Obsessive Compulsive

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Okay, so I have issues.

Dirt issues.

Specifically, Dirt-on-my-Hands issues.

I cannot stand having my hands dirty.

Having gritty/oily/sticky/etc. hands makes me so uncomfortable, the mere thought (this blog entry included) makes me want to go wash my hands.

Repeatedly.

This fact, coupled with my decidedly black thumb, makes gardening a real challenge for me.

I’m explaining this so you’ll understand the pride I feel having accomplished this:

herbs 1 herbs 2

Two ledge-sitting planters with fresh herbs.
Parsley (both flat and curly), spicy basil, cilantro, oregano, chives, dill, rosemary and thyme (why do I suddenly have Simon and Garfunkel running through my head).
I plant an herb garden every year.  You can’t make homemade salad dressings properly if you don’t have fresh herbs on hand.

poor little things

Two pots of pansies.
As these pretty little things need to be tended daily, I fully expect them to perish within the month.

it'll fill out eventually

A small (~ 3×20) strip garden with hostas, euonymus, Jacob’s Ladder, silver mound (a few others I can’t recall) solar lanterns and decorative stepping stones.

As I said, I’m fairly proud of myself.

We’ll see how long I can convince them to survive.

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About Angela

My name is Angela. I am a 28 year old psych and criminology graduate, but I'd rather not diagnose you. I am a cuddle-slut. I can recite the entire script of The Princess Bride, (including accents) and believe that the meaning of life is contained within. Polyanna, Snap.com commercials, and Oprah 'reunion shows' make me cry. I can whistle and hum at the same time, but I cannot touch my toes. I am an expert in both listening and talking. I look good in orange. I am a writer. I kick ass in Gin, Hearts, and Cribbage but I don't understand Canasta or Bridge. I can be heard singing Broadway numbers from my shower, and have dressed up as a viking princess, (complete with aluminum foil breast plate) The Phantom of the Opera, and a Ghostbuster for Hallowe'en. I have a bird named Bean. I have a brother named Adam. They are not related. I like vanilla body lotion, peanut butter, saunas, Jim Carrey, broccoli, pets, TheOnion.com, Muppets, Kevin Smith, Corelle dishes, dry erase white-boards, Barenaked Ladies, Philosophy, the letter J, Harry Potter, picture frames, swimming, quilting, Michael Moore, genealogy, Raggedy Anne, tacky 50's tchotchke, 'Idiot's Complete Guide To' books, tweezers, feather pillows, polar dips, aquariums, Martin Luther King Jr., and Dr. Pepper. I don't like meat, gossips, cooked carrots, American Idol, mosquitoes, sweating, politics, public washrooms, tardiness, tuition, hunting, pat answers, pick up lines, brown bananas, cliches, pine scented air freshener, Kevin Costner, bacon, candied apples, pro-wrestling, humidity, and hypocrisy. Books I've read recently The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Dark Tower, When Nietzsche Wept, What's So Amazing About Grace?, Catcher in the Rye, Not Wanted On the Voyage, The Red Tent, The Little Prince, The Way the Crow Flies, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Poisonwood Bible, The Fall, The Knot of Vipers, Calculating God, The Chrysalids, Sick Puppy, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Franny and Zooey, The Brothers Karamazov, and jPod. I am slightly neurotic. No I'm not. Yes I am.

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  1. Loverly!

    I have pansies in pots, very much like yours, and all I do is water if it doesn’t rain for 4 or 5 days in a row and weed once in a blue moon. They’re doing fine.

    You know, instead of hacking lovely, glamorous nails, you could invest $2 in a pair of gardening gloves.

  2. Loverly!

    I have pansies in pots, very much like yours, and all I do is water if it doesn’t rain for 4 or 5 days in a row and weed once in a blue moon. They’re doing fine.

    You know, instead of hacking lovely, glamorous nails, you could invest $2 in a pair of gardening gloves.

    • Hmm, my mom had said that if you don’t continuously pop off the dead pansy heads, the plant gets all scraggly and gross.

      As for the gloves… ::shudder:: I can’t do those either. They make my skin crawl. Mittens aren’t so bad as it means my fingers get to touch inside the mitts, but gloves? Yelch.

      Do they make gardening mitts?

      ~Angela

      • They can get a bit scraggly, BUT – you have them planted in a group, which overcomes a lot of the scraggle factor, and you can just cut them back when they do get scraggly and they’ll reflower in a couple of days. I’m a big fan of low-maintenance gardening.

