Sunshine Award

Gaga and Ella

Sunshine Award December flew by like a whirlwind. A blessing from heaven, we have a new grand daughter! Icing on the cake was being awarded the Sunshine Award by Bren of BG Garden and host of Garden Chat. Delighted and honored when she tweeted the write-up I was taking care Continue Reading

December Rose Gardens by Jack Falker, The Minnesota Rose Gardener

Jack Falker of Minnesota

December is an exciting month. Have you ever noticed one minute it’s August and the next its Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and like a speeding train the holidays are upon us. The holidays offer so much to do you probably haven’t given much thought to extra winter protection for your roses. Continue Reading

I’m Thankful for Mom, Apple Pie & Roses

Home Made Apple Pie

This is a glimpse at the simplicity of managing life’s expectations. The family was all sitting around visiting. I said “I’m writing a Thanksgiving post about what I’m thankful for.” Out-of-the-blue, Big Daddy announces, “I’m thankful I haven’t had my first heart attack.” You can imagine he’s a pretty happy Continue Reading

Living Christmas Trees | Red Roses | The White House Historical Assoc. Christmas Ornaments

Norfolk Pine Fresh for the Holidays

  Norfolk Pine A Living Christmas Tree The White House Historical Association creates and sells an ornament each year to commemorate how presidents through the years have celebrated Christmas in the White House. One of my favorites is the 2003 White House Ornament. It’s a boy on a rocking horse. Continue Reading

Roses Fall Into Winter

Magnificent Sweet Gum Tree

I think I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree ~ Joyce Kilmer     Fall is a time for reflection. Time seems to slow down. Even the clock falls back. This autumn in Illinois the leaves took on reflective hues that seemed to dance and play in Continue Reading