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?
I’m baking a banana cake, gratis bon appetit magazine, one which is renowned at Baked Expectations in Winnipeg. Check out my blog to learn more about it –
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” . . .
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 www.huffingtonpost.com 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!
To learn more about pet Christmas presents statistics log on here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/08/pet-presents-holiday-season_n_1081502.html
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
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 . . .
There were three wise men . . .
Atop their camels they sat
following yonder star
hearing the new born King
lay in a manager beyond fields afar.
They traversed over moor and mountain
bringing gifts to honor His birth
bearing gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
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.