Joy in Winter

Some days, I go to Andrew’s school and pick him up and bring him home here, to spend a couple of hours with us. He gets so excited about that, and I love having him here and tending to him. I get some snacks for him and a glass of milk. We play Checkers or Hungry Hungry Hippo. He loves to watch Tom and Jerry cartoons on the TV. Most often the television doesn’t have them on at the time when he comes over, so I have ordered several DVDs from Amazon and any time M goes to Big Lots or K-Mart, he looks for them and brings them over. Here he is watching one of those episodes. He is so focused and enjoys


the cat and mouse antics a lot.

My orchid plants are just going to town. I have so many of them full of buds and blooms. I love them, and each time a bud appears on the stem, I get so super excited.






I am so grateful that in the thick of winter, something as beautiful as this blooms inside the house.  And guess what, I saw yellow crocuses blooming out in the yard yesterday. Forgot to take a picture. The poor plants are so confused. Last two or three days were wonderfully warm, but today it was bitterly cold. So I am not sure if the crocuses will survive the 20 degree temperatures of tonight.

I will keep you posted.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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24 Responses to Joy in Winter

  1. Wow – your orchids are amazing! Mine are flowering too but the stems aren’t as thick as yours. Maybe I should get some Tom and Jerry DVDs and play it for them.

    • Zakiah says:

      I wonder why Matt. Do you give them food every month? I wonder if the plants are in a south window or nearby to get adequate sun. I have had these plants for so many years, and they bloom at least twice if not thrice a year. I have four more that are hibernating in the south window of the same room.

      • I should feed them more often. My unit faces east and there’s a large building across the street and a big tree right in front of my window. But they are on the window to get as much light as possible. All of them are blooming now but they are skinny.

  2. slmret says:

    My goodness — Andrew is getting so big! Isn’t he your littlest?! And your orchids — they’re beautiful!

    • Zakiah says:

      Andrew will be six in April. He is the older of the two kids that Sayeed and Shelley have. Zain is the younger one, the littlest grand son, and he is two and half years old.
      Yeah, I enjoy my orchids in winter, as much as I do my roses in summer.

  3. beowulf222 says:

    The orchids are stunning. I wouldn’t mind some sweets and milk. 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      aaah, you from the nation of orchids, telling me about the few that I grow. I will never forget going through the orchid gardens in Singapore. They were so amazing in their beauty, and I didn’t want to leave that place at all.
      Sure Nick, come over, you will get not only sweets and milk, but also a full dinner later!

      • beowulf222 says:

        Haha! I might show up at your doorsteps one of these days! Yes, I have been to the Botanical Garden here and seen the orchids, but you know they all look the same to me.

  4. Andrew makes your joy, Zakiah and I understand .He is so kind .
    Your orchids are beautiful and you can be proud of the success of the cares you bring to them.
    Love ❤

    • Zakiah says:

      Dear Michel,
      Andrew and his little brother Zain, fill my heart with happiness. I am so blessed to have all my grandsons so close to me in my town. Like I told Janet above, I love the orchids in winter, and the roses in summer. I am just so happy that these blooms take away some of the dreariness of the gray skies of winter. 🙂
      Love, ❤

  5. I love that Andrew enjoys the simple things–the fun things of old. I can just feel your joy in the words. He is so handsome too.
    I love, love, love your flowers. Simply beautiful.
    Love and hugs, my friend.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Elizabeth. I think my grandsons are very handsome boys too, all four of them. I love to have Andrew over, a lot! I am so glad you like my orchids. Something to brighten my winter days.

  6. The orchids are precious and beautiful!
    Your Andrew is even more precious and beautiful!
    And they all are touched by your love and care, SweetZ.! And because of you they thrive and are happy! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      awww! Thanks sweet Carolyn. You know how to melt a heart. 🙂
      My life revolves around my children and their children. Hugs and love to you too. ❤ ❤

  7. theinfiniterally says:

    You are so good at capturing the essence of things with word and even your camera. What a lovely vision I have of your joyful afternoons with Andrew, and spring beginning in your area from the inside of the house to out! I hope the crocuses make it!

    • Zakiah says:

      The crocuses are alive. Hardy little things. So beautiful.
      When I go to pick Andrew up from school, he sees me and his eyes just twinkle. Even as I write this, my heart is so full of that love he shows me Mark. May he be blessed always with a great life of health and happiness. Thank you for your kind words.

  8. marica0701 says:

    Lovely orchids! I see them for sale in my grocery store all the time and I’m always tempted to buy one, but I have no room to keep it.

    • Zakiah says:

      I am glad you enjoy them though. You can keep one on a desk top if it is close to a window. They really don’t need much. Thanks for stopping over.

  9. r_hsw says:

    waahhh.. looks like you are starting to be an orchid collector.

    • Zakiah says:

      I have been tending to orchids for many years Rudi. I have posted pictures of them in the past. This winter, I thought I would let my readers see how they are growing.

      • r_hsw says:

        yes, i have seen their pics before, but with them shown individually. and so i never knew you have so many. now they are shown all in a row, makes the collection looks impressive.

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