Updated roses page

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I opened a ‘page’ a few days ago to share my roses, and just completed posting some more photos.

I will most certainly be updating their progress, growth, any new pots I select for them and of course any new roses I choose!

By the way…I was reading that egg shells and coffee grounds…also banana peels are very good and nutritious to feed roses and plants in the garden…even house plants.

I purchased Scott’s for my roses, and have Miracle Gro plant food to mix with water for my other plants….however…..I am now saving egg shells and coffee grounds to add to their soil along with water of course.  You can also if you hard boil eggs, use the water the eggs were boiled in to add to the mixture.  Just make sure you allow the water to cool!

Some people put the mixture into a blender then add to their pots or garden bed, or just use your mortar and pestle to grind down your egg shells to add to your coffee grounds and water if you have a small amount of plants to feed.

I am storing my egg shells and grounds in the fridge until I have a reasonable supply to feed.  The egg shells are being kept in water in a container….(if you choose just to use shells)…best way to keep them fresh.

Here is just one article to read about it but there are many articles on it just search it on Google.  I typed in egg shells and coffee grounds for plants and quite a bit came up.

Have a blessed and healthy weekend, remember today is Earth Day!

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Earth Day 2017

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Good Saturday morning, and today is Earth Day!

It falls on the 22nd of April.

Since I have three cats…when I saw this little picture, I just had to have it for my post.

What will you be doing to celebrate Earth Day?

I have no idea what my plans are for the day to be honest, it is already beginning to warm up…it is going to be a 95 degree day, and at this hour it is 81 degrees outside.

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Earlier this morning I noticed one of my hummingbird feeders was depleted, it hangs under the front awning and closest to the kumquat tree where little hummers enjoy living.  After cats were fed and before my coffee I just had to replenish for them, they seem to enjoy this one from the three of them under the awning the best.  After I got in and tidied up my kitchen sink, I looked out to see two youths enjoying the nice cool syrup.

(You can tell the youths from the adults by the size of their beaks)

I don’t purchase the nectar sold in stores because that red nectar is not good for them at all and it eats into their insides.

The preferred recipe to make your own and I found the recipe when I joined a hummingbird lovers group is:  

1 cup of pure cane sugar to 4 cups of water

Boil the water, then add the sugar, stir until dissolved. Allow to cool then the syrup can be stored in the fridge for one week.  

During warm/hot seasons, feeders must be changed everyday to every other day depending on where you have your feeders hanging because….the heat/sun turns the sugar to sugar alcohol and it is not good at all for your delicate little winged friends.

I make sure when I refresh them to rinse them out well in hot water and I use a little bottle brush to go through all of the feeder holes, a paper towel to scrape along the sides inside the bottles to make sure there is no residue. Mold doesn’t accumulate on mine, but should it accumulate on yours…hot soapy water or a spot of bleach….rinse very, very well please so no odor is present…it could harm them.

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I just let my indoor/outdoor kitty out…HoBo and did a walk around the plants and trees.  I water every other day and decided since it is going to be very warm out I had better give them all some water, so that is what I must do before I begin anything else to keep them hydrated and happy.

Little picture above is HoBo up on my next door neighbor’s grapefruit tree…taken last year.  The bird on the bird house is artificial.  My neighbor is 83, and thought it would be a nice touch!  Very cute, and I just wonder if HoBo thought it was a real bird! 😉

Whatever your plans are for this day, I hope they are full of love and joy.

Have a happy day!

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Happy Friday morning

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Good morning!

Enjoying a cuppa and watching the hummingbirds outside my front window, listening to the songs of the different birds around my place.  So very delightful and peaceful.

My cats got me up early as they always do, they had their wet meals…dry is always out along with water of course, but they are always ready for breakfast.  Right now each of them are fast asleep.

I have three cats, each one came here from someplace, cats I suppose no one wanted…each of them are quite special to me, I enjoy spoiling them and love them dearly.

Romeo, Rose and HoBo.  Romeo and Rose are indoor only and HoBo is quite the adventurer, so he prefers to go in and out and is quite happy about it.

Do you have pets?

Today is going to be 92 degrees, and tomorrow is slated for 95 degrees!  Getting warmer! Soon I will need to use the air but for now shades adjusted to keep bright sun out and use the fans.

What is the weather doing in your area?

I don’t know just yet what my plans will be for today, I am always busy but I will find the time for either working outside, or perhaps sewing a flannel quilt I had started before I was diagnosed with cancer.  I should really work on it before moving on to the curtains for my room and the kitchen.  I don’t like a build up of projects.

When I was into crocheting and knitting heavily, I had not only a build up of yarn and a vast selection of hooks and needles, but projects I had started, stopped and restarted.  I found that I was not the only one with that issue…so many of us out there, but I don’t ever want my sewing projects to be like that.

I still enjoy crocheting and knitting however sold all of my yarn at a yard sale and donated many, many crocheted hats with flowers to a hospital in San Diego.  I kept three throws I crocheted and let the rest of them go at the yard sale for a song…just to get rid of them and they actually made the purchaser very happy, so that is what it is all about.  I can always pick up what I need if the urge comes back around again but for now I want to focus on making designer pillows/pillow covers so I can get some of the things around my place that needs to be done….done!

I mentioned that on my page I created yesterday.

Do you crochet or knit?  What do you enjoy making?

Well, I had better scoot along as the morning is slipping by already…everything goes by so quickly and you don’t really realize it until you glance at the clock!

