May 19, 2014

Cactus and succulents

Cactus and succulents are easy to care houseplants. They require little watering. And they are kinda hard to kill. Last month, I put together a planter. After seeing thisthis and this, I knew that I wanted a little garden of cactus and succulents.

It's springtime and the garden centers are opened at stores such as Lowe, Home Depot and Walmart. I bought more plants and searched high and low for the perfect planter. Initially, I wanted a glass container. Glass presented a problem because there would be no drainage hole. And I tend to kill my plants by overwatering. I couldn't find what I was look for. They were too small or too big. Lastly, I spotted this silver hammered bowl at Target in the kitchen section. Matt drilled 4 pea-sized holes at the bottom. Then I put river stones at the bottom. For soil, I used Mircale-Gro cactus, palm and citrus potting mix. The mix promised to feed the plants for 6 months. After which, I will begin monthly application of liquid houseplant food. For the first few days after potting, I kept them in the shade, away from direct sunlight. Now the plants are enjoying the sun on the balcony. I water the planter thoroughly when the soil is dry (every 2 weeks).

I had these 4 cactus plants in a little terracotta pot for about 7 years now. Matt got them for me when we were dating. I kept only 3 of the cactus because the tall one turned brown along the barrel.

Plants from Walmart.

Bits of cactus broke away from the main plant, so I stuck them in the soil. Hopefully, they will develop roots and thrive. You can do this to bits of succulents that break off too.

February 20, 2014


jacket: Target | shirt: Canvas | skinny jeans: Gap | shoes: Sperry | bag: Fossil 
thrifted scarf | necklace: Anthropologie
Link up with Plane Pretty

I found a new place to take outfit shots. I didn't have a favorite spot before. Now this parkway is my favorite location because I can see some wildlife. It's a close drive and not many people hang out here.

February 19, 2014

Adam's Canyon Part II

Here is the waterfall at the end of the hike. I wish that there were more pictures of the just the waterfall. There is less water coming down the fall than during the summer. At least the creek was low which makes it easier to cross than spring and early summer when the snow melts.

February 18, 2014

Adam's Canyon Part I

Matt had the day off for President's Day yesterday. We spent the day (noon to five) on the Adam's Canyon trail. We weren't the only ones with this idea. I saw at least twenty people on this trail that day. It wasn't as much as on a summer Saturday.

This is our sixth time on this trail. The first five times were during the summer over three years. This was our first time during late winter. It was a perfect day. No precipitation. Cloudy. Fifty Fahrenheit. The ground was wet at some parts and dry on others. Snow and slush was common deeper in the canyon. I slipped and slid but it wasn't bad with Matt helping me on the inclines.

February 14, 2014

One picture, three stories

This post is inspired by the B+W photograph submissions from Jane Heinrich's One Picture Three Stories series. I'm joining in on the fun this month. After all, February is the love month. What better way than to showcase my parents' love story. It is the beginning of my own love story after all.

Story #1: This picture was taken when my parents were newlyweds. It is a treasured photo. I mean, it's in black and white. How dated is that? It was a few days after their wedding day at a photographer's studio. This was in 1974. My mom was wearing a traditional Vietnamese dress (áo dài) and headdress (khăn đống). I had to do a Wiki search on how to spell those words. One year after they were married, my dad had to go to reeducation camp (he called it prison) because he was on the losing team of the Vietnam War. He was away on an island (a tropical island, mind you) for 8 years. He cut down trees on the island and killed whatever he could catch to have enough to eat to supplement his meager rations. My mom visited him a few times to bring food and medicine (which wasn't a lot because she was poor). My mom was a seamstress and had her own shop. After he came back, my parents had three children. My parents were entrepreneurs. After closing my mom's sewing shop, my dad had a failed business with raising fish. A year before we were to leave Vietnam, they sold their farm and purchased a boat. They bought rice from farmers to sell at the market. Then in 1992, my family left Vietnam as refugees. Only my mom and sister had been back to Vietnam since.

Story #2: On the back of the photograph, my dad wrote my brother's, my sister's, and my birthdays. The dates are in the lunar calendar system.

Story #3: I drew on this old photo when I was little back in Vietnam. I used a blue ball point pen. (Goes to show, you just can't have anything nice when you have children.) Fast-forward more than a decade later, my sister was taking a photography class and she erased the scribble. A trace of the ink still remains. Also on another note, I should look into restoring this and other old photos that I have.