Life right now: July 2014

Our little houseplant corner, with African violets, a spider fern, and the succulent propagation station.

Our little houseplant corner, with African violets, a spider fern, and the succulent propagation station.

Right now we're solidly into summer and I'm: 

Joining: Bloglovin'. I have used (and enjoyed) Feedly as an RSS reader ever since Google Reader shut down, but have heard great things about Bloglovin' as well, so I'm dipping my toe in to check it out. I'm supposed to put a specific link in a new post to claim my blog there sooooo --->

Growing: houseplants! One thing that bookmarking things on Pinterest has helped me realize is that a home filled with light and plants is my ideal, but unfortunately I've had mediocre luck keeping houseplants alive and thriving. (Ok, ok, I can kill a cactus.) During my visit with my family last month, I had a chat with my brother Brian (who, like everyone in my family but me, has a very green thumb) about succulents and houseplants in general, and he helped me realize I was equating "nice sunny East window" with "full sun outside" and that is just never going to set up my poor little plants for success. So I googled houseplants that were both hard to kill and non-toxic to dogs, and got myself a Boston fern and two spider plants (in addition to the air plants I made the embroidery hoop display for). I also picked up two African violets because they are so pretty and remind me of my grandmother, who always has them. I'm using a spray mister to keep the plants happily humid and everything. Project Houseplant is a go!

Seeking: good gardening blogs, especially from folks with lovely desert gardens and people with lots of houseplants. Got any recs? 

Loving: these totebags from Emily McDowell. Perfect for carrying groceries and shit.

Eating: so much chicken salad - definitely having a phase right now. I've been making a really basic version (dill, celery, mayo, salt + pepper... and chicken of course) but feel like I should branch out and try some variations. Recipe links welcome and appreciated!

Using: A Better Queue - this site lets you find movies available on Netflix as you filter by Rotten Tomatoes rating, genre, year made - aaah so useful. 

Looking: forward to the weekend!