This Scatterday post is brought to you by the letter
Tough letter. Tough subject. Lots of head-scratching.
A Plant - Queen Palm
I'm beginning to learn the names of some of the varieties of palm trees in this area. One of them that everyone repeatedly says not to plant, is a queen palm. Apparently it isn't resistant to freezing temperatures, so planting even a small to mid-sized queen palm in one's yard can be a risky venture at $1200 to $1500, and more, per palm! Thus far this winter we haven't experienced such freezes, but I've been told that during the winter of 2010-2011 temps fell below freezing eight times! We'll be admiring beautiful queen palms, like this one, in others' yards.
Nightime - LaQuinta Inn
Last Saturday night we went to Orlando, to Universal Studios where we saw the Blue Man Group - a fantastic show! (I haven't laughed so much in a very long time.) As we left the area, a cluster of restaurants and motels/hotels, we passed this LaQuinta Inn. Needing this photo was an excellent reason to try out the "nightscene" setting on my new Canon Powershot S100. Even in the car, on the move, I think it turned out pretty good.
Something Healthy - Quinoa
I learned this is pronounced KEEN-WA. These are the seeds of a grain that's related to beets, spinach and tumbleweed (of all things!). All this according to Wikipedia, of course. Quinoa is a good source of fiber; good for cholesterol; low in sodium and fat; and is gluten-free. Healthy yes, but I wonder what it tastes like!
Something Quick and Quilty
I blogged about these in December. They're quick-to-sew earbud pouches that are just the cutest things, and so practical! They make great gift, especially if you know a hard-to-buy-for teen or young adult. Credit for this pattern goes to Erin Erickson. You can find her tutorial here.
Whew. I'm so glad the letter Q is done for the year! It was awful. But on the good side, the rest of the letters should be easier, right? Maybe. We haven't done Z yet. Linda