How To Repot A Fern

I’ve spent the past few days repotting various plants, including my tomato babies. I’m now going to Italy, and since I don’t have a cat anymore I was thinking that I’d be saving money since I wouldn’t need to pay the catsitter, except then I realised someone needed to look after my plants, so now the catsitter has morphed into a plantsitter for the next couple of weeks.

I posted about the repotting on Instagram, and then a friend asked if I could show him how to repot a fern. Since I’ll be videoing the conference in Italy next week and needed to test the videocamera anyway, I decided this would be a good opportunity to do that.

So, here you go: how to repot a fern (works for most other plants too). Full transcript below.

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Objects With Meaning

Magpie At Midnight is currently doing a series of blog posts about objects that mean something to her. In the first post in the series, she says:

“I am slightly suspicious of wholesale minimalism. I feel that some objects come with important emotional meaning attached, and they form part of our emotional memory. Our emotional story. What looks like simple clutter to some people, is for other people an anchor to an important moment, good or bad, in their past. I am sure that sometimes getting rid of those anchors can, in itself, be a very psychologically healthy thing to do. But I am not an advocate of throwing things away simply for the sake of being tidy, of creating a clean, minimalist environment.”

And I completely agree. So I thought I’d take a look at some of my own objects of meaning, but I’m putting them in one post rather than spreading them out, because my posting queue is horrendous right now and I don’t want it to get even longer. Hop over there and take a look at Magpie’s blog too!  Continue reading “Objects With Meaning”


The Ridiculous Search Terms That Bring People Here

How do people end up on my blog? Not many of them do. Most of my readers are me, looking back through what I’ve written to berate myself about how stupid it sounds a few days later.

But some people read it. And some of them got here through some pretty odd keyword searches…  Continue reading “The Ridiculous Search Terms That Bring People Here”


New Year’s Resolutions Feature: Put Your Money Where Your Happy Is

This year I came to the startling conclusion that I’m actually not bad with money. I’ve always been told I’m terrible at managing my finances, and I’ve always believed that to be true because until about four years ago I never felt like I had enough money to live on. This was even the case when I was working in advertising and earning a pretty fat pay cheque.

However, a few months ago I was discussing life with my therapist, and she asked about money. I told her I’m bad with it, and she asked why, and we talked about my current habits. “They sound very healthy,” she told me when I explained that I earn enough to live on comfortably and have a reasonably well-stocked savings account. “But I’m bad with money,” I replied, “I always have been. Everyone I’ve ever lived with has told me I’m bad with money.”

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A Reminder

If there is one thing that my life has taught me to this point it is this:
just keep going.

When the roof falls in and you lose your house, when you have nowhere left to live,
move to another place and
just keep going.

When you’re taken away from the place you loved and the community you related to,
integrate yourself as best you can and
just keep going.

When someone injures you so badly that you can no longer perform a basic human function
patch yourself up as best you can and
just keep going.

When you’re made to spend long stretches of time with someone who’s nearly killed you,
fight for your life in whatever way you can and
just keep going.

When they try to brainwash you, try to take away your mind and your ability to use it,
visit the library in secret and
just keep going.

When it feels like there’s nothing and no one left, no friends you can tell or turn to,
hold that tiny piece of dogged resistance deep inside and
just keep going.

When they tell you your body is broken, that you probably won’t survive the year,
toss your head high, power on through it and
just keep going.

When the people you loved turn against you, when no one and nothing is left,
turn a new page, start a new life and
just keep going.

Yes it’s exhausting, but if it’s possible, it’s worth it. Because you will find love again, even when it feels like hate is winning. There will be more obstacles, you will fall down many more times; sometimes people will trip you up. Sometimes you will just fall yourself; done, defeated. But you rise.

The joy is temporary, your mind tells you; something else will go wrong. And it is right. But the pain is also temporary. Even those pains that leave lifelong scars have corresponding joys that still make you smile when you think of them years later.

So keep reaching out. Other people are feeling like this too, and maybe just by your mutual presence you can help each other. Keep moving forward. Keep your head and your spirits as high as you can, and

just. keep. going.


Three-Day Quote Challenge: Day Three

I was tagged by Estprophet518 to do a three-day quote challenge. And I like challenges, and I also like quotes, so I figured why not?

The idea is to post three quotes each day for three days. Here’s day three.

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Three-Day Quote Challenge: Day Two

I was tagged by Estprophet518 to do a three-day quote challenge. And I like challenges, and I also like quotes, so I figured why not?

The idea is to post three quotes each day for three days. Here’s day two.

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