Thursday, February 23, 2017

I like #7

Gosh I'm falling so behind!  First this post is late and then I realize I haven't posted anything else in weeks.  I have projects to share!  And thoughts!  Goodness knows I just need some time to write them down.  Oh My!

But, luckily there were lots of things to like this week.

First, I have to just share my weekly blooming flower.  My spiral begonia, which I at one point despaired of keeping alive, has made a bloom!!!  I'm so excited!  I thought this plant was so cool, I asked my friend to get me one, but it's been a bit touchy.  I was thrilled when it felt healthy enough to make a flower.  Even just a little one.  I've never grown begonias before.  Mike took the macro picture.  Anyone have any tips on growing begonias?  I still don't think it's what you would call healthy.

The next thing I like this week is the feeling of having completed the 10k with my sister!  I went very slowly (definitely slower than many of the power walkers), but I jogged the whole way.  My sister runs much faster than me, so she finished and then jogged back to re-jog the last mile with me.  But it was great to finish!  Another sticker for my calendar.  We're going to do another one in May, hopefully I'll be a little bit faster by then.

But the main thing I liked (loved) this week was having my sister and my niece and nephew up to visit.  They're 3.5 and almost 5, and are such a blast.  Constantly laughing and giggles and silliness make it really hard to stay depressed and cynical.  What a blessing they are to me!  We had a lot of fun hanging out and playing with them.  On Friday morning they woke me up around 5:45 so I went and curled up in their room while they started with their 100%-on-already morning fun.  I caught this cute shot of them playing pillow monster!

I also like doing crafts with the kids!  So fun to do low-pressure things that they enjoy.  Both kids got a kick out of this project my sister found on the internet somewhere.  It's fairy mud! It's made out of microwave-exploded Ivory soap, shredded toilet paper, water, and glitter.  The soap thing was especially cool, if you've never done it, it's pretty nifty.  Apparently it only works with ivory though.  After they made their fairy mud sculptures they covered them with treasures found around my studio and backyard.  All kinds of random things, including an empty shell casing that fell off my reloading area.  I love the sparkle and bright colors.  Unfortunately my sister "forgot" to take them home.  They were fun to make, but I'm not sure how long I'm obligated to keep them.  :) 

All in all a much more likeable week than others.  Linking up as always with LeeAnna!


  1. congrats on the race! I only ever ran, fully ran with no walking a 5K and I might have come in after someone on crutches. Begonias are not thirsty. They like to dry a bit between waterings.

  2. I've never heard of fairy mud before. How cool! I understand your frustration with shortness of time to "do it all". But you gave us a great post! Liking the begonia. I have never grown one and now want to try. Have a wonderful day. mary in AZ

  3. Congrats on your begonia! It's so pretty!!! It sounds like you had a blast with the kids!!! Fairy mud is a new craft to me but I do like the result!!! Have a great day!

  4. What a fun week! I love the fairy mud!

  5. I'd not heard of spiral begonia but isn't it lovely. Good macro shot. Aren't kids the best. They bring their own special energy to any situation...lifts the heart.