Hello tiny dancers, and happy Friday!

Welcome back to the Good To Grow site, and thanks for being here.

Thanks to Friday, too, for finally arriving. It’s good to see you again, my friend. We’re going to play another round of Friday’s Ask the Experts, starting by saying hi to the Experts. Hi Experts!


“Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Liza!”

You’re adorable! From left to right, that’s Andy Williams, Tim Thackaberry, EZ Ed Johnson, Dottie Correll and Lewis Casey. If you’d like to know more about them, please click here.

In the spirit of the season, here’s this week’s question for the Experts:

Q. Do you have any scary stories to get us in the mood for Halloween?

Expert Andy, start us off today, won’t ya?

A. Flagstaff, AZ doesn’t seem too scary….on paper.  “Flag” as we affectionately refer to it, is right off of I40 dead west about 4 hours of Albuquerque, NM, home to our lovely moderator & most of her “expert” crew.  Off to see my favorite band again I was, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, with my wife and my great friends the Kings.  This was my pre-cabin days in the 2005 era let’s say.  We booked rooms at the Monte Vista hotel right in the heart of town.  The Monte Vista is one of those 100+ year old joints that you would see and confuse with an old western.  It’s interior resembles the same, including the furniture and carpet.  It sits about a block north of the railroad which sends a vicious train through with bells blazin’ about every 20 min. on the way to Alb. or LA.  The hotel is notorious for being haunted by various ghosts.  Rumors swirl about many things disappearing or being moved in her rooms.

Before the show we had decided to venture out across the tracks to grab some great Thai food.  I put my spare change on the night stand.  Before the show we came back to the room to do something or other like grab coats or use the restroom rather than battle the lines at the ill-equipped Orpheum Theater.  Upon entering the room I see my change is strewn across the floor now, not on the night stand where I had put it.  There was no reasonable explanation for that.  No earthquake, no drunken stupor yet, nothing.  Of course we had to sleep in there later.  Strategically, I did not inform my wife of the event knowing full well she would’ve forced us to pack up, leave & miss the band.  That was not possible.  I did divulge the incident the next morning though & she couldn’t wait to zip out of there.  I slept fine with no further incidents although I’d hoped for more interaction.  I even baited the “ghost” again when we left for the show but he/she clearly had moved on to bigger things.

If you are ever in Flag, check it out for yourself.

A. Two of my roommates in college dressed up as the 2 kids from Kris Kross, with the backwards pants and everything. I remember because the year was 1992 (college, go Bluejays!) and I dressed up as a young Republican. Which in 1992 meant taking a shower, wearing a suit with a ‘Bush for President’ button and putting my hair in a ponytail. Now I wear that “costume,” minus the long hair and Bush button, 4 days a week, which is the scariest thing of all!

A. The only movie that truly frightened me as I watched it was The Exorcist way back in the 1970s. It resonated further when I learned of the many deaths that surrounded the film shortly after the filming and the strange occurrences on the set. I once spoke to a priest who was involved in an exorcism and he was intimately familiar with the case the movie was based on. He dismissed a lot of it as Hollywood, but allowed some truth to it based on his own experience.


I haven’t heard from Expert Dottie this week. Not too surprising in that she’s the busiest retired person I’ve ever met. If she sends something in, I’ll update the post. In the meantime, let’s admire her cuteness:

And move on to Expert Lewis:

A. In traditional belief and fiction, a ghost (sometimes known as a spectre (British English) or specter (American English), phantom, apparition or spook) is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear, in visible form or other manifestation, to the living. Descriptions of the apparition of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, lifelike visions.

When the world loses a young soul it loses a significant and essential essence of hope for the future, did the driving entity for the cure for ailments, new sliced bread, future transport,  round rainbows, caught lightning, world peace just pass back to the other side to await for another life.

CL had a smile for everyone, friend to many, classmate and team member, ran Track, blocked in Football, sweated in Weaseling and was a good mechanic from a family of mechanics.

