I glanced in the rear-view mirror as we pulled up to the stoplight, and had to grab my phone out of its dashboard mount to capture this slice of life.
It’s been a mild winter so far in Northwest Ohio (Zone 6). Even so, the only blooms in sight are indoors: an African violet and two colors of kalanchoe.
I’m glad to have a few spots of color during the winter! As always, thanks to Carol Michel for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th of each month.
As Connor and I sat idling in the loop line at school this morning, the stickers on the vehicle next to me caught my attention.
I couldn’t quite make out the dates, but it looked like this woman’s sister passed just a couple years ago.
Normally, an SUV bedecked with a memorial would stoke my empathy and curiosity, but only for a moment. Maybe it was because I sat there behind this Lexus for a good five minutes before the school began letting kids in, but something about this memorial just got me right in the feels. I think it was the added touch of the customized license plate that finally did it for me.
Sometimes rear-window memorials seem overdone or gaudy, but this just struck me as… genuine?
After we all drove around to the side entrance and I waited my turn to pull forward, I watched the kids climb out of their Mom’s car.
Sorry about your Aunt Jessica.
This year’s custom calendars arrived just in time! Honestly, I usually procrastinate to the Nth degree on calendars, so much so that I tend to set the starting month as February instead of January… so getting the calendar before New Years Day is kind of a big deal.
Now I just need to get my Mom’s shipped off to her (along with her Christmas presents and photos of her grandson and whatnot) so that it maybe possibly arrives before February.
Well, I kinda borked my mobile layout for the time being, but it’s not like many people are going to notice.
I practiced some art meditation yesterday morning by drawing dozens of individual evergreen needles.
Merry Christmas from Aaron, Diana, Connor, and Mei!
It was weird to have Christmas as just the three of us, but we made the best of it. Connor played his new Nintendo Switch Lite, we played a game of Pictionary Air as a family, we texted family and friends, and we ate ham and sweet potatoes and rolls and homemade cranberry sauce and fudge and cookies.
I could have asked my mom for her microwave fudge recipe, but I figured Alton Brown’s would probably be pretty close… and I was right.
There’s not much bloom action happening outside right now in my Zone 6 garden in northwest Ohio; all the color is indoors.
Above: I received this African violet as a birthday gift from a co-worker at my previous job, some 15 years ago now. Since then, I’ve started a second plant from it… or is this the second plant?
Below: I only recently learned that the correct pronunciation of this plant’s name is not, in fact, kuh-LAN-cho — it’s kal-uhn-KO-ee. However you pronounce it, I have several kalanchoes that bloom in different colors, descended from cuttings from a former co-worker at my current employer about five or six years back.
This purple shamrock was a gift from a coworker who still works with me (hi, N! *waves*), also about five or six years ago. Even though it’s not currently in bloom, it still adds a welcome dash of color to my home.
I promise, not all of my houseplants were gifts from co-workers… just the more colorful ones, I guess.
Thanks as always to Carol Michel of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day on the 15th of each month! As Elizabeth Lawrence said, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.”