Regardless of the situation, no matter how hopeless the outcome may be, I will never quit, and I will never back down. I have become the wolf.

Posts tagged ‘Orchids’

Things are changing for the better around here!


I finally got my new blinds for the kitchen and living room. When we bought the house six years ago I wanted to replace the dark blue mini blinds that were in all the windows. Yep, dark blue, aluminum, mini blinds. How retro 60’s can you get?  There was always something else that needed to be done first and then you don’t notice them anymore, then one day, you wake up and your hubby has them started for you.  Out of the blue (get it, blue blinds?)

These were so dark that we rarely used them.  You have to imagine six windows with the same blinds on them.  It was like a cave even in full daylight.

Now my windows are so bright and pretty.  Joe has worked very hard to get these put up.  Of course none of the windows are a  standard size and at least three of the packages were defective which increases the frustration factor, turning what should be changing blinds into a four trips to three different stores to find everything needed to hang these.  Now I need to get some material to make some curtains to compliment the new blinds.  What a major improvement.

And I have some new photo’s to add to my Orchid gallery.  Joe brought me home the most beautiful tropical peach colored orchid and two that I thought were finished for the season managed to send off some new blooms just to cheer me up.

I always love it when they surprise me.  I was almost ready to cut the stems back to see if I could force them into blooming one more time.  No force required however, this morning the three plants in the last three photo’s produced blooms on what I would have sworn were dead cane.  Just goes to show ya, it ain’t over till it’s dead and brown and curled up.

I am feeling somewhat puny today.  After spending yesterday with friends I’m kinda worn down.  I did manage to rearrange the living room and vacuum the carpet.  Tomorrow is the kitchen, dining room, family room and entryway.  Monday starts the upstairs again.  It’s a vicious cycle, this housecleaning crap is.  When I signed up to be a wife, where was all the small print with the cleaning on it?  I really want one of those Roomba thingies that vacuum your floors for you.  I have a mix of hardwood, ceramic and carpet so I don’t know if it would confuse it too much or what.  It would probably drive Oscar mad and have him chasing it all over the house, but that would save me from walking him, so bonus again.

Oscar is loving being outside all day.  He protects the yard from the evil squirrel monsters that invade his mommies bird feeders.  If I look at him, from anywhere in the house, and whisper “wanna go to work?”,  he will spring up and run to the back door, his whole body quivering waiting for me to open the door so he can chase the squirrels.  Now of course, as soon as the squirrel hears the door open he’s halfway gone so never a worry about Oscar actually catching anything.  He just knows his job and he loves doing it.  Now, the way I have the living room set up, he stands on his hind paws and watches outside for the evil monsters and he will let me know when he spots one.  I just love watching him in “attack” mode.  This little bitty thing thinks he can bust a move on a big ole’ squirrel.  Gotta admire the spunk.

OK, I’ve prattled enough for three people tonight.  Thanks for getting this far, if you have.  Sleep well.

My orchid garden


In the corner of my kitchen, on top of an old sewing machine cabinet sits my orchid garden.  I love the colors, the beauties and the grace of orchids.  I’ve had one for seven years and it still blooms every one to two years and always different colors pigmentation.  I have many varieties of orchids.  I wish I could show them all, but some are out of bloom while some have set second shoots.

I think I enjoy orchids because they remind me of me.  Delicate looking but really sturdy and hard to kill.  I’ve forgotten to water these things for months and they still survive.  They are so hardy.  I think I’ve only lost one in seven years and that’s because it got dropped and the main stem broke.

So, allow me to show you my orchids.

Irridescent Blue

iridescent Blue

Irridescent Blue

iridescent Blue

Mini

Miniature

Miniature Orchid

Miniature Orchid

Normal and miniature

The difference in size between a "standard" orchid and a "Miniature".

My first orchid. Seven years and still blooming strong.

My only "double" orchid. Beautiful ruffled edges.

Purple veined with a solid purple center. Stunning.

 

My a-ha moment for the day.


I finally figured it out.  The light clicked on.  The A-ha moment when I figured out how to change colors of thread while working on a project without having the color change look like shit.  I’ve read the directions and seen it done and had it shown to me and just couldn’t do it.  This morning I tried it on a baby blanket I’m crocheting and it worked.  Now I just hope I retain that knowledge.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here.  The tree is up, most of the gifts wrapped.  The tree looks delish this year.  I went with all purple and silver and it turned out really nice.  My orchids are almost all in bloom and they make the kitchen look so spring like. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So as I look out of my kitchen window and look at the snow-covered black hole in the back yard, these lovelies draw my eye and I am captivated by the colors and the beauty of them all over again.  Given a choice, I would opt to never get cut flowers again.  I’d rather have a live Orchid that will bloom over and over.

I’ve been especially busy cleaning out rooms while I have the energy to do them.  I’ve gotten all of my side of the basement done.  Now I need to keep working on bring the stuff down from upstairs.  I figure if I do a little bit each day, that room can be ready to paint within the week.  Not that I’m going to paint it within a week, mind you.  But it will be ready for me when I am.

Oh, and I got a lovely surprise in the mail.  Some yummy glass from a friend.  I’m not sure what it is, but I can’t wait to try it.

I’m off to give the bedroom a good going over and to finish the laundry.  I just love Mondays.  Always too much that didn’t get done over the weekend.  Have a wonderful afternoon all.  Don’t work as hard as I intend to.

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