Dos and Don’ts of Container Gardening

Container gardening is still as popular as ever, especially for those living in tight spaces. It’s a fun and easy way to add some colour, life and beauty to your home. There are many varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers that can be planted in containers with great success! All you have to do is visit your local garden center to see what is available in your climate zone. And best of all, just about any vessel can be ...

6 Reasons to Weed By Hand

Weeds are a nuisance. You have worked hard to keep your flowers beautiful and healthy. Then suddenly, invasive weeds are taking over your garden and depriving your plants of precious moisture and nutrients. If you are reading this article, chances are that you have weeds in your garden and you are looking for ways to get rid of them. You could always take the easy way out and use herbicides to get rid of those pesky weeds, but those harsh chemicals are ...

Ghost of Kilarney Park

In keeping with the season I’m reposting a true Halloween story from my memoir The Kid in the Kaleidoscope. I hope you enjoy it: Haunted houses belong in the realm of goose bumps, foggy nights and old neighborhoods, not pristine suburbs with freshly asphalted streets, unblemished sidewalks and immature trees. But a ghost lingered across the street, in a house where a man died. I was only two when our neighborhood suffered its first fatality. Kilarney Park (later to be swallowed up ...

Reflections on Blogging: Seven Posts That Helped Along The Way…

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Lewis Carroll Reflections on Blogging: Seven Posts That Helped Along The Way... All are invited to party and play Recently, Carole from PigletInPortugal and Barbara from ZeroTo60andBeyond tagged me in a popular prompt that is making the rounds in the blogosphere. First off, Thank You ladies!   Now, the idea is to select seven posts you’ve written that fit seven categories, add links to them and then share ...

Reflections: Acceptance & Our Happiness Quotient…

“No amount of self-improvement can make up for any lack of self-acceptance.” Robert Holden, Ph.D. Reflections: Acceptance & Our Happiness Quotient... Robert’s thought for the day: Without acceptance, anger will enrage you. Without acceptance, guilt will shame you. Without acceptance, anxiety will torment you. Without acceptance, sadness will depress you. Without acceptance, loneliness will isolate you. Without acceptance, love cannot love you. “There comes a time when you have to stand up and shout: This is me damn it! I look the way ...

On Fairy Tales: I Used To Think…

“Every man’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s fingers.”  Hans Christian Andersen On Fairy Tales: I Used To Think... Beauty and the Beast Peter Pan: I used to think… Peter’s fantasy was a terrific and feasible notion… but youth isn’t everlasting. Cinderella: I used to think… every undiscovered princess would find her slipper and have her moment of celebration and all evil stepmothers would live to see it happen… but not all get their chance. Beauty and the Beast: I used to ...

Reflections: Affirmations Open Doors…

“An affirmation opens the door. It’s a beginning point on the path to change.” Louise L. Hay Reflections: Affirmations Open Doors.., macro flora rose from mirth and motivation blog Affirmations are like seed planted in soil. Poor soil, poor growth. Rich soil, abundant growth. The more you choose to think thoughts that make you feel good, the quicker the affirmations work. Louise L. Hay Do you believe in affirmations? Do you start your day with affirmations and prayers? As Louise Hay explains in the quote above, affirmations are seeds we plant ...

Grower Direct Fun & Freebies!

I wanted to do a quick post about our Sponsor: Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flowers. If you’re in Canada it’s a name you’re familiar with but did you know about the contests and freebies from Grower Direct? Yes, not only do they sell gorgeous, fresh flower arrangements but if you follow them on social media you have a great chance to win some awesome prizes! Free Rose Fridays – Every Friday on the Grower Direct Corporate Office Facebook Page you have the opportunity ...

Our Pregnancy Update – week 17

Baby at 17 weeks gestational age - image courtesy of BabyCenter.com It’s been quite a while since we updated you on the progression and development of Junior Constantino and thought it was about time. Prior to Christmas we visited my wife’s obstetrician who conducted a brief examination and found that everything is going extremely well. She also allowed us to listen to the baby’s heartbeat, which was fast and strong. Currently, we’re at week 17 gestational age for Junior, and Kim (my lovely ...

So She Said

A while back I was contemplating my advanced spiritually—how I had come so far from the pain of my past, growing into a confident woman needing nothing to validate or complete her. I was feeling strong and autonomous. Looking back on it now perhaps I was a bit overly confident, but hey, I worked hard for that confidence, so what if I walked with a swagger. It was at this point that life challenged me—silently watching as I ran headlong into ...

Beauty Doesn’t Require Perfection….

I went running through our neighborhood last evening. It was a picture perfect night. Low humidity, cool temperatures – people had their windows open. While running, I heard at least three different children practicing their musical instruments through the screens. One was playing a piano, another a flute and the last a clarinet. Despite the halting notes and pregnant pauses, it was beautiful and comforting at the same time. I thought it was beautiful because the parents and children invested enough in ...

