Working with Contractors


As the federal government lurches back to work this week, I’m glad to hear employees will soon be getting their back pay. However, I can’t help but think about all the contractors for whom that won’t be the case. One estimate is that they lost $200 million a week.

As a longtime freelancer, I’ve never had a government agency contract, but I know the awkward limbo of being "not quite an employee."

A Midwinter Splash of Color

Every time I make the rounds to water the plants, I see another interesting one to tell you about -- and in winter, no less!

This week, it's the Columnea Nematanthus, better known as a Flying Goldfish plant because of the unique shape of its flowers.

Happy Bloomin' New Year!


It always amazes me when, in the dead of winter, I get flowers to bloom in my Idaho office – particularly when they are miniature orchids.

It’s hard to tell from this photo, but the blooms on both of these healthy little plants aren’t even the size of a fingernail.

The pink one is an Oncidium Twinkle Pinkie – a goofy name, but it fits the plant, which is cute and slightly fragrant.

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