Vi Johnson

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Hello, I am great granny to 4 and granny to 4 and mom to 3. My Hubby and I have been living in Southern Ca. for many years. This past Aug. we celebrated 60 years together. I love gardening and sharing what I know about flowers and floral design. And I like to take pictures of gardens, mine and others.

We fly our flag year round and support our troops everywhere.
God Bless the U.S.A.

In the winter I like to make soup/stews in large amounts to share with neighbors and friends. Cornbread too.

And I believe that God gives us the ability to make right choices and wrong ones and hope we learn from the mistakes we make. Try to do better. Love one another. Care about each other. Help when you can. And Smile brightly ever day AND above all ,Share hugs,love and compassion.

I wish you shoes with good soles, Tires for your cars that don't have a slow leak, I wish that you don't have to go out in the snow or rain for bread and milk , That you have a cozy room with a log burning,good music, low lights ..."Take care of you for me " A Bob Cummings quote many years ago.

PAY IT FORWARD is a concept I also believe in.

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Butter Almond CrunchSounded easy so I'm going to try making this for Christmas gift giving along with my favorite Divinity Fudge. The Pineapple Fudge was a hit last year.


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Chicken and Black Bean ChiliI submitted this because so many people like black beans and Mexican flavors. I have not made it and most likely will not because of the chiles and some of the other ingredients (allergic).


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Cream Puffs (1920)This is from a Jan. 15, 1920 newspaper clipping. A simply delicious scratch recipe.


Nearly Sugar Free PieThis can be made in a few minutes and in the fridge before dinner. Here are three pictures for a step by step recipe.


Clay Pot Gal

Clay Pot GalMy good friend Andrea, lives in an apartment. Outside her door is a place she can put a decoration or plant. She had one that "disappeared". She went looking and found it on the floor above her. DH wanted to make this to replace it for her.


Tipsy Flower Pots (The Path Garden) - close up

Tipsy Flower Pots (The Path Garden)I had been wanting to make on of these planters for The Path Garden for a couple of years. Just hadn't gotten around to it. The 99 Cent store had the clay pots so I got 5 and asked DH to go get the rebar for it.


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Children's Garden Gifts (The Path Garden)

Children's Garden Gifts (The Path Garden)Looks like someone has been busy decorating in the "Path Garden" again. Hubby found these last Saturday. He hung two of the bird houses in trees, put the smallest on a pole back in the garden, and placed the shells back where they were left.


Freezing grated zest using wax paper

Freezing Zest in Wax PaperMy good friend visited a few days and showed me how she freezes lemon or orange zest and juice from one fruit. She uses a zester or fine grater on waxed paper, then folds it over several times and lays it flat.


Recipe for a Happy Marriage

Recipe for a Happy MarriageJust being sentimental. ;-)


An old black and white photo of people swimming and sunning.

Take a Short Car RideYou have all heard about "the good old days". Well, they were. We never have had enough money to throw away. We traveled once every year or two to see family.


howling coyote and saguaro cactus fountain

Old Fountain into New PlanterOur old southwest fountain finally "bit the dust" and no longer held water. Try as we would, it could not be saved. So we decided to fill it with dirt and added some plants and a bird nest to add interest to the front yard. We always try not to add to the landfill.


Peach colored rose, mix of pink and pale yellow.

December RosesWith winter being so bad in many parts of the country now I hope everyone will enjoy the roses that we have blooming in the yard. Some of them are as big as my hand.


Oven Rack Pull Out From Paint Stir Sticks

Oven Rack Pull Out From Paint Stir SticksMake an oven rack pull out of wooden paint stir sticks using this pattern. I painted them white first, let dry and then painted family/friends names along with flowers and vines in their kitchen or favorite colors.


Garden: GG Vi's PhotosHere are a few pictures, not too much blooming yet. But I'll be looking for some good shots this summer. Enjoy, GG Vi


Recovering Aloe Plant

Recovering Aloe PlantHere is that same aloe plant after the January freeze we had in Southern California. It is recovering.


garden shelf

Garden Gift from HubbyThis is a garden gift from my hubby. He built a shelf for my garden kids. Then had to remove it because the lavender lady lilac grew to tall. LOL Trial and error, we all learn from. Happy gardening.


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