CD Spider Babies

Spider plants have always reminded me of macrame.


(In the event you did not grow up in the 1970s [the decade that style forgot], macrame is essentially a friendship bracelet for your plants).

As it happens, I haven’t been a fan of shag toilet seat covers, wood paneled rooms or macrame wall hangings for decades.  As a result of my total rejection of all things 70s, I haven’t had a spider plant in my home for several decades.

Until two years ago.

A friend (Betsy, you know who you are…) gave me a spider plant baby.


A baby she had weaned from her Momma Spider Plant.


What a lovely, thoughtful gift.

I left this baby in her little baby spider plant glass of water for…well…better than a year (don’t tell Betsy)….and then I decided to plant her.


Wow!   I felt so abundantly maternal.  I loved these little spider plant babies.

So naturally, I wanted to grow some more.

In a seemingly unrelated bit of housewifery, I was cleaning out my office closet and found that I had a stash of no longer needed CDs.





I carefully snipped some little spider plant babies from their little spider plant umbilical stalks.


…and then inserted these little darlings into the CDs (shiny side up) so that their little spider plant baby leaves wouldn’t touch the water (plus, it looked really cool).


Over time, the little spider plant babies grew long luxurious roots…


…and I planted them in soil.


I now have a whole clutter of spider plant babies (the collective name for spiders is either cluster or clutter.  I prefer clutter…cluster seems …. ominous…)


If I could only remember how to macrame.

Category: My "so called" Gardens, Smile, Things I love
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Peace, Love and Understanding – One Blog at a Time

My first indication that people outside of my circle of friends and family were interested in my blog was a letter I received from UNESCO some time ago.


Who knew?


Art Day; Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy; 2011

I was curious to know if people from other countries were visiting my site, and through the magic of a web analysis tool…


… I discovered a wealth of friends from all over the world (daily map from August 24, 2014).

Many of my visitors are from countries that are experiencing war, sickness and a myriad of other traumas.

And yet….


… in Rostov-on-Don (Russian Federation, on the border of the Ukraine), someone is interested in making origami flowers.

In spite of the tumult…

Woodpecker Breakfast

… in Zhitomir (Ukraine), someone likes my picture of the pilliated woodpecker.

Other surprises emerge on a daily basis as countries, many with historical and current conflicts, appear to have surprisingly similar tastes.


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In fact, throughout the few years of my blog, people from more than 90 countries have expressed an interest in Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy, crafts, recipes and even some of my more esoteric ramblings.

I don’t need to enumerate the problems and issues that people in the world are dealing with these days.  Turn on the TV, listen to the radio, log on to Facebook or read the paper.   Plenty to worry about.

But, in spite of all the worry, I am struck by how similar we are.   Most people want to be loved, want to provide for their families, want to be understood, want to be happy.

And more than a few ….


… want to make something with buttons.


Category: I'm just saying...
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