Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Life is Full of Surprises

Dear Friends,

  As many of you know, my plucky mom is 96 years old and has been living alone since my dad died many years ago. Sadly, there was a health crisis recently and she went to the hospital. She lives a 10 hour drive away from us and we dropped everything to rush to be with her. We are now at her home dealing with the many things involved, day by day: back and forth to the hospital, setting up rehab, and finding a permanent care home that will meet her needs. 

  It’s sad, it’s hard, it’s scary to contemplate one’s own inevitable future, and it’s exhausting.

  We haven’t had time to do anything worthy of a blog, but yesterday we stopped on the way back from the grocery store to spend a few minutes at this pretty place … 

Penjing Bonsai Gardens

 The owner, Feng Gu, originally from Shanghai, China, learned the art of bonsai from his grandfather in China.

  He started the gardens near Melbourne in 1988 (some of the plants, as you will see, are even older than that).

 Besides selling plants, you can watch Gary, as he is now called, as he tends to hundreds of miniature trees with his tiny tools and scissors.

  Or like me you can just wander around and admire.

  The above two trees are about four feet tall and since they only grow two to five inches a year, you can guess that these would be very old. 

There are benches to sit on by the different 
koi ponds, watch the fish, listen to  music of the water, 




   It was a wonderful break in a tough day!

Tuesday, April 5, 2022


  Here are the figures of speech you and I and others found in the drawing. Anyone know what the thing is at the right end of his shadow?
  • Tied in knots
  • Knock your socks off
  • It’s a piece of cake
  • Something’s fishy
  • Bird brain
  • Shadow of himself
  • Handed to him on a silver platter
  • Step on your shadow
  • Cherry on top
  • Holding the cards
  • Spill the beans
  • A screw loose
  • In one ear, out the other
  • Nailed it
  • Ace up his sleeve
  • Kick the bucket
  • Rags to riches
  • Eggs in one basket
  • Born with a silver spoon on his mouth
  • Bird brain
  • Time flies 
  • Heart on his sleeve
  Didn’t quite make it to 27, but we are close.
  We are camping this week, a nice spot in the National Forest on the water. I hope to have some photos to share later. Enjoy your week! 

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Just For Fun

    It’s a beautiful spring afternoon here, full of sunshine and hummingbirds rediscovering the feeder on the front porch. If you’re having a quiet Sunday afternoon relaxing, too,I thought you might enjoy having a go at this puzzle. 
  I’ll wait a day or two to see how many you get before putting up the answers.
  Have fun!