Top Things I Learned

Things I learned from entering my first writing contest: 1)    I wished I paid more attention to Mrs. McPhee, my grade eight English teacher. No one knew grammar like Mrs. McPhee! 2)    Mistakes can be found even on the fortieth re-read. 3)    It’s good to review the fine print of the rules earlier than the… Continue reading Top Things I Learned

Winning Combination

I spun the combination lock again. It must’ve been my tenth attempt. I started to panic. With a towel wrapped around me and dripping wet from the pool, I knew I could be in trouble. My clothing, shoes, purse, phone and car keys were locked inside the locker. And, my sole contact lens! Finally, the… Continue reading Winning Combination

Live and Let Die?

They looked innocent enough. My hubby and I thought they were bees, flying into a tiny crack in the brick foundation of our home. And, tree hugger environmentalists would be up in arms if we started killing bees. I might get chained to a tree or something. When the number of insects started increasing, we… Continue reading Live and Let Die?

Floating in the Flood

Since my senior friend moved to my city of Windsor, Ontario, we’ve experienced not only a tornado but a flood. She reassured me she did pack an umbrella before moving here. When the tornado descended on Windsor, I was mowing the lawn. The wind picked up suddenly, empty flower pots were tossed about and rain… Continue reading Floating in the Flood

Passion for Petunias

Easy Wave Pink Passion Petunias. Who would have known a bunny fancied them? In late spring, my sister planted these particular petunias at my Dad’s request in my parents’ garden. At that time, the petunias were surrounded by a spreading white flower called Snow in Summer. The Snow in Summer died down later leaving several… Continue reading Passion for Petunias

Rats, Cats and Owls

My neighbour, Vera, was telling me her latest gardening adventure. She took up gardening since become widowed a few years ago. Steep learning curve. Her zucchini were the “hanging type”. So, she strung them up along her clothesline. Looped the long vine over the clothesline line, the vegetables hanging from it, all neat in a… Continue reading Rats, Cats and Owls

Natural Order of Things

Well, summer’s fading a bit and so are the sunflowers. I thought I’d outsmart the squirrels. Last year, they’d dart up the stalks of my sunflowers, snap off the heads and run with them across the street. And, knock over the plants in the process. What I decided to do was lop off the heads… Continue reading Natural Order of Things

Pepper Mania!

It started innocently enough. Space was available in the garden for a few more plants. Surely, pepper plants wouldn’t take up much room. I went a little nuts at the garden centre. Yup, I bought Orange Blaze, Cute Stuff Red, Sweet Banana, Hungarian Wax and Jalapeno peppers. It was fun watching them develop into tiny… Continue reading Pepper Mania!

My Gateway Crime!

I chose six cell packs, each composed of four fuchsia celosias. The perky young girl working at the garden centre suggested I pick up four more cell packs as multiples of ten were cheaper. Well, I can’t resist a bargain so I told her I’d pay for ten now and then go back to select… Continue reading My Gateway Crime!