I started this post on February 18th and completely forgot about it.
You may dimly recall the list of goals in my last post:
1. Take down the Christmas decorations -- I know, it's February, it's just embarrassing.
The tree's down (and lost most of its needles so I'm pretty sure we killed it), but the Christmas decorations have migrated to the kitchen table until I muster the energy to tear apart the entire closet to put them away.
2. Put the amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs that VPH gave me for Christmas into something to grow rather than their current spot in their original packaging under the tree.
Totally did this on February 18th and I have photographic evidence:
I've promised a full shot of the Mao poster (note our beautifully alphabetized DVDs -- sadly this is not all of our DVDs, I've had to put TV shows, music, children's films, and movie sets like all the Bond films into the entertainment center):
And finally a photo of the amaryllis today (the leaves seem to have grown a lot in the last week, which did not happen with my first one -- is that normal?):
3. You guessed it, take down the tree -- it's not dying too much, ignore those needles that are dropping like crazy. It will definitely bounce back when we throw it outside in below freezing weather -- right?
See #1. I feel badly about killing it, but as I rationalized before purchasing a live tree, at least it lasted longer than a cut tree and cost about the same.
4. Put away the 8 zillion DVDs we gave ourselves for Christmas -- they're everywhere.
Done. Have I mentioned that VPH thinks I'm crazy for alphabetizing our DVDs? But we never have trouble finding the one we're looking for!
5. Get a support under the stupid IKEA bedframe that's allowing the mattress to sink in the middle and making my back hurt constantly.
VPH encountered scorn when he went to a local lumber yard and asked them to cut down a scrap 2x4 to the length I requested. I guess they don't consider you manly unless you have the ability to cut a 2x4 to length in your tool shed (we don't). So he stopped into a different local lumber yard later that day and found a very nice man who cut a scrap 2x4 to length for him. Guess which lumber yard we'll be giving all our business to in the future? Oh, and the piece was about a half inch too long (my poor measuring), so we have to trim it down and since we're not manly, we'll have to go back to the lumber yard to get it done. A job for tomorrow.
6. Call the place where we bought the almost $1,000 mattress and see when they're delivering the new mattress to replace the one whose side has broken down in under 4 years. (I swear the service tech told me it wasn't due to the cheap IKEA bedframe sagging mattress issue.)
Nope, haven't called yet, nor have I hear from them. Guess I should really do that.
7. Read A Thousand Splendid Suns before book club tomorrow night at 7:30pm -- haven't even removed the dust cover yet -- oops.
I woke up that day not feeling well enough to go to that book club meeting that evening, so waited until the meeting of my other book club yesterday and read it (convenient that we were reading the same book in both clubs, huh). Not my favorite book ever, but still a good read.
All in all, not too bad on the list.
I took the 2 hyacinths out of the closet. Last week they sat on the kitchen windowsill to get sun:
The one on the left came to work with me, but I told my boss she could have custody of it when I am working from home, which I have been since Tuesday, so I have no idea how it's doing. The one on the right moved to the bathroom a few days ago, but it's near the end of its life cycle:
I have a bunch more in a bag in the closet and I'm planning on spending the rest of the afternoon getting them into pots.
Now on the kitchen windowsill are 2 paperwhites. The Christmas present from VPH, just placed in vase on the 18th:
And the same old one in the pilsner glass. What is wrong with it? Seriously, the bulb has split, no roots, little growth...what's the deal?
But isn't the edge of the sunset starting out the window pretty?
I have one more original paperwhite bulb in the hallway in the blue vase. Last week:
And this week it is almost ready to replace the fading hyacinth in the bathroom:
The CT Flower Show was this weekend and I really wish I had known about it ahead of time, but I only found out on Thursday and I already had plans that kept me busy down here. Next year I will definitely try to attend.
Hope you all are safe and warm this evening.