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A-to-Z Challenge: Garden

Deviant Art: Darkosikman – Rain in Garden

I Love the Rain…

… because it nourishes my garden during a scorching summer day here in Texas. Hm, maybe it would be a different story if I live near a city where acid rain takes place: mutant flowers and creating a dangerous place to dance in. I have so many things I want to do and envision so many garden projects in my mind: trellises, canopies, pathways. My siblings and I have inherited our parents’ green thumb. Growing up, we had fun experimenting with growing with a bunch of things: grape trees, corn, lima beans, mango trees as our parents poured their efforts in growing squash, lettuce, peppers, mint, cucumbers, bitter melons, pear, persimmon, apple trees.

Right now, my boyfriend’s family has gifted me with a garden plot, and I’m learning how to work with the soil in this area. I leveled the garden by raking the ground and adding layers of topsoil. It’s fairly sandy and the climate can be very hot during the summer in this region. Gladiolus, dahlias, sunflowers, hibiscus, and bluebonnet flowers shot up into the air pretty well with no problem. Lettuce grew well during the winter. Squash and pumpkin vines climbed onto the fence well! I had trouble growing tomatoes and herbs.

Rain in Pop Culture

I also love rain soaked scenes in movies which seems to heighten the drama and emotions experienced.

Prince’s song, Purple Rain, inspired a Rain Room in a museum in Los Angeles, CA.

Los Angeles Times – In a tribute to Prince, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art decided that the water in the popular Rain Room installation would be turned purple. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

Quotes about Rain

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The Transition Past a Fog

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Hope all of you enjoyed New Year festivities! On the last day of of 2018, I opened the front door late at night to check out the early fireworks after I popped my small champagne poppers. We have some eager neighbors who are ready to start the new year with a bang! There was some heavy fog that swirled together with the smoke creating a dense screen of opaque gas.

As much as I like the mystical nature of fog (when I’m not driving), I couldn’t help but feel that the fog symbolically represented the concealment of transitioning to 2019 this time. It was as if the fog was teasing me, “Na-na-na Sa, you are not allowed to peek ahead quite yet! There’s something I want you to pay attention to first!”

At least 2019’s fog seems more playful than the 1980’s killer fog from the horror thriller flick! 😀

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

Thomas Jefferson

Hold on Thomas Jefferson! I know you’re waving your translucent hands impatiently waiting to get to the meat of the issue, but I’m going to indulge in the past just a little bit before jumping to my dreams for the future! I invited you here because I heard that various educators and editors were taking you out of school textbooks in our region. Interesting debate! You are such an enigmatic founding father in American history!

Anyway, the foggy weather reminded me of a novel I read as a young girl called “Fog Magic” by Julia L. Sauer published in 1943. Greta, a young girl living in Nova Scotia, is able to travel back in time every time her village is covered in fog.

I’ve been looking forward at everything in my life through my front windshield to avoid crashing into anything and enjoy the present. Since it’s foggy outside, I’m just going to park in the woods for a moment and enjoy my warm order of “acceptance, courage, and self-love” venti potion from The Sunshine Artist’s garden cafe.

Part of self-love involves forgiveness of myself for the things I felt like I couldn’t do. There’s an acronym floating around the blogsphere: FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). Comparing yourself to others is a harmful habit. Sometimes, I’m in awe of what someone else is doing and wonder if I should being doing that too like say… rock climbing for instance.

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So, it’s time to look at my rear view mirror and reflect back on the highlights of my year, bullet journal style!

Photo credit: Laura Bailey @ All the Shoes I Wear

Overview of 2018

January:

  • Elected Secretary of the Justice Society, Vice-president of Chapter Operations for a business fraternity, Treasurer of Guild of Geeks at my school which simultaneously scared and excited me because I’ve never been elected for so many student officer positions
  • Started a more rigorous fitness and nutrition regimen to help me maintain energy for all those new responsibilities

February:

  • Began planning for several community service projects
  • Learning “Infor: ERP Cloud Software” and COBOL programming language that is causing everyone in my class migraine headaches

March:

  • Happily grew some squash, flowers, lettuce and maintained my garden patch during spring break!
  • Organized a clothing drive for the Battered Women’s Shelter for women’s history month

April:

  • Organized my first video game tournament which gave me many lessons in project & event management
  • Organized speaker series for World Water Day and Earth Day for Environmental club

May:

  • Graduated from a bachelor’s program with a major in information technology, project management and minor in English
  • Humbled to be awarded “Student Leader of the Year” along with other distinguished honors

June:

  • Preparing to be bridesmaid in my best friend’s wedding
  • Served a homeless shelter
  • CISCO, CCNA, CompTIA+ cyber security training
  • Participated in a summer reading club

July

  • Started my blog, “Culture Shocks” where I enjoyed writing fiction, taking photographs, and interacting with many bloggers around the world. THANK YOU! It’s been a pleasure!

August

  • Began my year long commitment with a local youth literacy reading buddy program

September

  • Participated in San Japan Convention, cosplayed as Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece anime, and enjoyed time with boyfriend before our 3 month separation as we focused on our studies.

October

  • Started studying graduate admission testing workshops. I was thinking about practicing my essay questions here…

November

  • Handled busiest retail season for Black Friday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years!

December

  • Participated in a fun song challenge on my blog which hid my incredibly packed holiday schedule. Believe me, it helped tremendously! 😀

Goals for 2019

After that bullet list, you’d think I’d just want to find ways to relax for 2019! Now that’s an idea! In my last Q&A, I said I wanted to remove some clutter. One evening, I noticed that Netflix featured a show with master organizer: “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”. Guess my goal is everyone else’s! I will ponder on these quotes while cleaning and trying out a few things from the #KonMariMethod.

For my blog (same, some tweaks)

  • Book/Movie/Restaurant reviews
  • Crafts/Art/Drawing/Painting/Sketch
  • Fiction/Poems/Stories
  • Questions/Responses/Thoughts
  • Photographs/Challenges/Prompts

For my personal life

  • Transitioning to a new job/career
  • More studies- Tech certifications
  • Read at least one book each month
  • Spending more time with family and friends
  • Sleep more often. Make sure I get enough rest.
  • Dream up new dreams throughout the year!
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