Resurrection Fern

Is it just me or are there two word prompts? Since I don’t know how to use paragon in a thoughtful, maybe funny post, I’m going to go with total.


Well I’m glad you follow this blog because I’m about to introduce you to one of the craziest, coolest things I’ve ever seen.

One day a friend of mine took me to this store in Akron called Land of Plenty. I don’t know why it has this name but it is definitely the land of random things. There are gemstones and coins and clothing and even furniture in this store. They also have a lot of plants.

So I know what succulents are but I had never heard of an air plant before. One of the workers there told me that air plants are literally what they sound like. They’re desert loving plants that survive on air though you do have to mist them every once in a while. There’s also another plant she explained to me about, and I ended up buying one, but I’ll go into that in another post.

I’m looking at all these air plant terrariums when I come across these tumbleweed looking things just sitting in a bowl. They were labelled as “resurrection ferns”. I’m sitting here like yeah.. it looks like it needs some kind of rejuvenation cause it’s looking pretty dead. The lady comes up to me, because she probably saw my look of confusion, and goes, “they’re alive”.

I’m scratching my head on this one people. I thought maybe she was a little bit high off all the incense that was burning in the place because I know what a dead plant looks like. She proceeds to tell me that it doesn’t come alive until you put it in water.

Excuse me, what?!? How is something that’s clearly dead, come back alive off water alone?! She assured me that if I bought this, put in in water, it would turn green.

For $4 dollars I had to see if she as telling the truth. So I bought one determined to prove that this can’t possibly be true. I don’t have a green thumb at all so I know what a dead plant looks like.

Man, I wasn’t ready!!!

The following are pictures of the different stages of a resurrection fern in about a 1-7 hour period:

She was telling the absolute truth!! MAGIC IS REAL!! This plant has no roots! It defies regular logic! At least my regular logic and YET! The proof is in the pudding and I don’t even like pudding that much.

Once the water evaporates, it curls back into itself and that’s it! Every time one of my best friends comes over, he puts it in water to see if it’ll open back up and so far it hasn’t failed.

Have any of you ever seen real life sorcery?? Let me know in the comments below!

Cellphone Cameras

Sometimes your cellphone camera can surprise you. It’s amazing how far technology has come along and it’s only getting better and better! Both pictures were taken with the Google Nexus 6P. For the second one, I tried to take the picture without grabbing the flower but the wind was blowing too erratically and I love sunflowers too much not to take a picture!


Shelf Situations

Okay, I admit. I have a problem hobby.

When we lived in our little one bedroom apartment, it was always a struggle trying to figure out how to stack all the books I acquire from sales and the internet on this shelf. It started out as one shelf then turned into two. The bookcase has four shelves total and I allowed my husband to use one for his video games and the very bottom one was for my Disney movies.

This is one thing I’m very particular about. They have to be shelved by author, and on top of that, in order by series. When shelved vertical, series order is always left to right not right to left. When stacked horizontally, series order is always top to bottom not bottom top. If I have doubles or stand-alones, they’re stacked by book size. The series I like the most have to be stacked in front and visible when I stack horizontal.

(If you were curious, those are not overdue library books. I bought them from library sales. Also, the little red and blue book sticking out is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.)

Thankfully we were finally able to save enough to buy a house and said house came with built in wall shelves in one of the bedrooms as well as the stair situation below:

Before you ask, yes, I’ve read every book in both pictures except Haunted, An Ember in the Ashes, Persona, and Storm Siren and my collection has doubled since.

Are you particular about the way your books are shelved? Are you like me and there’s no such thing as running out of space for books? Let me know in the comments below! 😀

This Was My Childhood

Fun fact. I’m a classic Disney nerd. If it’s not on VHS, it’s not classic Disney for me. I posted a photo in my Beauty and the Beast review of my collection but it has grown a little since then. I’m still missing a couple but here’s what I have so far:

The reason I keep these, besides my love for them, is because any future children I may have should not only know what VCR is, but to see and experience one of the things that made me who I am today.

I remember growing up constantly watching these movies. I saw Lion King and The Little Mermaid in theaters. My Grams would gather up the grandchildren with some popcorn and drinks and we would be good kids and stay in our seats and watch the movie. I was always riveted. I also remember having a birthday/slumber party centered around 101 Dalmatians where the decorations were dalmatian themed and we watched the animated version followed by the live action version when Glenn Close played Cruela DeVille.

