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On Amaryllis, Dinner Parties, and Pinterest

This is the first year I’ve been able to get my amaryllis bulbs to re-grow and reproduce for me. This white one is a real beauty, though the pink & white striped one is now pushing out of the pot as if desperate to bloom before Christmas. According to Canadian Gardening, “It’s a native of […]

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Host-Hostess Gift Etiquette

{NOTE: In this particular blog post, the photos included are not my own, with the exception of just one. I have given credit for each of the sources.} It’s the time of year when we begin receiving more invitations to dinner parties, cocktail parties, and open houses. No matter how well we know the person/couple […]

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Art: If no birds sang

“Use the talents you possess — for the woods would be silent if no birds sang but the best.” ~Henry Jackson Van Dyke    “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” ~Pablo Picasso “One can do such lovely things with so little.” ~Camille Pissarro I have been making […]

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a girl named Amaryllis

This perky amaryllis is currently blooming in the window at the front of our little cottage by the sea. It’s the first amaryllis I’ve actually been able to get to re-bloom for me! Did you know that Amaryllis means sparkling in Greek? Referring to its large star shape, Hippeastrum, or horse star, is the scientific name […]

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Remember those we lost but also remember those who returned and were forever changed. Today I will let others speak for the importance of this day. I urge you to listen to this song and to watch the brief message from the singer at the end of the credits: Canadian Remembrance Day Song. And I’m […]

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A world where there are Octobers

PREAMBLE: I wrote and put this post together on Thursday, the final day of October, but held it back so I could give the “before/after” post some time to be viewed first. Then serendipity took over. On Friday morning I visited Shawna Lemay’s Calm Things and her Friday post had a similar theme. In fact, […]

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