Archive for June, 2012


Artists create according to how their spirits are strummed. Some use difficulties and tragedies in their lives to take us to new heights. They show of their experiences not only through their eyes and ears but through their souls. As an artist, it is how we endure these tough times that gives a picture of our journey. This can be in the visual context or the auditory, written, and other. Whether the artist really wants you to understand, he or she is “telling” of their experiences, so art is more than what we see or hear—it is what we feel as an artist and it is what we feel as an observer–though they may not be the same. Make sense?

Intentionally or not, I am drawn to people and their blogs who tell of this journey. Some artists are in the infancy of this voyage. Some are in the middle and some have reached the other side. Creating art is good therapy for people with sufferings of many kinds. We need to learn how best to express ourselves for us to continue the journey. And, this is not a planer existence. We as humans are comprised of multilayers. Sometimes all of the layers are not in sync. It takes time. Sorry if this is a little deep—it is not meant to be.

Works and creations are how we cope with life. Many will tell you that they do what they do for another reason but so many artists are giving a reflection of who they really are—what they really feel or have felt and their connection to life. Artistry is the best gift we have to deal with our problems. Sometimes, we don’t know or understand our need or desire to why we want to express certain things but I bet if someone watches long enough and really gets to know you, they will understand.

In the past two years I have watched such people. Some were just beginning on their journey. I have watched a metamorphosis take place as time goes along. Some have completed their journey and are to their Happy Place. Others are still working along. No matter what, their journey is beautiful.

I am a very non-superficial person. That is why I am such a caring individual and why I get hurt so easily. Sometimes, we need those times of difficulty to bring us back in line. For so long, I had problems creating new things—those from the heart. I think I had to begin my journey again. The journey is the real story. I cannot rush it but enjoy it as I go. I wish you the best wherever you are along the way.

Happy Gardening along your journey!


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In 1936, the record high for June 29 was 105 degrees. Well, guess what. Bro-ken! It got up to 106 at the airport where the official temperatures are recorded. So, 2012 will go down in the history books. Please, please, let this be the only record high…

I know car thermometers are not always accurate, and I know that temperatures taken around a car can give false readings. When I left the house Friday afternoon, the temperature on the car thermometer was 101-not sitting in the sun. It was around 105 from local observation stations. About 3-5 miles away, the car temperature was reading 111… Those same stations were registering 109 the next time I checked. Life is HOT! And, as we were pulling through a drive-through fast-food place, we noticed wilting weeds. If the weeds are wilting, you know it is dry!

People are betting whether we will break or tie our all-time record high of 108 on Saturday. I would be extremely happy if we do not make it above 100 :).

Stay cool and drink plenty of H2O! Happy Gardening!


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Earlier in the week, the forecast for today (FRI) was 97; then it went to 100; now it is 105 or HIGHER. Our records for heat are as follows (according to the weather channel website):

June — 105  (1952) 106 (2012)* 

July — 107  (1980)

August — 108  (2007)

September — 106  (1925)

* update… June 29, 2012; June 30, 2012

We are set to at least tie a record but I have seen forecasts calling for 108 temperatures (cough, cough). This is not my idea of fun. Oh, I am looking forward to cooler temperatures.

What do you do to keep cool? Is it staying inside with the A/C cranked up? Or, is it drinking smoothies and shakes and eating lots of ice cream of popsicles? Or, do you like to spend your time in the pool—oh, to have a pool about now…? Maybe it is a combination? Stay cool whatever you do!

Happy Gardening!


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June 2012


Last June, we seemed to be breaking record highs every day–it seemed that way. It turned out that last summer was the hottest one on record and I felt like we were residents of the fiery pit below. It did not stop when Fall arrived either. Spring of this year started off hot but June has been relatively mild. It has been a nice change! As with many things, good things come to an end. We are expecting 100s by Friday and 104 or higher by Saturday and Sunday with no cool down anytime soon. 😦 😦 😦

Wednesday morning began with a record low of 57 degrees breaking the old record of 61. We almost never have June lows in the 50s and definitely not at the end of June. Our highs have been mostly in the 70s and 80s this month thanks to tropical systems. Believe it or not, we received rainfall but yet we are still in the exceptional category (worst one) for drought with no forecast for rain in the near future. I am not a happy camper when it is HOT and DRY.

One daughter has English friends who think the high 70s are extremely hot—she gets a kick when they complain. I guess I wouldn’t mind the heat so much if our A/C worked like it should. How is the weather where you live? Are you tired of the heat or do you love sweltering temps? Or, are you having cooler temperatures?

Note:  Several months ago, I added a Fall/Autumn counter to the bottom of my blog so I don’t have to keep up with a countdown during the summer. I love Fall! And, I LOVE cooler temperatures!!! I cannot wait!

Happy Gardening-try to stay cool!


