I have insomnia. I’ve had insomnia for as long as I can remember. If you want to know anything about sleep medication, just ask me, I’ve been on sleep meds for about the past 20 years. Sometimes my insomnia is productive. I find answers to problems that were elusive in the daytime. I make to-do lists in my head. But more often than not, my brain just fires random bits of information all night long.
Like the other night, I’m laying in bed thinking about Lent. I am a lapsed Catholic, but I don’t believe Catholics can ever lapse that far, we carry around way too much guilt to let it all go. So, I’m thinking about Lent. When I was little, I always gave up chocolate for Lent. It was a given. But right now, I’m in the beginning stages of menopause and chocolate is essential. It’s right up there with air and water. So, no, chocolate is not an option. Wine? Um, no, see above reason.
So, I’m thinking about Lent. It goes something like this: Lent…Lent…Lenten…Hey, it’s Lent, I wonder if my Lenten Rose is blooming. Yes, that’s how my brain works at about 3:15am, when everyone else is sound asleep. The next day after school, I hurry out to check my Lenten Rose, and it’s blooming!! I love magical plants, like Christmas cactus and Lenten Rose that bloom around special occasions.
If you want a garden plant that really gives you more bang for your buck, you cannot go wrong with Lenten Rose. It has gorgeous, lush foliage all summer long. In the winter, the foliage stays green, but it’s just not as prolific, and then around Lent, the sweetest nodding head flowers open up. I love to look out my window and see the pale lavender blooms. As you can see from last years pictures, they even pop out of snow!