Thursday, January 17, 2013

Chapman High School Basketball

Dan and I graduated from Chapman High school. Now around 50 years later, Zach, Wayne (brother) and Ruth’s grandson is playing basketball there.  He is around 6’6” and a talented player.

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Here is Zach, No. 32, in traffic, putting one down. 

We are looking forward to seeing him play two more times besides tonight at a tournament at Royal Valley High School at Hoyt.  Tonight they played  Wabaunsee High School (Alma) and tomorrow Royal Valley and Saturday Pleasant Ridge from Easton Kansas.

Zach’s sister Jessie plays on the girls team, but she has an injury.  She is playing varsity as a Freshman so we will have a chance to see her play again but this is Zach’s last year. 

These may be 4A schools, but there is athleticism, talent and desire to win as in any high school in the state.

Winter Flowers

Thank goodness, despite winter, there are flowers to enjoy.  Here are what’s blooming at my house.

My poinsettias continue to look beautiful.  Everyone knows the leaves aren’t flowers, but my plants make cold days feel cheery. I try to keep them in direct sunlight and the dirt damp.  So far I haven’t lost any leaves.

IMG_2245This is a milkweed plant given to me by neighbor Chip.  He has a large plant and started this one from it.  It is a Crown Flower milkweed, native to Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sir Lanka, India and China. Hawaiian Queen Liliuokalani wore the flowers strung into leis.

IMG_2339 I have two geraniums, both have blooms that look like they are about ready to pop open.

IMG_2344 Last, but not least, the Peace Lily shot up this flower out of the clear blue.  About two months ago, I was quite aggressive in pruning this plant.  I guess it liked it.

The Christmas cactus bloomed around the first of the year.  I think it is finished for a while. 

Remember back in the 70s they supposedly did a study that proved talking to house plants made them grow and flourish.  I don’t actually talk to them, but they do get a lot of attention.  And, they are looking good.