Saturday, July 5, 2014

The ultimate F word...

It's official!  I am freakin' F-F-FIFTY!
(THAT F word...haha!)
Yep, you heard (read) correctly!  Half a century old!
Though in Asian culture, time spent in the womb counts so I'm technically 51!
How the heck did THAT happen?!
You know that old saying, "time flies"?  Well, it truly does!
When I was a little girl, 50 looked ancient!  Do you remember thinking that, too?
Even our grade school teachers, in their 20's and 30's, seemed so old!
But now that I'm HERE, I certainly don't FEEL ancient.  
So what exactly does 50 feel like? 
Let's face it, 50 has gotten a lot younger as we have gotten older.
 Maybe it's because our views and fears on aging are so different now, right? 
To celebrate, I was lucky enough to plan a wonderful vacation in Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), dancing the week away.  Though I 'worked' 6 of the 7 days as a fitness instructor (teaching Zumba), I had a wonderful time!  Free accommodations, all the food and liquor you can handle, AND bring your spouse at no charge(!)...all in exchange for teaching an hour or two a day...it was too good a deal!  And the perfect getaway to reflect and embrace the BIG 5-0.
There is no better feeling than seeing laughter and joy light up so many faces.  
Who doesn't love music and dancing!  I could do it 24-7!
Though my 50-yr. old joints would need a few squirts from the oil can!
I will cherish these memories for a very long time.
 
Back to the F word...
We also often hear, "age is just a number".
Age is so much more than just a number.  It's your state of mind, your spirit,
your life's journey.  How you live it.
That's what makes you unique...at whatever age.
I certainly don't have it all figured out yet, but I do try to learn from my actions,
and not just go in circles making the same mistakes.
 
I've learned if you have an itch to try something new, go for it!
Don't be afraid to fail. Dream.  Dream BIG!
Accept things you cannot control.  Learn to let go of baggage. 
Easier said than done I know, but, try.
Do more good.  Help others.  Make more friends.  
Realize that family and friends are more valuable than all the riches in the world.
 Appreciate them.  Tell them you LOVE them.  Every day.

Be hopeful.
Soar high.  
Also believe that what you seek seeks you.
 
 And, most importantly, get to know yourself.  Take time out each day and just be.
Meditate, read a book.  Take a walk, or dance like no one is watching. 
 Breathe deep and enjoy each day we are given.
JUST DO IT!
 No, I'm not always this cheerful...ask my family! 
Life gets to me, too...and baffles me at times. 
Yet, it still delights...and I find treasures in the ordinary.

Don't be afraid of dark days. 
They are needed to make us appreciate the bright ones.

If I've learned one worthwhile truth, it's this:
After every storm...
appears a rainbow.
You just have to look for it.  It's there!
So here's to a new chapter and a new saying, "life begins at 50"
WOO-HOO!!!
        Thanks for visiting, friends.  Enjoy your summer!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

"Articulture" ~ Take Two

I'm taking you on another stroll through the Philadelphia Flower Show.  Ready?  Let's go!

While I was not a huge fan of this year's theme...I can certainly appreciate all the work that went into creating these massive orbs of floral materials. 
Do you recognize these tropical blooms?  It's a Gloriosa Lily.  I've actually bought tubers from the show in past years but the vines were weak and very few blooms.  Maybe worth another try...I do love them!
These variegated boxwoods were quite formal and tulips planted en masse...Aahh!
There were lots of cool vertical plantings.  Are you a fan?
These framed designs were my fave.  Looks easy, yes?
I love orchids...just didn't love them in blue!
Huh...?
Ok, how about some 'real' flowers to end this post...
Thanks for visiting, friends!  Hope your week is in full bloom!


Thursday, April 24, 2014

"ARTiculture"

That was the theme for the 2014's Philadelphia Flower Show.  I tend to have such high expectations for this annual mega display of all things horticulture, and the entrance exhibit usually WOWs me to no end.  This year, not so much!
The exhibits depicted famous works of art by well-known masters such as Monet, Michelangelo and da Vinci.  And, yes, they were every artistic and interesting...
...just didn't make my heart flutter.  There were no 'garden ideas' to take away for my little space on earth and no new plants I HAD to find and attempt to grow!
That's MY kind of show!  Still, I took a ton of photos to share...
Usually, the orchid exhibit is huge!
  A much smaller scale this time 'round.
There were some great container garden ideas....
Not a bloom in sight here, but look at the COLOR!
This one's cute!  Anyone know where I can get a giant soup can?  
 So many more photos to share but I gotta run so come visit me again, soon!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Waiting and watching...

I know I am not the only gardener (in zone 6), to be neurotically checking on her garden's progress.  Hellebores (Lenten Rose) are usually blooming their hearts out by the end of March.  This year, there is nary a bloom on any of the clumps....what is going on?!

So featured photos below are from a recent trip to Longwood Gardens (PA) during their AMAZING orchid show.  Any friends from NJ attended?  An afternoon in this conservatory more than satisfied my hunger for vivid colors and blooms galore. Aahh...
Have you ever seen such HUMONGOUS oriental lilies!  And the afternoon light couldn't have been more perfect!  Here is the elusive Himalayan Blue Poppy
Mixed in with pink tulips really made them pop!
 
Imagine the heady fragrance from these Stargazers
The many faces of Lady Slipper orchids.  Cute, aren't they?
You can't miss it on this one!  So unique it was under lock and key in its very own greenhouse.
 This garden made my mouth water.  Seriously, it did!
(As always, click on the photo to enlaaarge)
I do grow an orchid here and there, but, I am NOT a collector.  Are you?
These orchids look like pansies!
Seeing these gorgeous blooms in person tied me over a bit...at least til the forsythias and magnolias put on their show.   Thanks for visiting and hope you enjoyed the eye candy, friends!