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Sunshine Stolen from the Summer Sun Warms my Winter

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When I worked as a chemist for a well known scientific instrumentation manufacturer.  Ok, well known in some circles.  Scientific instrumentation is certainly not the rage on 5th Ave in New York or Bourbon St in New Orleans.  And it is not what I am writing about in the blog entry.  Thank God!  I am writing about my journey into the world of orchids.  Their wondrous blooms coaxed by the warmth of the summer months and the humidity that they crave.  I fell in love with their vibrant beauty, their delicate look, their rare charm.  They are the sunshine in my winter.  They soak up the sun on those ungodly hot summer days.  Those days that cook the brains in your head like a hard boiled egg.  Those days wet with water that hangs on the stillness in the dark steamy shade.  Those lazy summer days where the orchids capture rays of sunshine that slide down each slick green leaf warming their roots.  Rays that are locked safe away until the frozen depths when father winter releases them with his icy key.  Glorious blooms warm me.  Red as the cherries picked on a summer day, purple and pink as if they stole the rays of July’s setting suns, yellow like the ears of corn piled high on the dinner table in August.  They have captured this all for me and warmed my snowy winter home with the golden rays that they stole from the summer sun.

Yellow Cattleya

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My friends say things like.  “green thumb” and “To hard to grow.”  They compare my orchids to delicate babies that will wither in their pots if not treated with the utmost care.  Well, all I have to say is think again.  Anyone can grow an orchid.  You do not have to have the menagerie that fills my winter home and office.  Just one that with the right amount of water and summer warmth they will bloom for you each winter after the warmth of the summer has retreated to our fading memories.

First pink cattleleya

Taking care of your orchid should be a enjoyable journey.  First you find a sunny window to put your orchid in when it is winter.  They love sunny rooms with a southern exposure.  I don’t give them extra humidity just fill a couple of dishes with water in the room to provide a little extra humidity.  While they are in bloom I take them to the sink and drown them in water once a week.  I put them back in the window and spritz them with a spray of water once or twice a week.  After the blooms die back I trim the stalks down or pluck the dead buds of the cattleyas.  I then fertilize them once a month until the weather is warm.  I then replace the bark with new orchid bark/soil and put them on a northern wall in the shade outside.   They love it there.  They can drink in the summer rains and enjoy the humidity on their roots.  I spray them down every other day when the days are dry.  They are happy.

About August I can see new shoots reaching out from the rubbery foliage. They are ready for the winter.  When the temps at night dip down to the 40s I bring them in to their winter home.  I water them and fertilize them once or twice after they are brought into the house.  They will start to bloom in October and finish in late spring.

Soft purple baby love cattleyas

I say let the summer sun in your home this winter and buy an orchid.  Find a good greenhouse that has healthy specimens and you too can have orchids blooming on these cold winter days.

Yellow and pink laleocattleya

Aside

I recently responded to a post that allowed me to look back at my past loves.  I have had the pleasure to experience love in many forms.  I have always been hard wired for a long term relationship.  That is … Continue reading

Nomination for Versatile Blogger Award

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I am very proud to tell you that I have been nominated for a versatile bloggers award by my fabulous fellow blogger http://foodbod.wordpress.com/  to whom I thank for this endorsement and continued support  💜

A friend told me write a little every day to improve your writing skills.  I have found it both enjoyable and invigorating.  The act of putting virtual pen to paper stirs emotions deep within me.  My mind swims in joy as my ideas form with each word I type.  The emotions surface allowing me to smile.  Just a little.

7 randoms facts about me:

I have a recurring dream about riding a turn of the century steam train.

Whenever I drive on the tollway I pay for my own toll and the car behind me.

I once flew from Istanbul to Chicago with a gummy bear stuck in the front of my hair.

I like to sleep under a feather comforter with my bare feet stuck out at the bottom.

I like to go for walks on snowy winter nights and catch snowflakes on my tongue.

I love the smell of eucalyptus.

I like to drinking fresh squeezed lemonade with mint in it.

I am nominating these following 15 fellow bloggers for the same award, please don’t fret if I haven’t mentioned you, there’s so many blogs I enjoy.

