|A Phalaenopsis orchid given to me as a gift last Christmas (2011) has finally re-bloomed.|
|A lovely organic leek I sliced for fresh potato and leek soup on St. Patrick’s Day, 2013.|
Cooking has again become popular around here and I’m happily creating and trying new things. I’m learning to make the basics, while appreciating the bountiful produce that’s appearing as the season changes.
Being gluten-free is easy most of the time, but then you find recipes such as the one for the cake seen below, and you just have to make a cake to share with your friends.
|Though not a garden, or even a plant, I had to share my leprechaun trap cake with everyone. Although no leprechauns were hurt, we did attract some pixies. (See below.)|
I wish this had been a gluten-free cake, but it wasn’t. I think that it turned out well except for my poor handling of the frosting. Someday soon I will master buttercream and this cake will look more like it’s covered in grass. (That’s why it’s here. I knew there was a reason! Grass!)
|The pixies are French so they could have cared less about the rainbow and pot of gold. Note that one has a ladybug on its thigh and the other has what looks to be a snail. No, oops, I mean escargot.|
Like other gardeners I am excited for spring and I am feeling very playful and happy again.
|The vintage ceramic potatoes make for nice vases on St. Patrick’s Day too.|
I really miss ikebana classes a lot but due to the divorce I’ve had to cut such things from my life for now. In the meantime, I’m doing the best I can and it’s not so bad at all.
|Vintage hanging ceramic indoor planter with an Aligator fern (Microsorum musifolium).|
The fact that I’ll be moving sometime during the next few months has finally sunk in and I’m looking at my plants much differently now. Although I have not yet found a place to call home, I’m finally getting excited about it.
|Epiphyllum grown from seed. I like to call this move “doing the Icarus”.|
Someday soon, I hope to see many of my houseplants bloom—like this Epi cactus!
Well, stay tuned since it’s moving with me. I have no idea how many years it will take, but I will wait for it.
|Green mums in a small vintage liquour glass inherited from my family.|
These past few weeks I’ve quietly sat back a bit to think about my life, my garden, my plants, and who I am and who I want to be now. I started this blog when I was obviously a different person, living a different married life. It was full of chronic illness, unhappiness, and for a time, troubled foster children.
|My niece Chelsea glam’d me up for an event.|
Yes, then there are the things you need to do for yourself. My marriage did not make me feel very beautiful at all. Let me tell you now, if you feel that way yourself, get out. It is the most important lesson I’ve learned. The people you surround yourself with should always help to make you feel like the beautiful person you are and sometimes that’s just not what happens.
|Oh weird! Downtown Portland. I remember this place…|
Trust me when I say that I’m not giving up gardening. I’m very much going to continue blogging too. I just need a little more time to adjust. There are many changes afoot.
There is direction too—and maybe even a plan (possibly a very detailed plan).
I’m over the shock and pain of having fallen blindly. I survived and I’ve planted my feel solidly on the ground. It’s new where I’m standing but I’m certain it’s terra firma. In characteristic Ann fashion I’m standing a bit uncomfortably in the middle of an empty field and I’ve covered my eyes with one hand while with the other I reach into my pocket for seeds.
I am throwing out the seeds. I am casting them blindly in every direction, and if you look closely, you’ll notice I’m coyly smiling. If you listen, across the distance, you’ll hear me laughing again. It’s not loud, but it’s happy at least.
So take that springtime! I’m ready for you this year.
Let’s get this party started.