Hi! In early 2015, some of you may remember I posted photos of my amaryllis bulb being propped up by a Fisher-Price palm tree. I kept the bulb after I clipped off the dead blooms and when the leaves started looking pitiful I clipped them off and stopped watering the bulb. I left the bulb in a shady spot in our hallway and just glanced at it from time to time and wondered...would it bloom for me again around Christmas?
Two weeks before Christmas I moved the bulb in it's original pot onto a sometimes sunny windowsill and started watering the bulb. Within a few days a new stem started shooting up! Buds appeared! Four of them! Household members started exclaiming about the bulb's growth, but three-year-old, Joy was beside herself with excitement and has buzzed into my room numerous times to proclaim the bulb's progress. I wish I had written down all the versions of her proclamations :) The last I remember was, "Gramma Gracie, your flower is all growd up!" Indeed!
In 2015 we had just a few flakes of snow down here in the valley near Mt. Hood, but 2016, has started out with about an inch of snow...and...ice!
Our mailbox was knocked down. Then a truck slid into our driveway and it took several days for it to be rescued. My youngest son-in-law's truck slid into the building where he works. He and his truck were ok, but the building needed some repair; then while dealing with that when he was trying to spread deicer on the parking lot he fell backwards and whacked his head and has a mild concussion and sore back :( Because four of my five granddaughters were getting over coughing colds they did not try to go sledding, so all in all the storm was pretty and exciting for us, but not much fun.
However, those of us who were able to stay inside, enjoyed finishing a puzzle, and gazing at our idyllic snow village. We had good food, read, watched some TV, played some board and computer games and I even got some stitching done, including a doll clothes bag I crocheted for Joy.
Most of the ice had melted in time for us to safely get my oldest sister from the airport on Thursday. When we got home from the airport, I found a package had arrived from my blogging friend, Wendy, who lives in Australia! She is in the throes of hot weather, but she very kindly made a pretty set of red yarn mitts to help my hands keep stylishly warm :)
Thank you again, Wendy!
As I type this, the sky is gray and we had a bit of rain this morning, but thankfully no more ice! We are still exclaiming over how pretty the amaryllis is and we enjoyed our weekend.
Are blooming and sliding a part of your New Year?
Gracie xx :)