Posts Tagged ‘FLowers’


Just For Fun

July 20, 2008

[This was the post I originally posted for last week’s Photo Friday…     I had the theme a little mixed up but thought this was JUST BRILLIANT!  (ha, yea right) and want to post it anyway.   I had so much fun thinkin’ it up and then a whole lot of embarrassment…   Point is, I’m inspired by all the comments to Moonbeam’s lastest post about blogblock and blogging obligations and self-censoring, etc.    I again realized that I do this silliness for ME, damn it.   Not you.   Or maybe I need only redefine who YOU is.   the universe?   But of course, I very much looooove the feedback and participation I get from all of you. (“you” being you readers & bloggers, but not necessarily the ‘universe’; does that make any sense?)    AND, I am also inspired to use this blog to be the better me that I want to be.   Not dreck and dross about lost spoons – although that, too, was me using this medium to force out negativity and it DID work.   I hope to rechannel my focus to help me explore more the relationship I’m having with my world.  You know, purpose crap, passions and all that.

oh – and an update:   Got the Orange Spoon back!   found it in my mailbox.   What?   You are wondering if it came with a note?  nope.]  

Ok, read on my original 7/18 PF ==>


Usually the first thing I think of upon waking on a Friday is ‘Today is Photo Friday!’    I realized this particular morning that I had not yet looked at the theme.   I was hoping that I would be able to find something in my photo file folders that would be appropriate since I had not done my typical Thursday prep for this auspicious occasion.    I admit that I felt a bit guilty in that I had not yet checked on what the topic was to be and the very first  window I opened was Jan’s A Curious Affair blog to find out.

OK, then.   JUST FOR FUN.    This can’t be too difficult, I thought…    I finished up my daily&Friday morning chores of feeding the dog, making the coffee, picking up dog poop and taking out the trash.

And finally, to publish this post.    

Of course, by this time, I had decided to grab my camera and create something specific and unique just for this theme rather than wade through whale photos, cairn pics, and the other stuff that occupies most of the space on my hard drive…

Liatris:   OO La la!  Look at me!  I’m so pretty!  and you, poor POOR Hydrangea – what’s this?  only one wee flower to show off?   and it’s not even very blue, but faded.

Hydrangea:    [silence]

Liatris:  My official name is KOBOLD Blazing Star.   Quite bold and fancy, doncha think?    In my Blazing Glory!  Ah, so nice to be here with my brothers and sisters, soaking up the sun, attracting me some butterflies…    

Ya know, Mistress of the Garden planted my mother only last year.  and now look at us!   I have many siblings sprouted here there and everywhere.  And you?    Just one of you and only one bloom.   Tsk, tis a pity.   Oh, I’m sorry – you DO have a sister.  Way over there across the bed, between 5 or 6 of my brothers.   Goodness – does she have NO blooms?    If I wasn’t so joyful, I’d be so sad for you.

Hydrangea:  [silence]

Liatris:   And my colors!   So much brighter than lavender – more a pink violet?   FUSCHIA!   yes, yes!!   And look how TALL I am!    Just me alone, I have three tall stems of flower.  I’m a STAR!   

Hydrangea:   PBPBPBpbppbbBBTTHSTTHSTTHh.


It worked!

July 16, 2008

Yep, I feel much better now.    I’ve got much better things to do and my mind has let it go.   Well, it will when I stop typing this post.   

   I have so many things to be grateful for.   

SMILE!       How can you not smile when you gaze upon a perfect flower?

Update:  I DID call her – per Jimmi’s instruction direct order, and she was all apologetic that she forgot to check.  

Whatever.   Movin’ on.   

“How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.”    – Oscar Wilde

Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.   -Cynthia Nelms





Photo Friday: EMOTION

May 23, 2008

Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.  ~Vincent Van Gogh, 1889

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Here we are, another Friday.    I wasn’t into this assignment as much as weeks past and having had a little spat – really, it wasn’t even that.  Shall we say a conversation (one-sided.  HIS) that has affected me in the negative.

