Some People Are Just Lucky

august-9-2008-009-2Have you ever thought that some people were born with some kind of extra something? In the Fairegarden clan, we have among us one who has always been considered more lucky than the rest. It is offspring Semi. I have written about her before and mention her often in the posts, for she lives less than an hour’s drive from our home and we visit her weekly. Semi has had events happen during her lifetime that we consider pure luck. As a preschooler, her name was drawn at a shoe store in Pennsylvania to win a new bicycle. As a third grader in California she had registered for the door prize at an Hallmark store and won a fully decorated with Hallmark ornaments Christmas tree. When the store called asking for her, I said she was at school and who was calling please. The person on the other end of the line told me about the prize and I went to the elementary school and pulled her out of class to go collect the fully loaded tree. They wrapped it up in bubble plastic, lights, decorations and all and we took it home in the minivan. Probably the luckiest thing was the offer of a soccer scholarship at the college located in the town where we now live. She had not even applied to the college, or gone to a try out there. It seems there was a change of coaches and the former coach had taken the players with him to his new school so this college was left without a team, in May. Semi had gone to a try out at another college in the same area and her name was given to the new incoming soccer coach. She had already made plans to attend another school, with no soccer and no financing offered when this call came in. We drove to the college and she fell in love with the school and the small town atmosphere. We consider this turn of events to be like winning the lottery without even buying a ticket.
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Shown above is her newest garden bed, dubbed the new bed, where she dumped a load of mushroom compost right over top of some sparsely sprigged lawn grass, no round up, no digging, no nothing. Then she mixed up all of her leftover seeds, both purchased and saved, from several years and threw them over the mushroom dirt. This is what she got. Some of us take great pains with our seed starting, spending vast wealth on heat mats and grow light set ups, not to mention ordering special seeds from far away. We have never had the kind of results pictured in the first photo even after all that effort.100_0616-2In this photo is an example of her growing prowess, the Carolina Jessamine in full fragrant bloom. Also in the photo is her messiness, boots laying about among other things.january-21-2009-007-2Here is an example of her mother’s method, pots lined up straight as soliders, with special little water containing trays under to provide humidity without excess moisture. Every need of the seedlings has tried to be anticipated.100_2048-2During a very brief warm spell last week Semi and son, LTB, not LBJ, were out sowing seeds in uncleared beds. It began to rain so they ran inside, leaving the tub of seeds out on the ground, as is her way of doing things. The next day she remembered the tub of seeds and brought them in, setting them near the heat vent to dry out. In a day or two she noticed something weird happening in the tub.100_2043-2Can you believe this? Has this ever happened to you? Have you had seeds sprout and grow right through the paper packets? I haven’t. But I don’t leave my seeds out in the rain either. It might be time to think about doing that though.100_2045-2Opening the packet up, there for all to see are the sprouted seeds, cosmos it seems. I have heard of testing germination rates with damp paper towels, but usually the seeds are removed from the packets first. The sprouts have all been planted up in a flat and are growing happily, in seed starting mix, on the sunny windowsill above the heat vent.100_0518-2Semi’s garden is a very natural place, natural here meaning little if no clean up is done from season to season. If there is anything done, it is at her mother’s nagging urging, or mother takes the initiative and felcos in hand and does it herself. Each year baby birds are brought up in the rose Moonlight that grows on the chimney next to the back deck. Last year it was mama mourning dove who selected that choice spot to raise her family. Mockingbirds and robins in previous seasons have done the same.baby20doves-2The babies are so sweet and all nearby humans enjoyed watching the hatching, feeding and fledging process. So if the unruly Moonlight is to get a proper pruning, so as not to grab those coming out the back door with thorny tendrils, it must be done before the feathered house hunting forays begin. Valentine’s Day is the traditional rose pruning date in this part of Tennessee. That date will be here before we know it too. lou-2 The story of Semi’s growing skill, or luck, cannot be complete without showing her proudest accomplishment in the growing area. Here he is running down the steep muddy hill, totally out of control, and loving it. Lucky guy.
Frances

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56 Responses to Some People Are Just Lucky

  1. Sounds like Semi is a natural born gardener and we can learn from her that sometimes you just should “leave it be”. Though, there is a certain charm in your very soldierly seedlings, too, Frances!