Now that Disney has shifted direction and is going live action on my classics, it’s exciting but also has me skeptical a little. They are changing the stories up a tiny bit but so far I liked the successful ones: Maleficent, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast. I know the Lion King is one of the next ones on the docket and I can only hope it will be spectacular considering James Earl Jones is reprising his vocal role as Mufasa.

I saw this video on Facebook last night and it just brought home the fact how great these movies are. Not only did they spurn the imagination but they were also good teachers. I know I’ve quoted a few of these movies a time or two.

Check out this compilation of Disney films. Does it bring back any memories for you? Do you have a favorite classic? Favorite quote? How do you feel about the live action reboots? Let me know in the comments below!

The Jerk: Part 2

This week’s photo challenge is pretty neat. I have a couple posts talking about friendship including one showcasing my husband and best friend, as well as my pets. I figured I’d do a part 2 of the jerk since he’s constantly around me. He’s my reading buddy, nap cat, and monkey boy. He was my unexpected fur friend after the passing of my pup. I never thought I’d like cats but this jerk has my heart with his grumpy cat eyes.


Turtle Power

In the midst of all that’s going on in the world right now, I feel the need to share a story that I hope will bring smiles to faces today. We all need a reprieve from life every once in a while yeah?

This is Turtle:

Let’s rewind back to oh, 2008ish. I was a freshman in college. I lived in a dorm with a roommate and my high school Biology teacher had imparted the gift of a baby corn snake to me. I named him Y because he had a Y on his head. Y didn’t last long because the stupid snake wouldn’t eat no matter what I tried. We buried Y outside under one of the trees in front of Miller.

I was following the school forum and came across a student who found this turtle in the river and didn’t want it anymore. I don’t even want to explain the lecture I gave this person about how they should have left the turtle in the river… Anyway, the turtle wasn’t doing well because she had it in a fish bowl (!!!) and basically got bored of it. It’s a turtle.. not a dog. Of course it’s going to be a bit more boring! So I got it into my head that I would rescue this turtle and give it a better life.

I decked Turtle out. Got a big 40 gallon tank and had a waterfall fountain and all these pretty stones on the bottom! It was awesome! One time I decided to try and give Turtle live fish; little comets you can get from the pet store. I bought three of them and put them in the tank. Turtle didn’t seem interested at first and then a few days later two disappeared. The last one stuck around for months! My husband named the fish Philip and I’m sitting here like don’t name the fish. Turtle needs to eat him! Philip grew and grew and I panicked because I did not want a pet fish. I tried starving turtle out for months but, I learned, turtles hibernate! One day though we did look in the tank and Philip was gone….

Back to turtles hibernating! Turtles can hibernate! This means they give their owners heart attacks because they stay underwater for days and look dead! I remember walking over to the tank and he was just sitting on the bottom. I didn’t think anything of it at first until he was still doing it the next day. I freaked out and yelled at my husband to reach in the tank and make sure Turtle was alive! I just couldn’t do it. He reached in there like a good gentleman, and gave me the same look Turtle did like “can’t a man nap in peace??” I found out later that not only can painted turtles hold their breath for an extended period of time but that when they hibernate, their metabolism slows way down to the point where they truly look dead but they are able to absorb and process oxygen from the water through their skin!

Now, I did have one other incident where Turtle gave me a heart attack. I woke up one morning to see this floating in the tank:

Once again, I could not bring myself to look into the tank for fear I’d see a dead turtle. I screamed for my husband, “I’VE DONE IT FOR REAL THIS TIME! TURTLE IS DEAD! I KILLED HIM!” I was perilously close to tears. I thought maybe a big rock or something fell on turtle and crushed his shell somehow off of him. I’m not logical when I’m panicking. My husband comes to scope the situation and just starts laughing at me. He tells me to look in the tank. I’m in denial of course so I’m begging him to just tell me and he’s enjoying my hysterics so he just keeps repeating that I should look in the tank.

There was turtle. Alive and well. I freaked out for nothing. Turns out turtles can shed. When they shed pieces of their shell, they’re called scutes. I guess it’s rare for a turtle to shed a whole scute so I had to grab him and check out his shell and make sure it wasn’t soft because it could be a sign of metabolic bone disease. Turtle was not amused and tried to bite my finger off, which btw, turtle bites hurt!

