Don’t Toss That Gift 🌸Orchid Out – It’s probably still VERY much ALIVE

You know the drill. Orchids are irresistibly gorgeous and yet, you kill them off in record time.

I’m good with houseplants too, so it’s a double embarrassment. It wasn’t until I noted a friend’s post on Facebook. She was showing the progression of NEW growth. The blooms lasted so long I just assumed the Orchid was a goner when they dropped.

The gal that looks after our home when we travel south, had left the bare plant in our east facing kitchen window. When we returned those weeks later I recognized the signs of life. THRILLED. I’ve since gone through two more cycles of blooms dropping, followed by new growth.

I thought I might not be the only one whose orchids were winding up in the compost heap, so I decided to write this post.

Buds showing the color of the blooms to be
Won’t be long now …
SO worth the wait 🌸🤗
anticipation …
Oh happy day🌱

“A Penny Saved…”

She’s an amazingly life-sized sculpture carved entirely out of wood. A two hundred and ten pound butternut log, to be exact.

Sculptor Fred Cogelow, of Willmar, Minnesota, took six months to create her. Completed, she weighs in at 62.5 pounds after being hollowed out to prevent cracking.

She currently stands in the subway beneath the Marriott at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, in a gallery with equally impressive works of art.

She can be yours for a sum of $157,000 (dollars), but I have a selfish request.

PLEASE don’t buy her! It would break my heart 💔, and the hearts of those that welcome the pause, she gives us from our worries.

If she has to be bought, let Mayo Clinic be the one 🙏🏻🙏🏻

My kinda town, Chicago is 💕

Playing tourist in my hometown of Chicago, on a spectacularly warm October 🍁weekend.

For the best city view, head out to the planetarium – snap a selfie & then cab it to “da Bean” (or Cloudgate which is the sculpture’s official name)

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LUCENT – the sculpture in the John Hancock center lobby, represents the stars in the northern hemisphere – simply gorgeous!

95 stories up (John Hancock building) is the attraction called TILT which allows an unprecedented view of the city by – you guessed it- having the viewing window MOVE out & DOWN 😱. A MUST DO!!!’

Wendella Boats offers an architectural tour, that was the perfect way to spend the warm & sunny afternoon


Until the next time, sweet HOME Chicago 😘all photos & film mine, unless watermarked™)

iFilmed the Eclipse 🌙

I apologize in advance for the bouncing video, but I CAUGHT the eclipse – using the glasses held in front of my iPhone’s camera lens – during a Facebook™ LIVE session 😎

The birds were so confused … the sky turning dark as it did, disoriented them so that they were swooping down and flying erratically. I suppose they are typically where they’d roost for the night, when it turns to dusk.

Thinking you’re alone, only to hear the eruptions of cheers by your (unseen) neighbors was really an unique experience.

My husband and I were sharing a pair of glasses, so I had to wait for the safety of totality before I could film.

But I got ‘er done. ❤️X💯 Still image is my favorite from our area.