Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Buds galore!!!

Here are my two Christmas Cacti in one pot! They are both covered in with white and one with pink! It looks great! Now, to wait for some to open!!!
I will post more pics when that happens!!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Happy Cactus Monday!

This darn Euphorbia is growing in the neighborhood and is approximately 6 ft. tall!!! It took on a Christmas tree shape (to me), so I took the photo and brought it in to add some holiday touches...You can see the tall Sansevieria, or "Mother In Law's Tongue" to the left of it, and how much taller this beauty is! What makes me really mad is that it was not my eye that spied it...but my Mom's! LOL. Good eye, Mom!!! Happy Cactus Monday to all my friends! If anyone wishes to join and participate with this group, see the link in my sidebar!!!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Collards are growing!

I discovered the little seedlings popping up on Christmas Eve, I believe. I took this pic on Christmas Day. They are a little larger already and seem to be vigorously growing in the Miracle Gro soil. Love that!!! As you can see I just stuck about 5-6 seeds in each hole...knowing I would have to significantly thin and transplant most elsewhere! I already know of two other gardens they will go to, which is super fantastic for me...I want to keep what I can in my tires, and NOT have to prepare any further ground. My Mom and my cousin have their areas all ready to accept these babies in the next week or two, and all will be perfect!

I saw this succulent in my tire, and noted it's pink edges as of late...I love what happens to many succulents in bright winter light...the pink/red colors start to pop! This plant has such a pretty green color, and with this edging, it nearly makes me want to cry! I can get pretty emotional over my sux!!! LOL!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas to all!

Merry Christmas! Here are a few south Florida blooms for you at Christmas time! This top pic is not a bloom at all, but the festive red with white streaks of the poinsettia over in my neighbors yard! Must be a hybrid one! Gorgeous!!!

You guys are all so awesome...and I appreciate you so much! Above is a huge Poinsettia (all red) at another neighbors house...really amazing!
Below is a huge tree with purple blooms that look sort of like orchids!!!

As Tiny Tim says, "God Bless Us Everyone"!

My Christmas Cactus that I planted up a few months ago...a pink and red together in one blowl...are covered with blooms! I had fertilized them a few months ahead of blooming time, and placed them outdoors in a hedgerow to keep them in semi-shade and provide at least 12 hours of darkness from October till now. I will get a few shots of them tomorrow and post.

Merry Christmas!!!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I'm all screwed up!

My sleeping that is! Here I am wide awke at 3:15am! We went out to dinner with a friend and my Outback! Before we went we had a glass of wine. Then when we got there we had a 30 minute wait, so we got a glass of Merlot while we waited! The food was devine (as usual)...and as soon as I got home around 9:30pm, I fell asleep (soundly) on the couch!!! Then I woke at 1:30am, and here I am, still. This is what wine does to me. I don't drink it enough, and when I do it really affects me!

I have spent the last hour designing and beginning to sew an ATC...hand stitching sort of an embroidery for 2010. I wanted to do a sort of candlewicking design. using white french knots on white paper, or off white on off white. The problem is I am not sure it wouldn't be too hard to see and

I did the darn thing with 4 bright colors!!! I can see it!!!

This one will get sent out to blogger who has sent me an ATC In the past and I have never reciprocated!!! There are several of you! I apologize for being so lax. I want to get my roll going and really start participating with everyone.

Tomorrow I have more wrapping to do...I need to pick up around here, and shop for a red blouse to wear to a Christmas program tomorrow night...nothing like waiting till the last minute! Wish me luck!

Happy Christmas to those who celebrate!
xoxo- Julie

Monday, December 21, 2009

Kitten or Pussy Ears blooming!

While passing through the screenroom today I saw this one little cute bloom on the Kitten Ear plant (Tradescantia sillamontana),positively I.D>'d by Mr. Subjective from Plants Are The Strangest People! Thankyou!!!!!

This plant is a succulent and basically hates water, as best I can tell. I not only never water it, but I also never water it!!! LOL. It is such a has sort of lived and died off and on for the past three years or so. I never know what it will plan to do next! When it does seemingly a while here will come up new plants what grow slowly, but will eventually look so great and healthy (kinda like now)...and it will bloom so nicely...and any goes out dead again! It has been amazingly fun to watch! I don't even get upset anymore when it pops off!!! Hee. You can see below the cute little furry kitten ear leaves! Just adorable!!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Homemade cat toys for Christmas!

