In the morning I worked with young scouts that had to pass off knot tying and other basic skills such as plant identification...
But in the afternoon I held a class for the "Collections" merit badge.
Sure, I collect postage stamps and coins but they have badges of their own. The collections is for anything else and I have as much fun as the scouts learning about the kinds of things they collect.
Of course there are sports cards or sports team items, but there are always other interesting things and it is really neat to hear about how those collections got started and have grown. Some probably have great value and others have memories of places they have visited and lived over their short lives.
Not too long ago, I saw a post by my blogging friend, Debbie showing a small but lovely collection of cats.
Long ago the step tansu, here in my greenhouse holding plants, was on the landing of our home. People coming into the entryway might look at a ceramic cat on one of the steps and think ... Oh, a cat!... Julie collects cats.
Well, in those days my kids were also bringing home strays ... and I'll admit I brought one home too so, the house did have cats (and dogs too).
Well, the next visit might include a gifted cat.
(Since the owl collection was in the restroom, those were seen even more and owls began to fly in too.)
by now too many to count.
Some of those have stayed on the steps and are watching over my cacti which are going into blooming mode.
There seem to be a few birds mixed into the equation as well. (are they in danger of multiplying?)
(and there is a hand-carved mouse peeping down from the top step)
and another bird rests on his tummy.
Two more cats rest on the floor at the foot of that table and in front of the sliding door.
And, if I had not been looking for cats, I would have missed this cactus which has begun to bloom in front of the west-side doors.
Only those cats had noticed and they were good at keeping the secret.
The spiky little cactus seems to be sending it's flower spikes over for those two cats to enjoy.
Those will probably begin to bloom this weekend.
And here is another flower spike that recently appeared.
I was gifted part of a cactus collection a few months ago from a friend who's wife had been an avid collector of cacti from South Africa.
I have no knowledge about these varieties and all my books only cover those from South America and U.S. south.
Therefore, I have no idea what to expect or even how to care for them.
Since they had been sitting outside from the time the owner passed away last year, I guess they are able to thrive on neglect ... don't mind a very hot or very cold greenhouse ... and can go without water for a week of scout camp.
So ... along with the cats, it seems I am collecting varieties of plants.
And... when I came down to my laptop, what should I see but a cat on the windowsill and one on top of the hutch ... and a cat bank ... Oh my, I think my collections are taking over!
Better get back to quilting!