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A new hobby for spring? Could it be I am finally growing a green thumb??

I have taken the leap.  I have been jump started, by the fabulous giving away of trees by my employer, into undertaking a new thing.  I, your favorite (maybe!) opinionated activisty midwestern girl, am FINALLY learning how to grow things.  I have purchased one of those seed starter sets that is like a little greenhouse, some seed starting soil (organic even!) and multiple packs of various types of seeds.  I have flowers and herbs and a few fruits and vegetables.  Here is hoping….right?

I also have several tree starts that I am hopeful will last until I can get them planted.  I currently have them in some clay pots with potting soil surrounding them and plenty of water (but not too much) so that they will be good until I can get them into the earth or a big pot.  I don’t know yet.  Maybe we will just pot them in large plant pots and do that til they are big enough to really thrive in the ground.  I don’t know yet.

I have grand thoughts.  I have a grand design for the ultimate garden…I hope that it works out the way I want.

Here is hoping my dogwoods, flowering plums and pines don’t die.  Here is hoping that my moonflowers, forget me nots, alyssums, morning glories, cosmos and whatever that other flower is along with my herbs (lots of them) germinate and sprout up and develop into beautiful functional and flowering plants.

I hope that it works.  I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope it works.  Wish me luck!


I should have posted this sooner….Bath & Body Works Revisited…

Ok so I know you all read about Bath & Body Works and why I love them so very much.  Well I have fallen in  love with them all over again.

Visualize this:  you have taken a medication that made you break out in hives around about the same time that you started using a new shower gel and fragrance line from your favorite chain smell good store.  The  medication (which I will post about later!  Stupid NP put me on ANOTHER thing that I am allergic to!  I swear she is trying to kill me) ended up being one that you are allergic to which you never should have been on but you trusted the NP who prescribed it.  So you break out in  hives all over your face and chest and are just dumbfounded as to how.  A visit to the pharmacy has you stop everything you are taking and switch to plain white dove just to slowly reintroduce everything and find out what the heck is going on.

Well I did this and found out that the diuretic I was put on was ALSO a sulphur drug (close chemical cousin to sulfa drugs).  So after the break out clears up you go back to most everything you were doing.  Except you have so many different scents from your favorite chain smelly good store that you don’t  use that new line you had purchased for a while.

Then the big day comes.  You decide to break out the creamy body wash and lather up in your new favorite fragrance, which is aptly named “Secret Wonderland” and is a beautiful color and a heady sweet smell that when you close your eyes it just makes you feel good all over.  After shower you use your body butter on the feet, triple moisture body cream on legs and arms and perfume on chest.   Body spray on the outside of the clothes and because it is a nice light fruity fresh scent it does not overpower but lingers just a touch when you walk out of the room,

About an hour later at work….there is one small bump.  Eh…maybe just a break out.  Not hives, just a pimple…no big deal.  The next morning you lather up with the same luscious goodness and end up with a smattering, not just a few, a whole smattering of hives.

This is where I fall in love with Bath & Body Works again.  I emailed them and they called me.  They called me concerned for my well  being and health.  They immediately agreed to replace the whole line, because I had the WHOLE line.  They sent a mailer to have it picked up and overnighted to them.   They wanted to put the batch through testing and look for anomalies and see if this was something that just I was allergic to or if it was a bad batch.  While I was in the process of sending things back they called their medical line and had them give me a call to take an incident report and make sure that I was ok.  Yup you read that right.  They called their medical line, told them what was happening and then had them call to check on me!!  Once received, they sent me my replacements which arrived in a very nice box and in a Bath & Body Works bag  inside of the box!  I don’t know about you but I have a stock pile of things stored i Bath & Body Works bags.  I love them.  So handy.


Friggin’ Tires!!

Ok so I will admit that I am not the most observant when it comes to things that need changed.  I do remember about changing my oil much better now than when I was younger.  I do check batteries and remember to buy laundry detergent.  I check things and make sure that we have enough and that we replace when getting low….but I never stop to think about my tires.  Yeah….noticed that my tires were really worn on the front.  Like dangerously so.  Threadbare on one side and cables showing on the other. So I limped it to work this morning BEGGING for it to not go flat before I got here.  Did not think about asking for it not to go flat before I get it to the place to get the new tire…..Soooooo I pulled into the parking lot, parked, opened my door and heard a hiss of air rushing out of my tire.  Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaammiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!  **Sighs**So now I have to limp it to Wal-Mart to get a new tire in rush hour traffic.  Good thing is that it is close.  Bad thing is that I was sick one day last week so the paycheck is a day short.  Will there ever come a time when I can just get a little ahead??

My Maytag Bravos Washer

Ok so today I went to put clothes into the washer and saw that the plastic rim around the top of the washing machine tub was all chewed up.  Not sure what could possibly have caused something like this to happen.  I will be contacting the manufacturer and will keep you posted.  Needless to say…I am not happy.  We just bought this machine in March.  I am really not happy that the washing machine that we saved and scrounged for is already messed up.

Teaching myself how to knit

Ok so I know…I know…I know that knitting is for old people…right?  Wrong!  I learned how to crochet a couple of years ago and have done various projects.  No I have not attempted any elaborate patterns or made any clothing.  Mostly scarves and a few hats.  I have also completed 2 blankets and started three more.  I started learning to knit tonight and can I just say….it is SOOOO much easier.  It does seem a bit slower going though.  Of course I AM just learning.  Well off to my yarn for the evening.  Lots of love and happiness to you all.  I think I will make a scarf tonight…that seems easy enough….