November 18th, 2006

Brian and Anne


I seem to have worn myself out with fiendish plan # 29, which involved clearing the empty boxes out of the workshop and moving the full boxes around so that Bill can get to his stuff that's there in the back and we can get to the pegboard, where I added pegs and hung up a bunch of things, in front of which I also (Ta da!) cleared off a work/sorting space on one of the two worktables. Took stuff out of bags from Stadium Hardware and various boxes, sorted it a bit. Bill has some awesome-looking drill bits he got from his dad. I'm just saying.

I also dusted my little shelves of bric-a-brac, which needs to be done at least every two or three years, I insist. It's always nice to revisit memories that way. I have quite a few things from our Route 66 trip, and some from my childhood, and from high school, which includes one pewter horse that a friend of mine gave me for safekeeping when she moved out of her parents' house and lived with us for a while, and then heading off on her own, future uncertain. I need to get that back to Jane. I've tried inviting her over for dinner but she's a volunteer firefighter on top of her day job (firefighting) in IT and her schedule is a bit erratic. I should try again.

Time to do some errands, I think. Hope some of you are enjoying sunshine, somewhere. It is unrelievedly grey, here, but at least some of the trees still have color, so there's beauty of a sort.
Sarah's painting

Thanksgiving Cactus (Speaking of color)

2006 christmas cactus horiz
Originally uploaded by netmouse.

Before I head out, I stopped to water the plants, and thought I would share a picture of the christmas cactus in all its glory. Actually it's more of a thanksgiving cactus, 'cause it usually blooms about now (and then again in February or so).

Bill rescued this christmas cactus from the sidewalk when he found three sections of cactus laying on the ground and said "Look! a Christmas Cactus!" We brought it home and grew it into a plant, which has been very rewarding. There's another cactus in the same pot, which grew from a cutting given to us by Hedwig Biggle. You can see it better in the other pictures I posted, if you click through to flickr.

(a christmas cactus is actually a tropical cactus and more of a succulent, so you should water it thoroughly whenever it's dry. If you want a cutting, let me know. it's getting huge, so I'll probably prune it once the blooms go away.)