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Monday, February 16, 2009

The Power of Suggestion

Did you have a good Valentine's Day? I'm scooting around this morning to snoop and see what you have to say about it. My day was lovely, but I want to tell you about my Valentine's Eve. Don't get all **twitterpated, it's just funny. At some point in the night I became aware of my beloved standing over me offering something, something that smelled just like peanut butter. I'll use dialogue as it's so much easier that way.

I: What's that?!

He: A peanut butter sandwich.

I: Why?

He: (somewhat surprised) Because you asked me for one.

I: I asked you for a peanut butter sandwich? When?

He: Just now, you asked me for a piece of bread.

I: Are you kidding me?

He: Nooooo, and I repeated that back to you and you added 'with peanut butter on it.'

I: Well you know what you can do with it!

He: (muttering) Guess I'll be eating a peanut butter sandwich.

It's true love when your beloved eats a peanut butter sandwich that you ordered in the middle of the night. I was telling my son and daughter-in-law about this and my daughter-in-law told me that my son talks all the time in his sleep and that she just has to ignore it. Good advice for my darling, too, I guess. I truly had no idea that I talk/issue orders in my sleep.

Yesterday, I realized once again how powerful my suggestions are. I asked my sister how her Christmas cactus was doing. (Mine has one measly bud and I have followed "the rules" perfectly.) Again, dialogue...

She: Oh my yes, thank you for telling me how to take care of that cactus...it's loaded with blooms and has been blooming for months.

I: It has?!

She: Oh yes! Why within days of bringing it out of the basement it was blooming.

I: Out of the basement?

She: Yes, just like you told me. You said to leave it down there for a couple of months and forget about it.

I: Noooo, that's for geraniums, not for Christmas Cactuses.

At which point, my niece interjected...

"That Cactus was so happy to get out of that cold, dark basement it was willing to do anything."

Hmmmm, in that case, I think mine has earned some time in the basement!

Have a wonderful Monday, Dear Ones.

**twitterpated: excited for no account such as some (you know who you are) were wont to be over my Valentine Tea. Check comments for my response.


  1. The next time I have a Christmas cactus that survives more than 6 months in my care will be going to the basement too!!

    Hugs, Sherry

  2. This I have never done.

    However, now that I have said it, I will be doing it tonight.

    I am having trouble with Blogger, so I hope this posts.

  3. Vee,
    Thank you for the Monday morning smiles! Good thing I don't have a Christmas Cactus because I don't have a basement either! Happy Monday to your and yours.

  4. oH Vee. . .that carpenter is definately a keeper. . .good job on finding him.
    I love your dialogue.
    Oh. . and my mom's Christmas Cactus did the best the year she dumped it over and it got a good shake up. (you might want to consider that for next year)

  5. My Christmas cactus is so very very old...It belonged to my mother and was passed on to me. It blooms once a year for about a month or so...Usually in a cold spell. It sits on our front porch year round...I wished that I had a basement...But in remembering...My mother used to keep ours in the basement in the window and bring it out and it bloomed so beautifully for months.

  6. Vee, that was so funny. I loved hearing it and picturing the whole scene. Thanks for starting my Monday off with a smile.

  7. I had to go so far back in your blog, to leave the comment {which I copy below} that I thought I'd re-post it here. :-) And here it is!
    I just got a comment and went to thank the nice person who wrote it and........ I had to think of you! Her blog background is soft yellow and has softer yellow pok-a-dots too. It fairly shouted; "Tell Veeeeeeee!" So, I'm doing so! {When a blog shouts out at me, I listen! ,-) }

    And I have a feeling you will like her blog, for more than just the yellow background.

    This post is back so far, I may re-post this comment in your Mon. entry, actually. :-) Will see...

    Gentle hugs,
    Aunt Amelia
    "I stood and watched the evening star
    As long as it watched me."
    ~ Sara Teasdale

    So there, I did re-post it. And hope you'll take a peek into her "yellow" blog.

    Aunt Amelia

  8. This is my first visit to your blog. I noticed your blog name while visiting another blog. I had an Aunt Vivian whom we adored and called Aunt Vee. One doesn't see Vee as a name very often (as opposed to Vi). Then I read your "About Me" and saw that you liked Enchanted April - it's one of my most favorite movies too. It is also coming out on Region 1 DVD in March!!!! I have it on VSH and can't wait to get it on DVD. And we have similar tastes in reading material.

    I don't have a blog YET. I'm still in the draft mode and haven't had the nerve to publish yet.

    Teacup Lady (Sandy)

  9. Oh my! 'Aunt Amelia' is losin' it! No link left, to the blog. In either comment I posted here. Bleahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...

    'Tis here! At 'Mary's Meanderings'.

    Aunt Amelia

  10. Just be careful what you suggest...everyone seems to be folowing your advice! I'm thinking you may just need to indulge in some fresh bread...slathered in peanut butter...so you're not sleep-begging for it.

