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My Sunroom and Vertical Garden

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Back to the old fashioned blog! Video blogs and I just don't get along well. LOL!

Here's my sunroom and my vertical garden. I'm so happy with my room! And what a pleasure now that it's summer! I love going out there and curling up in the chaise lounge to read and dozing off for a nice nap. Now I'll have my vertical garden to enjoy. I used succulents and hens & chicks in it. I do need to add a new plant to one of the hanging baskets. I have a sweet potato plant rooting now. I think that is what will go in that empty basket on the wall. It will be so pretty!

Sunroom with my new vertical garden ...


And a closeup of the vertical garden itself ...

There are succulents and 2 hens & chicks in it.

We cannot post a blog without including Asher ...


I had to start recording one video all over again because he would not stop barking at the neighbor going out to get her mail. He really didn't care that I had something else to do! LOL!!

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MINDYJ1 7/21/2014 10:31AM

    That is cool! I have a maltese named Snowy. He likes to bark at the mail person too!

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KENWANNE2013 7/11/2014 5:40PM

    Lovely room. Asher is a sweetie.

Really like the idea of vertical garden... not heard of them before!

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CIROHIO 7/10/2014 11:39AM

    emoticon Love Asher he is the star!

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BARBARAROSE54 7/9/2014 7:32AM

    I love it !

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NILLAPEPSI 7/9/2014 4:33AM

    What an inviting place!!! emoticon

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COLLEENROSTE 7/9/2014 1:11AM

    So restful and pretty.

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SNOWYOGA 7/8/2014 10:58PM

    I love your hens & chicks, but was it hard to do, or to keep alive? I had seen it and wanted to try, but was afraid

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LUVTOBOWL 7/8/2014 9:42PM

    Beautiful, comfy,cozy room. I would enjoy a room like that too.

Thanks for the pics

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NYKIMMIE 7/8/2014 9:41PM

    Pretty :) emoticon

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MOMTO6CUTIES 7/8/2014 9:40PM

    That is so awesome. :)

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SUSANSLIFE 7/8/2014 8:40PM

    Pretty room! Is it air-conditioned or do you live somewhere which is cool in summer? My sunroom here in Vermont is hot-hot-hot.

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R2COUNTRY 7/8/2014 8:33PM

    Looks like a great place to relax. emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/8/2014 8:27PM

    Wow, that is really nice. Sorry the video didn't work out for you. looks like a stone wall. It is really beautiful and you have done a great job. Is the stone a part of the frame for the vertical garden? You have got so many nice ideas....Asher really looks great in the picture on the lounge.

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KATHYJO56 7/8/2014 8:27PM

    Cathy, I love your vertical garden and I showed it to Jim because he only saw the one that was posted on the internet with instructions. From the looks of this picture, yours has a stone frame, is that right? Did the frame come that way? This is absolutely beautiful and a great addition to your sunroom. You are right, it is not a blog without Asher. emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 7/8/2014 8:15PM

    Beautiful.

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 7/8/2014 7:56PM

    Cathy, that looks like a great room. One that I would love to be in. Love the vertical garden!!

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SUEARNOLD1 7/8/2014 7:55PM

    Thanks for sharing. That would be my favorite room!

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More Violets ... and My Recliner

Wednesday, July 02, 2014



Susan asked me to share a picture of my recliner in relation to my violets, so here it is. And the funny part of the story is, when I went to take the picture this morning, I'd taken one and Asher realized that it was a photo opportunity, so he hopped right into the recliner. The boy rarely misses a chance to be the center of attention! But, that is "His Chair". Most afternoons when I come home from work, this is where I find him. Curled in the corner of the recliner wagging his tail. What a wonderful life he leads!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/8/2014 7:40PM

    cpmfy comfy comfy! emoticon

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SUSANSLIFE 7/4/2014 8:19AM

    Thanks, Cathy! And Happy Fourth! Now I have a better idea of how the entire room fits together and it is beautiful and soothing. You've thought out everything carefully, found the exactly right pieces, and made an oasis for yourself, and Asher, of course! No wonder you find find him there when you come home -- soft and comfortable, and has the fragrance of Mom! Your recliner is close enough to the violets, for you to really enjoy every flower, every nuance. I love seeing your decorating..... Happy Independence Day!
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SNOWYOGA 7/3/2014 12:50AM

    Really nice, and love your puppy!

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MARYINFL2000 7/2/2014 9:11PM

  What an inviting room!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 7/2/2014 8:50PM

    Very pretty

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4RASCALS 7/2/2014 8:35PM

    Asher is so cute. Just wants to be comfy. You've done an awesome job in decorating.

