Archive for the ‘MOTHER NATURE’ Category

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

MAY 1, 2021 AT GATEWAY IN FORT LAUDERDALE!   Leave a comment


And, once again, Mother Nature puts on a show, indoors and outdoors, for the first day of a new month, May 2021!

1) Who else could provide red, yellow AND green peppers on the same plant?

!2) And except for flowers who else offers such a variety of dogs, including ‘mutts’??

3) No matter the month or the day or the time of the year my “Christmas” cactus has bloomed!

4) Let’s not forget looking out my window and seeing new people enjoying the water OR

5) A bird just strolling along looking for a worm or two

6) Last, but not least, a little May Day celebration by having Jambalaya at the Quarterdeck!OH YES–A HAPPY 91ST BIRTHDAY TO OUR BOY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE–ALFREDO ROSSI–ENJOY YOUR BIRTHDAY LUNCH & OUTING!!

In my next life….   1 comment

Don’t get excited as I haven’t finished with this life yet and I plan to be around for a long time!!

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Every time I look around me I am amazed by what Mother Nature does with light whether it be a sunrise, sunset or just having the sun bounce off windows and leave green bars on the black concrete in a parking lot. Walk a few steps to the right and the green bars are gone! A few more steps and, like magic, 3 new green lines appear
I can walk into the kitchen and there is a piece of artwork on the ceiling–the middle picture on the right–bringing the outdoor in.I have, literally, thousands of pictures and I am constantly taking more so I have made my decision. In my next life, I am going to school, study photography and travel around the world taking the pictures that Mother Nature makes to keep our eyes constantly looking and our minds in awe!
As I said I am not ready to leave this life yet—have a lot to do–but at least I won’t worry about what I’ll be doing when I come back!

Posted January 27, 2021 by greatmartin in LIFE, MOTHER NATURE

Holiday Cactus right on schedule!   Leave a comment


The ‘mother’ plant was all abloom for Hanukkah  and now it is all bare except for a few buds meaning it is getting ready for Christmas–never misses a holiday!

In the upper right is a branch I had cut off 2 years ago and it has been blooming all year!

On the lower left the photograph is of new ‘new’ plants I started in September and it is now showing buds for Santa!

In the bottom right are the buds starting to come in getting ready to be in bloom by the 20th.What was originally a “Christmas Cactus” has now become an all-holiday plant including every 4 years it blooms on February 29th!

Mother Nature always amazes me!!

Posted December 14, 2020 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE

Getting ready for 2021! :O)   Leave a comment

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One has to plan for the future and though I do it all year round I started last year by snapping a few clippings off the mother plant which I had for a couple of decades now. What was usually (and so-called when I bought it) referred to as a Christmas Cactus now seems to bloom all year round but especially at holidays.

And about 12 years ago Leap Year became officially a holiday for the plant as it started to have buds the first week of February and was in full bloom by February 29th!The original plant only had pink blossoms but the past few years there have been white blooms mixed in with them!

I am adding ‘instructions’ as to how to propagate the cactus but I must admit I just snap them off, stick in the dirt in the pot and everything works out fine. Let’s see how the twins do by November 2021!!How to Propagate Christmas Cactus

Posted November 24, 2020 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE, PLANTS

Storm and health update!   1 comment

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The picture was taken this morning and it was like this until about 4 PM and we got a light rain but now the sky is darkening with clouds so who knows what the evening will bring. We fared pretty well but a lot of areas near us were flooded. As usual, the entrance and exit to Gateway were swimming pools but never had that stairway waterfall that I thought we were getting–the water stopped right at the edge of the first step. The water on the property dried up pretty quickly and now those dark clouds are leaving! Bette Davis, our weather person, says showers for the rest of the evening but drier days ahead–and Bette wouldn’t lie!

I went for a chest/lung X-Ray on Monday and took the disk to my primary. He said he couldn’t be 100% sure until he gets the report but my lungs look clear. Now I have to wait until the 30th and see what is causing the blood in the phlegm.

He looked at my foot and says it looked better–less red and not as swollen. If he says so! I am taking a new antibiotic, bathing the foot in Epsom Salts and, in the evening, keep it raised while I watch TV though the later the day gets the more swollen and redness appears. The doctor did say it would take a total of 10 days to really show major improvement—not that I am keeping count but today is day 7!

All in all no complaints–well one–the schedule of the new antibiotic. I take it every 12 hours and it has to be either 1 hour before eating anything or 2 hours after eating. I don’t have any problem with the latter but waiting to have coffee, orange juice and an apple for an hour after waking up can drive me crazy! I can’t even go back to sleep as I am not supposed to lay down for 10 minutes(!) after I take the med. Then I have another med that I have to take before I take any other meds in the morning and I have 12 other meds I have to fit in during the day! Got my chart made! :O)

As I said, all in all, no complaints as all these meds are keeping me alive, in good health and none are debilitating!

Posted November 10, 2020 by greatmartin in HEALTH, MOTHER NATURE

Boats, Birds, Burgers and more!   Leave a comment

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Top row starting from left:  It being Pirate Week of course we have to have a sloop docked at the entrance of Karen Canal! And then we have the usual and various floating vessels.

Second Row: don’t know why I go to Burger-Fi as they have the worst burgers in town and the prices are ridiculous! Maybe because I had a ‘$5 off $10’ coupon but the check still came to $11.03 Only plus is looking out the windows! The fourth picture is hard to see but the water is filled with minnows.

The third row we start off with Izzy the Iguana–beautiful but we have too many wild ones running around. The next picture is an example of ‘King Tide’ season–the water covers the walk! The third picture is the orchid growing beautifully in the tree and last, but not least, 2 snowy egrets that either have come in advance of their flock or were left behind not forget they could be a warning of heavy rains coming.

Posted September 20, 2020 by greatmartin in birds, FORT LAUDERDALE, MOTHER NATURE

Birds, Sunrises and a dog!   1 comment

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Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me. The only times we see flocks of snow egrets is when it is about to storm or after the storm as happened these past 3 days otherwise we never see them! Looking out my front window, rear window or walking out the building door there they were, completely ignoring whoever came their way!

She also amazed me the other morning, when almost sleepwalking to the kitchen to get a glass of water, my eyes glanced outside and there was a beautiful sunrise. I don’t think I have seen a sunrise since I gave up drinking the morning of January 21, 1981!!

I forgot to post the September dog last week so here is Butch!

Posted September 15, 2020 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE

Geraniums, orchids, a lost pepper and lizards!!   Leave a comment

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1) Don’t know how I missed this pepper when I was picking my ‘crop’ the other day!!
2 & 3) I forgot to fix picture 2 which has Lori on the top and her kid Leonard on the bottom while in #3 is Larry the father/husband! They are their every time I go over to John’s apartment!#4) There is a tree right outside my window that every once in awhile pops up with a mysterious orchid no rhyme or reason. Mother Nature at work.And then there are my Geraniums all in full bloom with more blooms ready to open in 4 different colors.
We had a ‘feel like’ temperature yesterday and then the rains came and it dropped down to a ‘low’ of 79 and right now the storm clouds are gathering and the wind is increasing so it should get a little ‘cooler’ shortly! 
Summer in Fort Laudedale!

Posted August 31, 2020 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, MOTHER NATURE

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