Calathea Cathedral Windows 🪴

11 months ago, I walked into Walmart, and saw this beauty! 😍 It was love at 1st sight and I took it home, having zero clue what a prayer plant was (aside from what the tag said 😉) and knowing nothing about Calatheas’ bad rep!! 😂 This was one of my best purchases! Morgan truly is magical (as is Merlin, the money tree I bought on the same shopping trip!… 😏). It has been -by far- my easiest and least fussy plant ever!! 🤗🪴👍🏻

Calatheas have a reputation of being “divas” when, in fact, they just know what they want! 😆 A well draining soil that’s not too wet and not too dry, bright indirect light, and a bit of humidity. They don’t like the minerals and chemicals in tap water (they make the edge of their leaves turn brown), so they need to be watered with rain water or filtered water (mine is happy with the filtered water from my fridge door…)). Easy peasy! 😉

They’re part of the Prayer Plants family, which makes them really fun to have around: During the day, the leaves are facing down (pics 1 & 2), at night the leaves are facing up (pics 3 &4) making them look like hands in prayer 🙏🏻 (hence the name). As for why prayer plants “pray” 🤔, I’ve come across different explanations. One is that it’s a way to be less noticeable from animals who eat plants. Since the underside of Calatheas’ leaves is eggplant colored, they are less noticeable by night. Another explanation is that it’s a way to catch more rain. Calatheas grow in the rain forest, so they are under the canopy of trees, which blocks part of the downpour. When the plant is closed up, the rain isn’t bouncing off the leaves, and falls instead on the ground right above the roots… I’m choosing to believe both explanations are valid… 😉

Daytime: leaves facing down
Nighttime: leaves facing up
Nighttime: leaves facing up
Leaf’s underside

This specific one is a Cathedral Windows (also called Peacock sometimes (as a side note, the Calathea family has recently been renamed Goeppertia -for whatever reason- so it also goes by Goeppertia Makoyana)). 🤪 From up close, the pattern on the leaves looks almost like fabric with embroidery! 🧵🪡

The delicate fabric-like pattern

One of my first houseplants in years, and definitely one of my very faves!… 🤗😍🪴 Next goal: propagating it!… 🙂🪴🪴🪴👍🏻

Grow a mango plant in 5 easy steps 🤗🥭

1- Eat a mango, save the pit.

2- Rinse/scrub the pit the best vou can.

3- Soak it in water for 1-2 days.

4- Stick it in soil vertically (little “nub” at the top), leaving about 1/2 inch to 1 inch sticking out.

5- Water regularly. Wait a few weeks and enjoy your gorgeous new plant (leaves first come out red and then turn green)!

Works for me every time! (but I live in Florida. If you’re in a colder climate, try it with the pot near a sunny window.)

When life gives you lemons…

One of the most satisfactory things for me is harvesting things I planted as seeds!… 🤗😍 I don’t exactly have the greenest of thumbs, so every success fills me with joy and gratitude!… It’s also a great lesson about perseverance! This little lemon tree came from seeds I planted from a lemon I got at the grocery store. For years it didn’t bear fruits, and I convinced myself it was sterile (as a lot of commercially grown fruits and veggies are), it also nearly died once… Over time I planted more seeds and also purchased little citrus trees (Calamondin, Orange, Lemon). Since they are on a screened lanai (neighborhood’s restrictions…) I have been playing the “pollinating bee”, and it’s the 1st time I managed to bring fruits to maturity on this homegrown baby!!… 🙏🏻💖🍋

Distance Reiki on January 7th

My next DISTANCE REIKI will be JANUARY 7TH. My little ritual, this time around, will be tying ribbons in my Wishing Tree… {Ribbons symbolize wishes, that are carried away in the Universe, through the wind, rain, birds who take ribbons to build their nests… }.

If you’d like to receive distance reiki, please leave your name in the comments (or PM me) by January 6th.

{I believe most of my ribbons are in storage, so I’m not sure what colors I have lying around, but you can leave me a color with your name and I’ll try my best to accommodate it!… 😅}

Love and Light to all. 🙏🏻💖✨

Curious about QiGong?

It’s that time of year again! The SATORI Energy Detox/Reboot challenge is starting Monday. It’s a 5 days (1 hr a day) FREE event (If you can’t join live you will have access to replays) that will introduce you to the wonders of QiGong (a sort of moving meditation, sometimes also referred to as “Chinese Yoga”) and clean up the energetic cobwebs before back to school!… 😉
If you’ve been curious about QiGong, this is a great place to start!…
You can register here:

I have trained with Satori Method Academy, and yet I still take that yearly challenge!… 🙂

When life is a bit much…

So today is hard, I am feeling overwhelmed by life, and quite defeated. I am dealing with debilitating pain at the moment, so I haven’t been sleeping, and it’s taking a toll on me… 😢

I’m pretty sure we all have days like that, so I thought I’d share with you all 2 “coping strategies” a therapist once taught me…

1- Look at things from above. When there’s too much going on and you feel “buried” under all kinds of problems, elevate yourself. Close your eyes and visualize that you are “above your problems”. For example, see yourself at the top of a building, looking down at your pile of problems (if you are not prone to vertigo!… 😅). Personally, I like to visualize a nice nature scene (like Monument Valley! 😍) with my worries at the bottom, and see myself as a big bird of prey, gliding through the sky, way above it all… The goal here is to alter the way your brain perceives it all. In theory, if you do this often enough, you will get the feeling that you can tackle things, instead of things tackling you to the ground.

2- When the big picture is overwhelming, narrow your vision. Pretend you are taking a few steps back, and readjust your vision to the far edge of what’s overwhelming you. What can you do to move forward? What is the smallest, tiniest, easiest step you could take right now, to move in the right direction? Once you figure out what it is, make it your current goal. Once you have reached that tiny goal, look at the next one…

He also told me “Sometimes you need to take life one day at a time, and if that’s too much, take it one hour at a time”… Sometimes just going trough the day is enough.

Love and Light to all. 🙏💖✨