My most valued possession is my family. Even if you are living in a box
somewhere, and you have the love and support of your family, you will always be
wealthy. Love really is all you need. From love, great things will emerge. From
your thoughts, you can create greatness.This is what I need to remind
myself of everyday to be the best person that I can be. Live your life with
gratitude. Be thankful for all that you have everyday, even if it is your eyes
to see or your ears to hear or your feet to walk or your hands to create.
Understand your place in this Universe; how infinitesimally small you are, but
how huge a contribution your Spirit is. Don't wear blinders to the world around
you, you're not the only one here. Be kind, considerate, don't be judgmental,
love others, and yourself. Know that you are perfect inside; that you are

Monday, May 26, 2014

Eleven Roses

Hello there,

Just catching up on posts that have been laying in wait.

My dad surprised me with roses as a sort of post Mothers Day gift. He always bought my mom roses, so he picked me up a dozen and gave them to me...minus one. That one was for mom's grave.

I have always loved the look of a rose pavé (an arrangement in which you trim the stems to the height of the top of the vessel they are resting in so that you have a nice, full arrangement of the flower heads and some greenery only).

I had this ironstone white pitcher that I decorated with a bit of burlap a few years ago that worked perfectly. Those roses are still sitting on the table right now. A bit faded of their brilliance, and growing older by the day, but still hanging in there...a little like me ;)

They have lasted a really long time. My cut flowers always do, no matter where I get them from. The key, I have learned, is to use half of the flower food that comes with them, don't put too much (or too little) water, and I always cut my stems at an angle, under running water. Always. 

Then, after about a week, I refreshen the water with the remaining flower food and re-cut the stems the exact same way. They always last so long. I've never tried any of the remedies you can find on Pinterest like a crushed up aspirin or a little bleach in the water or white soda. If you have, and it works for you...let me know what you are doing! I'd love to try a new trick.

Thanks for reading! 


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