Gorgeous Fall Leaves & A Trip To Southwood’s Nursery

The turning leaves are absolutely gorgeous this year. I haven’t seen them this beautiful in years.

It puts a smile on my face when I’m driving to see the reds and yellows and orange colors.

Mother Nature’s Work:

It’s like Mother Nature got out her watercolors and went to work. Because it is truly artistic. Not perfection, but nature’s work.

My Gingko Biloba Jade Butterfly tree’s leaves on the patio just started turning yellow over the weekend.

I like to sit here and gaze out at it through the French doors.

My Dusty Apartment:

I’m hoping today I will be able to clean my apartment. I managed to clean the bathroom yesterday. And this morning I changed and cleaned Ivy’s litter bos.

When my home has dust bunnies and there are layers of dust on the furniture it drives me crazy. But when I stand up very long my back seizes up on me and I haven’t found anything that will relax it so far.

Right now I have a big ice pack on it.

Muscle relaxers aren’t helping in the long haul. I all kinds of stretching exercises. Some mentioned here. Chair massagers work temporily.

But this apartment has got to be cleaned. I will feel better mentally once it is. And the sheets need to be changed as well.

Southwood’s Nursery:

Yesterday I drove to Southwood’s Nursery. I don’t think I would have lasted long had I not had a shopping cart to hold me steady.

They had house plants 30% off. So I wandered through and tried to make sure I saw each and every one.

I came home with four small plants. One is an airplane plant. I have a hanging one, but this one will sit somewhere.

Love, love, love these plants because they clean the air so well.

Christmas Cactus Plant:

I also bought a white (when it blooms) Christmas cactus. Haven’t had one of those in probably over 20 years. But someone mentioned theirs about to bloom here and that stoked my interest.

My doctor’s office has a gorgeous one and all it gets is fluorescent light.

If you have a Christmas cactus, what kind of exposure does it seem to like best?

I’m trying to remember what the other two plants are. But they don’t have the little plastic labels in them so I can’t recall. My memory sure isn’t what it used to be.

I’ll show you the plants once I get them out of those ugly little plastic pots.

Ivy is on the top of the tall cupboard in front of the living room window. She obviously sees something interesting. Her tail is thumping back and forth and she’s mesmerized by what she sees!


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  1. I had this website saved a while in the past but my computer crashed. I have since gotten a new one and it took me a while to locate this! I also really like the theme though.

  2. I have frequent back pain issues and spasms and I’ve found a natural muscle relaxant that helps if you take it as noted on the label — 2 tablets every 3 hours until the pain/spasm relaxes. It’s Formula 303 and can be ordered from Amazon. Maybe it will work for you.

  3. Nothing worse than back pain. I know I have dealt with it since I was a kid. Lately it had gotten worse. It would spasm and almost drop me to my knees. Ibuprofen only touched it for a very little amount of time and creams didn’t do much either. I had forgotten several years ago I received an Alieve tens unit (Not sure they even sell it any more) for free to try it out. I had used it once and put it away and forgotten about it. I dug it out and put it on my lower back and within minutes my pain had subsided where I was no longer in tears. I was even out in the yard the next day raking leaves which would of been impossible with the pain. You may want to check with your doctor to see if something like that would help you. I know using mine was a Godsend. Hoping you get relief soon.

  4. Sorry to hear your back is still bothering you Brenda. I do hope you can find some relief soon.

    I can’t believe the weather here in Southern Ontario, yesterday we were sitting outside in the sun. I see people going by in shorts and a tee shirt! I did read somewhere we were going to have a mild winter but I didn’t expect this, I will take it though. I see Simon (husband) has got the snow blower ready but I don’t see any in the short term forecast thank goodness.

  5. Please tell me I’m not the only one who doesn’t like the sound of the word “panties”? I know there’s nothing wrong with it but for some reason I don’t like the sound of it. Are there any other words that are “normal” that you don’t like the sound of? Or am I the only odd ball one here?

  6. Hi Brenda,

    Sorry your back is still bothering you. Before I had rotator cuff surgery, one of my customers mentioned a product his wife used when she was in an accident and said it was the only thing to help her sleep. It is called Curamin PM by Terry Naturally. I am attaching the link if you would like to look. It is all natural and they do have different varieties….one of which is for your back. I have used the PM version and it definitely helps. Hope you find some relief soon.


  7. I’ll have to look up what an airplane plant is. Don’t think I’m familiar with that one.

    I’ve had a Christmas cactus that I inherited from a friend when she moved about six years ago. They like light, but not direct light.

    Hope your back feels better soon. I know how miserable back pain is.

    1. Just looked it up – I see it’s the same as a spider plant, just a different name. Just be aware that most cats love to eat spider plants! They’re not toxic, but kitties will destroy them. Monkey has killed one of mine and I’m trying to revive my second one from his chewing. I put them up on high stools and such but sometimes he stretches up to chew on them.

  8. We’ve had a lovely autumn here in SE WI too, but today will probably be the last of it. We had a stretch of great weather with temperatures in the 60’s all the way up to 80 today. But trying to do yard clean-up of the endless leaves in strong winds is – impossible. I try anyway, LOL. It’s exercise, and soon we’ll be pretty much housebound here as winter comes. Today is probably the last of the great stretch of “Indian Summer” we had – the first one I remember having for years. It’s been wonderful.

  9. I hope your back starts to feel better soon. I am like you, when you have things you need to do around the house you get so frustrated when something is stopping you! Beautiful photos of the trees!

  10. I saw a Facebook post a few days ago that has pictures of 3 different plants all with different leaves. Come to find out there’s a difference between an Easter cactus, a Thanksgiving Cactus, and a Christmas cactus. Mine always blooms right around Thanksgiving and I always wondered why. By looking at the leaves I find that mine is not a Christmas cactus at all but a Thanksgiving Cactus. Who knew?

  11. It looks beautiful there! We are bare here and rainy…snow tomorrow.
    I’m sorry to hear your back has been so bad…hope you find some relief soon!

  12. My pink 30+ yr old Christmas cactus bloomed before Halloween this year for the first time. It’s a southern exposure and generally it begins to bloom around Thanksgiving and lasts till Christmas. It’s been so warm here that it’s all confused now.

  13. The colors are beautiful here, too
    This afternoon I will buy pansies. Spell check changed that to panties.

    1. That’s so funny! You really have to read your reply before you post your comment or that spell check could get you in trouble sometimes!

  14. I made the same observation yesterday, that the fall colors seemed more vivid. In my locale, they are not as spectacular as some of the northern regions.

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