I stopped in and saw both my grandmothers a few days ago. My little brother and his wife were visiting from North Carolina so we loaded up and accompanied them over to visit with family. After they left, I stuck around at Grandma F's house. We talked about her paintings, my lack of ability to knit or crochet (anyone want to try teaching me?), quilting, cross stitchery and gardening. She has a beautiful orchid on her front porch that just captivated me. I have always been a tad bit intimidated by them. I hear from a lot of people that they are easier than they seem but I don't seem to mesh well with house plants.
I am good with house succulents like cacti and aloe. Grandma F. sent me home with some cuttings of this beauty. I would love to know what it is. I know it is some variant off of the Christmas/Easter Cactus. It has the same form and similar but much larger flowers. I would say they are a good 6 inches or more across.
Bloom Up Close
A jaunt up to the front yard resulted in some neat finds. First we discovered some lilies in bloom. Of course, Grandma F. knew they were there but it was a discovery to me!
Lilies in Bloom
Also, we spied a fledgling bird. The photo was hastily taken so it isn't the best. I did soften the background so the little bird is discernible. Grandma F. and I quickly got out of the way as mom and dad were most likely nearby and we did not want to disturb the new flier.
I don't always get around to visiting my Grandma F. as often as I should but I enjoy my time immensely when I do. When I finally got the children loaded up, we left with the promise of coming back later this week so my youngest son can paint with her and I can work on some sewing. I am sure there will be some artsy photos to share soon.