from an ocean. Feeling small, so miniscule while gazing at the vastness is curiously enlightening. Few things in this world can ground you in the moment like that. Except a child’s love 🙂

Thanks for reading!

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When Life Throws You Limes

The thing about having a green thumb is that you end up adopting and rescuing a lot of plants.

We visited our neighbor for my girlfriend’s birthday. I was shown a lime tree crawling with ants and asked if I knew how to deal with it. The ants were there to farm the scale which had infested it for a few weeks. The only way to tackle the problem is to repot it to get rid of the ants and scrub the leaves with a toothbrush and neem oil maybe twice per week. She figured it was too much effort for her and offered it to us.

A few scrubbings and fresh soil later, this Kaffir Lime is blooming and smells amazing!

Happy April!

When Life Throws You Limes

The thing about having a green thumb is that you end up adopting and rescuing a lot of plants.

We visited our neighbor for my girlfriend’s birthday. I was shown a lime tree crawling with ants and asked if I knew how to deal with it. The ants were there to farm the scale which had infested it for a few weeks. The only way to tackle the problem is to repot it to get rid of the ants and scrub the leaves with a toothbrush and neem oil maybe twice per week. She figured it was too much effort for her and offered it to us.

A few scrubbings and fresh soil later, this Kaffir Lime is blooming and smells amazing!

Happy April!

On a Limb

New plants from thin air

I have taken hundreds of clones by now. I couldn’t put a number to it, but since my girlfriend learned how to take cuttings we now go through a bottle of rooting hormone in less than a year.

One thing I have not attempted until now is ‘air cloning’ where rooting takes place before severing the new shoot from its mother plant. I didn’t bother with process pics, as it’s really just a moistened cotton pad wrapped in plastic.

Well, so there’s a bit more to it, I guess. I also make a few cuts into the cambium layer (sp?) and apply a couple drops of Vita Grow to the moistened cotton.

The mosquito citronella from a few weeks ago has started to fill out nicely. I find they are constantly shedding and growing new buds, so they are quite tempting to take cuttings from. Since this one has recently been so ignored and has been clipped back pretty heavily, I didn’t want to stress it anymore.

I expect to see roots in a few weeks and will post with follow up pics then.

While the Sun Shines

Things have been much sunnier in the great PNW these last couple weeks. It rained projects on me a couple weeks ago as I made my big move, and I’m only now getting to call a couple of them complete. Self employment is usually feast or famine, so I’ve been ‘making hay while the sun shines’.

In the meantime, my pineapple sage has been making pretty pink blooms that finally popped open this morning.

And a few days later…

Warm, but not Spring

There’s a nice little bit of urban hiking to be had at the arboretum and this year I’m trying hard not to miss the magnolias. Alas, we were still much too early for them!

We still enjoyed a few blooming trees along the way, though.

We took a tour around town to see what’s around the neighborhood of my new shop space. At the trendy hardware store, my girl couldn’t resist a small pot of arabica coffee plants. I have probably wanted a coffee plant about as long as I knew they could be potted and kept in the house. Well, here they finally are, even if they’re not exactly mine!

Update

Well… I hardly know where to begin. Things have been crazy and unsettling. However, I wanted to give a shout and let everyone know that I’m keeping on.

In the middle of our *epic* snowstorm, it suddenly rained projects on me. I have things to build, wire to pull, and money to be made. I will be pretty busy for the next few weeks trying to knock these out.

Things have amped up with regards to parenting. So many appalling things have come to surface and as much as I wish I could tackle it with fervor for the sake of social justice, I have projects to focus on. I might post a little rant about it, but I might not for the simple fact that the whole situation is already ugly and embarrassing enough.

Lastly, with this influx of projects, I am finally making the move into a real work space. It’s not very big, but it’s heated, powered, and very accessible. Ground level roll up door and a nice, large alleyway for delivery vehicles. The price is right, and all utilities are covered. First order of business today is dropping the application off and then preparing for the big move! Of course, not until having to haul a meltdown from school this morning. I just hope that after all this drama, I don’t get denied based on the incredible mess my life is. Wish me luck, I’m going to need it!

Lastly, I think I will be changing my blog up slightly. It feels like time for this to have some kind of direction and purpose. I have some things I’ve been chewing on, and an unexpected meeting with a neighbor might sprout into a garden plot and/or greenhouse for labor relationship. My girl is over the moon for an opportunity to get her hands dirty again, and I’m happy I can offload half my unused materials instead of dragging it around the city in the move.

As always, I’m often not sure how to explain my feelings, but my plants always look the part exactly. 😥