Am I an African Violet Whisperer?


I have never successfully raised an African Violet plant nor have I been successful in keeping one alive.  There I’ve said it.  I’m not proud of it, but its a fact, until now . . .


Who knew that I would finally learn the secret to the secret nature of an African Violet.  Call it AVTLC (African Violet tender loving care) . . . DON’T OVER WATER and non-direct sunlight seem to be the key.  You can also call me an African Violet Whisperer.  Yup, I speak to my African Violet plant every now and then.  Usually I say, please, please don’t die on me!

Violetta is proof of that.  She was given to me as a get-well gift in February 2011, and I was determined she would grace my home for at least one year.  I think my record with this type of indoor house plant is maybe 90 days, but not much longer.

So how have I managed this . . . I remove the moss that sits atop the soil under the two African Violets and soak it for at least 10 minutes.  I then drizzle a very tiny bit of water (carefully avoiding the leaves) on the soil, and replace the moss back where it was.  I also place the plant near a window but not directly in front of it and rotate it ever week to ensure all sides of it are receiving a bit of Mother Nature. 

They say the proof is in the pudding . . . what do you think?

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A Rose by any other Name . . .


For all you rose lovers out there – you get it!

I’m not quite sure how to describe the fragrance I smell when breathing in the scent of this rose, but I think of pink lemonade with a hint of lavendar.  Regardless the aroma; its full bloom rivals some of the most beautiful roses I have seen, in person or in magazines. 

How can one not like the site of beautiful roses or the wonderful scents that waft through the air as you lean toward the velvety leaves for a closer look or smell? 

. . . and, as Roy Rogers would sing at the end of his Western Movies . . . “until we meet again” . . . 

A Christmas Greeting to you all . . . that includes Fido and Fluffy!


Just looking at this Christmas wreath brings a smile to my face, and I hope to yours as well.

I made this wreath as a thank you gift to my local vetinerian, and as a result of an activity I volunteered to do that has been the highlight of this holiday season, for me. 

I’m a pet lover, as you can see by some of the photos displayed here.  And, I confirmed what I already knew; there are many people who own pets that are absolutely crazy about them.  Fact is, according to several websites I searched, about 63% of all U.S. households own pets.  That’s about 69 million households.  And, many own more than one pet.  Wow!  That is a lot of dogs and cats . . . plus fish, birds, Iguana’s, etc.

Fact is, according to more than half of pet owners will purchase a Christmas gift for Fido or Fluffy, and some spend an average between $29 to $46.  Let’s see  . . . that’s more than a billion dollars (if my math is correct).  That’s a lot of dog and cat treats, comfy bedding, new duds, etc.

Let’s face it, pets are simply part of our family, and why not.  They are entertaining, loving, comforting, great companions and can even be life savers. 

So from me and our rescued dog Annie, we wish you a woof woof, meow meow holiday season!

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Christmas Around the World . . . My Way . . .


I’ve always been fascinated how others celebrate Christmas and am compelled to share with you my rendition in a variety of ways, so whether we say ¡Feliz Navidad, Buone Feste, Chúc mừng ngày lễ, Joyeux Noël, Frohe Weihnachten, Buon Natale, and so on, please join me in singing The Twelve Days of Christmas a la Mexicano

En el duodécimo día de Navidad soñé

On the twelfth day of Christmas I dreamt of

Doce medias de la Navidad – 12 Christmas stockings

Once galletas de Navidad – 11 Christmas cookies

Diez plantas de poinsettia – 10 Poinsettia plants

Nueve cactus de Navidad – 9 Christmas Cactus

Ocho tazas de chocolate caliente mexicano – 8 cups Mexican hot chocolate

Siete sopapillas dulce – 7 sweet sopapillas

Seis tamales deliciosos – 6 yummy tamales

Cinco piñatas de Navidad – 5 Christmas piñatas

Cuatro ovejas y sus pastores – 4 sheep and their shepherds

Tres hombres sabios siguientes allá estrella – 3 wise men and a star

Dos ángeles cantando – 2 angels singing 

Un Niño Jesús nos trae la alegría – 1 Baby Jesus bringing us joy



On the 12th Day of Christmas . . .


Soon we will celebrate the reason for the season,

one of joy, on Christmas eve and morn . . .

and hear the angels heralding

Jesus, the new born Baby Boy . . .

 This video and song recognizes the importance of Christmas and raises a question for us all . . .



On the 10th Day of Christmas . . .


Sheep grazed

As their Sherherds watched near by

The night was still and the stars shined brightly

On a clear night so many years ago.

Suddenly one star lit up the sky

All within its sight turned their heads up high

Soon they followed, the shepherds and their sheep

to the little town of Bethlehem where Baby Jesus lay asleep.