'Love' clearly knows no bounds:
Bleeding Hearts grow as happily in Alaska as they do in San Diego.
She always believed that somewhere in this great big world she'd find her soul mate. Unlike some of us, she never grew weary of the search. In sharp contrast, I'd married my soul mate, was reeling from a painful divorce, and thought it best to run in the opposite direction - at a very fast clip! - should I ever encounter another soul mate.
Awhile back, she tried online dating, at catholicmatch.com. Far, far away, a prince of a fellow spotted her profile. She read his emails and they... just. knew.
Fast forward a few years and dear Bev is happily married and living in Italy. (Stop rolling your eyes! I am NOT making this up!) In a quaint little village that no one has ever heard of. Except for... my next door neighbor? Yep. My neighbor works for a company based in that same tiny town and never misses an opportunity to lay on the guilt trip. "I can't believe you haven't been over there to visit!"
Amazing, huh? It gets better. I'm a freelancer, celebrating 10 years of working at home, in my jammies, and for all those 10 years my most favorite client is the one that's based in Europe. So, I could go over there at any time. They would love the idea of working face to face, instead of on the phone. Only I'm a big fat chicken. The thought of traveling alone, (to a foreign country!) did not sound fun at all.
Alstroemeria, in potted plant form, will flower all winter long in a sunny window.
If you've been on this blog before, you may know that 2010 was a year I would gladly erase from the memory banks. No need to revisit dark passages, though I'm beset with one strange, constant feeling: my world keeps getting smaller and smaller. I work from home, putz in the garden and play with my horses. And, that's it. Geez. Thanks to the miracles of Tivo I don't even watch the news any more. (Well, I do, but I fast forward through the unhappy stuff. And, since it's all unhappy stuff my fast forward button is getting a serious work out.) Perhaps it's time to make a change?
So, Bev and I started talking. And, one thing led to another. And...
I'm taking the plunge. 2011 = the year of hiking bravely out of my comfort zone. I depart on 2/1 and will be working in Italy for a whole month.
And, needless to say... I'm all in a panic. Now, who's gonna water the houseplants??
Toss a few seeds in a pot and Johnny Jump Ups
will add great cheer to your house in winter time.
3 Tips 4 Happy House Plants:
- Flowering houseplants need to be re-potted at least once per year because they quickly gobble up all of the soil's nutrients.
- Water when the top of the soil is dry. Cool window temps aren't necessarily bad, cooler air creates much-needed humidity.
- Highly diluted fertilizer, every couple of weeks, encourages tons of bright blossoms.