Perceiving Potential

I told my husband that I just wanted to look. If I could kill a miniature cactus, then maybe I should avoid anything too high maintenance. To prevent any casualties, I had devised a plan. I’d google the scientific names and discover how finicky they really were. I wouldn’t be deceived by a pretty appearance.

I perused every aisle, googling and storing the names of my favorite plants as I went. Until, I found a slightly sad looking plant, but the shapes of its leaves caught my attention. I googled the name: Spathiphyllum ‘Domino.’

A peace lily.

Its condition didn’t match its description, but the makings were there.

I kept walking, but the lily lingered with me.

A week later, we went back to the nursery and were recognized by one of the workers. After being asked if we needed assistance, my husband showed the nursery worker the lily I had seen the week prior.

We were told that the peace lily I desired wasn’t in the best health. In fact, none of the plants surrounding the lily were doing so well. The worker had isolated the plants that needed more attention.

He brought out another lily, fully bloomed, that we could buy, and he gave us the one I found for free.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. -Leo Buscaglia

💜 T. Shaw

Blogmas Day 15: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Basil. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

I RARELY cook, not because I don’t like cooking, but because I hate grocery shopping. It’s always chilly inside supermarkets. People are always there with weapons called shopping carts. It’s all very intense. So, I avoid it when I can. Luckily, my husband enjoys the experience and typically goes for us.

But if I do cook, my favorite recipe is the Pioneer Woman’s Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce. It’s a basic recipe, but it’s all this carbivore needs (Although, I usually add meat to keep my hubby happy). The finishing touch to this delightful recipe is freshly chopped basil, but basil can be pricey.


Here’s a picture from her website! I can almost taste it…The link for her recipe will be at the bottom of this post.

I had seen the basil plant sold outside of the grocery store several times, but I never wanted to bite the bullet. My parents have always had a lot of plants, and when they would leave on a trip, guess who always had to water said plants? I dreaded the responsibility, because it was a matter of life or death, not for me but the plants.

But, I had seen the basil plant one too many times. Without even thinking, I snatched the plant and put it in my basket. After I came home, I researched what the little guy needed to be happy.

Apparently, basil is easily propagated (creating a new plant out of an existing plant). As you can see, I’ve amassed a large collection (The red pot in the featured image is the OG).


Once the shoot grows tall enough, all you must do is cut the plant about an inch above the new growth and remove the bottom leaves.


Place the fresh clippings in water and watch them grow roots! You’ll also want to change the water every few days.


After a few weeks, they will be ready to repot!

In my mind, this seemed like a good Blogmas post, because I will be sharing my basil this Christmas with some family members. That was until, I realized most places in the world actually have seasons, unlike Southern California. So, you might have to wait on this idea. But until then, you can enjoy the yummy pasta.