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    Amaryllis Watch 2019 | Week Six.

    When I snagged that frozen pond photo for yesterday’s post, I noticed that last year’s amaryllis were way ahead of this year’s. Week six last year I had two stalks well above their copper stakes and one just about there. This year, I have one stalk barely above the stake … and the other two bulbs lagging behind. sigh. I’m wondering if I’ll see any blooms this month?! Also, I noticed that my Looking Back post for December was on January 5 – y’all it’s January 8 and I don’t have plans to even make the collage until this weekend. sigh. Nevertheless – 2019 feels like it’s off to a…

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    Amaryllis Watch 2019.

    Amaryllis Watch 2019 is now in week 3 and there is finally something to see besides a pretty pot and moss … indeed, all three bulbs have sprouted! I’m sure the abundant sunshine – seems like forever since we’ve had TWO days of blue skies in a row! – has helped. It’s most definitely improved my state of mind πŸ™‚ My goal is to have blooms toward the end of January and I think we’re on track. Same as always, I love waterlogue-ing these photos … and this week, it’s all about those two birds. Meanwhile, can you believe Christmas is only a week away?!? Happy Tuesday!! * my mom…

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    Three on Thursday | Hello November.

    Hello November! It’s been a while since I said “hello” to a new month from this most comfortable perch at my kitchen counter (and with both feet resting on the rungs of the stool πŸ˜‰ ). There’s just something about November that makes me glad to be home. I find that when I focus my attention on home, family and friends – I can see light shining in even the darkest places. It gives me hope. It feeds my soul. It gives me courage. and for all of this I am so very grateful. I need – and I’m sure y’all do too – massive doses of ALL of those…

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    Three on Thursday | A Walk in the Park.

    I took myself for a quick walk in the park this morning. and since it’s Thursday, I have three photos to share – and with a nod and a wink to Carole, I Waterlogue’d them πŸ˜‰ The leaves aren’t putting on much of a color show, but they make a most delightful crunch underfoot. No blue skies this morning, but a surprising amount of light still filters through the trees. I am completely smitten with the colors in this last one. In real life the berries are purple, but rendered here in a deep red, combined with all the browns and pops of light and green, I’m re-thinking the palette…

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    Three on Thursday | Saying Yes.

    Wow, I just counted up my time in the boot and this is day 31. I knew it was a lot, but I didn’t think it was a whole month of days. In the big ol’ scheme of my 55+ years, a month is just a drop in the bucket, but it is enough to start a habit. And in the spirit of Three on Thursday, here are three things I’ve said Yes! to in this past month-of-days that I hope to continue: Cottage Cheese. for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pre-boot, this was a “sometimes” thing for me. I’ve always loved it – with fruit or vegetables or doctored up…

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    Watercolor Wednesday | Scenes from the Orchard.

    We’ve had a delightful time visiting and catching up. Even the weather was smiling yesterday. We walked outside in the morning to get Martha a few photos to share on Facebook. Martha and Mother  Later in the afternoon, Holly and I ventured out for a long walk through the orchards. so beautiful and peaceful. We’re headed home later this morning (thankfully, not through snow!) – it’s been a short, but wonderful, change of scenery. Happy Wednesday, friends!

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    Amaryllis Watch | Week Eight.

    This week, the first two buds opened!  I started a daily photo watch the day the snow came … it’s remarkable to me how much can change in 24 hours! Tuesday Wednesday I took this photo while my sister and I had our weekly cocktail hour via FaceTime πŸ˜€ Thursday and today Here’s a topdown view of that four-blossom bloom. I wonder if the flowers will be so dark? Waterlogue (and a little bit of photoshop) suggests maybe not! Streamlined filter Wishing you a happy Friday and a great weekend – and may your team win on Sunday!! (Weeks One – Six, Week Seven)

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    Amaryllis Watch | Week Seven.

    It’s week seven and all three copper stakes are now in use. Β I might get to break out the knitting needles after all; each bulb has a second bud! I think blooms are still a ways off, but I’m starting to see a faint hint of red (or is it just my imagination?)   Today’s waterlogue is the Illustration filter. All those wonderful pops of blue are a marked and welcome contrast to the skies outside the window – dull, wet gray. Wishing y’all a wonderful weekend! (Weeks One – Six)

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    Watercolor Wednesday | Unraveled.

    I met up with a few friends for knitting and lattΓ©s this afternoon. Happy to report that Taproot is drying … and since the Bodie pattern isn’t coming out until next week, I’m back to a bit of gift knitting. The recipient reads the blog, so my friends were happy to oblige with a waterlogue’d photo that doesn’t give away any details. On the reading front, I’m still listening to 4 3 2 1 (less than five hours to go now!) and still enjoying it immensely. There have been a few unexpected twists in the plot; I have no idea where it’s headed. But I’m hoping to find out tomorrow!…

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    Cheers | Seven Dials.

    Waterlogue’s Illustration My sister found the recipe and shared it with me last week. I only had to buy grenadine and apple juice to mix it up today. It’s kind of a crazy mix of flavors, but it works! …and it was the perfect accompaniment to our typical Wednesday evening conversation (family. books. knitting.) and tonight, the weather. She’s driving to Florida tomorrow and I’m flying to Madison. I think I’m going to have the easier time packing … Madison looks like Atlanta right now! Hope your week is going well. Cheers to Wednesday!