Monday, January 18, 2010

Lavender Blue

With Winter being so awful in so many parts of the country I decided we all needed some "flower therapy"! This is a photo of the beautiful African Violet that sits in my dining room window. I love the lavender blue color of the blooms. I have two old windows that sit on this ledge as well as a few other pretties. The soft bluish lavender blooms cheered me and spoke to me today of the promise of Spring, just around the corner.

Last week it got down into the teens here in South Texas and we are not accustom to this cold.
Our homes are not built to take extreme cold. Now that may not be cold by your standards in other parts of the country but here it bursts pipes and freezes plants at an alarming rate. Multiply that by three days and you 've got a minor crisis. We were all told to drip faucets and cover our outdoor spigots or suffer the consequences. Luckily we didn't incur any problems at our house but it sure did a number on the outdoor plants, even the plants that were covered. I guess I'll just have to wait for Spring to see what survived and what did not. Luckily my roses all look pretty good. Most of ferns, on the other hand, look pretty burnt.

Today it is in the 60's and we are supposed to have the 70's by this week end.. You just never know about the weather here! There is a saying here in Texas that" if you don't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes!! " We are anticipating a visit from an old friend this week end so I hope that the weather is nice so she can have a little vacation from the ice and snow.

If it is cold and gray in your world just look at the photo above and visualize it sitting in your sunny window instead of mine. Wishing you sunshine and warm breezes!!!!!


Jean Tuthill said...

Ahhhh, the 70's.... It sounds so good to me. It's been pretty warm here, about 30 for the last couple of days. Monday was awful, snowy and very wet, cold and dreary. A typical winter day in New England. Lots of snow around. I can't wait for Spring. (I go thru this every year.) Oh well, it's a good time to get caught up on things in the house. Your AV is beautiful and the windows are gorgeous, from what I can see.

Victoria said...

Oh my goodness, your home is beautiful! I spent about an hour yesterday, while my fiance was watching football, reading your blogs and you are so talented! I'm a beginner in all this and on a very tight budget, it's so inspiring to read what you've done:) Thank you!

Penny Sue said...

Dear Miss Sandy...

Thanks for your encouragement on my blog. Love the pic of the violets. So very pretty. But, you'd better keep them safe away from me... self admitted plant-slayer (sweetly coined title for me by my husband).

Sorry the weather took its toll on your plants. Hopefully, it was just on the surface, and didn't get to the roots of the plants. Here's hoping for the best.

Enjoy your company!

Hugs right back at you,
Penny Sue

Jean Tuthill said...

Hi Sandy, thanks for coming by...and your sweet comment about my suitcase. I had one, too. It was bigger than this one. Those Samsonite suitcases were practically indestructable. I wish they still made that kind. I do not like the fabric ones, they don't hold up well at all, and they all look alike! This was really fun to do and I loved making it "mine".

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Penny Sue said...

Happy belated Valentine's Day... just wanted to stop by and say hello. Hugs to you sweetie, Penny Sue

Jean Tuthill said...

I'm so glad to hear that you are retiring. You are going to love it! Sleep late, if you want, do things that you didn't have time to do before. I just wish you were closer, we could do all these things together! I'm having a ball, as you can probably see....

Miss Gracie's House said...

Wow...cold then wonderful! 70 sounds great about now! Love how your laundry room is turning out!
rene' said...

I think the teens qualify as plenty cold!!!

Neabear said...

Just stopping by to see how you are doing. Hope all is well with you.