Reflection... and Award Fulfilment Time!

Friday, December 18, 2009

It's the end of the year and time to reflect upon the year's happenings. This year is the only year that I have became a full-time homemaker after spending many years working in corporate offices.

Gardening gave me great pleasures and networking since started blogging (this is my 100th post!) about plants in February this year. I have found many friends (that's you!) who share generously their experience in gardening and growing plants that I have never known before.

Below is a pic of my Gloxinia in its second flush of blooms before I prune all the leaves.

While I love to discover and grow new plants, I have never put any effort in discovering garden creatures. Below is a pic of a creature that I took but I do not what it is ;-)

Although I am married and older, most of my friends are single and young and they are my livewire! I am behind the little ball in the pic below.

My other favourite past-time is baking. I have brushed up on this skill by baking lots of cakes this year. Thanks to all my good friends who finished off all my cakes even when they weren't baked well in the beginning. My current best is fruitcake using an ordinary recipe my friend, Joy found. I called it Fruitcake Joy as I have baked many loaves with her this festive season.

I am also in charge of gifts to reward kids at our children's church, something which I have been doing for the last 8 years. This year, we had gift shop 3 times. Below are some of the items I normally get for the kids.

I hope that Year 2009 has been a fruitful year for you!

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  1. a nice and delicious post steph....:o)
    the first shot with flower is awesome...
    have a great weekend ...:o)

  2. Hallo Stephanie, ich wünsche Dir und allen Kindern ein frohes und gesegnetes Weihnachtsfest.

    liebe Grüße Dörte

  3. That fruit cake looks scrumptious. I have yet to start baking for the holidays. I a very glad to know a bit more about you, I like you!

  4. Hi Steph, looks like you've had a wonderful year filled with friends, fun activities, and beautiful green things. Wishing you all the best for 2010!

  5. Stephanie, Congratulations on your 100th post! This post is a pleasant surprise to me and I am really glad to have known you. I wish to thank you very much for all the support that you have given me. I think you really had a fruitful 2009. May you have many many more. Here's wishing you a Blessed Christmas and a Very Happy New Year 2010.

  6. It is very fulfilling to look back and be happy with ones achievements. My wishes for you; happy days and a wonderful Christmas.

  7. Your cake looks delicious as do your flowers. I've been enjoying your blogg for a good while, and you have been such a warm, friendly companion. I hope there will be at least a hundred more posts from you this coming year :) Congratulations to all your achivements!

  8. Congrats on your 100th post, Steph. Have a wonderful time enjoying the holidays with your family and friends.

  9. congrats on your 100 post-many more interesting post to come-you are good in everything and the moist fruit cake just make me hungry.

  10. It has been a fruitful and exciting year for you :) I'm glad you started this blog.. it has helped many people know more about plants. Keep up the good work!

  11. Congratulations on your 100th post! Wishing you many more to come!

    It's been a delightful experience knowing you through this gardening blog, Steph. I have enjoyed reading your sharing. Keep up the good work!!

  12. How blessed you are! I have had a wonderful year! I wish for you, your family and friends to have an even more blessed 2010!

  13. sounds like it's been a fun and fulfilling year! So will you still be able to be a homemaker next year or will you have to go back to work?

  14. I grow mostly vegetables, and a few fruiting plants, but I think 2009 has been a fruiting year indeed!! ~ bangchik

  15. Congrats on your 100th post!
    Truly a significant milestone in your blog.

  16. Congrats on your big accomplishments! I start the garden blog this year and come to know lots of brilliant bloggers/ gardeners (HOW LUCKY!). Glad you can enjoy the days off corporate life. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and joyful holidays with your family.

  17. The fruit cake looks delicious. Your gifts for the children are what they enjoy.Have a merry Christmas.

  18. Wendy, see how, my dream (like everyone!) is not to work anymore!

    Thank you all, for your support and encouragement :-D

  19. Congratz on your 100th post, Stephanie! May 2010 be a greater year with lots more surprises. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!!



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