A Funny Parenting Rap (because it’s true)

One of the best things about family is the fact that it serves as a never-ending stream of laughs and funny material – as well as an instant audience for both parents and kids. The link below is to an entertaining rap about the joys, pitfalls and pratfalls of parenting. If you are a parent (or even had parents) there are some funky lyrics in this rap that should be able to relate to. Additionally, one of the things that’s so appealing to ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 5

We’re moving up the “Caption This” Contest by a day, because tomorrow we’ve got our scheduled C-section for our baby boy who’s 10 days past his delivery – prayers are appreciated. With that, thanks to everyone who entered to win the staggeringly ironic $5.37 cash prize for the weekly “Caption This” Contest! After consulting with the firm Arthur Anderson to oversee the integrity of the selection process,  a winner has been chosen. That winner is Blake Atwood see his caption below. “One of the ...

Sticky Intimacy

The morning yawns awake its amber brilliance revives me. String me up with the sun I want to peek at the world through the oaks. I’m weary of this limited view ground zero with the lilacs. The sky is audience to the dark bumblebee’s dance navigating virgin blossoms yet missing out on the bruising intimacy of bee’s sticky feet and the swooning perfume of pollination. From afar it only seems romantic.

Downton Abbey Parody: Downton Arby’s

This past weekend, my wife and I started watching the first season of the popular PBS series Downton Abbey via Netflix. I was a bit skeptical at first because I’ve never been a big fan of the idea of government subsidized television. But the pilot episode made me a believer. The program is set in 1912 Britian and the underlying premise is that the sinking of the Titanic has taken the lives of the two heirs of the aristocratic estate of the Earl and ...

Wasted Years that Were Not a Waste…

My pre-adult years were drenched in bitterness and rage.  Oh, if I knew then what I know now. I wanted to be a baseball player, champing for Little League to start, followed by, I knew, AAA ball and eventually the Majors and adulation.  Instead, I was diagnosed with a rare bone disease that robbed me of the ability to walk for much of my grade school years. While other kids ran and played, I did a slow burn sitting out my childhood. Childhood ...

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We’ll Meet Again

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I have been AWOL for a few weeks, I hope some of you have missed me… I have been busy working on a tender document which has proved much more difficult than I ever imagined when agreeing to do it. I mean, three weeks of my life is too much to spend on writing something that I didn’t enjoy. It has been submitted now, at 11.45 am to be precise so I’m free now to write something I do enjoy enormously… …

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The ‘why’ is the easy bit, the ‘what’ a little harder to understand

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I started my blog exactly five years ago this weekend. I had been thinking about retirement as my husband had taken early retirement and wanted me to do the same. I had read reports in the press of the increasing numbers of people approaching retirement age, who wanted to carry on working, in some cases they just had to. I wasn’t ready to retire then and I’m not now, but I thought that I …

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A change of style and a twist

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I’m waiting at the station. Penny is late. We agreed to meet at 10.00 the train leaves at 10.15 and it’s now ten past. I fiddle with the strap of my overnight bag, I do not feel comfortable waiting here on my own, but it is something I have had to get used to. Being on my own. I thought Penny was different from the rest, she is such a good listener and always says the right thing. She bolsters my …

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Junk Mail Junkies

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The corner of Roy’s mouth tipped up in a crooked grin as he looked around at Harry’s latest pigsty. It was a Goldenwest singlewide. The natural wood grain was photographed veneer but glued nicely from floor to ceiling. Panel so thin it cracked from the sound of a loud fart. Harry’s chihuahua, Halapeeno, had done a keen job on the carpet. He liked to dig and since Harry didn’t …

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You were dreaming

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The nightmares never end… Blake says I was only dreaming, that the Monster isn’t real. My screams woke him, and shattered the silence of the night. Two nights ago I was screaming while the Monster raped me – as an adult not a child – and although it was ‘just a dream’ my body has been sore from the assault ever since. Last night the Monster had murder on his mind. I was lured by his …

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Memories of Another Life

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Genre: Historical Fiction | Word Count: 100 – Memories of Another Life… The Guardian watches us. I slip through the gate unobserved; a delicious taste of freedom, though confrontation will follow. Fading memories of childhood brought hope to years of waiting. There was love and laughter in that other life I lived. Did they ever stop searching for me? Did they ever forget me? …

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An Uncertain Future

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Our fabulous group achieved recognition by WordPress – the comment I liked best – ‘We love Friday Fictioneers as much for the blogging bonds it cultivates as for the range and power of the stories it inspires.’ If you missed the post you can read it here. So pleased for Rochelle and for the whole group too, as it is always a good feeling when your work is admired. Back down to earth now, my story this week …

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