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25th Wedding Anniversary!

It’s been 25 years since I officially said I do. How did that creep up on me? I’ve known my husband since I was 15. What’s worked for us? That he’s my friend and I still like him after all these years. Yes, yes, I love him too, but I still LIKE him. I like being around him and going out with him. I get excited when we have a day planned together. Doesn’t really matter what the plan is, just that we’ll be doing it together. We still talk each other’s ears off but can enjoy the silence too. He’s still my friend and I like doing things with my friends. 🙂

Friends in high school (really, we were just friends)

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Were we ever that young? 

His prom and Grad Night (still just friends)

Dating in college

Wedding Day!

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Married Life and Family

Married with children. 🙂

25th Anniversary Celebration!

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My Backyard Makeover with Succulents

When I’m not working on my book because my eyes have gone cross-eyed and I need a break, I work on beautifying my backyard with succulents. I use succulents because I have a better chance of plant survival with them. One of my co-workers has a beautiful backyard with a variety of succulents and she has generously shared cuttings with me.

I previously shared some photos of what I had started and I wanted to share some new photos of how some of those plants have grown. There were some casualties of course, which was expected, either from my black thumb or from my kiddo’s dog. Surprisingly though, not as many losses as I expected from either my black thumb or the dog. More surprisingly, some are actually thriving and not just merely surviving my hostile backyard.

These are pics of when I first planted some of the cuttings. I fully expected at least half of them to fly away to plant heaven.

But then this happened, even though the dog tromps through there on a daily basis chasing lizards.

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Look how tall some of them got!

And then these went from this

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to this!

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Liebster Award

 

Screen Shot 2018-07-14 at 10.02.59 PMMany thanks to Linda from https://kelleysdiy.com for nominating me for the Liebster Award! I am very honored. Linda has a fabulous website that’s all about diy. I use many of her fun ideas with my students at work. She is very inspiring. 🙂

The questions asked

1) What is your favorite color?

Purple! Purple! Purple!

Yolanda means violet flower. My birth stone is an amethyst. My month’s flower is a violet. My favorite color could only be purple. It was destined.

2) Cats or Dogs?

I guess if I had to pick, I’d say cats, even though I haven’t had one for a very long time. Although I love the dogs I’ve owned and those of family,  I don’t go all goo goo for other peoples’ dogs. Cats though, there’s just something about them. If I weren’t allergic, I would probably have some cats.

Two Kitties I’ve owned in the past.

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Look at those eyes! This was a very naughty kitty but he was beautiful.

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Comic Con Revolution Ontario 2018

For Mother’s Day, family got me tickets to a new Comic Con that’s practically in our own backyard. As some of you may have guessed from my save Lucifer post, I’m a bit of a geek, or is it a nerd?, in my tv viewing tastes. I’ve loved going to the San Diego Comic Con in the past. And by past, I mean 10 years ago! The first time I went in 2004, it was a  manageable convention. Then I went a couple of more times and by 2008, it had become a monster of a thing where it was almost impossible to get tickets. If you magically got them, it was impossible to make it into the panels without camping out for hours waiting to get in, which meant you missed out on other panels. Even then, you didn’t always get in. It was a gamble with the more popular panels. I tried for a few years to get tickets and then I just gave up.

Since then, I’ve been wanting to go to some of the smaller, local ones, but never got around to it. So it was such a nice surprise to get tickets to a convention that was only a few miles away. It was way smaller than the San Diego con without all the big panels you would see there, but it was still a lot of fun. This was only it’s second year in that venue and it was small but intimate. The panels were informative and easy to get into, no camping out necessary. They had a costume contest like you would expect. I didn’t participate this time around but I plan to next year. I wanted to see what it was like first.

The show floor was more manageable too, since it was smaller in scale. I bought a few art pieces but was tempted by so many things.

