Flowers Without Salmon

As you can probably guess from the title of this post, I have no salmon recipe for you today like I promised! 🙁 I didn’t want to be an unreliable blogger, but when Peter’s parents asked us to go to one of my favorite restaurants Char Koon) for dinner, I couldn’t refuse! I will have the recipe for you on Sunday, cross my heart and … well, you know the rest.

So instead of salmon, I have a gallery of flowers to show you. After my class today, Peter and I drove up up north to Logee’s, an exotic collection of greenhouses with tropical plants in northern CT. Yes, northern CT!! Since I’m feeling a bit tired, I’m going to let the gorgeous flowers do the talkin’.

I wish I could have captured the gorgeous vibrant turquoise color of this flower to show you:

This plant is a succulent called “Living Stones“:

Peter picked up a number of plants, greatly increasing our ever-growing collection. I chose a couple of unusual plants for myself because, well, I couldn’t resist.

The plant in front is a goji berry plant and the one in back is a Buddha’s hand. I don’t expect fruit from these plants for a long time, but I’ll enjoy the leafiness until then 🙂

On another note: thanks to all of you who gave me suggestions for sleeping better! Reading each and every one of your comments put a HUGE smile on my face. I have such wonderful bloggie (and non-bloggie!) friends. Your comments mean so much to me. 🙂 I’m going to compile all your suggestions into a tab at the top menu bar so that I can try them (and so you can try them, too!).

I was talking to my dear friend Amy yesterday, and she suggested that I stop all work and computer, etc. for at least 1/2 hour before bedtime (just like some of you guys suggested), and I think that’s a great idea. I didn’t mention in my last post that I typically work right up until bedtime so that I can finish all the work I need to finish. Since now I realize that working until bed is NOT a good thing, I’ll need to find another way to get everything done. Oh well, only a few more weeks of full-time school! 🙂

I’m also going to try cutting out caffeine completely for a while (some of you suggested that caffeine may be a problem). For years, I let nary a drop of coffee cross my lips … until last Fall, when I started my new dietetics program. The program’s work is not hard, but my daily commute time nearly tripled with the move to a new school. Since I’m confessing things all over the place, I might as well confess this little fact: I hate driving. I find it to be a waste of time, sitting on my bottom for hours just to get from place to place. So, I started drinking coffee in the mornings to keep myself happy on the commute to and from school. But, having lived for years and years without coffee, I’m interested to see if going back to a coffee-free state will help the sleeping.

I think it’s time to sign off the computer to have my 1/2 hour of unplugged relaxation before bed! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! I’ll see you all for Sunday Salmon!! 🙂

Q: Do you grow plants? What kind of plants do you have?


  1. Nice pics. I don’t have any plants but have thought about it before.
    I’m off the caffiene as well as eating better so don’t know which one is letting me sleep even better than before.

  2. I had three plants….but they all died. Oh, and I had a basil plant too, but someone stole it. And it was the only one that was growing well, too!

    Have you tried reading a VERY boring book before bed?

    1. I haven’t, because before bed is the only time I read fun stuff, and I wanna read FUN stuff! 😛

  3. Beautiful pics! I hope the sleeping suggestions work.

    I do not have plants, only because we live on base housing, and since this place isn’t ours it’s so hard for me to put any effort into it. I should though. We still have a year left here.

  4. WHAT! I was just thinking about growing my own plants this summer!! The edible kinds, only though, of course. I’m thinking Kale. Hahaha.

    Like Sophia, I used to have a few plants (an African violet and a basil plant). Both of them died.

    So I guess we’ll see how kale-planting goes. Ha!

  5. I have a plant that I have no idea what it is – I took it from my old job years ago! 😛 And bamboo shoots. Everything else I killed!

    Oh forgot to mention no caffeine! That’s a great one. There’s this product called Teeccino (like cappucchino) and it’s made from all of these herbal teas to be caffeine free and also acid free. I tried one as a free sample but it had a bit of a bitter aftertaste for me, but apparently it’s a good coffee alternative for those that want to drink coffee but not have the acid or caffeine. It comes in quite a few flavors and is brewed just like regular coffee from all natural and organic ingredients! Pretty interesting, maybe somethign to look into.

