Saturday, September 15, 2012

Life and Blooms

Yesterday morning at 6:30 a.m. my husband witnessed a horrific accident.  A pedestrian crossing the highway was hit by a car going at very, very high speed.  I couldn't even bear to hear the details.  It just doesn't make sense to me that on an empty highway so early in the morning something like that could happen.
While visiting Piece O' Cake today, I came across this inspiring video called Before I Die.  It's amazing how one simple idea can have such an impact and then ripple around the world.  Lovely, wonderful things do happen; we just don't often get to hear about them.
At the beginning of this year, when we were still in the "winter months", our balconies were filled with beautiful plants.  This picture of Jingles watching the world go by is one of my favorites.
Unfortunately, all that beautiful greenery perished in the summer heat.  So in an effort to green things up again, we made a trip to the plant souk yesterday afternoon.


Even though our temperatures are still at least 110 every day, mornings and evenings are a little more bearable.  I spent several hours yesterday and some time today repotting everything we brought home.  Imagine my surprise when one of the old plants that I thought was a goner actually bloomed today.
Yesterday Suzanne at Privet and Holly wrote a beautiful post entitled Autumn Bloomers where she compared life and blooms.  Her posts are always so thought provoking.

Have a blessed day!

32 comments:

Susan said...

That was a very nice, thought-provoking post, Tammy. I loved that girl's ability to rise out of the depths of her own sorrow and do something wonderful. Also loved her phrase about life being "brief and tender." How true that is. Thanks for the post. Susan

Cozy Little House said...

The reason why we must cherish the moments...
Brenda

Wanda said...

What a wonderful and thoughtful post. I'm watering my flowers and plants every day...we have had a heat wave too...but not like yours.

I love when a plant I think is gone...after some water is revived and blooms.

Have a great day.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,

So sorry for your dear husband for having to witness such an awful accident. One wonders WHY a person is speeding at that time of the day...?!
Jingles is so happy in her little green world.
Since you start out new, why don't you try this tip: http://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2011/11/our-canary-island-date-palm-eco.html
For sure those Eco friendly tree rings will be available in your area. We keep them now on all our potting plants, except the Arabian jasmines as they are more bushy. It would be a great help for keeping the moisture trapped inside the soil. Make sure you also do mix up some good potting soil so your plants at least have some great nutrition to start off.
Wishing you good luck with your new 'greens'.
Hugs to you both,
Mariette

Createology said...

Tammy Dear thank you for sharing this post today. I took the time to watch and listen to "Before I Die" and it really is thought-provoking. I shall embrace this way of preparing for death instead of just living/existing. Powerful indeed! Hugs to Jingles. Some new greenery will be very nice. Blessings...

Hilary Johnson said...

wow ... Thank you for finding and sharing that.

I came here from another's blog and quite glad I did. I hope you husband is OK as I can not even imagine how troubling that vision could be replayed over and again in one's mind. I wish him peace.

Beautiful blog!

The English Romantic said...

The video made me cry yet gave me hope.Beautiful and thought provoking.... "I want to be that pirate"!!!
My thoughts are with your husband too, that must have been awful to be involved with. He will need a green oasis to come home to and yours is lovely.
Hugs, Angela.x

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

Thanks for sharing the video and blog post. Each so thought provoking. My thoughts and payers are with your husband.

Enjoy your day.

Linda said...

That's horrible about that pedestrian and your husband witnessing it :( You know my thoughts about most people in general - they rush far too much. I'll never understand it. Life goes fast enough, why do people have to drive and rush so fast?!!

Your patio flowers are lovely and I haven't watched the video yet but I will. Jingles is adorable as always.

We're just back from our family reunion and I'm trying to use our Sunday to get laundry done and to mow the grass in a little bit. There's a whole lot of growing green here right now due to the cooler fall temperatures. The grass could quit growing and I'd be happy as I'm now back to mowing twice a week! :O

Have a great new week,
Linda

Debi Y. said...

Sorry that your husband had to witness such a terrible thing.

May that poor soul (who was killed) rest in peace.

Dianne said...

