Holiday Spirit – or – Not your normal street people


Pulling Weeds – Garden Step 1

salad planter

salad planter (Photo credit: dolanh)

Last year I grew my very first garden.  There were tomato’s, squash, peas, lettuce, cucumbers, and onions.  Since it was my first attempt, it was fun, rewarding, and educational.    At the end of the growing season, I cleared out the garden, and then let everything freeze over for winter.

Today I went out to my planter beds, and there were all sorts of things growing.  Unfortunately, I hadn’t planted anything.  There were weeds, and somehow, they’d filled the planter boxes.

How does that happen?  How do weeds fill up empty ground? Dust? Pollen? The wind?

It reminded me of life, and my need to pull out the things that have cluttered my heart and my mind, like worry, stress and fear.  On the inside we need to clear out those things that crowd out the good things, like patience, love and hope.    So I pulled weeds in the boxes; lots and lots of weeds.  

Now that the planter boxes are cleared, I will add some nutritional fertilizer to the garden, and then I’ll be ready to plant my seeds.  I’m happy to attempt Summer Garden II.

I’m ready for the new season.  I’m grateful for the changes in the weather, the green on the hillsides, the longer days, sunny afternoons, and the chance to warm my face in the sun.  I’m ready for rest, and time to focus on growing really good things, and I’m reminded, that it is all a gift from God.

Ecclesiastes 3:

1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—

A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.


11 He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.

12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; 13 moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor—it is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him.


It occurred to me this week, that perhaps, if I share my journey of creativity, marketing, and trying to make ends meet it may inspire others who are trying to do the same.

I’m a single gal, and I’ve worked hard – very hard in nursing for over 20 years.  I earned a masters degree and a doctoral degree.  I take care of children (professionally) and whomever crosses my path and asks in the rest of life.

In the past few years my physical challenges, have created marked impressions on how I view my the remainder of my time in my professional field.   I also teach, but for reasons far beyond my control, educators aren’t afforded the same compensation as other high-level professionals.  (If a doctoral degree doesn’t qualify as high-level professional I don’t know what does).

Anyway,  the big picture tells me my days in this field may be limited, and I need another income stream.  So what to do?  Well – I’ve taken my passions and tried to turn them into an income stream.  I love photography, I love to create, I love to bake (although that requires time on my feet which must be limited at the moment), I love helping those less fortunate… (which is expensive – at least for now – because I sponsor my own travels and endeavors).

So I’ve taken some of the best photo’s I’ve have, some of the amazing scenery I’ve seen, and some of the fun I’ve had along the way and tried to translate that to things that may be interesting or meaningful to others.

If you’re interested please follow along.
If you have ideas on how to successfully generate an income from home or my PC – please let me know.   I’m following the guides, marking sign-posts – but currently no sales.  Do I need new ideas? Better skills…….. probably all of the above.   So be kind in criticism…. helpful suggestions are welcome.


Another traveler.


Cupcakes in Cape Town provide inspiration ;0)