        Mitts wouldn’t work so well, you need to use your fingers. Sorry, can’t help ya there.

  3. Loverly!

    I have pansies in pots, very much like yours, and all I do is water if it doesn’t rain for 4 or 5 days in a row and weed once in a blue moon. They’re doing fine.

    You know, instead of hacking lovely, glamorous nails, you could invest $2 in a pair of gardening gloves.

    • Hmm, my mom had said that if you don’t continuously pop off the dead pansy heads, the plant gets all scraggly and gross.

      As for the gloves… ::shudder:: I can’t do those either. They make my skin crawl. Mittens aren’t so bad as it means my fingers get to touch inside the mitts, but gloves? Yelch.

      Do they make gardening mitts?

      ~Angela

      • They can get a bit scraggly, BUT – you have them planted in a group, which overcomes a lot of the scraggle factor, and you can just cut them back when they do get scraggly and they’ll reflower in a couple of days. I’m a big fan of low-maintenance gardening.

        Mitts wouldn’t work so well, you need to use your fingers. Sorry, can’t help ya there.

  4. Loverly!

    I have pansies in pots, very much like yours, and all I do is water if it doesn’t rain for 4 or 5 days in a row and weed once in a blue moon. They’re doing fine.

    You know, instead of hacking lovely, glamorous nails, you could invest $2 in a pair of gardening gloves.

  5. Loverly!

    I have pansies in pots, very much like yours, and all I do is water if it doesn’t rain for 4 or 5 days in a row and weed once in a blue moon. They’re doing fine.

    You know, instead of hacking lovely, glamorous nails, you could invest $2 in a pair of gardening gloves.

  6. Hmm, my mom had said that if you don’t continuously pop off the dead pansy heads, the plant gets all scraggly and gross.

    As for the gloves… ::shudder:: I can’t do those either. They make my skin crawl. Mittens aren’t so bad as it means my fingers get to touch inside the mitts, but gloves? Yelch.

    Do they make gardening mitts?

    ~Angela

  7. Hmm, my mom had said that if you don’t continuously pop off the dead pansy heads, the plant gets all scraggly and gross.

    As for the gloves… ::shudder:: I can’t do those either. They make my skin crawl. Mittens aren’t so bad as it means my fingers get to touch inside the mitts, but gloves? Yelch.

    Do they make gardening mitts?

    ~Angela

  8. Hmm, my mom had said that if you don’t continuously pop off the dead pansy heads, the plant gets all scraggly and gross.

    As for the gloves… ::shudder:: I can’t do those either. They make my skin crawl. Mittens aren’t so bad as it means my fingers get to touch inside the mitts, but gloves? Yelch.

    Do they make gardening mitts?

    ~Angela

  9. They can get a bit scraggly, BUT – you have them planted in a group, which overcomes a lot of the scraggle factor, and you can just cut them back when they do get scraggly and they’ll reflower in a couple of days. I’m a big fan of low-maintenance gardening.

    Mitts wouldn’t work so well, you need to use your fingers. Sorry, can’t help ya there.

  10. They can get a bit scraggly, BUT – you have them planted in a group, which overcomes a lot of the scraggle factor, and you can just cut them back when they do get scraggly and they’ll reflower in a couple of days. I’m a big fan of low-maintenance gardening.

    Mitts wouldn’t work so well, you need to use your fingers. Sorry, can’t help ya there.

  11. They can get a bit scraggly, BUT – you have them planted in a group, which overcomes a lot of the scraggle factor, and you can just cut them back when they do get scraggly and they’ll reflower in a couple of days. I’m a big fan of low-maintenance gardening.

    Mitts wouldn’t work so well, you need to use your fingers. Sorry, can’t help ya there.

  12. I want to get a little tabby and name him Linus. And probably a little black girl and name her Lucy. Or, if a black female isn’t available at the pound, maybe a little yellow girl, and call her Sally.

  13. I want to get a little tabby and name him Linus. And probably a little black girl and name her Lucy. Or, if a black female isn’t available at the pound, maybe a little yellow girl, and call her Sally.

  14. I want to get a little tabby and name him Linus. And probably a little black girl and name her Lucy. Or, if a black female isn’t available at the pound, maybe a little yellow girl, and call her Sally.

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