Friday, September 20, 2013

Caterpillar Hunting

A very hungry group of caterpillars have decided to dine on my new petunias.  I can't believe I am hunting for caterpillars in my spare time.  I found five in one plant!  I wasn't  sure what to do with them.  How do you dispose of The Very Hungry Caterpillar after all?  I decided the humane thing to do was to let them stay on their leaf.  Then take the leaf to the alley with other plant debris.  Problem solved.  Conscious clear.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Middle of the Forest

Okay, I am looking at my Snow White Plate from Disneyland.  The artist is Gomes.  That really doesn't matter to me.  However, Gomes does create lovely art for the Magic Kingdom. I just like the picture and how it makes me feel.  Snow White is sitting in the middle of the forest.  She is at peace.  The artist has captured a moment in the story that makes me want to join her.  I think I will.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Multiplying My Garden

About a year and a half ago I bought a bunch of plants from "The Plant Lady".  She told me  she found it comforting to be in her garden after her husband passed on.  At the time I thought, "Oh, how nice for you."  Today, I find myself reaping the benefits of working in my garden.  I have taken the few plants I got from her and multiplied them many times over.  Last week I gave a friend cuttings from all my favorite succulents.   Over the past year I have discovered the beauty of the outdoors and plants, almost for the first time.  Like the Plant Lady, I am comforted and rewarded with what is clearly more than just a hobby.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

My Miniature World

If I could live in Storybook Land at Disneyland I think it would be very satisfying.  Coming back from Disneyland is always inspiring.  But how do you make the magic last?  Walt started with miniatures, so why can't I?  Since I like to write stories and admire the world of miniatures, I decided to start small.  Today I made a miniature garden.  I call it Beatrix Potter's Garden.  I do believe I go back and forth between her and Walt to draw creative inspiration.  Both were storytellers.  Both loved their imaginary worlds.  There's something wonderful about the perfect world of miniatures.  This garden is one of my favorites that I have made.  I can change it, add to it, and best of all.....write a new story.