Around the House
On the 3rd of July I lost my new earring. It wasn’t an expensive gem, but I really liked that it was lightweight and pretty. I checked online and bought what I thought was a duplicate. It wasn’t. In retracing my steps from that day, I knew it had to be somewhere in the house because I hadn’t gone anywhere, although I did water the garden and the grass. After I stewed about it for a few days, I sent up a half-hearted arrow prayer. In the weeks following when I swept the floor or cleaned a bathroom, that earring
I am sooo glad to be almost a week into the shortest month of the year. I can’t wait for longer days without gloves and scarves and coats. We’ve had a surprisingly warm weekend, so I went out and poked around in the yard a bit today. And was cheered to see signs of spring. These little crocus will be blooming soon, a promise that winter will go away again! What do you look forward to most about spring?
I happened on a website the other day telling you how to grow 50-100 pounds of sweet potatoes from one sweet potato. I decided to try it. I bought a plastic tub from Walmart with a lid and some potting soil. The sweet potatoes are to be covered half way into the dirt and watered until they form leaves. I’m to cover the box with the lid and leave a small space open to create a humid environment. The instructor said sweet potatoes really aren’t potatoes at all. They are a member of the morning glory family. Hmmm. Who knew!
I always find it hard to stay in touch with people during the winter. We go out less. Do less. With cold, short days, I tend to want to hibernate, or at least stay home where it’s warm. But I’m looking over my calendar and the forecast and my china and thinking I might have a tea party. Something to reconnect with friends and get me through these last tedious weeks of winter! How do you stay connected during the winter months?
A sweet neighbor gifted us this amaryllis for Christmas. It took a couple of weeks to bloom, but now it’s gorgeous. I love having flowers indoors, especially during the winter. I also have a couple of orchids, a Christmas cactus and an African violet. They make the rooms and a dreary winter day more cheery! Do you keep flowering plants in the house? And tips/tricks to share?
I don’t really consider myself a bird watcher, but I’ve been more interested in the feathered friends at our house the past few years. Our yard is full of big, mature trees, and it attracts a lot of birds. I especially enjoy the cardinals in the winter and the flickers and goldfinches in the summer. Today, while I was sitting at my computer, I looked up to see a huge hawk in one of the oaks. This is the largest hawk I’ve ever seen. Have to say, he’s pretty cool, and I hope he returns often for a squirrel meal!
About a year ago, we received some free plastic cups from a realtor who works in our neighborhood. I never really looked at the cups until last week, when I read this one. “I’m sorry for the things I said when it was winter.” After the cold spell we endured just before Christmas, this made me laugh. I might have said a thing or two I shouldn’t have. What about winter makes you laugh?
Many years ago, I gave my parents a Waterford set of the Holy Family. And somewhere in her childhood, my daughter acquired a Waterford angel. After my parents died, and after my daughter moved away, I acquired (reacquired?) these items. They are now displayed together on my bookshelf. Not just during the Christmas season, but year around. What “holiday” mementos do you keep on display throughout the year?
We still get a real Christmas tree. Every year I think it might be time to switch to artificial, but so far we still buy real trees. A Fraser fir tree if we can find it. A friend of mine has an artificial tree that looks so real I had to check to be sure she hadn’t put it in water. If I got an artificial tree, I’d want a green one that strives to look real, not a frosted white tree. Which are you — Team Real or Team Fake?