Hello Saturdayists, and happy Friday!

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

So, it’s Saturday, not Friday. Sorry about that. I was wiped out after a long work week yesterday and didn’t finish this post in time. So we have our Friday Panel on a Saturday. It happens.

Since we’re behind schedule, let’s jump right into the action. We’ll start by saying hi to the Experts. Hi everyone!


“Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Liza!”

You’re so cute! 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.

This week’s question is pretty straightforward. Here it is:

Q. Would you please share your thoughts on music? Your favorite types, your favorite musicians, bands?

Expert Andy, you’re up first as usual:

A. I really enjoy about everything but rap.  I am a big, big fan of acoustic music.  Certainly music has changed a lot and many bands are a bit upset about the ease to share and download their music, but I think it is more about increased competition.  The internet has helped the “little guy” get their music out there under their own label and not have to go through the big behemoth radio route.  Overall, I think the quality of music has therefore improved and we all get to hear and enjoy music we wouldn’t have otherwise had a chance to enjoy.  But all in all, I love the sound of the acoustic guitar and I wish I had time to keep learning and play my own.  One of these days…..

My favorite band right now is Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers.  They are a great Arizona bred band that puts on one of the best live shows ever.  They are more of a party band, singing a lot of sounds inspired by the beautiful southwest.  I just love these guys.  Other bands I’m into right now include the Goo Goo Dolls and the Zac Brown Band.  I spend a lot of time listening to all of these guys on Pandora or my iPhone, especially when I’m on board a plane bound for somewhere.  I’m a big fan of Kid Rock too.  He is very, very talented and puts a lot of energy and fun into his live performances.  His rap sucks, but hey, it got him to where he is today so I respect it.

A. I love all kinds of music, from country to traditional Irish to rock. Music is vitally important to me, it feeds me every single day.

And Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks is the greatest album of all time.

A. I am partial to the story tellers — Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Louie Armstrong, Lucinda Williams. I like the sound of Miles’ trumpet, the heat of Pitbull’s words, the rifts of Santana. I like 60s rock and some Mozart.  Holiday (Billie) music, Winehouse (Amy) tunes. Marley, Ella, John, Paul, George and Ringo.


Expert Dottie is normally up next, but she’s unavailable this week. She’s fine, just enjoying visiting with her family. Let’s admire her adorableness:

And move on to Expert Lewis Casey. Lewis, what say you, fine sir?



B. King a Blues legend, I have been fortunate enough to see this legendary gentleman musician several time and been to his B.B. King Club in Nashville. This man has thrilled, entertain and enchanted millions of people with his sweet music and impeccable persona. On the last tour we saw him at Route 66 Casino, a few days before he had fallen and fractured his left leg, he was on crutches and sat and propped his leg up on a chair and gave us a two hour show that was just as great as any of the others we had seen. What a guy, he said “ I don’t want to disappoint any of my fans, just because I’m a clumsy old man” he was 82 at the time.

How many of the other entertainers out there would have gone on with their show, I think not many.

B.B. King a KING forever, a living treasure my sons had to see.

I also love and have seen Carlos Santana another legend, I saw his recent concert here in town it was a great show even in a little rain.

Those are all great answers, fellas! I enjoyed hearing about your music. Thanks so much for sharing!

Readers, how about you? Do you care to share your favorite musicians or bands? If so, leave your thoughts in the comments section. I’d get a kick out of hearing from you.

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

Now let’s move on to the puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Last week, I asked if these plants were real or fake:

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

Let’s see how you answered:

mr_subjunctive of the Plants Are the Strangest People site wrote, “Real.”

Martha of the Plowing Through Life site wrote, “They look quite real to me.”

Joseph Brenner of Texas wrote, “Real. Trying to throw us a curve ball?(B>{D}”

Darryl Cheng, who has a cool houseplant tumbler, wrote, “Both real spider and snake plants!”

Cheryl Rahkonen of Arkansas wrote, “They look real to me.”

Julia wrote, “The first thing I noticed was the bug (think it’s a fly) and then the brown(dead) leaves. I am convinced i.t is a real plant”

Liz from Albuquerque wrote, “Real!”

Marlie Graves of the Ficus Wrangler site wrote, “Little brown tips give it away….it’s real”

Ivynettle from the Letters and Leaves site wrote, “Real, all of them.”

That’s nine votes real, zero votes fake.

What’s the correct answer?

Let’s take a wider view:

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

They’re real! You guys totally nailed it! I’m not surprised, with your keen plant eyes. Great job everyone! Very well played!

To show you my appreciation for you playing, I’d like to award each of you the following prizes: Another Saturday in October, one veil lifted, six amigos, your smiling face, a bag of potato chips, two latilla fences, Cincinnati, one floor lamp, 24 apples, four summits, St. Francis Drive, three candy bars, five cumulus clouds, 14 1/2 bonus points, Cheryl, seven additional awards, a printer, one hayride, a party on the dance floor, a new pair of sneakers, an all-expenses paid vacation to tomorrow, a bean burrito, purple, two scenic views, refreshing water, tickets to a movie, 12 red onions, one foregone conclusion, four hugs, a notebook, one kiva fireplace, nine grass plumes, an A+, eight Sandhill Cranes, oregano, 28 eyelashes, curb appeal, and a new flashlight. Congratulations, and thanks so much for playing!

Up next, a new puzzler for you:

???Real or Fake???

Is this Geranium 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. You have until midnight MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) next Thursday, October 23rd, to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) after next week’s Panel of Experts. The prizes may be imaginary but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-so-real.