Sunday, June 24, 2012

Changing Fortunes?

It's Sunday afternoon here, time slipping into the evening hours soon. Since last weekend we've initially had some 5 days of sunshine so I've been out in the garden catching up. Not much stitching was had but I will show you some garden photos including a new garden pal. I do have a favour to ask but I will wait till end of this post to do so. Don't worry, no money is involved!

The highlight this week is reacquainting myself with the wild and wonderful world of these wee succulents.  They are small and you really need to crouch down and look at them. When you do, you will see such little characters. I call them my new pets. I need to find names for them.

The first photo shows a big pot from last year. Some of these babies are in bloom!
Then in early spring I planted two smaller pots with more succulents...
Aren't they grand? They are so easy to please too and there is such a variety to choose from. So much so that when we had to rescue this long skinny planter, we decided that it was perfect for planting succulents in. I have named it our Succulent Trough!
This planter is rotting away and but we gave it some more life. It now sits on our sundeck and tucked under the roof line so it won't get wet too often. We shall see what it looks like come end of summer. This just got planted a few days ago and I'm really happy with it! 


Now, here's a new garden pal I found near our Benjamin Britten rose. Meet Danny the dragonfly. This guy likes to rest just in this particular rose bush because that's the only rose where I find him taking his snooze.
He's huge and a very handsome fella!  When I was a little girl,  a dragonfly landed on my head and I remembered screaming my head off! I still wouldn't want one to land on my head but I appreciate them a lot more! 


Now, you may be puzzled by the title of this post - "Changing Fortunes?"  My regular readers will know that I have been out of work for awhile now and not intentionally. On Thursday evening I checked my email and found a new "opportunity". Now these things have happened before but I just had a nice feeling, you know? 


So, fast forward a couple of hours later, I went to check my blog. I noticed on my blog list that Marly had just posted with a title "A Winner!".  Immediately I remembered I had put my name in the hat (as I love Marly's stuff!) and as I clicked to go to the post I was thinking "please let it be me!". I nearly fell off my chair when I saw my name! Then I'd thought "wait, girl, what if it's another Melissa?"  So, with hands shaking, I went to the post where everyone put their names in. Nope, I was the only Melissa. Even then I was not sure - that's an indication of my level of confidence in good fortunes these days! I emailed Marly who graciously and patiently informed me "no, you were the only one!"


I won! I won! I was beside myself with excitement! I'd thought, could my fortunes be changing? Gosh, I hope so. 


Here's the favour I would like to ask you to do, if you so choose - visualize a little thought bubble coming out of your head, like in a comics strip, with the words "If this is the right job for Melissa, please let her get the job!" Then wrap up the little thought bubble into a little thought airplane and zing it to me. That's it.  I don't ask for a prayer because they are precious and I save those requests for dire stuff like health crises, you know? This is just sending some cosmic cheering my way. Thank you! 


For that, I end with the lovely Leander rose, all peachy pink and girly!
It should be interesting what I will say in next week's post! Thanks for your visits! Have a wonderful week ahead!

35 comments:

Glenna said...

Many best wishes (lots of thought bubbles) on finding that new and perfect job. It finally happened for me, after 1.5 years, so I know how you feel. And while it's not a perfect job, it's a steady paycheck, for which I'm grateful. So I'm hoping for you to find not just a good job but a great one that you'll love.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

I am so happy you were Marly's winner! I am sending my good thoughts your way for the job and am sure there will be lots of them zipping your way! Love the dragonfly and that last rose... Wow!
Fingers crossed!

WoolenSails said...

Beautiful photos and close ups and congratulations on your win. I just won a prize too, only 3 people entered so my odds were good, lol. I do hope you are able to find a job again. I would love to work part time, but need to wait till I heal if I do, hard to say what symptoms are permanent. I am lucky that we can live on my husband's pay, so even if I don't work, I can at least make some charity quilts and feel useful.

Debbie

Loraine said...

Oh you are too cute! I am thrilled you won Marly's giveaway. You are so deserving!
Lot's of happy thoughts, and Prayers coming your way. I am one that believes God wants to hear everything...I probably weary him so! LOL.

Love the flowers and your succulent trough. What a beautiful place to sit and stitch.

Dani - tkdchick said...

I love succlents I think they're quite pretty

Laurie in Iowa said...

I loved seeing the photos of your succulents. Congrats on winning Marly's giveaway.
Sending positive thoughts your way on your job search.

Irene said...

Your succulents look very nice. I'm sending good thoughts your way for the job. Good luck.

Rowyn said...

Sending good job vibes your way Melissa.

I love all your succulents. Aren't they amazing with all the different varieties and shapes. They are so easy to look after too.

Great dragonfly pic. The last two summers we've seen a couple of really large ones in our backyard. I thought I would get in really close for a photo the first time... but it made this noise and flew off. Boy did I shriek!

Love your Leander rose, definitely lovely and feminine!

Annette-California said...

