Sparkle in a Jar

A couple of years ago, there was a big craze with jars. Dried cookie ingredients in a jar, put gratitude on pieces of paper and stick them in a jar, salads in a jar, mason jars as gift holders, and more.

Yesterday, I received one of the coolest gifts I’ve ever seen! A ‘plant a bulb’ in a jar.

Like a flower bulb.

In a jar!

I’ve never heard of such a thing. Planting bulbs in the ground? Oh yeah, done that. In a jar? How fun!

Christmas was looking to be a hard one without my momma. So guess what one of my besties did? She found out that Amaryllis means ‘sparkle’ and she sent the bulb jar to me.

How sweet is that?

Because honestly, I haven’t felt very sparkly lately. Crying takes the shine right out. And, I’ve been doing my share of tear dropping recently.

Sparkle in a jar?

That grows and blooms into a gorgeous red flower?

I

am

in!

Thank you, SanDee, for the pick-me-up. It makes me want to plant sparkle bulbs all around my ten acres. What a beautiful show that would be.

Love when friends ‘show up’ on days- well, on any days and all days. The ones in the beginning, the messy middle, and whatever kind show up after.

She’s been there for me and with me through so-much-stuff. Buckets full. Before my momma went in the hospital. During the devastating 10 days of tough diagnoses and all the days since my momma made her heavenly trek.

Sometimes, being in this, this parent loss thing, some things feel like an end. The thing I love the most about her gift?

It’s the beginning

of a life

tucked up in a bulb.

I took some pictures of it so you can see. The directions say that the roots take 2 weeks to develop, then in 6-8 weeks it’ll bloom. Then, the flowers are said to last 2-3 weeks.

Perfect timing.

That’ll put it blooming on the year anniversary when I lost my momma. She passed away March 26, 2022 at 11:11 pm. It’s already making a hard day better. In March!!! ❤️

Here’s to flowers and friends and things that show up and work out when we aren’t even looking for them. I’ll take those sparkles- now and in 3 months!

Thank for being here!

Jessica

gift from my friend
bulb and growing medium
instructions
planted

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Miracles and Gratitude Days 12 and 13

Gratitude:

  • this gorgeous day
  • that was my husband was able to go on the fishing trip to Florida that he wanted to go on
  • this skirt I’m wearing that I got at a cool store in our tiny town- it’s black with red and yellow flowers all over it
  • my son’s humming- isn’t music grand?
  • getting on the schedule to get the pool closed (I thought they’d be booked)
  • pictures from my sister- she’s visiting my dad
  • my friend SanDee- she’s a “through thick and thin” kind of friend
  • having the windows open
  • bird singing
  • wind chimes
  • the moon- my momma LoVeD the moon- she’d text me a single word “moon”. I miss that.
  • songs that come to mind all of the sudden on some random Sunday
  • babies- my friend’s baby turned 3 months old yesterday
  • movies- we have a movie room and tons of dvds, it’s fun to watch movies on a big screen
  • 2 1/2 days at home!!!!! Sunday and Monday became our Saturday and Sunday. Lots of activities going on these days
  • a sudden text from a friend- thanks, Cathy

Miracle Photos:

Different stages of zinnias ~

one of my zinnias getting ready to open
zinnia we planted for my momma
back view of a zinnia
zinnia going to seed
looks like a party dress with some swing
flowers have such amazing details

Thank you for reading. I hope your gratitude plate is overflowing and that you’re seeing miracles wherever you look! Feel free to join in!

Jessica

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Such a Beautiful Day

A trip around the yard this morning, shows it’s such a beautiful day.

the sun is shining
the sunflowers are blooming
the crepe myrtles are
wearing their Monday best

The kittens are awake and showing off all of their cuteness.

Millie on the left, Ruby on the right
Squealer in front, Blackjack in back
Millie and Squealer

Tonight some friends are coming over for a Mom’s Night Out- Swim and Chat. I fancied the name all up for social media, ha ha. Basically, friends are coming over and we’re going to talk, eat, and swim.

sunlight and circles on the pool this morning

I’m excited to see them. Some I haven’t seen in a couple months and one I haven’t seen in a couple years.

Life gets busy. Seems like everyone is doing their own things. Putting an evening on pause once in a while is good for the soul.

We’re having a potluck. I got stuff for yummy sandwiches, fruits and dip, a veggie tray, and my son and I are making a dessert made with graham crackers, pudding and whipped cream.

I already decided that I’m not going to do a lot of cleaning today or get in a huge frenzy about the house. Call it the grace of relaxing into life. Plus, I read an Erma Bombeck article recently, where she mentioned letting people come over even if the carpet was stained.

We don’t have carpet, but I get the point. Just invite them over, is what my heart says to do. No need to get stuck in the details of things being spotless and perfect.

Chances are, they’ll see all the beauty in this day like I see it, and won’t even notice the un-mopped floor. Ha ha!!

Thanks for being here. Hope your day is beautiful, too!

Jessica

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