The view from my kitchen window is remarkable.  Across the valley are the multiple layers of the foothills of the Cascades.  Every day is different depending upon the weather and the time of day.  During the Winter and the rainy season, some days there is a fog so deep that you cannot  see the first line of trees on this tree farm…much less the mountains across the valley.  Those days, I enjoy the green in my window!

Left to right are:  African Violet, Christmas Cactus, Elephant plant, and an African Violet that was just repotted and isn’t happy about it.  In the middle is my “guardian plant angel”.  She has her work cut out for her since I do good to remember to water them and feed them occasionally.  Although, they do appear to be happy in this window…

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The Christmas Cactus reminds me of the scene in the movie  “The Homecoming:  A Christmas Story” (about the Waltons) when Patricia Neal goes down to the basement on that snowy Christmas Eve to look for apples to bake her applesauce cake.  There, she finds the Christmas Cactus in full bloom. 

I love that movie!