Monday, August 24, 2015

This and that


Hi Folks ~ This will be relatively short as I’m not feeling good, sore throat and slightly nauseous. I only got about 4 hours sleep last night. Something is going around again and it’s nabbing me. Ugh!

My dear sister-in-law Sue and I had a great time together this past Wed. night. I had free tickets from the owners of the dogs I’m watching, while they are in Finland, to see, Cirque du Soleil: Varekai . We had suite seats which was GREAT. Little rooms with seating for maybe 20, a bathroom and like a bar area with warming trays for food. It was first come first serve for seats and we got two together right up by the glass partition.  Both of us had vertigo at first, which went away after awhile. Here’s a pic of the two of us before the show started, which by the way was fantastic. The costumes, acrobatics, music and the male/female comedian duo was all wonderful, beautiful, funny. No flash allowed and lights were out for the show, so it was dark in our little space. They had some lights on in the auditorium so you could see where you were going.


Sue about had a heart attack because she thought the flash was off on her camera and lo and behold it wasn’t as you can see in this picture below. Needless to say, we did not take any more pictures after these two. Smile The show ‘police’ did not come and throw us out, we were so relieved. I put a line around the stage.


Sue and I really enjoyed our time together talking, laughing, with a few tears, on our ride to and from the show.  We grew closer. (She is the wife of my dear husband’s brother Todd, who has been a big help to me with projects since my husband went to his heavenly home. They live a little over an hour away from me.)

If any of you get the chance to see one of these shows, do so.


One more cactus bloom opened on my ‘jobsite’s’ cactus and I got a picture of it.  These are only open for a short time during the night. This one was already closing up around 7 a.m.





Later on back at home while sitting in my little space here, a flash of movement caught my eye, and there was the Oriole again. How thrilling. I grabbed the camera but was only able to get one picture, through the window.


It is hot & humid with a big chance of rain later. I washed and hung out some laundry and hopefully will get it back in before the rains come.  Have been watching ‘Danny’. He was a hurricane but now is just a tropical rainstorm. Phew!

That’s it for now. I feel dragged out.  I’ll be glad when my time is up, the 31st is my last day, for taking care of Bella and Max. 36 days is a long time being responsible for someone else’s beloved pets. I need to mow one more time, do some pet bedding laundry, vacuum and mop the floor. The dogs are sweet and loveable so I can’t complain about them. Good dogs and I tell them so.

Have a great week and be well, be happy and be thankful.



Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I hope you feel better soon, and kick that bug out the door.

The show sounds wonderful; I am familiar with it though I've not seen one.

Those cactus blooms are just gorgeous !!

Deb said...

So glad you could have a fun outing with your sister-in-law. Sounds like you had great tickets to a fun show! I love the big white blossom! So glad that Danny is losing strength. You get yours back and feel better soon!

Terra said...

How great to see the show in such luxury. You deserve it :) That was a good photo of the oriole. Be well soon.

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

I have a friend who is a dog-sitter, as well. She seems to love it, although I don't think she's ever spent a whole month doing one job. That is a lot of responsibility.

Glad you two girls enjoyed a night out.

Take care of yourself and hope you feel better soon.

Nancy J said...

Rest up, lots of cool drinks, and the other work will keep till you are well again. Not too many days to go for dog caring. I am sure they and their owners so appreciate all you do and have done, a huge responsibility, which is larger than the actual work load I'm sure.

janiceflorida said...

You're probably going to miss seeing the dogs on a daily basis...they sound like sweethearts. I'm sure you have plenty of your own projects to catch up on though. Take care, rest every chance you get.

Melanie said...

Glad to hear you had such a wonderful time with your SIL, but sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I know that you have the dogs to take care of (yes, 36 days is a very long time!) but please try to get some rest in-between. That cactus bloom is exquisite.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Hope you feel better soon. I love those intricate Cactus flowers.

