Monday, June 2, 2014

My First Vegetable!!

I officially have my first vegetable, and it's a radish!  Yes, I am truly this excited by a radish, even though, after tasting it, I realized I don't even particularly like them.  The request to grow them came from the boyfriend who likes to eat them raw with salt.  To each their own, I guess.  On the plus side, they were super easy to grow and ready to harvest in only about 28 days, which is the quickest by far of the vegetables I picked to try.                                        

As it turns out, growing veggies in containers works out pretty well.  So far at least.  I have a bit to wait for the rest of my goodies.  Only downside is a small yield, but I think that's just fine for a first timer like me.

My humble, potted vegetable garden:

I wanted to start small for my first attempt, so I just picked a few things to grow.  Jalapenos and radishes on the left, carrots in the middle, and green beans on the right.  Chicken wire has to go around everything in my endless battle against the squirrel demons.

I'm anxiously awaiting the rest of my vegetables to grow.  

Monday, May 19, 2014

Spring Flowers

My early spring flowers have long since faded, but I'm finally posting some pictures.  Better late than never, right?   Those bulbs I planted in containers last October, oh so long ago, actually turned out very nice.  I declare it a success!

Here's my crocuses.  Ignore the wire cages.  Squirrels are devils.  I had intended these to bloom with the hyacinths, but they flowered first and were done by the time their companions arrived.

Hyacinths!  Smell so good!  Definitely one of my favorites.

 Tulips of course.  Gotta have those.

So that's that.  Perhaps in the relatively near future, if you're lucky, I'll regale you with accounts of my venture into vegetable gardening.  I know it's exciting.  Try to keep your panties on.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Small Victory

   Today was somewhat of an odd day overall.  Lots of ups and downs at work, some mass confusion, ridiculous clients, frustrating cases, and random fits of laughter.  I did have one small victory though.  Some people brought their dog in for constant lip licking and mouthing at the air after coming in from  outside.  I removed a stick that was wedged across the roof of her mouth.  Piece of cake and instant gratification for all involved! A 30 second appointment was the best part of my day.  
    And that's really all I have to say.  I came home, took a short nap, and had a dinner of Captain Crunch (with crunch berries!), cookie dough, and popcorn (definitely not a foodie blog).  Since then, it's been tv and watching the boyfriend play his new South Park video game.  That's right folks, as I've been writing this, I've witnessed his player killing opponents with farts, rescuing Stan's dad from anal probing, and finding dildos in Cartman's mom's room.  Not to mention Kenny keeps getting eaten by rats.  Be jealous of my life.  

Monday, March 3, 2014

A Hope of Spring

    As I'm sure is the case with just about everybody else right now, I'm ready to be done with winter.  When you have other stresses and worries in your life, the cold and gray has a way of magnifying them even more.  Realistically, I understand I have fewer worries and less cold than a lot of people, but hey, it's my blog, so there you go.  ;)
    I've had a case at work that I've been struggling with for several weeks now.  It's a potentially treatable disease, but the owner's lack of compliance leaves me frustrated, sad, and worried for the life of their pet.  I'm not really sure where to go next if the necessary treatment isn't an option for them.  And I can't help but think about what I could've done differently.  I have a terrible time of not being forceful enough with owners and also feel that I struggle to explain things in enough depth.  I'm surprised I haven't developed stomach ulcers over this case.  
    Of much less consequence, but also on my mind, is the apparent failure of my winter gardening efforts.  Idea: beautiful tulips blooming after being forced indoors.

Reality: bulbs that have been the same height for 6 weeks.  

    Plus, I've been afraid that the bulbs I planted in containers last fall would all be dead because the soil froze.  But after this long winter, and after seeing my ongoing frustrating case today, I came home to something that assured me that spring will come.  I have crocus sprouts!  Look close.  They're there!

   Of course, I can't guarantee they'll actually bloom, but seeing those little green rays of hope was just what I needed to make a bad day a little bit better.  Stay tuned for more pictures as my flowers continue to grow.   I also started knitting, but more on that later.  :)

   I hope everyone else out there is staying warm and finding small ways to manage their struggles.  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Gardening: My New Attempt at a Hobby

Well hello there!

Spurred on by my friend's blog about her new Australian life (, I decided to give Merp a try again...again.  It seems vet school actually provided me with a lot of inspiration for blogging that I now lack.  Or else blogging provided me with a means to procrastinate in vet school.  Whichever.

