What On Earth Was I Thinking?

So yeah, I signed up to do NaNoWriMo this year.

 

I haven’t a clue how to hammer together a novel. I barely have a clue how to write coherently or with proper punctuation. A fifty-thousand word goal seems out of my reach but I won’t know if I can do it unless I try. That’s all I can give is my best effort. The hilarious thing is that I have ideas popping out of my head all over the place but will any of them measure up to the word quota?

 

Whatever I ultimately decide to do, I am backing it up both on disk and in the cloud. I’ve had several data loss scares both personal and social reminding me to do so.

 

I’m also doing NaKniSweMo and at least with that, I am on somewhat familiar territory even if the scale is a bit overwhelming. I know how to knit. I know how to do the stitches required according to the pattern. Even if I’m working in hideous pink, I’m at least able to make out what I’m supposed to be doing, albeit slowly, and make progress.

 

Oh yeah, I did a new video (YouTube Link). Shockingly, it doesn’t feature video of the Aerogarden of Hope. In this episode, I’m reading a Richard Laymon story called Night Games. What I should be reading are my old college textbooks on writing comprehension. Instead, I’m reading Julius Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic Wars.

 

I’m going to admit to being nervous about this NaNoWriMo thing but I’m going to face it. I’ve been running from actually writing something meaningful for a long time. It’s time I stopped running away from this and achieve a writing milestone for myself.

 

The Aerogarden of Hope is doing well. For anyone who follows me on Instagram, you’ve seen the pictures of the jalapeno pepper plant. It’s loaded with peppers right now. So much so, that the remaining flowers are dropping off because the plant can sustain no more fruit. There must be at least thirty growing peppers right now at various stages of development.

 

It will be ten weeks of this garden growing in four day’s time. From there, it’ll be two more weeks before the oldest of these peppers are ready to be harvested. At least, that’s what the updated literature says.

 

The tomatoes…are growing a bit slower. They have flowers and all but they’re very short and not getting nearly enough light. I’m really hoping that they’ll catch up to the pepper soon.

 

Aside from this stuff happening, the most amazing thing ever occurred last night. The Maternal Parental and I watched several Epic Rap Battles of History videos and…she enjoyed them. We’re talking genuine joy and not merely a feigned interest.

 

Shocking, I know.

 

I was so happy she wasn’t depressingly clawing the door for cigarettes, that I wrote a thank you to the ERB twitter. If I get the energy in me, I might make them something in gratitude for making the Maternal Parental have a happy moment for the first time in a long time.

 

Okay, I’ve put it off for long enough. Tonight’s agenda is writing and trying to flesh out the story I’m going to do for NaNoWriMo. I can put it off no longer. It’ll be September in a few hours and that’ll mark two months before this whole thing is supposed to begin. Wish my nervous ass some excellent writing skills so I can accomplish this goal.

 

*firing up the Alice in Chains and Red Hot Chili Peppers music for inspiration and relaxation*

I’m a Tomato Mommy!

 

These are my first tomatoes. There are three others that look to be fertilized. Oh joy. Oh joy. I am so happy right now.

 

This marks the first time I have grown a tomato. I was so unsure as to whether this was a developing tomato that I had to ask for confirmation from my friends. Thankfully, they were more knowledgeable than I concerning developing tomato fruit.

 

Peppers, on the other hand, I have a handle on.

 

Yep, these are a few of my pepper babies. This is quite a prolific plant. I count no less than thirty flowers on here so far with at least ten fruit in various stages of development. I’m shaking it daily, so it can be pollinated even more. You’re welcome, Allergies. I’m hoping for as many fruit as I can possibly get.

 

I am also hoping for my tomatoes to catch up with the pepper plant growth wise. They’re a little over half the height of the pepper plant at the present. Hopefully, within a few weeks, they will have grown and thickened up quite a bit, as well as produced some lovely tomatoes. I trimmed them quite a bit due to their being choked up with excess leaves. That’s actually when I found the tomatoes.

 

Tomorrow is the day I do the siphon and refill of the water in the Aerogarden. I’m taking what’s presently in the tank and watering my soil babies as an experiment. There are nutrients in the water still and, rather than let it go to waste, I figured I’d use it on my other plants. Believe me, a watering is long overdue around here. Two plants are dead due to the heat.

 

About the only other thing I’ve been doing lately is working on the Caregiver’s Cardigan for The Maternal Parental.

 

Don’t ask me what row I’m on because I totally forgot. The pattern I’m using measures in inches and/or centimeters and I’m about 4” into it.

 

That’s enough rambling. I’m going to go to bed now. Later.

A Snip Here and a Cut There

Greetings, Peoples of the Sun. This is my Aerogarden as of the 12th of August 2015. I’ve done a bit of pruning on the pepper and a lot of pruning on the tomato plants. As a result, the tomatoes are finally starting to catch up with the pepper plant. Previously, they were too choked with leaves to do much growing. Hopefully, they’ll both get their own places in the light before the pepper swamps everything. I’d rather them jockey for their own position in the hood light than cut them back. I’m a total wuss when it comes to cutting my plant babies. Below are the results of the pruning and my photo bombing big toe. It’s a shame that this stuff isn’t edible. Quite a bit came out of this pruning session.

