Friday, January 3, 2014

Plumbing, a rose gift, chilly weather


Good morning dear Friends ~ I hope you are having a good start to 2014. I’ve been working outside, repotting plants, mowing, using the electric trimmer, using my new pole pruner, enjoying being out in God’s beautiful creation.  Yesterday it was very warm and humid and I was ‘sweating’, this morning it is in low 60’s and feels like it’s in the high 50’s, which feels WONDERFUL!!!  It’s supposed to be cool all this week, and I sure hope so.  Last winter I didn’t have to use the heater even once because it was so mild, so the heater stayed up in the attic. 

My dear brother in law called New Year’s day and said he could be here tomorrow to do the plumbing if that would work for me. The next free day he would have would be the end of the month. For me that was a no brainer, most definitely tomorrow, even though it means losing a day of work. So, please pray that the plumbing work will go smoothly and that all will be well by the end of the day.  Sponge baths are not fun, and neither is washing dishes outside, but I am thankful I am able to do that with water from the hose connection at the front of the house.  It really is amazing how much we use water at just the turn of a faucet, or a flush of the toilet, to shower and wash dishes with, to wash laundry, to be able to wash hands, etc. I will be thankful to have water in the house once again. I am thankful for my BIL’s willingness and ability to do this for me.

Yesterday I received a long narrow box in the mail from Heirloom Roses. Inside was a baby ‘Rose de Rescht’, from  one of my blogging friends.  What a sweet gift.  She had emailed me asking for my snail mail addy saying she wanted to send me something because of my love of flowers. This rose is a real beauty, in color and scent.  It is an antique variety from the mid 1800’s, and very fragrant.  I watered it immediately as that’s what the paper inside said to do, then I repotted it into a larger pot, until it gets bigger then I’ll repot it into a 15 gal. pot. I am really excited about this rose and look forward to watching it grow and bloom.  I’ll keep you posted.

Here is a photo of it from yesterday after watering it, before repotting.

Thank you Deb.


Today I am thankful for a friend of mine who is giving me the pleasure of using her shower for a nice hot shower to wash my hair before I head off to work. What a treat that is going to be! Smile

Have a great weekend and count your blessings ~ FlowerLady


Deb said...

So glad the rose arrived safely. The description of it sounded simply beautiful. Glad you are going to be able to get your plumbing fixed. So nice you have a friend who let you use her shower. Have a wonderful day!

Deb said...

P.S. My husband and I have our computers right next to each other so one day he was sitting my me while I was reading your blog. He was taken with the beautiful flower pictures you had posted and asked about it. I told him a little about your blog and the story of your life you have shared. It was his idea to send the rose. He asked me to get your address then made all of the arrangements. He is quite a guy - always thinking of others. We both are glad that rose arrived safely and hope that it survives and brings you lots of enjoyment.

Mrs. E said...

Hope the plumbing is fixed quickly. I love the trellis behind that rose, too! Lovely!

lil red hen said...

Yes, just so thankful for the BIL helping you! We have drain problems here so I have to drain my washer outside and can't use the dishwasher, but at least I have plenty of water inside.

It's hard to imagine the weather being so warm in your area while we are cold, not that many miles away. No sweating here, just stove hugging.

The rose was such a wonderful gift!

Balisha said...

Saying a prayer that your plumbing problems are resolved. You don't realize how blessed you are with running water...until you can't use it.
We'll be looking forward to pictures of that new rose...Lucky you!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Hope you get that plumbing done and are able to use water in the house again. Under your loving care that new rose will flourish.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Beautiful plant. Hope all the plumbing repairs go well!

sweetbay said...

I hope the repair goes well. It's such a pain not to have running water. Congrats on the rose, I've heard a lot of good things about that one!

tina said...

What sweet friends you have!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I read your previous post so I could see what was going on with your water. Oh, my! I hope BIL was able to fix it. I can't take a shower upstairs, because when the guys put the shower in, they didn't seal it good enough, and water leaks into the floor, which is the ceiling for the first floor. I hope that can get repaired one of these days. Yesterday, I pulled the knob that controls whether the water in the first floor tub goes into the tub or comes out of the shower. Larry says we can't fix that, but we can still turn it without the knob. I'd rather have things working right.

I'm glad you are enjoying your cooler temps. We're expecting record cold Sunday and Monday. I hope to make it to church, but other than that, hope to stay inside.

Take care, and when those dreams come, it's your time to cry. It's OK.