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Cipro and more

Yesterday was one of the worst days that I can remember as far as feeling bad. I went to the doctor late Monday and then picked up my prescriptions from the pharmacy Tuesday AM (yesterday). I took ONE cipro pill–I have an infection. I felt sleepy and fell asleep on the sofa. I tried to get up but stumbled, almost fell. I made it to the hallway and there I remained for the rest of the day and part of the night. For one thing, it was the coolest place in the house. Another reason was that I could not walk.

My heart was pounding but I could not even sit up. My head would not budge off the pillow. My daughter took my blood pressure. The first reading was 108. That is where my diastolic level has been and that is at about 20 or more points lower than where it is usually. I could not believe one pill could do this. She monitored my BP. If it went lower, we were off to the hospital. My mom suffered from septic shock and had a massive stroke due to an infection. I didn’t want to suffer the same fate. I still feel awful this morning but my BP is nowhere near what it was yesterday.

I don’t know if the cipro is all to blame. One pill? In the warnings ‘death’ is listed way up there as a side effect. But, after one pill? My youngest daughter had to take it a few years ago and had problems with some of the side effects. It has some nasty ones but death is the worst. Well, I don’t know what is going on. Another problem to deal with.

On Sunday, the main credit card company/bank that I use called me about a possible charge I did not make. I am happy they have a fraud department that will do this. No, I did not purchase a cable TV bundle! My account had to be closed and I now have to establish a new payment plan for all of our bills. I could go on and on about things that have happened just this past week. It does not stop.

Finally, it was 31 years ago that my father passed away. I take this time of year hard. I sometimes wish I didn’t have this emotional “bone” but I do. I cannot get rid of it. It is a part of me. I hope today is better than yesterday.

I hope your days are wonderful, and if not, I hope they will be soon! Take care and Happy Gardening!


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During one of my recent nights where I awoke because I could not sleep, I began to write. For the past few months I have been attempting to write a book or something about my trials, my experiences, something that I felt needed to be said, but I could not get very far. I think I have started more times than I can count. I was in hopes that I could write about how there is hope for my marriage to survive an adulterous affair because I believed that we could make things right. As most of you know, there was more to it than just putting the pieces back together. I wanted it to be a book of hope but as time passed, I began to lose hope not only in my marriage but in myself. To be honest, a lot of my hopes have been dashed–obliterated. Maybe this is the point I had to get to understand.

This mini book is written for men, but what man would read a book written by a woman on the subject of marriage? I have no clue. I am not an author—I wish—and I cannot take full credit for this book. I had help, the divine kind. I have no idea what I will do with this but it is the best thing that was ever written using my hands. As I said before, I cannot take all of the credit. I am thinking about self-publishing but again, who will read it? On the other hand, if one person reads it and it helps them, then it would be worth everything. Any suggestions?

I think married men and those who want to be married someday should read it. It is not everyone’s cup of tea but it is how I see things. The


central theme is about how important it is to appreciate your life but especially your wife, to show her love and adoration, to carry that love in your heart, and to protect it at all costs. It bears a good chunk of my soul and mentions things from my past (dark blemishes and stains are included) that I had hoped I would take to my grave. I chose to include them because it tells of my personal trials with myself before my marriage to my current husband.

There is to be good to come out of my devastation. I believe this mini book is one of those good things. As for my hope and my marriage, I don’t know. I have done everything I could. Not only did the news of the affair devastate my life but this thing we have been doing lately has all but destroyed it. I continue to have more health issues. It has been a bad week and I’m not sure that my broken heart hasn’t contributed to my ordeal. I have to build hope. In the meantime, I have a book written about not allowing hope to die. Did I have to lose hope to get to this place?

May your life be blessed more abundantly than you can ever imagine.

Happy Gardening—always!


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I didn’t know my father’s paternal family—not really. I remember Granddaddy and his second wife but as for the cousins and great uncles and great aunts—no. I only knew the ones on my father’s maternal side–the ones from the old homestead where we lived. I guess since I was the only grandchild, we made trips to Florida to see my granddaddy. I remember him well though I did not see him many times. Granddaddy had a flower farm right off the coast. He and his wife also had a store where they sold produce that they grew on the farm. I loved to see the beautiful flowers and gardens they had. It was like a wonderland.

Granddaddy holding me–and yes, that says, “Baby Gator” on the door

This is one of my favorite photos with Granddaddy. I remember this trip. There was a monkey exhibit where the people went into an area like a cage and the monkeys would thread a small can down for us to put peanuts in. They would draw the can up and take the peanuts much like pulling a pail of water out of a well. I thought it was so neat to watch them do this.

Granddaddy was a man of few words. I was about 12 when we were at his house one summer. The weather forecast seemed to call for rain with a chance of more rain each day. We drove to the beach one afternoon and ended up sitting in the car for the longest time waiting for the rain to stop. Granddaddy said, “This weather is for the birds.” Well, I couldn’t help myself and began to chirp in the backseat :). I thought my mom was going to slap me. Later, she thought it was the funniest thing.

Happy Gardening and may your memories be great ones!


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