Good morning Friends.
Here it is a week since I last posted, where has the time gone? A blogging friend just posted saying she hoped I was ok. I am, thank you. If you could see my little space here, you would see some of what I’ve been doing, beading, embroidering and crocheting. I crocheted a sweet little needle book and someone already let me know she wants to buy it, before I even got it into my Etsy shop. I crocheted another one and decided to keep it for my own needles. Yesterday I bought some more thread, in ecru, burgundy and a sage green, and started crocheting after I put away groceries and cleaned up the kitchen. Here’s the one I made that is sold. This took a few hours to do, but I really enjoyed making it. I used an antique button, and one of the laces I got recently.
Yesterday we did our errands, one stop was Walmart to pick up my tatting needles ordered last week. I barely looked at them just to see that they were what I ordered, then wrapped the pkg. and put it under our little tree. We don’t really ‘do’ Christmas these days. We have what we need and get things we want during the year. DH suggested I put these under the tree. This year we are counting the restoration of the caravan as a Christmas gift. DH is doing most of the work, I am his helper, and it is coming right along. Anyway, I won’t be trying my tatting needles until after Christmas.
I had a Walmart gift card and a little $ tucked away, so while at Walmart, I looked to see if they had crochet thread in the size I wanted, they did, plus some sewing needles and straight pins. Then I wanted to see what they had in Christmas lights. Our lights have all finally croaked, either whole strings, or parts of the strings. We can’t even remember the last time we had to buy lights, eons ago it seems and were a bit surprised at the prices, and they don’t have the old ones, they are all LED’s, which are energy efficient these days. I bought a small 50 lite strand, multi colored and it was just right for our little tree. I’ll take pictures later as I’m still decorating the tree. A tree comes to life once the lights are on and lit, and only gets better with the decorations. Yesterday I saw a beautiful huge decorated tree at one of the local large Hispanic grocery stores that we go to, and some of the multi lights were purple. Oh boy, would I love to have that, they might have had orange in the mix too. Really pretty and different. The colors of ours are red, blue, green and gold. The blue and green being the more vibrant colors. I love the blue.
Since we don’t shop retail all that much, seeing the prices of things is a shock. Holy cow. We really don’t need to add more ‘stuff’ to our over stuffed little cottage, and we don’t use our credit cards to purchase things just because we want them. That’s how so many end up in debt that they have a hard time paying off. I am thankful for all that we already have and for the good deals that come our way, whether sale items, curbside shopped, or gifts given. I am thankful I can take cuttings from plants and sometimes have them become rooted plants. I am thankful for seeds that sometimes grow too.
The past few nights the scent of Dracena fragrans has been filling the air. It is too much for DH, and I wouldn’t want to stay outside and smell it for very long either, but from a distance it is tolerable.
These are the blooms before they open. This plant is on the back side of my shed, probably at least 10’ tall. There are roses, a hamelia paten, and bougainvillea all growing up and over my shed. I loved these blooms with the roses.
Now for some other blooms around here.
Blanket flowers with Mexican tarragon blooms.
Once again, I have forgotten the name of this hibiscus. I need to make a tag for it to help me remember.
This is sweet Kathleen, with a hint of poinsettia behind.
La Marne roses.
Mm. Laurette Messimy
I bought this many years ago, and have since lost the tag and don’t have a clue as to what it is. I am in s.e. FL
This is an unknown orchid, given to me by a friend many years ago.
This is Vincent Godsiff.
That’s it from Plum Cottage. I do hope you all are enjoying the Christmas season.
Let us all remember ~
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!
how great is the sum of them!
If I should count them,
they are more in number than the sand