I Will Never Get The Tech

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 4.21.37 PMI saw a t-shirt once that said, “I repel technology” and I need to have it and wear it every single day.

The only reason I know anything at all, like making links, organizing blogs, uploading images, and all that EASY stuff, is because life forced me into working online.   Everyone seems to have born with technology knowledge that I just can’t seem to grasp.  And when I do understand it, it feels alien to me.  Unnatural.  Like I am trying to live in a world where I do not belong.

This morning I posted a blog on my SeashellsbyMillhill blog, and then I began thinking about upgrading.  From there, I viewed the themes, including premium themes.  After a while I decided on one called Gridiculous Pro.  It looked so nice, something I could personalize with my photos and stories.  BUT… I bought it and began to try to customize and had trouble.  The changes didn’t show while I was making them, the colors gave me trouble, and all in all I just didn’t think it was worth the trouble AND money.  Fortunately WordPress lets you cancel a purchase within a certain amount of time.

The real problem is that I know so little and have to rely on the easy customization.  I can’t do CSS – don’t even ask me what that is.  Some sort of code, that would probably make my site look marvelous.

So I wasted time figuring out which theme I wanted, then wasted time fiddling around trying to make it look nice.   Once I cancelled my upgrade order, my site reverted to the old theme… except it wasn’t the same old theme.  So I had to re-do my “old” theme to make it viewable.  Now the whole thing looks completely different, but I guess it’s okay.  And change is good now and then.

Getting Ready to Grow Veggies in Florida

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I’m not there yet, but soon I will be learning to grow veggies in Florida.  I’m quite aware of the central Florida climate, as I lived there for over twenty years.  I didn’t have much time to grow my own vegetables but I plan to do a lot of that once I move back.

I’m wondering how well certain things will grow, and if there is no point in even trying to grow crops that prefer it cool.  I have a good, informative gardening book, but it doesn’t say too much about choosing crops for Florida.

So I searched for Florida vegetable gardening blogs.  A well-written blog can be better than a book.  Personal experience with local gardening can be extremely helpful.  I’m coming across a lot of blogs that prefer to show off their tropical shrubbery and well-manicured landscapes and fancy backyards, but have little in the way of helpful information about choosing and growing vegetables.

I think there are a couple of reasons for this.   Continue reading

Time to Say Good-Bye to My Hydrangeas

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Blue Hydrangea Summer 2015

Before they even flower this year, I will have to say good-bye to my hydrangeas. I may be lucky enough to see the buds form, but I will be gone by July when the flowers open.

As is so predictable with my nomadic lifestyle, I am moving on after living in my house for five years. It’s a record really. Since I moved north in 2005, it’s the longest I’ve lived in of any of the places I’ve tentatively called “home”.

I’ve added a number of hydrangea plants to the small yard over the years, and they are all doing pretty well. Little green shoots are just beginning to appear, but once the weather warms up the plants will grow quickly. Not quickly enough for me to enjoy the big white-to-green flowers of the Limelight variety, or to see the Pinky Winky’s white blooms change to pink. And I wonder if the Endless Summer blue variety will have more flowers this year than last.

After the winter months of 2015, my perennials seemed to suffer. Some plants never came back, and the ones that did, seemed to be less wonderful than usual. But this winter was so mild, I am thinking that the hydrangeas will have lots of blooms. I especially hope that the blue flowers will be prolific.   Last year I had a few small flowers at the base of the bush (see the photo).  Of course, I will never know. I’ll be far away in the deep south, beginning a new garden in a new place.

I feel like Johnny Appleseed, except my name would be something else related to planting and moving on. I can’t think of a good name. Pam the traveling gardener, or maybe Root-less, is more appropriate.

So the yard I’ve worked to make into a beautiful place will now be passed on to new home-owners.  I have no idea if they are gardeners, or if they will walk around enjoying the flowers that bloom in their new yard.  I hope so.  I doubt they will realize the work it took to create the beauty they will see, but I do hope they will enjoy it.  I hope they will sit in the yard and simply take it all in.  The peace and quiet of sitting in the shade of the big oak out front, watching the clouds drift past the rooftop, while my cats explore in the grass nearby.  I’ve known some of the most peaceful times of my life just sitting alone in this yard, drinking a glass of wine, and appreciating what I have.  I always knew it wouldn’t last, because that is how it is.  Because I know that, I appreciate it all the more.

Soon this blog will be filled with the gardening adventures of my southern life.  I never grew many vegetables when I lived in Florida before, but this time I plan to figure it out.  And many of the southern plants I am very familiar with.  I can’t wait to have camellias, hibiscus, crepe myrtle and jasmine growing in my new place.  I may even try to grow hydrangeas!

So stay tuned.  Once the move is done…… I’ll be back.

Getting Ready to Grow It

"Grow It" Gardening Postage Stamps

“Grow It” Gardening Postage Stamps

After the super mild winter (thank you God!) we are already seeing signs of Spring here in the northeastern US. That mean getting ready to grow our veggies. Many people will be starting their seedlings soon, if they haven’t already. I believe most people wait until April since our last frost date is June 1st. Of course after having temperatures of 60 and even 70 in early March, gardeners will be chomping at the bit to get the ground planted.

It’s going to be tough to wait if this fabulous weather sticks around for long. Already I see my tulips poking up from the ground. Last week I noticed that the Lenton Rose has lots pink buds down among the leaves!

Usually the ground is still covered in snow at this time of year. But the ground was barely ever totally covered in snow.   That is very unusual.  So the plants are most likely ahead of themselves with the soil soft and moist instead of frozen solid.

I will not be able to do much gardening this year because I am selling my house. I can’t move until at least June, so that will give me time to see most of the perennials bloom before I have to say good-bye to the yard I have worked on for the past five years. And there are never guarantees that a house will sell quickly, but I am hoping the good price I am asking will mean a quick sale.  I’ll miss my northern yard, but I’ll have pictures to remind me of the fun I’ve had watching my hydrangeas bloom each year.  And I will still blog about gardening, but it will be from the south, where gardening is a bit different.

But I will still be thinking of gardening, and creating garden related products for my DustyFarmPaper store at Zazzle. The garden peppers postage stamp up top is one of the new products. And have you heard that the price of postage will actually drop soon? I don’t’ know about you, but I still use snail mail quite a bit. I will be making more vegetable themed stamps and other products too. In fact I have begun a collection just for gardeners.

Once I get settled into a new place in Florida, I will be writing more, but until then I have the fun job of packing to keep me busy.  Thanks for reading!

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