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Cabin fever yet?


Today I finished my second week of working from home.

Needless to say, the home office idea is climbing on the to-do list. However, it’s still below spring cleaning, mostly because every time I see a cobweb or dust bunny or muddy dog prints on the kitchen floor I am reminded how much better I am at procrastinating than I was yesterday. Or last week.

On the bright side, we had SUNSHINE today! Yippee! And warm weather, around 50 F. I enjoyed a couple nice walks. It’s amazing how good a sunny spring day makes you feel.

So, in the spirit of a long-awaited awakening of trees and weeds, and a drier yard (short-lived low mud levels since we’re supposed to get rain this weekend), I have a couple pics of my baby plants.

This year hubs and I decided to try using genuine grow lights for the seedlings. For years we have been using shop lights with fluorescent lightbulbs. They worked great in the beginning, and hubs rigged them up so I could adjust the height as the plants grew.

Thing is, those bulbs weaken over time, so the last time I started seeds, the plants ended up leggy (tall and spindly) even though I had the lights almost touching the plants. Plants get leggy when they are stretching to get more light. That’s why being able to adjust the distance between the lights and the plants is important. Keep the light close enough so the plants don’t need to reach for it.

Anyway, grow lights tend to be pink in color because apparently seedlings like red and blue wavelengths in particular. These days, grow lights are often a combination of red and blue LEDs.


You sure?

There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture.

Peppers, onions, and more peppers. Can’t see the tomatoes very well.
Peppers, onions, and kale in the blue container

Do the plants like the grow lights better than regular lights? It’s hard to say so far. Once the plants get big enough to transplant, it’ll be easier to tell if the oh-my-god-PINK light makes a difference.

Now, to help your retinas recover …

I’ve worked from home before, and Zoey has a routine in the morning: come downstairs (she sleeps in my son’s room), stretch and roll around on the floor, snack, then beg to be petted. Since I sit toward the front of my chair, there’s room behind me for her to jump up and hang out behind me.

Has she ever sat on my lap while I’m working? Nope. That is, until this week.

I’m not sure if she was just curious about what I was doing, or just felt needy since my son had returned to his apartment the night before.

Anyway, it was fun while it lasted.

Hope everyone is staying safe, washing hands, practicing social distancing. Remember, you can still enjoy the outdoors, just not within 6 feet of anyone else. Sunshine does a brain good!

Author: Julie Holmes, author

A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for over a decade, I have been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. My debut novel, "Murder in Plane Sight", has been released by Camel Press (an imprint of Coffeetown Press/Epicenter Press). In real life, I am a technical writer and empty-nester with a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, six chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

16 thoughts on “Cabin fever yet?

  1. Zoey sounds so entertaining and content and wonderful. The bleeding hearts feature image is gorgeous. One of my favorite flowers. My grandmother had them in her garden.<3

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  2. I think we’re all having to get used to that ‘work from home’ thing, Julie. It’s a very different way of doing things for a lot of people, isn’t it? I’m glad Zoey is enjoying your company so much. I’ll bet she’ll come back for more pets… In the meantime, yes, sunshine is good for us all. Stay safe!

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    • It is. I think, though, as writers we’re used to working alone. As a technical writer, I don’t have to spend a lot of time talking to other people, but when I do have a question, it sure is nice to just head over to their cubicle and talk.

      Have a great weekend, Margot! Stay safe!

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  3. I love your cat. She looks so much like our William.

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  4. I like the growing light idea, Julie! Im looking forward to the snowing melting and getting some walks in outside again. I finally left the house after two weeks to deliver some supplies to my daughter and family to their front porch. Hard to be that close to grandkids and not hug them, but they are all sick:( We took the long way home so I could see our tiny portion of the world. Nice to get out even for a bit in the car. Stay safe!

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    • This whole thing is tough on a lot of people who have those tight family connections close by. I can’t imagine going to see my dad or any other close relative and having to stay 6 ft away. It’s been nice enough here to take walks–very therapeutic! I’ve been taking a couple walks each day that I can, and wow, that spring sunshine sure feels good!

      Stay safe, Denise! Have a great rest of your week!

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  5. It looks like Zoey is giving you lots of help, Julie. And nice pink seedlings! I can’t wait to get into the garden! I hope you’re well and getting some writing time. 🙂

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    • I think she misses my son; she sleeps in his bed when he’s here, so when he goes back to his apartment, she goes through that “I want a lap and petting” phase for a bit. She made it to my lap yesterday again. I’m waiting anxiously for my seedlings to be big enough to transplant into larger pots 🙂

      Stay safe, Diana! Have a wonderful rest of your week!

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  6. My goodness, I so want that cat on my lap! Neat about your plants. I hope it works out great. And thank you for the mini horticulture lesson!

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