Adopting A Succulent Showed Me How Rewarding Being Responsible Truly Is

Adopting A Succulent Showed Me How Rewarding Being Responsible Truly Is

For someone who was notorious for accidentally killing plants, this was a huge step in the right direction.

For the past two weeks, I've had the opportunity to take care of my own plant after years of failing. Part of me told myself to never adopt a plant because when I was younger, I would accidentally kill plants by pouring soap water in the soil to give them baths and whatnot. I'd never wanted to harm any of them, but because I didn't seem to have the magical touch, I prevented myself from getting a plant.

But as I passed by the succulent section at Home Depot a few weeks ago, I couldn't help but decide that it was finally time to see if I was able to take care of a living plant. I have to admit, the first few days were pretty nerve-wracking because I spent a lot of time worrying if I had given it enough sunlight or if I was following a good watering schedule. Thankfully, there were actually a lot of people with the same concerns online, so I had a clear vision for how I wanted to take care of the little succulent.

I then took to my social media to ask others what I should name my plant, and it came down to four choices: Dave, Carl, Lucy and Drake. After waiting a few hours for the majority vote to come in, the name had been decided, and the plant was named Dave.

I spend a lot of time around my desk just working, being on my phone or watching TV, but I felt that the best place to put Dave would be on my desk right underneath my lamp. That way, I'd be able to take care of it as I was going about my own day, and I'd have a little bit of décor to complement my otherwise-boring work area.

The toughest part of it all was watering the plant according to schedule because succulents are known for their ability to hold onto water long enough to last through droughts and long periods of time in general. I didn't know how often Dave had been watered before I had come along, so I figured watering it once a week as stated in the directions wouldn't harm it.

I watched carefully to make sure the leaves weren't changing color and texture according to how much water the plant had. Yellow and wrinkly meant the succulent did not have enough water, and mushy and black spots meant it was overwatered. There were a few black spots when I first brought the succulent home, but they eventually stopped showing up after a few days without water. A week later, the leaves weren't yellow and didn't gain any more spots, so I knew that a weekly watering schedule was perfect.

I really figured that I got the hang of the whole taking-care-of-a-plant gig, but there wasn't much evidence that I was succeeding besides the fact that Dave wasn't dying. Fortunately, a week after I bought it, I measured its height, and it had grown a centimeter to become six centimeters tall.

Now I know that this isn't anything major because plants are constantly growing, but for someone who was notorious for killing plants, this meant that I was really doing a good job! And I knew that no matter how much or little work it took to take care of a plant, the end result of watching it grow was worth it.

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30 Bee Puns To Get You Through The Day

These puns are as sweet as honey.

There are few things in life that make me happier (and/or make me want to bury my face in my hands and groan loudly) than a well timed pun. This goes double if the pun involves some my favorite insects — bees. There's nothing quite as satisfying as uttering a bee pun when no one expects it, so here is a list of the top 30 bee puns around!

Use these puns to make your grandparents laugh, impress your date, spice up your Tinder profile, make friends with a beekeeper, break the ice at your new job or make everyone in the general vicinity wish they hadn't invited you to come hang out with them. You won't bee-lieve how many of these puns you'll be pollen for! You'll bee-come an instant hit at parties! You'll bee sure to thank me later.

1. "When a bee is in your hand, what's in your eye? Beauty. Because beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder."

2. "Bee puns really sting.

3. "Who's a bee's favorite singer? Bee-yoncé."

4. "What's a happy bumblebee's blood type? Bee positive!"

5. "Bee puns aren't that great. I don't get what all the buzz is about."

6. "Wasp are you talking about?"

7. "Naughty bee children really need to beehive."

8. "What kind of bees drop things? Fumble bees!"

9. "A bee's favorite haircut is a buzz cut!"

10. "What do you call a bee that's a sore loser? A cry bay-bee!"

11. "What's a bee's favorite flower? Bee-gonias!"

12. "Why do bees get married? Because they found their honey!"

13. "That bee is talking too quietly, it must be a mumble-bee!"

