(Note: I have written this blog post a couple years ago, sometime before the pandemic (isn’t it funny that now we define time by referencing the pandemic) and left it on drafts, and totally forgotten about it. Very recently, I was going over the draft posts and saw this article. I think everybody has to deal with difficult people in different parts of their lives, and maybe this post might help some of you.)
As a person who always loved reading novels, I have recently (last five years, I would say) started to enjoy reading non-fiction books, especially self-improvement books. However, after reading one good personal growth book that makes you learn about yourself and helps you feel good, you want to read more books that can do the same. It can easily become a habit. More importantly, when you reread the book that made you a better version of yourself a couple of years later, you realize that you already forgot most of it and you start to make the same mistakes again. Therefore, I try to spend some time reading good books on how to feel better, how to appreciate things and so on.
I made this when I was in high school. It was eleventh or the twelfth grade and I was taking Advanced Studio Art class from a very good teacher I loved. Every class, we had the abundance of materials, pencils, paints, inks, papers, cardboards, brushes, anything you could think of. Everyone was very talented and worked on their projects while listening to the songs from our teacher’s playlist. Everyone was at their own pace and own imagination. I was working with a blue coloring pencil only, on a gray sketch paper.
I don’t know how much you can see from this picture but it is actually a close-up of jeans. I loved playing with the shadows and the folding areas with one color only. I worked on this painting/drawing for weeks with patience and joy.
After weeks of hard work I came to the class and took out the painting from the cupboards we all used to store our work when we leave the class. There were big oily drops
Probably you have have come across with one of those videos where they show you how to grown your plant at home. These are quick videos of how to grow fruits and vegetables from seeds, how to make your plant flourish, how to propagate cacti or succulents, and how to take care of your succulents. Among them, there are some unbelievable videos like the ones that show how to grow kiwi inside a banana – come on, don’t play with our feelings!
Anyways, we saw a video about growing your own pineapple at home and decided to give it a try. We normally don’t buy whole pineapples, in fact we seldomly buy pineapples in any form, but we realized it is a good excuse to buy it for planting. We had missed the taste too, of course. We cut the head of it, detached two to three lines of the bottom leaves like it showed in the video and simply placed it in a pot of soil.
Let’s be honest. We don’t remember all the books we read. We forget some key characters and even the plot line, while we can remember a small random detail that may not have a major role in the story. Or sometimes we remember just one quote and a few characters that somehow influence us.
Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) by Sheila Callaghan is one of the plays that left a nice little quote to me:
Happy Valentine’s Day! Even though you do not have a valentine, and let this day be a day to celebrate the love in our lives.
Oyku and I did something crazy and sang a song on our Youtube Channel! It is an old Turkish song, which is normally more upbeat but we wanted to sing it slow, since we like this song more when it is slow.
And I have a couple of things to say about the today.
It is so easy to overlook family, friends, nature and so many other things we love. It is so easy to take them for granted.
We grow with appreciation, heal with love.
Let’s appreciate the people we love, cats and dogs we adore and nature.
We all know that days like this are primarily good for the economy. Cakes, candies and flowers are sold and of course the businesses enjoy the seasonal revenue boost. Today so many sweet things are taken in and sweet things are spoken out. So let’s say nice things today.
Yes, these are words of a romantic girl, but wouldn’t it be nice to be more optimistic and wear our pink shades for a day and see through rose-colored glasses?
By the way, if you forgot to click on the one above and kept on reading (thanks) here it is again.
Two days ago I realized something curious at the bottom of the cactus in our living room. There were two little yellow mushrooms! As much as they look like toys or from Smurfs, they are real! They appear to have yellow pollen-like powder – which is probably the mushroom spores – and have painted the end of spikes of the five cacti in the same pot to yellow.
After some research and friends’ help through Instagram (of course we shared the pictures on Instagram Stories) we learned that it is not as poisonous as we think – as long as you don’t eat it. But still we put the pot in the balcony, just to make sure that it doesn’t have any bad effects through the air we breath indoors.
The scientific name of Yellow Houseplant Mushroom is Leucocoprinus Birnbaumii and it is very common for the potted plants. Apparently the spores come with the soil package or through air and when the conditions like humidity and warmth are good enough, a mushroom just pops out next to various house plants.
Now the pot is resting in the balcony and the two little mushrooms are still there, although they are wilted. It looks like the mushrooms don’t like the cold balcony. We hope that they don’t affect the growth of our beautiful cacti. We will update you 🙂
Instagram instroduced a new feature: Nametag. The purpose of nametag is to scan the tag and go to the account and follow it. It kind of reminded us the Snapchat feature. You can also customize your nametag with emojis, colors or even a selfie! We wonder how creative people will get, but it seems like there is not much room to make crazy changes.
Ours is a hand writing emoji, we think it suits the blog very well and tells so much about our passion. We love writing (which obvious by now due to this blog), we also love drawing. We used to draw and paint more often when we were at school, but Continue reading →
Self respect is the key to make right decisions. We need to respect our own thoughts, feelings, confusions, wishes and dreams. No one can really know what our dream is or what we are actually thinking and feeling.
Isn’t it difficult to express the real ‘me’? Isn’t it sad that we often choose what is offered and do not share our actual abilities?
Check out our latest video on Youtube! We talked about how we met the famous author Khaled Hosseini. We were at Skidmore College doing our Citizenship Project for our Honors Forum Minor. In Saratoga Springs we led a book discussion at a nursing home and it was a wonderful experience!
We have the Turkish version of this video too. You can find it in our Youtube Channel!
The title sounds lame but wait until you read this post.
A few weeks ago we went to a florist. The owner has turned his large backyard of his little house to a plant storage, almost a plant-house and now he cultivates seedlings of citrus, jasmine and bougainvilleas. He also sells pots of flowers, mostly to be planted, and a very small collection of succulents. Oyku and I love succulents and when we went near them we saw a different looking plant. We had seen that plant for the first time in our lives and before we could ask about it the owner told the name: ‘Tears of Love’. It seemed as if this was one of his favorites. He explained that the plant doesn’t have flowers, but when a little bud drops on the soil, a new plant grows from there.
We think this plant is a succulent or a type of cactus (forgive our lack of knowledge about succulents and cacti; we may not know much, but we are admirers) and propogation is possible with the small buds. We wonder Continue reading →