garden, holidays, photography, use what you have

Missing my Olloclip

I recently upgraded my phone, which has been amazing. Target was having this awesome deal awhile back where I ended up not just getting the new phone for free, but I actually pocketed $18! The only thing that I have been regretting about my lovely new phone is that my Olloclip no longer fit.

Withdrawals were happening, especially when the snow was so perfectly powdery. Fast forward to a few days ago, the Olloclip was finally remade to fit the 5c. I was talking to my husband about it (we always talk about purchases to each other), and he being a super genius found a way to make my old clip fit my new phone! I’m in heaven. I can take my macro photos once again (the absolute best part of the Olloclip).

Here is an upclose of a poinsettia. We’re still in holiday mode around here.

Poinsettia close up


It’s August!

Can someone please tell me how August got here so quickly? It seems like summer just got started, and now the days are getting shorter, mornings are cooler, and Halloween is just around the corner.

PumpkinsThis year we planted pumpkins, and I even planted some in my pot. They are “lumina”, or white pumpkins. They are actually growing better and bigger than the pumpkins that I planted at the right time in the ground. I hope that we will get some pumpkins this year, but I am worried because we are just now getting flowers.

That’s pretty late in the season. Other people already have actual pumpkins. This happened to us last year too; our pumpkins got a late start and had to be brought in the house green to avoid the frost. They did ripen inside in time for Thanksgiving, but they missed Halloween.

Even though I am sad to see summer heading out, I have been enjoying the cooler mornings. It makes spending time in the garden so much nicer. The cooler mornings have meant a lot of time doing much needed weeding too. I’m still not really ready to let go of summer just yet though.

garden, random thoughts

A quick catch up in photos.

It’s been busy around here!

SNAP conference was a lot of fun. I even got some inspiration for the garden from a succulents class I went to, some fun seed bombs to plant (already planted and ready to see what comes up), and of course, there was a lot of fun time meeting new people.

Our second toilet had problems last summer (right when my in laws were evacuated due to fire danger too) and we had fixed it, but it recently started leaking from a few different places. Long story short, we went toilet shopping this past weekend.

There was a fun bazaar with local art and goodies. The fairy garden blew my mind! I had to buy some goodies for my fairy garden, which I hope can one day look as neat as the one on display.

I also won some amazing Coldstone Chocolate bars. We got a preview of them at SNAP and they are so tasty. The mint is by far a favorite, but they are all so good. My pants aren’t too pleased with me right now, but my tastebuds sure are!

And, it’s finally been warm weather which means it’s my favorite time of year! Time to be out in the garden. I have planted a few things already, and am working on a larger project that I will reveal later. Everything is in bloom!

garden, nature

Brutus was here.

We had a big snow storm over the weekend. The weather service named it Brutus. Luckily, we only got around 5 inches but other places got much more, some got a few feet. The bad news, our plants weren’t really ready yet. Leaves were still hanging around, and a lot of branches were weighed down. I’m pretty sure our rose bush might not recover in some spots. However, the snow on top of the fall colored leaves sure looked pretty.

What is the weather like where you are?