 

 

Nothing much is happening right now. I’m knitting on the sweater for the Maternal Parental while I pine for the loss of my patterned credit card. Not that my credit card is actually lost, no. The replacement the issuer sent doesn’t have the pattern I chose for it eleven years ago when I first got it. It’s just a regular metallic gray color now. I has a sad over the loss of my tribal patterning. Sad smile

 

I’m not completely broken up though. It still works just the same, only with added security features. I guess this is one more signal that I’m becoming a more mature individual. A boring credit card with no pattern on it. Feh.

 

Today is Friday. Wahoo! If it weren’t for the beg-a-thon on PBS, I’d be looking forward to cooking shows tomorrow but, such as it is, I have extended time to look at my new favorite movie, Legion, followed up by my other new favorite movie, Priest. Both star Paul Bettany in some hardcore roles. I think they’re worth watching. Plus, the awesome Kevin Durand is in Legion.

 

I also have another sad to report. My Genovese basil is dying. I had to Bio-Neem it due to an infestation of Fungus Gnats. So, I have one replacement cutting I made downstairs. If this plant in my room doesn’t recover, it’ll be the beta for the dead plant. I should just start afresh with new seeds but I’m sentimental about plants. Regardless of their condition, these are my first Aerogarden babies.

 

Everything else is doing great. I’m slowly plugging along with projects. The sun is shining and the air conditioner is keeping the heat outside at bay.

 

Life is good. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

No Halloween For You!

I feel terrible even writing this out but it has to be done. I’ve got mounting bills sitting on my back and so…I’ve decided not to buy for Halloween this year. Crying face

 

The kids are going to be devastated but it has to be this way. My door will be dark this year. Instead, I’m going to watch a marathon of movies and television shows while I cry my eyes out at not celebrating my favorite holiday. Also, I hope to be finished with this sweater by then and gearing up for NaNoWriMo. I hope so at any rate.

 

As to the sweater, I’m doing well thus far. I’m into the jacket portion of the knitting and on my way to the first of the body decreases. At the rate I’m knitting, I should definitely be finished with it (or intensely frustrated by it) by Halloween. I have to believe in myself that I can accomplish this feat.

 

Aside from these things, I’ve been writing again. I’m a little further along in my Poly story. Though, admittedly, I’m making some of it up as I go along. I originally intended on moving the family to India or something but France just seemed a natural place to put them. I’ve been posting snippets of the story on my Facebook page for my friends to see but, at the present, I’m not ready for it to be seen by “The Multiverse”.

 

The Aerogarden of Hope is doing fantastic. I just pruned the tomatoes pretty heavily and the peppers less so yesterday. Hopefully, this will aid in the development of tomatoes and Jalapeno peppers. Water changing day is in eight days and I’m looking forward to it as I plan on watering my soil babies with the used Aerogarden water. I figure its better than letting it go down the drain. All those nutrients still in the water can go towards other plants and that water can quench the thirst of a lot of dried out plants.

 

Tonight’s agenda is writing and listening to a bevy of inspirational musical scores. Take care, Everyone. Later! Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Finally, I Am Back

After fifteen days of only using a tablet/phone for my internet access, I am back to being a Desktop jockey. Yay.

 

I’ve been growing things. Below is a sample of what I’ve been up to these past few days of limited computer usage.

 

 

Let us not forget the Aerogarden Equality Salsa Garden of Hope.

 

 

Yep, I’ve got stuff growing. Rolling on the floor laughingRed rose

 

For my next trick, I’m going to fiddle with this new computer until I can get it to play Blu-ray disks. Wish me good luck. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Drunken Giraffes

Over the past week and a half, I’ve really been sleeping heavily. I don’t know what’s causing it but, at times, I get up only to go back to bed. Not cool. One day, I slept more than sixteen hours. 😯😣😴:'(

There’s no known cause for this. I go to bed at a regular reasonable time and I sleep most of the night.

I really don’t like these sleeping patterns as they interfere with other things I want to do during the day.

Tonight, I’m trying a different approach. I’m going to see if I can reboot my sleep cycle by staying up all night. It is my hope that, through this effort, I will regain some semblance of my former regular schedule.

Onward and upward.

The latest picture of the Equality Salsa Garden of Hope.

My babies have flowers and the tomatoes have had their first pruning. All that remains is watching them grow, bloom, set fruit and harvesting tomatoes and jalapeño peppers.

I’m a bit worried for my friend. If you’re reading this, know that you’re on the minds and in the hearts of people here in the Casa de KaliTime.

Well, time for me to read my book. Right now, I’m listening to Marilyn Manson’s Mechanical Animals album and I fully intend to read Ellis Peters’ The Virgin in the Ice. Interesting mix.

Well, good night, Everyone! 😆💚🌈

Day Three Without My Desktop

I’m bored. When I get bored, I start showing signs of creativity.

Cooking, baking, knitting, crocheting, writing and more are all a part of my anti-boredom repertoire.

Hopefully, I can get a new desktop sooner rather than later.

Tonight, I’m going to fire up my spare P-311 earphones and listen to some music. Tomorrow…the culinary chaos begins.

Muahahahahahaha!!! 😄💜🌈