I held my camera today, and took a few pics of my “decorations”. I don’t remember where I got this little manger scene, but it stays on the entertainment center year round. I saw a really pretty, larger one in the gift shop at the hospital today when I went for my CAT scan, and came very close to getting it, but in the end my sanity returned, and I remembered my limited storage space. So this little one will stay put as long as I do. And it is surrounded by some of the pine cones Anika and I decorated.
More of my little mini Christmas trees, with photos and other items behind them, because they were supposed to be used to decorate a tree, not an entertainment center. Therefore, I didn’t remove any of the other things that were on top of the “mantle”. When Harriet came to do my laundry for me, I let her choose one as a Christmas gift, since it is now plain to me that I won’t be going out, and the things I ordered online were not ordered in time to arrive by Christmas this year. Next year is taken care of though. Boy, howdy, how’s that for early shopping?
I decided to take a few photos of my crops while I was at it. This is the mint plant that Laurie pulled up for me and stuck in a pot last September or October. I moved it over to the stove, under the light, when the chilly winds started blowing last month. I think it could use a larger pot now, but that can wait another month or so if necessary.
The sweet potato I stuck in a jar has started putting out leaves and has what seems like millions of roots down in the jar of water. I would like to pot that also, but the potato has swollen so much I can’t get it out of the jar, unless, of course, I break the jar. That won’t happen — I hope, because as usual I’m still barefoot. Don’t even have a sock on my right foot because of swollen toe. Don’t know why it’s swollen, but it’s red and it hurts, and my feet are usually dead, so something is going on there that I probably don’t really want to know about. I just wonder how tall those leaves will grow. That brown stuff behind there is a loaf of sourdough bread I got out of the freezer to go with my burgoo. Tastes just as fresh as the day it was baked.
Now my aloe plant that definitely needs a larger pot. It was so tiny when I got it, and most plants commit suicide on the way home when I buy them so they won’t die a slow, painful death at my hands after we get home. My luck seems to have changed in that area. I haven’t murdered a single plant all year. If it holds until summer I’m going to try raising some container tomatoes, peppers and garlic. Maybe even onions. And potatoes? That will require some thought between now and then. Wonder about a watermelon? When I got tired of eating them last summer I pureed some and froze them into cubes for flavored water. That will be a great way to treat my extra cucumbers and other veggies next summer. Not all of them, of course. Can’t imagine squash or okra flavored water, but lemon, lime, orange, cuke, the list is endless.
Took a couple of pics of my afghan in progress while I was at it. I wish I had decided on the purple as the only contrast color, and left out the sage and blue, but since it is just to keep me warm I can live with it. And I started this one when the first one became too heavy to work on. This is called a corner to corner afghan, and will have a peacock solid between the patterned rows. To make it easier to work with I’m using up one skein of each at a time. Finished a row of it today, only have about 10,000 rows to go. Maybe exaggerating a little bit there, but from the tiny baby scarf bit I have finished right now, it sure seems that way.
Starting to get numb now. No news from the doc, but then, I didn’t realize my phone was unplugged until just about an hour ago, so I guess I’ll find out on Monday.