The purrs are deafening
Oh gosh, oh gosh, oh gosh.
There are so many of them! And there just kept being MORE HEADS poking up! And then more curious purry noses at the camera. That purr sounds like what happens when Fey sticks her nose in my ear. This is ultra-adorable, way off the charts on the squee scale.
Fox on Flickr.
Cacti and other succulents, though. Those are some plants that don’t really need any pruning at all. Sometimes you *can* prune. And if a leaf is infected with rot, you might prune it off. But generally, they are happy to be left alone.
In other words, do some research on the kind of plant you’re pruning and see what they like. And don’t feel like pruning is a universally bad thing to feel guilty about.
Does anyone else feel terrible when trimming trees, bushes, and vines? Am I over-thinking this?
AFAIK pruning and stuff is actually good for plants and trees.
As long as you are careful you won’t harm the plant.
Yes, for a lot of plants, proper trimming will actually help them grow better.
It just needs to be at the right time and in the right pattern for that type of plant. And if you don’t get it 100% perfect on the first try - most plants are forgiving.
There are a few plants that don’ like any pruning at all, but they are pretty rare.
(As far as I can figure, a lot of plants have it pre-programmed into their growth pattern that they *will* have some of their growth eaten by animals. They already plan for it. And when the said animal doesn’t show up (because they are in a garden) it throws off their game a little. And plus, long, woody, stems can slow water flow and can be “expensive” to maintain. So starting leaves closer in can be good. My Spearmint is looking 100% happier since i pinched off some woody stems without many leaves.)
Found a cute garden under a tree on my walk yesterday.
X Graptoveria ‘Mrs. Richards’
Aside from all that stuff in the previous post, I do really like those 3 X-men movies (especially the 1st one) because the characters are just really engaging to me. And they have that feeling of being *people* and I care about them.
So I still liked them even if they were a bit ham-handed.
To each their own, I guess.
The link above goes to the original blog post I made in 2006, complete with people’s comments. The text below is exactly what was in that blog post, though:
I’ve now seen X-Men 3. Most of my thoughts on it are summed up in either the post or the comments at the Ragged Edge’s review of the movie (although I’m sure plurals who read this will note that they’re represented in the Ragged Edge comments only by someone who thinks of them as having a “dissociative disorder”). Another thought, which has long bothered me about the X-Men despite liking them, is as follows. (Most of what I’m about to say is common to all X-Men stuff, so there won’t really be spoilers.)
It reinforces a particular way of thinking about people and their political beliefs, that is common but destructive. It lumps several beliefs and actions together, into basically two groups.
Group one (represented by the Brotherhood of Mutants):
“So, while I enjoy watching the X-Men, I really hope that it doesn’t reinforce too many of people’s rather polarized views of what certain beliefs mean about a person’s other beliefs. There are third, and fourth, and fifth, etc, categories, we’re not all X-Men or the Brotherhood of Mutants out here in the real world.”
All of this! As much as I did enjoy the movies, I feel like they “flattened out” and simplified a lot of politics and how life (as a minority) *works*.
Although the one thing I did like is that they showed how the assimilationist bent that Professor X had didn’t work for someone like Jean Grey who was “very mutant” - way different from “normal”.
And the way that he couldn’t see how to help her live her life just how she was - so his solution was to split her off from her full powers - from the more extreme parts of who she was. And the fallout from that. (Especially how once those parts of her came back, they had no idea how to work *within* the world because they were pushed *out* of it.) It made so much sense that she would turn to the Brotherhood for support.
(A person can provide a welcoming, safe haven and acceptance for dozens of mutant kids and yet totally fail one, a person can be callous with lives unlike their own and stir up sh*t when it’s neither the time nor the place, but still bet the most respectful anyone has been to a young woman who desperately needs it.)
It pointed out the *limits* in Professor X’s worldview. And why someone with a more extreme life might *need* a group of people similar to the Brotherhood.
Hated the ending though, that was pure BS. >_<