Español: Iris pallida ‘Variegata’ (= ‘Aureo-Variegata’). Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
At almost age 71, I am still discovering new things.
1/ In the past few days, I have been crocheting like a mad woman and discovered my right hand which holds the crochet needle is better. I suppose the old “use it or lose it” notion has merit after all. I wonder what other body part would profit from movement. Perhaps we will attend senior exercise class next week.
Lesson: If it doesn’t kill you it will make you stronger.
2/ The Iris Pallida I ordered in January has arrived. Apparently, the nursery White Flower Farm, doesn’t read the news. Its still a bit cold here in VA, although I have high hopes for next week. The ground is not frozen, so we will get the iris plants in the garden. Now I have to figure out exactly where I will put the little darlings.
Lesson: Will I ever stop wandering around my tiny yard with a pot in my hand saying…now where do I plant it?
3/ My friend, Debbi the Wolfgirl, who lives high in the mountains of California near Yosemite and is a wolf advocate, sent me a large box of pine cones.
English: Giant Sequoia cone next to Sugar Cone Pine cone. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Destructor bird #1, my 162 gram Senegal parrot, loves his new pine cone which is almost four times larger than he is. When I put the cone in Baby’s cage, I told David he would probably take a year to destroy it, but he’s already chewed the end. Yes, those western pine cones are HUGE, but Baby will destroy it, as he has done in the past. I will give most of the remaining cones to my daughter. Pine cones smell lovely when you toss them on the fire, and she has a fireplace.
Lesson: share the bliss, burn a pine cone.
4/ I finished the book Fear Itself, by Katznelson. When he reached the Atomic Age, I cried. Probably the worst thing humans have ever done…invent hydrogen, then atomic bombs. this morning, I read in the NYTimes the US, in a show of force, is flying planes over South Korea and the CIA is in Syria.
Lesson #a: It’s all about deterrence..again.
I added the Julia Child book, My Life in France, which I began reading last fall, to my active list.
Lesson #b: I need to read about something other than war for a change.