This is the first year I’ve been able to get my amaryllis bulbs to re-grow and reproduce for me. This white one is a real beauty, though the pink & white striped one is now pushing out of the pot as if desperate to bloom before Christmas. According to Canadian Gardening, “It’s a native of South America, where it still grows wild in some areas. Back in the 1800s, amaryllis bulbs were costly and rare. Luminaries such as Napolean’s wife Empress Josephine and former U.S. president Thomas Jefferson eagerly collected them.”
As you can tell by my sparse blog posts, December is an incredibly busy time for me. The Christmas parties and gatherings have begun and are plentiful. Plus we have all our other activities and interests, not to mention having had company all of last week. Busy it may be, but it’s a good busy to be sure. We attended another Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner on Saturday and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The hosts put together a raclette for the 8 of us which made for an ideal conversational evening. Speaking of conversation, I am always intrigued when meeting new people and seeing who is obviously quite adept at starting and carry on a conversation. It’s something I’ve had to re-learn since leaving the years of isolation and moving back to an urban setting. There is definitely an art to starting and maintaining conversation. So many good times occur around a dining table.
I can get a better grasp of what is going on in the world from one good Washington dinner party than from all the background information NBC piles on my desk.
– Barbara Walters
I’ve been browsing around Pinterest for more Christmas decor ideas and recipes plus I’ve really found Twitter to be an interesting venue for learning more about local goings-on, not to mention my passion for news (those links take you directly to my account). I also find it interesting over at Pinterest seeing which of my “boards” or individual posts are most popular. Right now the two items that are being re-pinned the most is one cute way of decorating for Christmas using marshmallows (yes, no kidding) and the other one most popular right now is simply a photograph of a pink retro typewriter that I would dearly love to have. Do you Pinterest? What do you find of most use lately at Pinterest?
Last month I wrote a post about buying local but I haven’t yet posted it (wanted to add some relevant photos which I still haven’t mustered up). Let me know if you’d like me to post it anyway; if not, I’ll simply post the occasional update as we butterfly our way through December’s goings-on.
What is your favourite thing to do during December?