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Taking Bets

My mom and I went to Lowe’s today to buy some plants for some early spring gardening. The selection was poor so I came up with the idea of going to a nursery near Longview Community College. The selection was great. My mom’s main concern was finding plants to make the front of the house look nicer. I was more interested in vegetables.

For the front yard we got Spikes (Dracaena) Indivisa, Red Spike and Chicken Gizzard Plant (haha I didn’t know the name until I just read it to blog about it). The Spikes are tall and green and will be up against the deck. The Red Spikes will be in front of the green spikes and are shorter than the green spikes so we’ll have some depth. The Chicken Gizzard Plants will be in front of the Red Spikes and are even shorter. I picked out the Chicken Gizzard Plants, because I thought the pink in them would accent the maroon color of the Red Spikes.

I got Everbearing Strawberries. They are supposed to be very delicious and can withstand heat over 90°F. I also got Jet Star tomatoes. They were recommended by the nursery. I do not have pictures of my plants though because there is still the threat of frost so my plants are in the garage because their pots are too large to go inside the house.

We also got herbs. We got Cillantro, Purple Sage, Spice Island Rosemary, Lemon Thyme and Bay Leaf. My family is actually pretty good at keeping herbs alive. Other plants? Not so much. My dad started betting how long our plants would live until the died, hence the name of this post.

I really feel good about this year though! I think we can really do it!

All the plants except the ones in the garage are in our study. Here are some photos. The light was sort of dim coming in through the windows but you get the basic idea (I’m no yarnstorm).





The second pair of socks for my boyfriend are going well. I am nearly to the toe on the second sock. After finishing the second sock and ensuring a good fit, I will unravel the toe of the first one and knit the foot longer because the sock is a little short.

After running out of yarn for the socks, I put the second sock on waste yarn and began knitting a new sock. I’ve knit about half the cuff so far. I didn’t anticipate getting more yarn for the boyfriend’s socks so quickly but I ended up getting them the very next day (today). So the blue cuff will be put on waste yarn and the Mushroom sock will be back on the needles (I only have one set!) and the blue sock will have to wait. I didn’t even get to the stitch pattern! More information about blue socks later.

The Mushroom socks are a generic top down sock pattern. I didn’t think I’d ever give up my toe up construction but I’m really liking top down socks now. One of the reasons is that I think the toe looks nicer. It also seems to go quicker for me.

On to knitting pictures!