Sunday, January 20, at home in Arizona
This is just the sort of day I’ve been waiting for!
I pull out my work table and gather together potting supplies. The Mexican petunia cuttings, all of which have grown strong roots in bottles of water on the windowsill, will be potted today!
I set up my temporary potting station next to one of the rain barrels.
Reggie and Roger play nearby. (Sunshine makes them happy and playful. Does that to me, too.)
It’s fun choosing pots from my thrift store collection. For these cuttings I want pots that fit on the sill. After several days/weeks in the sunny window, I’ll move the newly potted plants outside to the covered patio.
This will transition them to being planted in the ground, after the threat of frost is gone.
I baby these Mexican petunias even though they probably don’t need it!
If you haven’t tried propagating cuttings in water, I suggest your first attempt be with a rugged plant that is happy to cooperate with your efforts. Years ago I attempted to do this — don’t remember what plants I cut — and it was a big failure. I never did try again until now.
One hundred percent success this time!
All cuttings put forth roots!
The one cutting propagated by a hormone dip and insertion in potting mix was successful also. A couple months ago I planted that one in the flower bed. It was doing great until our recent lows in the 20s zapped it.
Readers tell me the dead-looking lantana that I showed in a photo in a previous post will come back to life if I cut it back. Maybe there’s hope for the baby Mexican petunia.
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What else do we do this day?
I unwrap the outside water spigots, taking off the blankets and towels. (I may have to wrap them again before the winter is over. )
I trim the Mormon Tea bush/tree in an effort to make it less ugly. I go for a pseudo-bonsai effect as I hack and saw away at the tangle. It does look a little bit better now. Maybe I unlocked its inner beauty.
I rake and bag up a bunch of tumbleweed type plants that distribute thorns all over the back yard and harass Reggie’s tender paws.
I paint some of the house trim where the Arizona sun caused it to fade.
The boys and I eat lunch and supper on the porch.
It’s great to be able to use the porch again!
We’re sharing chicken pot pie (Thank you, Marie Callender!) when a tow truck with a very long flatbed pulls up.
The long flatbed is needed for the very long motor home it’s going to move. The boys run out to the chain link fence to bark at the Class A and the tow truck men. Only for a moment though, ’til they remember the chicken pot pie is disappearing fast.
The men finish securing the motor home . . . . and away they go.
Off to the garage for repairs? What memories are wrapped up in that RV?
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Word is going ’round . . .
Word is going ’round that Picasa will be kaput soon. Picasa is the photo-editing software I use for this blog. It was rumored to be eliminated a couple years ago but I kept using it without any issues. This newest report may turn out to be the real deal so I’m researching photo editors. I have a few that are free downloadables from which I’ll choose.
Now is a good time for a reminder.
Ever so often this blog disappears. When that happens, some regular readers worry that a calamity has occurred. Or that I dropped the blog into the black hole of cyberspace.
Not so! I would never do that! When the time comes to end this blog, I will give plenty of warning. I promise.
(See the raised bed in the photo below? I think I’ll plant it with succulents. More on that another time.)
If my blog should disappear, there’s no need to think the worst or to contact other bloggers.
Given my level of technical ability it may take more than a week for me to solve a glitch.
I will persevere and return, okay?
Not saying it’s going to happen, but it’s been a long time since a gremlin has gobbled up this blog, so, according to The Law Of Technology Crap Happening, I figure I’m due.
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Oh, I almost forgot another thing about this day . . .
I unload from the back of the Perfect Tow Vehicle my most recent thrift store purchase — a bedroom dresser!
I thought I’d have to come up with a couple hundred dollars for a decent dresser. I put that off, hoping something would appear at the thrift shop for a lot less money. However, good, solid, presentable, real-wood dressers don’t hang around long at thrift shops.
You can imagine my thrill at finding this one and it only cost sixty bucks!
All ten drawers glide smoothly. (The photo doesn’t do it justice.) I am very happy to have it and to know it didn’t cost me a small fortune. Plus the mirror with grapes found its place!
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Monday, January 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
A few minutes before seven this morning, we’re treated to another Arizona sunrise.
Okay, that’s the story from our house. What about from yours?
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