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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
how to grow in faith
Christian mentoring,
how to share your faith

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Wish you could have a heart-to-heart talk with God?

Ruthe does. All the time, where ever she goes, she's having a running conversation with the one she calls Lord, or my Best Friend. You've got to meet Ruthe! AND her Secret Roses.

irises back in Mom's flowerbeds

You don't really have time to read on the couch, but if you're like me, you do read snatches on the run, and somehow make time to read a GOOD book completely.

So how can you be sure this Ruthe in the book is not some kook? Read the eight sample chapters.

Jeanette's pink rose

Oh, how sweet to have a friend who'd drop everything and come when you need her. Ruthe, the heroine of this novel, dashes away from her own grad when her friend Muriel calls. Don't you wish you had a loyal, caring friend like that? Buy and READ Ruthe's Secret Roses! e-Book edition Softcover edition.

Muriel's older sister Cathy has gone to a party with plans to elope from there. But their mother is dying and wants to talk to Cathy. What is there to do but find her and bring her back - even against her will. How do you suppose Ruthe handled that? Find out by reading, Ruthe's Secret Roses. Available in e-Book edition Softcover edition.

pale pink/white rose

My Gardens in Early August After Two Month's Growth

This is probably the peak time of the summer. By the beginning of September much of my garden will be harvested. Even in the last week now, my potatoes which stood so tall and strong, laid down and indicated that they were ready to be dug up. So now it is time to enjoy the fruit of my labours.

Here's the first view from the back steps....

viewing my gardens from the back steps of my house.
The view when I come out my back door and down the steps.

moving closer, we see the marigolds, swiss chard and zucchnni
Moving closer we see the marigolds on the west side, which are multiplying wonderfully these days, the swiss chard, and the almost waist high zucchini. Beyond are the pumpkins.

looking to the east (left) side we see the corn growing tall...
Looking to the east (left) side we see the corn growing tall, and though the beans are just catching on to climbing up the corn, which comes up past my waist, the pumpkins and squash are filling the spaces around them.

Shall we pause to look at the bright sunny marigolds?
Shall we pause to look at the bright, sunny marigolds? See how they are multiplying on each individual plant? Not only are they a bright spot in the garden, and help to attract the bees, they repel insects which are not good for the vegetables. I'm especially enjoying the variety of colours and am faithfully picking out the dead flowers to save for seeds. Maybe that is what encourages them to have more blossoms.

view from back of garden, comparing traditional with experimental garden
The view from the back of the garden, comparign the traditional garden (west) with the experiemental garden (east) sides. What do you think? Which is doing better?

You will notice that I've already been digging up some of my potatoes on the left side. They were so tall and leggy that they were falling all over the path. Then suddenly, about the middle of last week, they lay down on their sides, and turned brown. Dad always said that meant it was time to dig them up, but I don't want to store them yet. But I am starting to use them and even to give some away.

Notice the tall tomatoes on the right? Let's go see them up closer.

Oops, I just remembered that I forgot to take a picture of the morning glories I sowed beside the shed. They are not climbing yet... so next time.

The tomato plants are tall and strong and bearing green tomatoes now.
The tomato plants are tall and strong and bearing green tomatos now. I hope to start eating ripe ones soon! I'm also starting to break off the excess foliage, so the growth will go into larger tomatoes rather than just lots of green leaves. I look forward to sharing them with my neighbours and the office friends.

the old fridge with squash and peas.
There's the old fridge-planter with squash and peas. I found ONE peas pod with seven peas in it yesterday. Seems some birds or insects are dining well on those plants. The squash looks healthy, but has no blossoms yet.

The zucchini and pumpkins and spaggetti squash on the ground do have blossoms - and green bulbs! I picked my first zucchini yesterday. There will be plenty!

my pansy and herb garden on the futon frame.
Here's my pansies and herb garden on the futon frame. The parsley is filling in behind the pansies nicely, and the one impatiens plant that survived is doing okay on the bottom right. I will know better next year how to care for those.

Shall we go check out the flowerbeds around the front of the house?

the front of my house and the overview of the flowerbeds.
The front of my house and the overview of the flowerbeds. They are in shade most of the day, but some do grow here - especially the mint!

the flowerbed beside the path to the door
The flower bed beside the path to the door is filling out nicely. Especially after I sowed some radishes and summer savoury there. The pansies and marigolds are always thirsty.

at the corner of porch and house - lots of mint!
Here at the corner of the front porch and the corner of the house, I have lots of mint! I'm glad because I like to harvest it for making tea. I want to transplant some around to the back of the house because mint is suppose to keep away mice. It also settles in and fills areas with greenery where nothing else will grow well.

You may notice that the dasies, and irises and tulips all look spent. Their season is past, but the greenery stays for next year. I'm on a look out for more perennials and herbs to fill these flowerbeds and eventually the rest of my lawn.

\ Do you spy the pink baby's breath in this close up of the mint?
Do you spy the pink baby's breath in this close up of the mint? I bought that, but it should have gone into a more sunny location.

Well, for this year I am satisfied. I enjoy my gardens and flower/herb beds, but I will keep in improving them each summer.

If you want to see the July view of these spots you can go back to the patio and find the link there. What a contrast, eh?

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