Something different.

Today I shall brag a little bit. You all know how intense my passion is about flowers. So the crazy orchids are going so crazy this year. Janet (slmrt) had sent me an orchid plant last year. It had miniature orchids. They were absolutely gorgeous. But like all orchids, they showed their beauty, and went into hibernation. About a couple of weeks ago, from that same little container, I saw shoots coming out, Not just one, as is usual, but three or four, and before I knew it, there were cascades of orchids on my window sill. Just have a look.

My spectacular orchids. One single plant, loaded with all these blooms. Eye candy, right?

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And now the roses have started blooming. All the rain we have got, along with the head-splitting humidity, is really helping these precious flowers.

Some early roses.

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Have you had enough? Or do you think I should perhaps bore you with some of my recent paintings? Okay here we go.

Some of my paintings, mediocre at best. I can almost hear you grunt, hmmm meh!

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Okay, I shall not bore you any more. Loving hugs to all of you for taking time to come here and read my stuff.

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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17 Responses to Something different.

  1. slmret says:

    Oh, my goodness, those orchids are gorgeous! Such a green thumb you have! And your roses are beautiful too!

    I love your paintings — you’re really developing a nice style. I particularly like the beach scene with the little kids, all dressed up in 1940’s style, playing with their beach gear — and the guy throwing the fishing net — so South Pacific!

    I hope all is settling down for you — you have been busy!And I hope that Reshma is also able to settle back into a more normal life.

    • Zakiah says:

      And to think that all those orchids are pouring out of the small little planter you sent me. It really is amazing. When the first blooms came on, I said, ‘na aanh’, it is not from the small planter shoot that I got miniature orchids from. I held it up and examined it. I was so surprised. I can hardly see the little planter now. Totally covered by the blooms.

      Thank you for your words about the painting Janet. My friend Eunice in Chicago has the original painting by that artist. It is beautiful. When I was there in January of 2018, I took a photo of that painting and came home and painted it. It has turned out okay, however, I can see a lot of mistakes that I have made, but I loved that painting that Eunice has.

      The man throwing the net in the sea, is so typical of all sea shores I think. I saw this every single day of my life along the Indian Ocean. When I saw the photo, it brought back so many memories.

      Reshma is doing well in her home. The children continue to be obnoxious to her, and we are praying for success with counselling. Thank you for all your good wishes and thoughts.

      • slmret says:

        I’m delighted that those orchids in that small planter have done so well in the past year to have such a wonderful spray of flowers this year! I love the paintings, and you did a good job with especially the two I mentioned. What fun to have such good memories from which to paint. How is Eunice doing? And I’m glad that Reshma is doing well. It will take a while for the children to recover from the cruelty of their dad — they may never fully trust their mom, but hopefully the counseling will help! Love and hugs!

    • Zakiah says:

      Eunice is not doing well at all. She is in palliative care with hospice. Has round the clock assistance from nursing people. She has finally refused the immunotherapy and chemo which gave here severe reactions. Just praying for her. Her nephew has been keeping me updated. Thank you for thinking of her Janet.
      Reshma’s children need a whipping in my opinion. But what do I know. The counselors are telling her to be calm and ride the tide. Bleh and blah.

  2. Your orchids!!!! I need your secrets!!! The roses are beautiful. I didn’t realize humidity helps the roses. Finally, you are way too modest and humble about your artistic skills.

    • Zakiah says:

      Oh Matt, you are so sweet.
      I just let the orchids be where they are, don’t water them too much, and water only twice a week. Honestly, this year I haven’t even given them any orchid food yet.
      I really think that the humid weather makes the roses grow and become more fragrant. (That is my theory.)
      I am glad you approve of my paintings. Remember when I started painting in September of 2016, and would show off each and every single flower I painted, shamelessly? Arrrgh. At that time I thought I was good at it. Now I am not too sure. I critique my work too much.

  3. mrswrangler says:

    You have lovely flowers. I love your paintings.

  4. whyzat says:

    Those orchids are amazing! I’m surprised to see that your roses are so far along. I’ve only seen a few in Central Iowa. We went to Dubuque last weekend to the botanical gardens and there were just a few perennials blooming. The irises were just getting going.

    • Zakiah says:

      We are not nearly in your neck of northern woods it seems Dian. I was in St. Louis a few weeks back and saw the roses and forsythia blooming crazy. I was so envious, because I had no buds on my roses yet, and STL is about 110 miles south of us. But since about a week now, I am so happy that they are all blooming.

  5. OH MY GOSH! What beautiful orchids! What a sweet gift! They are so joyful and inspiring…as are your roses! 🙂
    Your paintings…boring, is NOT a word I’d use to describe them, SweetZ! I’d use words like…beautiful, delightful, inspiring, thought-provoking, good-memories-inducing, ETC! 🙂
    BTW: You were obviously born with artist talent…but it’s been a joy to watch you progress and grow in your artistic endeavors and passions! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…How is Reshma? She is still in my prayers.

  6. There was no boredom for me at all. LOVE the orchids. I’m so glad they are blooming so beautifully.
    You already know how I feel about the paintings. 🙂 Love and hugs.

  7. beowulf says:

    So pretty. You make gardening look easy.

  8. krc says:

    excellent art work!
    and your orchids are the most fullest that ive ever seen!

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