Life | A Bit Of Greenery

Hello everyone!

For today’s post, I will be taking you on a little journey on how and why we are increasing our greenery around the house. It is a very interesting tale honestly, because it involves one person in my family that definitely doesn’t look the average person who loves to garden. I will also share why I am starting to embrace this hobby a bit too.

We are going to start on the “bigger” plants first, because they hold the bulk of the story.

This one is called Fritz or Fritz-y, as my mom has grown to name it. The funny thing is that, I thought she named it that for one of her favorite shows, The Closer. Brenda Leigh’s husband is affectionally known as Fritz-y, but last year I was told that it is actually named by my dad as an alternative to his great-uncle. I want to say about five to six years ago, my parents went to my dad’s Uncle Freddie’s funeral, and somehow came back home with this plant that was at a medium size overall that has continued to grow these beautiful green vines that my poor dad has had to build a stick structure within the pot so the strands don’t hang down and outside the pot so not be damaged by a pair of snow boots or muddy tires of a wheelchair.

Speaking of names, we have another bigger plant in our living room called, Sally. My mom was given this lily plant as a gift after the family of a resident wanted to reward the nurses for taking such a great care to their mother, and in usual circumstances, they don’t accept gifts at all, but my mom kind of fell in love with it that she knew that it belonged in our new house. Sally is little over three years old now and my nephew has grown to love her because besides the foliage that surrounds the entire thing, we do get one or two lilies that grow really tall and erect so Nolan likes to point at it and say that it’s “pretty” so maybe he’ll have a sort of green thumb too!

We also have a collection of other plants prospering in our kitchen, around our patio doors that lead to nothing but a well-loved cat house! Anyways, originally it was just four separate plants, but my mom recently came home with a tree that was named Groot by my dad! It stands next to Fritz as there is no more room on the right side. It is just a straight line of plants opposite the morning sun. For the most part, all belong to my parents, except for one: Chuckie.

We think this one is called a spider plant, because it is quite bigger and messy like Chuckie’s hair on Rugrats! This was stored in my room when we first moved into the house three years ago, but my dad thought it wasn’t getting enough sunlight and ended up putting it in the kitchen. Honestly, at the time I loved and thought it was really cute but when you can’t take care of your plants on your own, you kind of give up easily. I had the same issue with taking care of fish too!

Money Tree // Pachira aquatica

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So, this is my first baby. It’s name is Yuri Mariko. One thing you will find out as you read these next sections, is that I obviously had too much fun figuring out the perfect name for each one! I came up with its name kind of innocently, Yuri was a secondary character featured in A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St, Clair, but what sold me was the many meanings it has, the most important to me is “profit” and Mariko is Japanese for “village”.

The plant origins are in Japan, and flourishes in tropical places, but on the various sites we’ve looked at, say it is perfect for indoors. The only thing it doesn’t like is being moved a lot; in the beginning it was on top of newly cleaned bookshelf by my bed, but my dad didn’t think it was getting a lot of sun so he would change it everytime he entered my room. At the moment, it sits on top of my organ desk next to the window. It gets sunlight but it’s cold over there, so unfortunately I still hear my dad complain about that! He now believes it belongs in Nolan’s playroom because that’s on the south side of the house.

This picture looks adorable but if you look at it long enough you might start to see things in a different perspective.

My mom went to the store this morning and brought back a little plant to sit on top of my bookshelf. We don’t really know what it is, but kind of looks like a tree to us. I think it’s perfect for me and I will definitely enjoy watching it grow as this new year takes hold.

In the background, you can see a small stack of books. They represent something very important and rewarding that happened to me this year. I CAN finish a whole book series on my own! I even accomplished my original goal of reading 20 books, which is something I have never done before in my life! What is even better is that I read five more to finish off this wacky year.

2020 has been something different to various people around the world. There are tons of words that can be used to describe how this year has been for you and if you fall into saying ‘it was the worst year of your life,’ I am terribly sorry for you and really hope 2021 is better for you.

My mom got it for me on New Year’s Eve, and I was inspired to write something about it that also reflects my thoughts on 2020, so I thought I would share it for you too, even though it was pinned on my blog’s Facebook for the majority of January. I literally only removed it because I figured I would have written this post out earlier but I didn’t.