    Hi Carol, thanks, I thought of you and your neat rows when I was looking at that photo. It’s a hard habit to break. I do like your diagonal veggie rows, way to mix it up! :-) Semi is a good gardener, even though her methods are the exact opposite of my own. I am trying to be more like her, so much less work!
    Frances

  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    What a sweet tribute to your lucky Semi. I can tell she does really good works by that last photo. He is a keeper. I think some of that luck rubbed off from you.

    Hi Lisa, thanks. We are truly smitten by that child, even when he is a bit of a snot. I can’t imagine where he gets that smart aleck mouth from. :-) I think my good luck has come from her, not the other way around.
    Frances

  3. Frances,

    What a wonderful story! The seed packet germination may catch on! :-) Your grandson is such a cute one!

    Cameron

    Hi Cameron, thanks. When she sent me photos of those seeds coming right out of the packets I knew I had to post about it. We laugh at her luck. And we agree about little LTB, so huggable.
    Frances

  4. The image of the seeds sprouting out of the package is priceless. I suspect Semi gets her lucky green thumb from me mom.

    Robin Wedewer

    Hi Robin, thanks. We just couldn’t believe it. Semi’s luck has rubbed off on me, she is the lucky one though. :-)
    Frances

  5. Gail says:

    HI Frances, Absolutely wonderful post…I have liked Semi from our first introduction to her and ‘LBJ’ is precious and oh so huggable. Can you hear the echo of my resonating with Semi over the mountain! Although…I have never had the garden luck she has. I do have a marvelous son I adore, who loved nothing more then to run wildly down hills. He has her kind of luck. Gail

    Hi Gail, thanks. You and Semi are much alike, no wonder we became friends so quickly. :-) Your garden seems pretty lucky to me, with plants growing right over that limestone. We all do help to make our own luck sometimes too. I am looking forward to meeting your son someday too. He sounds like a fabulous fellow.
    Frances

  6. What a wonderful, wonderful story! She is lucky indeed, especially to have a mother like you. :-)

    Hi Susan, thanks for that sweet sentiment. It is I who am lucky to be the mother of someone like her.
    Frances

  7. Rose says:

    I think some of the fairy dust from your garden must have rubbed off on Semi, Frances:)
    I do like her philosophy of gardening, though I wouldn’t be as lucky as she. But I can see she spends time on what matters most–that happy little boy running down the hill.

    Hi Rose, you are quite intuitive for the garden takes second fiddle to little LTB, as does everything else. She has always had a certain quality, even as an infant. My MIL was lucky like that too. Could there be a lucky gene? I have never been lucky really, although I have been super lucky with the blog. And many other things too, now that I think about it. But there is a difference between luck and hard work. Her luck is extraordinary.
    Frances

  8. Monica says:

    Love your amusing stories! Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, no one in my immediate or larger family (or even any of my ex in-laws) was blessed with much luck! Oh, wait. The glaring exception was (and probably still is) my ex-husband, who could do no wrong and was always at the right place at the right time. BTW, is Semi your blogging name for your daughter, or a nickname/shortening or her real name? I like it; it sounds kind of Finnish!

    Hi Monica, thanks so much. That is funny about your ex, too, HA. Semi chose that name for herself on the blog after one of my first posts called my kids semi-adults when they helped with the planting of some trees here. She thought it so funny and adopted that name. Her real name is Robyn.
    Frances

  9. tina says:

    What a sweet tribute to your lucky daughter. With a growing garden and a growing son and a growing family (mom), what more can be so lucky? Lovely post this morning Frances.

    Hi Tina, thanks so much for all your sweet words, here and elsewhere. :-) Semi is one of the joys of my life, there are several more that will get their day in the sun another time. The sprouting of the seeds while still encased in the paper packets just had to be shared.
    Frances

  10. Racquel says:

    I’ve seen some of the most beautiful gardens form from no rhyme or reason. Looks like your daughter inherited your loved of plants but found her own way of achieving it. :)

    Hi Racquel, thanks for seeing that truth. It took me a while to be able to see that her way was just as *right* as mine. Thank goodness it did happen though, for all our happiness’ sake. :-)
    Frances

