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Houseplants for people terrible with plants

If you are terrible with plants, like me, and want to get some plants regardless, then check this out: Houseplants You Can’t Kill – Dwell. The plants are: Snake plant Cast iron plant Jade Aloe Rubber plant Relatedly, my office … Continue reading

Indoor plants for people lacking green thumbs

If that describes you, then you want to read this: Low Maintenance House Plants – How Often Should You Water | Apartment Therapy as well as this this. Those two pieces are also good for people that travel alot, but want … Continue reading

Who is twitter for ? Everyone. Even plants!

This is a very cool — in a geeky kinda way — of using twitter to keep tabs on your plants. (But really, you could use it for all kinds of things. This Botanicalls Twitter DIY: “answers the question: What’s … Continue reading

On starting your own Orangery this winter

Ok, ok, maybe that is a bit ambitious. But as the winter settles in, you might want a bit of summer in your home. If just to help you get through the days when it seems like winter will never … Continue reading

November pandemic highlights and ramblings (a newsletter, in blog form)

Hi there! It’s time for my monthly newsletter-but-not of highlights and ramblings. As always, thanks for stopping by and reading this. It’s been an intense period of time since October. Starting with the pandemic… Pandemic – bad: we have terrible … Continue reading

On how care leads to love and how it relates to having more by having less

I have been thinking of this post by Austin Kleon, how caring for something leads us to love it, which leads us to care for it more. I think this is true. It’s a virtuous circle. I have found this … Continue reading

The pandemic ain’t going away soon. Maybe you need a hobby. This can help.

I am sorry to (not) break this to you (since you know it already) but the pandemic is not going away soon. That’s bad. What’s good is it may be the right time to start a hobby. Here’s two links … Continue reading

Last minute Christmas decorating ideas

This title is a bit harsh, Last-Minute Holiday Decorating Ideas For the Truly Lazy | Apartment Therapy, because if you are like me and you still needing to decorate, it’s likely you aren’t so much lazy as you are too busy. … Continue reading

How to get in shape, in two steps

There are only two steps to get in shape: 1) lose weight 2) exercise. Of course, those can be big steps. You need help to take both. These 15 links can provide you with some of the help you need. … Continue reading

My Lessons Learned from Christmas’ past (including where to buy trees in Toronto)

Christmas for me is many things, including an annual exercise in planning. I keep a Word document that I update every year. It contains the typical list of things to do, by when. It tracks cards sent and received, presents … Continue reading

Some thoughts on memory and winter

There are bad associations with winter. We talk of the dead of winter. Or the bleak midwinter. Plants and trees are barren. Animals hibernate, deathlike. Cold itself, winter’s prime attribute, we associate with the dead. As is the additional darkness … Continue reading

The best, easiest, and most effective New Year’s resolution to make (perfect for procrastinators, too) is

The best, easiest, and most effective New Year’s resolution to make (perfect for procrastinators, too) is this: I resolve to make a new resolution every week (or month, or quarter or season, or….you get the idea). It sounds like a … Continue reading

What’s living and 12,000 years old

This clonal mojave yucca: According to wikipedia, such plants originate from one single ancestor, so one plant can essentially clone itself and live on and on. (Clonal colonies are fascinating in themselves.) Rachel Sussman has a portfolio of the oldest … Continue reading