Good Thursday morning Folks ~ I do hope your week is off to a good start. Not working at a job right now, certainly has me getting mixed up on what day of the week it is. Also, time seems to be going more slowly, which is probably a good thing.
Below is my favorite hibiscus, ‘Hugs-n-kisses’, found and bought a couple of months after my DH left this planet. No two blooms are alike on this bush and each is beautiful.
This is a bauhinia alba ~ dwarf white orchid tree. The blooms have a light, lovely scent.
Next we have begonia odorata ~ which has a sweet scent that fills the air. I have this in the two large planters I was ‘gifted’ recently.
No scent here but the color is gorgeous of this bougainvillea.
Below is a white bougainvillea, from friends Nanci & John many years ago.
This is a ‘found’ bromeliad.
This is a member of the spiderwort family. I have three kinds of this plant. This one is Tradescantia fluminensis, the other two I have are Tradescantia pallida, and Tradescantia zebrina shown below this photo.
Below is a Ground orchid Spathoglottis plicata. This is also growing in those large planters with the white flowering begonia.
This orchid was from a friend many years ago. She was moving to CA and didn’t want to take it with her on that long trip.
Next photos are of ‘Kathleen’. I really love her so can’t stop taking her picture.
Now that I’ve overloaded you with so many flower pics, I’ll show you my latest project.
I have these old but still very useful outdoor chair cushions. I don’t want to buy new ones right now, so got the idea to use my exterior house colors (watered down) on them. I just started yesterday so there’s still more to be done.
Getting started, decided to take a nap.
More done after nap. Flowers will be ‘purple/mauves’ of course. Still need to tweak the greens, but it looks better than all faded out. (I love the faux tiles that DH painted on the cement floor.)
I’ve been watching a lot of you-tube videos about small house living, under 800 sq. ft. This little cottage is 675 sq. ft. (We also have the workshop and two out buildings that we built and a shed that houses my washing machine.) We were in the small house ‘movement’ before it became into being. We moved into this place in 1973. After watching some videos the other day, I thanked God out loud, as tears streamed, for all that my dear husband did around our place to make it the little haven that it is. I miss him so much.
That’s it for now. Oh yea, I picked up my new elec. lawn mower yesterday, it’s still in the box in my van. Maybe I’ll put it together today. We had a couple of days of light rain and cooler temps which was really nice.
Enjoy the gift of each new day you are blessed with.
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order,
confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home,
a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow."
"Enjoy the little things,
for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things."