As some of you may remember, my friend, Karen had given me a catnip plant and I have been busy drying it for several months. I finally had to polish off the drying time using the oven, but I got it done. One the way to my Uncles recent funeral (I had three hours in the backseat of the car)...I hand cut, sewed and stuffed my first cat toy!

I had saved candy wrappers that crunch when you squish them, and my toy has one of these, some catnip, and some polyester stuffing inside. I also sewed on some stiff shiny gold ribbons, and green ribbons with a bell attached. I believe this may be the worlds most ultimate cat toy with all of these fantastic features!!! LOL.
Seriously, though, I tested this one out on my 11 year old cat, who has lost most of his spunk for living...and even he was attacking and batting it around! I have great hope for the younger kitties that I will present them too at Christmas! I need to make only two more...but I am about to pull out my sewing machine. The only part I will hand sew is the end "cap". where I stuff and attach ribbons. It is a delicate operation being so small. The whole toy is about 1.5 inches long.

I'm glad no one is waiting for me to make any other sort of thing this my current "loss of creativity" stage...I doubt if much else would materialize! Here's hoping for a much more creative 2010!!!

Painted Bunting info and update!

Information found on the Painted Bunting (including it's song) is here:
"This gaudy bird is one of the most beautiful in North America. Its brilliant plumage made it a popular cage bird until it came under federal protection; it is still sold in the markets of Mexico and the West Indies. Despite its vivid coloration, however, it is often difficult to see as it skulks among dense thickets, although in Florida, at least, it often comes to feeding stations. Its other well-known name is "Nonpareil," meaning "without equal." This species, common in parts of the Deep South, raises as many as three broods each year. The female is one of the few bright green birds in North America."
Could you think of a prettier name than Nonpareil??? WOW...I love that!!! It has a very sweet and lively little song too!!! I am keeping my eye out today for any more sightings, but so far none! As Claude had commented about on my last post...he may have arrived to extract my collard seeds...they do that...they EXTRACT seeds! You are probably correct, Claude! I just hope some still remain in the tires!!! LOL...we shall see!!!

A Painted Bunting in my yard!


I nearly dropped my teeth when I looked out my kitchen window and saw a Painted Bunting (a colorful male)...right out on the grass next to my succulent tires! My son was here and I ran out and he handed me his I Phone...but when I got back in the kitchen, he flew away and I could not have my very own shot of this amazing bird! I was so disappointed! THey are GORGEOUS. I don't believe I have ever seen one here, and man was I excited! It took me a while to calm down, as you might imagine!

My "Birds of North America" identification book lists the buntings as TROPICAL. Maybe I need to be more aware and keep my eyes open for this guy, and his gal (the female is a brilliant yellow green color). My book says it has a soft warble. You can bet I will be on high alert for any reappearances, and consider this a really amazing Christmas gift to myself! I'm grateful!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

OK...I did it!

I got outside early this morning and finally revised the tires. You can see my three succulent tires in the sidebar. This long view shows the 5 tires now on the ground and planted with collard green seeds. It says it will be about 20 days to see the seedlings popping through...I can hardly wait. I planted way more than the tires can I will have to set up more pots or dig a plot in the ground for all of the overflow!

Buddha and my strawberry pot full of Kalanchoe say hello!

My grass is finally starting to grow back in now that the sprinkler system has been fixed and every area is getting water twice a week now! YEAH!

And are a few shots of my garden assistant!!! (She wasn't there for the planting, but for the photoshoot)...perfect timing!!! LOL!

Could today be the day???

I just discovered some Georgia Collard (Brassica oleracea Georgia) seeds I bought several months ago...and I am looking out the window at my terribly disheveled tire gardens. Hmmmmm...I think I will force myself to go out there and take apart 2 stacks of tires and move some of my succulents into the other tires. The 2 stacks left over will give me 5 tires free (there are 2 tires in one stack, and 3 in the other). I will pull them apart so that all 5 tires are on the ground and then get them planted up with collards. Just looking at them, I can see that I will plant two collards in the smaller ones and three in the larger. It says on my package that it takes 80 days to maturation, so that should have them done before it starts getting too hot here! Yeah! This should be fun.

I am having a sort of two week break from my babysitting duties right now (with granddaughter, Emmie June...since my son is having his break from college for the holidays! They still come over and hang out or we go shopping or to lunch, but I am able to sit around in the mornings and have coffee. This has been good as far as trying to rest and have time to get over this darn cough goes.

I will post pics of my new collard gardens as soon as I get them done today...(THAT WAY IT WILL HOLD ME TO IT)!!! LOL!

Monday, December 14, 2009

I'm back!

