It just started raining very very hard. And the tea kettle is about to sing. I have a cold, and a new book (John Elder Robison's Look Me in the Eye). B took the Littles to church and consequently the loudest things I can hear are the fan from the laptop, and the rain in the downspout outside.
A friend just stopped by and gave me a breakfast burrito. I found my sister's photostream on flickr. I am thankful for these small things today. I'm even a little bit thankful for the cold, which comes to me after many months of dodging the germs of the little people that swarm around me. We'll see how I feel about it in a few days, but right now the sniff sniffing seems to blend in well with the sip sipping of tea and the drip dripping of rain. (And the nap napping....you get the idea.)


Blessed said...

Ahhhh, when I saw B with the Littles ("chick magnet" gave me a big smile!) yesterday, I was momentarily jealous of you--I could picture you in a cozy bathrobe with your feet up and a warm cuppa. I hope you recover quickly! Please say we can have a playdate sometime soon! : )

rosa said...

Yes, H has grown into the chick magnet shirt. I am so SO grateful to be downstream from such a fashionable (and generous) family!

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.