Monday, January 16, 2012


They don't look like much now, but come late March/early April they should be in full bloom. When I first set eyes on this house, it was awash with color, of the poppy variety (both California and Icelandic). I was so glad to see their return (actually, I had to ask the neighbor across the street to come identify them, as I'd never been successful in getting them to over-winter). I spent several glorious hours working in the yard yesterday. I mowed and pulled weeds (or at least I hope they were weeds) and generally tidied things up. I could stand to do some more of that today.

I'm hoping the wind lays down, as yesterday it was just too windy for me to ride. I am a wimp when it comes to 30mph winds. I don't mind the cold as much as the wind, so Inez stayed at home yesterday. I've got today off, so I'm planning to haul out to the local lake/state park and ride on what should be deserted roads. I vow that I will ride wind or no wind. It doesn't have to be for a long time, but I will spend time in the saddle.

Yesterday's temple experience was just lovely. Joyful, even - and I didn't expect all the laughter during the teaching. I will definitely go again. I hate it that I missed two Sundays, as the teaching this month is on basic meditation and mindfulness - two thing I could stand to improve my practice of.

I've also set to work on my collage for the dining room wall. Right now, I'm trying to use/reuse/recycle/upcycle things I already own - at least temporarily. I did buy those hanging things that supposedly don't damage the walls - I hope they work! I am using my table top to plan the layout or I could use pieces of paper taped to the wall to get everything balanced before committing to a semi-permanent solution. I think this will probably be a work in progress - however, it can't take too much time, as I have been thinking about holding a brunch on the first Sunday of February. It would be nice to have the re-boot done by then.

And can I say that I find the new Britcom, Miranda, to be hilarious?

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Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Blossom.



  1. blossom and be mindful.
    Im working on that as well.

  2. Love poppies too!I remember taking care of them in the garden center where i worked. I had to be careful not to over water them. So glad they came back for you! Suppose to be like 74 degrees here today in San Angelo and i'm planning a hill walk but now a bike ride is sounding good too.....maybe i'll do both!

  3. I love poppies! This year I plan to spend a little time planting something, I just don't know what yet. Now that I've lost some "baggage" I am interested in having beauty - inside and out :)

    Please show us your collage. I need to put one together and need inspiration.

    Enjoy your day off. I'm off, too, and plan to spend the day outside!

  4. Every year I swear I'm going to plant California poppies, and every year I forget. Thanks for the reminder - maybe I can actually get some seeds in the ground!

    Your collage sounds fun - not sure how well those hanger thingies work...I am a "put hole in wall, hang picture, stand back, move hole, cover with picture" type of person, which sounds like it would drive you crazy. Spackle and I are good buddies, lol!


We'll try this for a while.