Archive for the ‘MOTHER NATURE’ Category

Fall AKA Autumn in Fort Lauderdale in October   1 comment


All you have to do is look at the first picture and you know what the news is all about! IT RAINED! If you are like me you can sleep through anything so a rain storm, no matter how heavy, doesn’t wake me up. All I have to do is walk from my dark, no light allowed in, bedroom to my living room and can’t but help look out the windows and there they are! The egrets who show up after a storm to get their easy pickings meal!

It is Fall in Fort Lauderdale which means the rainy season is over, we have 2 more months and hurricane season will be over so, of course, having beautiful weather for 2 weeks with little or no rain when the rainy season is over the rain falls.

We had 1 inch of rain in an hour yesterday and today it is raining off and on but the sun is battling to come out!

Talk about the sun–13 more days and we lose that extra light I love at night as Daylight Savings Time kicks in.Meanwhile I have my inside plants blooming and telling me it really is still summertime! The Begonias, the Holiday cactus and the babies, along with Geraniums in their reds, whites, pinks and variations on those colors are all in bloom.Not to be outdone the peppers—see last photo–are blooming and turning into green peppers!

Things might change next week because it seems we may go down into the 60s one night next week! I may have to go up North to warm up!

Posted October 25, 2021 by greatmartin in GARDENS, LIFE, MOTHER NATURE

Week of October 20, 2021   Leave a comment

#1 and 5  Rainy season is over but we have 6 more weeks of hurricane season–whatever ‘season’ it is the weather has been beautiful (some might even call it ‘cool’ going down to the 70s overnight!) Only problem are the King Tides which floods the property but but Noon all is dry.

#2  For people who might think all I eat is carrot cake!! Every night, with dinner, I have a tossed salad with various lettuces, onions and tomatoes, a baked Idaho or sweet potato and grapes while it is a glass of orange juice and an apple with breakfast#3 and 9  Jeff with his guide dog which he is training–the dog is great but right now too friendly with everyone

#4 and 6  Little by little we are being taken over by Iguanas–in #6 the number is right under the tail of this Iguana on the side of the tree–some are growing toooooooooooo big

!# 7 and 8  Hard to see in number 7 but the squirrel fades into the tree while in number 8 his head is right above the number

# 10 the tree orchid growing bigger and more beautiful each day

#12 What is nature without pigeons???

#11 Have you ever heard of Ranchers (trade name) steaks? With prices going sky high people really can’t afford to buy steak consequently they go on sale before the end date and I get one every Thursday as a treat–they really are the best beef steaks I have ever had and in some cases I am getting a NY Strip under $5 a pound–I add a salad and a potato and, somehow, I don’t know how that happens, I see a dark chocolate bar sneaked in–well, dark chocolate is healthy, right?

Posted October 20, 2021 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE

HOLIDAY CACTUS, ORCHIDS & PEPPERS 3RD WEEK OCTOBER 2021   Leave a comment

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Sorry but I never get tired of Mother Nature and, in fact, she is the first thing I check on when I get up in the morning–no matter what time it is!! She has really been surprising us this week with what ‘we’ call Fall weather! It is rainy and hurricane season yet we are only getting light rain showers now and then and not a hurricane—so far–this season!

The most amazing plant to me is the Christmas cactus which I have renamed the Holiday Cactus (#1) because she blooms all year round!!! From the original plant I snapped off a few bits here and there, put them in pots (#2) and within a few months they started showing buds and are now blooming. I gave Terry & Chuck a small plant and within a week of their getting home it is in full bloom! The ones you see here with the buds will be in bloom in a couple of days and I will take their pictures!

Then there are the pepper plants (#3) and I never know when they will provide peppers let alone what colors the peppers  will be as is the case with my yellow and green peppers though they are from the same pepper seeds!!

Last, but certainly not least, is our mysterious orchids (#4) which blooms every year about this time with the white ones on one side of the tree and the purple ones on the other side and each growing a bit more every day!I LOVE MOTHER

NATURE AND ALL THE SMILES SHE PUTS ON MY FACE!

