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  • Posted on October 31, 2012 at 3:43 pm

It's that time of year!!

NANOWRIMO…. “National Novel Writing Month”, a hazy, crazy month is upon us.  It starts tonight at midnight, join us if you will. It’s a great way to get all those creative stories (long or short), books, novels or any other kind of writing out of your head and down on paper.  The point is to just write – 50,000 works in 30 days.  WOW… did I just say that?  Help me!!!  No rewrites, no consideration, just straight writing whatever comes into your head and onto the paper, computer,.. whatever.  It comes out to about 1,600 works a day, for 30 days.

Anyway, even thought I’m working and taking classes to finish up my degree, I’m in on this insanely fun event.  If you are interested, just pop over to NANOWRIMO and get all the scoop.  There is a whole staff and community waiting to help you, support you and commiserate with you (and me, of course).

I have my outline, I have my food, healthy snacks and 5 hour energy ready to go.

I will try to keep up with posting my progress,

Thanks so much!!  Hugs,



Orchid Tuesday

  • Posted on July 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Here are some great orchids growing in my greenroom that I found in bloom today and I wanted to share them with you!

The first one is a gorgeous pinky-purple phalaenopsis “moth orchid” and one of my favorites orchids.  This one doesn’t have a name on it, so I think it’s one of my ‘rescues’.


This lovely orchid is a Brassavola nodosa “Lady of the Night” it smells so awesome!!!  I love these.

Brassavola nodosa


This is an Oncidium Charlesworthii ‘Mishima’ and although it’s not a great picture, but the colors on it are fabulous and they seem to last forever.Oncda. Charlesworthii 'Michima"

Stay cool during this hot, hot weather and I’ll talk to you soon!

Hugs… Ellen


  • Posted on July 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Here’s a gorgeous caladium growing in my greenroom!


Things have been busy crazy lately, but I’ve got some great things going on…. stay tuned!!


Hugs… Ellen


  • Posted on May 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I just wanted to write and say thank you so very, very much to David, Sheri and the team at Long Lane Honey Bee Farms (aka !!  I’m a 1 year beekeeper who lost my hives at the end of the very hot summer last year… but now I’m back in business and thrilled.


BeeHive in Waiting

I got my first package bees (4 pkgs) last Friday morning here in Arkansas.  I was called by the post office and arrived there by 9am.  As instructed by David, I inspected the packages, and was shocked to see 3 of the packages full of dead bees.  I’m not talking the small number that are normal, I’m talking 3 packages of dead bees.  Before leaving the post office, I got Form #1000 from the postmaster who seemed to not know how to help me.

Still standing at the post office dock, I put in a frantic call to LBHBF and amazingly enough at this time of year reached David Burns!!!  He was awesome, listening to my plight and asking a few questions.  We ended the conversation with David telling me he would send replacement packages this week.  He did ask me to check the queen packages and see if they were okay and to return them to him if they were.

I got home and installed the one living package in the ready hive (they still seem to be doing great, by the way).  Upon checking the other packages, there were only a few living bees walking around.  All three  queens, and their attendants were dead.  I’m really not sure if it was the heat in Arkansas last week or some other cause, but the poor bees were definitely dead.

At 7:30 this morning, I got a call from the post office telling me I had bees there.  I had a business meeting I had to go to, but I got to the post office around 10am.  I was nervous as I waited for the post master to bring out my 3 replacement packages of bees.  When he set them on the dock, I took time to look at them and was amazed and thrilled to see the huge balls of bees hanging from the roof of the packages.  There were even a few ‘hitchhickers’ on the outside of the packages (I’m not sure if they had made the trip from Illinois just ‘hanging on’ or if they joined up somewhere else), but it made me laugh.  I had a net hive cover so I used it for the trip home in the car.

I got home and husband helped me hive the bees.  I don’t have pics now, but I’ll get some put up this weekend.  Anyway – I just wanted to thank David, Sheri and all the Lone Lane Honey Bee Farms team for my awesome bee packages.

Have a great weekend!!

Ellen Crane
Lake Dardanelle, AR