The funeral was beautiful, and my aunt and cousin are doing well. My Uncle and his other daughter (she died before him)...are buried near a huge tangerine tree in the cemetery. We picked some from the tree (they were just falling off and no one was picking them)...and I have brought them home to eat one a day for a while to prevent scurvy! Ha ha ha...just kidding!!! LOL. a day to get extra Vitamin C. I am still fighting the residual cough from my bronchitis. I advised my husband to do the same...he, too, is still coughing. We had both come down with this just after we returned from Shreveport. I am sick of has been 3 weeks already!

Thankyou to everyone who left such heartwarming condolences!!! It meant a lot to me!!! I have not been able to visit blogs, but hope to get back to it somewhat tonight.

My litle Thai pepper plant is making peppers profusely! Little red things among gren leaves! One of my Moms neighbors (a man) loves HOT we are delivering them to him. I told him I only want to know if he can make something positive from other words...something he will enjoy! I am still picking off cubanelle and banana peppers, which has been great fun! You can always throw a mild pepper into just about anything (AND they are high in Vitamin C as well)! Perfect for winter!

Doozey was doing well when I got back home! She was VERY excited to see me and carried on about 30 minutes before she could settle down after I walked in!

I found two big from family (Christmas presents), and one big box of goodies I ordered... of gifts for the grands!!! Both very exciting to open!!!

Tomorrow I mail out our last box of gifts for our out of state kids and grands. That will be a relief to have it all mailed out, so we know it will arrive in time!

It is such a busy time of year, isn't it??? I'm glad I am not doing a traditional Christmas dinner, but any family that wishes to join us may do so at our local Chinese buffet. It becamwe a tradition while my son and his family were in the Army...and now I am not about to change it...I am too old and worn out to cook anymore!

Happy holidays to everyone!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Oh gosh...

I just lost my closest Uncle today to a probable infection that came on suddenly and escalated overnight. Suddenly, he had to be taken to the hospital via ambulance...then before getting out of he ER, had to be intubated and placed on a respirator. He passed away before we could even realize the extent of his problem (although we knew it was extremely severe). We are all in shock...not even fully able to realize what has happened...or has it really??? really has happened and I am so sad. He was such a fine gentleman, a Christian man, who would give you the shirt off his back. A deacon in his church (the same one he raised his children in...for more than 30 years). He sold Christmas trees every year on the church lot. Travelled up north to buy and transport them, and and returned to sell them. He was always there for everyone. He loved football...especially college football. He always built things with my Dad...rooms on houses, TV's, organs, you name it. Our families always got together at Grandma and Grandpas farm nearly every other weekend as I was growing up...and my cousins and we were VERY CLOSE. My Uncle and his wife were like second parents to us. So many good and happy memories. My gosh, Uncle Clay, I will miss you so much!

We will be packing up and leaving to cross the state on Thursday, for his funeral on Friday...and will spend a few days there before heading back home. Talk to you all when I return.

xoxo- Julie

Monday, December 7, 2009

I'm sorry...I HAD to laugh!!!

Senior health care solution, according to Maxine :

Senior Health Care Solution
So you're a senior citizen and the government says no health care for you, what do you do?
Our plan gives you a gun and 4 bullets. Your are allowed to shoot 2 senators and 2 representatives. Of Course, this means you will be sent to prison.
There you will get 3 meals a day, a roof over your head, and all the health care you need! New teeth, no problem. Need glasses, great. New hip, knees, kidney, lungs, heart? All covered.
And who will be paying for all of this? The same government that just told you that you are too old for health care. Plus, because you are a prisoner, you don't have to pay any income taxes anymore.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Cherry pie from Jewel

I am watchig HGTV's celebrity Christmas decorating show tonight and Jewel had her house done. She showed her Tart Black Cherry Pie and it is super easy to make, and looks fantabulous! I can't wait to make it! I checked online and they had already published her pie recipe and a picture too! Here it is!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Busy while laying around...

I finally decided I may as well get busy with Christmas shopping even though I cannot go out to shop. I am currently on REST detail. So...I got out the chargecard and got online. I wanted to show you this can of the cutest scottie black licorice! Are they not adorable? I ordered them for my BIL and SIL, who you may remember have the Scottie named Finnegan! I also sent them something else unusual (I had not seen or tasted it before)...a tin of milk chocolate covered potato chips!!! They look scrumptous!! These came from FIGI's...a really fun catalog to peruse!!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Look at what showed up at Apartment today! The reds and dark purples in this succulent wreath just make it pop!