things did not get better last night after my 'counting sheep' post. i think i fell asleep between 2:30 and 3, but then ellie woke up at 5. normally, if she wakes up, she's pretty easy to appease with her 'sassa' (paci) or a few minutes of rocking. but even as i rocked her, she fussed. i really think she wanted to get down and play. uh, no. i finally got her quiet with a few ounces of milk. then it took forever to fall asleep again. blah. so, i skipped church. i'm rather proud that i haven't skipped church more than twice in this pregnancy. still, it felt weird. sundays are weird without church. it was good though. i got a nap and got to rest so i'm feeling pretty good. hopefully sleep will come easier tonight. please.
instead of church this morning, i prayed while i planted plants. it was lovely because of the crazy rain last night, overcast and not as hot as usual. i had lots of plants from landon's aunt, but some of them went to be with the earthworms so i bought some replacements. part of the problem with keeping them alive was that there were several unidentified plants (they came from toni's horticulture class plant sale, and they weren't all labeled) so i guessed wrong on where they wanted to be -- sun or shade -- and how much water they wanted.
this time, i did some reading on better homes and gardens and tried to buy plants that are "heat tolerant" and specifically for containers i already have situated in the sun or in the shade. i bought a couple more succulents, aka cactus, since i've had great success with the ones i already have. they're sorta fool-proof. lots of heat and sun and little water. i can handle that. plus, one of them is called a 'maternity plant.' how could i resist? i also bought a pretty hosta for a super shady corner of my deck. it's the one i'm most excited about, but also most worried about. it may be a little high maintenance for me. i love it though. and there are begonias for another shady spot as well as lantana, vinca and an ornamental pepper plant for spots with lots of hot, late afternoon sun. oh, and something blue that said it was drought tolerant and likes lots of sun in the container with the lantana, but i can't remember what it's called. i know you're sad. that sounds like a lot of plants, now that i'm rereading, but i really found some pretty stuff for not too much money.
anyway, i'm really digging (haha, i made a pun) having a container garden this year on my deck. sorry if this bores ya'll.
pictures for those of you still reading.