  11. Hi Frances~
    I think you must be lucky too! Looks like you hit the jackpot with your daughter and grandson. Very touching post…as always!
    The flowers in her garden are lovely. I seem to garden in a similar way to her…I call myself a lazy and grateful gardener. I’m continually delighted by the surprises the garden gives to me.
    Karrita

    Hi Karrita, thanks. The births of both Semi and LTB were wonderful, happy magaical moments. I was present for both. :-) I love your thought of grateful gardener, that is beautiful. You sound very much like my daughter, a good thing.
    Frances

  12. I’ve never had or seen seeds sprouting from the actual packet. Perhaps we all need to adopt this casual attitude and see what happens.

    Hi Crafty, amazing isn’t it? Her methods do produce results, but how much of that has to do with her luckiness? I don’t believe it would work for me, but who knows? :-)
    Frances

  13. Daphne Gould says:

    That is priceless. So did she plant her new little seedlings? She ought to. They would probably grow 5′ tall.

    Hi Daphne, we did get a good laugh from it. She planted the seedlings, all of them in a flat without the cells, just the bottom so she could just sort of lay the babies in there and cover them. Cosmos are really supposed to be planted outside for they dislike being disturbed, but hers will probably be a great success. There will be a follow up if that is the case.
    Frances

  14. Kristine says:

    beautiful pictures, awesome site, so happy to have found you! i spent 15 years in east tennessee, but now in upstate new york, and winters are really getting to me!

    Hi Kristine, thanks and welcome. We love the climate in this part of the country, even though this year is colder than recent winters have been. I am so glad you liked what you found. :-)
    Frances

  15. Kathleen says:

    omg, some people are truly gifted. Your daughter is totally one of those! If I left seed packets out in the rain, the seeds inside would mold, not sprout! How great was that? I tend to do things more by your method but maybe we are making it harder than it needs to be??!!! and that Carolina Jessamine is gorgeous! Rub her head next time you visit, maybe the luck will rub off on you!! ;-)

    Hi Kathleen, thanks. Some people are just lucky. My husband’s mother was just like that, always winning stuff. She was, like Semi, the nicest person in the world too. Maybe that helps, it seems like in a kharma way it should. I feel like I have allowed seeds to get wet in the packet and they have just rotted. A rub for good luck is a great idea! :-)
    Frances

  16. marmee says:

    i’m not sure luck has anything to do with it. it is something she comes by naturally probably from being your daughter but with much less effort. how nice for her. her son your grand is adorable. where did you get the name “semi?”

    Hi Marmee, thanks. I don’t know about anything from me affecting those wet seeds, in my experience wet seeds just rot and get moldy! She chose the name Semi from one of my first posts where I referred to my kids as semi-adults. She thought that was so funny and starting using that name to leave a comment here.
    Frances

  17. Meems says:

    Isn’t it funny how we can be the “line it up straight as soldier types” and raise a “messie” but natural child with so much charm! I know how that feels. Hard not to nag… er, I mean urge. LOL

    On the other hand, I give her big kudos for gardening at all with a little one (so adorable BTW) in tow. Don’t you look back at those days and sometimes wonder how you did it? We might take some lessons from her of “how not to be so organized and get great results”… hmmm… naw… I think better yet… let her be her and me be me. It’s all good!
    Meems @ Hoe and Shovel

    Hi Meems, thanks. After all these years, I have given up trying to teach her neatness, it just isn’t in her makeup. In the last few years that she lived with us, I just picked up after her constantly, it was easier that fussing and I knew she would be leaving for college soon. You have hit upon the basis for success with the her be her theory. Sounds like you know exactly what I have gone through yourself. HA Whatever works, and for her this way works.
    Frances

  18. I too have had seeds germinate in the packets. I once sent a little plastic bag through the washer (it was in a pocket and got missed) and I sat it on the dryer. The next day, they had sprouted.

    This reminds me of the post I did awhile back about the sweater.

    You’re right, it does seem like some people are just lucky.

