A Sentiment

God knew what He was doing when He sent a gentle breeze and brought a lovely butterfly to set my heart at ease. The happiness of your friendship and the gentleness of your words have touched my life in special ways and now I feel assured. Thank you for your loyalty and for reading everyday. I only hope you find things to make a happy day.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Looking Ahead

I've been waiting for this amaryllis to open ....it seems forever.In checking back...I think that I planted it in late Oct. Joe was having surgery the day after Christmas...so I didn't want to miss any of the blooming time. I kept it in the mud room, which is cooler than the rest of the house. It started to grow right away....and then stopped. It seemed that this bulb had heard my wishes and waited for me to be ready. Well, this is how the bulb looks this morning...big, plump and almost ready to pop. I think that I ended up ordering "Samba." Should be a beautiful flower...worth waiting for.

Amaryllis are beautiful houseplants for this time of year. Between now and Valentine's day, we need a bit of cheer in our homes. I just made a few changes here this past week. Putting Christmas away, makes me sad sometimes. Lots of memories are put into the bins with the decorations....the same as when I got  them out. I remember back, when my parents were in failing health. I would always wonder if this would be the last Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthday for them. I strived to make their last holidays special and for them to feel the love of our family. When I put away Mom's crystal decorations, I thought back to those holidays. Cute things that the kids have given me are so special now...since losing Tim. It was hard putting the kids things away this year. It seems that I wanted to keep them all safely around me.My Dad made me a canning jar, with potpourri and a lacy cap, on the last Christmas I celebrated with him. It sits all year on top of the book case. I miss them..so much  I didn't get sad and have those feelings for long, however...I got busy and organized and put those bins in their place of storage until next year. This is why I need some color and cheer here right now. The amaryllis is going to add that special touch... to a corner of my living room. The bright red pot holders and new red floor mats for the kitchen bring cheer too. A bouquet of tulips in an old clay pot bring cheer to the bedroom. My garden window at my left elbow... here in the computer room is full of plants and will get a change today. I'll show it tomorrow. Looking ahead instead of behind is the best  way to start the new year.


Margie's Musings said...

I know what you mean, Balisha! I miss my folks too. I keep all the mementos I receive from my kids too.

I always read your blog!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I can hardly wait to see what these blooms will look like. They are just bursting at the seams.

Looking ahead, not back, is good advice.

Today is a much better day for me and I am so thankful after the meltdown I had yesterday. Thanks for your kind comment and prayers.

Love and hugs to you and Joe ~ FlowerLady

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

You have sweet memories which is wonderful! Looking forward to that bloom!

Heather @ The Beating Hearth said...

I love the idea of looking ahead. I can't wait to see your amaryllis bloom!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Balisha if I could describe you in a nutshell it WOULD be looking forward, come to think of it

This is YOU!!!

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Blondie's Journal said...

I think you've seen my posts about having some old ornaments that belonged to my mother and father. Every year when I unpack them I'm filled with memories that almost choke me up. And when I put them away, I feel like I'm saying goodbye all over again.

I'm sure this was a difficult holiday for you, I was thinking of you.

Your amaryllis is going to be stunning. I was blessed with a second bloom on mine that opened a few days ago!


Judy said...

i got an Amaryllis after Christmas, on sale, and planted it for some February color. It just sits there and I see no green appearing. Also, when I put my Christmas decorations away, this year, I did it very neatly and carefully labeled because I thought, "This may be my last Christmas and I want the girls to find everything neatly put away." Such thoughts!!! Must come to us of a certain age?

Gatsbys Gardens said...

The colors on this one are going to be beautiful. I had a white one bloom before the holidays and one that is just starting now. It is great to see this beautiful plant in the dark days of winter.