Wednesday, September 15, 2010

First and Last

The first apples of this year, and very early. Usually these little Lady apples don't ripen until around the middle of October. They're small, but they make delicious apple butter.

When I looked at the date of my last post I could not believe that a month had passed! Life has been hammering me with both good and bad for the past month. Good, in that I received a lot of commissions for portraits, bad in that I had some health issues that put me in the hospital for a couple of weeks, so now I'm behind on those commissions. Everything seems to be OK now though (knock on wood). I'm going to have to hustle to get those portraits done by Christmas, but I'm so grateful to have the work, especially in this economy.

This is the last rose of the summer, and what a beauty! I don't know what kind it is; I bought it on sale last year at the grocery store. It didn't bloom last season, but it certainly made up for it this season. Maybe it's some sort of floribunda? It has more than one bloom per stem, so that's why I'm guessing floribunda instead of tea rose. It also has a nice strong rose scent, but don't ask me to break it down into categories like 'lemony' or 'cinnamon.' My sister is always saying, "sniff this rose, it's gorgeous! Peach with a touch of vanilla!" I always answer, "Really? Peach and vanilla? 'Cause all I smell is, uh...rose!"


  1. Oh dear, I'm sorry to hear you've been in the hospital! I kind of wanted to email and ask if you were okay but then thought you might just be busy. And if you weren't okay, you didn't need me bugging you.

    But I'm glad you're back! And those are beautiful pictures. It does look like a Floribunda but beyond that. . .

  2. Thanks, Vicki, I'm glad you liked the pictures and it's nice to know you thought of me. :)

  3. Glad you're over whatever it was, Victoria. Two weeks sounds like a long time.

    My little apple tree fruited for the first time this year, and then the local rats came along and ate the lot. Got to admire their ingenuity, as long as it stay within reasonable bounds.

  4. thanks, JJ. It seemed like a lot longer than two weeks.

    I'm so sorry the rats got your apples, but I love you attitude towards them!

  5. thats why i thought no post frm last many days. get well soon and take care.


  6. Thank you, Seema, I'm feeling a lot better now, and hoping I won't need any further hospitalizations.


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