He loved his truck a beautiful 1968 Chevy truck that he had made into a hot rod work of art, fast 4 on the floor, Hurst shifter,

396 cubic inch engine lots of go fast power, immaculate blue moon blue paint, chrome deep dish wide wheels, red pin stripe white interior and a musical horn ARUUGA . A truck of beauty made by his hand with pride.

On a dark stormy night (aren’t it always a dark stormy night) CL was riding with a friend ?? who was driving his fast fancy car that his daddy had bought him

Death met them on a hill at the base of a power line pole, the fancy fast car going over a hundred miles per hour was torn in  half and death was swift

The High School halls were sad to walk without CL cheer and smile but after tears and hugs life for the living goes on

Years pass, new joys come and old joys go

On an evening just past sunset driving down the same stretch of highway where this terrible accident occurred

Near the top of the hill the fated power pole still stand in tragic testimony

On that fateful road ahead there is a whitish colored car setting in the middle of the road  across from the pole

“Where did that come from” is quickly thought by the driver  as he slams on the brakes

But the dynamics of a moving vehicle do not correspond with a futile attempt to stop

The car full of the living quickly overtakes the stationary whitish car and in a moment they become one

No horrific crash,  no blinding flash, no tearing and crush of flesh and bone

Only a fleeting feeling of fear and cold and a swirl of mist

Then the living move on through the ghost car they have gone

A stop, a look, a walk back, A “What the Hell was that” is asked, no signs no trace nothing but a years old story

Of young men’s fate at death door, via  a fast car and a power pole whose scars have faded

My brother rode in the livings car that day, he and  a friend saw and passed through the ghost car

It is not an experience easily forgotten, he spoke of it recently when we passed the fated spot

There have been other supposedly who have also seen the whitish car

Maybe CL was not so quick to leave,

In fact his brother occasional drives the cherished truck

If you believe and look closely you can see CL smile and his pride in the windows

Wow! Impressive Experts! I enjoyed your stories very much! Super spooky!

Great, great job once again this week. Thank you so much for sharing.

That does it for this week’s panel. The Experts will return in exactly one week. They hope to see you back here.

Let’s move on to the current puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Last week, I asked if this Schlumbergera was real or fake:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

Let’s see how you answered:

Ivynettle from Letters and Leaves wrote, “It’s been such a long time since you fooled me that I can’t even feel embarrassed about it.

But this one is real for sure. I mean, who would make a fake plant with just buds instead of flowers?”

Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants wrote, “Dang I’m good.

And that’s a very nice REAL holiday cactus.”

That’s two votes real, zero votes fake.

So what’s the correct answer?

Let’s take a closer look:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

It’s real of course! I knew you’d get it easily but I just loved how it looked so I used it for a puzzler. Very pretty real Christmas Cactus, days away from being even more beautiful.

Good job to both of you! Ivy, you were first with the correct answer, which makes you the best answerer. For being so speedy, this week, you’ve earned the following title: “Second to No One – Ha!” So for example, if you’re at the nursery this weekend and meet someone new, you should introduce yourself as Ivy Second to No One – Ha! I’m sure that won’t be weird at all. Congratulations. You may multiply all the prizes by Halloween.

I appreciate you playing, so I’d like to award each of you the following prizes: One spooky holiday, four full-size candy bars, two jack o’ lanterns, french onion dip, 13 bonus points, jive talk, three pumpkin pies, a platter of marshmallows, a brief visit from Caspar the Friendly Ghost and his cousin Ned, 16 extra points, one spooktacular, five toes, refreshing water and a farmer’s hug. Congrats, and thanks for playing.

Up next, the new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Is this plant real or fake?

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Leave your best guess in the comments section or on my facebook wall. You have until midnight next Thursday, October 31st, MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) after next week’s panel of Experts. Remember, the prizes may be imaginary but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-so-real.

I’ll be back tomorrow, hope to see you here.