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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

Elsie in My Garden

My sister Elsie came to visit this last weekend (the first one in June), and since I had told her that I was hoping to make my garden, she came prepared to help me learn some new gardening tips and skills.

(Her daughter Jalise and her two children had come with Elsie, but they stayed at Phyllis' home, because I don't have room for a lot of overnight guests. Her son Jasel and his girlfriend flew in and were driving around in a rented car, but also bedded at Phyllis' place). Elsie arrived on Friday evening and Jasel and Nicole arrived at the same time a visit.

I had prepared my bed for Elsie, and I slept in my living room or office. The next morning Elsie said she wanted a decent breakfast, so we went out for that meal to the Mennonite Oven. From there we went shopping for fertilizer.

Once we got home and changed into work clothes we set to our labours in the garden. I had prepared the west side of my backyard for a traditional garden with rows. Elsie decided to uses the newly tilled east side for the experiemental things she wanted to show me, such as three-sister-planting. But first she wanted fertilizer sprinkled into my rows, and the grass dug up beside my narrow cement path. We went at it with gusto.

But after a while Elsie decided that we need to go pick up Jalise and go shopping for some decent plants, because Jalise works at Superstore she has a Discount card. We called her, and went off to pick her up and do a whole lot of shopping which rather boggled my mind, because on my frugal budget I usually make do with what I have and just buy the seeds that I really feel I must have.

We came home with several flats of flowers, two blueberry bushes, three healthy, good-sized herb plants, seeds, and more bags of things like cow manure, etc.

However, that afternoon Elsie had promised to go see her former mother-in-law, and so I was on my own with the rows for my traditional garden. I carefully watered and sowed them and went inside exhausted at the end of the afternoon.

Jasel and Elsie both digging up the grass by the path as I left for church.
Sunday morning I went to church, but Jasel came with borrowed spade and fork, and he and Elsie set to work on my East garden.

When I returned after 12 o'clock, Jasel had left for the big 90th birthday event for his grandma Peters, and Elsie had planted marigolds on both sides of the path, Elsie plantting climbing beans around the corn holes
and was planting the three-sisters groups of seed. The little corn seedlings that I had started per her instructions two weeks earlier were in the ground and she was sowing beans around them.

Elsie sowing the pumpkins and squash
I changed clothes and came out to help and learn as she sowed pumpkins and spaggetti squash about a foot around each of the five circles of three-sister groups. She had me find sticks to mark the spots so I won't weed them out by mistake.

Without stopping for lunch (Elsie can be a glutton for work - just like me), we settled on a place for the two blueberry bushes among the potatoes on the West side.
Elsie preparing the holes for the blueberry bushes
Naturally, she made sure each hole got some fertilizer and plenty of water. (Good thing both my rain barrels were full).

Elsie paused to read the directions on the packaging for the blueberries
Elsie paused to read the directions on the packaging for the blueberries. She instructed me to save those for reference.

my herbs, sage, rosemary, and orageno, and the blueberries settling in with the potatoesNext we planted the three herb plants she had bought for me; sage, rosemary and oregano. I like herbs, so it should be fun to use them!

using the last of my bale of straw, we covered the ground on the east side to conserve moisture
Using the last of my bale of straw, we covered the ground on the east side to conserve moisture.

Elsie mixing the soil, peat moss and cow manure for the container gardens
Elsie was tired, but not ready to give up yet. She now moved to mixing the soil, peat moss and cow manure for my container gardens.

She had me round up all the large pails and buckets I could find, and asked me for stones or empty bottles to put in the bottom of them first, while she sat down for a breather.

styrofoam popcorn or peanuts in buckets
I had none of those, but when she asked about old stryrofoam cups I quickly offered my big bags of stryo-popcorn which I had stashed in my shed - for whenever. Elsie asked me to fill each container with about a quarter to a third depth with that popcorn or peanuts. Then she poured in the enriched potting mix.

My pansies and herbal gardens in containers Before long we were planting one or two giant pansies in each container. Then Elsie sent me for my herbal seeds, and we sowed some in each pot too. These, Elsie told me, were to be my herbal garden, and a good spot for them seemed to be on the old futon frame that had stayed in the yard when I bought this place. (I had hoped I might lounge and read there, but that's not happening!)

If I recall correctly we sowed parsley, cilantro, and basil in them.

view of the gardens from the back steps as it started to rain
We also got three white pails ready with giantic pink and pink/white impatiens in them for the front steps. We did not get my three large crocks completed before it started to rain. Here's a quick shot of the garden as we gathered up stuff and went inside.

Elsie and I ended up picking up supper from a restaurant and taking it to visit our brother Tom over supper.

I had hinted that I wanted to go to church for a pastor's retirement event that evening, and I managed to get away, while Elsie headed for bed to rest up for her two-day drive back to B.C., starting Monday morning.

When I returned, she was on the phone and was deciding, that since a bed had freed up at Phyllis', she would go there too, so she and Jalise and the kids could pack up earlier in the morning and be on their way.

pansies in my large crock containers. There will be herbs to see later on.
So yesterday evening, (Monday), after my supper of leftover Chinese/Vietnamese food, I went out and finished the crocks and planted the remaining pansies and marigolds in the flower bed at the front of my house.

front view with the pails of pink impatiens - they will be brimming over with flowers yet!
Front view with the pails of pink impatiens - they will be brimming over with flowers yet! - and the pansies and marigolds beside the walk. (Do you see more of my pink tulips blooming closer to the house?)

I can see that I'm going to have a frequent watering chore this summer... !

the garden at present from the south/car viewpoint
I went around to the back yard and took another shot just to make sure I can remember how it all looks now. This view is from the south end beside my car.

I can still see some spots where I might sneak in something else. Like in my fridge/planter, etc. and there is the grass to dig up by the fence.. .. and a lot of yard cleanup to do. So Elsie's visit and efforts and gifts of all these things are a great help and boost to my morale. I look forward to a luscious and colourful garden this summer and much more progress in making it a delightful place to be!

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