Guest Blog Post Sam, Bonsai Experiment


Sam Cherry Trees 2015-4

Hi my name is Sam and I am a guest blogger here on sanseilife.  I am also Paula’s brother. My story?

Both our parents grew up on farms and definitely had green thumbs.  My sister and I are city dwellers but we both like to watch plants grow.

Eating yummy cherries about a year ago I noticed the large pile of seeds I had accumulated and decided I would start my own grove of cherry trees.  Out of about 100 seeds I tried to get to take root, only 3 took root and only these two survived.   Just to get 3 seeds to root took about 3 months.  I used a process known as “stratification”.  First they lived in the freezer for about a month and then moved to the refrigerator for about two months.

Almost had given up on them until one day I noticed three of them were starting to crack their outer coverings….then a couple of days later I saw the roots starting to form….then I planted them in some soil and watched them carefully for about a week….  One did not make it, but these two did.

I am waiting for them to get about a foot tall and will use them for my first attempt at bonsai.  They are already a year old and slow growing.  I only use the most expensive and high tech containers.  The one on the right is a won ton soup container from our favorite Chinese take out place.

Sam Lemon Trees 2015-4

These are lemon trees also from seeds from fruit bought at the grocery store.  These were easier to start then the cherry trees.  All I had to do was to remove the outer covering from the seeds and put them in between some wet paper towels in a plastic baggie.  After about a week of leaving them in my kitchen storage closet (cool and dark) they started to take root….almost all of them….very easy.

I have heard that these will produce lemons when they to grow big enough.  I’m going to see if I can get these to produce fruit for me.

If you look real close you can see a ghost in the picture on the left!


Sam Apple Tree 2015-4

This is my apple tree that I started about two years ago.  It was doing really well until I accidentally bought some soil that had some little flying insects in it which infected all my plants.  The way to get rid of them was to let the soil in the plants dry out to stop the cycle of the laying eggs.  Well, this plant was near death after that but it is starting to recover.

This is one of my fancier containers, notice the fancy design around the rim.

Since it is already miniaturized I am going to try bonsai with it too.  I like the bend in the “trunk” near the bottom.  This little guy already has character.



Guest blog post Roscoe: “My neighbor Captain”



Hi my name is Roscoe and I am a guest blogger here on sanseilife. My story?

We have a new neighbor.  He is a beagle named Captain.  He has this irresistible baying sound he makes.  I tease him at the fence to hear him bay until his owner comes out to yell at him to stop.


Hi, I’m Captain.

Sometimes when Roscoe and I hear sirens we like join in and alert the whole neighborhood.  I bay and Roscoe howls until both our owners come out and yell at us to stop.


Guest blog post Monty

imageHi my name is Monty and I am a guest blogger here on sanseilife.   My story?  I ate one-half of my Aunt Sandy’s gift to Mom.  A fancy quilted potholder hand made by my Aunt Sandy.


Auntie gave these to Mom for Christmas.  They are cleverly made to hug the bottom of a bowl in the microwave to catch spills.  She gave Mom two.   Mom heated up something that spilled over onto the pot holder in the microwave.

Two good things happened.

1.  The clever potholder (I think Mom and Aunt Sandy should call them bowl holders, but I am just a dog….) caught the spill over and Mom could carry her bowl to the table without making a mess.

2.  When Mom wasn’t looking I stole the bowl holder and I ate it, it was delicious!  A great snack!


I watched Monty eat it, Mom was reading a book, I didn’t say a thing.


I slept through the whole incident, really!

What the heck she still has one left….


Jason The Opinionated Man of Harsh Reality 10 “Facts”

Imagine my surprise this morning when I checked my stats on WordPress while waiting for the microwave to beep.

I had a bunch of comments, views, likes and visitors, I thought I must’ve accidentally accessed some other WordPress blogger’s account!

Within about six hours I had surpassed my previous daily record on comments, views, likes and visitors!

What happened? JASON from Opinionated Man and Harsh Reality….

Jason had reblogged a short post I did commenting about a WordPress notification.

Jason always offers to reblog, guest post, guest blog, and share a post.   I never took him up on it because I figured it was for his more sophisticated followers but now I realize he can help even us little guys from the suburbs. I’m from Arvada, Colorado. Hey wait I am pretty sure Jason is from Arvada, Colorado!

So here’s 10 things I wanted to share that I know about Jason:

  1. Jason is a gentleman he has always answered my stupid questions quickly and politely.
  2. Jason truly deep down cares about the new bloggers.  He’s kind and responds to their comments in an encouraging way.
  3. Jason’s family is adorable.  (This should be moved to number 1 but I am too lazy.)
  4. Jason is a fun read I don’t always agree with him but I almost always get his point.
  5. Jason doesn’t sleep, he blogs continuously.
  6. I’ve read a Jason post and thought to myself “I wish I had said that!”  (a clever post)
  7. I’ve read a Jason post and thought to myself “I’m glad I didn’t say that!” (I’m a scaredy-cat)
  8. Some readers find Jason abrasive, obnoxious, rude, etc. but that’s what makes him interesting.  He is not afraid to state his opinion and he is going to get a rise from some portion of the WordPress community and beyond.
  9. Jason’s writing is varied and eclectic.  He has surprised me more than once.
  10. Harsh Reality and Jason the Opinionated Man is one of the first blogs I followed.  I have learned a lot from Jason and look forward to reading him forever.  Lets hope he never gets discouraged … too many of us enjoy his presence.

