Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Bulb Time

It was hard to imagine Autumn approaching while basking in the heat and humidity all summer. Heat wave after heat wave, drought, and the withered garden. On Sunday a welcome surprise arrived. The first bulb order although they arrived at big box stores 2 weeks ago. I'll need to keep them cool until time to plant and may ask for a mini dorm sized refrigerator for my birthday this week.  When my daughter graduated from college we gave her refrigerator away. I regret this but too late. Blooms in the winter are always welcome and I'd like to enjoy something other than amaryllis and paperwhites. Although I love them too, tulips, and the sweet smell of hyacinths would brighten up my winter. Now that I'm writing this, I remember thinking, I have a sun porch and bulb forcing containers could be put there and lightly covered in darkness till time to bring inside for blooms. Birthday money can be spent on something else. I checked the bulbs and they're healthy except 2 allium. The Spanish bluebells aren't as firm as I'd like although not moldy or soft. Maybe I'll call Breck's tomorrow during my lunch break about them. What did I order? Big impact allium mixture, Apple blossom tulip mixture, Spanish bluebells, discovery dutch iris, Victoria's secret tulip, Angelique tulip, and prince tulip mixture. These are for outdoors and maybe some others with another order. I'll get paperwhites, amaryllis, and other bulbs for forcing indoors this winter soon before they sell out. 
So what am I doing for my birthday? Not sure yet but dinner out with family, cake, and just enjoying the day are planned. I have a gift card I've been saving for dinner and plan to use it this week. Trying to make healthier choices so I checked the nutrition facts for the menu at the restaurant in advance. It's sad what's added to food that's not needed. The amount of sodium added to supposedly enhance flavor is frightening. Why would a basic green salad have 500 Mg's of salt? Maybe I'll bring my own dressing. It only takes a little for me. What happened to just whole food without preservatives, flavor enhancer, and the combination of salt, sugar, and fat to make people want more?  I've been attending Weight Watchers and have lost almost 30 pounds May-July. Now I'm struggling and trying to continue making some progress. Pray for me.

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