Sansevieria // Sansevieria trifasciata

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The next plant I got is probably the most interesting out of all of them, because it just reminds me of a batch of erect green beans! I know that’s not the best description ever, but everytime I see it, that’s what pops up in my mind. 

When my mom first brought it home, it was taped together at the ends and at first, it looked like a verdant strand of DNA! There is still two leaves that weave into each other but for the most part, it is starting to fall to the sides and honestly, it’s still one of the coolest plants we’ve ever owned before!

The Sansevieria is also rooted in Africa and everywhere I’ve read about them, they always say how easy it is to take care of while indoors. The fact that it is basically classified as one that likes to be neglected actually made me really happy! As odd as that sounds, it’s true! They thrive better without being in direct sunlight and doesn’t take a whole lot of water either. However, this does nothing to stop my dad for driving me absolutely crazy about its placement on my table. It sits on there all day long and thankfully, it’s not fussy like the Bonsai with moving a lot, so I can still use the desk throughout the day and not have to worry about it afterwards.

Unfortunately, I’ve never had a steady name for it. After learning about where it’s based, I focused on looking at African and Madagascar names and I thought I was settled on Andry (An-duh-ree) which means “warrior” and I thought this was awesome considering the information I just shared above, but I also wanted a cool middle name for it, but I wasn’t able to stick to anything. However, I was watching one of my cooking shows, very early in the morning and heard the name Lilliekoi. It is the Hawaiian name for a passionfruit. It was on the opposite side of the world but I couldn’t stray away from it, so it’s full name is Lilliekoi Andry.

Ponytall Palm // Beaucarnea recurvata

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For the final plant that calls my room its home, it is like Chuckie in a way, as they are both palms, but this one definitely really look like you pulled a little girl’s hair into a ponytail. It is so light and soft, it makes you think you’re growing a small patch of grass but it looks so delicate on top of my table that I just feel like one good shove and it will fall and break into a million pieces.

The Ponytail Palm is from Mexico as part of the Agave family. Apparently it is neither a tree or a palm for that matter! It likes the sunshine but is fairly cool with being left alone with no water for a bit, and I am definitely loving those types of plants these days. but don’t worry, we keep a close eye on it and my mom waters it when it becomes too dry inside the pot itself.

Since this one is such a sweet plant, I knew I wanted to give it a nice name that would echo its heritage and overall look. I already knew quite of a bit of Spanish names but I was on a fairly difficult quest because I wanted it to fit perfectly and so I made up a list of girl names that I have always loved and two that stood out to me the most were Paulina and Sylvia. By putting these darling names together they literally translate to “little forest” and as soon as I saw it, I knew it was fate!

For the past few years, I’ve been around various plants and seeing a little bit of greenery in the house and it’s been nice to have a piece of nature in our personal spaces. There are people who believe herbs and even some flowers have medicinal purposes and I have recently noticed my outlook on my mental health has changed for the better. If you have been a long time reader of this blog, you might know I’ve been on an anti-depressant for two years now and I do owe a lot of the progress I’ve done in that timespan but I am yearning to be more connected to nature and release who I am on this earth. What does Mother Nature have that I can bring into my life? And I guess she answered it without me even knowing it.

Do you have any indoor plants in your bedroom, home or maybe an office space? If you do, what kind are they? What is the story behind them exactly? Have you gotten to a point that you’ve named them like mine?

Non-Disney | Nickelodeon

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I think if you’re going to do a Non-Disney movie post, I think it would be an insult to not talk about Nickelodeon. If you were a child of the 80’s or early 90’s, Nickelodeon was the best network for kids. Now if you were born sometime past mid-90’s and into the early 00’s you probably think the same thing about old school Disney. Personally, I will always be #TeamNickelodeon because I have more memories of it, whereas my sister is definitely #TeamDisney but she might be on that side because of her obsession of both High School Musical and Camp Rock movies!

I did discover something while I was researching for this post. I absolutely loved Doug’s 1st Movie as a kid. It came out in 1999 and I was going to put it on this post, but as I was reading online, I found out that the film was done by DISNEY! What the hell?! Maybe that’s one of the reasons why everybody is so divided between these two networks! However, I was not even ten years old when it came out and I’m in my mid-20’s now and I’m just finding this out!

