In bloom~ a puzzle, a cactus, and HBO

Here is a peak at Eliza Waters’ lovely photo. Here’s the puzzle!

This weekend I felt like I could use a breath of fresh air amidst all of the pandemic stats. So, a puzzle and a new show.

Thanks to Eliza Waters for this beautiful photo of sweet peas used here with permission. See her post and current fall/winter works of art on the blog My Own Paradise: Life on Seven and a Half Acres,

For more floral refreshment, take a look at a new series on HBOMax. “Full Bloom” invites floral artists to create magnificent arrangements for a cash prize. I watched Season 1 between baking batches of cookies, running errands, and trying in vain to unclog one of my various antique sink drains. The show was like going to a spa. Gorgeous!

Finally, I got to know my “Christmas cactus” a little better this year. It has lived in the same window for 30 years and bloomed faithfully every single year … at Thanksgiving. Turns out, there are Christmas cacti and Thanksgiving cacti which can be recognized by their leaves. Here’s mine this year.


  1. Thanks for the link, D! It’s fun to see my photo as a puzzle 🙂
    I will have to check out that florist series, it sounds right up my alley.
    For your clogged drain, have you tried using 1 cup salt and 1 cup baking soda poured down the drain, followed by a kettle of boiling water? Repeat if necessary, but usually works on the first try. Good luck!

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  2. What a beautiful cactus! It had done well all these years. I have one cactus plant and 2 african violet plants that I’ve had for 5 yrs now. Im so proud to keep them alive. Everything else dies. Even my spider plant died. And they are supposed to be easy to care for!

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    • Thank you! I think your blooming plants like you! (I wonder if the spider plant needed a different amount or schedule of water? I’m having better results with my own now that I’m faithfully watering on a weekly schedule. It used to be in a hanging basket and I’d forget to water it. Now it’s on a small table surrounded by other green growers where I notice it more. ~ The simplest thing made all the difference. 🙂 )

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