Two Tanka about what was important to me then and now. Wishing you all a happy, healthy & fun new year! Sastimos (good health)! ❤

My dreams then:

Wishing us true love
Money, careers and travel
Home and family
But midlife did unravel
Youth and strength fading too fast

❤     ❤     ❤     ❤

My dreams now:

Wishing us good health
So we can be wild and free
Posture confident
Striding around life’s runway
Facing future mystery…

(c) 2019 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)
IMAGE: 2020 Norfolk Pine 1 year later 2019 Norfolk Pine newly planted

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Jen, here is the one I planted 12 years ago (Here are 2 pictures of the Norfolk Pine I planted 12 years ago from a tiny sprig that was stuck in a flower pot. The trunk is spindly but the leaves are lush! )  12-yr-old Norfolk Pine 1

12-yr-old Norfolk Pine 2



  1. By the way. That’s a Norfolk Pine isn’t it? I used to sell lots of them when I managed a Floral Department. In Toronto they make a nice little Christmas Tree for those who’d rather not have a cut tree. I agree. They are beauties and speak to you when they need a little more attention. 🙂

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    1. I will try and remember to take a picture tomorrow of a Norfolk Pine I bought at Walmart 12 years ago. It was a cutting in a tiny pot with a bell and ribbon and sold for about $3. I expected it to die after the holidays but replanted it and it is lush and very tall. I’m expecting this one to do the same. 🙂

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  2. My mouth dropped! I could hardly believe what I was seeing! WOW! Thank God you rescued her from neglect as a baby! Sounds dramatic know but!! So many die in stores. ***HUGE SMILES*!! Thank you for showing me the photo 💜😊👏👏👏👏

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