Lately I've been treating myself to a bouquet of flowers every two weeks or so. Mick's a great husband, but if I had to wait for him to buy me flowers I'd never have any at all. So I buy them myself and everyone's happy.

I've found that I can make them last that long or even more by replacing the water, picking off dead bits, and throwing out the flowers as they wilt. Today's bouquet was purchased at Costco and it's very cheerful and yellow.


Whenever I arrange flowers in a vase, I think of my friend Doris, who died last year at age 91. She'd buy herself flowers every week and spend a good deal of time arranging them. She'd get frustrated when she'd come to my house and find flowers that I'd just stuck in a vase (I never used to separate them out–I figured whoever arranged them knew what they were doing, right)? Now I take the time to cut them down and re-arrange them into at least two vases, one large (above) and one small (below).


Speaking of Doris, one of these days I'll write about her in more detail. She had the most interesting life of anyone I've ever known. But I never thought I could do her justice, so I haven't written about her here. I miss her every day though.

Now for a subject change. In the fall I'll be going to a couple of writer's conferences and one thing I lacked at the last conference I went to was business cards. I didn't want anything fancy, just a card that gives my name and contact information. I turned to Etsy, because I knew they had a number of graphic designers selling their services. The one I chose was Bean Sprout Studio. I am so pleased with the results:


For $40, I got the design and 100 business cards printed. The quality is great! I would highly recommend this seller for any graphic design work you need.

I can't believe September is here already. I'd better get back to work!

2 Replies to “Tidbits”

  1. Julie says: September 3, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    I want one of your cards! Is that a Linda vase on your table? Rich, believe it or not, has gotten into the habit of surprising me with a bouquet of flowers from the farmers’ market. I love it.

  2. Antoinette says: September 2, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    I love the new business cards!
    I once read to put a penny in flower water to make it last longer. It really does seem to do the trick! Much more so than asprin, sugar or nothing.
    I think it’s wonderful to fill your own needs yourself rather than wait for others to do it for you.

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