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MARILYNROBERT 7/2/2014 8:13PM

    That dog has it made. emoticon

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KATHYJO56 7/2/2014 4:46PM

    What a gorgeous and feminine room. Asher never seems to miss a photo shoot! emoticon

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GRACEZN 7/2/2014 1:51PM

  And what a handsome Boy he is! emoticon

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SHANTODD420 7/2/2014 1:39PM

    I love the room and love seeing the pictures of Asher.

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 7/2/2014 1:13PM

    Cathy, it's beautiful!!

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MOMTO6CUTIES 7/2/2014 10:38AM

    I love it :)

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SYLVIALYNN2 7/2/2014 10:35AM

    Sweet bedroom. Sweet Asher.

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/2/2014 10:21AM

    Your bedroom looks beautiful and so relaxing and warm. Such a great picture and I love Asher sitting in the chair.

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JAMIRBLAZE 7/2/2014 9:14AM

    Asher is a cutie! And that looks like a comfy spot, so I can't blame him for claiming it!

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BARBARAROSE54 7/2/2014 9:06AM

    beautiful room. Of course Asher adds to it

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NILLAPEPSI 7/2/2014 8:49AM

    Asher seems to have taken over some spots all over the house. emoticon I think he likes his new home.

Gorgeous!!! Violets brighten up any room.

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My latest addition ... Violets

Tuesday, July 01, 2014



I wanted to show you how I arranged the violets. I now have them all re-potted. They've been sitting all around, but today I was able to gather them all together in one place. I found the perfect bench! It's just the right color to match one of the blues in the rugs in my bedroom. I placed little mats on the bench so that my planters won't skid. Because it's at "Asher-height", it's important for things not to be able to move when he puts his paws up to sniff.



On the bottom shelf is a lovely bath bowl and pitcher. The peacock has blues and purples and is so gorgeous. I also found sweet tea cups in the same pattern. I'm really going to enjoy sitting in my bedroom recliner, enjoying my tea in my new cups.



My home is becoming more and more "me" every day!

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SUEARNOLD1 7/8/2014 7:58PM

    Really lovely and peaceful!

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4RASCALS 7/2/2014 8:01AM

    So beautiful. The violets add the perfect touch.

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NANCYTUNBERG64 7/2/2014 7:54AM

    It looks so peaceful and the perfect place to relax!! Thank you for sharing!

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SUSANSLIFE 7/1/2014 11:03PM

    So pretty! Can we see where your recliner is located, so we can imagine you sitting there?

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 7/1/2014 10:37PM

    Very nice!

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BARBARAROSE54 7/1/2014 9:43PM

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GINNABOOTS 7/1/2014 9:18PM

    Beautiful, I love what you have done!

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 7/1/2014 7:37PM

    Cathy, it is just beautiful. I love your bed too.

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KATHYJO56 7/1/2014 7:12PM

    Cathy, This is absolutely beautiful. I love the way that you have them arranged and the items that you have placed with them. You are right, your home does look like you and is the perfect haven for you and Asher. emoticon

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SHANTODD420 7/1/2014 7:10PM

    Looks great Cathy thanks for sharing.

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MARILYNROBERT 7/1/2014 7:07PM

    Very pretty! emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/1/2014 7:03PM

    Oh Cathy, The violets look so beautiful and I can just see you sitting in your recliner and having a "spot" of tea. Your home sure is getting to be "you". You have done so much and a wonderful job of decorating. emoticon

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Succulent Dish Garden

Sunday, June 22, 2014



I've been doing some research on succulents after buying some dish gardens already constructed at a local store. I decided that I wanted to create my own. I'd seen a few small succulents a week or so ago at the farmers market. Yesterday, I looked again. Oh the choices! I had trouble deciding. There were three that could easily have been my center focus. I chose this one because it will bloom. I pulled out the smaller ones because they were pretty and go nicely with the colors in my living room. I see myself making more of these dish gardens! I had such fun putting this together!



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MARYINFL2000 7/2/2014 9:12PM

  Beautiful! You have a great eye and talent.

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MOMTO6CUTIES 6/25/2014 12:43PM

    Thats pretty awesome.

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SNOWYOGA 6/24/2014 12:45AM

    This is great!

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GAILANN48 6/23/2014 9:30AM

    Beautiful! You're so artistic, Cathy.

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NILLAPEPSI 6/23/2014 7:24AM

    How beautiful!!! emoticon

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 6/22/2014 11:56PM

    This is truly beautiful. I have a fake one that looks quite real, but there is nothing like a live plant. Congratulations for a job well done.

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SUSANSLIFE 6/22/2014 11:06PM

    That is so pretty and so ALIVE! It's great to have living plants in the house and they clean the air, too. Enjoy your new-found skill!
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NANFACEMIRE1 6/22/2014 8:13PM

    What a great job you did. It is absolutely beautiful. I think you will enjoy doing others. I can't wait to see what you put in your new pot in the bedroom........