    Wow Kylee, that is amazing, even with soap and hot water! I just read the linked post, double triple quadruple wow! Why are we even using dirt? HA
    Frances

  19. Brenda Kula says:

    Oh Frances, what a lovely post! She must just have luck in her footsteps, following her along wherever she goes. I’ve never seen anything remotely like the sprouting inside the seed packets. But yes, the little boy is so very precious with his winning smile and sparkling eyes. An achievement above and beyond. With a magic all his own.
    Brenda

    Hi Brenda, thanks, you are too sweet! You have put it into words well, someone is following along helping her out. I’m glad you see the wonder of little LTB too. He is so dear to us.
    Frances

  20. Dave says:

    I’ve never had that happen but all it would take is a little moisture! The jasmine looks great. Mushroom compost is good stuff. You’ve got one happy grandson! Doesn’t that mean you’re luck too? ;)

    Hi Dave, you are so analytical, what no magic or luck involved? Come on, that never happens to me, when seeds get wet they rot and get moldy, not grow. I am leery of the mushroom for food crops, but it sure does the trick with ornamentals. I bet that’s how her amaranthus did so well. I need to add a little to certain spots for those plants that like more nutrients. I am indeed super lucky when it comes to having a wonderful family, as are you! :-)
    Frances

  21. philip says:

    What a joyous post!
    Frances, this made me laugh and smile. I loved hearing about Semi and the tree, bicycle and school. I think the end of the rainbow is with Semi, and the pot of gold is making nests, and running gleefully down the hill! :)
    Warm regards,
    Philip

    Hi Philip, your comments always make me smile too, thanks so much for them. It is fun for us to visit Semi’s, there is never a dull moment there and we always laugh a lot!
    Frances

  22. Lythrum says:

    I wish I was that lucky but I’m more of a planner that doesn’t have much luck. I love the pictures. :)

    Hi Lythrum, thanks. Me too about the planning, it’s part of the fun for me.
    Frances

  23. Genevieve says:

    What gorgeous photos and a great reminder to take life a little less seriously and enjoy what comes. I’m not emulating her seed-starting process, mind!!!

    Hi Genevieve, thanks so much. Sometimes we do need to leave a little more to chance I guess. Hard words for me to follow, but not so hard for lucky Semi. :-)
    Frances

  24. TC says:

    Sounds like Semi (semi-double flowers?) has a total of 20 green digits (toes + fingers and thumbs!) And that little feller runnin down the slope is a precious angel!

    Hi TC, thanks, she is really a dedicated gardener, but her style and methods are so different from my own. She chose the name Semi for herself on the blog after I wrote in an early post about my semi-adult children doing some planting at the house we now live in. She thought that was so funny and adopted the name. The others are Brokenbeat, Chickenpoet and Gardoctor. Me, I am using my real name. :-) And that little feller is her pride and joy beyond life itself. We all love him.
    Frances

  25. Pam/Digging says:

    What a great post and peek into Semi’s happy-go-lucky, charming character and her lovely garden. Thanks for sharing it.

    Hi Pam, thanks for stopping by. Semi is more like her father in temperament and address problems as they arise attitude, but we share the love of gardening even with our different styles.
    Frances

  26. Cindy, MCOK says:

    Frances, your Semi does indeed live a charmed life! Love those seeds growing out of the packets, that’s too funny!

    Hi Cindy, so nice to see you. Semi seems to have good things just happen to her. We got a good laugh about those seeds and I wanted to share it on the blog. :-)
    frances

  27. Darla says:

    What a wonderful post. Maybe we should be a little more carefree and let nature take it’s course. Control is not a good word when gardening, I don’t think, learning that the hard way. I would have to say luck, um, no, wonderful parenting and lots of prayers! I want to be like my oldest daughter when I grow up! That’s a cutie pie in that last photo for sure!!

    Hi Darla, thanks so much. Being more carefree is a good way to approach the garden, but it isn’t what my personality usually dicatates, but I’m trying to be more like that. Your oldest daughter sounds like a wonderful person. We do get so much from our grown up kids, don’t we?
    Frances

  28. Catherine says:

    Well, her natural gardening talent must run in her genes! It’s nice when luck happens to good people!! Her son is a doll, a picture of pure happiness!

