Hi there! How is your week going? We had no appointments or meetings or anything today which was a relief to me. It's been very hectic and busy in my life. Yesterday I presided over a Friends of Multnomah Falls board meeting and so spent the whole day writing my presidents report, the agenda, etc, etc, etc - and printing them all up! The new Area Manager of the USFS National Scenic Area attended the meeting, which was nice to have her meet the board. So, today was a day to de-stress and relax.
The image below is my Peace Lily, also known as a Spathiphyllum. This plant is special to me as my aunt sent this plant to my Father's funeral and I brought it home. I've had it many years and it's a beautiful plant! It hasn't bloomed a lot in the last several years, so this was a special event for me -- I think of it as my Dad saying hello to me. :-)I haven't said much here, but we've had a rough few months as far as losing the elders in our family. My aunt passed away last month and on the way home from her funeral, my fathers eldest brother and last son alive in the family had an auto accident - and 3 days later his wife passed away, then just a few weeks later, he passed away. Out of 6 kids, only my aunt is left. We then lost my uncle on my Mom's side a while back and then just last week his wife, my aunt, lost a long battle with cancer. Out of 11 children, only 1 aunt is left. I'm sorry to lay all this on you, but I will always be honest here on my blog.
I sent a big Peace Lily to my aunts service which my cousin took home. I was happy that she will have it to remember her mother by.
This plant of mine has been doing very well and I didn't know what it was, but since I'm showing it to you I googled it and found it's a "Calathea Ornata". I'm not sure what the common name is.
Below is my "Teddy Bear Kit". My older son's youngest boy wanted a "Mint Green" bear. So, I'm working on that one. The older one wants a blue one so I'll be using the denim blue on his. The 2 "baby" boys were with us on Sunday at my son's house and I asked the littlest one what color he wants for his Teddy Bear and without hesitation he said "Ow-eeng". So, I guess I need to go yarn shopping! Then I asked the 3 year old what color he wanted and bless him, he liked the lichen green I had. It was *SO* cute how the 2 littlies then started telling me which yarn was for who. Adorable!
Then.. I will blame my daughter for this.. she just joined Pinterest, and one of her first pins was of some neat cups and saucers in Jadeite. So, I looked on Etsy and found some for her. Then I found some for me. I just put in the order today but in a week or so I will recieve 4 of these lovely vintage beauties. They are the oldest Fire King jadeite style, called "Alice". It came out in the early 1940s and only cups, saucers and dinner plates were made. The cups and saucers were "prizes" inside Quaker Oats and the dinner plates were given to those who attended movies!
Also... we have *LOVED* watching "Downton Abbey"! We watched Season 1 on a rented DVD, and then were able to watch Season 2 as they happened. The only bummer was that the season was over way too quick! So, I went on PBS.org and ordered the box set of Season 1 & 2. I want to watch them both all over again.. and again!
I hope you're having a great week! Oh.. and I just hit 200 "Followers" but I call you "Friends". ((hugs)), Teresa :-)