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Because I love mermaids

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#SaveLucifer #PickupLucifer

Rant about a recently cancelled show: Lucifer

I don’t usually get involved in trying to save a TV show. Honest. I’ve been pretty upset over some cancellations over the years (Firefly, The Dresden Chronicles, Reaper and many more) but hey, it’s TV. It happens. We don’t even have cable anymore. I mainly watch on the streaming sites and  I got hooked on Lucifer. I anxiously awaited each episode. Then, Tom Welling (from Smallville) joined the cast and I loved the show even more. Right before the season finale, my son asked me if I was sad they cancelled the show. Huh? What? Canceled? What’s canceled?

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Queue the disbelief as I went through the grieving process. NOOOOOOOO!!!! I looked it up and indeed, it had been canceled. After I dried up all my tears (just kidding, I’m not that crazy), I saw that there was a #savelucifer and #pickuplucifer campaign. I almost didn’t bother but decided to join in and hashtag the heck out of the thing wherever I could. The ending was soooo good. I want to see what happens, even if it’s just one more season to tidy things up. Heck, I’d settle for a few episodes or even a movie just to get closure.

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So far, I’ve only used the hashtag on Instagram and made one tweet but I’ve gone to the actors’ feeds and left the hashtags there as well. Next, I plan to appeal to the streaming sites like Hulu, Netfix, and Amazon Prime in the hopes they pick it up. Then I’ll just cross my fingers and hope for the best.

I think I just might crochet something that represents the show for me.

My tiny little contribution probably won’t make a difference in the end but it makes me feel better that I tried.

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Attempting to Grow Succulents

There’s this plant that I love. I love it because no matter how much I neglect it, no matter how much I don’t water it, no matter where I plant it, it survives! It is the weed of the succulent world but I love it all the same. I finally know it’s name: Jade plant (Crassula).

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Look how lovely we are!

I’ve written about this plant in my home before. This plant makes me feel like I’m not a complete plant killer. This plant can be propagated from any of its parts and it’s soooo easy! I can take any stem piece or any fallen leaf, stick it in the ground or in some container with the worst soil, and it grows.

Recently, we’ve been in the process of beautifying our home. We had considered moving but had a change of heart and decided to put our money into our home instead. We started with the outside by painting the house, replacing our dilapidated fence, and the nicest of all, properly landscaping the front yard. I made sure there would be hardy, waterwise plants out front that could survive my black thumb. I was assured that there was little I would need to do to keep them alive.

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Gifts, Gifts, Gifts!

Now that Christmas and my Birthday are over, I’m sharing my bounty. Let’s start with Christmas. I love mermaids. Everyone knows I love mermaids. And my gifts for Christmas reflected my love of mermaids. I don’t normally brag about the gifts I get but I couldn’t resist showing off the beautiful mermaids I recieved.

Christmas

First up is a BEAUTIFUL art piece my daughter created for me. It is so wonderful, I thought it would be a shame to keep it to myself.

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This doesn’t do it justice. You can get lost staring at all it’s details in the hair and tail. There are all these little shapes that she does free hand. It’s gorgeous. 

My hubby surprised me with a stunning mermaid print that he had framed. I’m shooting through glass so there’s glare and the colors aren’t as vibrant but just trust me, it’s soooo pretty.

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I can’t wait until we put her up on a wall!

My son gave me this adorable jewelry box. I don’t have anything in it yet but I’m trying to decide what’s a worthy enough treasure to go in there. 🙂

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This one speaks for itself.

Birthday

Once again, my family knows me well. My daughter got me delicious caramel covered apples and chocolate covered strawberries. Yum!

My son got me this:

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I want to take this with me to Ren Faire in March. I just have to be super careful not to break it!

The one that got my attention the most was from my hubby. He gave me this:

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That’s right! They’re stamps! Legitimate postage! I can’t wait to use them. It’s one of my dolls with a picture I took and it even says yochet.com on the side! I can’t wait to mail something out!

Best presents ever!