|My Not-Quite-Ikebana Flower Arrangement
Guess what time I went to sleep last night/this morning? Yes, 5:30 a.m.! Eek! Even so, I had set the alarm for 10:00 a.m. and I made myself get up when it rang. Neighbor T had mentioned that the telephone company repair crew was coming at 10:00 a.m. and the telephone pole is in my backyard - very often, I get asked to open the gate for them to have access to the backyard. Today, however, they were able to access the pole from T's backyard (as the pole is right at the corner between her backyard and mine). However, around 10:30 a.m., T knocked on my door, asking if she could use my bathroom as she had locked up her dog in her bathroom to keep him out of the repair crew's way. As she was leaving, some missionaries walked up to my door. I don't normally open the door to missionaries, but, I had been watching T leave, so, I had the door open, already. They wanted to know if I spoke Spanish and, when I said no, they left! I guess they are only interested in saving the souls of the Spanish speakers? LOL.
After they left, I brought in the trash can and checked the mail. The week's grocery ads had been delivered, but there wasn't any special deal that caught my eye. One of the Kroger affiliates is having eggs on sale for $1.49, again, so I might buy another dozen before the sale ends next Tuesday.
When I went out to bring in the trash can, the neighbor on the other side of T's house saw me and waved. I had heard from T that he and his family were leaving, so I walked over to wish him well. Apparently, they are moving to a more upscale neighborhood because the schools are better in that area (he has young children)! He also introduced me to the man with whom he was talking, who will be our new neighbor (I believe he's renting the house). I welcomed him to the neighborhood.
I noticed, today, that the monarch butterflies are migrating! There were lots of them flying north! I tried to take photos of them (would have made a great entry for the "In Flight" prompt for the Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt), but, the butterflies were fast, all I have is my cell phone camera and I am not good enough of a photographer to take a photo of them! I was very disappointed that I couldn't photograph them, though. Not a single butterfly stopped to rest or take a sip of nectar!
By the time I took the photo, the butterflies I was trying to photograph had flown off! So, just imagine this photo with butterflies flying in it! LOL!
|Crocosmia Flowers in Bloom
|Flower Buds on the Orange Tree
Look what's peeping from under the orange tree:
The few really old radish seeds that sprouted and didn't get thinned out are ready to be harvested! I picked this one that is pushing itself out of the ground!
I picked some of the crocosmia flowers and leaves from the garden, along with a few grasses to bring indoors. At first, I just put them in a vase, then, I thought I should try a flower arrangement. Well, I tried! LOL! Ikebana, it is not!
I was having a slice of cold leftover pizza for lunch when neighbor T knocked on the door, to use the bathroom, again. I asked her if she had had lunch, she said no, that she wasn't hungry. I offered her some cold pizza and she said that sounded good, but didn't want to be away from her house with the repair crew still there. So, I wrapped it up for her to take back with her. Later in the afternoon, she called to let me know that the repairs were done and she had phone service, again.
After lunch, I dusted the main rooms and vacuumed. My original plan had been to do the main rooms yesterday and do the bedrooms, today. But, I didn't do them, yesterday, and when I wrote my To Do list for today, I didn't want to get over-ambitious and list "dust/vacuum whole house". However, after I did the main rooms, I still felt energetic enough, so I went ahead and vacuumed the whole house. I didn't dust the bedrooms, but my bedroom was cleaned, last week, and it was OK. I timed myself and it took me 45 minutes to vacuum all the rooms; not bad. I also got started on the mending, but, that will be a separate post, I think.
Then, it was time to watch some TV and rest. I went through and cleaned out two more file folders while I rested. I emptied them both out, so that's two less files in my file cabinet!
By then, I was getting hungry, so, I cooked the beef I bought, yesterday:
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to be there for neighbor T during the day
- Meeting a new neighbor
- Being able to get the dusting and vacuuming done
- Garden flowers
- Video chatting with my daughter
Oh, and I redid my flower arrangement - still not Ikebana, but a little better, I think! These types of arrangements should not be displayed in front of mirrors as the reflection messes up the lines one is supposed to be striving to achieve, but, I needed it as high up on the mantel as possible, to keep it out of Dancer's reach! I also found out that there will be an Ikebana exhibit and demonstration at a local recreation center at the end of the month! I am going to try and attend it! I had attended an Ikebana demonstration many years ago, with my mother, but, I obviously need a refresher course! LOL!
|Still not Ikebana, though!
Tuesday's To Do List:
- Clear some of the
- Dust/vacuum the
- Do the dishes - DONE
- Cook - DONE
- Mending - STARTED
Wednesday's To Do List:
- Check tax papers folder
- Drop off file at the tax preparer's office
- Continue to clear file folders
- Mending and sewing
- Clean my bathroom
How was your Tuesday? Do you like to do flower arrangements? Have you tried Ikebana?