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Image via Wikipedia I won’t be posting anything next week, we’re taking a family holiday the first one with one of our granddaughters so I am rather excited.  We all try to get together at least once every two years to unwind and enjoy some different scenery. This time we are going to Majorca, the weather promises to be kind to us, unlike the so-called “summer” we have had here in the UK. We are all looking forward to a relaxing break and ...

“Window” The Fort of Arrifana (Miradouro da Antiga Fortaleza da Arrifana)

A "Window" out to sea from the ancient fort of Arrifana I loved this “window” at the ancient Fort of Arrifana but sadly it no longer exists. Views of the sunset from ancient fort of Arrifana The old fort as it was a year ago…an old ruin, but a place to take in the views and reflect. The ancient fort of Arrifana 2009 We returned a year later to find… Restoration of the 16th Century Fort of Arrifana - Miradouro da Antiga Fortaleza ...

June is Lane Courtesy Month

Two Thoughts for Tuesday My first thought for today concerns the creation of a new observance for the Month of June.  I live to keep you abreast of all the national observances that you might have managed to overlook. June is now "Lane Courtesy Month". Who knew?? Had I not been "sort of" listening to the Today Show when somebody mentioned this, I would have been totally unaware.  So, of course, me being me, I  had to look up the what, where, why and whatever associated with ...

What the hell is Facebook trying to tell me?

What the hell is Facebook trying to tell me?

Like many of you, I have regularly visit "the facebook"... (uh, catch up and see The Social Networkif you don't get the reference). So aside from endless vacation pictures, status updates from my friends, Huffington Post news blips, and quizzes to determine which Golden Girl I am, there are lots of ads the screen which I pretty much ignore. Facebook tailors the ads to you, based on your profile and friends and location and other secret voodoo stuff. So if the ads ...

New Uses for Used Books

Item 1: At breakfast in Genoa, Italy, the other day (heh-heh), at the start of our trip to walk Cinque Terre (out of this world vacation experience), I noticed how the hotel decorated its breakfast room. It felt like a personal welcome. True, I couldn’t read the books–in Italian–but it was the thought that counted. Item 2: I must share this with you, an article from Publishers Weekly (scroll to top of link, title “You Know You’re Going to Want One…”) about ...

Bad Luck Update: Baby, Goodbyes, Holiday Sirens, PoliceOne and Typos

New Baby: Hi everyone, I’m posting from Tennessee where my newest grandchild has entered the world. He has done little but sleep and taking pictures of him, with open eyes, is nearly impossible. He’s tiny, calm and perfect like all my grandchildren. The older ones have grown out of the tiny and calm stages but PERFECT holds true. I’m being told Small Town is doing fine without me. As with most things, I’m trying to look on the bright side, but ...

Trinchado (Beef Cubes in a Red Wine Sauce)

Ingredients: 50ml Worcester sauce 1 cup red wine 4 cloves crushed garlic 1 bay leaf salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon peri peri 3 small red chillies chopped with the seeds Butter and oil for frying 1 kg rump steak cubed 3 tablespoons flour 1 large onion finely chopped 1/2 cup of beef stock. Water Black olives Method: Make a marinade with the Worcester Sauce, red wine, garlic, bay leaf, salt, pepper, paprika, peri peri and chillies. Put the beef into a big zip lock plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Place the bag ...

2013 Gardening Trends

Gardening is cool! Over the last few years, gardening, as a pastime has become quite popular, especially with the Millennial Generation (18-34 year olds). Whether people are living in apartments or houses, they are making an effort to garden. To many, it has become a way of life.  Gardening is a great way to relieve stress, get active, learn new skills, add beauty to your home and help the environment. Here are the latest gardening trends for 2013: Sustainability. It has been ...

Fun Flower Facts: Poinsettias

It’s that time of the year again! Christmas is coming! You know how I know? Poinsettias are everywhere! These colourful plants are in homes and businesses, adding colour and holiday cheer everywhere! Poinsettias come in a variety of colours, including red, yellow, purple, white and pink. Some are even bi-coloured! They are easy to care for and last a long time! Here are some fun facts about the poinsettia: there are over 100 varieties of poinsettia available poinsettias are native to Mexico and ...

