Saturday, May 23, 2015

Planting Orchids on Trees

Planting orchids might not be that difficult after all.  What you need is air, a tree or a dried up coconut or sphagnum moss.  Then tie down your plants to the tree using a strip of old hosiery or panty hose making for a tight airy fit.  Rainwater can sift through yet it holds the plant in place.  You can add a tad of dirt and sphagnum moss to the pocket surrounding the plant.  You can also use a flexible plastic matting as well.  Once the plant has attached its roots the matting and/or hosiery can also be removed. 

Beautiful Mystery Tree

Does anyone know the name of this tree?

Cruz de Malta

Cruz de Malta, Maltese, or Jerusalem Cross are some of the ways this plant is known.   I always wondered why it was called Jerusalem Cross.  Where was the cross?   Well you have to look deeply and intently to find it but there it is in the center of the flower: a very thin tiny cross...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Found a home

The little nest found a home. It doesn't look out of place, does it?  Did you notice everything  used to make this nest?  It's fascinating!

The View from Fogo de Chao

The other day I had the opportunity to go to El Fogo de Chao in San Juan which is right next to the Carbe Hilton Hotel.  Just as the food is delicious and they offer a very gourmet Salad Bar, it also has a spectacular view just outside its windows.  Look at the pictures--they speak for themselves.

Early Morning Walk 2

So nice to see raindrops on the plants.  There was a mishap though because of the stormy wet weather--a bird's nest lay on the sidewalk.  I asked the custodian a few minutes later if they would put it back up on the tree and he laughed which definetly was a no. His no was a yes to me.  The little nest, that grand construction of twigs and twine, will now find a little nook in my porch garden.  Perhaps another little bird will occupy it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Just a Puddle

This morning I headed for Pueblo suprmarket
and it had rained.  It was overcast and with a hint of approaching showers and so it was.  Later in the day we had stronger showers and even a thunderstorm.  In fact, it rained so hard that a local San Juan medical clinic had to be closed for the afternoon because of flooding in the area of Martin Peña.  It is almost midnight and I can hear the pitter patter of raindrops falling softly against my window and on  the terracotta tiles below.   What a beautiful sound it is when this island has been in a drought.  I know many many people have been praying. Thank you, Lord for the rain.  Gracias, Señor por la lluvia!!'

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Early Morning Walk 1

There is an upside to having ypur car in the shop---you have to walk! So I did and it went well.  I planned on just buying a couple of items, and I stuck to my plan.  I am happy I did what I had planned  and it all went well.  That wasn't so bad after all.

Monday, May 11, 2015

It Could Have Ended Much Differently

I found this old bumper sticker this morning as I was arranging things from the dresser.  It is a quote from Psalms 121:1-2.  I will lift my eyes unto the hills, from where cometh my help?  My help cometh from the Lord, the creator of the heavens and earth.   Today I put this in my bag with the other things I was taking with me on a day trip to Maunabo.  This has become my theme for the day.  My car broke down today. Someone said what bad luck.  This is what happened. I was on my way to Maunabo on route 30, on the road as it leaves Caguas towards Humacao just before reaching Las Piedras.  The ride had been uneventful, the weather was cloudy and I was thinking this is perfect weather for driving, when suddenly as I was going 55 mph the car went poot and it turned off on me.  Here I am on a busy expressway and my car is no longer accelerating.  

Some one said it was so sad that I had had such bad luck.  

That is not how I saw it.  Things happen.  Cars malfunction all the time, but instead of bad luck what I saw was God's goodness and faithfulness.  So when my car turned off suddenly while I was going very fast with other cars going fast as well, I realized that there was no one on the right lanes behind me and I was able to safely maneuver my car over two lanes with the momentum that I had left and bring it to a safe stop on the shoulder.  As I put on the brakes they felt hollow but they stopped.  Every thing was God's mercy and grace.  I am so grateful.  It could have ended much differently.  

It wasn't all peaches and cream as I did have to wait in the car for over an hour.  Yet even then, there was cloud cover and a nice breeze. Even though big trucks and little cars got exceeding close to mine, frequently shaking it.  I didn't get hit.  I was also able renew my Triple A membership over the phone and I was put on a waiting list.  Fortunately the people servicing the Humacao area, Charlie's Towing was very efficient and got there in about a half hour.  You see since I was close to an exit, walking to the Burger King wasn't an option.  So I had to stay in the car.  I was already getting very red from the heat but I also had a glass full of ice and a bottle of water which I splashed over myself as I waited.  Before I knew it the tow truck arrived.

Angelito, the tow truck driver,  took a short cut through a back road on the Caguas road.  A route I had never heard of and which I can take as well if there is too much traffic.   The photos below are from the trip from Las Piedras to the Caguas road and getting off  at route 175 off the Caguas road #1.  That is El Carraizo dam as taken from the tow truck drive.  What an unusual day! 
Notice how the drought has dried up the Carraizo reservoir.  That beach area in reality is where the lake has dried up.  Please pray for rain.
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Friday, May 08, 2015

Making Mother's day bouquets

My house is looking like a flower shop.  That is not too bad actually.  I kind of enjoy it.  No, I love it!

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Grieving on Mother's Day

Mother's day can be hard on some women and when I received Mikey's submission today, I was reminded why.  
Mikey's Funnies is a web service that supplies a clean joke a day.  When I need that extra chuckle I turn to it.  Sometimes they make me smile, chuckle, and occasionally give me hearty laugh.  Today's entry, however, was different.  He was focusing on helping his audience remember those women going through a rough time each Mother's day. He mentioned women who had lost a child, others that gave them up, and those trying to have a baby. Then we have all those beloved friends who have a lost their precious mom.  I am fortunate to still have my mama, but I know these days are counted.  She is already 94.  I treasure every Dios te bendiga, Que buena eres,  y te quiero mucho.  For those who still have your mama, tell and show her that you love her.  If she has gone up to heaven ahead of you, write her a letter, put it in a card, and put flowers in her grave.  The Lord tells us we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.  She might be listening.  God bless you as you seek peace in the Lord.  And Mikey, thanks for reminding us about being sensitive to other people's needs as well.  God

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