Grow light and String of Hearts

I entered another giveaway on instagram. AND WON. They are always fun. Most of them are small businesses trying to gain followers or show appreciation. They will post a giveaway and to enter, you just like and comment then follow any other instructions on their post. They will do a drawing of those who participate and a winner is chosen. I was the lucky one.  

The latest giveaway was from a two small businesses that worked together for a great prize. One place was called Plantasia The Market. They sale plant accessories and more. You should definitely check them out online. From this business I received a Halo grow light. I will post a photo and link at the end of this post.

The other part of my winning gift was a this cute little plant called “string of hearts” This came from a plant enthusiast on Instagram known as “Plants.Pots.Possitivity”. I love this elegant plant and can not wait to watch it grow. String of hearts is a trailing plant so I needed to find a planter pot for it. 
While shopping at Target, I thought I would go check out the planters. That’s when I found the perfect little planter for my new plant. 

The vines are thin right now but it will grow quickly into a full pot that will overflow with a beautiful pink and green show of hearts. 

My daughter named her Yolonda. Isn’t she pretty? I have not decided if I want to keep her at the house or take her to work. I do not have any sunny places to keep her so she will need to use the grow light often. If I take her to work, I have a large window with a wide window seal to put plants on. I already have a few succulent there and they are thriving. 

This plant is rather rare and expensive so I am a little afraid that if I take it work, people will sneak cuttings from it without asking. There are a lot of plant lovers in my office and plants are a big conversation piece.

I will give you an update in a few months on how well it is growing. Wish me luck that I can keep it alive as my thumb is not a green one. 

You can get your own Halo grow light at

Grow Bags

I do not have much of a green thumb but I do like to grow things. Nick will usually build me a small raised bed at the end of the yard where there is a lot of sun all day. I have not had a garden bed in the past couple years. The last one I had was not very successful. Every time a sprig would come up, the birds or squirrels would snap them right out of the dirt. It was not worth the trouble, the money or the dead grassy spots left in the yard. 

This year I’m taking a different approach and decided to purchase some 5 gallon “Grow Bags”. I was not sure how they would do so I only purchased a pack of three. I feel like they are more of just 3 gallon bags instead of 5 but I’ll take their word for it. I headed to Home Depot and picked up two bags of dirt, a few cucumber plants and just one tomato plant. I was shocked at how expensive plants were now days. What ever happened to it being cheaper to grow you own veggies?

I loved how well and sturdy these grow bags held a bag of dirt each. They have handles on each side that make it easy to move them around so there will be no dead spots in my grass. The material allows for natural drainage so I do not have to worry about them being over watered. It’s just like them being planted in the ground. Once they start growing good, I will be adding a tomato cage to both plants. I hope I get a great climbing vine of cucumbers and bushy fruitful tomato plant. 

Right now I have them sitting on my patio. We are expecting a frost this weekend. Since they are in these grow bags, I can just move them inside (placed on plastic of course) or move them under the carport until there is no more threats of frost.

I may add strawberries to the third bag. 
What are you growing this year? Have you ever used grow bags or pot to plant your veggies? 

Falling up

I do not usually fall up the stairs, but when I do, I make sure I do it over and over when there are several people behind me. 
Yes this happened to me last week. I still can’t stop thinking about the embarrassment. So here I am writing about it to get it off my mind. Maybe.

Where I work, I have to park a great distance to and from the entrance. The walk includes climbing 33 steps midway. I was pretty much alone on the route but other employees were coming up the parking lot. Half way up the stairs my foot did not go all the way on a step and it cause me to trip. Up the stairs. I caught myself with one hand while I kept from spilling my coffee that was in the other. 
I was rather embarrassed but it was a graceful fall and didn’t cause any alarm. So I kept climbing. 

Once I reached the door, the others behind me had caught up with me. I began wondering how many saw me fall. So. Out of embarrassment, I decided to take the stairs instead of the elevator to my 4th floor office just to prove I was ok and wasn’t that old. I thought I would be spunky and even run up them. So I did. Well, I tried. 
Many of the other employees that were still behind me, take the stairs too because they work on the 2nd floor. 
As I was running up the stairs, I tripped again. Everyone gasped and I assured them I was ok and continued up. Again….I tripped. That made three falls before even getting to the 2nd floor. 

At that point, I turned around and said “ Oh my gosh yall! I promise I am not drunk!” They all giggled a little and wished me well as they went to their floor and I continue on up to the fourth floor without any more incidents. 

I still do not know why I kept falling but now I wonder if I should just take the elevator for now on. I really do like getting the exercise of the stairs but I’m still too embarrassed and do not want to take any more chances embarrassing myself even more. 

My knees are not as good as they used to be. Neither are my ankles. That could have contributed to the falls. Who knows. Maybe I am just getting old.