Gardening with Julia – Final Video and 2016 Wrap-Up

Hello there! Sorry, I fell off my update and video wagon. I still want to wrap up the year and let you know that I am excited to try this again next year!

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The rest of the year

The last update I gave, I had just begun planning my fall garden.

Also shortly after that update, an invasion of aphids set up camp in my garden and stunted the growth of the pepper, watermelon, and cantaloupe plants. I was able to regain control over the pepper plants, but the damage to the watermelon plant left it struggling at barely six inches tall, and no more growth ever happened. The cantaloupe plant was able to grow a little and produce one small cantaloupe, but the cooler weather set in before it could ripen.

I had zero luck with fall spinach, lettuce, and beets.

I did have some luck with some fall green beans and carrots, though. These carrots grew and looked a lot better than the others, and I think it may have been the different variety that made the difference.

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I had planted some snow peas, and they grew tall and fast. I got about three delicious pods from them before they reached the state they are in now. Green but heavy and limp, not producing anything. Either I didn’t do well at watering (very possible) or the crazy Texas weather did a number on them. I’m excited to try them again, though! I love snow peas!

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My pepper plants continued producing a good amount of time, and I got two roma tomatoes from one tomato plant. The rest of the plants didn’t survive the combination heat/bugs/novice gardener.


The Last Video

Things Learned

Squash bug hatchlings are crazy/gross looking. I’ve learned “that strange brown stick” is one way eggs are laid, you can be sure that I’ll be on the lookout for those!

The way I made my indoor greenhouse wasn’t good. Apparently, if I’d actually been using a grow light, the heat would have reflected off the foil and fried the seedlings.

I think I may need to try and mix my soil with something to make it a little lighter/better draining.

I need more plants of each type. I think that will help with pollination and the chances of something surviving the elements.

I actually really like growing flowers. They made me happy each time I saw them.

Gardening makes me exceptionally happy.

Looking Forward

While I’m not going to spell out my plans for 2017 just yet, I do want to say that I look forward to gardening again, and I hope you’ll continue to follow along! Maybe I’ll even become better at making/editing/posting the videos.

#RockMyTBR · Book Review · Tag/Meme

#RockMyTBR 2016 Wrap-up


This year I participated in the #RockMyTBR reading challenge. I also plan on participating in 2017. Here’s a wrap-up of my challenge.

Basically, I chose 12 books already on my kindle that I thought I’d enjoy reading. That’s only one a month…

My Introduction and Reading List

But then I only read 4 of the 12 on my challenge. Oops!

Books read (4/12)

The Long Way Home by Regina West

The Liberation of Alice Love by Abby McDonald

Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles

Relentless by Karen Lynch

I hope next year’s challenge will be better. I actually have 15 books on the 2017 challenge, but I made sure to find books that were really, REALLY on my list. Hopefully I’ll do better this time around.

Did you participate in any 2016 reading challenges? How did you do? Are you doing any in 2017?




#RockMyTBR · Tag/Meme

#RockMyTBR 2017 Intro Post

Rock my TBR hosted by The YA Book Traveler

rockmytbr1It’s that time again! Y’all know I’ve had fun with the RockMyTBR challenge this year, even though I didn’t complete it and most likely won’t given the rest of the year is pretty busy. I’m going to try again!

Basically, this challenge is to read books that you already own. Check out Sarah’s post for the details.

In 2017, I have 15 books that I definitely want to read for this challenge, but my per-month minimum is 1, with a few extra thrown in somewhere. Here’s a Goodreads list with my books on it. Books are listed in no particular order.

  1. THE SNOW GLOBE by Jenna Nelson
  2. SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi
  3. SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch
  4. SECOND POSITION by Katherine Locke
  6. MAGIC PRICE by C.L. Schneider
  7. THORN by Intisar Khanani
  8. HELLO? by Liza M. Weimer
  9. THE OUTWORLDER by S.K. Valenzuela
  10. CRACKED by Eliza Crewe
  11. SPELLS AND SORCERY by S. Usher Evans
  12. STARSHINE by G.S. Jennsen
  13. PAST LIFE STRIFE by Christina McMullen
  14. SUGAR by Dierdre Riordian Hall
  15. 122 RULES by Deek Rhew

I’m so excited for this challenge! Let me know if any of these books are on your list and you’d like to buddy read. 🙂


Tag/Meme · This Week's Five!

This Week’s Five!!!

Copy of Copy of This Week's Five!!!

How about a mid-week posting of This Week’s Five? Well, I’ve missed a few weeks, so it seems acceptable to do so. So here are five things that have made me happy lately.

  1. Holiday decorations. I admit to having difficulty getting into the holiday spirit, but I’ve had a lot of fun putting decorations around the house.
  2. I started a seasonal job recently, and I actually really enjoy it.
  3. I’ve been reading a bit lately, and I really enjoyed Relentless by Karen Lynch [Review].
  4. Popcorn. Always popcorn.
  5. Indie-mas.


Pinterest inspired holiday window decorations. I’m so in love with this! We’ve had these ornaments forever and don’t use them anymore, so I’m happy to have found something to do with them!


What about you? What’s something that’s made you smile lately?

Stacking the Shelves · Tag/Meme

Stacking The Shelves – December 4

Stacking the Shelves

Hello there! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Usually a weekly meme, mine pop up on a monthly basis. These are the books I’ve acquired since the November edition.

I admit, I have a problematic relationship with the top 100 free best sellers on Amazon. I’ve kept my urge to one-click free books fairly suppressed this year, but the bug finally bit me. I probably have enough Christmas stories to keep me fairly busy until NEXT Christmas, haha. Anyways, enjoy my rather long list of books acquired in the past month.


Rage by Elizabeth Reyes

Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke

A Shelter of Hope by Tracie Peterson

The Trouble with Christmas by Kaira Rouda

Can’t Help Falling in Love by Bella Andre

Pastels and Jingle Bells by Christine S. Feldman

The Imparting by Heather Letto

Call of Sunteri by Missy Sheldrake

Sealed with a Kiss by Leeanna Morgan

Christmas Light by Jolyse Barnett

Mistletoe Memories by Jennifer AlLee

Beauty and the Beast by May Sage

Pitch Black by Elise Noble

Mistletoe at Moonglow by Deborah Garner


Gifted/Won/Review Copies:

#RockMyTBR · Tag/Meme

#RockMyTBR – November Recap


The #RockMyTBR Reading Challenge is hosted by Sarah K, The YA Book Traveler. Click here for more info.

[My #RockMyTBR list]

I’ve made a little progress this month. For the #RockMyTBR challenge I’ve read:

Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles [Review]

Relentless by Karen Lynch [Review]

I may not make it through all twelve on my list, but I’m 1/3 of the way through it now.

Have you been participating in the #RockMyTBR or other reading challenges? How are you doing so far?