    Hi Catherine, thanks for that. She does seem to have the passion for it, the gardening I mean. We love that photo of little LTB, he is wildly happy running down that hill.
    Frances

  29. Semi says:

    I do feel extremely lucky to have such a wonderful mother! and family. I think most things just want to grow given the “semi” correct conditions. Hehe. Love Semi

    Hello my dear Semi, we are all lucky to have each other. You are right, things want to grow whether the conditions are fully correct or not, and who really knows what correct is anyway, it’s just an educated guess. Much love.
    Frances

  30. Semi's Spouse says:

    Great post GG, I as you are, am very fortunate
    to have semi and my semi spud(LTB).

    Hi SS, thanks, so nice to see you here, welcome. I love that, semi spud is a good name for him. :-) We are fortunate to have the whole Semi family so near to us, in our hearts and on the ground!
    Love, Frances (GG)

  31. Diana says:

    Frances – You’re right – she is charmed. And after reading all you wrote about her, I know you feel lucky to have her as your sister. Those seeds are pretty amazing. Since I am so bad at seed sowing with conventional methods, maybe I’ll try hers!

    Hi Diana, thanks. Semi is my daughter, though I think of her more as a sister now that she is older, the age difference seems less. Your tomato plants seem to be following the Semi school too, leave them alone and they will just grow! :-)
    Frances

  32. greenwalks says:

    Your post made me think of how I used to believe so much in “nurture” before I had a kid of my own, and now I just think it’s so much how they come out! Her style couldn’t be more different than yours, but it has in common the joy of making things grow (just in a different way). Maybe that inheritance was due to your tutelage after all.

    Hi Karen, thanks for stopping by. I agree that people are already pre programmed before they are born with certain traits including the neat versus messy gene. She was always interested in the flowers in my garden and wanted a garden of her own someday. Now she has a nice spot and gardens her own way, with happy, lucky results.
    Frances

  33. gittan says:

    Such a sweet grandson you have there =) Semi and her luck, it’s amazing how some people just seems to get things, without doing anything at all!

    Hi Gittan thanks so much. You have understood very well the point I was trying to make.
    So sorry for your excessive rain and the moat! :-)
    Frances

  34. Janet says:

    Sounds like she is a bit of a free spirit… always welcoming the door that opens to new possibilities. What a wonderful way to live.

    Hi Janet, thanks, she is free thinking for sure. :-) And is quite open to new possibilites too, you have said it well!
    Frances

  35. Randy says:

    What an amusing post, Frances! I wish I was that lucky! I did win a birthday cake one time. :-)

    Hi Randy, thanks. Wow, winning a birthday cake is pretty darn lucky in my book! :-)
    Frances

  36. commonweeder says:

    Frances – I love the soaked seeds growing right in the packet. I have to admit that my techniques are similar to Semi’s but I don’t think I have quite as much luck. One of my three daughters is especially lucky and often buys raffle tickets for her sisters to increase their chances of winning. it works, too.

    Hi Pat, isn’t that funny? I’m glad to hear you’ve got a lucky family member too. We used to have Semi draw the numbers to pick for the lottery and felt it helped our chances even though we didn’t win anything. She often wins on the scratch offs here in TN.
    Frances

  37. Marnie says:

    I hope you are having Semi buy your lottery tickets every week;) I think her gardening style has a lot of charm. Old fashioned cottage style. Our ancestors were a lot more relaxed and casual than we are. They never took out the color wheel to plan a garden;)

    Hi Marnie, HA, thanks, Semi does buy lottery tickets regularly but hasn’t won it big, YET! Her style or whatever it is, is very old school. That is the way both of my grandmother’s gardened and they had beautiful flowers every year. :-)
    Frances

  38. walk2write says:

    I was born to and raised by a couple of neatniks, and I’ve been trying to undo the tutelage ever since. It’s not easy, let me tell you! I love that idea of germinating the seeds in the packets. Makes identifying the seedlings much easier. Your adorable grandson proves that the expression “it’s all downhill from here” can be turned on its head when considered with the proper perspective: Life can be fun no matter how old you are!

