Oh Creativity, where have you gone?

First, I need to update my previous post-I wanted to see Trainspotting 2 but due to circumstances and $5 Tuesdays I saw the new people version of Beauty and the Beast. As an  8o’s mom I have seen the Disney animated version of this story at least 1,000,000 times but this is a slightly darker story and I really enjoyed it. Being the total romance skeptic that I am it was a little too sugary at the end but hey there must be someone out there that lives happily ever after?

I used to be a pretty creative person-creative and crafty and full of ideas. Lately I am just dry-black and white-parched. Not sure if it’s due to my situation, unstable living arrangements, break ups or just general malaise. I currently have a crochet project sitting untouched and a whole stained glass work shop set up but gathering dust.

I recently had a gush of awake-day dream-imaginative ideas about my garden. It felt good and something I used to feel quite often so just like a lusty libido-which also has left me-i know it’s still there buried under the weight of “life”.

I am pushing myself, browsing Pinterest for ideas and building on some success in the time management department. I learned that if you repeat something 16 times it becomes a habit. I’ve proved that to myself with my boot camp attendance, it took many attempts but I’m finally there. Maybe I can transfer this approach to my stained glass? If I make a commitment to go to the basement everyday after work and just “be there” after 16 times it will be a habit and something creative will come out of it? Kind of twist on fake it til you make it?

My daughter gave me a piece of glass that I made long ago and said it doesn’t have any hanging hardware so maybe that will be step one. Yes, that’s it. Step one— add hardware to hang a piece that is already complete. How hard can that be?

Making progress in the Avocado department

Last week I posted about my luck at opening a big ripe California avocado and finding a pit that had started to sprout. I put it in water and hoped that transition wouldn’t stop the growth.

Today I was encouraged seeing new growth.

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Note the small new white roots on the bottom and the sprout coming out of the top!!

Looks like I will have a new avocado plant in 2017!!

Garden fix

Let’s face it-for those of us that love gardening and cultivating indoor plants~~February can be a real challenge. After the holidays, as the days start getting longer one minute at a time one naturally starts mentally planning for spring.

Last weekend here in Chicago it was a real double feature-3 day weekend AND record breaking warm temperature! My daffodils and tulips are about 3 inches above ground right now.

Then temps dropped into the 30’s and I woke up to snow flurries yesterday. I usually visit a local conservatory each weekend with my grandson but I pulled out the big guns today and visited the Orchid show at the Botanic Garden.

I think this should get me through the next week or two

Lion

I’m on a roll-I did in fact move from the comfort of my bed and go see movie with my daughter. We chose Lion.

It was good, really good. Set in India and Australia which is always nice to see something other than the same run of the mill American drama/comedy. It did a lot to show the reality of childhood, families and poverty in India.

I’m not saying everyone will love it but I would definitely recommend it.

One thing-the lady who sat two seats away from me, older with a cane, alone…cried through the whole movie. I got a tear or two but she cried-nose blowing crying.

Best of all, this fulfills my new years resolution for February!!

Return of the avocado

Way back I used to post about using avocado pits to grow plants. I think I mentioned the standard method is to place toothpicks in the pit and suspend it over water until a root appears.

Now I have had hit or miss success with this-some very promising pits just never produce a root. I’ve waited months…and taken lots of teasing during the long wait…with about equal duds as pits that sprouted. It’s always  a moment of redemption when after months of waiting the pit finally begins to grow. Read more here

This week though I was able to jump start the whole process hen I cut open beautifully ripe Florida avocado (left below)

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and found a pit already sprouted!!

I placed the aforementioned toothpicks and put it in water just waiting for the root to grow a little more and the plant to sprout from the top.

Avocados do make lovely plants and I have in the past had one that grew to about 5 feet tall. They will never bear fruit but they have big green leaves so hopefully this pit will give some good results. I really need some good results~~

resolution update

I have finally succeeded to fulfill one of my resolutions. I went to my early morning boot camp class all three scheduled  days-Monday, Wednesday AND Friday this week!!

Woo Hoo!!! I usually only get to two sessions each week for some reason-either work, fatigue or just plain laziness. But this week I did it!!

Ironically though that is my 2016 new years resolution! I completely failed on that last year since I even missed 4 months of boot camp because of my surgery. Better late than never!

Now I am struggling with this years resolution to go to a movie-out to the cinema not Netflix on the couch-once per month. I thought this would be a no-brainer-something fun, easy, cheap…

It’s the end of February and I haven’t gone to the movie this month. I wanted to see Manchester by the Sea but that is not playing nearby but I have a second and third runner up and they both start at 4pm today. I just made a cup of coffee and I’m hoping that will give me the the energy to get me out of my warm comfy bed on a cold February afternoon.

 

England….again?

After living in England for 8 years, working as a nurse for 7 years and 180 days and having a small house over there… I maintain a precarious immigration status called ILR-Indefinite Leave to Remain.

It’s more than a work permit but less than citizenship. In the event that I eventually want to exercise my right to apply for British citizenship I will have to show:

  • Indefinite leave to remain or “equivalent” for this purpose must have been held for 12 months
  • the applicant must intend to continue to live in the UK or work overseas for the UK government or a British corporation or association
  • the same “good character” standards apply as for those married to British citizens
  • the same language and knowledge of life in the UK standards apply as for those married to British citizens

There is a caveat to ILR in that “intend to live in the UK”  is generally interpreted as no more than 2 years without a visit. So I have visited my friends and house/tenants 3 times in the past 6 years for the all important passport stamp in my second/expired passport that holds my ILR.

Once again in January, I traveled to England like I was just sporting off to the other side of town. Seriously, I have made this trip so many times it’s like second nature. On this trip I really thought about how this is the only place, of the many I have visited, that I have returned to again and again.

I have lots of emotional connections to this particular part of England and there are several friends I love to see

Maybe someday I’ll move back there…