~more roses at the bottom of a glass jar~
The roses have now been in the glass jar for six days - you can see them at Day 1 here. The image above was taken on a concrete stepping stone - it's interesting how the roses almost appear as if they are in a rectangle, instead of leaning against the sides of the jar. And just like people, some roses age better than others.
My garden handled the cold quite well last night - I don't think we had either a frost or a freeze - it was a bit cloudy last night, and definitely windy - which helped. So today the fall-blooming salvias are still blooming, and the morning glories are still rambling and the elephant ears are still - huge.
I went ahead today and put a wreath of evergreens over the morning glories.
~A Falcon Guide, Birding South Carolina: A Guide to 40 Premier Birding Sites, by Jeff Mollenhauer~
The spouse of the young woman who passed away yesterday published a South Carolina birding book earlier this year. When I was at Barnes and Noble earlier today, there was one copy on the shelf and I purchased it. It seemed like a small way to support Jeff today, a very small way - considering the trajedy that has befallen his small family. The book is great - and includes a number of places for birding that I wasn't familiar with and might add to a mental list of things-to-do.
I went to the store to buy a sympathy card, but I found myself unable to do so. Instead I got a card of a tree filled with different types of birds. It seemed more appropriate, better somehow.
Today I couldn't help but think of the line from the U2 song 'Grace':
Grace makes beauty out of ugly things.
Something good will need to come out of this. It must.
My Father had a good appointment with his physician today - and the MRI did not reveal any problems. He also scored substantially higher on his cognitive tests. There was much relief at this news, and tonight my Dad is happy and awaiting a weekend of bad weather in Virginia. He had asked me to send him a 'list' of possible Christmas gifts, and so tonight I sent him a list of something things I needed in the Airstream (a 'griddler' and a toaster), books (Henry Mitchell's gardening books), a few other things (including new Birki gardening clogs - replacing the ones that I said farewell to last summer)...and a 2010 convertible jaguar. Tonight on the phone I told him that he wouldn't have to wrap the convertible. He laughed.
I have ALOT of editing, writing, and reviewing to do.
I need to compile and post the 2009 Gifts for that Special Microbiologist in your List soon. Here is the list for 2008. I think that this post gets more hits than any other on this site - except perhaps for the post written about my visit to Pearl Fryar's garden in Bishopville, South Carolina. Who knew that so many people were shopping for microbiologists? That just warms my heart.
I need to make my holiday cards.
I have made them every year...for years...until 2006, when I bought these papers/colors that I obviously was at a loss about when I brought them home. (They are rather horrible, aren't they?).
I'm still at a loss - but want to do something. I have the envelopes, cards, paints, etc. Now I just need a VISION. Here is a look at a card from a past year.
This is my favorite (personal) holiday tradition - something I've been doing since I was in my 20s. I'm determined to do them again this year - if even they become a card welcoming in the new year (in fact, I might even prefer that).
I'd better get on it then, don't you think?