Good morning Folks ~ Here it is a wet March Friday morning. We are having light rain right now, more rain is expected today, tomorrow and Sunday. We need it, so I’m not complaining.
Wednesday morning I needed to get out, so since it was Sr. Citizen’s day too, I decided to go to several places. The weather was beautiful, big blue sky, white puffy clouds, not too warm and breezy.
So, I got in my van and went a little way out of my ‘comfort zone’. I was going to a new store, and it is out west of where I live and I don’t go out that way very often. I was excited though and before I knew it I was where I wanted to go, which is about 8 miles from where I live. It’s a store I’ve heard about and read about online, and from friends who have gone there. I’ve been wanting to go there and the day was right. I wore a colorful, flowery, Hawaiian looking shirt, jeans and sandals. I was welcomed as I entered, then one of the young ladies who worked there jokingly asked if I was a manager from one of the other stores spying on them. I laughed and said no, it was my first visit to their stores and I was going to look around. She said “Well, managers wear shirts like you are wearing.” I just laughed, took my cart, reassured her and started on my little journey through this delightful store. She mentioned a couple more times to other workers, how I really was a spy, all jokingly of course. They have great music playing that makes you want to start dancing or singing. Next time I go, I’ll take my camera and ask if I can take pictures. They have a wonderful cut flower display, that I didn’t really check out because I grow flowers, but next time I will take a closer look, as their prices are said to be very good for their bouquets.
I look forward to going back there again and a friend is going to go with me. Their prices are very good! Trader Joe’s worth a visit, and I’m sure you won’t leave their empty handed. When you visit the website, read their history and timeline pages, fun and interesting.
Here’s my haul:
Later in the afternoon I had a cup of Jasmine Green tea, sweetened with Florida honey.
After Trader Joe’s I stopped at the Goodwill Thrift store, discount day for srs. and bought two shirts and one nice pair of linen capri pants, for around $6 altogether. While there I decided to go into the Hispanic grocery store to see what they had to take out to eat as I was hungry. They didn’t have Cuban sandwiches this time, so I got a chicken empanada and some yucca fries (I love these fries). I also at another store and bought Margarita makings.
Now for some blooms for all of snowed in and oh so ready for spring.
Firecracker blooms, I also have this in red.
This is Iboza, a new one for me. I read that the white blooming one is male, and there is a pink blooming one that is female. I didn’t know what color this was when I bought it. I asked later, and they don’t have the pink. I hope to find it one day. I love it and it is very easy to root.
This is ‘Louis Philippe’ or the ‘Florida Cracker’ rose.
An unknown that smells heavenly. This bloom is just about done for.
Here’s another unknown.
The next photos are of ‘Granada’, a rose I bought in 2013.
Granada is a favorite city of ours in Spain.
The colors of this rose are beautiful and the scent is wonderful.
These were taken on two different days.
Blooms are huge.
Miss T enjoying the new bedding.
Thought for the day,
“Do not spoil what you have
by desiring what you have not.”
Ann Brashares, Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood
I was happily married to my best friend for 43 years. We married in Sept. 1969. We lived, loved and played in our compound which includes our tiny 50's cottage, a workshop, outbuildings and gardens on 1/4 acre.
On 09 Dec 2012 my dear husband went to be with the Great Creator of the Universe and all that is in it, who we believe is Jesus/God. My DH is free, in body and spirit now. No more pain or sorrow, only joy, peace and perfect health. I miss him terribly and this is just the beginning of my continuing journey in this life, without him. I'm not without hope though and I believe we will be reunited when the time comes. Love is forever.
It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.
It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
The Continuing Journey
A new blog about this next phase in my life. It will be a learning experience. One of dependence on God to fill the void left in my life by the loss of my DH. It will be my thoughts and times of grief. A place to let it out. Maybe it will be of some help to others.
I found the book 'Undistracted Widow ~ Living for God After Losing Your Husband' by Carol Cornish, online when I was searching for bits and pieces to help me as a new widow. This book is wonderful and just what I needed. It is full of encouragement and scripture.
I highly recommend it for anyone who is a widow, and for those who would like to know how to help widows as they go and grow in this next part of their journey.
It would also be a great help to any woman who is single, as it is all about trusting in Jesus for all things.
Sincerely ~ FlowerLady Lorraine
TERRY HERSHEY is an inspirational speaker, humorist, author, and designer of sanctuary gardens who has been featured on The Hallmark Channel, CNN, PBS, and NPR. Terry holds a mirror up to our fast-forward, disconnected lives, and offers us the “power of pause”—the wisdom of slowing down and the permission to take an intentional Sabbath moment to regain emotional and spiritual balance… to find the sacred in every single day.
One cannot but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day. Never lose a holy curiosity.