Anywho, let’s move onto the actual list of movies for this post!

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The Rugrats Movie (1998) E.G. Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Kath Soucie, and Cheryl Chase

Rugrats has been at the top of my favorites. Since the whole network decided to bring back the older Nickelodeon shows, on a channel called “NickSplat” I can enjoy watching some of my favorites late at night instead of having to wake up somewhat early on the weekends! However, if you want to watch both Rugrats and Hey Arnold, you have to stay up past midnight to watch either one! So either way I’m screwed!

This was my favorite Rugrats film. I did enjoy the one based in Paris, France and I loved the fact that they brought in both Kira and Kimi, but the first one though is both hilarious and sad at the same time. I’m thankful I wasn’t like that when Blondie was born, but at four years old, I think I was ready to have a sibling around me. And there are a lot of good scenes but there’s no other scene more heartbreaking then the one that the gif I used represents.

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Hey, Arnold! The Movie (2002) Spencer Klein, Francesca Marie Smith, and Jamil Walker Smith

Sadly I don’t remember much of what this movie was about, I do know that Arnold and Gerald dress up like Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men In Black and Helga finally snaps and as you can see, kisses Arnold without giving a shit. Other than that, I don’t really know anything else.

A part of me wished I was this considerate to the people around when I was in school; instead I was ambitious and cocky. That’s exactly the best combination I will add! Anyways, I had tried to a blog post sometime last year about some of the life lessons you could learn by watching a couple episodes a night. Arnold cared for the people who was friends and sometimes loathed, he didn’t care about his feelings, he always tried to help them out. I mean, look at stoop kid for crying out loud!

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The Wild Thornberry’s Movie (2002) Lacey Chabert, Tim Curry, Jodi Carlisle, and Danielle Harris

This is another film that I don’t remember that much! I did enjoy some of the episodes as a kid, but TWT were like As Told By Ginger, I liked it, but it wasn’t in my top five shows I watched as a young kid. What makes it worse is Splat doesn’t even play these shows or Rocket Power anymore!

It does freak me out that Lacey Chabert was the one who voiced Eliza though! And Danielle Harris is a freaking scream queen now! She’s also the girl who played “Molly” on a couple episodes of Roseanne if the name doesn’t exactly help enough.

What did you love to watch on TV as a kid? And let’s have some fun, were you on Team Nickelodeon or Team Disney? Visit my blog’s Facebook page around 1:30pm EST to answer a poll about my next “Non-Disney” theme!

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Lessons Learned From Your Childhood

lessonsI have been missing my old childhood shows so much that I have been actually taping them at night so I could have something to watch the next day. Well, as a kid I was into you know the usual old Nickelodeon shows from the 90’s. Two shows that had an effect on me as kid are coming back with full vengeance and either I didn’t really listen back then, or I really need my sleep back. Whatever reason, I’m noticing real life lessons out of both Arnold and Tommy’s mouths. If you were a kid (or a parent) in the early 90’s you got a majority of your lessons and adventures out of Tommy Pickles. Now that I’m older and I’m still watching it and realizing what all has happened has kind of being an episode of both shows at one point or another. We’ve all been bossy like Angelica and Helga. We’ve all had that a really good advice giver, sometimes its yourself, but that’s okay. These are just some of the things we’ve all had to deal with at some point in our lives.

Something that I found to be pretty interesting that reminded me of what happened while I was in middle school. I won’t say I was basically bullied in elementary school, because I don’t categorize that way, it wasn’t as bad as what it could be now I guess. We had some trouble with one of my classmates when I first entered second grade, she and I just did not get along very well and I tried my best to be nice to her but nothing ever made things good enough to make us good friends. I remember that first day of hearing our teacher’s rules and stuff, there were a few people I didn’t know but they were on the other side of the room and she was on my side, like literally right by me on my left side. I tried to introduce myself to her and she stuck her tongue out to me. Back then, I was very sensitive and nobody has ever done that to me before so when I went home that afternoon I told my mom and I think she or somebody said that they were going to talk to the teacher or something, but I don’t feel like it was bullying now. In middle school, I wasn’t the one bullied. I was the bullier instead. From the time I was in elementary and middle school, we did not have programs (that I remember) that talked about bullying like they probably do now. I was never told by anybody that bullying was bad. You watched tonight at night and both Hey, Arnold! and Rugrats were on and you had Angelica, Harold, and Helga the main bullies in those shows. They were the ones who made bullying “cool” for us and that’s why everybody did it.

