A Budding Experience

The color of my flowers will be Purple!
The evening of Day 5 we saw the 1st purple peak from the big buds. We were SO excited!!! How cool 🙂 I didn’t choke out my buds. Nifty, nifty.

Here they are at Day 6. I used Snapseed photo ap for this pic – iPhone.


Just had to add a pic of Day 7 ~ opening up!
Grunge style using Snapseed.



A Budding Question

Calling All Gardeners:  Trying Forcing

I clipped a branch that buds purple or maybe white or was it pink flowers?  Um…obviously not recalling the color – – – hehehe.  Not sure of the name either…this tree came with our house 🙂

Currently, I am teaching myself more about plants and planting, but I have LOTS to learn.

It’s not freezing weather here in the southeast anymore. Trying to turn my fusha pink thumb to green 🙂 When I clipped this branch four days ago it was a sunny 64 degree afternoon.  I’m changing the water daily and giving it a little plant food every other day.

Let the Countdown to Blooming Commence!

Other plant caring suggestions are so very welcome!  What’s your favorite indoor plant?  I’m looking for a desk plant for work too.

It going to be awesome to see this bloom Indoors.  My kids think this is so cool!  This is my very first poll – So excited!!!  Take a guess ~ I will keep track of the waiting to bloom days.  Looking forward to taking a pic of my blooms to announce the correct guess.


Up close and personal bud


Full view

Today my little boy has been learning the hard way ALL day long…

In the midst between the temper tantrums he came outside and sat next to me all smiles and giggling at the birds that were singing beautiful songs to us!

Next he surprised me with this piece of bark and said, “Here is a little “l” that stands for love. Now you can look at it and think of love”.

Adorable!!! I choose to recall his sweet way that he decided to show his love to me today vs the screaming tantrums. In this same moment he told me what he thought the bird was doing – looking for his mother even though he was already a grown up.

What made you smile or laugh today?

*Sweet moment today and I’m so glad I captured the moment with words and a picture!

My Funny Valentine

*Thanks Daily post – this one helped me realize a truth that is true for me.  So glad I let this writing post challenge stew just a bit longer 🙂

Why we (my husband and myself) dislike Valentine’s day:

It’s a pre-package, heavy commercialized, high pressured day to force LOVE out of everyone…

Forcing love is never wise.  This set date 2.14 of each year demands we decide how to show our affection to those we love or think we might love…what does our culture tell us to do?  We run to the closest store to select from an aisle overstuffed with cards, candy, stuffed animals….

My husband and I always joke about romantic relationships that start around October and end right before Valentines day.  It’s the pressure of all the holiday hoopla that our culture forces down our throats to enjoy…Enjoy?  A new relationship can rarely survive through a Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Valentines day too.  Some might say if a relationship does pull through all this added culture pressure “it’s meant to be” or “they are so made for each other”.  I’m not writing about disliking Valentine’s day to analyze why relationships do or don’t work out…just an interesting side note 🙂

Back to me and my funny valentine – I know he loves me and he knows I love him and we don’t need to run around searching for an item to bid for each other’s affection that we already have in abundance 🙂 This isn’t easy for me…our society keeps telling me otherwise ALL the time!

I used to try to force a Valentine’s day celebration of some sorts out of my husband…this TOTALLY doesn’t work.  Only left me feeling frustrated and a little bit hurt.  I kept expecting to be able to capture the true meaning of our love or have some deeper connection on this certain day.

Now some people embrace this set day of romance and Wow it works well for their relationship!  That’s wonderful and I used to think that had to be true for us – – – Not so this year 🙂  I’m all for acts of kindness and finding meaningful ways to express love to your loved ones – romantic or otherwise.  Showing someone how much you care is G-R-E-A-T!  Last year when I was still somewhat trying to celebrate this holiday I purchased these pillow cases as a joke about this love day – see I’m the girl punching my cartoon husband.  My husband called them domestic violence pillows…sigh (this is the law enforcement coming out of him – that’s his day job).  Typically he is a funny joking sort of person so I recall saying, “this was supposed to be funny”….

This year – what did I do?  I Let it go!  Not on my own…it took an act from God.   A 3 day snow storm and an earthquake to make it next to impossible to bother with any gifts OR plans any celebrations of any sort.  I was relieved from all that structured, frantic mess we call a holiday…free to enjoy my kids being home one more snow day.  Simply being together as a family.  What did I do that day for my Funny Valentine?  I asked him why we dislike this holiday?  Only now I agree with him on this topic!  After 13 years of trying to force a celebration that always went array… it’s finally ok for us to show our love for each other different than the “norm” or how our culture is trying to superimpose on us.  This scheduled day of love has never worked for us and it feels so great to let that go!  2 days after the un-Valentines day  – he surprised me with half priced chocolate covered strawberries.  They were sweeter to my taste buds and a delightful, unexpected surprise!  Yum – shared with my boys too 😉

So, if I feel the urge to race around like a chicken with its head cut off on any holiday…I need to remind myself that we love each other so much that a designated day, set time, set space cannot hold our love and puts unwanted boundaries which limits rather than helps our relationship.

No more cards that don’t say it quite right or how I want to express my love….no more ugly pooky faced puppy dogs, no more candy that we bite half pieces in the entire box… no more searching for the “right” love day gift because we already have it – each other 🙂

My fav chocolate – Dove – Not denying myself an occasional candy snack.