Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Winter Bloom

A few months ago when we were going to get our first freeze, I brought some of the plants I had put on the back porch to be repotted indoors so they wouldn't be killed. They have been sitting on our kitchen counter since then because it has just been too cold (or dark, since I sleep days) to deal with them.

This guy is a group of starts I got from my SIL that she had in a class jar at home in some water. I brought them home and put them in a pot, but decided later that I wanted to have them in a different pot.

A few days ago, I noticed that a new shoot was starting to come out from the spider plant and soon after that I noticed this pretty flower. I grabbed the camera because I wasn't sure how long it would last, and I am glad I did because within a day, it was gone again.

I wish my Christmas cactus would bloom...but I am happy with what I have so far.

Ten Years Ago on In My Words...Getting There

Sunday, January 10, 2016


We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. Sun was out, wind was brisk and the roads were clear-ish. We drove up to what we thought was the snow park for sledding (turns out it was a trail head for snowshoeing/cross-country skiing).

We hit a local restaurant for breakfast and then headed up with our borrowed sleds. My cousin was visiting from SoCal and wanted to get her feet in the snow and we were all ready to do it. The drive up was decent...only hit a couple of shaded areas that had ice, but my aunt's 4WD Explorer had no problems.

We found a nice smallish hill that none of us would die on and got down to it. I went down first with my aunt and she was laughing so hard the entire time that she thought she was going to pee her pants which would have made the rest of the day tough on both of us. Thankfully she was able to hold it in.

We had three different sleds with us and we each got a few decent runs in. The ride was a bit bumpy so soon enough, butts were starting to hurt a bit and we decided to call it a day. We all had a great time and felt great about getting some fresh air and exercise.

What a great day!! I took this shot of Mt Pitt from our starting point of the run, you can see how awesome the day was!

Three Years Ago on In My Words...You

Friday, January 01, 2016

2015 Reading Challenge

Didn't quite get there, but with starting to work full time this year, I still made a pretty decent dent in it.

I am going to start the 2016 Reading Challenge with a goal of 40 books...we'll see if that is too ambitious or not.

Reading is one of those things I try to make time for each day...it is what I do right before bed if nothing else. Working nights and sleeping days for the last few months has thrown that pattern off a bit but hope to get back at it.

Three Years Ago on In My Words...2012 Reading Challenge (got it done)