I am a lover of horticulture, gardening and the environment. At age 8, I sent away for a package of Zinnia seeds for 10 cents and I've been hooked ever since. After 25 years of being self-employed, I retired. That only lasted 4 years and I now work in a water conservation program: I buy grass from homeowners who are willing to convert to desert landscaping and lose that thirsty green stuff. I pursue what interests me and you can blame my sister for getting me into this blogging thing.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

I've got it

Well, I finally got the DSL line installed and all the bugs worked out. It is so nice. I spent hours reading other people's blogs last night. I don't know what happened to my computer but I lost all my favorites when my husband flipped the power on and off. So I was looking at new people through Motherkitty, bornfool and Gary's blogs. They have a lot of interesting friends. Some make you laugh til you cry. But what I find is most amazing is that people from all walks of life from all over the world can touch each other. Then you understand that we all suffer from the human condition. We make mistakes and can laugh at ourselves. We have joy, sorrow, pride and love in our lives. We are fortunate that we have the privilege to access the internet. Blogging gives us the opportunity to express ourselves without fear of criticism, I suspect that's what makes it so appealing. Thank you Motherkitty for opening up a whole new world for me.

BTW, that's the flower from a new plant I got recently. It's called a cotelydon.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

I'm out of commission

Here are some pots that I have under my mesquite tree. They have filtered light and do quite nicely. Most of the plants are succulents.

Due to husband error, my modem has been fried. At least I can't figure out how to reconfigure it. I was having some work done at the house and the ground fault interrupter was tripped. So my husband went and flipped all the switches in the breaker box instead of resetting the ground fault. Unfortunately, my computer was on. It hasn't been the same. After 5 days of calling computer expert friends and trying to diagnose my problem, I finally broke down and ordered high speed DSL. It's only taken me 5 years to make that decision. No one can believe I still had dial-up. It's really frustrating that I don't even have that at the moment.

So dear blog friends, on Saturday, my home computer will have a new modem installed and I'll be back in business. I will be happy to be back in blogland at home. It's a little hard to catch up with everyone while I'm supposed to be working. So until Sunday, ciao.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

What did you do on Sunday?

As long as I've been married, I've been a messy housekeeper. So I invite people over when my house needs cleaning. That's because I would be embarrassed if the house was dirty when I had company. I know, it's weird, what can I be thinking? That's just the way I am.

Well, I invited my girlfriends over for a swim. This place was a flurry of activity from about 6AM on. Almost everything is dusted or swept or mopped. There are no dishes in the dish rack and the sink is clean. The patio was swept and the pool was sparkling by 10:30 in the morning. Wow, this place looks good.

Now my friends love to come here but feel they have to bring lunch. Who am I to argue? It's great that I don't have to cook too. Usually it's something from the deli at the supermarket but today we had Trader Joe's crab cakes and breaded tilapia. We had fresh fruit salad, hummous, pico de gallo, guacamole and cookies. It was a feast. And I was really proud of the yard, my water lilies were blooming in the pond, the chaste tree was glorious and all the flowers were blooming. This is when I enjoy my garden. I don't feel as if I have to go and pick weeds when I'm admiring it. I can show it off to friends and just appreciate how the plants have matured.

My friend Grace doesn't know how to swim. So friend Bob, Jann's husband, gave her a swimming lesson. He's good, he had her kicking and splashing and swimming in no time. And I don't think he minded being the only guy among 6 women. Most of the husband's stay home but they're welcome anytime. I think the girls just like their gab time though.