Thursday, January 12, 2017


Amaryllis number five for the year is Evergreen.

Amarylis 'Evergreen'

This is the first green amaryllis I've ever bloomed.  I do have another, Green Dragon, that I got last year, but it was a very small bulb and hasn't bloomed for me yet.

This one was a request from Emma, who was enchanted at the thought of a green flower. And it really is green!  Sort of a pale chartreuse lime, shading to darker in the middle. Very pretty.

This is one of the Cybister varieties of amaryllis so the flowers are fairly small, about 4 inches in diameter.  However, there are nine (NINE!) flowers on this scape, and another scape on the way.

I like it very much.  I'm a little worried about the bulb, though, because it hasn't grown any roots yet and two floriferous scapes is a lot of stress on an unrooted bulb.  Depending on how much the bulb shrivels, I may cut off the second scape to let it recover.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Curtain progress

Still going on the hardanger curtain!  I finished quite a bit over the weekend as I hunkered down during the blizzard.

hardanger curtain in progress

As you can see, I basted in some temporary guidelines to help with the counting on that upper row of zigzags.  It's all too easy to get a thread or two off when you're working at a distance from the row below, and unless everything lines up perfectly exactly, you're in trouble and just have to pick it out and start over.  In the cut-out areas of hardanger, there is no "almost right."

So the hour and a half it took to put in those basting lines and double check that they followed the exact same thread all the way across the curtain was time well spent.  Now I can do the second row of kloster blocks and the eyelets, with no worries that things will be cattywompus when I get to the cutting-out part.

And just for a reference scale, here's how big the curtain is!  (With a little extra fabric around the edges, of course.)

hardanger curtain in progress

Friday, January 06, 2017

Truth in Dreams

I spent all of last night dreaming about trying to do impossible things.

I was trying to run upstairs but the stairs never ended.

I was trying to put grubs in a bag and tie it closed to take home (not as weird as it seems, I have a bearded dragon who eats grubs), but the grubs kept multiplying so fast that they filled the bag and overflowed before I could tie it shut. I had to keep getting bigger and bigger bags but they just kept multiplying faster and I couldn't keep up. If I could have just tied the bag they would have stopped multiplying, but I couldn't get ahead of them.

I had to pick up Emma from school but I was on a work trip and didn't have enough time to get back to La Grande before school was out. I kept trying to calculate the travel time but the clock was running too fast, ticking over one minute every second.

I was trying to shovel the driveway but it kept getting snowed in again right behind me.

I was washing dishes but more and more kept appearing on the counter.

I was trying to count the pretty pebbles we found at the beach in August, but I kept spilling the jar and having to start over.

I was hiking and every time I got to the crest of the ridge and thought I was at the top of the mountain, there was another slope up in front of me.

I don't usually remember my dreams this clearly, at least not so many per night. Twice during the night I woke up gasping for breath and drenched in sweat. I was exhausted this morning when I finally got up.

You think I'm maybe feeling a little overwhelmed by life at the moment?

Monday, January 02, 2017

Remember this?

Way, way back in 2015, I started making hardanger curtains for my bedroom.  I had to go back into my blog archive to see when I last updated this project. It was March 2015, and I had just finished the bottom row of klosters and eyelets.

That was a long time ago.

I worked on it off and on for the rest of 2015, but then abandoned it.  I made a counting mistake and had to pick out a lot of work, and I just got bogged down and frustrated with myself.  Things weren't lining up properly and I kept making mistakes while trying to fix it.  I put it aside with only that bottom row and about half of the matching second row done.

But on December 22, 2016, after nearly a year's break, I picked it up again!  I fixed the mistake (without making more mistakes this time!) and am currently cruising along again. This doesn't look like much progress, but when you consider that the curtain is 46 inches wide, and this is 32-count fabric, each row takes a lo-o-o-o-ng time to finish.

Hardanger curtain progress!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Samba Brazil again

My Samba Brazil Thanksgiving cactus is in full bloom now.  I can't stop looking at it.  It's so beautiful.

Schlumbergera truncata Samba Brazil

Friday, December 30, 2016

Twinkle Twinkle LIttle Star

I've had another orchid opening for the past couple days, Oncidium Twinkle 'Fantasy".

Oncidium Twinkle 'Fantasy'

It's a cute little miniature-ish Oncidium, with sweet little flowers.  I got this almost exactly one year ago as a small division, and this is its first bloom.

Oncidium Twinkle 'Fantasy'

Pretty little yellow and white flowers, which are scented like chocolate! 

Oncidium Twinkle 'Fantasy'

It's put on a lot of growth this year, at least six new pseudobulbs, and I'm looking forward to bigger and even better floral displays in years to come.  Three spikes is very good for a first blooming, but I've seen this type absolutely covered in spikes, with hundreds of flowers!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Abalone shell sky

Such a pretty sunset tonight.

Amazing sunset 12.29.16