Things I have learned (or not) late in life.

Español: Iris pallida 'Variegata' (= 'Aureo-Va...

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...

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.


14 thoughts on “Things I have learned (or not) late in life.

  1. Sugar pinecones…great long things. Very impressive when you see them hanging from sugar pines (the tree). Our church camp is on property once known as Sugar Pine Lumber & Mill. We’ve seen hundreds of these, trees and cones. As for a fireplace, you could come get mine. We don’t use it and I would really like it to be gone. Hate fires of any kind. Even campfires.


  2. Glad to know that crocheting is helping your hands. What are you making right now?
    I have an open fireplace and have often said the with a real fire, you never feel alone. Cones make a lovely addition.


      • Yes they do and also a compressed variety, but they both cause more dust than coal. I like to use compressed woodchip logs, they are clean, no dust and very little ash to clean up.


  3. I can definitely relate to your # 1 and #2. I’m still walking around trying to figure out where I’m going to put my Meyer lemon tree. I’m also going to physical therapy next week for my aching shoulder.


  4. I need to look into “Good Reads.” My mountains of books are mounting. I’m taking the Panama book to the Convention. Please tell the piker that he will be there with us in spirit.


  5. It must be nice to have a fireplace. I once spent a weekend at a home that had such a thing. It was a beautiful house on Kailua Beach, with an entire wall made of glass facing the ocean. At night, the fireplace was lit. Lovely!


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