L. D. said...

Yes the different kinds of sickness is going around. We had the summer colds. It is neat that you had such a great visit and went to the show. I have a neighbor who is clearing out their prickly pear cactus and I am going over to get it. It always bloomed beautiful yellow flowers. Your photos show a great bloom too.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

I hope you feel better soon. Cute photo of you and your sister in law. Photos before the show are probably not a problem. Glad you had fun!

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

I do hope you feel better soon. Get plenty of rest and drink lots of liquids.

BeachGypsy said...

That show looked fun!glad you got to go!

Barbara Barth said...

Hope you are feeling better. Sounds like a wonderful visit.

Rebecca said...

What a beautiful sight - the oriole & matching flower! And the cactus bloom, too...

Glad you had the time with your SIL and the chance to see that great show! What a fine change of pace...

Hope the illness passes soon and you have fresh energy to take care of your beautiful garden & cottage ♥

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I sure hope you feel better quick!! Those summer bugs are the worst. I'm so happy for you that you got to see the show. I have never seen it, but would jump at the chance. I have heard it's wonderful.

You were lucky to get an oriole shot. The are elusive because they are so kiddish. We have a pair that visit our feeders in the spring, then feed off seeds on the flowers by the pond in the fall. We rarely see them in the summer. But this year for the first time, the male brought two babies to the feeders just a week ago. I didn't have time to catch a pic, but I'm on the watch!!
Feel Better,
xx, Carol

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Loraine, what a lovely time with your sil seeing that great show. You too look so happy in the pic!!
The cactus bloom is gorgeous and you captured a great shot.
Love the bird too. The dogs will always remember your care for such a long time. What a help to the travelers you have given them.
Sure hope you get to feeling better. Sounds like an early bit of flu. Rest and recoup. Stay safe in the storm.

Blessings and hugs, cm

Terry said...

Hi Lorraine,

I always wanted to see that show. I will keep my eye out for when it comes around here again.

The cactus bloom is gorgeous! So is the bird!

I hope you feel better soon.


P.S. I started a blog post about my emptying nest.

Janneke said...

I can imagine it was a thrill to see such a beautiful bird like an Oriole, the bird has about the same colour as the Campsis. Beautiful Epiphyllum flower too but most beautiful is the selfie of Sue and you. You two had really fun.
Hope you are feeling a bit better by now.
Regards, Janneke

June said...

I'm so glad you had a great time at the show FlowerLady!and so glad you were able to spend this time with your SIL. You two look like you really are happy to be there!
The cactus bloom is stunning! What a showstopper!
I'm pretty sure Bella and Max are happy to have their family back, but are such lucky dogs to have you as there sitter.
I hope you get to feeling better soon Lorraine, take it easy my dear.
sending hugs...

Leslie Kimel said...

I hope you feel better soon! The picture of you and your sister-in-law at the show is so cute--you both look like you're having a great time!

Consider It All Joy said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed your show, Lorraine! That sounds like so much fun! That oriole is beautiful, can't imagine seeing something like that in my yard! Just black birds, doves, pigeons and quail around here, oh and once in awhile a roadrunner! I do hope you are feeling better tonight/this morning (whenever you read this). Sending prayers your way! Blessings, Cindy xoxo

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

Have to tell you about my Phantom of the Opera experience some day and the film police! Get better, FL! Love the cactus bloom! Just gorgeous! Take care! Sending positive energy your way!xo

Thistle Cove Farm said...

I LOVE Cirque du Soleil and saw them in Las Vegas a lot of decades ago...marvelous! I'd love to see them again...and again...and... -grin-
It's wonderful, the way you were able to see them, suite seats...WOW!

Deborah Montgomery said...

I'm so glad you had a good time at the show, I know you were looking forward to it. Cute picture of the two of you!

M.K. said...

So sorry you were sick, dear. I hope you're all better now. That cactus flower -- amazing!! Glad you had so much fun with your sister in law. That's sweet friendship!