2013 Bloemencorso Zundert Flower Parade

While most people around the world are getting ready to go back to school or back to their normal routines, the town of Zundert in the Netherlands celebrates September with a world-famous flower festival! Every year since 1936, Zundert organizes the world’s largest flower festival on the first Sunday of September. Tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world come to see the extraordinary, larger-than-life floats in fantastical characters and shapes. Amazingly, all the floats at the Bloemencorso Zundert ...

the mole is dead. bones. scattered scat. and more!

yesterday (sunday), the sky at 11:20 am... oOo if you're not new here...and you've wandered the woods with me before... then you know i collect bones, feathers,  insect wings, rocks & stones. you also know that months ago we found a dead Opossum and i buried him out back... with plans to dig up the bones. and i did. but i was surprised to find that the skeleton was not in one piece. the bones are scattered. little by little i've unearthed some bones... my latest find is one scapula... views of the Opossum's ...

Boyfriends and Foster Families

For years I begged my mother to let me go live in a foster home. Defeated by her determination that my emotional reactions to the alcoholic insanity, the life threatening violence in our house was a result of my being born defective. She was also hell-bent on convincing my brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles and family friends of the same thing. What Leslie did now, how Leslie acted and reacted was one of her favorite topics. I’d listen while she ...

Making Moss in your Garden

Adding moss to your garden can make a pretty unique look. It’s pretty easy to create moss and it can be “added” to a variety of items, like these clay posts… Image Credit: www.bystephanielynn.com Or this purse that has been re-purposed as a planter… Image Credit: www.blog.oregonlive.com Maybe you’d like to see it on some lawn ornaments or statues… Image Credit: www.tigerpots.com Unique, really pretty and rather simple to do… 1) You can lift mosses that you already have around your home and garden with a basic ...

A Mother's Example and The Law of Giving

In 1959, a neighborhood child asked my mother to teach her how to paint. My parents, both artists, opened their home to this child and a seed was planted in The Fruitbelt Neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. The dynamic exchange  of energy known a The Law of Giving and Receiving was set in motion as this seed quickly took root, was nurtured and allowed to grow organically. One little girl gaining exposure and access to the visual arts at my parent's ...

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Best Plants for Dorm Rooms

Life as a student can be stressful, particularly if they are living on their own.  Dorms are often small and cramped. But growing plants in the dorm rooms can help make the school year more pleasant. Plants add life and positive energy to any space, including small spaces.  Plants can improve the air quality, especially since dorms aren’t known to be airy and spacious. They can also help relieve stress and create a calming and relaxing environment.

Students don’t need to have a “green thumb” to be able to grow these plants. Here are some plants that are affordable, low-maintenance and easy to grow.


Every dorm room show grow lavender! Lavender is easy to grow and care for.  The fragrance will freshen up the room and it will even deter mice and other unwanted pests. In addition, lavender has been known to relieve anxiety and stress-ideal during exam times. Lavender plants need sun and well-drained, sandy soil to thrive. Place near the window.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera, a succulent plant,  is a popular indoor plant grown for its medicinal properties.  The gel inside the fleshy leaves can heal minor cuts, burns and other skin irritations. Good for accident-prone students or students learning to cook for the first time! It is also ideal for busy students.  You can pretty  much leave the plant alone. It’s low maintenance; it doesn’t need regular watering or much sunlight.

African Violets african violet

African violets will add colour and life to the room. The plant will produce flowers all year round. Plus, they are also known to clear the air of pollutants. They will thrive in any light condition, including artificial, fluorescent lights. But don’t put the plant under direct sunlight. Keep soil moist.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

The spider plant is another easy plant to grow. It has a nice green-white foliage and blooms pretty little white flowers.  It’s low maintenance and very resilient. It will even survive neglect and doesn’t require much watering. And as a bonus, the spider plant even clears the air of indoor pollutants, like beneze, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.

lucky bambooLucky Bamboo (Dracaena Sanderana)

Adding positive energy to the room, the lucky bamboo has become one of the most popular plants to grow. Probably because bamboo is said to bring good luck and fortune (hence the nickname).  Moreover, it’s easy to care for and doesn’t require much attention. The plant does well in low light environments and doesn’t need soil to grow. Just place the bamboo in water and change it every 2-3 weeks.

All of these plants are readily available at any retailer. Start growing something today! It’s easy and it will be good for you!

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

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