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SNIPPETS (6-10-18)



A+R POTTERY Designer Pot #00111Sorry I missed last Sunday but I was heavily involved in the San Diego Cactus & Succulent Summer Show & Sale all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I was a vendor with A+R POTTERY and got many comments. I was so tired after last weekend that I still haven’t unpacked the inventory to see what sold and what didn’t sell, so I won’t know how many sales I had until Wednesday night when I get paid.


In order to be a vendor at the Summer Show & Sale, I had to have eight entries into the show. I entered eight as a vendor and four as an individual, ten plants and two succulent pictures. My entries garnered one first place, five second place, and three third place. I’m particularly happy with those results because my best eight entries actually are on display at the 2018 San Diego County Fair from June 1 through July 4 (see SNIPPET 5). The first place was an educational exhibit on Pereskia grandifolia:

Pereskia grandifolia

There are three plants in that dish garden. I had ordered them from Uruguay on May 10. They arrived on May 31, just in time for the Show. They were a little ragged after not seeing sunshine for three weeks but it looks like they are going to survive.

The genus Pereskia has nine species and is the only genus in its family. It is more like a rose than a cactus, with non-succulent leaves, spines hiding on the stems behind the leaves, and rose-like flowers. Pereskia is considered the mother of all cacti & succulents because it is believed that the original cacti & succulents were very much like Pereskia.

One of mine even bloomed yesterday. Check out this rose-like flower:

Here is the educational flier that accompanied the dish garden.

Pereskia grandifolia


I’m working on getting the San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society to take on renovation of the 1935 (Old) Cactus Garden in Balboa Park as part of the Adopt-A-Plot program. This is a significant garden, planted under the direction of Kate Sessions (aka “Mother of Balboa Park”) for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. It’s severely neglected right now. Here’s my video presentation to the SDCSS Board of Directors. They won’t get it until Wednesday, June 13.


I tortured Zoey the Cool Cat on June 6. I didn’t really torture her, but if you were in the house for 10 minutes today while I was giving her a bath, you would have thought I was torturing her. This cat can howl better than any wolf on Earth. She’s so mad at me that when I found her after drying her off, she turned around and wouldn’t look at me.

Zoey the Cool Wet Cat

Zoey the Cool Wet Cat


Here is a video of all the plants in the cactus & succulent exhibit of the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society at the 2018 San Diego County Fair. The exhibit won first place in its category, and I have eight plants in the exhibit, including one awarded a “Noteworthy Plant,” the Peanut Cactus at 2:34 in the video.”


Fires do not “break out.” Fires are caused by something or someone. The fact that Fire Season started June 1, and there were a lot of fires the first weekend in June tells me that quite a few someones were out starting fires.



There were lots of dogs at the Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale last weekend. Here are my two favorites:

Dog in a backpack

Dog in a backpack


I’m so happy.

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In 1966, while my wise old grandmother was helping her 11-year-old grandson start his very first business, she told me,

“Surround yourself with positive people and you’ll be positive. Surround yourself with successful people and you’ll be successful.”

She was right.


She also was right when she told me to treat every day the same. That way there are no bad Fridays because of weekend anticipation, no bad Mondays because of the weekend being over, and you can make a lot of money on holidays when most of the people don’t work.


Are sports teaching our children to steal? I mean, they steal bases in baseball, they steal the basketball from the opposing player. So much stealing going on…….


A little squirrel in Balboa Park last week. First one that didn’t scamper away when I said, “I’ll put you in my blog!”



I bought my first skateboard ever this past week. Walked out of the shop with it, got on it, and went zooming down the street. Cars were honking and swerving, yelling obscenities, flipping the bird. Weird.

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Christian House in San Diego's Heritage Park

The rest of Heritage Park in San Diego

Out & About

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If you want to see what you missed before you see the rest of Heritage Park, visit Temple Beth Israel in San Diego’s Heritage Park.

Following are some pictures of the rest of the historic buildings in Heritage Park and a little snippet of information about each building.

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The following is the doorway on the Senlis Cottage, a house built for Eugene Senlis in 1896. Senlis was an employee of Kate Sessions, San Diego’s pioneering horticulturist. The picture also is a self-portrait.

Senlis Cottage in San Diego's Heritage Park

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The Senlis Cottage did not have water, sewer, electricity, or gas, common amongst the working class people of the period.

The Sherman-Gilbert House, Stick-Eastlake architecture built in 1887:

Sherman-Gilbert House in San Diego's Heritage Park

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John Sherman, cousin of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, hired architects Nelson Comstock and Carl Trotsche to build the house. Sisters Bess and Gertrude Gilbert bought the house in 1892 and proceeded to bring internationally famous entertainers to receptions in their home, including dancer Anna Pavlova and Arthur Rubinstein.

Bushyhead House, an example of Italianate architecture, built in 1887 for Edward Wilkerson Bushyhead, an early San Diego sheriff, chief of police and San Diego Union newspaper owner:

Bushyhead House in San Diego's Heritage Park

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The Burton House, a Classic Revival style home built in 1893 for Henry Guild Burton, a retired Army physician:

Burton House in San Diego's Heritage Park

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The Christian House, Queen Anne architecture built in 1889 for Harfield Lakefield Christian, founder of an early San Diego abstract and title company:

Christian House in San Diego's Heritage Park

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The McConaughy House, Stick-Eastlake architecture built in 1887 for John McConaughy:

McConaughy House in San Diego's Heritage Park

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John McConaughy founded the first scheduled passenger and freight service in San Diego County. His four-horse passenger stages and six-horse freight wagons operated between San Diego and Julian, a gold-mining community at the time. Now Julian is more famous for its apple pies; I can highly recommend the peach apple crumb and the cherry apple crumb pies. Sadly, after buying Julian pies almost every weekend since 1999, I don’t have a single picture of one. I’ll have to remedy that this weekend!

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