Mornings With Melissa



One morning Melissa said,” I want you to do more exercise, and I buried my head in a glass of Mira Lax. Both chuckled. Oops here she comes; all is quiet and the room becomes filled with light. Melissa asked Alexa, our mechanism than can answer any and mostly everything you ask, plus plays music upon request. You are never far from your favorite song. One morning I asked Melissa to put on her favorite band, The Grateful Dead. Before I knew it the two of us were dancing like hippies around the kitchen.

Melissa and I had a couple of heart to heart talks. I know there are many things she does for me that I don’t know about. I found out one the other day! Can you believe she peels my Asparagus? I wonder what else I don’t know about?

Why was this morning different from any other morning? I have asked myself this questions a few times and have come to realize that Melissa starts many mornings with watering the plants and being in the garden part of the house. It gives a special glint and a special glow in the eyes of this participant a special glow of knowing the plants and what each one needs. It is like she perks her ears, they perk theirs, and the message is received. Most definitely telepathically, because you know, and I know, soft secret messages are received by humans and their surrounding. Usually it is not our way for humans to think and or ponder these kinds of thoughts. Perhaps we will come back to this subject another time.

While on the subject of gardening, let me tell you about our visit to John’s Nursery in Tarzana California. First of all I would like to thank John for keeping our Community Center grounds beautifully planted and tended. He does this out of his love for his community, and his love for creating beautiful places for everyone one to wander plus lovely soft scenes to see from the road as we drive to our appointed places. Thank you to John!

It has been awhile for both Melissa and for me to have the leisure to walk in the gardens of John’s. I noticed that both of us greeted the experience with big smiles and joyfulness at sharing the ones we would buy to enhance the patio plants that needed to be put at the forefront. Just walking through the garden is an enjoyable experience in itself, but putting on our thinking caps and actually making decisions on choices is quite another. We decided to add color through the leaves of plants and blooming ones as well. We had help from John on our decision- making, and all and all we are very pleased. I learned that Melissa’s Mom Linda, loves gardening. Melissa’s Dad, Lawrin, is an enthusiastic gardener of Cymbidium Orchids. So, between these two gardening and plant lovers, they infused Melissa with their joy and heretofore, she shares with us with her endowments into the beauty of plants and planting.

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jan Slasor
    Oct 05, 2019 @ 10:50:44

    I would live a plant friend like Melissa !!! We now have a threat of frost in the evenings! All my plants are in the sun room. Now I have to depend on others for their survival! I had my knee surgery yesterday, and I am up walking and even did 2 stairs. Now it’s time for a nap!! My family is very supportive, and Nancy is asking for reports from her Cruise to New Zealand. I am so glad you found Melissa!! Love to all of you!!👍❤️

    Sent from my iPhone



    • Sheila Clapkin
      Oct 06, 2019 @ 10:26:38

      We hope you recover very soon and very fast. Take your pain pills. Thank God for your family and friends. Keep on truckin’. Thank you for being such a steadfast friend. M & S


  2. Dina Marshall
    Oct 05, 2019 @ 11:07:43

    Connecting with nature is how I “reset” my mind. We’ve created a peaceful part of our yard we nicknamed, “The Buddha Circle” to enjoy the outdoors. xoxo


  3. Carol
    Oct 05, 2019 @ 13:01:20

    Your dear Melissa is a kindred spirit. What fun you have together. Blessed. I send my♥️❤️♥️


  4. Carly Marshall
    Oct 05, 2019 @ 14:14:11

    How sweet! I love to hear about your experiences and joys in life and with Melissa. Much love to you.


  5. Carly Marshall
    Oct 05, 2019 @ 14:15:33

    How sweet! I love to hear about your experiences and joys in life and with Melissa, Much love to you.


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Oct 06, 2019 @ 10:20:23

      Much love back to you dear child. We miss you already, and hope you are enjoying your new digs. When you look around pick the best thing for yourself, you deserve it. Love Grandma and Melissa


  6. Jacqueline morris
    Oct 05, 2019 @ 14:43:01

    Lovely Sheila,
    I am so very glad you have Melissa in your life. She has brought you back to us in so many ways! It’s not hard for me to see the two of you meandering among the plants and flowers. Just the kind of an outing that speaks to your essence. Sending love to you both, Jacqui


  7. Mona Gustafson Affinito
    Oct 05, 2019 @ 14:51:06

    This entry is wonderful! Clearly Melissa is a blessing to you, but just as clearly, you are a blessing to her. Joy!


  8. Nuala Ryan
    Oct 06, 2019 @ 20:51:54

    Dear Sheila and Melissa,

    I am enjoying the vibrancy of your companionship on this journey into new life.
    How awesome to read your blog again, dear Sheila.
    Thanking God for you and Skip.


  9. JoAnn
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 07:51:29

    Just happy to read your refreshing blog. Cymbidiums brighten my day! Plants, earth, flowers …. beautiful! You two are good for each other. Stay well, see you soon. Hugs JoAnn


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Oct 13, 2019 @ 10:31:31

      Hello JoAnn, Plants brighten our day too. We ARE good for each other and we know how lucky we are. Thank you for commenting and giving us your support. Have a beautiful day. M & S


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