SYW: Neighbors, Mirrors and Make-Up

Monday = Melanie’s Share Your World!


How well do you know your next-door neighbors?   Do you like them?   (credit to Cyranny for the question)
I do know our next door neighbors, George & Gail, but not very well. We have not lived here very long. At our former residence, I knew most of my neighbors, partially thanks to their friendliness and partly due to the annual block party. My next-door neighbor was a horticultural landscaper and she helped me start and expand my garden. Our neighbors across the street invited us to their New Year’s party every year, as well as their daughters’ graduation parties. These neighbors, in particular, were ones that I’d always stop to talk to. So yes,, I liked them.

Do you have a full length mirror?  (credit to Sadje for the rest of the questions)
Yes. After we had lived here for several months, I got frustrated about not having a full length mirror, since at our old house, we had two of them, one on the second floor and one on the first floor. So we finally bought one when we were shopping at Target or Meijer. It’s now hanging on the outside of our bathroom door.

(for the ladies)   How long do you spend putting on make-up in the morning?
None. I don’t wear make-up and never have. Anytime I tried to wear makeup, it would get in my eyes and irritate them. But even if it didn’t irritate my eyes, I wouldn’t bother with make-up unless I had a really noticeable zit (which invariably happened on picture day at school!).

How many items of clothing are in your bedroom (or closet) and not hung up?
Usually none, except for clothes in the hamper. But right now there is an outfit I want to wear again, but I didn’t want to wear it to exercise today and I was going to the fitness center. Just a pair of pants and a shirt.

GRATITUDE QUESTION (as always optional)

Do you have a happy place?
Anywhere there are flowers and nature.

Here I am at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma in 2019, where we visited a beautiful botanic garden. This arbor was the entrance to it.

LAPC: On the Home Front

Lens-Artists’ theme for this week’s photo challenge, in these pandemic times, is At Home.

Here in our quarantined community, we do get out and walk around the campus, but these photos have been taken within the last month inside our house.

In an effort to entertain us, the activities directors at our senior community are airing videos on our close-captioned TV stations. This was one of them – the Chicago Symphony Orchestra playing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony!
We do spend most of our time in the room with the TV these days, because it’s also where our computers are and where all my art supplies are. Sometimes when we are watching the news, I’ll just listen to the news while drawing. Here’s a recent drawing – I’d been wanting to do a swan on black paper.
Here’s my husband, Dale with our cat, Hazel, sitting on the couch watching something on TV the day after the symphony.
Last fall a friend gave me a bagful of daffodil bulbs. I had too many to plant in one spot, so I did an experiment, planting some on the east side of the house, some in front (which gets little sun), a few in a pot on the back patio, and a few in a raised bed of mulch with lots of pine needles. Obviously, the ones on the east side of the house bloomed first.
Next, one daffodil bloomed in the patio pot. But a late snowfall last week knocked it over!
Fortunately, the snow melted quickly and it popped right up again! None of the other daffodils have bloomed – just the leaves have come up!

Since we spend so much in the room with our electronic entertainment, here’s another view of that room – which, like many of my interior photos, has my cat in it!
The only plants I have inside are a perennial geranium, and an orchid plant. The orchid has been blooming for two months – recently half the blooms fell off, but there are five left. The geranium and the orchid sit on the window sill over my kitchen sink.
A few days ago, I was taking photos of my closet for another photo challenge, Becky’s April Squares, and who did I find in there? Hazel, of course! I think when she jumps on a shelf in the closet, it probably means she doesn’t want humans around. Her look is one of surprise, annoyance, or both!
She likes that we are home a lot these days, but there’s such a thing as too much togetherness!

In this photo, she’s perched on the back of a chair on our screened porch. She loves being out there, for the fresh air and to watch the squirrels and birds! This was another late snowy day!  Since taking this photo, I’ve moved these all-weather chairs outside on the patio, since recently Dale bought a little “bistro” table for the porch at Costco. I’m hoping it will soon be warm enough to sit out there and read or eat lunch.
We are fortunate that a walk around the entire campus of our community is one mile, so we do walk outside every day that the weather is decent and usually do two rounds. That is when we have a chance to see our friends and neighbors that we miss seeing a lot more often! It also gives us a chance to watch the progress of the swans. The other day, the female “Duchess” (as she’s been named by a majority of interested residents) was off her nest completely. Five eggs! They should be hatching in mid-May, and probably several of our resident ducks will be venturing out with their little ones too!
So we have plenty of space to live out this quarantine without it being too onerous. I feel sorry for friends who live alone! We have our meals delivered to our door and here’s the most alarming thing – the amount of Styrofoam we are accumulating! A fellow environmentally-conscious resident has found a place that recycles it (which is rare), so we are now collecting the containers instead of throwing them away. I suppose she’ll take them to the recycler when quarantine is over – hopefully the end of May!


FOTD: My Orchid!

After the orchid flowers fell off my plant, I have been “feeding” the pot containing roots, empty stems and leaves an ice cube every other day. The leaves seemed healthy so I was patient, waiting for more flowers to appear. About a month passed since I had taken photos of the previous wilted flowers. Yesterday, I walked into the kitchen and there in the window were FLOWERS on my orchid plant!
Posted forCee’s FOTD 12/18/19.

Cee’s Oddball Challenge

Cee is back with her oddball challenge! I was scrolling through some old photos looking for something and came across this.  I saw it in front of someone’s house in Minocqua, Wisconsin. It was so weird I had to take a picture of it!
A discarded item by the curb on trash day (Des Plaines)
Light fixture in our dining room (seen from directly below)
This last photo I don’t even remember taking, but obviously I did. I’m sure it was on one of my walks in the neighborhood, but I can’t remember exactly where.

RDP #72: Cat

The Ragtag Daily Post theme today is Cat. That’s a big one for me, since I am a cat lover!! But I’ll be selective…here goes.

Dale (my husband) and Katy (me) with two big cats outside an art gallery in Santa Fe, NM.

I recently went to a wine and painting event with some women from my church. Most people painted a flower. I painted a cat! (This is the first painting I’ve done since college.)
Cat-o-nine-tails at West Park in Des Plaines, where I often walk.
Finally, my cat Hazel, sitting on our coffee table (which she’s not supposed to do).