Caring for indoor plants.

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It sits in the corner of the room, looking sad, with its limpy big discolored leaves. The reality is I am slowly killing my indoor plant.
The whole purpose of having an indoor plant was to bring nature into my house and to bring color into my house. Having a plant in my home makes me feel happy. My biggest struggle at the moment is not killing it.

Have you ever wondered how to care for your indoor plants and make them grow? I have which is why I have done some personal research to find some simple ways to help plants thrive. Here are four very basic tips that I am now following:

1. Sunlight.
2. Watering
3. Soil
4. Fresh air.

Sunlight: Is your plant getting enough sunlight. When you buy a plant it usually tells you how much sunlight it likes, this is helpful advice when it comes to putting in the right spot in your home. Also, sunlight varies with seasons, summer more sunlight and winter less sunlight. My plant likes partial shade, in the summer it thrives in the corner as the sunshine intensity bursts through my big living room window. In winter it was missing out on that sunshine in the corner. I have moved it in front of the window for the winter months now it is getting plenty of sunshine.

Sunlight: Rotate your plants to the light, giving them equal light so they will grow equally and grow straight.

Watering: Overwatering leads to root rot, and underwatering leads to plants drying out and limping out. It turns out I have been over watering, with the base of the pot full of water. My plant was on the path to root rot. Apparently, plants need a good watering and then they need time to dry out before soaking again. The simplest way to test is the finger test, by putting your finger in the soil to see how dry or moist it is.

Soil: Simply use proper potting soil, and that way the soil will drain well.

Fresh Air: Plants love fresh air and the air to be circulating. The easiest way to achieve this is by opening up the windows.

Now, these are just simple easy ways to care for indoor plants. Serious gardeners may be shaking their heads in disgust. Yes, I know there are more complex ways to care for your indoor plants. Whilst if you are like me, and can just cope with the basics these four points are a good place to start.

Now that I am implementing these four easy points to take care of my indoor plant I am hopeful that it will thrive and not die.

I would really like to have more indoor plants because plants make me feel happy.

Wishing you all  a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

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Ten Blessings Of The Week

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Busy working the weekend and enjoying life. Here are my ten blessings of the week:
1. Feeling blessed for waking up to frothy espresso coffees thanks to hubby and the new coffee machine.

2. Feeling blessed for creating amazing yummy healthy meals thanks to Aussie Farmers Fresh box and recipes.

3. Feeling blessed for great music to bring me joy each day, listening to the best of Josh Pyke and just loving it.

4. Feeling blessed for my exercise bliss, now that my back is feeling better, back to Yoga Tuesday, and Friday Sh’bam classes.

5. Feeling blessed for rainbows, thanks to rain and the sunshine, just magical.

6. Feeling blessed for a fluffy puppy follower, who follows me around and spends hours sitting close to me.

7. Feeling blessed for Friday family movie night, and family dinner
enjoying a great time hanging out together.

8. Feeling blessed for walks around the lake spotting ducks and seagulls.

9.Feeling blessed for journal time at the local library and replenishing my book supply.

10. Smiles, laughs, lots of things to simply laugh and enjoy every day.

What are your ten blessings for the week?

FRAN DISHON

A Happy Suburban Chick Friday Thoughts.

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Fabulous Friday I can feel the upbeat vibe as I get further into the day. There is an excitement out there in the world of Suburbia, the weekend is coming. Here is a fun frivolous blog post for Friday.

I thought I share Fran’s Friday thoughts:

Friday gym class Sh’bam fabulous fun way to start Friday’s
Friday sipping tea Earl Grey so uplifting.
Friday magazines read- The simple things.
Friday music_ The Best Of Josh Pyke
Friday Quote: Friday it time to start making stories for Monday. (and no idea who to credit that one too.)
Friday annoyance: Went to Australian Hearing to replace shoe for a receiver and Roger Pen for my son- nope still not working.
Friday delay_ Dinner out to the restaurant can you believe it, they were booked out, date night with hubby postponed until next week.
Friday dinner gnocchi, garlic bread, and red wine. I am cooking.
Friday sads it feels like Sunday night as I am working this weekend. Postponing the weekend until Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

Happy Friday!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

FRAN DISHON

 

Bookshelf Review~The Spy by Paulo Coelho

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Historical fiction I love. This author’s work I love. This book brought to life the historical story of Mata Hari (Margaretha Zella) who became famous as an exotic dancer and high-end prostitute to powerful and rich men. The character is painted as a strong and independent woman whose ” only crime was to be an independent woman.” She was betrayed, executed, and used as a Scapegoat to distract the publics attention from the brutal loss of young men’s lives due to the war at that time.

Immediately the book grabbed my attention from the very beginning starting boldly with the execution. It was engaging, easy to follow and told in the first person by Mata Hari and the Lawyer through letters they wrote.

It creates Mata Hari as a very strong character who had come from difficult circumstances. She was raped at 16, then found herself in a physically and sexually abusive marriage, she suffered the death of a son, whilst her abusive husband had custody of her daughter. I felt her desperation to survive and thrive. I felt her courage and strength to reinvent herself and do what she needed to do to survive. I don’t know that she had many choices however she chose a daring and controversial path.

