Amaryllis Revisited, Visitors, Big Red Mixer & The Course

The second set of flowers are now opening on my amaryllis.  The first stalk had four flowers. The second has three.  This poor amaryllis plant has been photographed way too much.  To give the pictures a twist, I added a touch of Photoshop magic.

Moody Amaryllis, I
Moody Amaryllis, II

We had some visitors to our backyard recently.  A couple of neighborhood deer stopped by to add to the destruction of our shrubs.

Having A Little Snack

After I knocked on the glass of our dining room window, she turned to look at me.  I guess the snow fell from the higher branches and landed right on her face.  Poor thing (insert sarcasm here).

Snow In The Face
Damaging Duo


My recent purchase.  Isn’t it beautiful?  We christened it by making a batch of banana muffins.  The were delicious.

Red Beauty

Here is the new and improved sledding course.  A whole new design for 2013.  Sebastian has been working on it the past few evenings after our big snowstorm on Sunday (his Dad helped too). The extra nine inches of snow allowed him to bank up the sides and create a nice curve at the bottom.

New & Improved For 2013!
Fast & Furious
Watch Out For The Curve At The End

Amaryllis, Part II

The first Amaryllis flower has opened up. Here is how it looked on Wednesday.

Rilona Amaryllis – January 9, 2013

And this is how it looked yesterday.

Rilona Amaryllis – January 10, 2013

The second of four blossoms is beginning to open today.  It is nice to see something full of life and color during our dreary Minnesota winter.  Today it is rainy and foggy.  Very odd for January.  Next week’s highs will be in the single digits.  😦


After many, many years without flowering, my amaryllis finally decided to bloom.  The flowers are not quite open yet.  This is only a prelude.

Rilona Amaryllis – January 7, 2013
Rilona Amaryllis – January 7, 2013
Rilona Amaryllis – January 8, 2013
Rilona Amaryllis – January 8, 2013

I believe the bulb originally came from my Mom.  I have had it for more than 15 years.  I can not remember the last time it bloomed, but I think it was worth the wait.