Tuesday, January 23, 2018

This and That

THIS:
My daughter gave me a potted Amaryllis bulb for Christmas. It's been fascinating to watch as nearly every day the stalk shot up higher than the day before.  It took about two weeks to bloom but the end result was well worth the wait. Have you ever 'raised' an Amaryllis bulb?

THAT:
The border we put up in the laundry room:)
AND....
Among the lovely gifts I got from the fam were these bowls.  I thought the cat people out there would appreciate them.
Yup, cats, flowers and books (reading or writing them) pretty much sums up my world:)

AND....
Last year the HH ordered a chocolate on chocolate bday cake for me, got it home and found out it was white with chocolate icing.
This year he ordered a chocolate on chocolate bday cake, and they made a chocolate with white icing.
He told me that they always take great pains to write down the order correctly. Now if they'd just take as much time to actually read it.... Heh.

49 comments:

  1. Love your amaryllis. We had some this year too. And I was amazed at how fast they grew once they started.
    The bowls are special too. And the border.
    Cats, flowers and books sounds like a pretty good world to me.

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    1. Do you know what to do with the bulb when they are done blooming, EC?

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    2. Leave them in the pot (or the ground) to come back next year.

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    3. Do I need to continue to water it or can I just stick the whole container in the closet and pull it out next winter?

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    4. Water it while it has leaves/greenery. Then when it goes dormant you can stop.

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  2. I've never owned an amaryllis, but I've watched Valerie as she photographed the progress of hers last year.

    Yep, I love the cat person bowls and applaud your husband for trying when it comes to ordering you the perfect birthday cake.

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  3. He did. He even added the coconut and almonds since the bakery doesn't do that.
    You're up late.

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  4. What a beautiful plant Sandra. Thanks for sharing.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Glad you like it, Yvonne. It's been fun to watch.

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  5. The amaryllis is stunning. The border is cute and the cake mistakes amusing.

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  6. Your amaryllis is gorgeous, I had one last year. The cat bowls are fabulous, as is the border for the laundry. And I love the thought of chocolate cake, even if the bakery does seem to have problems with reading and understanding! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. That's what Elizabeth said.
      The bakery does seem to struggle doesn't it? Maybe next year (God willing and the creek don't rise:) I'll switch over to German Chocolate and see how that works out:)

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  7. Sure bloomed high indeed. cats all about sure works indeed.

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    1. It sure did:) And we need our cat accessories:)

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  8. How on earth can they screw up your cake two years in a row?

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  9. Happy birthday! That is funny about the cake and I hope you complain. I love that border..it is cute and funny. . My hubby would like that bowl with the cats on it. Thank you for all your caring thoughts🌹

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    1. Isn't that border a hoot? Pearly Mae, Lilly Belle, Molly June and Callie Lou:)
      Hope today is better than yesterday and tomorrow is better yet.
      Hugs

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  10. Wow! That plant is growing like crazy and the color is fab! It's clear to me that you're a fan of chocolate which is awesome. Uh...I sure hope I haven't missed your birthday Super Sandra! Those cat bowls and the cat mug are so adorable and fun. Your family knows you well! Hugs...RO

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    1. Yup, the fam knows they can't go wrong with cats...or chocolate:)
      Hugs back,

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  11. I love to pieces those cat bowls! Your border is cute and wow -- that amaryllis is stunning. I'm so boring. If it's not something like carrot or lemon cake, I'm a white-cake-white-frosting kind of girl. This is an argument Rick and I have where neither will ever win!

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    1. Lemon cake works, but white on white...uh, I'll have to side with Rick on this:)
      Hugs,

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  12. Maybe you have to order your own BDay cake, and make the request memorable. Happy Birthday!
    The amaryllis is gorgeous! I tried growing one once, waste of money.Maybe I should try again?
    That cat border is very cute.

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    1. Maybe:)
      Thanks for the bday wishes, Sharon:)
      I think someone gave me one once that didn't take.
      This one had tender loving care. My daughter bought the bulb then put it in her homegrown mulch in a container:)
      They are fun to watch. Hope you get a good one next time.

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  13. My mother used to have a bunch of amaryllis in all different colors. Love the border so cute and perfect for the laundry room. The bowls are adorable. As to cake, chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is perfect, but any port of cake in a storm. Have a great day!

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    1. I bet all those amaryllis blooming at once were beautiful.
      Ha. Any port of cake in a storm. Love it:)

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  14. a neighbor has one in his greenhouse that is old and full of blooms

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    1. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a greenhouse?

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  15. Love all the presents, especially the cat cup.

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  16. Gorgeous Amaryllis!!!
    So darn cute those 🐈 bowls :)
    Hubby sure tries hard to get the birthday 🎂 right...bless his 💝 Maybe he should write it out in chocolate icing on a photo of a chocolate cake!

    Big Hugs!

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    1. That might get the job done, Jan. Grin.
      Hugs back,

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  17. Sandra.....I appreciate this post today and I know your crew and da tabbies do too !! Amaryllis; have one here on the desk at work, two in fact.....neither of them have EVER bloomed, but... they have leaves that will reach almost to the opposite wall !!!!!! ☺☺♥♥

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    1. Bummer on them not blooming. They do shoot up don't they, FSG? :)

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  18. The bowls are my favorite. I haven't tended flowers since I had my own garden when I was a kid. I like the amaryllis though; it's beautiful.

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  19. We got one for Christmas years ago and now it blooms every May like clockwork. LOL

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  20. haha better luck next year with the chocolate cake. I've never grown an amaryllis plant, yours is beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Christine.
      I may give up and go for a different flavor next year:)

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  21. Your amaryllis is gorgeous. How fun to watch it every day.

    I can't believe the cake was made wrong two years in a row. Hopefully it was still delicious. :)
    ~Jess

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  22. Thanks, Jess.
    Isn't that a hoot about the cake? He caught it this time before we left the store and they pulled another one out of the freezer and iced it.

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  23. Hi Sandra - oh gosh re the cakes - yup customer relations needs a mark down. That amaryllis is lovely - they are incredible ... as too the delightful bowls ... and border - what fun prezzies ... and a gooey one - cheers Hilary

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  24. That flower is gorgeous Sandra! How beautiful! Never seen one before!
    Your laundry room border is too cute! Love it!
    I want those bowls!!!! They are AMAZING!!
    How can they mix up your cake two years in a row?? Crazy! LOL! I hope the cake was good! LOL!
    Big Hugs!

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  25. If you have any pieces of that border left, you could do some artsy things with it!!

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  26. Love your amaryllis...

    All the best Jan

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