The orange room is really different--for the first time our rooms were painted colors this summer, instead of the usual blah pale yellow they used to use when they repainted. It is not quite as intense as this picture would make it look--it's actually a pretty shade. The painters made a mistake at first and painted it pink. I didn't mind it too much but everyone else who looked at it said it was way, way too pink for a classroom. My principal said that if anyone at school got sick to their stomachs, he could just send them to my room and they'd be inside a Pepto-Bismol bottle. So everyone else, at least, is relieved that it is now orange.
The lantana did unbelievably well this summer in spite of the drought. These are just two plants! Today Mary Lee was on the porch talking to a friend on the phone , and saw a snake slithering up the metal post of the screen. Unfortunately, she said it was brown, not black - which means we may have a copperhead looking for water or a cool place. We'll have to keep a close watch when we go outside.