Friday, July 22, 2011
About 3 or 4 years ago, I purchased some non-hardy (in Minnesota) flower bulbs. Over time I have lost whatever info came with this one.
This is the mystery flower just starting to open. It is in the same large pot which also contains a brugmansia, an angel trumpet flower.
Here, the flowers are in full bloom, and also it shows some of its large leaves.
the flower petals are about 1/4 inch wide, white to very pale pink, and have a wonderful scent.
The entire plant, leaf tip to leaf tip is about 3-4 foot wide.
I'd really love to know this mystery plant's name, can you help?
PS. The brown stems belong to the angel trumpet plant, which has a lovely 6 " apricot flower!
Sunday, July 03, 2011
This is the season many folks are making resolutions, which might include exercising more. I thought I would let you, my friends, in on a little secret I've found for building my arm and shoulder muscles. You might wish to adopt this regimen.
Three days a week works well. I started by standing with a 5lb potato sack in each hand, extending my arms sstraightout to my sides and holding them out there as long as I can.
After a few weeks, I moved up to 10 pound potato sacks, then 50 pound potato sacks - and finslly got to where I could lift a 100-pound sack in each hand and hold my arms straight out for more than a full minute.
Next, I started putting a few potatoes in the sacks, but you might not want to continue at this level.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Tuesday we got 1 1/2" of rain and so I drove my car to the library, plus going to the gym was the next stop in my plan. Now I've said before that life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans. Driving to the library, 'life' happened to me again!
The car was difficult to accelerate and I tried another gear which didn't help. Then, like a big light bulb going off, I realised that I probably had a flat tire. I haven't had one in so many years that I wasn't sure what it should 'feel' like. When I parked in front of the lib. I checked and sure enough my front left was VERY flat and sitting on the rim. I called a tow truck from the inside of the library. Did I mention how much rain we got?
I had him take me directly to Sam's Club. (On and off, I had remembered being told I should have my tires replaced before LAST winter, so I figured it was past time) Sam's didn't have any record of me replacing any tires on my 2002 Saturn. I looked stupidly at him and asked if it was possible that the car still had factory tires on it, he looked, sure enough they were. I ordered a new set of Goodrich tires, which happened to be on a special.
So, my new tires ended up costing a whopping total of $305 including tax and mounting/balancing. That also included regular tire rotation and rebalancing for the life of the tires plus free road assistance if I need a tire change during the life of the tires. Yesterday I took the tow truck's bill to State Farm and they gave me a check for the entire amount!
So anyway on Tuesday, after getting my auto re-rubbered, I made my planned trip to the gym. Now, I had not done much ST since leaving Curves at the end of December. I figured I would have lost some strength in those four months. That said, I was appalled at HOW MUCH I had lost! No wonder I had gained weight! ( Of course, it had NOTHING to do with all the 1/2 price easter goodies I had OR the fact that I had been out to dinner a lot more than usual lately.)
Yesterday, I was out in my front garden picking the daffodils that had been flattened by the rain, When what to my wondering eyes did appear, blooming trout lilies! I looked a little further and saw the peeping blooms of blood root! God was showing me the promise that spring really was on the way, despite the snow flakes appearing during the day.
Last night the weatherman explained all of our cold weather and the horrible outbreaks of deadly tornadoes to the east and south. A strong "La Nina"! The jet stream has been coming from the west then sweeping directly down into Texas before heading northeast and causing the deadly weather there. A news man also explained that the tornadoes were deadlier due to the spread of people moving into areas previously unoccupied by people.....
Two years ago we had a deadly tornado touch down about 10 miles north of here. Torn down were less than 5 year old houses in an area that previously held only fields and trees.
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