December 9, 2016

Christmas/Thanksgiving Cactus' Spectacular Blooms

 I know I've posted about these plants before but every year they get more beautiful and I keep finding new colors too. I leave them (outside until frost is predicted  By then they have set buds and begin to bloom within a couple of weeks. In my zone 7 this is at Thanksgiving. The picture above was taken the day before Thanksgiving 2016 There are white (almost done blooming), red and hot pink in the containers. I also have a golden that I left in the greenhouse because I'm propagating it. Proper name is Schlumbergera. Soon I will have Easter cactus (Hatiora) for sale in the greenhouse too - they bloom in the spring and a beautiful! 

Easter Cactus



December 2, 2016

Show off your coloring pages

If you have followed my blog for any time at all you will know I love adult coloring books and pages as these former posts attest.
Girlfriends Coloring Party  and Adult Coloring Books - My New Addiction 

Well I wanted some way to display some of my favorite pages without framing and taking up wall space. I found a blank book in some of my art stashes (you can purchase one at Hobby Lobby or Michaels - Probably Amazon too). It was perfect to paste in some of my favorite coloring pages and I had fun theming them too. I'm not done with the book but the beauty of this idea is you can display your book even though it may not be finished! 

I also was able to use my other favorite art form collage inside my book. See how I added a little quote to the page about tea cups and a layered one on the mason jar pages.  

November 25, 2016

Last Rose of Summer

I couldn't resist picking this Peggy Martin Rose and bringing it in for the dining room table. It is especially sweet considering I thought I had lost my Peggy Martin for good! This one is climbing up my deck rail but the big one in front of my fence has blooms too - lots! That is quite unusual for this rose to bloom this much in the fall. Yeaaaaa! 

November 18, 2016

How to tell if your power went off while you were away

I received this handy tip from Bill's email - What a good idea! 

By Newsner:  Have you ever come home from vacation, business trip or maybe a weekend away with the family and noticed your digital clocks flashing the wrong time?

   You quickly realize that you had a power outage while you were away, but it's basically impossible to tell when it occurred or how long it lasted.  It's therefore also impossible to tell just how long the food in your freezer may have thawed, gotten destroyed, and refrozen again.    Or is it?

    In connection with Hurricane Matthews which recently swept over parts of  the United States, a woman named Sheila Pulanco Russell shared a clever trick on her Facebook wall with anyone who was forced to evacuate their home. 

    But the trick is certainly also good to know in case of any prolonged departure from your home - and will ease your mind about whether or not the food in your freezer is good to eat - or best be thrown out right away.The trick lies in the combination of three simple but effective items everyone already has at home: a mug, a coin and some tap water.

    In a Facebook post which quickly received hundreds of thousands reactions and shares, Sheila explains how to proceed as follows:

    "For those of you that are evacuating from the coast, I just heard a great tip. It's called the one cup tip. You put a cup of water in your freezer. Freeze it solid and then put a quarter on top of it and leave it in your freezer. That way when you come back after you've been evacuated you can tell if your food went completely bad and just refroze or if it stayed frozen while you were gone. 

    If the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup that means all the food defrosted and you should throw it out. But if the quarter is either on the top or in the middle of the cup then your food may still be ok. It would also be a great idea to leave this in your freezer all the time and if you lose power for any reason you will have this tip to fall back on."