The weather has been so nice here. Last week it was way too nice to stay indoors. So Gabe, Ella and I cleaned up the outdoor furniture, had our snacks on the porch of Periwinkle Cottage, and did a little spring cleaning.
Ella tested all the bubble makers.
After all the years as a medical transcriber for an orthopedic surgeon, this made me chuckle.
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Thursday, February 20, 2020
My favorite rose in the entire world: double delight
A couple of you were interested in Bill's rose formula which I mentioned last week. But some commenters were "no-reply commenters" and therefore I couldn't respond via email. So here it is (hope you are here again this week).
1 to 2 cups gypsite, depending on soil density
1 cup ironite
1/4 to 1/2 cup epsom salts, depending on size of the bush
2 cups (at least) of alfalfa pellets
1 cup all-purpose fertilizer
We have become friends with an ICU doctor who actually lives in New Orleans but frequently travels to our area to work at a hospital in the nearby town of Hanford. He is usually here for about 10 days. We started getting a text from him periodically that was nothing more than that cute dog emoji. I finally asked what it meant, and he said it was shorthand for letting people know when he is in town. Then he sent me the whole list. I thought it was so cool so I asked if I could share it. In case you are wondering about the ice cream cone assigned to Hanford, it is home to Superior Dairy where you get absolutely ginormous bowls and cones of ice cream, so it was the perfect choice.
I just got the fleur de lis emoji yesterday afternoon, so I'm pretty sure he is back in New Orleans. Hope we get to see him next time he's in town.
Mark and I celebrated Valentine's Day as we do every year at Big Mama's.
There is no indoor seating, and amazingly, even though it is the middle of February, it was quite pleasant eating outdoors last week. Mark always brings along our little candle so we can dine by candlelight.
Total bill for two big cheeseburgers, fries and shared diet coke: $13.79.
I love this tradition!
I bought some more bargello kits for the grandkids. Charlotte already finished hers. Isn't it the cutest?
The other day a survey showed up in my FB feed, sponsored by Adobe, claiming to tell you what kind of "creative" you are. This intrigued me, so I answered the simple questions. I'm printing the results here for future reference, as I print out my blog posts in book form at the end of the year, but don't feel like you need to read through the whole thing--I'll share highlights. It was remarkably accurate. Mark took it as well. He turned out to be an Adventurer--which described him with a great deal of accuracy as well.
Basically, I am a "maker."
Creative Strength: Focus and dedication, ability to achieve mastery
Untapped Potential: Taking creative risks, finding joy and play in the process
Ideal Collaborator: The Visionary
"...The MAKER is almost always busy solving problems, making headway on personally meaningful goals, and completing projects...A quiet type, you enjoy collaboration but generally prefer to work alone so you can focus on your own creative process...your biggest challenge? to connect more deeply with your intuition and emotions in order to bring forth ever more authentic and original work."
I was kind of surprised at how accurate it was. I DO prefer to work alone, and I'm often afraid to think "outside the box." Which is why improv quilting is so difficult for me!
If you are interested in the test, you can find it at mycreativetype.com. If you take it for yourself, I'd love to know your results.
Levi was playing with my phone the other night. I didn't think too much about it--he frequently plays games on it. The next morning I heard the little "ping," signaling a message from Messenger. It said "thank you." I opened it up and this is what I saw.
Little stinker--he had written the message while he had my phone, and then thanked ME for writing it.
I found these napkins while organizing the pantry.
Aaron is in Jamaica, doing a medical mission trip as an optometrist. He sent me this picture the other night--he took his knitting along. :) I love that he is carrying on the handwork tradition started by my grandparents, passed down to my father, to me, and of course the grandkids. It makes me wonder if my great grandparents were also creatives.
I'll close with this.
Thursday, February 13, 2020
If you have been following Really Random for any length of time, you will quickly realize that I love spending time with my grandkids. The other day, I had Ruby and Amelia after school as well. We went to the local cupcake shop. While they were excited at the prospect of choosing their cupcakes, when it came right down to it, three of the four opted for ice cream. Ruby was the only one who chose a cupcake--Red Velvet--very good choice. And why not try for the unicorn look with your cones?
Charlotte chose some kind of maple donut. I think it might have had cream filling.
Start with a quilt and a pillow.
Start with a quilt and a pillow.
But I won't be filling my glass with this--$29.99 a bottle!
Even though there is this...