39 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-2-23

  1. Good morning!

    The header is Bridal Wreath. My father planted the first in the yard of the home whrre I grew up. Then he transplanted some of that to their retirement home. My brother gave me this plant from yhe second planting.

    QoD? Do you have any plants, outside or inside, that have passed through your family to you or that you have passed down?

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  2. QoD- We have a creeping Charlie that a college instructor gave me 40+ years ago. Her office window was closed up for an addition to the building, so it would no longer get the sunlight it needs. It has endured a dozen moves over the years but still grows after we cut it back.

    We also have an aloe plant Mrs L’s mother gave her, along with a couple of other plants we’ve had since early in our marriage.

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  3. Peter, wow, that is really neat to hear about those long-lived plants.

    I don’t know if you saw, but I posted a YouTube link for the Hispanic pastor’s message yesterday. You can skip over the music to his message.

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  4. Morning all! Beautiful plant Janice and lovely story behind it as well!

    I have tansy. The original cutting was given to me by our Pastor’s wife 33 years ago. They were moving and it was something to remember them by. I had it at the old house and took cuttings with us when we moved here 13 years ago. How enjoyable this plant has been to me. And the deer hate it!!!

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  5. Always good to have plants the deer hate when you live in deer country. 🙂

    My mother was an avid gardener and had a greenhouse business, so I have a couple of plants from her garden. I have shared those with my SIL, nieces and my daughters. I have bleeding hearts that are very prolific, some that now have all white flowers. I have some darling little pink primroses that bloom before any other flower besides tulips or daffodils. Sadly, she gave us a very sturdy rose bush after my daughter’s boyfriend was killed in an accident, and it couldn’t survive where it was put. I do not have the desire to garden or the green thumb my mom had. I do love gardens and appreciate the work that goes into bringing forth the beauty. My dad was such a good helper to my mom with both her gardens and the business. It brings back good memories.

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  6. My mom also was an avid gardener and I tried to transplant her roses here at this house when I moved it (and was selling her place) but they didn’t take. 😦

    Photo above — I naturally thought graupel? Hail? It’s been really, really cold out here …

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  7. I don’t think I have ever seen white bleeding hearts, Kathaleena. Oh, the things that can be learned just in one area of study.

    Roses are always so tempermental. I have the Mother’s Day rose that Art’s mom gave us from her yard. It is very old-fashioned and quite hardy. I only have to trim it back every few years. If I ever fertilized it, I think it could be scary as it is so prolific already!

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  8. My mom was an avid gardener and in-door plant keeper. Her green thumb did not pass to me. 😦

    Nightingale tried gardening, but just didn’t have the time or inclination to keep up with it, so she switched to indoor plants. We have several in our dining room, and she has some upstairs. Lovely!

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  9. Nightingale just texted me asking when April vacation (for Boy’s school) will be. I replied, “In April.” 😀

    (Then I did look at the school calendar and texted her the actual dates. 🙂 )

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  10. Haha (@11:52)

    Easter this year falls on what was my mom’s birthday, April 9.

    She was a standout gardener, her dad was a nurseryman by trade so I guess he passed both the talent and the interest down to her. I’ve tried dabbling, but it is time-consuming and has always been hard with my full-time work schedule.

    I’ve planted some things here, in pots and in the ground, that have done well.

    I find I’m warming up somewhat to the natives that are being cultivated and used more and more out here as ground covers and lawn alternatives. I especially like the blue-green varieties of plants — but also the tiny, bright flowers on big mounds of dark green leaf foliage.

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  11. It seems unusual to find so many here with the family background of nursery folks. I had an accounting position soon after college with a family-owned nursery business. It paid little and had few benefits but I loved the atmosphere.

    Dj, I really like native plants, too. In the past, the county extension office had an annual sale of native plants as a good and reasonably priced source for such plants. They are hardy and easy to keep growing because they are “in their elemeent.”

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  12. Oh Kizzie I would have loved to have seen her face when she read your reply! 😊

    My great grandfather was an amazing gardener and I spent many an hour in the back yard with him as a wee one. And as young as I was I still remember his words and German accent telling me how to care for the flowers (and how important worms were to keep the soil loose!) My Grandmother who lived with them carried on the gardening when he passed away. Now mind you this was no extravagant “Secret Garden” equivalent but for me this little patch of dirt with amazing flowers planted will forever be to me the most magical place on earth.

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  13. I became a gardener because we bought a house with an acre of woods and six raised beds, a bunch of fruit trees, grapes, blueberries, and volunteer cherry tomatoes and raspberries.

    Ah, New England.

    A dear friend helped explain how-to, I haunted the library (you know, in the days before Google), planted, killed, mowed, and spent entire afternoons outside with my toddlers.

    It just seemed to carry on with every subsequent move.