Posted October 17, 2021 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE

Dogs, a baby, weather & Mother nature October 2021   Leave a comment


1) Dark clouds are the warning we will be getting our daily rain–for 10 minutes or, maybe, longer!

2) My October Calendar dogs

3) Gateway’s latest charmer–Payton’s baby brother

4) Bette Davis changes her outfits as much as Mother nature changes the weather—and both are right!

5) Jeff, who is legally blind. is in the process of having his guide dog trained–she is a beauty but, I think, a little too big for a studio apartment–hopefully he will be able to move to  a larger bedroom though it might be easier for him to handle a smaller space–right now she is too friendly with all the neighbors so I guess that will be part of her training–it is an interesting process to observe.

6) The purple and white orchids are really a standout on the tree–hope no one picks!October is starting off beautifully and hope it continues that way but until ‘hurricane’ season is over we don’t know.

Posted October 4, 2021 by greatmartin in animals, FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, GATEWAY, MOTHER NATURE

End of September 2021   1 comment


There are many things I love about Mother Nature including the changes of seasons and we have now, subtly, gone from Summer to Autumn. How do I know? Easy, as the high temperatures are no longer in the 90s–only the high 80s! Also, the humidity has dropped to lower than 60%! Go ahead and laugh but WE know the difference!!

Regarding the first picture, top left; I have a planter at the end of my desk and in it are odds and ends which I throw in there and yesterday I noticed a green pepper dead center and I don’t even remember throwing seeds in there!!Then there are the birds!! You can see the 3 different pictures and they were all taken after a rainfall as that is the only time we see the birds. The first 2 on top are the grounds behind my building and the one on the bottom is in front of building C. I don’t know where they go when it doesn’t rain for many days/weeks/months but we only see them AFTER a rain!

On the other hand there are canoes going up and down the canal every day/week of the year!There are 5 Holiday cactus pictures of which the two on the second row on the right and the second on the left on the bottom row are the ‘mother’ plant already blooming while the ‘pups’—which I planted by breaking off a piece of the mother plant–are starting to get buds and will probably bloom next week, just in time to welcome October!

Last, but certainly not least, is the mysterious orchid in the tree outside my window. We have no idea who originally planted it or when but every year, like clockwork, it blooms. There is a white one and a purple one and in a week or two they will be huge and all in bloom!

Life is never boring with Mother Nature outside my window!! (And plants inside!)

Posted September 28, 2021 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE

“We are going to FLOOD you Fort Lauderdale!!   1 comment


 It is the first day of Autumn and approaching 5 PM which is what time, usually, THE big black cloud takes over the blue sky and white puffy clouds and the first few raindrops fall BUT it has been like that the past 30 minutes so those raindrops may be all we will get! Meanwhile you can tell it is Autumn in South Florida–only 2 of the following 5 days will be 90 degrees or higher and our weather-caster, Bette Davis, says it will only be cooler!

Meanwhile the good old Holiday cactus (#1) keeps blooming both white and pink blooms while her ‘babies’ (#2), 3 of them, will probably bloom in 10 days to 2 weeks with different colored blooms. Never ceases to amaze me.

At the same time the tree orchid keeps on growing a deeper purple with larger blooms and now has a touch of white while (I’ll have to take another picture) on the hidden side the white orchid is doing its own thing!Okay, the dark cloud is breaking up and blue is sneaking through BUT that doesn’t mean it won’t pour later!!

Posted September 22, 2021 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE

An every holiday Christmas Cactus!!   1 comment


You want a plant that celebrates every holiday?? I got it!! 15 years ago I bought a “Christmas Cactus” and it did bloom every Christmas but a little over a decade ago—2008 to be exact–the cactus was in bloom for my 18th Leap Year birthday and each succeeding year it seemed to bloom for another holiday!!

