Change of Shift

Change of shift is obviously when one group goes home and another one takes over. Well, since I left on vacation last Wednesday, I have had a lot of premiers and finales. I am not sure how many of each – but I do know that I have 44 in bloom today and 21 are new since I pulled out on my trip.

Rifle Falls State Park, CO

I had about 400 trip photos to go through, so I haven’t had time much time to count finales. I do know I missed at least one and others I only saw one bloom.

Wild Mustang in the Sand Wash Basin, CO

Was it worth it? Oh, yea – Colorado is beautiful and it is good to get out of town. Of course, the downside is that I now worry about COVID. Oh, I masked and carried hand sanitizer everywhere – around my neck. That said, there are a lot of people wondering around Colorado and our cases are on the rise.

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
State Forest State Park, CO

I’ve now had about 104 bloom (+/-) so we are at a 61% bloom rate. I’d like to get to 80%, but we will see. I am just going to list the 21 new bloomers (Premiers) in alphabetic order:

Black Arrowhead 7.17.20
Cripple Creek 7.17.20
Dancing Maiden 7.17.20
Dream Catcher 7.17.20
Fine Time Lucille 7.17.20
Glen Eyrie 7.17.20
Hesperus 7.17.20
Longlesson Show-off 7.17.20
Mama Cuna 7.17.20
Marque Moon 7.17.20
Painted Petroglyph and her sad, bug eaten bloom 7.17.20
Prelude to Love 7.17.20
Raspberry Propeller 7.17.20
Red Hot Returns 7.17.20
Red Mystery 7.17.20
Ruby Stella 7.17.20
Shape Shifter 7.17.20
South Seas 7.17.20
Spirit of the Morning 7.17.20
Taco Twister 7.17.20
Zuni Thunderbird 7.17.20

With 44 in bloom, I am still at peak. We will see what tomorrow brings . . .

Boil it Down!

Today, I feel the need to simplify life.  I worked from 8 to 7.  My orchids cry for water.  They aren’t doing well splitting time with the daylilies in summer.  I am ambivalent about losing some of them.  I need to pack for my camping trip. Laundry needs to be done.  I haven’t gotten 8 hours of sleep in nearly a week.

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Raven Woodsong 8.15

I got hobbies when I was trying to balance life and find purpose when working from home.  I took a more challenging away-from-home-job a year ago.  Now, the mania of the first of a term with nearly all new faculty, new programs, new campuses has hit.  I am attempting to shift the work culture, and it feels like my life balance is taking a hit.

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Cripple Creek 8.15

What could I eliminate? Not my dogs or my daylilies.  Not my camping or road trips.  Orchids can be thinned.  I want to get into air plants – why don’t I just leave it?  IDK.  I like plants.  And, I don’t want to give up my hobbies.  It took me years to finally get some because career was my life.  I think they are essential – but I need to boil them down to the essentials.

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Orange Vols 8.15

Vaca Day Lilies

Today, we started our weeklong camping road trip through southern Utah. So, I’ll miss 5 days of blooms. But, I think there will be plenty left when I return next week.

Premieres:

Prairie Blue Eyes 7/5

Cheyenne Eyes 7/5

Papa Long Legs 7/5

Treasure of the Southwest 7/5

Reruns:

Indian Love Call 7/5

Petite Petticoats 7/5

Yellow Punch 7/5

Saratoga Springtime 7/5

Yellow Stella 7/5

Echo Canyon 7/5

Purple Many Faces 7/5

Mesa Verde 7/5

The Colorado Kid 7/5

Finales: While Dream Keeper has a few buds left (my first bloom this season), she will likely be done before I get home.

Dream Keeper 7/5