I'm stuck in strange sleep patterns now-having to be up and at'em for little Miss Morning Person who wakes up with whole sentences rolling out of her mouth. "I want to see Daddy!" "Hi Mommy, I waked up!" "I want some smoothie/cereal/orange juice/strawberries/toast" I grunt, some sort of mono-syllabic affirmation, and stumble to the kitchen. I am reminded, strongly, of an early point in my relationship with B. I believe it was a Saturday morning, which in my childhood home was devoted almost solely to sleeping in -(mom), and muchas cartoonas for my brother and I. That's all. We were all separate, and did not bother each other. But this Saturday morning, I got a phone call at about 8:30, it was B. He began to tell me all about his dream the night before; all about it's spiritual allegories (the end times) I hung on to the phone like I was repelling off the couch, instead of sitting hunched over. "Uh," I managed,"I'm not much of a morning person!" Silence on the other end. "Oh!" in a surprised voice," My first inclination is to find someone, and talk to them." Eek! Since then, we've both learned to temper our own craziness; I am much less inclined to be grumpy. B doesn't expect much of me until after 9. We're trying to work together, pooling our strengths that God has given us, and trying to learn from Him.

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Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.