Picture a floating bubble coming right at you...pop it. It says please let Melissa find the right job for her, this week, and have it pay very well for her. And on top of that, yes I'm saying prayers for you. I believe that all great positive energy comes from prayers and a higher power (God). And the more people pray wonderful things happen. And Melissa you are worthy. And I've learned its okay to ask for others to pray for you. And Melissa I want you to list what you want your ideal job to be, include the hours, type of people you want to work with or not, etc... Write it down on paper, for yourself. Then you pray also. Do include a time frame like this week or whatever you decide. Then stay alert. You get a lead - follow thru. It will happen for you:)
Congrats on your win. See positive things are already happening for you:))) love Annette

Cath said...

Congrats on the win , and good luck with the job. Little bubbles coming your way ,lol. What a great idea .X

Giovanna said...

Best of luck with the job! And congrats on winning the draw. Your succulents are so pretty.

Chris said...

Lovely pics Melissa.
Congratulations on your win too!
I am sending a bubble your way.

Lianne said...

Hello Melissa,
I was unemployed for 2 years. Out of desperation I returned to College. When I started, I could barely hold conversations, because I felt so low. So, please know you are not alone. I now work for the College I attended. So, I know the right opportunity is just right around the corner for you!

I will keep sending good thoughts your way - You will get a job.


Lianne

Deanne J said...

Your flowers are lovely, and such a cool picture of the dragonfly

Margaret said...

I have sent good thoughts your way for that job to come through -- fingers crossed! Love seeing all your succulents -- really cool! And that Leander rose is sooooo pretty! I love dragonflies -- I grew up where dragonflies don't exist, so living close to a lake where you see dragonflies fairly frequently, I'm very happy. :D Congrats on winning Marly's giveaway -- now that's good luck!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Gorgeous rose and dragonfly, you grow the most lovely of roses. With regard to the job Melissa - as they say here in Scotland - "what's for you will no' go by you". I hope in this case the job is "for you".

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Congrats on your win! You cracked me up. I do the same thing when I get lucky...which is a rare thing! I'm sending positive thoughts to you today too with hugs!

Theresa said...

Your succulents are awesome!! They look really nice!!!!! Good luck with everything. I hope things will turn around soon!!!

marly said...

What an amazing variety of plants. Our nurseries around here carry two succulents....the hen...and her chick!

Linda said...

Look quick - up in the sky! What is it! Well, it is a bubble floating over with lots of good thoughts inside of it - the main one being - if this is the job for Melissa - then let this bubble pop over her and shower her with tons of good wishes!

I love that leander rose - unreal - the ruffles in it!!
And the shade is divine!

Linda in VA

Karoline said...

I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers about the job.

Your garden is looking gorgeous and the photo of the dragonfly is stunning.

valerie said...

Lovely garden photos Melissa! That Leander rose is stunning as is the dragonfly. They are amazing! I wish you the very best in this job opportunity...that it swings your way and is just what you're looking for. *hugs*

Veronica said...

I love succulents. I think they're so pretty. I had one before but it withered :/ Website I visited trying to figure out what happened told me I had over-watered it. Sigh!

Beautiful flowers and dragonfly. Look out for the thought airplane zinging your way. All the best!

Hugs,
Veronica.

Catherine said...

Great post! Loved seeing all of your plants and your dragonfly. The rose is absolutely stunning!
Congrats on your win!

Marsha said...

Your pictures are wonderful. I can't wait to see the trough and how it fills in. You deserve prayers Melissa and sent they are on angels wings.

Lois said...

So picture a bubble coming across all those thousands of miles wishing that if this job is for you it won't go by you. Congrats on the giveaway win - I think you could be on a lucky streak! As always, loved the pics, especially your succulents. We're still having rainy, cloudy (and cool!!!) days .... so depressing.

Penny said...

Sending lots of positive thoughts your way and hoping the job is right for you!! :) All of your plants and flowers look so lovely and healthy. That Danny is a cute little dragonfly. :) Congratulations on the win too!

Carol said...

Am sending only positive thoughts out west, Melissa! I truly hope that you will get the job if it is meant to be :) Anyone would be lucky to have you with all of your talents...

Love your succulents--didn't realize they flowered like that and, oh, that Leander rose!! Heavenly :)

Lynn said...

My little thought bubble is winging its way westward! I hope that it all works out for you.
Congrats on your giveaway win! I believe this is the start of better things to come.

Dona said...

A bubble thought is winging its way to you! Good luck!

Beautiful succulents. The gray/greens are so pretty.

barbara said...

Fingers and toes crossed on the job change! :) And a big congratulations on winning Mindy's drawing!

barbara said...

Argh, I mean winning Marley's drawing not Mindy's!

Jane in Wisconsin said...

With so many of us sending you bubbles I bet this is your job! Best of luck!!!

Anne said...

Wow Melissa, you sure do have a green thumb! I've tried my hand at succulents but I've ended up killing each and every one of them :( Love your trough!! Ooh give Danny a hello from me! I love dragonflies!! Congrats on winning! I think the positive thoughts and vibes are changing your fortune for sure!!

Suzanne said...

Congratulations on your win! I love your succulent trough and little succulent pots. I have no luck growing them in my garden.

Sending many good thoughts your way.