plant pressing tips

Around eight years ago I became interested in pressing plants. My love for the hobby has a sort of natural ebb and flow that’s fairly dependant on the season. Winter, obviously, isn’t a great time to find specimens. As soon as spring comes around each year I fall right back into old habits. Picking and

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the little things

Since the moment Klaus came into my life I’ve been sharing little updates on how he’s been getting along with the cats. Perhaps that’d be better worded as ‘how the cats are getting along with him.” He’s always wanted to be friends but Squid and Professor have been a little resistant. I thought maybe it’d

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photo diary – first hike of spring 2018

Spring is here! Well, it’s trying at least. I’m definitely one of those people who just barely scrapes by each winter. I just can’t stand being cooped up. I don’t like being cold, and the lack of sunshine is ROUGH for me. So, as soon as Spring starts to show it’s pretty face, I get

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adventures in avocado propagation – an update

Since the beginning of this year I’ve been patiently experimenting with growing avocado pits. It’s an extremely slow going adventure but one I’ve become completely enthralled with. I check on my pits multiple times a day (seriously, I can’t help it) and celebrate even the smallest bit of growth and change. It’s been since mid-March

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11 years

The end of this month marks Squid’s 11th birthday! Up until about a week ago I thought she was turning ten this year buuut that’s neither here nor there. I apparently don’t understand simple math. Squid doesn’t get much air time on The Dainty Squid. I mean, this whole thing is named after her so

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10 things making me smile…

▴ Klaus playing in the water! ▴ Lazy weekend mornings with coffee, french toast + my main squeeze. ▴ This light chasing little dweeb. ▴ Being surrounded by plants (+my long hair! Do you know how many years I ‘tried’ to grow it but always cut it!? So pumped to finally have followed through!) ▴

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10 things I’m looking forward to this spring

① Riding bikes + exploring the city. Also, post bike ride ice cream and/or tacos. Eaten outside, of course. Gosh, I miss eating outside… ② Making bouquets from whatever flowers I can get my hands on. ③ Bare legs + sandals! Can’t wait to shove my winter coat in the back of the closet.  ④

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the critters – 2018

Just over a year ago I wrote a post giving a little update on how their animals were adjusting to life in the new apartment. I re-read that post quite often. Moving into this apartment with Jeff was a huge deal, not only because it was us moving in together for the first time but

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