This year it bloomed for Rosh Hashanah and and on Yom Kippur (see lower right picture) one white bud started to bloom! I can show you pictures from Easter, Passover, New Year’s Day, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day,, etc., of my “Christmas Cactus” in bloom.

It obviously will be in bloom for the first day of Autumn and, certainly, Thanksgiving. Wonder if next year it will add Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Grandparent’s Day ‘it’ being the Christmas Cactus as it was introduced to me but I really mean Mother Nature–she is always amazing me!

Posted September 18, 2021 by greatmartin in HOLIDAYS, MOTHER NATURE, PLANTS

Summer, Working Out, Park, Mother Nature & Home   1 comment


Better explain that ‘working out’ first! I watched the guy in photos #11 & 12 for about an hour. They lifted weights, jumped rope, ran around the soccer field, used the fountain edging for stepping–for an hour but I didn’t lose an ounce!!! Something is wrong there!

I say it often because I truly am constantly amazed by what I see.  Mother Nature comes up with things that just make me stop such as the iguana in the tree in picture # 10 who blended so well I didn’t see him until someone pointed him out! By the way she also provides us with the following spectacle!!  https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51203724

Photos #1 & #4 are plants in my house that I have ‘grown’ just by trimming their mother plantand sticking them in a pot!Between the flowering trees and the watering of the fields you forget the heat and humidity that equals summer in Fort Lauderdale! (Those guys were sweating so much I should have lost a few pounds!!)

After being closed for a year and 4 months we got the notice about the pool reopening!

Posted June 30, 2021 by greatmartin in HOME, LIFE, MOTHER NATURE

Week in June 2021   1 comment


No matter how much doctors and hospitals try to drive me crazy Mother Nature and life always keeps me sane! I may be put on hold for 39 minutes—see photo #3— but then I look at the canal and there is a swan float—#2–going up the canal without any visible strings pulling it!!

Of course at this time of the year and I can look out my window and, if I wanted to, could dive into a tree loaded with Queen Crepe Myrtle blooms–#4.

I didn’t know whether to laugh at the iguana who was afraid of me enough to scamper up a tree–see #7– or shake my head at the lack of a classic building–#5–that was built to honor the men and women who served in WW 1 & 2–being torn down to be made into a modern skating rink for the Panthers hockey team to train in and open to the public at other times. I am curious to see what they will come up with as they also ‘redoing’ the Parker Playhouse which is perfect as is and, so far, they haven’t changed much on the outside.

Though it is our rainy season we have been having a lot of sunny weather and there are always people in various vessels going up and down the canal–#6–but no, none were pulling the swan!

Last, but not least, there is always Bette Davis–#1–to look at (sometime I am going to have to take a week of pictures of her different outfits–sorry you really can’t see this one, matches the colors on the weatherboard!), tell us the weather and even downplaying the 30% chance of rain on Father’s Day!With the medical department against Mother Nature I would bet on the latter with a little good human nature thrown in!

Posted June 19, 2021 by greatmartin in LIFE, MOTHER NATURE

Tis the season for…..   1 comment

the Royal Poinciana and Queen Crepe Myrtle trees which last for a couple of weeks before the blossoms fall, get everywhere and turn the streets whatever color they are. The Poincianas are mostly orange but every once in awhile you will spot a different color from off orange to a deep purple. They are in the park, in front of houses, lining streets and every block your car drives down!

The Queen Crepe Myrtle trees, the 4 bottom pictures, are the very few blossoming plants of any kind we have on the Gateway driveway and whereas we used to have about 20 of them we now only have 7-8 and a few have been so butchered by the tree maintenance crew cutting them back for hurricane season I am sure they are doomed to be pulled out! To my knowledge I have never seen them anywhere else. They always remind me of Lilac trees but they have no aroma! Both trees love the heat and humidity of Florida and while the Myrtle blooms will last for months the Poinciana, as mentioned above usually has only a two-week span but both have leaves all year long.

When they blossom no matter what the calendar says it is summer!

Posted May 30, 2021 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE

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