Eighty-one reasons to use apple cider vinegar !!

Raw apple cider vinegar has been a staple in my cupboard for decades. Today I read this article on the Internet and rushed to gargle for my sore throat. I’d been gargling with salt water. Perhaps I’ve “caught a cold”?

ACV First Aid: Sore Throat

Most of the time a sore throat is nothing serious—and if caught early enough a common sense remedy like ACV can save you hours of time wasted at the doctor’s office—and a hefty co-pay IF you have insurance!

In cases of viral infection, antibiotics don’t help—but that doesn’t keep doctors from over-prescribing unnecessary medication that could make matters worse.


• 1/4 cup ACV
• 1/4 cup filtered water

At first sign of sore throat
Mix ACV with water
Gargle with this solution for at least 30 seconds
Rinse with Water
Repeat several times

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Cold–or no cold–I didn’t let it slow me down!! I completed a garden project; see my earlier blog titled Planter project for neighbor.

Honestly, I also accomplished a dozen other projects. No pictures. Now it is time to “sit down and relax.”

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Transplanted tomatoes

Tomato plants in shopping cart

Time and temperatureLate afternoon project: Transplanted the four little pots into the previously prepared planter (in shopping cart).

Productive morning !!

One more Mandevilla to plant!! The “free” container (from recent delivery of trees to CARE) is stabilized with a 2 x 4, and screwed to the fence post. If the several Mandevilla survive, and thrive, the Hummingbirds will be very happy!! Alternating with planter project, I was mixing more coconut fiber (coir) with not-so-old soil. ~~ Believe it or not, I’ve used my large collection of “pebbles for planters” (friends and neighbors were so generous with vitamin and prescription plastic containers). For the bottom of third container (for my neighbor-lady-friend), I cut up a couple of Styrofoam containers. They will be drainage when I get “a round tuit.” (I’m too pooped to do it today!!) ~~ It’s cooler today but still extremely nice and a great day to work in the yard. Seventy-three degrees (outdoors) as I type this at two-twenty. (I’m indoors for a brief rest and cold water.) ~~ I transplanted a number of  pink Chi Chi Ruellia into planters with purple Mexican Petunia. They are the same “family” but Mexican Petunia are tall and Ruellia are small. (Forgot to take pictures; too tired.)

Styrofoam peanuts

Nasty old stump

Hummingbirds love Mandevilla

Old soil

Empty of old soil

Empty of coconut fiber

Cutting Styrofoam

Lots of Styrofoam cubes

Bleaching the fountain

Too much exercise ?!

Beautiful “Spring” weather (although, officially, still thirty-six days until Spring) and I spent almost every minute outdoors on projects. Mixing the planter soil is no small task: Add soil to coir, mix, add more, and mix!!

Change of plans (again). I intended to prepare the two large black containers–with plants–in front of the Thrift ‘n Gift Shop. “No,” they would interfere with the riding lawnmower!! I decided to swap the Mandevilla plants from the gray planters. (No more huge planters for me!! Too much work and too much soil!!) I hydrated coconut fiber (coir) and carefully added the soil from planter. That soil–and more–because the black containers are about twice the size of the gray planters.

Soil for tomato plants

Tomato planter

Mandevilla (left)

Two large black containers

Mandevilla (right)

Two large gray planters

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No more leaksGratefully, my friend, David Wolfe, used his “know how,” and strength, to stop my water leaks!!

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Mandevilla from indoorsThis plant has quite a history: Mandevilla experiment, and Indoor project.


Tape measure of vine

Long, long vine

Planter project for neighbor

Many months ago, a lady-friend expressed the desire for planters in front of her porch. On a very nice Wednesday afternoon, February 10, I started the project. First, I began to hydrate a block of coconut fiber (coir). Second, I added some old, and new, planter soil. Mark down plants–purchased at Lowe’s last Fall–are ready for transplant. ~~ I checked the Old Farmer’s Almanac for information because I’m eager to give the plants the best possible start. Fortunately, gratefully, it is an ideal time to transplant/plant by the moon. (“More bang for the buck.”) Currently, midget-size plants in relation to the super-size planters but Cape Honeysuckle, Mexican Petunia, and Lantana will thrive in that sunny location.

Before positioning planters

One of three planters

Planter soil

Beats Peat image

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Continuing, Thursday, February 11, 4:00 PM: I’m weary; strenuous exercise!! ~~ I lost sleep last night thinking about problem of planters under the eaves. One hard rain and the planters would be flooded (and “drought resistant” plants would suffer–and die?). ~~ I questioned my friend and relocation was fine with her (or no planters at all). To move the planters further from porch is prohibited because they would interfere with riding lawn mower. ~~ Two containers, adding soil, and transplanting six plants, were enough lifting for this old lady. The third planter will be added soon.

Temperature at two-fifty

Change of plans

One planter at new location

Mexican Petunia

Mexican Petunia and Cape Honeysuckle

Ready to start a new batch of soil

Postscript, Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 2:00 PM: Completed the project this morning.

Smiley face two thumbs up

Eleven-eleven and seventy-one degrees


Holes in third container

Holes in bottom of container (close up)

Styrofoam in bottom of container

Empty soil container

Almost ready to transplant Lantana

Completed project

Busy afternoon !!

After a “Celebration of Life,” I tackled some projects in my yard. For the second time in one week, I worked with hoses in an effort to eliminate water leak. Strenuous work to cut the insulation off the original hose. Another day, I’ll try to find the leak, cut hose, attach fitting, reconnect. Then I folded the sheets, tablecloths, shower curtain and specialized frost covers. When the weather permits, I’ll work with the coconut fiber planter soil, and cactus soil. Most of the planters have been removed from the tarp shelter. Pray with me that I don’t regret exposing all my plants to the elements; pray with me that we don’t have another freeze!!!! (Six-fifteen PM and weather man just said “one more cool night.” Gratefully, nothing to worry about forecast for the next ten days.)

Changed hoses

Soggy wet area

Insulation cut off hose

Frost covers folded

Cactus soil

Holes in bottom of planter

Time and temperature

Beautiful Kalanchoe

From Facebook…

Cardinal couple, oh so cute…a picture and comforting comment.

The Cardinal:

a magnificent bird with a life span of up to 15 years. Said to symbolize hope, joy, health, rejuvenation and celebration. Especially to the ones who look beyond in search of their meaning. For those who choose to hold the Cardinal dear – you are a special type of person – rare, energetic, and always willing to care for those in need.

I never researched details about Cardinals; I just love and enjoy them. There are many at my feeders.