To end this longer-than-I-thought post, I want to say that Turtle did have an original name. It was MichaelAngela because an old roommate of mine insisted Turtle is a girl but that and “she” is too many syllables so its Turtle and he.



Test of Time

I have to confess. When I saw the word “evanescent” I immediately thought of the band Evanescence. Am I the only one?

This word has a cool meaning and pairs perfectly with my post from this morning. Check it out if you haven’t.

John, from this morning, had a show and tell story for me a couple of weeks ago. I forget how the conversation started but he ended up telling me about the tree that grew through the car. I looked at him like he was crazy. What do you mean a tree that grew through a car??? He was like, “Take a walk with me. Let me show you” So we make our way to the back of the plant and out the door and he wasn’t kidding:

Of course I needed the whole story after that! 20 years ago, the owner decided he wanted this car. I don’t know cars but it says Continental on it so he wanted a Continental. The problem is, it was all the way in Arizona. So he sent someone to drive cross country to pick this car up and drive it back to Ohio. The car gets here, and it needs a new exhaust. He paid for the exhaust to get fixed and it hasn’t left this driveway since! I don’t know if he just lost interest or what.

I asked John how this tree came to be! He said one of the “doodlies” must have planted itself and over twenty years it just grew. Doodlies are what us young people call helicopters. They look like little seed pods with wings basically and when they fall off the tree they float down like helicopter blades whirring. The tree literally came out of nowhere and did not let this car deter it! It just goes to show you how nature was here before us and can easily take the land back if we let it. You can tell this tree figure out how to grow through this car to the point that it’s actually lifting it off the ground:

Now the owners are contemplating donating this old car and John and I are making it known that this tree, this strong, little tree, has to be saved! If anyone wants this car, they’ll be taking it without the bumper cause this tree is staying.

All You Have To Do Is….

What does this look like to you?



If you guessed catapult, you’d be sort of right. It looks like you can pull a lever back and fling things, big things, big, human things, into the ocean. It’s actually this:


Located at Ka Lae which is considered the southernmost tip of the United States as well as the Big Island Hawaii. It is believed that when the Polynesians arrived, this is where they docked first. It became a great fishing spot where they would drill holes into the cliff to moor their boats while they fished. Now, if you’re a swimmer, I’m not, and you’re fearless, which I’m selective about, you can catapult yourself off this point. There’s a little maneuverability involved, skirting around random deep tidal pools and all that but here’s what it looks like; without jumping of course:



Let me be clear that these are strong currents. So if you do decide to jump, I hope you’re a strong swimmer or that gorgeous blue water will sweep you away or even into the cliff. If you look to your right you’ll see these:



Those are 14 turbines along that coast harnessing that unrelenting wind! They power 20% of the island!

If you’re still with me, well not with me, you probably jumped because you’re a brave, strong swimmer!  You just jumped 40 feet. It was awesome and amazing and you can cross it off your bucket list! But now you find yourself asking, how do I get back up? Before you break out those rock climbing skills:



A handy ladder just for you so you can be back on your way to tell the tale of your awesome cliff jumping adventures to the world!


Unmoored? Maybe?

These words man..

I looked up synonyms to this one and most of them say loose, adrift, without an anchor and all I can think about is this picture:

I mean it’s technically unmoored in a sea of grass right?!

My husband sent me this picture while he was working. He believes the people who live their intentionally buried their truck. Like they woke up one day, when to start the truck and it was dead. Instead of scraping it, they do what most do with beloved dead things and they buried it in their yard. I imagine it was a nice gardening project; step one dig a hole, step 2, put truck in hole, step three, throw a bunch a grass seed around it so it becomes a decorative lawn ornament.

I’d like to think maybe that whole situation used to be a river and in someone got stranded and left their truck and then over time nature just took over. Or maybe it’s not a full truck at all and it’s just the top of a truck but then who had the patience to cut a truck in half? I mean you just don’t pick these kinds of things up at a yard sale!

Or maybe it’s an alien sign so they know where to land their spaceship…

The things you see driving around these towns, I swear.

What do you think is the real story? Hit me up in the comments!