In the Garden

Mason Jar Houseplants

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I am all about houseplants that help purify the air, but I am not in love with dirt in the house.  Sooo, I’ve taken the expedient and clean route!

I placed golden pathos cuttings in water jars in almost every room of the house, and love watching them sprout roots!

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I also found that Mexican petunias form roots in water extremely fast, and they have made a great indoor/outdoor addition.

With green onions constantly growing in the kitchen, fresh cooking doesn’t get any easier!

Five minutes to fresher air, and no mess!

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Positive Thoughts - Just Because

Pour Love

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“You get what you give” is a phrase that I don’t dispute at all as tried and true. What if we did a slight perspective shift with the concept of reciprocity? What if we look at the concept of giving as “pour out what God pours into you”? “Aha!” moment when I heard this in the sermon at church this morning. Thanks, Dr. D!

God doesn’t pour negativity into us. He gives love, peace, joy. He gives unique talents and abilities to each of us for the good of all. My goal this week:

Pour out what God pours into me…

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In the Music Room

The PIANO Classroom

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Think back to your childhood. Did you take piano lessons? If so, did you stick with it? Did you enjoy them? Another thought, what was your first piano teacher like?

I remember sitting on the couch in silence, waiting, as my sisters went through their lessons, afraid to make a peep. I remember that my piano teacher wore long skirts, was fairly old, and had a hummingbird feeder. Do I remember what she taught me? Perhaps I learned the concepts, but I really don’t remember anything specific. Or was your piano teacher like my mother’s?  Blind and not seeing as she (mother) snuck candy while taking a lesson? Or did she rap you on the knuckles when your fingers were not properly on their fingertips? Or was your teacher like my dad’s?  He played by ear so he slid by,  but never really learned to read music and it’s entirety (a lifetime frustration of his, as music was such in central part of his being).

Here’s another question. Were you a part of a band or chorus? Do you have any memories of making friends there? Of connecting with people? Of connecting with the director, or perhaps even shared musical experiences?

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I looked at piano as a solo learning opportunity until I got to college. There, my piano professor had each student in his studio participate in master classes in which we learned together.  Let me assure you, my practice increased because I did not want to be embarrassed in front of my peers. We were able to share practice ideas and tips.  Listening to each other motivated me to be better, and I believe it did the same for the other students. I remember learning together, and sharing a musical bond.

What my take away is from the band model as well as the piano master class is this: we learn together, we create experiences together, we appreciate music together and our learning experience is higher when we do it together.

If you look at any other instrument, most are learned in the band or orchestra as a collaborative effort. This is not the case for piano, and I believe that it is simply the size of the instrument that has been the road block. With technology advancements, and the ability to use digital pianos that function as real ones, this road block has simply been removed.  We are able to create a very effective piano classroom where music can be shared and we learn together.  With the master class model extended, rather than just listening to each other, we teach each other, we assess each other, we critique each other, and we encourage each other.  Piano lessons become another way in which music connects people!

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In the Kitchen

Fresh Peach Cobbler

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Fresh GEORGIA peaches…does it get any sweeter? Only in a cobbler, or maybe homemade peach ice cream!

While traveling this past week through the Georgia mountains, we took time (this is huge for me, I’m always in a get-everything-done rush!) to stop at a neat roadside stand with fresh vegetables and fruit. Corn picked straight from the adjoining field, cabbage, peas, local honey, and PEACHES! While I cut up some of the peaches to eat as “dessert” that night, the rest made a great cobbler.

Years ago, a friend shared this perfect and simply easy recipe with me. Enjoy!

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Random Acts of Kindness

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There’s a Jolly Rancher wrapper tucked in my wallet.  (No, I’m not a trash hoarder!)  I put it there to remind me of someone’s kind actions, to remind me to pay it forward this week.

I could not quit coughing (seems to be the asthma-norm these days) in church yesterday.  Though I was trying to tough it out, I sent my daughter out for my inhaler, and at the same time the thoughtful soul next to me left the sanctuary.  I thought he was leaving to check on his child in the nursery.  I even gave away his seat to one of the praise team members!  Instead, he came back and handed me help in the form of candy.

Seemingly little acts of kindness are huge, and I’m thankful for my reminder to DO for others!

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Just a Pretty Flower Arrangement?

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I picked these flowers from my garden this morning. It might look like a simple flower arrangement stuck in a mason jar, but there’s so much more…

A month ago I thought this rose bush was dying. It had lost all of its leaves and was obviously “sick”. It broke my heart to lose this bush, because my daughter spent her own money to buy it for me for Mother’s Day.

With Miracle Gro and love, the leaves slowly started reappearing. I’ve watched it every day, hoping and willing it to live.

I think life is so much like this pretty rose bush. We have struggles, times where we lose our leaves and can barely hold on (I’ve certainly been there!).

One morning as I had my coffee on the patio, I noticed that not only was my Mother’s Day rose bush full of leaves, but it was bursting with blooms, waiting for just the right moment to blossom.

Even through its struggles, obviously this bush didn’t lose its will to live, and understood that in God’s perfect time, it would bloom again.

Each time I walk by the mason jar arrangement, I’m reminded that healing, beauty and strength come in God’s time.

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In the Garden

Jalapeno Hopes

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I have a “use it all” mentality, so I couldn’t just toss seeds when I was cutting up fresh veggies.  I’ve been wanting to buy peppers to plant in the garden, but why spend the money when starting seeds can be this quick and easy?  Poked holes in the cup, added dirt…

Here’s hopin’ for some jalapenos soon!

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