Two nights ago, I was in the middle of a mid-week sleep pattern mix up, I was watching the episode of Hey, Arnold where the character Curly, the dude who had those red glasses but no curly hair at all. He was looking forward to the new week because there teacher was choosing the new ball monitor. He did everything he was supposed to and when the time came to hear the news that he didn’t get it, he didn’t take it quite well. He locked himself in the principal’s office with the whole bag of balls, and there was a little window above the door and he began to throw the balls out through the door to make sure everybody stayed back. He wouldn’t talk to anybody, but by the end of the episode he has Arnold bring him a sandwich and a yahoo, plus the teacher and new ball monitor to work out their schedules so he could calm down. He comes out of the office with a new outlook of his young life but the principal still puts him in detention. Nowadays, we have kids bringing in guns and knives into their classes. This incident isn’t as bad as what you hear almost everyday on the news. Throughout the whole episode I was thinking in the back of my mind, how did things go from something like this to the non-stop violence we see now? What the hell did we miss in between? Unfortunately, it’s always been like this, we just think it’s because of the times. It’s not. It’s always been like this, and it’ll never leave because sometimes actions backfire.

Tommy was that best friend that for some of us, took us forever to find in reality. We all wanted that best friend who cared deeply about you,  faced your fears with you and pushed you as hard as anybody else would. Even though you all wanted a friend like Tommy, you always knew in your mind that it meant that you were Chuckie and it broke your heart right in half. Nothing against Mr. Finister or anything, but at the end of the day he was the one character that irritated the living crap out of you. We are in a way  all like Chuckie Finister. We all have our different fears, we need to be pushed to do anything daring, and we always have somebody who cares deeply about us. In more ways than one, we were both characters. Helga and her sister Olga had that love/hate relationship that every sibling has with his or her older/younger sibling. When my sister and I were kids, I came home from spending time with my cousin and her little brother, they were pretty brutal to one another I’ve got to say, but something in me switched from this loving older sister to this mean bitch in under a half an hour. It was not a good day for her and I still feel about it. I was watching the episode were Olga comes home to her parents from college telling them that she has met this boy and they were going to get married. This “Doug” character was a total loser and con-artist. He lied about who he was to everybody. This guy was catfishing everybody. Sometimes you don’t need the internet to lie to people, now we’re just used to seeing people being catfished on the internet that we forget we could easily be pulled in by the first stranger we meet everyday.

Are there any shows that you used to watch as a kid that you like to watch now as a guilty pleasure and see the life lessons that you might’ve missed as a kid but now see the signs loud and clear? Tell me about it.

Not Worth It Today

This cold weather hates me to the core. I’ve been feeling lazy for the past two days, well actually I take that back it started on Sunday and it went away. Monday was fine with me. It wasn’t as bad as it’s been. Today, I’m definitely feeling it again. I’m not depressed or anything I just feel my hips hurting more today. It hurts to sit up but I need to sit up and not lay down all day long. I’d be tempted to fall asleep and then I’ll never get any sleep tonight but I haven’t been getting much sleep at night anyways, so who cares? Oh, just remembered I can’t fall asleep after mom gets home. Teen Nick is going a four hour marathon of Rugrats tonight. Maybe I can get my mom to tape it for me. Sorry, but I miss my Rugrats being on.

Earlier today I was reading my mom’s People issue of Sexiest Man Alive. I read that after I got done eating and sat up after eating and getting up fully. It was a bad idea. When I sit up to read something I read it on my bed and lean up a little which puts pressure on my hips even more and it bugs me later on in the day. After I was done I put the magazine on the floor and laid back down. I sincerely doubt I’ll be reading today. It’s kind of hurting me now to sit up and type this up, but I needed to do something besides listen to my iPod on the stereo and watch TV. Mentally I’m not lazy, but phsyically I am.  I’ll read tomorrow, hopefully. Actually I’m going to need every once of strength for Thursday so I think I should be lazy tomorrow. Why couldn’t they just switch? This sucks now,