    Hi W2W, hmmm, why does that not surprise me? :-) About the undoing of the tutelage I mean. You are the rebel with a cause, aren’t you? And I mean that in the best possible way of course. Happy new year to you, and life is still fun if you want it to be!
    Frances

  39. kerri says:

    Your Semi is lucky indeed. She sounds like a free spirit, and her little one is adorable with his happy smile.
    Those seeds germinating in the packets brings a smile in the bleak mid-winter :)
    Thanks for visiting the frozen northeast. I hope your fingers didn’t get frostbite! ;)

    Hi Kerri, thanks for those sweet words. There is nothing better than a happy smile. Your place is always a delight to visit, but I was happy to stay indoors this time! :-)
    Frances

  40. joey says:

    A lovely story, Frances … however, you forgot Semi’s most important piece of luck … you, as her mother!

    Hi Joey, you are so sweet, thanks. Semi and I are both lucky to have each other, and know it! :-)
    Frances

  41. skeeter says:

    The saying, “If I didn’t have bad luck, I would have no luck at all” Does not apply to your Semi! What luck indeed to have seeds sprouting right out of the package! I have never seen this before and got such a chuckle from it. I can see you meticulously putting each tiny seed in a pot and playing mommy to it and it may or may not pop up. Then here Semi leaves the packets in the rain and magic happens. Too funny! Maybe we should not be so darn neat and tidy with our chores then maybe we too could have such luck. tee hee. I would love to run or roll down that muddy hill with little one. Such innocent fun on a warm summer day! I am yet to find a dove nest in our yard and we have doves all under the feeders at any given time. Maybe I will get “luck” one day and see one…

    Hi Skeeter, thanks, you have hit the nail on the head with your comment. When she called to tell me about the sprouts I had her take some photos. We laughed and laughed about it, for it has to be seen to be believed. I keep thinking I am not trying hard enough with my seed starting, when maybe I am trying too hard, like you say. Of course I am growing stuff this year that I never even heard of before, the description just sounded cool, like Hunnemannia fumariifolia ‘Sunlite’. http://www.tmseeds.com/product/6333.html HA
    Frances

  42. Jean says:

    That is so sweet and oh boy, is she one lucky person! I also believe she inherited a lucky green thumb??! :)

    Hi Jean, thanks so much. She is really lucky and she does have a green thumb, inherited or not. :-)
    Frances

  43. Debbie says:

    I love your pictures. It is nice to see that someone has warmer weather than we do. I would happy to see baby birds and blooming plants in the garden besides snow! Very nice blog.

    Hi Debbie, thanks and welcome. It is cold here now, those photos of the garden are from last summer, but we do have bulbs coming up and some things beginning to bloom like witch hazels and ericas.
    Frances

  44. Chloe.M says:

    That is a great post. Some people do ‘live lightly’ – and life showers them with blessings.

    Love the photo of her baby boy – such joy!

    Chloe M.

    Hi Chloe, thanks. What a good way to put it, living lightly. That is a favorite photo of little LTB, unadulterated happiness! :-)
    Frances

  45. Cinj says:

    What a lucky lady she is. If only we could have just a small part of her luck, huh?

    Hi Cinj, she is gifted with luck, just like her grandmother. We all just marvel at it, and her.
    Frances

  46. She is a lucky girl. I bet she learned a lot of good gardening lessons from her Mama. I’m a little like her. I’m always gardening up to the last minute, and I get called away. I’m not good about cleaning up sometimes.~~Dee

    Hi Dee, thanks for stopping by. She has been taught many things about gardening, but those neatness lessons just never took hold! HA
    Frances

  47. jodi says:

    What a lovely story, Frances! It’s so cool to see offspring following in their parents’ love for planting.
    I actually did have seeds sprout in their packages before, because there was a leak in the plastic of the greenhouse and the bad gardener had left packages of seeds in a flowerpot under the leaky plastic…

    Hi Jodi, thanks so much. And nice to see a fellow package seed sprouter, you too must have that lucky gene in your green thumb! :-)
    Frances

  48. Siria says:

    Hi Frances! This post was so funny…I loved reading about your wonderful lucky Semi. I have a feeling she is a happy go lucky girl. She knows where to spend her time to make herself and those around her happy (and that is not spending time picking up the kids shoes and other stuff)! I bet she is really fun to be around. You are one lucky Mom, as she is lucky to have you.

    Hi Siria, thanks, do you know her, for you have written exactly her outlook on life. She is not burdened like I am, with having to have things just so. I am trying to learn from her, and have really let things slide, like housekeeping, to do the things I love, gardening and blogging! :-)
    Frances

  49. Siria says:

    BTW…are Chickenpoet, Brokenbeat and Gardoctor jealous that they didn’t get the lucky gene?!