Thanks Jason!


I was nominated for the Liebster Award!


FUNDING HELP nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thank you! You can read more about Dave’s journey here.

I will answer his eleven questions and give eleven random facts about me and my blog and nominate a few bloggers for this award below.

  1. Why do you blog?  My husband told me I should write every day.  I thought about it and gave it a try as a way to remember him. Once I got started I got hooked and have been doing it for about five months now.
  2. Tell me about your very first bicycle?  My first bike was your basic bike, no shifting gears, and to brake you backpedaled.
  3. Do you like bicycles and if not why?  I love bicycles.
  4. Do you own one or more bicycles?  I don’t own a bicycle currently.  The last one I had I needed help to pick out and I had a bad helper, an employee who didn’t know how to fit a bike, and sold me one that was too big for me.  It was a men’s bike and I didn’t know they made men’s and women’s bikes!  Haha.
  5. When was the last time that you rode a bicycle?  It has been about 10 years since I rode a bicycle.  It was my stepson’s bike and he was preteen so it was just about the right size for me a lot of fun.
  6. What is your favorite type of bicycle?  I like a simple bicycle, easy to shift, easy to brake.
  7. What do you hate about bicycles?  I don’t hate anything about bicycles I just need to find one that fits me right.  Also, after having a couple of spills with my too big bike I’m leery.
  8. If you could make a change to your bicycle what would that be?  I wish I had known about women’s bikes or had known that the bike was too big for me or had an employee who knew what he was doing and had given me good information.
  9. What is your best memory of riding your bicycle or crashing your bike?  One memory I have of one of my spills was when a  kid cut me off and when I pulled the brake handles the brakes caught sharply on the front wheel and flipped me over the handlebars, very scary.  Even though my husband adjusted the brakes correctly immediately I still never trusted that bike again.  It wasn’t the bike’s fault my husband said the brakes were poorly adjusted, the technician at the bike shop did not double check his work, my not knowing to test the brakes and not just assume the technician did it correctly.  I never had that same problem after my husband worked on the bike’s brakes but I never was comfortable riding after that.
  10. What is your favorite color for a bicycle?  Purple??
  11. Would you buy a custom bicycle built specifically for you?  Maybe……

Eleven random facts about me:

  1.  I am third generation Japanese-American.
  2. I don’t speak Japanese.
  3. I cook from scratch for my pets, my dogs and my parrots.
  4. I don’t eat out very much I cook for myself too.
  5. My pets eat healthier than I do and I spend more money on their food than mine.
  6. I know how to double clutch.  I’d rather drive a manual then an automatic.
  7. I like yoga and deepwater aerobics.
  8. I used to like running but I think it’s hard on your joints as you get older, I think walking is good.
  9. I have recently become fascinated with owls.
  10. I like the change of the seasons, I like it when it rains or snows, or when it’s really hot, the only kind of weather I don’t like is when the wind blows.
  11. I like to read, almost anything, but probably my favorites are mysteries.  My favorite part of reading is coming across a fact that is layers deep and makes you want to know more about the subject.

My nominees are:


 Nagataya Kyoto Japanese Calligraphy

 Smart GSD, Amature Owner

Ministry of Animals

Temenos Circle

My questions for these nominees are:

  1. Why do you blog?
  2. What have you learned since you started blogging?
  3. Who or what influences your blog posts?
  4. Do you sit down and write your post ready to publish, think about your post for a day or two, make a draft and rework your draft before you post, how do you craft your posts?
  5. Is your blog what you imagined or morphed in an unexpected direction?
  6. Do you think media, pictures, drawings, etc. are important elements for a blog?
  7. What is one tip you have for the new blogger?
  8. What is your favorite food to eat at home?
  9. What is your favorite food to order at a restaurant?
  10. What is your least favorite food?
  11. Have you tried sushi?

‘Liebster Award’ rules for the Next Guy/Gal:
1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 5 –11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
6. Create a new list of questions for the bloggers to answer.
7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!).



Post stuck in draft. Thank you fellow bloggers!

This post has been stuck in draft for too long….

My husband told me I needed to write. Write every day.

He wasn’t thinking about me blogging or writing the next great novel.

Just sharing my feelings and helping one person at a time, that’s all I need to do.  If I reach one person I reach myself.

So how do you write every day?

  • Make it like your part-time job?
  • Make a commitment to your writing?
  • Write about those who inspire you?
  • Write about what you know?
  • Write about your journey?

Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes!

Today this post stopped being a draft.

Thank you to each and every blog I have visited.  You each have inspired me in your own way and you are all amazing!