In Gail’s Serenity Garden

It is so basic and yet so easy to forget that what we say and think has a profound effect on our lives. The more we take notice and are aware of our words the greater influence we have on the world around us. It comes from within us at the heart level.

A view of my garden:




Gail Manishor



The Serenity of Gail’s Garden

Nothing is a beautiful and soothing as a garden in the Spring.  If I get depressed, all I have to do is walk into my garden and I am lifted up and filled with peace. I see the glory of the Divine One everywhere I look. What a joy it is.

Here are a few pictures of my garden.

Purple Iris

Purple Iris

Quan Yin Framed by Fushias

Quan Yin Framed by Fushias

Gail Manishor, Author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life

HAPPY 2012

I’m Back!

Quan Yin in Gail's Garden

Today is a day to make a new beginning.

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution?

I did! I have decided to get back to writing and be productive starting today.

One of my favorite quotes is “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us be glad and rejoyce in it.” I am so grateful for all that I have and all that I can do. I know that many are unhappy and searching for a way to bring themselves out of a slump. So here are some suggestions:

Find the perfect book. I have just started reading one that I am finding perfect for me at this moment.
The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life written by Piero Ferrucci.
The forward is by the Dalai Lama. I highly recommend this inspirational book.

Exercise: Start slow and build up. Exercise produces endorphins and I always have a feeling of accomplishment
when I exercise.

Meditate at least once a day. Meditation is the path to enlightenment and don’t we all want that?

A new perspective: Take a new look at the possibilites for your life. Look at your life in a new way.

Ask Spirit (God) for inspiration and guidance. “Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find.”

These are Universal Truths.

Blessings to you all in this new and exciting year of 2012.

Gail Manishor, RScP, Author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life


YES! We Have a Butterfly!

Monarch Butterfly

Friday, 10/ 26/ 2011 4:40 pm:  This is an adventure in progress as we watch for our cocoons to hatch.  We never did see this particular cocoon. We did see what we thought was a butterfly dieing. It was laying on the ground. I thought I’d bring the dead butterfly into the house. However, when I touched it, it moved.

Much later I looked again and it was climbing up the sprinkler handle. I immediately got Bill to take a few pictures of it as it quietly sat recuperating from it’s birth and climb. Double click on the picture to get a better view.

I just checked our first cocoon. It is much darker and I can see the outline of the butterfly inside it.

Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 – HERE IT IS!! It’s gorgeous!  We were having breakfast when I looked out on the patio and there on the chair was the just emerged Monarch.

Don’t forget to double-click.

Butterflies are free.

Gail Manishor, author of:
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life


Butterflys, Cacoons & Other Garden Delights

“All my hurts my garden spade can heal.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

2nd Cacoon

My Garden Angel is really excited today as a second cacoon is found on a succulent plant on the patio. We now have one on the new chair and one on the potted succulent. I think it’s very pretty on the orange plant and terra cotta pot.
I’ve also become addicted to Beta Fish and just bought a 2nd fish. It’s a Crown Beta and has beautiful bright red fins. I haven’t decided on a name for the latest. I named the first Moonboy.
 I don’t know how well you can photograph a fish in a bowl. We’ll give it a try.
I now have a name for the Crown Beta. It’s Redfin.
The last of the caterpillars are gone from the Milkweed plants and the seeds are flying around on puff-ball all over the garden and over the fence. Now I am waiting for the butterflies to show up.
I’ll let you know when that happens.
Gail Manishor, RScP
Author of: From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life


Monarch In The Serenity Garden

Monarch Caterpiler

I decided to change the look of the area next to the fence that leads into my Secret Garden. I chose to use silver, orange and purple. This picture is when my Garden Angel first planted the small plants. Boy have things changed. The silver has tripled in size, the red/orange snapdragon have grown also. I also put in 3 blue margarites and  a few purple plants.

A few months ago I planted 2 large milkweed plants which draw butterflies. The yellow and orange flowers complement the yellow  and the yellow and orange Tanzia already there. My Garden Angel (who finally came back for wherever Angels go) got so excited when she saw the Monarch caterpillars crawling all over the plants that her halo practically fell off her head.

Yesterday she suddenly appeared at the back door and her eyes sparkled as she showed me the caterpillar that had attached itself to one of the lawn chairs just outside the back door to the patio. It actually was beginning its cocoon.

I just peeked out in the backyard and we now have our first cocoon!!!



Gail Manishor, Author of

From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life



Affirmation: Today I follow my dream, I continue to put one foot in front of the other and I listen for guidance. I guard the garden of my thoughts and I think about what I want to create. Every day I give thanks for all the good in my life.
From Here to Serenity, A spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life
Gail Manishor, Author

Double Delight

My Garden Angel has jumped ship or I’ve been deserted by my Garden Angel. Now Angels are here to serve and protect us. So where’s mine when I need her?

Thank goodness Angels never really leave you but mine took a month’s vacation. Is that fair? Are angels supposed to do that? I guess even angels need a rest occasionally. As you can see by the picture, the garden is still beautiful. I’m doing the best I can to maintain the garden. Alas the weeds are beginning to gain ground.

The Secret Garden is not looking at all well. However the crepe myrtle tree is blooming and the Princess Plant is glorious. For some reason the roses in the Secret Garden are not doing at all well. My husband tells me this is not the right time of day to take a picture on that side of our home. So I’ll post a picture of that next time.

My kitten Coco is doing well, but is still biting. One minute she’s kissing me and the next minute she’s biting. I’m about ready to throw in the towel and call a Cat Psychic. Someone suggested I put a little white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray her when she does that. What are your thoughts about that?

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