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I've been cleaning and rearranging my apartment to help myself feel better. I've gathered some cranberry and cobalt glass items in the western livingroom window. The afternoon sun really illuminates them. These are a collection of old family items, thrift stores, gifts and even a WalMart purchase or three. The glass shelf they're sitting on is the rear window of an antique family car, probably one of great uncle Art's mid-1920s Buicks. When the sun is just right, the edge of this piece of glass is a really bright chartreuse, really distinctive.
The begonia in the middle was a gift from my friend Mary. She clipped some leaves off of her large plant to propagate a new one—something begonias do readily. After several weeks, no roots appeared. She brought the rootless leaves over to me one day, knowing my bright green thumb might help. I kept them in water another 6-8 weeks and still no roots. As a last ditch effort, I planted them in good potting soil, in one of my hand-painted clay pots. New leaves started appearing in less than a week! I have no idea why they didn't root in water, but the plant is doing really well right now so I won't think about it anymore!