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Life in Colour: kaleidoscope

When we lived in Illinois, there was a butterfly bush right outside our large living room window. I enjoyed seeing butterflies, hummingbird moths, bees, and other critters up close and personal and of course, taking photos through the window. 🙂

Life in Colour: kaleidoscope

…once again I have nothing, no Thursday Doors that is. It’s supposed to be the easy week, favorite doors from this year but I always find it hard to choose but mostly I’ve been busy.

A short explanation is in order because I haven’t been visiting your blogs nearly as much as I’d like. The simple reason is caring for aging parents, the reason we moved to Arizona in the first place but a task that’s become much more consuming in the last several months. I’m now generally at their house 3-4 hours a day to fix the main meal (prepared meals, not from scratch), clean, do laundry, run errands, etc. Sometimes, such as yesterday, it’s much more: a call at 3 am that Mom had slipped getting out of bed to go to the bathroom and was lying on the floor. Dad’s balance isn’t good enough to get her up, so I drove there, got back home in time to get another hour of sleep before getting up to leave at 7:30 am to take Dad to his eye doctor’s appointment, and then due to Mom having a really bad day, didn’t get home until 7 pm that night. They have no internet and obviously I didn’t feel much like doing anything but eating, relaxing a bit with my husband, and going to bed once I got home.

Not complaining, just explaining. On the several days a week when my husband goes over, I’m generally running errands, cleaning our house, and things of that nature as well as squeezing in some time for relaxation by reading while sipping tea. These days I’m hoping to get in some baking and finish and send my Christmas letter. So please don’t feel neglected. It’s what my priorities have to be right now.

Today’s offering for Jude’s December challenge of color, color, and more color comes from one of my walks earlier this year while visiting all our friends in Illinois. Along the back trails, I kept coming across bright drifts of flowers tucked among the tree. Soul food of the very best kind!

Life in Colour: kaleidoscope

FOTD 12.15.21

Life in Colour: kaleidoscope

Bougainvillea are everywhere here, bright and colorful. But beware of thorns!

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Let’s look back at my first visit at Descanso Gardens several years ago for something bright and colorful (or colourful if you’re English.) Either way it’s a great way to celebrate TGIF.

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Thursday generally means Thursday Doors, but I don’t have any holiday doors handy and no desire to go out to find some this late in the day. I got my Covid booster and flu shots today and fortunately only have a slightly sore arm on the Covid side. (I chose to get one in each arm.) I’ve been doing Christmas things at the house, including wrapping most of my husband’s gifts, putting on the French Christmas tablecloth that my s-i-l gave us some year ago, and playing Christmas songs on my keyboard (last year’s big and much-appreciated gift from my husband.) But although I don’t have doors, I do have something colorful to brighten your day.

Life in Colour: kaleidoscope

The last time I was in France, we came across a plethora of these beauties, but despite their colorful beauty, they’re deadly as seems to often be the case in the plant and animal world.

Life in Colour: kaleidoscope

Thanks, Jude, for inviting us to share color and brightness in a month often lacking in both. That’s not true in the American Southwest where the plants are relaxing, enjoying the lack of high heat, I think, but no matter where we are, we can always use color so let’s have at it!

I’ll start with something whimsical, the “glass” that my drink came in while in San Diego months ago. The drink was good and the food absolutely delicious. Best of all, I didn’t have to pay. 🙂

On a more somber note, today is Pearl Harbor Day in the US as well as my mom’s 92nd birthday. I imagine that day wasn’t her best birthday, especially as her family lived in California.