    1. I’ll have to look into it – thanks Christina! 🙂

  6. Gorgeous flowers!! We (and by we I mean Andrew) just planted a garden in our backyard that has brussel sprouts and tomatoes. We (still mean just Andrew) also planted an azalea bush, and some other pretty orange and yellow flowers (don’t have any clue what they’re called). Having some pretty colors in our yard just makes it look so much more welcoming and like a HAPPY home! 🙂

    1. Haha! I could say basically the same thing, only replace the name “Andrew” with “Peter” 😉

  7. I am with you on the caffeine, it is just so hard to cut out. Maybe I’ll work on it too though, probably would be good for me!

  8. Absolutely stunning! I don’t have any indoor potted plants, but I have some potted herbs outside on the deck. I think only the rosemary survived the winter – I left them outside when I was travelling. Not good.

  9. Thank you for sharing those beautiful flower pictures with us. They are absolutely gorgeous. I’m not a plant person cause every plant I’ve had died on me in a matter of a month 🙁 So rather having the poor plants suffer I just stopped buying them all together. My Dad is a huge plant person though. Gotta share this really cool trick with you. Take a really ripe banana, wrap it in a cloth and squeeze the juices from it. Use that juice to wipe down the leaves and I swear they shine like crazy. And it keeps the dust off too. That’s how much of a plant lover my Dad is that he’ll take the time wiping every leaf…sigh. Have a super weekend!

    1. That’s a cook trick, LeQuan! I’ll have to try it when I have some free time … oh, wait … 😉

  10. ive never seen most of these types of flowers before. so beautiful!

  11. love all of your flower pics-how lovely! unfortunately i do not have a garden because i live in a townhome 🙁
    looking forward to seeing your salmon!
    have a great weekend 🙂

  12. Such beautiful pictures!!! I had never seen anything like the living stones, thats a pretty neat plant!

    Taking Amy’s advice and cutting back on coffee should definitely help with your trouble sleeping 🙂

    Can’t wait for the salmon recipe 😉

  13. Those flowers are GORGE! The photos definitely perked me up a little bit =)

    I think unplugging and giving up caffeine for a bit is a good call. I actually should follow my own advice when it comes to the unplugging :/ Even though I don’t have trouble falling asleep *knocks on wood* it’s just NOT a healthy practice going from sitting in front of the computer all day to going right to bed….

    Have an amazing weekend, girl!! xoxo G

  14. The Living Stones look like organs! I love all the flower pictures…absolutely stunning!

    Good luck with the caffeine! It’s tough, but I reduced mine and am so much happier! Only 1 cup in the morning!

  15. I relate to you in many ways- I have horrible insomnia and I HATE driving. Okay, I have a huge fear of driving and when I drive I feel crazy anxious. I’m happy that you’ll be posting the tips for sleeping better, because I could definitely use some. I tried cutting way back on caffeine. I still drink caffeinated tea but I cut out coffee in hopes that it would help (my sleep and my tummy issues), but it hasnt helped with sleep much. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  16. Saw your profile on another page. Glad I read your well-written and informative blog. Look forward to following you here. Cheers! Best of luck with your garden. I wish I could, but condo life is not condusive to that.

  17. Beautiful flowers! I’d love to grow plants but we’re just renting right now and even the little ones we’ve tried to grow indoors, like herbs, don’t seem to like the missing sunlight 🙁

  18. You know, I think it’s really commendable that you decided to live life yesterday and went out to dinner without posting the salmon. Real life comes first!

    I can’t wait for the salmon though.

    I’ve drank coffee every day for the past 9 years and I haven’t seen much of a change in my sleep cycle but I’ll be interested to see if it effects yours!

  19. Glad you got good responses!

    I’m growing broccoli and red lettuce for the spring right now. I was just talking to my roommate about what comes next: basil, cucumbers… we’ll see!

  20. SUCH BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS! I loved seeing all of the gorgeous and vibrant varieties! Thanks!

    I’m so glad you’ve gotten some good sleep advice and are making a new and concerted effort! I hope it works, my friend! I’m thinking a nice little bit of relaxation before bed will really do wonders. And also, I think the caffeine cutting could really show you some good results! I’m wishing you all the best!!

    Have a lovely day!

  21. Your flower pics are so pretty! That Living Stones plant is so interesting, reminds me of mushrooms a little bit. 🙂

    I’m with you on the driving thing — it’s such a waste of time! Some people tell me they use the time to relax and mentally process stuff…but I still feel like it’s such a huge waste of time.

    I hope you’ve been sleeping better! 🙂

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