Monday, February 29, 2016

Oh No!!!

Last night it rained/snowed a little and then, of course, it froze.  This morning the roads and sidewalks were like glass, sheer ice.  Lots of accidents and slip and falls.
I opened Facebook and this is the first thing I saw.
DIL2 left for work this morning, in the dark, before 6a.m.  She got to the end of the block and slipped on the ice and this is the result, a broken wrist.  Fortunately there were other people about and they helped her up and she went back home, got hubby out of bed and off they went to the hospital.  Fortunately, it was a clean break so no pins or plates needed.  She's in a cast for 6 week and, unfortunately, it's her dominant hand and she can't drive.

My sister did exactly the same thing about 6 weeks ago.  She waited a few days before she went to the hospital because she thought she had just sprained/bruised it.  Er,no!!  She has been in a cast for the last 6 weeks and it was her dominant hand and she couldn't drive either.  She said the not driving was the worst part for her.  

By this afternoon it was nice and sunny and no ice in sight!!


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Amaryllis

I have the strangest amaryllis plant.  I bought it after New Years, 50% off at the grocery store, paid $4.50.  Before I planted it I thought I would do a little reading up on it.  I read that first I would get lush green leaves and then the flower stalk.

 This is what I got.  This beautiful cluster of 4 blooms.

 As you can see. I didn't get any beautiful, lush, green leaves.  The flowers died back and the info I had said to cut off the dead blooms, but leave the stem.  I left the stem until it turned brown, shrivelled and just fell off.
 This is what happened next.  Another flower stem, it's 17" tall.

 The three leaves to the left are the same ones that have been there right from the beginning.  The tallest one is 3".

 Looks like I will be getting more blooms, but no leaves.  Strange!
It certainly isn't in ideal growing conditions.  It's in a plastic pot, with no drainage holes (it came in the kit).  Our house faces north so it isn't getting much light.  Oh well, no leaves, but the flowers are beautiful!