"The RoseBouquet"

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"The RoseBouquet"
What Do You Know About Testing Soils?

Rita and I have been discussing soil testing kits. I did some research online on Sunday and got more informed about this. I’ve used the cheap simple one with 4 little glass vials, 4 capsules in 4 different colours. One simply put a soil sample in the vial, adds the powder in the capsule and distilled water up to a certain line. Shake and set aside for a few minutes.
Then you hold it up against the colour chart on the backing card and tells you how high or low your PH balance is, your nitrogen, your phosphorous, and your potash. But I’ve learned that this simple test kit is not very accurate.


May 26, 2020, What's New!
Prepping My Flowerbeds & Garden

I’ve got gardening on my mind – a lot – these days. Normally, I try to seed my garden on the May Victoria Day weekend, but last year I was moaning with back pain, and didn’t feel up to any seeding until the last Saturday of June. With our short summers here at this latitude my garden was just beginning to ripen and bear produce when the frosts came in September. However, I was too busy last week to prepare the garden for the man with the tiller. So I’m aiming for this next Saturday. A chance of showers are forecast for the next 3 days, but Saturday is suppose to be sunny. This last Saturday I tackled the raking of the front yard first


May 19, 2020, At My Place...
What About My Garage Sale?

Yesterday a friend told me that no one was going to be able to have a garage sale in Saskatoon this summer. Huh?!! I knew they were not allowed yet, but I’m assuming (optimistically) that they will be later on. I decided to check online and I found out that the city has warned people NOT to have a garage sale until they give us further word. Ah-ha! So there is still hope!


May 19, 2020, What's New!
Epsom Salts to Energize Your Plants

I saw this tip among the Youtube videos last week while enjoy that rash of extra prolife videos. Did you know that you can give your seeds an extra boost of energy if you add a tablespoon of epsom salts to a gallon of water and use that to water the row into which you gently scatter your seeds. This will cause the seeds to sprout and grow better and bigger.


May 19, 2020, Tips & Solutions
A Prolife Series of Videos

Here’s another opportunity I just learned about in the last couple of days, hosted by Tour Magination – again for free – of Mennonite archives and museums across Canada and the USA. This is only a sampling, as I’m sure there are more. Conrad Stoesz, a well-known man in Winnipeg, who works with Mennonite archives and museums, is hosting the first one tonight!


May 12, 2020, At My Place...
The Anabaptist Story Lives on: Virtual Museum & Archive Tours

Here’s another opportunity I just learned about in the last couple of days, hosted by Tour Magination – again for free – of Mennonite archives and museums across Canada and the USA. This is only a sampling, as I’m sure there are more. Conrad Stoesz, a well-known man in Winnipeg, who works with Mennonite archives and museums, is hosting the first one tonight!


May 12, 2020, What's New!
Learn to LOVE Lemons

Lemons are sour, so I don’t often think about them until I get a headache. Then I remember that my friend Kathy once advised me to cut a wedge out of a real lemon and eat the pulp. I did – and still do – making faces at the sourness! But guess what, in half an hour my headache is gone. So I try to lways keep one lemon in the fridge, and I try to use it . . .


May 12, 2020, Tips & Solutions
Three Humpbacked Ol’ Ladies

All right! I’ve finally got photos of us three humpbacked ol’ ladies. Two of them being my grandmothers, and the other is yours truly. There is only one moral to this story; that shrinking and losing height may be hereditary, but it is probably not the worst thing that could happen. I’m getting over that “Gasp! Not me!” stage, and recall that both of these grandmothers lived to be in their 90s, and they did not die of “humped backs”.


May 5, 2020, At My Place...
Gifts for Subscribing

Last week I took time to set up new subscribe pages for my two main ezines, this one, the RoseBouquet and the business one, eAction. I’ll need to advertise and spread the word more, but of course, I want to tip off you – my most favourite readers first. The free gift for the RoseBouquet subscription is an updated edition of my e-book, “My Passion for Jesus and for Others” – this is basically my life story so far. It is not a long read, but if you would like to get to know me better, this would be a great start.


May 5, 2020, What's New!

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