Sunday, 29 May 2016

Even More Dahlias!

"Dahlias of the Collarette Persuasion", drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2016

I couldn't resist drawing two more Dahlia cultivars.  I hope you don't mind!

As you probably recall, Dahlias are a group of flowering, tuberous-rooted plants that belong to the Asteraceae (aster/daisy) family. There are at least 36 species of Dahlia. As well, Dahlias have been hybridized extensively, and there are now more than 20,000 cultivars. 

Dahlias are native to Mexico, Central America and Columbia. The Aztecs cultivated Dahlias for both food and ceremonial purposes.

The genus name of Dahlia is also the common name. The name, Dahlia, comes from the surname of Dr. Andreas (Anders) Dahl. He was an 18th century Swedish botanist and student of Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist who laid the foundations for the modern biological naming scheme of binomial nomenclature. 

Today’s drawing features two of the many Dahlia cultivars. These two belong to the sub-group known as Collarette Dahlias. As you may recall from my posting of November 1, 2015, Collarette Dahlias have large, flat florets forming a single outer ring around a central disc which may overlap a smaller circle of florets closer to the centre and which gives the appearance of a collar. 

As I have mentioned previously, if you search my blog using the term "Dahlia", you will find a number of other cultivars from this genus which I have drawn over the years.

Some of the above text was taken from various Internet sources.


I was the fortunate recipient of some additional photos of my boys this past week and, as usual, I want to share a few of them with you.

Brother share a ride in a "Ladybug".

"Come on in, little bro ... this is a fun place to play!"

Brothers listening to a "hillbilly" band.

This is an interesting photographic composition -- 
showing the boys through openings in the fence that surrounds the "trampoline".  
This photo makes me think of that Van Halen hit song from the past:  "Jump!" 

"Watch out, little brother ...  if you go sideways, you may bump into the post!"



Suki enjoying her favourite chair AFTER
getting me to lift her from the floor and
place her carefully on her "good" side!
How come cats are so good at getting people to wait on them?

Seriously, every day now I tell Suki that if she really wants to get into her chair, she can find a way to do it herself -- I am definitely not going to do it for her.  

Then she sits there, staring at me with those big eyes and utters a pitiful little meow that just about breaks your heart. I mean, what can I do?  

So, I get up once again, pick her up off the floor and gently place her in a comfortable position on the seat of her favourite chair.  She really knows how to get me to do what she wants.

Of course, after a few hours of sleep, it is time for Suki to leave the chair and begin pestering me about lunchtime.  She does this until it is actually time for her noon meal.  These days, of course, she also gets two type of medication at lunch time -- one for pain alone (she will only be taking this one for a few more days) plus another one for treating both pain and inflammation (this one she will continue taking into the foreseeable future). 

The medications are supposed to be taken just before eating; however, Suki, after being properly dosed (I use a syringe minus the needle in order to measure the liquid medication and then squirt it into the side of her mouth) refuses to eat the food I have just placed before her.  Instead, she simply lies down on the floor and looks at me as though I have deeply offended her.

After a great deal of pleading, Suki finally condescends to approach her food dish which contains bits of chicken with lots of gravy. Then, rather than eating her food properly, she simply licks off all the gravy, turns and walks away.

The next thing I hear is this plaintive meow coming from the living room. When I take a look, there is Suki asking me to lift her up and put her back onto the seat of her favourite chair.  With a deep sigh and a shake of my head, I do exactly what she wants.  No wonder I have given Suki the name Rumpole gave to his wife in the British comedy series "Rumpole of the Bailey":  "She Who Must Be Obeyed."

As for what I am doing apart from being Suki's nursemaid, I seem to be spending a large amount of time at various doctors' offices. I had four different appointments this past week.  Hopefully, the "6-month, check-up time" is now past and my life can settle down once again to only the occasional medical appointment; however, I do have two more medical type appointments scheduled for the coming week!  Now for some bad news and good news...

The bad news is that I have started having increasing problems with pain during the night. After consultation, the pain specialist and I decided to try increasing one of my medications in an attempt to increase the number of hours of uninterrupted sleep I am able to get.  The good news is that after a few days on the new regimen, I am finding that the additional dose seems to be helping quite a bit. Keep your fingers crossed.



"Icon -- Corpus Christi", by the hand of Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2015 rev.

Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured. As the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve approached him and said, "Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions; for we are in a deserted place here." He said to them, "Give them some food yourselves." They replied, "Five loaves and two fish are all we have, unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people." Now the men there numbered about five thousand. Then he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty." They did so and made them all sit down. Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied. And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets.  Luke 9:11b-17

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