“A flower blossoms for its own joy.”

I am fine. Yesterday I even had my car serviced and then treated myself to a stop at William-Sonoma. I figured I deserved it. Had I not been tired and hungry, I’d have made a few more stops. ‘Tis the season for Christmas shopping.

The nights are cold now, snuggle into the down comforter cold, and the days aren’t much warmer. I was out filling the bird feeders this morning and my hands got cold, but I was rewarded when the birds descended en masse. The red spawn appeared a while later. I saw him from the kitchen window, and I swear he checked the back door before he decided to stay on the deck rail. I ran out, and he got caught on the deck and was running back and forth. Gracie joined in the chase. Finally the spawn leapt onto a branch, a far away branch, and went from branch to branch into my neighbor’s yard. That is the only spawn which can get at the squirrel buster feeder because it is so small and lightweight. He jumps up, grabs a seed then sits on the deck to eat it then does that over and over. He keeps the birds away. My other nemesis, the grey spawns, haven’t been around. I see them racing in the yard and on trees but not the deck.

When I was outside this morning, I could hear the birds and I could hear the tapping of my downy woodpecker. He comes often to my suet feeder. I like watching him eat as he does so with such enthusiasm.

I watered the upstairs plants this morning and was rewarded by finding my Christmas cactus in bloom. Last week it was close to blooming, but I forgot about it, all the better for today’s surprise. The cactus has both red and white flowers, and they cascade from the green stems and hang over the table. I sat on the bed for a bit just looking at that plant. It is so beautiful. I always think of a Christmas cactus as a gift from the season. It is winter’s only flower.

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6 Comments on ““A flower blossoms for its own joy.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    My day has been better than yesterday was 🙂 🙂 I went to bed really early and I guess that was the best thing to do since I felt mostly confused all evening 🙂 🙂

    We did get snow but not especially much, the temperature was a bit too high but we have a thin layer here, all of it rained away in the village where I work though. I think it’s time to start feeding the deers again. I have almost no apples left on the ground and the few hanging in the trees are mostkly bird food now.
    I don’t have to have squirrel safe feeders here, they are just too shy to run so far fromn the forest.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      My day was better as well. I went to a presentation at the library about the Peril of Turtles. It was excellent.

      It is really cold here and will be even colder tonight, but no snow in the forecast. My sister in Colorado got snow, and the temperature is in the single digits. It better bot be coming my way.

      The spawns here are bold and brazen.

      Have a great evening.

  2. Hedley Says:

    I wait, with some anticipation for your post tomorrow as we arrive at the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy in Dealey Plaza.

    I guess I am among the “youngest” of the generation that remembers where they were and what they were doing when it happened. Most strangely the BBC still decided to launch Dr Who on Saturday November 23rd in the face of world wide sorry and fear of the events in America.

    in 1963 the UK had faced Profumo the Great train Robbery, an incredible winter, the Cambridge Five and a Conservative government lead by MacMillan.

    We looked to the United States and we knew the Beatles were upon us.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I will share my memories of that day still etched in my memory.

      I read an article in the Boston Globe today about how the NFL went on with its games anyway but the fledgling AFL chose to postpone all of them. The decision was based on what they thought the President would have wanted.

      I watched excerpts from the first Doctor Who on BBC America last night.

  3. flyboybob Says:

    Tomorrow the City of Dallas is preparing a huge remembrance for the occasion. Dallas was a much different place in 1963 then it is today. Then it was a very segregated city with all the power in the hands of an oligarchy of rich and very conservative families. Men like General Edmund Walker and H.L. Hunt lived in Dallas and preached or broadcast very anti-Kennedy messages. When
    Ted Dealey was the owner of the Dallas Morning News he was invited to the White House. The story was that he got his face right up to Kennedy’s and lectured the president on not being tough enough on the Russians.

    Today the city is very ethnically diverse and Democratic but the surrounding suburbs along with the rural areas are mostly lilly white and very tea party conservative. These are folks who gave us Governor Rick Perry.

    An arctic cold front is just to our northwest so our 73 degree muggy day today will be followed by a cold north wind in a few hours. Tomorrow is forecast for high temperatures in the lower 40s with overcast skies and cold rain. If anyone is interested here is a URL about the assassination.


    • katry Says:

      That link is amazing. I’ll be looking through it a good part of the evening.

      I remember people condemned Dallas as it the city had been responsible. I read in the Globe today that at a pro football game not long after the assassination the team was introduced as the Cowboys: Dallas was left off because of the expected reaction.

      40˚ is mild for us in the winter. It is sweatshirt weather.

      Thanks again for the link.

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