I am thinking about my garden again, and my plants in the Carolina room are doing well. I cut off the amaryllis leaves a few weeks ago and put it out in the cold. I brought it inside last week, hoping for another bloom this year. It didn’t bloom last year, and if it doesn’t grow this year, it may be done. It bloomed for seven years in a row, so I do think I got good value from it.
The orchid is teasing me again. It has put out several air roots, and recently looks like it may try to bloom again. Last time, I only got one flower that never fully opened.
It looks like it is trying to do two flowers, but we will see.
The goldfinch flock is back, with about a dozen of them starting to change back to their summer colors of bright yellow. There are nine, and maybe ten in this photo, and there were a few more on the ground.
The six bluebirds are still here, but I haven’t seen any sign that a pair has moved into the birdhouse.
The finches made it quite clear that they were looking for more suet. So I had to make another cake for them.
I mix bacon fat, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, oatmeal and corn grits together for them. My recipe for this is on my post Making a Meal for Our Feathered Friends.
I’ve saved a plastic container from a commercial cake. I line it with wax paper so mine come out the right size for the suet cage.
If you missed Friday’s post, we are starting our Safelight Project for 2023. There are several ways you can get involved with sewing and more. I hope we can get the project done in February and deliver the spa bags in mid-March.
On the clearing out front, I planned to have a lot of things go to donation before the end of January. Three boxes of books have already gone, and more are in process. Some of these Christmas books were donated, and I have to really decide about the Southern Living Series. I’ve collected them since they began publishing them in 1982, and I have every year up to 2018. I looked at a bunch this past season and didn’t make one project from them. Same thing goes for the Southern Living Cookbooks. I have every year from the beginning volume in 1979 up to 2017. I use only a few recipes over and over, so I should copy those for my recipe binder and donate the whole set. Something to think about. We’ll chat more about that later, as I cook so much differently now than I used to.
Progress is being made in the basement storage room, with dishes, kitchenware, charger sets and candle holders pulled for boxing up. This group will leave on Tuesday. I am being brutal, really cutting the amount of holiday things, especially the ones that don’t mean that much, like St Patrick’s Day, Valentines Day, or Mardi Gras. Fun days, sure, but I don’t need to store specialty items for a year for them. From here on, I’ll make a special meal for those days or we’ll have an outing.
I took the suggestion of using some of those mailers that cannot be recycled as pads between dishes. I cannot find the comment about using them this way, but thank you to whomever said that! So much to do in the coming weeks to lighten the load, make space in the house, and move some things on to others. I hope that someone else will experience the little thrill that I got when I acquired these things in thrift stores.
I still haven’t gotten to the closet yet. But maybe on the next rainy day I can make progress. Here’s another spot where I just need to be brutal, discarding things I may never wear again. I also need to donate those things that I keep pulling out to perhaps wear, then I put them back again. Several blouses and some sweaters fit that description, I liked them on the hangers, but I just don’t actually put them on and leave the house. So, someone else may enjoy them.
Today is football, chatting with friends online, and enjoying the day. I’ll be going through some of those books to donate while I watch the games. It is supposed to turn cooler, finally. I have some rocks painted with a base coat, just waiting for me to finish, and I’ll show you those soon. I have some cards to make, and I need to decide about making some more paper with the dried rose petals I have been saving. I have the top assembled for Quadrille, and now it needs borders, plus I have two more projects in progress in the sewing room. So, plenty to keep me busy, around pickleball. What’s keeping you busy these days? How are your clean out projects going?