I want to try very hard to continue on with posting photos of my roses and add them to my page.  I have so many of them to share so don’t give up on me just yet…I wish this program for this blog had a drag and drop feature for photos…would be so much quicker 😉

Have a lovely day!

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I love to sew

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Good afternoon, thank you for visiting and I hope each of you that are with cancer like me are finding a bit of sunshine and joy in your day.

I added another page to my blog this morning, ‘Sewing’!  I love to sew and I will be posting on that page as I progress along with my projects.

Do hope if you sew, you will stop by from time to time!

My current projects are going to be curtains.

Have a beautiful day.

Wednesday evening with roses and fabric

This evening I created a new page for ‘Roses’.

I love roses and always wanted my own to care for and admire.

While gathering pictures to put into the page is a bit of work, I got the first two rose bushes posted, but have 10 more to post about.

I will be working a little bit at a time on that page as I can and too…posting updates to keep it current.

I plan to post additional pages of my potted plants, flowers and trees because I can keep them all right here on my blog and I may even be adding a recipe page and a craft page.

I do have a variety of interests and even so I am with my form of cancer; Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stage 4, I still have my life to enjoy with what I enjoy.  It keeps me full of hope and keeps me positive!

Today was a great day…no appointments first of all, and secondly I went to the fabric store and purchased fabric to sew up new bedroom curtains for myself!

Currently there are drapes at the window and they must leave!  So they will come down along with the rod they are on…a new rod will go up along with the new curtains.

I also picked up a nifty little tool to help make hems much easier while turning over allowances and pressing.  I had three coupons, one for 40% off my fabric, one for 50% off my new nifty tool, and one for $10.00 off my order over a certain dollar amount.  So a good deal of savings as items you need or want can add up quickly.

Tomorrow I will wash my fabric up since it is an all cotton premium unbleached muslin fabric.  I wouldn’t want to sew them up and when they need to be laundered see them shrunk a couple of inches!  You should always wash, dry and press your fabrics anyway to remove residues from manufacturing, all of the hands that have touched or handled your fabrics.  The bolt my fabric came off on was a brand new, a never cut into bolt, but still many hands touch everything and you want your projects nice and clean and fresh.

So that is on my list of to do’s for Thursday along with a few other things.

I hope you had a lovely day, and had the time to do somethings you enjoy too.

Goodnight and sweet dreams!

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Happy Easter

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I would like to wish everyone a very blessed and happy Easter.

Mom and myself will be having a nice and nutritious Easter dinner, dessert of course…never nutritious but always too good to say no to!

As for my treatments, I have had two chemo therapy treatments, one iron Iv on Thursday, and six days a week white blood cell shots.  Labs every Monday.

Last week I had to take Lasix for big baggy eyes just for three days, go to the lab on that Friday and then see the Dr. on Monday.  Dr.  told me sometimes that happens, maybe too much salt in my diet, but the swelling had gone down quite a bit.  They look normal now.

The only other thing I experience is sternum pain, and that travels around to the middle of my back, then back again.  That pain is caused from the shots.

Other then that, I still have hair, but it hasn’t grown, and no other discomforts.

I keep myself busy all of the time, I can’t help it!  I am always outside with the plants and have added so many since I last wrote to my garden.  I think I will do a post just on my potted flowers, and not put them in this post.

I hope those of you that have cancer are each doing well and I will be visiting your blogs over this Easter weekend.

As soon as I finish this post, I am going to do my laundry!  Yay!  I love it when it is all done.  I already had my shot at noon, mom and I had lunch, dishes are done up and put away so now ready for this task.

Have a wonderful weekend and ‘Happy Easter’

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Tuesday and chemo day

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Good afternoon!

The sun is shining nicely and at 83 degrees.  Nice all this week but we may have some rain coming this weekend.

Had chemo this morning.  My appointment was at 8:00.  Had a B-12 shot, one for nausea and vomiting, two Tylenol tablets, Benedryl and Chemo meds running through with sterile Saline.  I didn’t become nauseated at all, the Benedryl makes you a little sleepy however, but in the end your wide awake to drive home.   I go in tomorrow morning for another round of the same at 10:00.  Today’s visit was 3 hours.

New schedule given for shots, labs, chemo and Oncologist appointments for the rest of this month and first week of May.  Made all of my lab appointments on line so I can just go in and not have to wait.

I had the nurse leave my IV port in my arm so I wouldn’t have to be re poked again, she wrapped it all up in a nice blue bandage to protect it and I am able to do things around the house with it, doesn’t hurt or interfere with anything at all.

I met a nice lady today, we sat together for our treatments.  She has breast cancer stage 4.  Such a dear lady with two adult teens living in her home and not at all helpful to her.  I felt badly for her and her story she shared with me, left first because I was on time for my appointment, she was late for her’s and wished her well, hoped to see her again.

I don’t know if I mentioned in my other post or not but I said to my nurse I didn’t think my hair had grown since I had it trimmed and she said probably not, it will begin thinning and you may or may not have some hair loss.  The lady I sat with today lost most of hers, and she truly had a good attitude about it.  I will too.  All you can do.

I overheard another lady this morning being reprimanded for drinking while on chemo!  I pretended I didn’t overhear but I thought to myself….wow, why would you be doing that!  She drinks hard liquor, told the nurse she cut back to half the amount she is use to drinking….everyday!! Maybe it is her way to sooth herself with her own journey or an old habit difficult to break.  I wish her well with her efforts to cut back, she looked so sincere at the nurse while speaking to her.

Well, I have dinner in the crock pot!  Making a nice vegetable beef soup for my mother and I for dinner.  It smells good already!

Have a wonderful day

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