14. "Bee children take the school buzz to get to school."

15. "A bee's favorite sport is rug-bee."

16. "The bees went on strike because they wanted more honey and less working flowers."

17. "On the first day of class, bee students are given a sylla-buzz."

18. "What did one bee say to the other when they landed on the same flower? Buzz off."

19. "Who's a bee's favorite painter? Pablo Bee-casso!"

20. "A bee styles their hair with a honeycomb."

21. "When a bee writes a sonnet, they're waxing poetic."

22. "The worker bee decided to take a vacation to Stingapore last year."

23. "A bee that's been put under a spell has been bee-witched!"

24. "Say, these bee puns aren't too shab-bee."

25. "That pretentious wasp is just plain snob-bee!"

26. "Why did the bee want to use the phone? To say hi to their honey."

27. "A bee's favorite novel is the Great Gats-bee."

28. "What's a bee's favorite Spice Girls song? Wanna-bee!"

29. "What do bees like with their sushi? Wasa-bee!"

30. "Remember, bee puns are good for your health, they give you a dose of Vitamin Bee!"

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5 Bizarre Animals You've Never Seen In Nature

Strange and amazing animals that you have probably never heard of. Nature is truly full of surprises!


Bright Side has prepared for you a selection of strange animals that you have probably never heard of, let alone, ever met. And at the end, you'll find a bonus that will blow your mind.

1. Mangalitsa Pig, aka a pig in sheep's clothing

The birthplace of this curly-haired pig is Hungary, where it was discovered in the mid 19th century. Due to the fleece covering this animal, it resembles a sheep, therefore its name. The fleece can be black or red, but these cuties are most commonly blond. This is the last pig in existence to boast such an amazing winter coat. Tragically, it was nearly extinct by the 1990s, when fewer than 200 pigs could be found in Hungary, all because of their extraordinarily tasty lard. Thankfully, nowadays, the future of Mangalitsa looks much brighter!

2. Rhinopithecus, or Golden snub-nosed monkey

The name of this species is roxellana, and there is a story behind it. It is believed that they were called this way after the supposedly snub-nosed courtesan of Suleiman the Magnificent, a 16th century Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

Another interesting thing is the difference between male and female monkeys, with males being twice heavier than females and of a different colour. Girls have darker, or even black tones on their forehead and upper parts. Infants have such a light coat, it may seem white in the sunlight.

3. Emperor Tamarin

This guy looks like a real emperor, or at least a wise old man, with its fabulous mustache. And indeed, they were called like this because of the resemblance of their mustache to that of German Emperor Wilhelm II. The size of this cute little thing is only about 10 inches or 26 centimetres, but their tail can be up to 16 inches, or 40 centimeters long.

They live in groups of between 4 to 20 animals, and often give birth to twins. They are not completely vegetarian. Besides flowers, nectar and fruit, tamarins can feast on frogs, snails, and even small birds.

4. Patagonian Mara

If you are wondering if this animal is a cross between a kangaroo and a hare, think again. Patagonian Mara is the fourth largest rodent on our planet. There are several interesting facts about them. Females often put offsprings into creches for safety.

Males help to guard their babies. They grunt when they try to threaten and also they squeal like guinea pigs. If you startle them, these animals can leap up to 6 feet or 182 centimetres in the air. What's your record jump? As for their character, well, they can be quite flighty.

5. Fluffy Cow

In fact, there are several secrets surrounding these big plush toys. First of all, it's not a new breed. All these lovely cows belong to the breeds already known. The thing is, they are looked after by special people, whose work it is to wash, dry and use the product to style the animals so they look as fluffy as they do.

What is more, it is necessary to maintain them daily, and it will take months of regular grooming till they get this lovely look of kids' toys. It is done mostly for shows, and it typically takes about two hours to bring them into form before a performance. Hair sprays are used to fix their fuzz, and natural oils are applied to make their fur look shiny.

How much time do you spend in front of the mirror?

And do you believe it? Neither do we.

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