Thursday, October 4, 2012

Oh, dear pansy.

It's that time, again.  Cooler temperatures, a crispness in the air, and many, many flats of pansies at garden centers in our area. I absolutely love pansies and their sweet, colorful faces.
Here is a great article by Dr. Jeffrey Lant about pansies.

‘There’s pansies, that’s for thoughts.’ The gentility, sweetness and enduring resentment and anger of the most popular flower of all.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Talk to the hand?

It is late September, now and most folks in the Northern Hemisphere are putting aside the beachwear and summery clothes in favor of tweeds and flannel.  But, there are a lucky few of you who will venture south of the equator in the fall and winter months to use saved vacation time before the end of the calendar year.
You have got your passport, booked your trip and hired a house/pet sitter. All set to go?  Are you sure?  It is always a good idea to research local customs, acceptable behavior and allowed/prohibited items in your luggage, but, what about the interpretations of  some hand gestures and etiquette in the country of your destination?  Tim Cameron of has compiled a list of handy tips.  Beware: He is blunt and the article may contain language considered offensive.  Be safe and have a great vacation.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Alternative ways to use everyday objects.

Tiny succulents find  new homes in pretty wine corks. Magnets glued to the corks means you can arrange a succulent bouquet almost anywhere there is a steel surface. If you don't have a decent southern exposure for wintertime growing, I suppose you could stick some silk or dried flowers, tiny flags, a partially straightened  paperclip for holding a small photograph or  notes skewered with toothpicks to remind you to treat the dogs for fleas or the time and date of your next dental appointment..  
Fixing a CD with a banana really intrigues me, but there are no instructions given. I assume you simply smear on, wipe off.  See 33 other nifty hints, here:  35 Lifechanging ways to use every day objects.