Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Sunshine and Flowers

Just living is not enough...One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

--Hans Christian Anderson

Usually as my birthday approaches, I get a bit of the "gardening bug." It all started my freshman year of college at UC Riverside, when my friend Sheryl gave me a philodendron for a birthday present. I named it "Phyllis" and it survived long enough to accompany me on 2 moves during my scholastic career.

When I was 21 I was living with roommates in an apartment that had a bit of dirt where I planted some pansies. They met with an untimely end when a friend's little boy systematically stomped them all flat, one by one. Boys will be boys.

Next came "Leilani" the hibiscus. She did great on our patio in Escondido for almost a year. She met her demise in a Santa Ana windstorm. I bought a smaller hibiscus plant to replace her, but it just wasn't the same.

Now we are living in our first home, but we don't have a yard. I prowled around the garden department at Wallyworld (aka Wal-Mart) this afternoon looking for a suitable patio plant, but nothing struck my fancy. Currently the entry-way to our house is guarded by "Charlie," the Lone Gnome. Maybe tomorrow I'll see if I can find a bit of greenery that would look nice on my bistro table.

Then again, maybe I'll just spend my energy washing the windows and enjoying the spring sunshine!

You do sound busy. I hope you continue to feel well. Lauren, I'm especially enjoying your Pools of Grace devotionals.
I didn't wash windows today after all; I did stand by and supervise while the passenger window of the car was replaced.

Happy Birthday! :-)
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