Now, for a few funny moments. I took a gander at Belle the Yorkie's paws as she laid on the stairs and I noticed how her paws blended in with the carpet color. Since she has caramel and white on part of her body, then grey and white on the other part, she almost partially blends in with the carpet. So, I looked at this picture and thought, "Where does the dog begin and end?" It made me smile.
Next, I have an absolute favorite pot with a weird Mexican plant in it sitting on my back porch. Well, it WAS sitting on my back porch a couple of weeks ago...until I noticed the chickens continually sitting inside the pot as they gazed inside the kitchen window harassing me. My lovely plant that had vines trailing down the side of the pot in a most unusual manner had been nearly picked to death by the chickens. So, I lugged the heavy pot inside the house and put it by my front door. At least it's safe from the chickens.
One thing I've learned about having chickens is...no plant is safe from your chicken. They will destroy your gardens and eat all of your veggie plants. They don't touch my Rosemary or my Sweet Basil, but they eat the Bell Peppers, Jalapeno Peppers and everything else in between.
|My rescued plant.|
|Well, you can see the Creepy Fig that I tried to transplant|
into the pot last week, but it didn't make it.
I have a couple of plants where the seedlings failed, but I don't stop trying.
This past weekend, I asked Shaye to come to the side of the house with me to take pictures with an OLD Aloe Vera plant we've had for years and years. This is another "old" plant that came from a grandmother...my husband's Grandmother Esther. We've created many more Aloe Vera plants from the original plant and we are big-time into using the Aloe Vera for various remedies.
In my family, I grew up knowing how to expertly scrape out the pulp and use it as a healing, soothing skin solution. Later, I discovered that my Native American heritage had passed this knowledge down through new generations...without us even realizing where the skills had come from. My husband knew to use Aloe Vera for burns, but I taught him and my children how to scrape out the pulp to create a juice and to use the cutting down to the outer skin. I sure can make extended use out of one little "branch" of the plant.
Speaking of the gorgeous Aloe Vera plant that has taken an awful beating from the drought...last weekend, I asked Shaye, "Will you take a picture next to one of my favorite plants that has a beautiful bloom growing out of it?"
She yelled enthusiastically, "SURE!"
As she rounded the corner of the house and caught a glimpse of the plant, I think her mental image of the bloom was blown to pieces. Her disappointment and personal thoughts about my "bloom" is evident in her expression.
I could barely hold the camera still as I asked her to try to smell the pretty flower! I am soooo mean!! Clearly, she did NOT want to do any smelling of anything that looked this weird. So, she tried to fake her smelling abilities...as I am barely able to stand upright from laughing so hard. At this point, I'm about to hit the driveway concrete and roll around in hysterics, at least my neighbors would have had something to talk about for the next week.
Then, I told her that she could be honest about the plant. An Aloe Vera plant is pretty amazing and I do think the bloom is beautiful, but we agreed that it wasn't exactly on the same level as a rose or a gardenia bloom. Her opinion was respected and safe. Cut loose Shaye! Tell me how you REALLY feel about this plant!
Truly, the camera can't even capture the gorgeous color of this bloom in the midst of my ugly pots full of weeds. Focus on the BLOOM!
This is a true diamond in the rough.
And I just love these fun moments with the kiddos. I believe her mental horizons about a blooming plant has just been majorly expanded after this past weekend with her aunt.
I think she'll be leery of any bloom unless she sees it for herself OR she might learn to appreciate different blooms, even if they don't have a traditional good-smelling, beautiful petal involved.
Maybe her next lesson over here will be a continuation on how to harvest the soothing pulp from the main parts of this amazing plant. Passing down generational knowledge is a treasure so many of us take forgranted. What are you passing down to the next generation that might be otherwise forgotten?
Really...I want to know...tell me what you are passing down.