Cacti, cactuses, cactus

Cacti is the Latin plural of cactus, and some writers use it in English. Cactuses is the English plural. Dictionaries list both, and neither is right or wrong. Also, like many names of plants, the uninflected cactus is sometimes treated as plural.

fun making these – I wonder if they will be liked by customers at craft sales – time will tell.


cactus crafts


Psalm 121 (my favorite)

I turn my eyes to the mountains; from where will my help come?
My help comes from the LORD, maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot give way; your guardian will not slumber;
See, the guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps!
The LORD is your guardian, the LORD is your protection at your right hand.
By day the sun will not strike you, nor the moon by night.
The LORD will guard you from all harm; He will guard your life.
The LORD will guard your going and coming now and forever.


hat pattern, happy new year, happy feet!

how to massage your feet

1. Wash your feet. This cleans and warms them.

2. The best massages use a lubricant to make the massage easier. Adding essential oils provides the benefits of that specific oil. Add 1-2 drops of lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, or tea tree essential oils mixed with your regular skin lotion or a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil or coconut oil.

3. Let’s start with your toes. Squeeze, pull and twist each toe one at a time, moving from the joint to the tip and the largest toe to the smallest.

4. Using both thumbs, massage the soles of your foot from top to bottom, applying strong pressure for a few seconds to each spot. Concentrate on your aches and pains or use the reflexology chart to guide you.

5. Massage heels, ankles and achilles areas.

6. Don’t forget about the tops of the feet. You have reflexology points there too!

7. Repeat these steps for the other foot.

8. Experts recommend giving yourself a foot massage every night for the best results.

Go ahead, try it tonight. Give yourself this gift of a little nighttime self-care, then let me know in the comments below how it was, or what changes you start to see and feel. Plus, if you need any help with additional essential oils, simply ask.

simple hat pattern to crochet

We’ve been (mostly I have been) taking off the living room really old and dirty rug and now we have hardwoods shining before us. It is wonderful. We also went on a nice walk in Riverside.

Cat on uncarpeted floor


turkey tracks on our walk today and beautiful Sycamore tree