When the weather permits, wearing top to bottom linen is a never fail outfit formula for me. It had been cardigan weather for the past few weeks, but today warmed up to 75 and I felt fine going out with short sleeves. I don’t take it for granted anymore. In NYC I’d still be miserably wearing my puffy coat right now!
This weekend, I gave up on my mint plant. As you might recall, it was plagued by white spots, which I learned was a mite problem. The solution was to spray them with diluted soapy water, which I did, but maybe I over-did it because two days later the entire plant wilted and died. I’m not going to repurchase mint, and haven’t decided what I want to use the empty planter for.
I also gave up on the idea of having more plants at home after I discovered an infestation of fungus gnats all over my pearl ivy plant. It was so gross. I relocated the plant outdoors on the balcony to get rid of most of the gnats. But we still have a bunch of gnats flying around indoors. I’m trying to get rid of the remainder of the gnats with a DIY apple cider gnat trap, but little luck so far. I also ordered some clear sticky fly traps to place on the windows.
The only plant that is left indoors is my rubber plant. So far, it’s looking good. At risk of a sterile looking interior, I think one indoor plant is all that I can handle right now. This whole trying to be a plant person thing was more hassle and cost than it was worth I think. All the plant guides I read only ever talked about requirements for light and watering. I was not prepared for mites and gnats too! I don’t want to even think about pesticides.
In other news, I started reading the book You Are What You Wear by Dr. Baumgartner. It’s a pop-psychology book about what your clothes reveal about you. I remember being interested in this topic early on. I recall a conversation I had with a friend in the 9th grade about how revealing shoes were about a person’s personal taste. In high school, it was easy to know right away what type of music, for example, someone listened to based on their shoes. Doc Marten’s? Industrial rock. Airwalks? Skate Punk. Beyond high school and college though, things become less clear, as our professional identities take over and we become more or less concerned about expressing certain aspects of ourselves. Anyway, I’m enjoying the book so far. The first chapter is about over shopping, and has already prevented me from making an impulse online order this week.
Before I let you go, I haven’t forgotten about the rest of the apartment tour. I had to take a break because we were actually rearranging things in the second bedroom, which we use as a den/office space. We’re trying to create a custom wood keyboard stand for the BF’s korg piano. It may take a week or two before that’s all done. Stay tuned!