Sunday, November 25, 2012

Now That Our Tummies Are Full

I HOPE YOU ALL had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a successful Black Friday and/or Shop Local Saturday and now a delightful Cyber Monday. 

I did absolutely no shopping. I'm not a fan of such things, to tell you the truth. It's not that I hate shopping, per se. I just have a bazillion other things to keep me occupied. I usually start thinking about Christmas 3 or 4 days before it arrives. 

Last Friday was my birthday. When I got home Wednesday afternoon, there was a box from my beloved sister, Laura. She sent me two pink Amaryllis bulbs and a bunch of paperwhite Narcissus. Nice, huh? 

This is not my birthday Amaryllis but a photo from 3 years ago. 
Also included in the gift box from my sister was a cool piece of driftwood she recently scavenged from one of our childhood haunts. It means the world to me that she was so thoughtful. Our paternal grandmother was an avid gardener and often collected driftwood to embellish her garden. In this case, the apples haven't fallen far from the tree. Both of my sisters and I are avid gardeners just as she was. Thank you Laura! 

There are very few blooms in my garden these days. Earlier today I braved the elements to gather the last  remaining honeysuckle flowers. There were also a few dangling hardy fuchsia blossoms and a surprise 'Cinco de Mayo' rose just opening up so I picked them too. We haven't had a frost yet, which isn't all that uncommon. Maybe we'll get lucky and have a frost-free winter. 

Hope you're all doing well. As always, 


  1. What nice gifts from your sister!

    We had our grandsons Friday from 6:15 to 2:20ish. Our DIL likes to get a year's worth of batteries and whatever other bargains she can find on Black Friday.

    I did end up buying a couple pairs of shoes from New Balance after looking at their email ad for Black Friday specials.

  2. Happy Birthday Grace!

    I love your idea of a frost free winter. Has that ever happened here?

  3. Happy Birthday! What a wonderful gift from one gardening sister to the other. I hope you place the driftwood in a prominent place in your garden. I think memories are such a wonderful thing to have blooming in the garden.

  4. Happy Belated Birthday Dear Friend! How wonderful that your sister's gifts resonated for you!

    No frost yet..... lucky you! We have a light dusting of snow on the ground, which is perfect since the Christmas trees arrived at work this past week!

    So happy to hear that you didn't prescribe into the whole Black Friday mentality!

  5. Happy Birthday Grace. Beautiful gifts from your sister!
    We've had a frost but it's still been mild, sadly for me the forecast says rain is back this week. I know I know it makes it green and lush but I still don't enjoy it!

  6. Happy Belated Birthday Grace...I am with you on shopping or rather Not shopping. I did venture into a store only because we had a visitor but we stayed only a few minutes. Cat boys sent you birthday kisses xxx

  7. Lucky you, to have a sister/soulmate. Did she share your hard time growing up? Happy Birthday! You are an inspiration to us all.

  8. Hope your birthday was the best one ever! It's fun to share gardening with family members.

    Haven't done any shopping because I'm lazy. We've had a few frosts here. The musa basjoo has a little frost damage on the top few leaves. I'd be happy if the weather didn't get any colder!

  9. I hope you had a terrific birthday Gracie! The sweet sister gifts must have added a lot. Cheers!

  10. Belated Happy Birthday! I had only brothers; You are so fortunate to have a dear sister. I am convinced there exists a gene for gardening.

  11. Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday Grace and all good wishes for the year ahead :) Hope that your special day was full of fun and flowers. A most thoughtful present from your sister.

  12. Glad to hear your birthday was nice and what a great special. I don't like to shop anymore and I hate Black Friday...I ease into the season myself. Wishing you a lovely winter...we have had snow as my garden depends on it.


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