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The rules are to
1) Display the award certificate on your blog
2) Link back to the person who nominated you
3) Present 15 awards to 15 deserving bloggers
4) Inform your nominees that you have nominated them
5) Write 7 random facts about yourself

Let It be a Thankgiving to Remember

As the autumn takes its strong hold on the land and winter edges closer with every day, I take time to reflect on the year past.   It is November and Thanksgiving is only weeks away.  It is time to gather friends and relatives together and give thanks for everything around us.  Yet, as my life moves forward I have become increasingly busy like so many others.  My mind becomes focused inward and I loose sight of those around me.  I find myself thinking in terms of me instead of focusing my attention on those people that I interact with everyday.

I walk through stores that promote the big Thanksgiving dinner and all the excess that surrounds the holidays.  I see commercial ads that promise happiness when we buy.  I see people rushing through the day with little notice of the person beside them.  In this season of thanks have I become so influenced by the avarice of our capitalistic society as to forget about the true meaning of Thanksgiving.  Am I or are we so busy with the Thanksgiving feast that we are forgetting to give thanks to all those around us that have influenced our life.

It has been a good year.  I have a good job that challenges me mentally and coworkers that take pride in a job well done.  My neighborhood is welcoming and friendships have become stronger between us.  My family has grown in its love over the year in the face of struggles.  My life is brighter because of the people around me that have influenced my life.

So with this realization, I am taking the time to thank each person for the kindness they have bestowed upon my life.

Thank you, my mother, who praises the goodness in me, who loves me unconditionally, who wants nothing but the best for me.  Thank you for guiding me through my life.  You have made me the person that I am.  I have a good heart because of you.

Thank you, my father, for your strength and direction.  With you wisdom I have found a life that has been fulfilling and gratifying.  You have molded me as you watched me grow.  It is your thoughtful words that I hold close to me and influence my actions.  You have made me strong and independent, able to face all adversity.

Thank you, my brother, who has the biggest heart I know.  You kindness and spirituality overwhelms me.  You give all of yourself to the needs of others.  I can only wish to be half the person you have become.

Thank you, my oldest sister, whose strength of family runs deep.  Your nurturing hand has guided your family to become a light in your community.  I am grateful to have you in my life for you are a beacon guiding my actions as well as your families.

Thank you, my second sister, your selflessness and forgiving heart provide a warmth to all those around you.  You traveled many miles to be by my side when I was stricken with cancer.  I thank you for that.  You also have a forgiving heart.  Your ability to forgive those who hurt you is a strength that I try to emulate everyday.

Thank you, my youngest sister, your faith in others is amazing.  You love those around you wholeheartedly and ask nothing in return.  You took me to the hospital on a day that I had hit rock bottom.  You were my angel and for that I am grateful.

Thank you, my partner, your love knows no boundaries.  Your trust is unfailing,  Your leadership and integrity gives strength to our community and your workplace.  You are my guiding light and rock.  As we grow together you have become a part of me that I cherish everyday.  I love you.

Thank you, my siblings partners, your additions to this family have made us all that much stronger.  Your kind words and acceptance are greatly appreciated.  Each of you have been so generous in your love.  It is as if you were always a part of this family.

Thank you, my nieces and nephews, you are made from love.  Each of you are your parents gift to the world.  You have taken their love and blossomed into caring beings.  Your smiles light up my heart.  Your kindness is precious and your boundless love is felt by each member of the family.

Thank you, my friends, for which I am forever grateful.  You picked me up when I was down.  You found time to talk when I needed an ear.  You helped me when I needed a hand.  You were strong for me when I was not.  You found me when I was lost.  It is wonderful to have people in my life such as yourselves.  May all your goodness bring you happiness throughout your lives.

Thank you, my neighbors, you were there when I was unable to care for my home.  You shoveled snow for me.  You watched my door when I was away.  You cared for my dog when was on business trips. You opened your door when I moved into the neighborhood.  You found kind words when I could not.  I will never forget your generosity.

Thank you, my coworkers, who work by my side and never work against me.  You have shared your lunch with me.  You have given me rides when my car needed repair.  You worked hard when the going was rough.  you visited me in the hospital when I was sick.  You sent me flowers when I was laid up at home.  You are the people that make me smile when I get up everyday.

Thank you to all the people that I meet each day.  The person that holds the door when I have my hands full.  The gentleman that bought my coffee out of generosity.  The person that help me fix the flat tire on my bike.  The girl that caught my dog when she ran out the front door.  I may not know you but your generosity is not forgotten for I pay it forward whenever I can.  You are the strength of our community and it is your small acts of kindness that give everyone hope that there is still good on this earth.

I would like this to be a Thanksgiving to remember.  So, I will give thanks to each of you and give of myself to thank you for your selflessness that you have shown to me.

Thank you to all of you.