Flotsam Musings

 

NaNo may be over but revisions are coming up and I’m no further along in my writing than the last day. I really must take some time out of my days to write a few words. I also have the other story I promised to work on to look at again. Hopefully, I will get some of this completed and or at least worked on after I finish this doll I’m working on.

Time management skills just fly out of the window when one is enamored, I suppose. The very act of concerning oneself for another person’s well being is enough to disrupt the entire process of creativity. Still, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

On to other matters before I lose my train of thought in a puddle of love.

Pictured above is the first blooming I’ve seen on the second or lesser tomato plant in the Aerogarden of Hope. Both plants are getting very large and are filling in the space where the Jalapeno pepper plant once was quite nicely. I’ve already shaken the flowers up, so I should start getting (fingers crossed) tomatoes within a few week’s time.

All the other plants are growing very well as well. I’m teetering on the brink of buying another Aerogarden so I can have fresh herbs again. I really loved that and the Aerogarden Bounty looks like such an interesting model to have. The Maternal Parental also wants a lesser model Aerogarden so she can have fresh Kale.

I finally have the yarn for Sam’s Boba Fett amigurumi doll. I hope to get to making it today after I finish Mike’s Hobbes doll.

I’ve even managed to make The Maternal Parental a hat finally.

It’s hard to tell because I have it on a purple chair but it’s in that Claret yarn she picked out ages ago for her scarf and hat set. I’ve yet to make her the matching scarf but I will do before it gets cold. Lately, we’ve been having near 60 – 70 fahrenheit days. Not much call for a hat in that kind of weather.

Much to my chagrin, I still have yet to make my own stuff for Winter. This is getting ridiculous with how long it is taking me to get this done. I have a bunch of yarn for the task, so I’ll get to it ASAP. I don’t want to be freezing cold while everyone else has scarves, hats, and gloves on.

In the meantime, back to work. Later.

Celebrating Success

I am so not letting this illness get me down. Instead, I’m going to wax ecstatic about all the things growing in my room as well as the achievements I’ve accomplished.

 

First, an achievement.

 

Four chicken pot pies! If the swipes of tastings are anything to go by, they’re pretty tasty too. I wish I could eat some but they’re not for the household. They’re for the Maternal Parental’s brother and sister.

 

I would have included the Peanut Butter cookies I made along with them but…they sort of got eaten up. On well. Better luck next time.

 

In the realm of gardening, I’ve gotten a monster crop of Jalapeno peppers coming in (vlog coming tomorrow).

Also included is a little junior partner in the Equality Salsa Garden. Ladies, Gentlemen, Multiforms, and Variations Thereupon, I present to you the first developing tomato in my garden.

 

 

In the realm of crafting, I completed one last project, the little Yummy Yoda, prior to the beginning of NaNoWriMo prep for me.

Not bad for a first go at the pattern. I’m going to get some more DK weight yarn in various colors to see how well I can do on making the other figures.

 

The other projects I was working on prior to the beginning of NaNoWriMo Prep will just have to wait forty five days on my desk.

 

Speaking of the writing… I have my Novel title, summary and brief excerpt up on the NaNoWriMo site. I have absolutely nothing else except for a randomly written filling of the world of my story. I live in hope though as I have fifteen more days in this month and another whole month in November to write this out. I’m trying not to procrastinate, like I normally do, but it’s only making me do just that.

 

I’m going to make a revised schedule for myself tomorrow. Either that, or stick to the one I have up on my wall. I still have loads more research to do and characters to create. Wish me good luck.

Found My Old Autobiography

Several years ago, I wrote out a brief outline of my life. It’s around twenty pages and growing. I did it mainly as a form of catharsis due to all the negative stuff I’ve had happen in my life. It worked too, so I’d highly recommend this as a supplement to therapy. In its current form, it goes from ages 0 – 27 years or, roughly, the years 1981 – 2008. I have plans to expand upon it up to the present day (I’m now 34) over the next few days as a means of getting my creative juices flowing for NaNoWriMo.

 

In other less boring news, I’ve harvested all the rest of the Jalapeno peppers.

I was watching YouTube’s Praxxus55712 and he explained how taking the first flush of peppers off would yield another two or three harvests down the road. So, up the stairs I went and cut the little fiends off of the plant. Already, there are new flowers coming in and signs of more growth. I’m really hoping that the tomatoes catch up with the pepper plant soon. From the looks of things, I might have to raise the hood light again.

 

Now, I just have to figure out what to do with all the jalapeno peppers I have. If you, my dear readers, have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments? I was thinking Nachos or homemade salsa or something. So far, I’ve been putting them in my eggs but that gets old quickly. Plus, everyone around me is a lightweight. So, giving them away isn’t an option.

 

Onto Project Central. Nothing is happening there. I’ve been so busy chasing down the Maternal Parental for some quality time that I haven’t been doing much with my projects. We’ve been trying to look at the last Hobbit movie but she gets sleepy, then I do, then she wants cigarettes. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. I should just focus on my own stuff for now given I’ve signed up for something so big as NaNoWriMo but I like spending quality time with her.

 

The Caregiver’s Cardigan is only a few more rows completed. Somehow, I don’t think I’ll make the deadline for NaKniSweMo for this thing. Still, as long as I get it done before the Holidays, I’ll be happy.

 

The Mystery Stuffed Toy hasn’t been touched since I mentioned it in the vlog days ago. If I focus on any project, it’ll probably be that one. I can bust it out in a day or so of crocheting compared with days and days of knitting for the Caregiver’s Cardigan.

 

Doily and various other projects…*hangs head in shame*

 

I’ll get to them all eventually. I should probably focus on them once NaNoWriMo is over with so I can have winter accoutrement. I’ve still not finished my winter gear.

 

The next vlog should come this weekend, if I can squeeze in the time and manage the quiet. I’m up in the air about what to read though. It’ll either be something I’ve written (fanfiction or original story) or another Fastback Horror series book.

 

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to take a moment of “me time” and read the rest of Julius Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic War before binging on Paul Bettany and Karl Urban movies.

 

Later!

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