Friday, August 9, 2013

Part of the family, finishing strong and a great start

- An image of my Dragon Wing Begonia before it completely takes over the front door area.  I love this plant, that needs no coddling, blooms with no coaxing, and grows with happy abandon.  And I love the shadows it casts on the front door.

- The guards at the building in which I do volunteer work.  They are always so friendly and smiling, a welcome sight to a weary late afternoon visitor.  My tiredness is evident (it had been A DAY at my paying job.)  "Finish the day strong!" one of them says, as he buzzes me in.  And that is the encouragement I needed.

- An early morning cleaning of my kitchen, making it shine and sparkle for the weekend ahead.  And the Dragon Wing Begonia got the vegetable water out of the steamer from last night.

I'm looking forward to a weekend full of good things, and I hope you are, too.  Have a great one, my friends!


TALON said...

That plant is a beauty, Lynn and sounds like it's perfectly spoiled with little treats. :)

Yes, the finish is the hardest part. I like that saying.

Hope your weekend is a gorgeous one.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lynn - what great guards with a good appreciative sense of what to say .. at least that made your day better ..

.. and the Dragon Wing Begonia looks amazing .. I'm not sure I've seen one .. but what a welcome home ... and you treat it with your treasures too ..

Have a happy weekend - please come and sparkle my kitchen!!

Cheers Hilary

Chatty Crone said...

I love that type of plant. It is hardy and almost feels waxy too doesn't it? sandie

OldLady Of The Hills said...

Your Begonia is so very pretty....! And how wonderful that you give it the water from the Veggies...Maybe that's why it is doing so well---you feed it with such love...!

Lee said...

No doubt your healthy begonia thanked you for the vegetable water. That stock is the reason it's looking so healthy. Great idea.

Enjoy your weekend.

happygirl said...

I know I get a boost when people say encouraging things to me like "finish your day strong." It's such a simple thing to do, but so nice. I want to remember this and do this for people more often. Thanks for being a volunteer. God bless you.

Elephant's Child said...

Yay for a beautiful begonia, volunteering and for the guard with the perfect mouth.
Have a great weekend...

Sparkling Red said...

I love it when someone takes a job that could be considered boring and turns it into an opportunity to add happiness to the world.

Riot Kitty said...

I sympathize, having had DAYS like that! Have a wonderful weekend.

I need a plant like that. I've been known to kill cacti.

Joanne said...

I need someone at work to give me a pep talk like that every day!

Lynn said...

Talon -

That must be the most hardy plant ever. It gets leggy by the end of the season, and I just let it go and buy three more new ones for that pot in the spring.

Hilary -

It's cute how they flirt with all the women - no matter your age. And yes, it did make my day better.

That plant came into my radar just a few years ago - it must be a newish hybrid.

I'd come to the UK anytime to clean your kitchen! :)

Cheers to you!

Sandie -

Yes - the leaves almost look waxy, for sure.

Naomi -

I always like to recycle that vegetable steamer water, and the begonia (which is under the eaves and gets no rainfall) is usually the lucky recipient. :)

Lynn said...

Lee -

It's also really hardy, but maybe.

happygirl -

I like to think of you doing that - I'm going to remember to do it, too.

Elephant's Child -

The guard with the perfect mouth - I like that. :)

Lynn said...

Sparkling Red -

Good observation - I like that, too. They always have a lively word for me.

Riot Kitty -

Me, too. I stick with the non-finicky variety of plants. :)

Joanne -

I wish that for you, my friend.

LL Cool Joe said...

It's amazing how just one sentence from someone can change our whole mood can't it? I have to say I find Americans do this so much more than British people who mostly avoid eye contact.

Lynn said...

Joe -

I wonder why that is?

Granny Annie said...

I had a good weekend but a challenging one.

Betty Manousos said...

thanks for showing your begonia. looks mighty and beautiful!:)

big hugs~

Lynn said...

Granny Annie -

Challenging in a good way, I hope.

Betty -

Mighty and beautiful - I like that.

Big hugs to you!

BeluBelloBelle said...

Tumbuhan yang cantik dan menyegarkan! Bunga apa itu? (indonesian)
Beautiful and fresh plant! What kind of flower is that?

Mmm sparkle one, what a time to see that ^_^