    Hi Siria, I don’t know if they are jealous, but we are all in awe of her luck. The rest of us don’t have it, but we are happy for her gift. The kids all love each other very much and when we are all together it is the happiest of times for us all.
    Frances

  50. Jon says:

    Frances, what a delightful post…so upbeat and full of “positive vibes” as we used to say back in the ’60s. I wish my neighbor who suffers from SAD during these short winter days and lack of sunshine could read it and get a boost instead of trying to drag everybody she encounters down with her.
    People who constantly whine are so tiresome to me.
    Here’s hoping Semi’s good luck stays with her forever and that her stars stay aligned just as they are.

    Jon at Mississippi Garden

    Hi Jon, thanks so much and Kung Hei Fat Choi to you! I am so sorry for your neighbor. It has been a dreary winter here too, much more so than in the past and it is getting to me! But there is beauty all around us and wonders too magical to understand if we just look in the right places. May she one day find that our for herself.
    Frances

  51. Sunita says:

    Beautiful post! I was smiling right through it! Definitely been kissed by angels, that girl! If she’s not careful, she’ll have a long line of people waiting to touch her just to have a bit of her luck rubbing off on them. And I’ll be right in front of that line!I’ll do anything to have plants sprout with no effort like that :)

    Hi Sunita, thanks so much, it makes me the happiest to think of a smile on your face! :-) Your blue oakleaf did the same thing for me. People have rubbed her head when she was a child, she is so ticklish that she would laugh and laugh. That is another gift she has, she laughs at everything! Now that is a true gift, to find humor where others would get angry. She is quite special.
    Frances

  52. Joy says:

    I am so far behind reading blogs these past few days .. BIG sigh !
    I had such a good laugh from this one Frances .. Semi’s journey through life so far is truly amazing .. maybe this is the way we are all supposed to be ? I so wish I could be like this .. a little late now I guess .. I think our generation can’t help being more rigid .. and a wee bit controlling ? LOL
    The funniest part is the sprouting of the seeds .. boy did I laugh at that one .. too quirky and cute : )
    Semi’s little one is bound to be just like her .. and that is one of the greatest gifts he will have from his wonderful mom : ) Joy

    Hi Joy, thanks, I’m glad you got a laugh, we all need more of that! :-) I think our paths are somewhat already chosen for us, as far as our personalities anyway. Here is the funniest thing to us, little LTB is not like his mother, but exactly like his grandmother, bossy and you have to do it his way! Life will be tough for him, I know firsthand that people don’t like to be bossed around. HA
    Frances

  53. linda says:

    This is so sweet Frances! What a lovely family you have. I admire Semi’s carefree way, and would love to have her kind of luck!

    Hi Linda, thanks for that. Semi is one of a kind!
    Frances

  54. skeeter says:

    Thanks for the Hunnemannia fumariifolia link. Cool name and beautiful flowers too! ;-)

    Hi Skeeter, my pleasure. They remind me of California poppies. They are up and growing, the next step with all the seedlings is making that transition into garden soil. If it ever warms up!
    Frances

  55. Robin says:

    I’ve never see germination in a seed packet before! How amazing is that! Sometimes I think we do tend to fuss more than necessary over our precious little seedlings.

    I love the orange cosmos, (and orange is not a color I usually love). I had them last year and collected a lot of seeds. I should have hundreds to enjoy this summer. I can’t wait!

    Hi Robin, thanks for stopping by. I had not seen that before either, but apparently a couple of others have had that same kind of good luck. Her cosmos are now putting out the second leaves. I always plant those outside after the soil warms, but she will have large plants to plop in the ground, if they make it to that point for they will get very large before it is planting time. They will flop before they plop! HA
    Frances

  56. Melanthia says:

    Unbelievable! But it’s got to be in the genes, right? And I totally relate to having a little one as the most important nugget growing.

    Hi Meliantha, thanks for visiting, welcome! Semi’s genes are better, or luckier than mine. I have to work very hard to get things to grow, and she does next to nothing with equal results! Those young ones are the best growing experience, I totally agree. :-)
    Frances

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