Monthly Archives: June 2013

Dwarf Celosia!

Dwarf Celosia is an interesting plant. Their flowers are sort of fuzzy and pyramid-shaped (or maybe they’re not technically flowers, they’re fruit or buds or something), and that’s what attracted me as I was walking past in the Home Depot.

It was an impulse buy. Though I had been planning to get annuals to plant over my spent daffodils, they hadn’t shriveled up yet, so I couldn’t cut them down and plant annuals over them (yet). I wrongly predicted I could cut them in a few days. Instead, while my dear celosia sat forlornly in their plastic containers, the daffodils refused to die (well, hunker down ’til the next spring). Despite my efforts to save them, four out of six of my dwarf celosia plants died. I planted the two rather withered survivors without much hope.Image

 

Unexpectedly, they both survived! Even though they’re not thriving, I would count this as a success! 🙂

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Ah, Boredom

There are some days when you’re so bored that not even nail art nor gardening can entertain … Or origami, which I’ve discovered is another one of Rover’s hobbies. Anyway, it’s a typical hot summer day and I don’t really have anything to do. Well, there are things I should do, but you get the idea.

So I was sitting around watching my (many, many) houseplants grow and admiring my new manicure (thanks Rover!), when I remembered how a certain someone had been bugging me to post more on our blog (out of all these posts, only 2 have been from me. Sorry!)

I have no idea what else to write, so I hope the rest of your day is packed with fun and little room for boredom… ugh… and if it isn’t, here are some random pictures that can keep you entertained for the next few seconds!

A fraction of my many, many houseplants

A fraction of my many, many houseplants

Terrible picture of the manicure Rover gave me (which is actually decent-looking in reality)

Terrible picture of the manicure Rover gave me (which is actually decent-looking in reality)

Flowers picked from the garden

Flowers picked from the garden

This has nothing to do with anything. I just thought it was a cool picture.

This has nothing to do with anything. I just thought it was a cool picture.

-Buddy

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Origami!

I feel like I have a lot of hobbies… besides the ones I’ve posted about (nail art and gardening) I also really, really love origami. And a lot of other stuff, which will probably appear on this blog soon 🙂 Image

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And origami animals, especially in bright simple colors, are my favorite!

The peacock wasn’t so great, I think it was supposed to be made from larger, thinner paper, but… oh well. The elephant came out well — after around 5 tries. Persistence is the key!

– Rover

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Memories of Spring

I came across this photo today, while going through photos on my computer. The daffodils bloomed really early this year, around late February, and I had actually been worried because everyone else’s bulbs had come up in early February and mine just weren’t coming up! Fortunately they did eventually appear — but the plants were a little stunted.

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The sad thing is that my daffodils had been blooming for about a day when I had to go on a 2-week trip, and by the time I got back, they were wilted and shriveling. Luckily, I took a few pictures of them before I left.

Gardening can be disappointing at times. But I still think the rewards — found in a beautifully blooming flower, or in the observation of a busy honeybee — greatly outweigh the disappointments.

– Rover

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Our Growing Collection

Our nail polish collection (this is our combined collection) is small. But it’s growing! 

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– Rover & Buddy 

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Pretty, or Pretty Ugly?

When it comes to nail polish, I’m usually pretty boring. I use pinks, sometimes red… while Rover is going around with bright yellow, orange, or sparkly green nails. So today I decided to try something a little different.

I’ve seen colors like these look great on a lot of people! But with me, it didn’t really work out. I loved the color in the bottle, but once it was on my nails, I looked like a corpse. You could call it pretty in a way, but to me it just looks pretty ugly.

Here it is: On a Trip from Wet n Wild.

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This picture doesn’t let you appreciate just how bad this color looked on me. It’s more of a dull, lighter purple in person. I didn’t want to remove it, though, after all that hard work. Now I’m rethinking that decision.

I still love colors like these, and I’ll probably try more of them in the future. But for now, I’m sticking to the pinks.

-Buddy

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Newspaper Nails: A Success Story

I just tried the newspaper nails. I used almond extract (32% alcohol) and I actually used sheet music instead of newspaper for these. It was super easy and worked great! I wasn’t sure whether sheet music would work or not, because nobody seemed to know… but it worked great!

ImageYeah, I didn’t really clean up my hands afterwards — we didn’t have any Q-tips in the house — so there’s polish left around the nails (I’m left-handed, so my left hand usually is pretty messed up). And yeah, that’s the completely wrong way to hold a flute, but otherwise all the nails wouldn’t show 🙂

I’m not doing a whole tutorial on it — just google it — but a quick tip: dip both the nail AND the sheet music/newspaper in the vodka/rubbing alcohol/almond extract. I did that for my left hand and it looks a LOT better.

– Rover

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Delphinium Troubles

I was away for a week, and when I got back, my lovely, healthy delphinium was looking diminished and sickly. 

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There’s something almost poetical about that… how the plant is pushing out more blooms than ever, while its leaves wilt and yellow. But right now I’ll focus on nursing my poor garden back to health, not metaphor.

– Rover

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A Word From a Friend

One of my friends just sent me this. It was interesting.

“There was a unicorn named Brownie. He swallowed a dragon whole but the dragon came out of that hole and burned Unicornland. So Brownie and the other unicorns went to the magical waterfall and used hydro pump, which didn’t affect the dragon. So they used moon stones and transformed to togepis and metronome helped. something turned into dialga, dragon got defeated when Brownie used Focus Punch, and then called himself the “best Digimon ever” and everyone chucked Mario Toads at him while saying “BAAAAAKAAAAA” because he confused “Digi” with “Poke.” Then, he turned out to be Princess Celestia’s son, but the it was a Changeling, and the a ROB bomb from Super Smash Brothers Brawl blew everything up.”

– Rover

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New Nails

I painted my nails yesterday. They don’t usually look that smooth, trust me.Image(It’s Sephora by OPI, Read my Palm)

–  Rover

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