Here we have come to the last of of 2019 and the last day of the decade. It’s tempting to look back at the past’s challenges and victories, but I prefer to focus on the future.
This photo of Camellia japonica ‘Debutante’ perfectly captures my optimism for the future. I am grateful for Gary and Christina for the gift of this flower from my former garden. It points to the potential beauty that we can experience in the next year, the next decade.
To that end, my Arranger and I want to wish all a most prosperous and meaningful New Year. The greatest aim in my prayers is for peace, peace among people and peace among nations.
This is a day to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. I am particularly grateful at this time of year for family and friends, for decent octogenarian health, and for the addition of another generation added to my family tree: the birth of our first great grandchild.
May God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you.
When I am visiting gardens around town, there are times…delightful times…when a splash of color grabs my attention. Such a time occurred last summer when I was touring the Billinda Daylily Garden here in Charlotte.
This purple annual coleus is eye-popping. I don’t know its name, but I see it around town, most frequently in annual plantings at the entrances to various neighborhoods.
I have normally planted annuals in pots, including several colorful varieties of sun coleus. This example gives me good reason to continue looking for them.
During our visit to San Diego in July my daughter, the art teacher personified, devised a summer project to create masks to hang on her garden wall. The idea was to paint a face on discarded ends of palm tree fronds.
As a palm tree grows, the lower fronds die back, harden, and can be removed. It turns out they can make excellent bases for creative and artistic renderings of faces and masks.
My daughter enlisted every member of our extended San Diego family (except the baby) to take part in the project, with family members from age 10 to 84.
Here are two of my favorites, which are followed by a slide show of the others:
A well known Christmas show figure by my daughter
A fish by my granddaughter-in-law, perhaps looking for Nemo?
Click the arrows to move through the slide show:
It was a wonderful project to get us working together and see our creative juices bubbling. Which one is your favorite?
I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book: Bacon Grease & Baseball.
I’ve had a lot of fun writing this piece of fiction.
It was 1948 and Charlie Payne didn’t want to go away from home to spend the summer with his grandmother in her small southern town. His parents thought it would be a “wonderful experience” for him. In Bacon Grease & Baseball Charlie remembers that coming of age summer. He developed an enduring passion for baseball, playing it, reading about it, and talking about it with new friends, old and young. He learned to love Gramby’s buttermilk biscuits, black-eyed peas, and bacon, lots of bacon. He found joy in reading, singing, investigating Gramby’s woods and a creek, and dreaming about places outside his personal world. He discovered girls. Charlie Payne made a life-long best friend in his Gramby.
Let me invite you to click on the book cover in the side column for a description, a portion of the text, and how to get a copy, if you are so inclined. It is available in both paperback and eBook formats.
I recently returned from a week in San Diego visiting family there. It was a delightful week, especially being able to spend time with my first great-grandchild, John.
When I make trips to San Diego, my daughter usually has a few father-daughter chores lined up for me. This visit was no exception. The two of us cleaned up a non-working water feature and replaced it with a new fountain. We cleared garden beds and filled numerous pots with succulents.
The big chore was rebuilding and replanting two hanging “pictures” of succulents. I had first constructed them about ten years ago, and time dictated they should be redone. She repainted the frames, and I rebuilt the planting area and backing. Using new material clipped from my daughter’s garden I “painted” these two scenes to hang on her garden fence.
My art teacher daughter was pleased with my efforts…and so am I.
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