Julie said...

what beautiful gifts, a rose plant and a shower, and plumbing services!!!! i remember washing dishes outside after hurricanes and it had a fun, primitive feel to it. i kinda enjoyed it! you have the right frame of mind! keep on enjoying life! you are doing great!!!!!!!
:) Julie

Anonymous said...

Someday you'll have to share with me your secrets to growing roses.

I hope everything goes well today (Saturday morning).

Love and hugs,


gld said...

I hope the plumbing is successful.
I have been without water in the house before and it isn't fun. We do get used to all our modern conveniences.

That looks to be a very healthy rose plant. Good luck with it. I had one but it succumbed to RRD.

Sunray Gardens said...

What a wonderful gift to receive. You have that to look forward to this year. It will be nice I am sure to get all that plumbing work completed too.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Debra Howard said...

Wow our gardening weather hasn't quite got here yet. We have been having an unusually cold winter this year. Maybe in February I can get out in my garden. Hopefully your plumbing went well. I know it must be a real pain to have to wash dishes outside and the sponge baths. I wish I could order roses this year but I am going to wait until I know our drought is over. So far it is still trudging on because our water supplies are just not refreshed yet. Maybe 2014 will end the drought (I hope and pray). Thanks for your sweet comment that you left on my blog Texasdaisey Creations! My hope is to help make the world a bit lighter.

KathyB. said...

What a sweet gift , a rose to grow. From reading your posts I think you should have no problem in aiding the rose to flourish !

I hear you about water. We get our water from our own well, and when the power goes out, as it often does in our area, we rely on water I've stored up in plastic containers to water livestock, and same as you, sponge baths. The toilets can't be flushed because they use up all the water in a few flushes. But with bottled water so easily available we haven't been desperate except the time the power outages hit the entire area and the stores and gas stations could not even open...there again , we relied on stored water. Your mild weather is a blessing for you...doing dishes outside is so much easier if you have to use the outside faucets !

Happy New Year to you !

organicgardendreams said...

Hi Lorraine, I really hope for you that the plumbing issue could be fixed by your BIL today. How really nice from your blogging friend to send you a band from Heirloom Roses. That is actually one of my preferred mail order nursery to acquire roses from. They have always delivered good quality roses to me. I grow 'Rose de Rescht' myself and it is a wonderful rose here. The fragrance is to die for. I hope it will do well for you in Florida as well and that you get plenty of joy out of it! Warm wishes,

Terry said...

Hi, Lorraine!

Thank you for visiting my blog.

I too am blessed with a wonderful brother-in-law. We are lucky ladies.

Happy Pink Saturday!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

so pleased with information I found because of you :)
I love roses
and cannot grow in this area
and learned that I can grow
in containers
Going to try this
Spring and order some
Heirloom Roses.
Thank you ....

Sissy said...

What a great gift that is, that beautiful heirloom rose!! Perhaps that took your mind off your plumbing trouble, at least for a little while??
I've missed you, but I'm back. I've thought of you often and I hope you are having happy days!

Rose ~ from Oz said...

My dear Lorraine, I haven't been by in a while and I've missed you!
Happy New Year and I so hope it will be gentler and calmer for you. I really do. Aren't good and kind and thoughtful people one of life's great blessings!
I so hope that the remaining plumbing job goes smooth and no hitches.
Much love

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Lorraine, God bless your friend for such a lovely gift. Such a friend has done the same for me, many years ago; she's still remembered fondly.

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Your rose already has a very nice form to it. It will be a beauty when it blooms! How nice to have a fragrant rose that is a repeat bloomer, as well. Am looking forward to seeing pictures of it in bloom.

I hope that you have your home's plumbing back to normal again soon.

Your weather sounds heavenly. We are -2 degrees here, with 10 to 12 inches of snow on the ground, and getting colder by the hour. Seeing your "baby rose" got me really longing for spring.

Masha said...

You have so many things to be grateful for, how wonderful. I hope your rose grows well and gives you many beautiful flowers to enjoy. I hope your plumbing problems will go away soon.

Here I Am Carrie said...

Well hope you got your plumbing fixed. I think everyone should go without running water for a while. I lived without it for 4 years. Heated my water on the stove and poured it into a container right next to the stove. We took big barrels down to the creek and filled them up then rolled them into the house so they didn't freeze. Life sure was different then. But I know I can live without it if I have too. The snow is getting deeper here making it harder to get up our driveway so we will be heading south for the rest of the winter. No internet for 3 months. Good to go without that now then as well. I get so addicted. Well my dear wishing you a happy New Year and a wonderful gardening winter for you. And enjoy those hot showers....Hugs...