Getting Things Done


Yesterday I got out early and worked on the patio potting plants for a few hours. The sun was shining and it was really warm. I think we’re beyond freezing weather.

I am never more happy than when I am digging in the dirt. I rolled around on my little rolling cart I’ve had for 20 years. It’s made of plastic and I can’t believe it’s still usable.

I somehow managed to go through all four of those big bags of potting soil I showed you. I couldn’t believe it. Somehow I thought they would go farther.

I even used a bunch of those white popcorn packing pellets I had kept to fill about half the pots first. This was in the three big green pots I got at Home Depot a month or so ago.


Then I had to go out and get another bag of soil. I was surprised to find that Ace Hardware’s potting soil was more expensive than the nursery I usually go to. The Ace is right around the corner. As in a few blocks.

I went there because I needed drill bits. I’ve had this drill for several years but never got around to getting the bits so I can use it. I needed to drill holes in a plastic pot for drainage.

I usually borrow my neighbor’s drill. But I figured it was time to get drill bits so I could use my own drill.

After that I was driving along and came upon another little nursery and of course I couldn’t pass by without stopping.

I’m glad I did, because the nursery I went to on Monday did not have the black petunias I so loved last year. They told me they had sold all they had and might not be getting more in. Which was disappointing.

The little nursery I stopped at yesterday had the black petunias. I picked up a couple of those. I seem crazed for petunias this year. They just bloom and bloom and I love them.

I never planted the black petunias before last year. I don’t know how long they’ve been selling them. But they had not been on my radar before last year. Such velvety loveliness!

monstera plant

I finally got around to wiping down my monstera plant’s leaves with a moist cloth to clean the dust off. I’d been needing to do that. So that got done. Remember to check your plant leaves for dust accumulation.


I switched the pillow on my chair. Little things I like to do when I get tired of a look and want to refresh things just a bit without doing anything major.

I’m too exhausted from working outside to get into anything major indoors right now. Would you believe I still haven’t got the living and dining room painted all the way to the ceiling yet? And it’s been six months!


I repotted this plant, but I can’t remember what it’s called. Does anyone know what the name of this plant is? My memory just isn’t what it used to be.



  1. Might be zebra plant……
    Do you have trouble there with budworms eating your petunias?
    If so, how do you treat them?

  2. You are so lucky that you can be outside planting now. I can’t wait! It is 33 degrees here and sleeting with a predicted 1-3″ of snow to come. However, next week looks promising with weather in the 50’s and low 60’s. Finally! I also use more potting soil than I think I will need, too. We do have a barrel compost bin in the back yard which produces the most beautiful soil you’ve ever seen, so I do use that, too.

  3. I love all the layers of blue on your bed and that painting just adds another layer! Your plants are looking beautiful. I am glad you have finally been able to get out on the patio and work with them for I know you were looking forward to that. Winter just does not want to leave some of us this year. We have had snow the last three Sundays and that is unheard of in April here in Missouri! I am longing for spring, sunny days and flowers. Take care and don’t overdo it Brenda!

  4. I miss your cow picture hanging over your bed, maybe it will return for a future season. I have loved your bright bedroom since the first time you posted it! Happy spring! Planting season is the very best!

    1. I hate to take photos when the plants are in the sun. So I’ll be taking pics throughout the day.

  5. I am envying you out working in the dirt. Last week we got sleet and then 7 inches of snow. Now today they are saying another 4-6 inches! I’ll be so happy when I can go outside and play. Keep your summertime pictures coming. It gives me hope!!

  6. Can’t wait to see your patio and Miss Jade looking lovely outside! Here in Canada we have had freezing rain and another dump of snow. I am so fed up with the weather but it is unusual for this time of year.

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