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Trying To Keep Busy

Monday, June 24, 2019

As I continue to wait for my surgery, I'm trying to stay busy. I've made a "to do" list and I've done about as much as I can, knowing that I still have 22 days to go. Some things simply can't be done until the week of surgery. This is the point in time when I turn to my creative talents in an effort to combat anxiety.

First, early on Friday morning, I decided to change the bow on the front door wreath. I usually make the wreaths I put on our front door but because of my hand, I couldn't make this one. It came with a tan and bone striped burlap bow. I took that one off and made the bow that you see in the picture.

Later the same day, I decided to redo the hanging plant display. I decided to select colors which would carry us all the way to the end of November. We seem to have issues with getting plants to grow without frying in the heat. So, I decided to do six hanging baskets of silk flowers. I found a craft store that was selling flowers for 50-70% off. It took me an hour to select the flowers. They filled up the entire shopping cart. I've done arrangements many times before and usually change the arrangements about 2-3 times per year.

Prepping the flowers, usually takes at least an hour. Prepping involves taking the price tags off and separating stems if they are sold in bunches or as branches. Since this had to be done pretty much one handed, it took much, much longer. Then, I had to prep the pots. This involves removing old silk flowers and weeds from all six pots. The pots are filled with dirt (skeletons of last year's attempts to grow real plants) and often little critters who decide to take up residence in our pots. This year's didn't disappoint! As I removed the flowers, used for the February to May decorations, out jumped two geckos and three small toads. Hubby chased one toad outside and two decided to set up housing in our garage. For some unknown reason just watching the little critters made me burst out laughing. emoticon It took me around 5 hours to complete the pots. Here are the finished arrangements on my work table.

On Saturday, our lawn guy moved the plant hangers where we wanted and secured them. Then they hung the pots for us. The guys were so sweet! They even told me that they loved my flowers! They thought they were real! Here are some pictures of them after we put them up.

I was pleased with end result as was hubby!
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