Sunday, May 10, 2015

Done And Dusted*


It's over for another year.

Love to all the mothers and a round of Advil for all the florists.

I was walking through the kitchen this morning and when I glanced at the clock I thought, oh my god, it's 9:00am and I haven't done anything.

And then I remembered by that time yesterday I had been hard at work for 2 hours.

And remained so till after 6:00, surrounded by buckets of peonies, hot pink roses, pale pink sweetpeas, fragrant lilac, friends and coworkers, bottles of water and empty Starbucks containers.

There may have been too much laughter for my sutures, but they do say it's the best medicine....

And when I dragged home carrying a handful of pink peonies, I found yards full of neighbors, an empty chair waiting for me and eager ears to relive my day with.


 As ever we trailed from house to house, yard to yard, inspecting this one's garden, this one's home project.

Finally at 10:15 I hauled myself up and staggered across the street to bed. I don't know when any of us ate any dinner. But my appetite was for sleep.

Even the cats were ready to come in.

Before I continue my busy day of doing nada, I want to send Happy Mother's Day wishes to all my friends in the clouds.


 And I'm handing out red charm peonies from the garden to each and every mother in da hood.

Come on by!

xo J

* Thank you Lucille for this phrase, new to me but already in heavy rotation.



31 comments:

  1. And a Happy Mother's Day to you dear Jane. I see you've puled out the gardening books too, now all I need is the sun to show up so I can go play!

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    1. I hope you get the sun soon, we had nothing but. Still waiting to be cleared for gardening. Hoping that happens Tuesday. I'm weedy!!

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  2. Gorgeous peonies! Take an extra nap this afternoon and you'll be ready to start preparing wedding season next week.

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  3. Big blue pots come from Big Blue Box store, in several sizes, lime and pink, plastic and cheap.

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  4. Thank you! And I love the sound of your neighborhood so, so much.

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    1. And I love the sound of your family. xo

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  5. Hi Jane,

    I just read your post-op blog and this one and I'm so glad you're doing ok, despite the usual Mother's day craziness! :)
    Oh and I thought of you on Friday when my sister and I went to visit the Belgian royal greenhouses, you would have stayed in there for hours!

    Say hi to the neighborhood for me ;)
    Lots of love from the other side of the pond,
    Sophie

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    1. I would have loved that tour.

      Carlos was in Brussels last week. Shall I let you know when he's coming back?

      You can say hi in person.

      xoxo

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  6. Which is worse--Mother's Day or Valentines? I'm guessing Valentines. Someday you and Shelley will tell the true stories of a florist.

    Pretty, pretty pictures. Lucy and Peonies. xo

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    1. I think Valentines is worse because of the weather. We don't have the added stress of snow and ice in May, plus we don't have to deliver to offices, downtown where there is no place to park.

      Plus we have peonies! And they make everything better.

      xo

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  7. Dear Jane,
    A lovely, happy, healthy and busy post. You so deserve a good rest tomorrow! Here, we did have the added stress of snow and ice with our previously beautiful Spring landscape almost ruined by drowned blooms and broken tree limbs. Thank you for sharing the lovely peonies and sweet neighborhood story and for the Mother's Day wishes. In my case now, Grandmothet's Day wishes. Triple the joy!
    Cheers,
    Diane in Soggy Denver

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    1. OMG, It never occurred to me that could/would happen on Mother's day.

      Glad you got your flowers in spite of mother nature.

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  8. And a big Thank You to all the wonderful florists out there! In my lucky case, Diz's Daisies in Denver.
    Diane

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  9. Ah Jane, you made it through. I 'm sure all the lucky moms who received arrangements from you were thrilled. Now chill and enjoy your Monday.

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    1. Thank you I did. My hairdresser/friend did an emergency session on his day off to give me a glamour shot.

      Whew, back to blonde.

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  10. Those are very lovely peonies. The pink is so cheerful. How do you keep Gus and Lucy from eating your arrangements?

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    1. Shhhh, I don't think it's occurred to them yet. They're too busy clawing the furniture.

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  11. Jane, I wish you lived in my neighborhood! Enjoy the Advil.

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    1. Me too! Would you have had skim milk when I ran out this morning? Everybody here had whole milk.

      I could be persuaded to move....

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    2. Almond milk in my house (I think a good stand-in for skim). There are lots of cute houses and nice people in my Connecticut neighborhood.

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  12. Gosh, you've earned your Advil by the sounds of things, and those peonies, just magical!

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    1. Right? I bet every florist alive has. But peonies make everything all right. Right?

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  13. Your neighbours sound delightful, although I bet they say the same about you!

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    1. We can hope! I'm prob the crazy cat/garden lady. Oh, I am a crazy cat/garden woman.

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  14. Glad to see everything went so well and that you have such lovely neighbors to come back to. And the cats, of course. Keep your chin up! (All the better to show off your tough new look, right?) You'll be out weeding the garden soon, no doubt. Cheers.

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    1. Thanks Sharon, I hope so, weeds wait for no woman!

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  15. Jane your peonies look beautiful! I also love your lamp.

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