With 2014 about to fade away I thought I’d have a little fun with my last post of the year. I’m not big on taking selfies, but couldn’t resist taking a photo of myself all decked out with a mask on one of our flights back to Iowa the week before Christmas. With flu, colds and who knows what else is “flying through the air” while our plane is flying through the air, there isn’t a better way to protect ones self from getting sick than putting on a mask. I embarrass my husband to no end, but so far I am not sick. Of course he isn’t either so maybe we both got lucky this time! Oh and by the way, I am smiling behind the mask! Are you smiling too? I hope you have a Happy New Year!
One of the things I enjoy the most about living in Florida are the abundance of flowers and plants that grow year round. This year I purchased a large red poinsettia to place outside with a Christmas present lawn ornament I received last year as a gift. One morning I went out to check to see if it needed water and noticed the dew from the night before on the leaves. I quickly grabbed my camera to get some shots before the sun got any higher knowing once it hit the leaves the dew would begin to evaporate. Over the past several months I have taken numerous photos for the drops of water theme and just wasn’t sold on any of them. This one hit the mark for me. I love how the dew picks up the light and gives it a frosted look.
I looked up a little history on the poinsettia plant and discovered its long history dates back to the 14th-16th century when the Aztecs called them “Cuetlaxochitl”. The sap was used to control fevers and the bracts(modified leaves) were used to make a reddish dye. The botanical name, Euphorbia pulcherrima,(meaning very beautiful) was given by a German botanist Wilenow. In 1828 Joel Roberts Poinsett the first US Ambassador to Mexico brought back cuttings from the poinsettia to his greenhouse in South Carolina. The plant bears its common name because of his discovery. Today there are numerous colors and varieties of poinsettia plants available. I’m still a big fan of the original red.
Shopping for the perfect gifts at Christmas is something I have always enjoyed. The best part to me is seeing the joy on someone’s face when they open a gift I have chosen just for them. Unfortunately as our family has grown and many of us live far away, gifts need to be bought, wrapped and mailed with plenty of time to allow the mail carriers to deliver them before Christmas. Since my children were little I never wrapped gifts as I bought them and placed them under the tree. I hated to tempt them in that way and it never failed if a gift was wrapped from someone else and placed under the tree, somehow “someone” “oh it wasn’t me” would tear into it to just get a peak! So I have marathon wrapping days just before Christmas. I always have Christmas music playing at a high level so Santa and all his elves can hear I am hard at work. Pictured below are the packages all wrapped from one of my marathon wrapping days that will be sent to my daughter’s family in Colorado before and after they found a safe home in a packing box.
My granddaughter in Colorado Springs lives only 3 blocks from school so my daughter walks her to school every morning. One morning while visiting I was able to tag along with my camera in tow of course. After returning home the sun was just beginning to shine on the fence and plantings in their front yard.