Hello holidayers, and happy Friday!

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

Er, it’s actually Saturday not Friday. I’m going to do that thing again where I post late because I got too busy to post on time. Sorry about that!

Let’s get straight to the action. Hi Experts!


“Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Liza!”

You’re all 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.

The Experts are about to take a break from this blog so they can enjoy the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Before they leave, I asked them to share their thoughts. Here’s this week’s question:

Q. Do you have any thoughts or stories you’d like to share before you break for the holiday?

Expert Andy Williams, you’re up first as usual:

A. My thoughts for the holidays are;

1.  Don’t overindulge on Thanksgiving.  You’ll feel terrible if you do.  Eat small portions and enjoy the leftover turkey and pumpkin pie.
2.  Make personal stuff for people if you are going to get them a gift at all.  Appeal to something you know they enjoy.  It means a lot more.
3.  Make your own Christmas cards, and personalize them.  If you are sending something to someone that is not personalized, why bother?
4.  Make it a point to contact someone important to you and tell them what they mean to you.
5.  Volunteer and give to those less fortunate ahead of all of the above items.
6.  Celebrate the beauty of a gridlock in Washington.  There’s nothing more stimulating than keeping the government out of things.
Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to all.  I will miss you.
Expert Tim Thackaberry is normally up next, but he’s unavailable this week. Let’s admire his adorableness:

And move on to Expert EZ Ed Johnson. EZ, what do you say, fine sir?

A. There are wars all over the globe and debates over immigration, but the true crisis that needs our attention is the great chocolate shortage. Invade the Ivory Coast and make it the 51st state. Build a chocolate pipeline. Throw a blockade around China to prevent them from importing all the chocolate. Time to unite America.


Haha, that was funny, EZ.

Expert Dottie is normally up next, but she also is unavailable this week. Let’s admire how cute she is:

And move on to Expert Lewis Casey. Lewis?


The alarm awakes me, ok, ok I heard you, stupid *$#@&%* machine, it is warm under the covers.

Actually it is warm throughout the house compared to the cold outside,

my love greets me with “Good Morning” as she gets out of bed, dresses  and goes downstairs for her morning coffee and cigarette.

I lay there for a few minutes more enjoying my comfort pretending I don’t have to pee.

The shower is hot, the water plentiful but I don’t need to be there long to be clean.

My clothing clean, my shoes shine and fit well,

I grab my lunch from the fridge and another piece of fruit from the wooden bowl sent home year ago by a young man from a jungled land.

I lock our house door and get in to my loves car, which she has warmed for poor little me,

At the bus stop she kisses me goodbye “Good day “ I scurry to the arriving bus, show the driver my City Transit pass that grants me free passage,

I sit and wonder about what the day may bring, but I have purpose, goals, a job.

My city vehicles takes me here and there, I speak with other city employees dispersing my knowledge, wisdom, my brands of BS,

Always with theirs and the public’s safety and well-being being my main concern and duty

The NM sun shines as it works its way into the Western sky and the wind is cold and has  sharp bite to it,

I have enlighten enough, bestowed my grace on many the workday winding down, I make my way back to the city parking garage.

The man on the side of the road his face hidden because of the sun behind him, but the letters on his sign read simply

Homeless, Hungry, Cold


God Bless

I go around several block to get back there and along the way another man another sign graces the road side

There is a Arby’s nearby I stop and get two bags with a burgers, fries, pie and a bottles of water

I walk the block back to the man whose sign I did not read, I call him from across the street, the going home traffic is heavy, he dashes across, for that is his life give him a bag, a water and three dollars, Thank you man, Thank you God Bless

I head back for the 1st man and his read sign, I cross the street and hand him a bag,

He looks at it, he looks at me, he looks at it again and takes it

I shake his hand it is icy cold just like the icy wind, he gives me a hug

Saying “Thank you, Thank you, Thank you like I had just given him a gold brick

God Bless You,

He already has, I should have given him my gloves.


Be Thankful for our blessings for how easily they can be gone

Happy Family and Friend Together Day

Wow, outstanding, gentlemen. Lewis, Andy, thanks for the reminders. Good to have. EZ, that made me laugh out loud. I enjoyed reading all of your entries, thanks fellas!

So that’ll do it for this week’s Panel of Experts. The Experts will return in a couple of weeks after their much-deserved holiday break. They hope to see you back here.

Up next, the answer to the current puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

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

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

Let’s see how you answered:

Claude from the Random Rants and Prickly Plants site wrote, “Its real. And these things grow in the yard down here.”

Martha from the Plowing Through Life site wrote, “I’m going to guess real.”

Darryl Cheng, who has this cool houseplant tumblr, wrote, “For the puzzler: it looks real to me. If I win, could I request some virtual cuttings of your red schlumbergera?”

Liz from Jemez wrote, “Real”

That’s four votes real, zero votes fake.

So what’s the correct answer?

Maybe a closer look will help:

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

It’s real! And really pretty! Syngonium plants, or ‘Arrowhead’ plants, offer a nice touch of green, are reliable growers, and I think they are beautiful. This one in particular would shame any fake version of it.

Why waste money on fake plants, when you can have the real deal?

Claude, I didn’t realize Syngoniums grew outside in New Orleans – that’s cool! Darryl, you can absolutely request virtual cuttings from another beautiful plant, a Schlumbergera with red blooms. Coming your way in seconds.

Great job everyone. You all nailed it! I’m not a bit surprised.

To show my appreciation for you playing, I’d like to award you each the following prizes: One last weekend before Thanksgiving, today’s top spot, four green lights, beef stroganoff, three clues to your future, one monument to you, Gallup, three oceanside views, 13 1/3 bonus points, a shoe shine, virtual cuttings of a red-flowered Schlumbergera, 2nd Street, your weight in hugs, one paint-by-numbers set, salad tongs, two-thirds improvement over yesterday, 42 basil seeds, one invincibility shield, Rio Galisteo, four dimples, one shiny finish, five captivating smiles, cranberry juice, one fortress of love, a musical written about you, youthfulness, seven shooting stars, one fleece jacket, a bowl of granola, two high-fives, Janice, one healthy Syngonium plant, four day dreams, a baby hippo, feta cheese, six paper clips, a spectacular sunset, a knit hat, six pledges of devotion, laughter, a new microwave, four ceramic plates, and a pair of boots.

Congratulations, and thanks for playing!

Up next, a new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

We’ll start with a close-up this time. Is this tree 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, November 27th, to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) next Friday. The prizes may be imaginary but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-so-real.