    I’ve got it all on a suburban lot now–well, only two apple trees–but an entire bed of strawberries (my children have been eating them out of the garden since birth–all of them–except in Hawai’i which befuddled them–too hot to grow, but they did get one pineapple).

    Even the Adorables know to head outside and eat out of the garden!

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  14. Good morning, all. A beautiful day in the neighborhood. Lots of fresh snow for the children to shovel off the deck so grandpa can go on his walks.

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  15. Morning all. Just got a call from my daughter with the youngest two in town. They think they have shoveled enough and can get out. With no power and the hot water tank out, they are coming here.

    Pray for me, the quiet introvert who has had no one over. I said to bring an air bed and spend a day or two. More snow up there on Sunday and folks are still trying to get out.

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  16. Jo, that sounds like a challenge, but you will do just fine.

    It is snowing petals from the Birthday Tree here. The driveway is completely covered. It really does look like a covering of snow. I won’t need a shovel, but maybe the rake because they are wet and won’t easily be swept up unless I wait until they dry out and get noticably uglier as days pass.

    Michelle, you are a very practicle gardener . . . so wise. I see more people in my neighborhood are putting up structures with netting to have small yard edible gardens. All the protective gear is really an eyesore but I am sure it beats losing their effort to pests, wandering deer, birds and hangry people. Needless to say, we do not have a HOA.

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  17. I have several lovely plants from my MIL who passed away in 1989. We have a snake plant (mother-in-law tongue) and a hoya that are just solid, hard to kill plants.
    My mom rooted a piece of ivy from my wedding bouquet and we had that for 38 years – sadly, it gave up the ghost last fall.
    My aunts grew amazing Christmas cacti – so I have many varieties and colours from them.

    I absolutely adore those flowers up there! We are still below freezing up here, but it’s warm enough from the sun that the roads are mostly wet with a bit of slush. We still have several feet of snow covering the ground though.

    Oh, and this talk of gardening reminds me that I need to start my tomatoes and hot peppers soon!

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  18. Not totally on board with the chastising tone towards fellow believers who might have concerns but I will say it all comes down to this…

    But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.

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  19. Amazing how Jesus is such a personal God. He reaches out to masses with teachings and He reaches out to individuals where they were/are as sinners. God has perfect timing and He alone knows the heart motivations. He can properly judge why people have visited at Asbury or been a part of the praying and praising groups. I am thankful that is not an asignment He has given me, to be judge of those attendees.

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  20. Kare, I am not very familiar with the hoya but saw it is the wax plant which I have seen occasionally as a young plant. I have never seen them in bloom. That is an amazing bloom! Did yours bloom?


  21. Back from a couple hours-long assignment hanging out at the huge outdoor fish market & restaurant on our waterfront that’s being forced to move but is in discussions for a temporary spot nearby, it’s all in flux. Councilman arrived in his electric car just in time before I was leaving so I managed to get a quick update on the negotiations.

    Spectacular views out there today, the shipping channel with seagulls flying back and forth, multicolored shipping containers stacked on the far side, towering cranes ready to unload the next ship, a large (they’re all large now) cruise ship docked near the USS Iowa, busy traffic on the classic green suspension bridge arching over the water — all with the backdrop of beautiful, snow-covered (not just snow-“capped” this this year!) mountains. And the sun was so bright with the cold air.

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  22. We used to have hoyas as a gift from a friend and they did have beautiful flowers with a beautiful scent. Sadly, when one of my children left, she asked if she could take a hoya and one other but took all the hoyas. And that was the end of them.

    We also had a violet given to us from somebody or other but it has since passed into oblivion.

    Now it is just lemons and orange and limes various people had planted and a few other things people have given us.

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  23. The Hoya hasn’t bloomed in years, but when it did about 15 years ago, the flower clusters were so cute. I always thought the scent was like a chocolate cake mix (before baking)

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  24. One of our headlines today:

    ~ Real snow falls at Disneyland — not the fake soapy stuff

    A sudden burst of snow left Disneylanders dumbfounded as they stood in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. ‘My jaw is on the floor,’ said one parkgoer. ~

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  25. All that snow in California and Arizona, and all we’ve gotten is a few inches all winter. Not jealous, as I know the SW has had a drought longer than we have. Nor am I complaining as I don’t like the cold that comes with the snow.

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  26. Dj did you get your microwave? After many delays and “if you haven’t received it by the 4th) messages, we now have a new one from Amazon. Haven’t taken it out of the box yet so I’m hoping for the best! 😊

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  27. I did get it but … seems more complicated than the last one; or maybe I’m just taking time to actually read the instructions now! I’m a little confused about whether I may have been not using the sensor heat option as much as I should have, or ? And now there are 3 (???) popcorn settings. Let me know when you figure it all out. I have the booklet sitting here just sort of confusing me.

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