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#1006 vol.22 December 6, 2022

Welcome Friends

At My Place: Today, Beautiful Blooms for You!


I'm glad to report a miraculous answer to prayer last week! It came only once I'd turned out my bedside lamp and laid my head on the pillow. I was looking for unnoticed blessings during the day, and as I recalled my struggles to transfer photos to my desktop - the quiet suggestion came to my mind, "What about trying the old laptop? It still has older systems on it." Hmm!

So the next morning the first item on my agenda, after devotions and breakfast, was to try hooking up the red gift camera, and my cell phone, first to the linux system (which I had upgraded and forgotten). It didn't do better thand my upgraded LEAP system on my desktop.

I remembered there was an old Windows 7 on this laptop, so I rebooted and switched to login there. It would not take the red camera connection, but voila! It did easily take the USB connection cord from my cell zenfone! I simply copied them into the pictures folder there, unplugged my phone and plugged in a USB stick. In minutes I had them on the desktop!

But this morning I decided to take a fresh batch of photos as the Christmas cactii have grown and got many more blooms! I've picked just three out of a dozen photos, to show you what has me so excited.

I should say in advance, that the photos of the busy plant in the bedroom have some odd colouring, but that is because of the bright sunshine outside. Yes, even by a north-facing window. (It might be wise to try at night, with just the room light on).

This is the bedroom cactus, after a week of dripping with these pink blossoms.

My bedroom cactus, after a week of dripping with theses pink blossoms. (This shade of pink is my most favourite of many colours!)


the same plant after a half-turn so as to see all the new buds

The same cactus after a half turn so as to see all the new buds. Did you know that the best way to get a Christmas Cactus to have lots and lots of flowers is to let it sit near a cold window in winter? The chill triggers the creation of blooms! Once I see buds up against the window, I turn the plant so I can see the full-sized blooms in the room, and new buds can start next to the window.


leaf-branches of two cactii up in the high east window each sent a leaf-stem through the screen
mesh and grew a flower between the screen and window pane.

The leaf-branches of two cactii up in the high east window each sent a leaf-stem through the screen mesh and grew a flower between the screen and window pain. I've hesitated to pull the plant away as it will ruin those flowers. This shot gave the best view of this.

The backyard garden is taking a winter holiday, but I do get to enjoy some indoor plants. Maybe another time I'll show you all the baby aloe vera plants I've potted. Rows upon rows! (These only bloom very rarely).


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What's New: Balancing Acts


I'm eagerly working on getting the diecast models store pages ready for sales. But I'm also trying to get some gift parcels ready for my siblings, and I'm begnning to resign myself to the fact that I may have to sacrifice a number of business hours to get my Christmas letter out.

I got a good draft done up on Sunday night, and considered that it might be good enough. But then I look for my list of people for whom I'll have to print out a copy and mail it by Canada Post. I printed out one as a test, and found that the colours are rather faint. So yesterday I ordered a set of 4 toner cartridges. But they won't be here until next Thursday. So I better send out the email edition - except that now I've thought of something else to add to the letter. Ouch!

Ah, but some good news too. I've recently received some gifts of cash! Which is why I didn't hesitate yesterday to order the toner. Then I thought of my useless camera (and I do like the convenience of a digital camera), so I found one on Amazon.ca (you have to look under kids' cameras now to find the lowest prices).

I'm also on a hunt for a turkey - but I've been warned that they are going to be rather rare this Christmas, so I'll be shopping for one of those this week, and I need to start inviting my single friends who have no family to go home to.

Last year we were 8 of us around my Christmas table. I wonder what it might be this time... :)

I should really be at an annual SBI Christmas Gala via Zoom right now, but I'll finish this issue first.




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Cousin Ken's PUNOGRAPHY

(Just a sampling... too many!)

· I tried to catch some fog. I mist.

· When chemists die, they barium.

· Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

· I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.

· How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.

· I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.

· I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.

· I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.

· They told me I had type A blood, but it was a type-O.

· I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

· A cross-eyed teacher lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils.

· What does a clock do when it's hungry? It goes back four seconds.

· Broken pencils are pointless.

· What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.

· England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.

· I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.

· I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.

· I took the job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.

· Velcro - what a rip off!



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