Catching up

A pre-made goal tracker and two pencil crayons

Remember in my Monthly Update on Sunday, when I talked about needing to get back into a routine and rebuild my good habits? Well, part of that involves catching up on my social media tracking and goal-setting.

Usually, each month, I set goals around how many tweets, Instagram posts, and Facebook posts I want to send out. I track my engagement, and (new in the last couple of months) I figure out where I want to advertise my prints.

I figure out what went well the month before, and what I can learn from. I track what sorts of posts and tweets I’m sending out, so that I know what’s working and what’s not.

None of that has happened for June yet. I need to catch up on my social media tracking, and actually set some goals for the month. So that’s what this weekend is about–catching up. Not only on my social media, of course, but that’ll will make up a good chunk of it.

How about you? Do you have any catching up to do?

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Purple petunia petal power

A purple-veined petunia

I have some new flowers! Can you tell I was excited to photograph them? I have some red and white petunias, too, but the pictures I took of them didn’t turn out quite how I wanted them too. I’m hoping I’ll have some to share with you within the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, enjoy this series, instead. After all, these are outdoor flowers, and I can’t be sure of how long they’ll actually last. I don’t have the greatest track record with outdoor plants….

A close-up of a purple-veined petunia

The petals of a purple-veined petunia

A close-up of a purple-veined petunia petal

A close-up of a purple petunia petal

Playing with light

A pair of crystal dolphins

I’ve been trying to practice my photography a little more, and one of the ways to do that is by playing with light. I figured this set of crystal dolphins would make a great subject in that regard. I mean, what better way to play with light than to let it shine through a couple of playful marine animals?

While the pictures didn’t come out quite how I was hoping, I’m still fairly happy with them. I like the way that the light both reflects off of the figures and pours through them, and the way it curves along with the dolphins’ backs.

I even managed to get a little bit of detail to come out in a couple of places, though I could have done a better job of that. Like I said, though: Overall, I’m fairly happy with how this little practice session turned out.

Crystal dolphin

Getting Cookie to eat more hay

My rabbit, Cookie, hiding under the bench in my entryway

Cookie hasn’t been entirely happy with me lately. Did you know that a rabbit’s diet is supposed to be made up mostly of hay? She and I both do, but she doesn’t like the fact. She prefers eating her pellets and greens. And her treats, of course.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve slowly gotten into the bad habit of letting her have more pellets, which means she eats less of the hay I put out for her. Sometime in the past couple of months, I noticed she was eating very little hay at all. That’s one of those “very bad things” for rabbits: from what I understand, the pellets don’t grind down their teeth as well, aren’t as good for their digestive systems, and are inferior in several other ways. Something had to be done.

So I cut back her pellets. At first, all this accomplished was a lot of lunging and grunting anytime I went near her food bowl; she wanted more pellets. She’s getting better now, though. Cookie’s eating more hay again, to the point where I finally need to refill her hay baskets each day again.

Despite her protests, my little rabbit is eating more of what she should be. That’s really all I can ask for.

Orchid is blooming

Orchid's Centre

I was worried about my little orchid plant for a little while. All of its little flowers had fallen off, and no new ones had appeared.

Recently, though, little buds formed. Then, in the last couple of weeks, the flowers started blooming.

Yellow and Purple Orchid

Now there are about five little flowers on my plant again, all of them a beautiful blend of white, yellow, and purple.

Can you blame me for spending some time last week taking some pictures of them? Or for loving how those pictures turned out?

Orchid Petals

This, I think, might be my favourite of the batch. There’s something in the way the colours fade into each other and in the curve of that bottom petal. It might just be one of my favourite pictures from my blog as a whole, actually.