When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.  ~Dale Carnegie

I have to remember that my “job” is being my husband’s ‘personal assistant’ (hey!  WITH benefits!) and sometimes he treats me like an employee.     I get ‘performance reviews’ like the one this morning where he  gives me not only some tasks to do TODAY but also how he would handle certain situations.    SItuations that I failed to do properly yesterday.    And like any typical person who gets a cricitized, I’m taking it harder than I should.   He’s absolutely right – I didn’t handle the situation well.  

aha!    I’m experiencing STRONG FEELINGS?!   How do I capture this on film?!   digitally?!     As usual, my fingertips run to open a new window to access Google.   “define emotion”:   Yep ==>  strong feelings.    I open my folder of photos to see if anything jumps out at me…    Ah, perhaps the shots I just took this week – certainly THAT would be appropriate?   And then, I go tripping through some of the QUOTE sites hoping something will tie this all together…

One’s suffering disappears when one lets oneself go, when one yields – even to sadness.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Southern Mail, 1929, translated from French by Curtis Cate

FLOWERS!  YES!!     Not the most beautiful photos by any professional standards;  these are me just wandering around my yard taking candid shots of what makes me feel good.   FLOWERS MAKE ME FEEL GOOD!


I love lilacs.   I love the dark purple lilacs best!    I am so very excited that these are just about to bloom and in my front yard!     We planted them last summer and though I requested this variety, you never know if that’s what you are really going to get.    I’m thrilled.   Just thrilled that I have lilacs and plenty of them!    I can sit here at my PC and glance out the window to see them.    

I present to you ‘Study of Lilacs To Emote Good Feeling’.

Sadness flowers to the next renewing joy.  ~Jareb Teague


and for a bonus, may I also give you unnamed orange flower (perennial) that smells really good too!   This little guy cheers me almost as much as my lilacs but I can’t see him from the window…


Feelings are much like waves, we can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which one to surf.  ~Jonatan Mårtensson

CHOOSE JOY!   go look at some flowers that inspire you.


I should have known this would be an ’emotional’ series!    Please visit my PFer friends and read the stories!     Such great emoting…

Jan gives tribute to her beautiful friend.
Tall Chick gives us a tale to laugh with.
Julie’s  “But I Just Don’t WANNA!” at Just for Fun




May 6, 2008

I promised an updated pic of The Swale.    We added the rocks a few weeks ago and then just last weekend, added the mulch.   I have Lady’s Mantle growing all along which I will intersperse annuals and perennials so that in a few months/years time, it should look really colorful.    I do not join the debate between annuals and perennials;  I enjoy the planting so annuals that bloom for a long time are swell by me.   Most of my neighbors prefer to plant the perennials…    I plant both.

Yesterday afternoon, I volunteered to help beautify the patio at the nursing home.    All I did was show up and dig.   They wanted me to be ‘in charge’, they provided all the flowers – some which were too late to plant and not for this environment, but hey – and it was fun to ‘discuss’ with the ladies about how to divide the pink flowers and insist upon dividing the marigolds (ew – I dislike marigolds…) and I just tried to keep things moving and not fuel any disagreements!    They wanted me to be a flower expert and I am not.   I just do and like what I like.   I have no idea what I’m doing and if things bloom, hallelujah!    Keep ’em watered…   This porch is going to get a lot of sun.    Hope it all works out!    

Then I came home and decided not to mow the lawn which will now have to be done this afternoon.   In one of our troublesome areas, I ripped up 4 wheelbarrows of grass&weeds, added topsoil, planted a bunch of pachysandra ground cover and few viney things from one of the neighbors and added mulch.    It’s along the other end of the swale, closer to the house.



One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.  ~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show

Unemployment is capitalism’s way of getting you to plant a garden.  ~Orson Scott Card
How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.  ~Benjamin Disraeli



Spring Is Sprung

April 3, 2008

I’m all worded out from a fun trip to California.  My internal clock feels like it’s wound funny and I’m just starting to wake up.   My poor hub worked after we got home last night and was up at 5 am to get into the office.   Me?   I’m off to Dunkin Donuts cuz I don’t feel like making coffee, but I am up for driving(?!)   My fingers are typing words that I’m not sure my brain initiated;  I thought I would post a few pics and not be pressured to think up any more words.    I meant to show you what I came home to:   FLOWERS!


The crocuses are blooming and I have one vibrant daffodil.    And, of course, I missed the pup who I suspect is resenting that I picked him up from his doggie resort – he was having so much fun there with his friends.   Now he has to sulk and pout while I play on the computer…