So what can we expect from Merp these days?  No clue.  Probably few cartoons  because I'm finding humor hard to come by.  Most likely it will be a random assortment of topics at random intervals.  Although, I guess that's not all that different from what it's been in the past.

But before I bore you too much, today's topic is....Gardening!!!

That's right!  My new attempt at a hobby is gardening.  I don't know how long it will last seeing as how everything I've tried in the past has petered out at some point.  Soccer, softball, piano, flute, arts and crafts, cooking, get the point.  I live on the third floor in an apartment building so my gardening space is my balcony.  Therefore, containers are my friends.  So far, I consider it a success.  Especially because I failed to keep a cactus alive once.

Since I didn't start writing about it in the spring, I'll give you some pictures to update you on what I consider some pretty significant gardening accomplishments this season.

I started out in the spring with various annuals in window boxes.  (There was one more but I can't get the picture loaded.)  They made it most of the summer but started dwindling in August.  I may or may not have neglected to water them for a few days...or a week.

I also started some plants from seed.  I was so proud to see my first blossoms!

This is a calendula or pot marigold.

And this is a gaillardia or blanket flower.  I particularly love this one.  It's so pretty and seems pretty bomb proof.

My blanket flower is still going strong even now into October.

My pot marigold, however, is looking pretty puny, so I won't share a picture.  I do think it would still be pretty healthy at this point if not for what I suspect is poor deadheading technique on my part.

So now that it's fall, I decided I'd like to try my hand at bulbs for spring.  I read you can do them in containers, but I think my challenge will be finding a cool enough place to overwinter them without them freezing.  I think I'll be shifting them to the barn on the family farm for winter, and hopefully I'll have some new shoots come springtime!  I already planted some tulips the other day, but I took some pictures of the pot I did today.

This container started with a layer of hyacinths...

followed by a layer of crocuses three inches more shallow.

It should be a pretty mix if they all survive and aren't overcrowded. :/

So now I have two tubs of dirt waiting for spring!!  And it'll only take 5-6 months to find out if it worked!  Get excited!

Oh, and I bought some mums too because everybody and their brother is selling them, and they're very pretty.

Well there you have it!  I hope my flowers have brought some cheer to your day.  I personally have found them to be an uplifting hobby and distraction from hard days in vet med.  I'll do my best not to leave you hanging for another year.

Here's a Halloween picture.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Trying Again

Hello there!  I decided I'm going to try to restart my blog...again.  I realized that it's been almost a year since I've posted anything, and that's just very sad.  This is for several reasons.  Mostly, I'm lazy.  But also, I can't seem to come up with anything funny to make cartoons about.  My creativity has been staunched (which seems to happen a lot).  We'll see how long my blogging lasts this time.  ;)  Oh, and this first post isn't very uplifting. 

For anyone who may not know, here's a quick recap of the last 10 months of my life:
-Finished clinics
-Graduated vet school 
-Found a job near home
-Moved home
-Started job
-Moved to my own apartment
-Suck at job

I had actually written much more, giving you details about my suckiness, but decided to delete it just now after reconsidering the wisdom of posting such worries/complaints on the public internets.  I realize not many people will read this, but still... So instead, I'll sum up my general mood of recent months in one picture. 

Friday, December 16, 2011


So, I love Pinterest.  I've always liked doing arts and crafts, but Pinterest gives me lots and lots and lots of new ideas!  Plus, it's introduced me to all sorts of things that I'd never heard of and often gives you links that have step by step instructions.  So I've tried a few new projects I found through Pinterest, and I wanted to share them with you.  This is the first time I've done these, so the results are pretty rough.  I still have to figure out the nuances of each style. 

The first thing I tried was making my own ornaments.  This is the first batch, minus one that I messed up and threw away.  Sorry the picture is blurry.  After I took it my camera died and I was too impatient to charge it before taking another one.  Some of them lost their swirly pattern and ended up solid colored.

Here's a close up of one that I think turned out well.

Next, I tried out making etched glass designs and using alcohol ink to create a stained glass appearance.  For the etched glass, I didn't pick the right type of stencil so the design didn't turn out sharp and distinct like it should have.  I used all four sides to try out different designs and such. 

 And here's the alcohol ink one.
So there you have it!  Whenever I make things I really like, I'll probably add them to my Crafts With Christine page, so keep your eyes open!