It was a great read, although I feel it glamorized her position as a dancer and prostitute. I really wonder how much choice she really had, how much pain she suffered, and how difficult it must have been for her at the time. The book makes it sound like her time as an exotic dancer and prostitute were easy.

However, I liked that I could admire her for being strong, taking control of her life, and daring to think out of the box, use her smarts, looks and talents to survive and thrive. Whilst from the beginning to end she was treated unjustly, especially the final betrayal by men and her country France, and yet she never acted like the victim, rather with pride.

Overal it was an interesting and engaging read, I think I would like it more had it been a little grittier.

Wishing you all a wonderful day

.FRAN DISHON

 

 

Ten Blessings of the Week

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Sunday night and I am taking a moment to reflect on what I feel blessed for this week. I feel it is important to take the time to appreciate all that is good in my life, as the days and weeks could go by without me noticing.

This week 10 blessings are as follows:

1. I am feeling blessed to be able to access friendly and helpful people when submitting in my son’s complex forms.

2. I am feeling blessed to be in good health and able to enjoy my life.

3. I am feeling blessed for a cold chilly weekend, blue skies and fine days and no rain.

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4. Feeling blessed for a wonderful dinner meeting for the start of my Toastmasters Club new year.

5. Blessed with the arrival of a coffee machine, and all the yummy coffees I have been enjoying since it arrived.

6. Feeling blessed that my football team Geelong won on the weekend. Go Cats!

7. Feeling blessed for my Husband cooking dinner for me Saturday night and buying me some nice crisp white wine to enjoy with a lovely meal.

8. I am blessed for books for adding wisdom into my life and opening my mind to expanding possibilities

9. I am blessed for music for lifting my spirits and giving me hours of enjoyment.

10. I am blessed for a weekend off, it great to have time off when the rest of my family has time off. It great to be able to spend a weekend together. Appreciating weekends off.

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Sunday  afternoon drive to Gembrook in the Dandenong Ranges  and for coffee and cake.

Reflect. What are your Ten Blessings of the Week?

Wishing you all a wonderful day.

FRAN DISHON

 

Weekend Off! Wow weekends are special when you work a lot of them.

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Friday evening, excited for I have the weekend off. Winter time is tough, so much time spent indoors, short days and long nights, its cold and I don’t want to go out. Spending what few weekends off I have wisely helps prevent the Winter Blues from getting to me. I work a lot of weekends so having a weekend off is pretty special. This weekend is particularly special because it is the first weekend in a long time where I have nothing planned. All that free time I wonder what I will do with it. I check out the weekend forecast that just tells me it will be cold and wet. I will be needing a coat and umbrella, and will probably be spending a lot of time inside. My thoughts are it should be a productively relaxing weekend, with family time, exercise, personal project time, and even some free time. I often find that I over book my weekends with activities and events, and come out feeling tired at the end of it.

I found a couple of blog posts on the internet that may help when it comes to making the most of your weekends.

Things Successful People do on weekends

53 Fun thing you can do this weekend

Are you trying to do too much this weekend?

Weekend wish list- my list of things to do for this weekend.

Friday family movie night. ( family ritual)
Family time an afternoon to do something, go somewhere and enjoy some family time.
Yoga class
Reading( curled up on the couch)
Work on a personal project, ( 2-3hrs)
Go for a walk and take my camera out and take some photo’s( I really want some time to play with my camera.)

 

Nothing too exciting, just a casual, relaxing weekend, is all I want. What sort of a weekend do you want to be enjoying?

 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

 

FRAN DISHON

 

Bookshelf Review- The Art of Living

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Wednesday bookshelf review is running late this week. This blogging every day is working out to be quite a challenge and  I am already one blog post behind.

This week’s book was The Art of Living, by Bob Proctor and Sandra Gallagher.
It was very much based on the law of attraction, thoughts+emotions+ actions= results.

My takeaway from the book was to choose a big idea for a goal.

“Your setting the goal to raise your conscious awareness. That’s the real purpose of a goal. It’s to bring more of you to the surface. And when you do, you enjoy everything you do more” Bob Proctor.

A big worthy idea that you really want, something that is exciting and so big you don’t know how you are going to achieve it. The important thing is to focus on it, imagine it and imagine achieving that goal. Then continue to focus on it and take action. The opportunities and people will show up. By focusing on our big idea, we are likely to have more awareness of opportunities and people who can help us when they show up. The most important concept was that the purpose of a goal is to help us grow.

 

The next thing is to come up with the big idea! The book suggests expanding our awareness by taking a small idea and turning it into a bigger idea. Still, I have plenty of goals I am working towards but I don’t have a big idea goal. I guess I will just drink coffee, journal and let my ideas percolate until a big idea shows up. This is the next step to figure out what my big wonderful idea goal is.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

The Problem With Housework!

