The day after Christmas I cut up the cuttings from the Taboo rose and rooted 6 tips and then saved the rest of the canes to root at home. We then spent some time with Carol and John and on our way back we picked up the roses from Mom’s. With all that had been going on with Grandma, Mom had more things on her mind than tending the rose cuttings and by the time we picked them up a week later, 5 out of the six looked like they were toast. So our hopes were pinned on the last one to make it with the canes still in the fridge as a backup plan. It seemed to be doing well but then after about another week it started dropping the leaves one by one, eventually becoming a remarkable impersonation of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Still thinking that, hey, roses are supposed to do this in the winter, I left it there on the kitchen counter, soaking up from the heat from the heating pad we received from Linda. Another week of watering it and we can finally see that it is starting to bud out. Not sure where it’s going to go now that our green house is gone with the wind, but tomorrow’s another day and we’ll deal with that issue when we get there.