Friday, April 27, 2012

Live the Life You've Imagined, Part 38

These photos provide a quick peek into my life from the past seven days. I am continuing to work on living my imagined life and appreciating all of the small things. If you would like to follow my photos, my username on Instagram is mrsmoon, I will happily follow you back!

The best smoothie…spinach, strawberries, and fresh pineapple.

Asparagus for dinner, picked out of my parents garden.

Aunt Lorraine and I spent some quality time together over the weekend baking German chocolate cupcakes. 

 Aunt Lorraine’s lily of the valley.

Mom made the trip to Lafayette on Monday to pick out some new light fixtures. We also checked out Bennett’s greenhouses. 

 Potting house plants on the kitchen floor.

On Tuesday I received a phone call asking if they could show our house in an hour. I turned into a vacuuming-dusting machine. While I was kicked out of the house, I visited the neighborhood Goodwill and found this treasure, a four quart vintage Pyrex bowl. The bowl is more pink than this photo suggests.

I was at Trader Joe’s yesterday and thought this would be an adventurous snack. It was peculiarly spicy and fishy at the same time. It is not likely that I will go on this adventure again…

I finally visited the Container Store in Indianapolis. All of the storage and organizations solutions were fun to check out…plus I have a fondness for boxes.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Propagating Mums

First off, let me note that I have never attempted to propagate mums, so I am not sure if this endeavor will be successful. I did receive two beautiful potted mums from a coworker who assured me that this process is quite easy.

There are a few reasons why I prune mums:

1. The plant is already huge and if I continue to let it grow unchecked, it will flower long before fall.

2. Pruning keeps the plant looking full and bushy.

3. I can use the clippings to grow new plants! 

I have pruned my mums over the last few years and I haven’t had any problems. Since the plant is already huge, I will probably have to trim it a few more times this summer. 

The hacked up mum.

After making a fresh cut, I soaked some of the plants in water. 
(I will let you know if this makes a difference.)

I planted the mum branches an inch deep in potting soil and topped it all off with fertilizer. Finally I soaked everything with water in hopes of growing sturdy roots.

In May I am going to try to propagate rose bushes from a single branch. I will keep you posted on my success. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sarah G's Senior Photos

I had the opportunity to take Sarah’s senior photos a couple of weeks ago at Centennial Park in Munster, Indiana.  Sarah is a senior at Griffith High School with a very promising future. She will be heading to Indiana University in the fall. The storm clouds held off and we were able to capture some great shots. 

Which one is your favorite?