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BARBARAROSE54 6/22/2014 6:15PM

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 6/22/2014 5:43PM

    Pretty!! ...and interesting! When I first saw the photo I thought that was kale in the middle. LOL!

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WENDYSPARKS 6/22/2014 5:01PM

    Nice!! emoticon

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4RASCALS 6/22/2014 4:16PM

    Beautiful!!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/22/2014 3:34PM

    That is beautiful.

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 6/22/2014 3:18PM

    Cathy, that is just a beautiful arrangement!!

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Warm Fuzzies

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Warm fuzzies ... just a little fuzzy pom-pom ball with moving eyes, antenna and stick on feet. They've been around for years and years. A few months back I recalled that my first Nursing Supervisor gave them out when we'd had a particularly stressful day and managed it well. Hmmmm ... perhaps I should do the same thing. An idea forming.

I mentioned it to my Manager and she said, "I like it! I'm going to do it!" OK, I left it with her and waited. She didn't do it. Two months passed and no warm fuzzies appeared. I ordered some ... boy were they difficult to find! But find them I did!

I've been giving them out for a couple of weeks now. Oh my! The improvement in morale! I don't give them to every person every time, but in a time of stressful work when the effort has been taxing, I appear with a warm fuzzy. Others see the token of honor on their desk. It's become a source of honor, personal pride. When life is tough and someone swoops in to recognize both verbally and tangibly that level of stress and hard work, life seems to get a little better. It's a win/win.

I see my more tenured staff opening up and being more relaxed, more friendly, more able to see the broader picture instead of simply their tunnel of work because they had that moment of praise and recognition when they least expected it. For my new hires, that huge smile of "I got it!" and "Someone else realized it!" I don't think we get enough praise as adults. Warm fuzzies are my little way of giving my folks a little smile that gives back to them daily.

I don't discriminate who I will give a warm fuzzy to. Yesterday, a coder got one and so did my Manager. Everyone needs to realize that they are appreciated for their hard work!

And they are "warm fuzzies" even though one of my folks continues to call them "soft fuzzies". LOL! We don't say a word!

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SNOWYOGA 6/16/2014 11:52PM

    I love it!

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SHIRLA7 6/16/2014 8:39AM

    I'm so glad your idea is working out so well!

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DS9KIE 6/11/2014 8:22PM

    what a emoticon idea

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KIM22211 6/11/2014 4:16PM

    lol! great job and love the soft fuzzies! lol lol lol

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SHANTODD420 6/11/2014 2:48PM

    What a wonderful idea and helps boost morale have a great day Cathy.

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GAILANN48 6/11/2014 2:40PM

    I love this!

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BARBARAROSE54 6/11/2014 2:38PM

    emoticon what a great idea !

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 6/11/2014 2:21PM

    Cathy, that's a great idea! Everyone likes a little recognition!!

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UWPALUM 6/11/2014 11:03AM

    I have always been a fan of Warm Fuzzies!! Even when my colleagues and staff members have not been into it. Where did you finally find them? Can you send me the company/site?

Thanks!

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IRISHEI 6/11/2014 9:24AM

    Wonderful idea and I am sure your employees love it. Always so nice to be appreciated and noticed when we need something or have done something special. These seem to be like a HUG which we all love + enjoy..whoops.. (at least me, some do not like to be touched or hugged I know) Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Irish Ei emoticon
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SUSANSLIFE 6/11/2014 8:48AM

    How wonderful you are! We need more people like you in health care and also in government agencies, schools, the workplace, you name it!
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BIGPAWSUP 6/11/2014 8:40AM

    That is really awesome. You are too cool.

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NILLAPEPSI 6/11/2014 8:14AM

    Something as simple as a little warm fuzzy. Amazing. Thank you for that idea. I might need to use that on someone. emoticon

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SNOOPYLINKOS 6/11/2014 7:34AM

    I love it! Like a kid with a 'star' chart. Fun at the work place, the place that needs fun the most! JOB emoticon

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 6/11/2014 7:08AM

    A wonderful idea! emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 6/11/2014 6:19AM

    What a wonderful idea and it helps morale so much. Everyone like a little recognition and this is a perfect way to show appreciation. It is too bad your manager didn't follow through with this. I bet since she is seeing how much it gives a boost she wishes she had done it. I bet she was so happy when she got hers. Are they different colors? I am going to look them up b/c I haven't heard of them before now. Have a "warm fuzzy" day.Someone may just pass their's back to you. You DESERVE one for the wonderful things you do for so many.

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MARYJOANNA 6/11/2014 5:34AM

  What a super idea!

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