Friday, January 13, 2017

Flowers in the Winter

I took these pictures last week when there was snow on the ground.  Since that time, we’ve had a 70 degree day.  Now, by this time tomorrow night we are forecast to have ice.  So, we are thankful for the flowers in our home right now:


Poinsettia flowers are at the center of the leaves—but then everyone knows that. 


I brought the geraniums in this fall.  As long as they get lots of sun, they continue to bloom. 


I have two violets that are so happy where they are located that they continually show us these beautiful flowers.  I started two by sticking leaves in a pot and gave them away at Christmas.  I think it is time to do that again.


I bought this Amaryllis after it was marked down.  So, it did not bloom for Christmas.  What a joy it has been to watch it grow.


There are several other flowers on my Lemon tree, but this lemon is much more interesting.  Right now there are three lemons.  I probably should pick all the other blooms off so this small plant can make my lemons!



The Christmas cactus has been blooming since mid November.  It too just loves where it is sitting and if I continue to put water on it, I think it will bloom all winter.


I was going to “let this Peace Lily go” last fall.  It had gotten so big.  However, I brought it in and cut the leaves all.  It is sitting here in my office in front of a north window.  Three months later and here you go.  It wants to stay with us!

Any other year, we would have a Yucca bloom by now.  However, my huge Yucca plant took a dive last summer.  It fell out of the pot and was just too unwieldy to replant.  I’ve got another nice plant going, but it won’t bloom for a while.  I still think the whole Yucca plant “falling” out of its pot was some kind of conspiracy between Dan and the kids.  They all said it was ugly.  Don’t believe them—it had beautiful curves.

So, that is our mid winter blooms.  They make us happy!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Happy Couple

One thing that can be counted on is that a wedding will be a happy occasion.  And, it held true for Cameron and Alexa.

The ceremony was in the Church of the Resurrection, downtown.  It looks to be an old movie theater, but the pastor mentioned in his sermon that it was a bar.  At any rate, I don’t know when I’ve been to a wedding ceremony where the pastor took as much care in the bride and groom. The highlight was the reading of the letters the couple wrote to each other. 

This picture was taken in the church.   The children are cousins.  Notice the musicians in the background.  This was taken before the wedding started.  We didn’t take any during the service.


The reception was on the third floor of the Bauer at the Crossroads in downtown Kansas City Missouri.  It is a historic warehouse turned art studios and event space.  Janice’s decorations were the perfect combination of rustic/classy for the space.  There were lanterns, candles and greenery added as well.


Instead of a cake, there was this wonderful assortment of yumminess.



I guess this must the way a brother and sister dance!



Alexa Wedding