  11. Nothing blooming??? Youv'e got to be kidding me girl. I see tulips on your header, and that is a fairly new header. Tulips at your Valentine Tea. Your side bar picture ratted you out. I'll give you a pass on the single bloom on your cactus :]

  12. HA!! Twittwerpated, I haven't heard that in a while! Love it!

    M ^..^

  13. Too bad I don't have a basement...my plants would be spending some time down there...LOL

    How SWEET of your Valentine to make and eat a pb sandwich for you....he must love you!

  14. Hi Vee

    I think C cactuses do like the basement! Hmmm, now do they like peanut butter, too??

  15. I happen to keep my Christmas Cactus in the basement because that's where my family room is. I keep it on a nice big window sill where it gets sun and bright light most of the day. I only brought it down here because I get so many blooms on it that I'm afraid my dog will eat them.
    I think your hubby's a sweetie for bringing you a sandwich! True love. . . . .

  16. I'm not very ggod with plants, but am trying to learn! Here's hoping that the two I have now survive!

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  18. My girls used to laugh and laugh over that "twitterpated" line in Bambi. =) I must admit I haven't thought of that in a long time!

  19. Your husband sounds like a real sweetie. Sounds like you had a lovely Valentine's Day. I'm not very good with plants, and my Christmas cactus didn't thrive very well. Happy Monday.

  20. My husband says I talk in my sleep all the ime. Too funny...m.

  21. Peanut butter sandwiches in the middle of the night. That is so funny.
    If I talked in my sleep my husband would never hear it. He would sleep right through it.
    I just noticed that my Christmas cactus has a couple of buds on it!!

  22. LOL....Neither of us talk in our sleep...so I can imagine your suprise seeing that peanut butter sandwich!

    My cactus has tiny buds on it and I expect some flowers by mid March....

  23. Hi Vee,
    Thanks for stopping by to check on me. On top of all the running I did to doctor visits, I got the flu, possibly FROM doctor visits! :) I'm doing better today but still not up to par. I have been visiting some but didn't even have enough wits about me to leave comments! Hopefully I'll be back to blogging soon.

  24. I have absolutely NO luck with the Christmas cactus! You should check out the lovely sheep photos on Scrub Oak at Typepad - She has a great blog!

  25. My Christmas cactus bloomed one Easter (2003?) and has produced nothing since. This year I gave it a little tough love, but to no avail.
    It's now gracing the compost pile. I'm patient, but a plant has to produce more than dust!

  26. It's true love when your Valentine gets up, makes a pb sandwich then eats it for you Vee :)

    Your cactus is awesome! My Dad's blooms most of the year as well, you two have green thumbs!

    Have a fantastic day,
    Kathi :)

  27. How funny! How sweet that he actually got up and made it for you! Hope he was rewarded!

  28. Fun post. I enjoyed reading it. I hope you have a lovely day :>)

  29. Hi Vee!

    MY Christmas cactus blooms every year, and sometimes twice a year, and it never leaves my western facing front windowsill! I think the change in light coming into the window (and maybe the change in temperature?) signals the bloom.
    Also don't over water it --it likes it a little dry :-)

    Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the middle of the night! LOL What a sweetie John is even if you requested it in your sleep.

    BTW Did you join "Twitter"? I'm "millefioripat" on it :-)

  30. Thank you for your comment on my "Award/Tag Free Zone" entry. I understand that not all, feel the same as I do. Nor should they.

    Plus, it may take people longer to decide how to handle their blog. You know me! My decisions are always made *yesterday*! And much to my dismay, many times. But sometimes, they work out... for me. :-)

    I was excited when you said that you saw a cute little button {on this topic} on a blog. And I bounced over to look at 'Front Porch.' But no, it's not the same one, which I coveted. I left a comment on whatever blog is was, and asked if I could do it too. But she never replied.

    And the more I looked at it, it's simply a pretty painting that we've all seen. And the words of "Award/Tag Free Zone." So I figured, I wasn't stealing anyone's hand-made-button. ,-) Just the idea!

    Aunt Amelia
    "The hardest thing to learn in life
    is which bridge to cross and which to burn."
    ~David Russell

  31. Or should I say, that that lady never replied to my question/request, in _my_ blog comments. Maybe she did, in _her_ own comments, but I don't go back to look again.

    Which is why I always reply to people's questions/comments/etc., in _their_ blog comments.

    Mmmmm, did anyone follow that? -grin-

    Aunt Amelia

  32. Hi Teacup Lady Sandy,

    I hope that you will take the plunge and start your blog. Here's a hint for you...visit the first post of a lot of blogs...you'll find that everyone started somewhere...it really doesn't matter...just hop in. Blogland is a wonderful place.

    Hope that you'll visit often and let me know if you have any questions. I'd love to help if I can.

  33. Oh my that is so funny..... I am sure John enjoyed his PJ sandwich....


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