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This site is like Ruthe, the heroine of my novel, Ruthe's Secret Roses

Ruthe is . . .
intimate with God,
prays a lot,
a bleeding heart for the hurting,
a big sister,
rescues friends,
has creative ideas,
likes to give surprise gifts,
loyal to friends,
dreams of love and marriage,
dreams of writing a book
goes the extra mile

So this site offers;
good books to read!
help to become Friends with Jesus,
The One Ideal Real Friend
a cure for loneliness
An Older Sister's Coping Secret
how to pray Panic Prayers,
& regularly/daily
devotionals,
how to grow in faith
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how to share your faith
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Christmas Cactus in Rusty Tin

blooming Christmas cactus on kitchen counter

In early May, while watering my indoor plants I noticed that my Christmas cactus, which was blooming profusely was sitting in a tin can that had practically rusted away. When I tried to turn the pot around so the blossoms would face me in the room, instead of waving happily at the sun, the container tin felt all fragile and brittle! What's this?!

I put it on the kitchen counter and peeled back the wallpaper wrapper I'd put around it some years ago, while still living in Hague. Oh my!

The tin can was all rusted and disintegrating!

I was quite astonished. I recalled that Dad had said he thought that a lot of plants did better if you stuck a rusty nail in the ground near them, but I'd never seen a plant thrive like this cactus in a rusty tin can.

there it is exposed. A ring of the can was in one piece but the rest was crumbs

Well, I had to pull myself together and think what to do next. First, I didn't want all this mess in my sink, so I carried it outside and put it on the old wooden table. I checked the shed and sure enough, there was a nice blue ceramic pot there. (I suspect it has a crack but I can always put a plate under it).

Then I laid the big cactus on its side and took the crumbling tin can away. A ring at the top was intact and I had to gently slide it off the bottom, but the rest of the can was just rusty crumbs held together by the wallpaper.

cactus now in blue ceramic pot

Well, I had no more than potted it in the blue ceramic container, when I realized it was too big. It need to be split. And there were really two main stems. So... gingerly I pulled them apart. Whipping up another plastic container lying nearby, I potted that too.

divided plant now in two different pots

But the section left in the blue pot was rather lopsided, hanging over to one side, and as I carried it into the house, I accidentally bumped one of the branches on that. The break was not quite complete, but enough so that it wouldn't stay in place.

3rd part in the kity litter bin

So... I broke it off, and laid it down while I went to hunt down a third container. In the shed I found a large white square-ish container, which used to have kitty litter in it. Okay, that will do. I took it in, cut off the top with a paring knife, and rinsed it out. Then I took it back to the garden for dirt, and mixing in some peat moss.

Presto! One plant became three!





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