Monday, May 2, 2016

A new plant for me


Plantar fasciitis ~ I just found out yesterday that this is the cause of the pain in my heels. Oh dear! Not the kind of ‘plant’ I want, but I need to take care of this one in order to be able to take care of my garden plants.

Plantar fasciitis happens more to women my age, with weight gain, going barefoot, poor support in shoes.

I did some online research, found exercises, shoe inserts and shoes. I’ve already started doing some of the exercises and will continue to do them and will learn new ones too. I used an Arnica gel for pain and will continue to do so as needed.

This is a real bummer, as I ‘love’ to go barefoot in the house. (Being part native American might have something to do with that.) I hate wearing shoes, just like I hate wearing a bra. So constricting and confining. Both are necessary when out in public though.

I googled shoes and found Vionics with GREAT reviews. I texted my sis-in-law and she wrote back all excited, as these shoes she’s been wearing for several years now and they have really helped her. Her daughter wears them now too and both love them. SIL told me about a flea market near her that has a Vionic booth that sells overstock from online stores, for about 1/2 off the price. She’s going to take me there in the next week or so. I found three pair online that I like, one dressy, one flip flop type for around the house, and one to wear walking and gardening.

Now, for some pics of one of my newest plants with one of the many visitors it has been having.

Buddlia and a Ruddy Daggerwing.




I was outside handwatering when I spied this guy. Ran in for the camera and he was still enjoying the nectar of these blooms.

Saturday I bought some potting soil and three more plants at a great deal.

One gardenia with at least 9 buds and two spicy jatropha which is a great butterfly attractor.

I worked outside morning and afternoon, wore myself out. I’m trying to get plants grouped into a few main areas for ease on the gardener and for ease of watering. Summer is almost here and it will be hot and humid before we know it.

More pics taken this morning.












That’s it from Plum Cottage. We may get some much needed rain today.

Count your blessings,



"Where flowers bloom so does hope."

Lady Bird Johnson

Be Light


Good morning folks ~ I hope you all had a good weekend. We are still having nice weather down here and it is greatly appreciated. Summer’s heat and humidity will be here before we know it.

I ‘love’ to read, a lot of different subjects. My little cottage is filled with books that DH and I have read or looked through. There is something about reading and holding a book in your hands, and if it is yours, you can take a pen or pencil and mark it up with underlinings or notes.

I just finished reading a very good book called 'Be Light - Shining God's Beauty, Truth, and Hope into a Darkened World' by Samuel Rodriguez. You can read about him here, and here.


“Darkness cannot overcome light. Light always wins.”

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God....In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:1,4

As believers in God, we have that 'Light' in us. We are not to hide this light but to let it shine brightly, so that others will want to have it in their lives in this dark world that we live in. Light gives us hope.

.The author gives several examples of the different types of light that we experience in this world, relating them to the Light of the world, which is Jesus.

I will give a few quotes from this book, a book worth reading, to encourage us in our journey in this world. Encouraging us to be a light to others, a light of His love and tender mercies. If any readers do not yet know Jesus, I pray that you’ll be encouraged to learn about Him and let His light, love and peace flow into you and through you.


The light that Christ wants to give us is eternal. His light is not subject to the decay that is an inherent part of our daily lives.

The light that God has given us can never be obsolete.

God uses light to make our world beautiful.

We are God's children of light. We have been transformed.

Christ as our light is an every-present guide in any storm life throws our way.

Christ is our constant. He is not moved by the storms and circumstances of our lives.

His light is a protective light as well as guiding one.

We must learn to absorb all the light that God has for us, and not just to reflect it, but so that we can reflect some, retain some, and emit some.

We are to be a source of love, comfort, and guidance to all those facing life's storms.

Your mission: to bring joy to those around you because of the joy within you, to bring light to those around you because of the light within you, and to be both a recipient and a conduit of God's glory in this world.


There is so much more to encourage us in this book.  This is just a sampling. It is a book I will read again.

I am a sinner saved by God's grace and I am thankful that His tender mercies, are new each and every morning.


I chose this book to read through the program 'Blogging For Books'. This book was given to me to review.