Roses & A Stone Bird

When I feel like I can’t stand another day staying at home, I try to find something that brings me joy. It can be a simple thing – like flowers.  Roses are one of my favorite flowers. You can grow roses in Florida but it’s really hard and takes lots of work.  Roses really aren’t happy when it’s always hot. They can burn out and must be fed constantly.  I’ve not had luck growing them here and just buy my roses.

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4 Ways to Check In On Distant Friends & Family

Friends and family drifting apart (both literally and figuratively) is natural in life. Everyone meets other people, moves house, starts new jobs all over the country, or even the world, and you don’t have as much time for one another as you once did.  Now with the pandemic we are seeing fewer people and avoiding large groups.  However, while you can’t do anything about the distance or the pandemic, you can still maintain a close relationship no matter where you are. So whether you want to reconnect with your childhood friend or check in on your grandparents, here are four ways for you to stay in touch with distant friends and family. 

 

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Red Roses & Baby’s Breath

If you’ve visited before, you know I love fresh flowers. I love making inexpensive bouquets from the 3 for $12 flowers at Publix Supermarket. Today I choose 1 bunch of baby’s breath with a second mix of 3 red roses and a few white alstroemeria. That was 2 bunches for $8 and I have a lovely lacy bouquet for the table. It’s really one of my favorite things.

 

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Amaryllis & Baby’s Breath

Gypsophila, Baby’s Breath, is a genus of flowering plants in the carnation family. I do love making a bouquet with lots of little white baby’s breath. Luckily Publix, the local supermarket, has a bunch for only $4.  I added one stalk of amaryllis from the yard which has 4 red and white blooms plus a few white alstroemeria. It makes me happy!

 

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Advent Acts of Kindness

Sunday, December 2nd (2018) is the first Sunday of Advent. Many people around the world celebrate this time in preparation for Christmas. Celebrations can use an Advent calendar, an Advent wreath, and family prayers.  I have a printable free Advent calendar for download celebrating the 24 days prior to Christmas. If you want to simply celebrate Advent, make a wreath or calendar and add activities that enhance the season. Print and celebrate the days with family activities like gathering donations to charity, buying gifts for a Giving Tree, baking gifts for others, or reading about the story of Jesus in scripture. For more information on celebrating a simple Advent see last year’s post,  Simple Ways to Celebrate Advent: Wreaths, Calendars, & Activities .  This simple Advent calendar is available for download there as well as possible scripture readings.

 

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Beautiful Summer Foxes Art Print

I love nature as you probably know from my love of flowers.  I find most animals appealing, especially babies.  I happened to find art work by an artist in Slovakia who goes by the on-line name, Marty-arts. She shares some of her art online, and I do love her animals.  Today’s print is based on her art with modifications. (Her art is shared on a site with free downloads with a public do-as-you-please license. )

 

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A Visit To Cracker Country at The Florida State Fair

It’s usually late summer or early fall when most people think of their State Fair, but that’s not typically the time Floridians think of theirs. The first week of February is when the magic begins for us. We don’t have the drastic change in seasons to remind us it’s time for the annual fair. Don’t think that means in the 112 years the Florida State Fair has existed that there weren’t times when we had to trade our shorts and flip-flops in for a pair of jeans and long sleeves. Our blood runs a little thinner than most here in the Sunshine State. When the mercury dips below 70, we understand the dangers of prolong exposure to the elements, and we break out the socks and a light jacket.  February is usually a bright, warm time to explore and have fun at the fair.

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