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The Happy Suburban Chick must come face to face with her reality of housework. It certainly does not fit into the area of domestic bliss. Here is a list of 5 housework problems that every Happy Suburban Chick must come to terms with. They are as follows:

Housework is like Groundhog day, same thing day after day. I empty the wash basket, and the next day it is full and I start all over again. I make the beds and the next day I make them again. I do the dishes and the next day I do them again.

The biggest problem is nobody really appreciates it especially when it is done well, things run smoothly everyone is happy and life just goes well.

When it not done, you soon hear the complaints, the inconvenience is well and truly noticed. Like where are my jocks, did you buy me my deodorant, post my letter, and I am hungry what is for dinner tonight

I don’t get paid to do it, even though I work hard and put a lot of hours into it.

It doesn’t require much skill, but rather takes up a lot of time. I can not develop my skill and knowledge.

Being distracted by housework when I could be doing something more interesting, challenging and fun. Yet somehow that housework is very persuasive because I find myself doing it.

So what’s a Happy Suburban Chick to do! Put on the music and get stuck into for a start. Acknowledge that it will never be complete it simply and ongoing project with no end date. If no one appreciates your work you must be doing a magnificent job. They can sack you, and give your job to someone else. Funny thing is I have never been given the sack from doing housework even when I suck at it. That’s right it’s unpaid work. Finally when you find yourself being sucked in by the persuasiveness of housework, set boundaries and give it definite time frames, and say no when it demands more.

A Happy Suburban Chick must learn to control the times she spends on housework so she can spend more time doing what makes her happy.

How do you cope with housework? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

 

Also check out a previous post on do you struggle with housework?

Wishing you a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Photography Bliss : Alfred Nicholas Gardens in the Dandenong Ranges

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Wow! Magical, Picturesque, Amazing colours, these words all describe the Alfred Nicholas Gardens. These gardens are situated of Sherbrooke Road in the Dandenong Ranges. They are run by Parks Victoria now, and entrance is free.
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I went at the end of Autumn and the Autumn foliage colours were just gorgeous. It not just the colours it is also the ornamental lake and boat house with a couple of small bridges that just make this place so picturesque. Whilst the gardens are surrounded by rain forrest. It is a delightful place for a walking adventure with a camera.  I was in my happy place taking lots of delightful photo’s.
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This day was the perfect day, late afternoon and slightly cloudy for taking photo’s. I am a new hobbyist photographer and are still learning how to navigate the settings of my DSLR camera and take good photo’s. All I know is I need to get out there and practice and take a lot of photo’s. This place makes it easy to take pretty photo’s because it is just so delightfully beautiful.
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You can discover the Alfred Nicholas Gardens for yourself by going to Dandenong Ranges,  Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke, Victoria. Admission is free, and the photography opportunity is great. To find out more go to Parks Victoria’s site. 

This post has been inspired by the Ultimate Blog Challenge Day 11, which I have been encouraged to share some photo’s. This year I am also sharing a picture a day on Instagram, which are mostly iPhone photo’s, because that the camera I always have with me.

 

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

Ten Blessings Of The Week.

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Sometimes it can be a challenge to remember the blessings in the week, however it is a beautiful challenge to just spend some time reflecting on the week, to recall at least 10 things to feel blessed for. It can become a positive check of how you spent your time and how you were feeling. The days and weeks can pass us by with out us even really thinking about how we spent our time, and all the beautiful moments life has to offer. I think  this is just a beautiful exercise to encourage a positive outlook to life.  Ten blessing was an exercise which was in the book “ Be Happy” by Robert Holden. You can check that book out if you would like to know more.
Here are my Ten Blessings of the Week:

 

1.Feeling blessed to have a city day with my boys, and go to the movies, then go to a public place like Federation Square enjoy our lunch and  watching kids movies on the big out door screen.

 

2.Feeling blessed to have a really warm home to live in with great heating because it is cold outside.

 

3.Feeling blessed to enjoy another city day, and go to the Wallace and Gromit exhibition, and create our own little mini movie. Attend my first film festival which was for  young film makers and wow they made some excellent short films. The future is bright!

 

4.Feeling blessed and happy to notice one of my camellia’s budding in my garden.

 

5.Feeling blessed to be able to attend my Toastmasters Club Officer training, meeting great people, learning how to improve my skills and abilities, and feeling inspired to be a better person.

 

6.Feeling Blessed to have lots of family time with my boys on school holidays, even though they are teenagers and have their own interests, we still find things to do together and have fun doing it.

 

7.Feeling Blessed for books and reading time, hard cover books and also audio books. This week I have been enjoying both, and it is good to notice my oldest son is really into books.

 

8.Feeling Blessed to relax in a comfortable home, enjoy a love home cooked meal and a glass of wine with family.

 

9.Feeling Blessed for two clothes horses, because everything is being dried indoors during the winter months, and also grateful for a few fine days to wash and dry sheets and towels. Fresh sheets and towels always feel so good.

10.Feeling blessed to so easily enjoy the experience of walking around the picturesque Australian Gardens, which is close to my home and free of cost.

 

What are your Ten Blessings of the Week?

FRAN DISHON