What a wonderful post! I watched the clip and was truly touched by Candy's public art project. So amazing...and I always enjoy your yummy projects, both baked and knitted/sewn/crocheted! Hope your world gets greener and blooms abundantly!

Astri said...

I love those seemingly gone plants that come back to life...

A lot to think about and contemplate today, yes. Gratitude for life!!!

Monica said...

Thank you for all the positive energy you've sent our way, and much love from Kim and Monica xoxo

Pam said...

That video touched my heart. What a wonderful concept.

I cleaned my flower beds last of all the dead and dying plants. I'm hoping to get a few new ones in a few weeks.

Have a wonderful week.

Sharon said...

What a great video.Thank you for sharing. I love your photos of your kitty, so sweet. I hope all is well and safe for you this week.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

So sad about the person crossing the highway. So very, very sad.

Awww Jingles is so cute...I love it when you share pictures with us! :)

The greenery is lovely. Your plant that bloomed is beautiful!

Wishing you a lovely day filled with many blessings. :)

Mistea said...

New greens for Jingles to admire and hide in - Lovely. He is such a cutie.
Will watch the video properly with sound later, looks very interesting.
Thanks for sharing.

Lori ann said...

im so sorry to hear about the terrible tragedy tammy, it's true we have to live in the moment and appreciate everyday. i hope your greenery stays green.

Mereknits said...

Maybe the unexpected bloom was a sign that even though your husband witnessed this horrific accident, that life still blooms even when we see something horrible. Are you feeling safe with all the unrest everywhere?
I have been thinking of you,
Meredith

Zuzu said...

A thoughtful reminder to treasure each day. Hugs to you & yours, Tammy.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Wonderful video. I know how you feel.........Texas heat can be so devastating. I hope you can keep it all lovely again

val said...

you truly never know when you will be called home.....

vintage grey said...

Oh, that is so sad Tammy! Wishing for cooler weather soon for you! Have a great week! Blessings, Heather

~*~Patty S said...

Hello Dear Tammy ~ I am very moved by your sharing today reminding me again just how fragile this life is...
the TED video was inspiring and thought provoking *sniff*sniff*

I also enjoyed the feelings of hope you shared that come with growing things even in seemingly impossible circumstances.

Thank you for being you!
oxo

Anne said...

Hi tammy. Just stopping by to say hello and to see whatcha been up to. I love that granny square pillow you crocheted. Love the colors.

Catherine said...

Tammy I am so sorry to hear about such a horrific accident happening and that your husband had to witness it, it is just awful, I too have seen this happen. I hope the week brings with it some coolness and many happy moments. Take care.

Mrs. Micawber said...

I am so sorry to hear about the person being hit, and your husband having to witness it.

Keep on planting, even if you know some of the plants will die. It's one way to celebrate life.

Have a good rest-of-the-week!

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Love the jungle look as well as the elephant statue and beautiful fountain!

Serena Lewis said...

How awful for your hubby to witness such a terrible accident. I don't understand why people feel the need to speed on the roads...so dangerous.

I watched the Candy Chang video just last week via a Facebook post. What a great idea!

I hope all your new plants cope better in the dreadful heat and how lovely to see that one of your old plants survived after all.

Shahrul Niza said...

oh that is bougainvilla!. They are hardy plants, I remembered my late grandmother's bougainvilla red bushes so well. Love to see your cat relaxing :).

Mosaic Magpie said...

Thank you for sharing the Before I Die video with us....very thought provoking.
Deb

Sam I Am...... said...

I witnessed a death of a woman once in a car accident and I was the only one on the scene...she was already gone when I reached her but I will never forget it. How life can be "snuffed out" that quickly..i had just seen her sitting in her car..living, breathing and then not. The video reminds us all that we are here to make a positive contribution to this planet "before we die". Amazing what she did with just an idea..a thought...an action.
I was amazed when I moved here from the North how no one had flowers in their yards....now I know why...it's TOO HOT! They were probably laughing at me outside all Summer running around trying to keep all my plants alive. LOL! And they did all look SO pretty in the Spring.

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