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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Hydroponics In My Kitchen? What?!


My dear husband purchased a hydroponic planter 
for my Christmas gift.

It was set up two weeks ago and here are the results so far.  According to the supplier, we should harvest something within 5 weeks of planting.  Two weeks down, three more to go.

The plants are basil and salad tomatoes.  I chose not to plant dill as I really don't care that much for dill.  The basil should go well with the tomatoes in a salad.  

Now, when the plants get a bit taller, and start blooming, I have to pretend to be a bumble bee and shake the plants with my hand or an electric tooth brush for pollination to take place.  That should be interesting.  

No matter, the full spectrum plant light does help brighten my kitchen on these short days and long nights.  The new foliage also lends to lifting my spirits a bit.  I also like to garden, whether in my small plot in the back yard, or in containers.  I will be updating the progress of this project, too.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Refreshing Rain

"Rainlight" is magnificent!
Even earth tones can shine like jewels in the diffused light and reflections created by the cloud cover and rain.  

Although rain may be gloomy and depressing for some, I find it calming, refreshing and renewing.  If you want another perspective about rain, click here.  Enjoy the "liquid sunshine!"

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Work of Christmas Begins
"When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with the flocks,
then the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal those broken in spirit,
to feed the hungry,
to release the oppressed,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among all peoples,
to make a little music with the heart…

And to radiate the Light of Christ,
every day, in every way, in all that we do and in all that we say.
Then the work of Christmas begins.

-- Howard Thurman, adapted

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