A Foggy and Damp California Morning


Foggy and damp definitely described the view out of the front window this morning. We  could barely see any of the neighborhood houses. I went into our family room and turned on the electric fireplace. You can see it below. I love the way it cozies up the room.

Next I went to the kitchen to make my morning cup of coffee, in my snowman mug.
Before long, the sun broke through and I  was out in the garden,  checking on my plants. Not long ago I showed you my flowering Thanksgiving cactus. Well, now it’s the day before Christmas, and my Christmas Cactus is very close to blooming. You can see it below.

It always amazes me to see how these plants know exactly what to do. I ‘m keeping the Christmas Cactus inside for a few days, so we can enjoy the beautiful color up close.

Thanksgiving Cactus, November 2018


It’s almost Thanksgiving, and my Thanksgiving Cactus is blooming right on schedule. Last year I purchased several plants that were labeled Holiday Cactus. That started me researching the difference between a Thanksgiving Cactus and a Christmas Cactus. If you would like to learn the difference, you can read about it in my posts from last year.


Here is a second photo of the same plant. It has many blossoms opening. I have several other Thanksgiving Cacti that are beginning to flower and I will post them as the blossoms open.

An Orange Hibiscus

orange hibiscus

This beautiful orange hibiscus grows in my next door neighbor’s back yard. It’s on the other side of our wall, so I get to enjoy it while I water my own plants. I had to hang over the wall to take this photo. Hope nobody saw me. It was pretty early this morning.

Yesterday I spent the day with my mom in Seal Beach. We had a delicious lunch of enchiladas, beans and rice. We both love Mexican food. I took the above photo while we walked on the Seal Beach pier. It was a wonderful day and as I look at my two photos, I know why I often feel like I live in a little bit of paradise.