Saturday, May 21, 2011

Armageddon Nostalgic

Well I guess today isn't the day I go. But on this, the supposed Last Day, I can't help but to sit and think about things that mean a lot to me.

There are a lot of things I miss.

Going to Flea Markets and Thrifting with Josh still ranks up there with my most happy times. I miss the weekly Coffee Dates that Justine and I would take, even though she doesn't drink coffee. I miss Garage Talks with the Bestest. So much. I miss the days with Kiki who was like my surrogate older sister.

I can't dwell on these things, I know. It hurts too much. But in a way it is so good to know that these things are indeed irreplaceable, which makes them all the more precious.

I've made my mind up to continue on my journey, where ever that might take me, and I won't stop in my tracks and I won't backstep...but I will continue to look back with love on all the wonderful moments I've had. Since it seems I will have at least a few more days on this planet I will try to cultivate new rituals with new people...but I'm still praying for that transporter so I can pop right over to meet Justine at our Starbucks or beam right into Steve's garage for one of his legendary homebrews and talks.
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Thursday, May 12, 2011

I'm actually growing a plant!

I have a black thumb. It's been proven time and again as I kill one innocent plant after another. Seriously I have managed to kill off even cacti and aloe....yeah, it's that bad. Yet I have still always wanted to grow something.

In the past I have tried to grow strawberries in a hanging pot, so as to keep the pets away, but they never even sprouted! I have tried to make a flower bed and plant herbs and flowers given to me by my grandmother, Me-Ma...I think maybe there's a rosemary bush still around, but everything else was a no go. Yet still I keep on keeping on.

I've never been able to successfully grow anything from a seed, so I just bought the potted plants from Lowes or Walmart...then I planted them, cared for them, watched them die...and so on and so forth.

Until now.

I saw a cute little Buzzy kit in the dollar section of Target, it had a teeny planter, a packet of seeds, and some soil. I thought to myself, hell it's only a dollar, let's give it a try. They had a lot of different plants to choose from in these little kits, so I chose the TOMATO PLANT! Yeah! I've never tried to grow an actual vegetable.

I planted 5 of the seeds in the little pot. And all five seeds have sprouted! They are actually growing. It seems so simple, but it's a huge accomplishment for me. My Me-Ma and Gran-Gran were really into gardening and I always admired that. Me-Ma has been really supportive, giving me cuttings of plants she'd been growing since I was a baby...but nothing seemed to take. Nothing I had planted before ever grew, unless it was weeds lol! Gran-Gran used to grow tomatoes in pickle tubs and he would sell them, along with other awesome stuff he grew, at the Farmer's Market in SC. We lost him recently and I thought it would be nice to honor his memory by trying to grow tomatoes myself.

I am so glad that I didn't give up on this. I can't count the times in the past where I wasted so much time and money on plants and seeds and soil and supplies to no avail. I don't know why this time is different, but somehow I did it. Now I've got five gorgeous tomato sprouts growing strong!.

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