17 May 2015

Seven on Sunday



Since Mother's Day I've enjoyed some flowers in the home. This week I decided to buy them, because I discovered that a bunch can be found for 3.99 or 4.99; if, I am choosy. And since I feel like I am spoiling myself, I put something back that I don't really need from the grocery store. It's my way of being frugal. 











Gerbera Daisies... I have never seen them this color before. They are sort of a French pink with a chocolate center and a ring of cream around the center. 








I needed to wait for my spouse to move them, because I over filled the water, and I hate wasting.









We had a relaxing weekend of music with friends without competitions. Also, my daughter and I worked on some wonderful projects in our potting shed. We also worked on selecting a paint color for our  exterior front door, but it did not go as planned. The paint looks different than the sample we purchased, so back to the store.

And just some randomness...

1. Trader Joe's and sometimes Whole Foods have a nice selection of affordable flowers. I don't usually shop at WF, but it is right next to Trader Joe's and they do have tasty chicken salad.

2. I enjoyed Victoria Magazine's issue of Victoria Classics: French Country

3. I hope it's just a matter of time before the drought is over in some of the western states. Here in Arizona we had our wettest May day ever in the Phoenix area, and we are probably on record to have our wettest May ever.  We usually get none. The last record was in 1951 and that was .24 of an inch. On Friday we received almost an inch of rain, and in some parts of the valley over an inch. When it rains hard and fast there is no where for water to go because the ground is clay. These are really handy: sandless sand bags. They are a little pricey, and I was skeptical, but we couldn't find real sand bags. The package is small!? There are two ways to use them. The first way is preventive; wet them, place where needed, and they act like a dam. The second way to use them is absorption of excess water. They come in two shapes. Lay them out and this happens. Best of all, these are reusable; the water evaporates and it shrinks again if you leave them outside to dry. We needed four. One became quite long, and  it could have probably covered the length of two French doors.


4. Fact: Most houses in Arizona don't have rain gutters, because it doesn't rain much here. Rain barrels are on our to do list.

5. All of us loved this film: Seymour.  We laughed. We cried. Seymour really described what life was like as a classical pianist and some of the quirkiness, and it definitely crosses over into the other worlds of art. Matt Damon  Ethan Hawke as a narrator and sometime interviewer is at times a little annoying, but overall the film was touching.We went with a a friend and his daughter. He is visual artist, and he loved it too. It leaves you pondering.

6. We are reading Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd. We are well read, but I've avoided reading these books with my daughter, because I find them too depressing, but the new film looks interesting.

7. We are using Duolingo to learn French and we are probably 70 percent through. But we are also using it to pick up some German and Italian. I don't have much of a problem with Italian, because my college Spanish gets me by.

Thank you for visiting, and I'm catching up on reading your blogs after a few days off

Su

43 comments:

  1. Wow, you had a fun filled weekend! I love fresh flowers in my home to but I don't like to spend too much on them. I can get three lily stems for €2.99 at Aldi (do you have Aldi?) which I think is good value. Water collection is so important. We have always had a water butt and a downpipe system to collect run-off from the house. We never having drought in Ireland(!) but I hate to waste it and the flowers much prefer it. Now we have water charges it's even more important.

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    1. Hi, Jen. I don't think we have Aldi, and the locator was not working. That sounds a more than here, because there bunches are in 8 for 3.99 or 4.99 which is about dollar to dollar now compared to the Euro. I enjoyed the European grocery stores. My daughter loved weighing her own fruit and putting the sticker on the bag. xoxo Su

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    2. Wow. I made a lot of typos. It's time for bed. xoox Su

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  2. Such pretty flowers. I prefer wildflowers gathered on long, dreamy walks but we dont have any in our neighbourhood. So every now and again I buy some from the supermarket.

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    1. That's sad. That would be dreamy. Here it's against the law to pick from the desert xoxo Su

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  3. Those daisies are beautiful. I have never seen that color either. So pretty!! That is crazy about your weather. I didn't realize that you didn't get rain in May...sounds like you got more than your share this year! It is crazy how different the weather has been all over the country this year. xo Diana

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    1. Yes, we have had a lot of rain this year and more than usual. The lower temperatures that accompany this weather are pleasant too. xoxo Su

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  4. Sounds like you had a lovely weekend. The flower photos are just gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. It was very relaxing except for the rainy Friday. xoxo Su

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    2. Thank you, Kim. It was very relaxing except for the rainy Friday. xoxo Su

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  5. Gorgeous flowers - love that pretty pink! I avoid anything depressing - if it's not going to make me feel happy, I won't waste my time on it!! :)

    xox

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    1. That's me too. I love classics, but trend toward redemptive ones. I do go outside my comfort zone, but I get weird reactions. I read Phantom of the Opera, and I pushed myself, but I felt as if I was suffocating, so I read it in small amounts. I won't ever read again some of Hardy's books again. This one might be okay from reading varying synopsis. It is suppose to be about a strong woman, so I'm thinking Jane Eyre. My daughter loved Jane Eyre. xoox Su

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  6. Hi Su,

    LOVE the color of your daises. It has been still snowing here, and we are expecting quite a bit of snow/rain in the next few days. So needed after years of drought! We do not have gutters either... I just capture rain water in buckets as the plants do so much better with water from above.

    I'd love to see a copy of Victoria's French Cottage - will keep an eye open for it.

    I will have to check Duolingo out - sounds great!

    Also - thank you for your comment over at Magali's blog. Home Depot has a great choice of millwork, but I still have to check out Lowe's.

    Have a beautiful new week!
    xo,
    Lin

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    1. Hi, Lin. All that snow might make the snowpack larger which would be great.

      Well HD is closer to us, and has everything we need, but our baseboards come from Lowes, because the others we have seen were utilitarian. These baseboards are five inches tall. The look is classic and more like what would have been years ago.

      We still have our room to do, so one left.

      Have a wonderful week.

      Su

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  7. the daisies are gorgeous and yes I wish the drought would end here in CA-we need rain badly!

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    1. I agree, the drought there can't end soon enough. My spouse said it happened when he was a kid and then they received so much rain over the next few years that the reservoirs refilled. xoox Su

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  8. Hi Su and happy start of the week!
    To be honest, this is the first time I see gerberas in that color and they are beautiful!!!

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    1. Hi, Maya. Me too. I thought they were one of the prettiest yet playful flowers I've even seen. xoxo Su

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  9. I remember finding gerber daisies in that color on my honeymoon but I have not seen them since. We had a storm come through but it did not rain as predicted. I miss the rain. Thankfully the weathered has cooled down. It was reaching the 90's last month. It seems it may be a difficult Summer with the drought and heat. How did your garden like that big drink of water from the rain?

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    1. Thank you, Kerrie. They sure are pretty and playful looking. Maybe they are not common, because I had never seen this color before.

      The garden did fine. It was warm two days before the rain, so I decided not to give the garden anything extra with the hose. I relied on the system only, so that it was ready for this. Nothing fell over. I am just watching that big cactus. I almost never show the full height of it. Last year its limbs starting falling over and off, and we hired someone to trim it, because it's dangerous, but he hacked it horribly. It's just beginning to recover, but the scars are visible. I sure hope it makes it through this year without needing a trim. xoxo Su

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  10. Su,
    I love how you described those daisys! The are a very pretty color, but your wording made me look at them again. Have a wonderful week.
    Lori

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    1. Thank you, Lori. They are so playful looking, not stuffy or take me seriously. xoxo Su

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  11. Hi Su,
    The Gerber daisy's are one of my favorites. They last pretty long cut and in doors too. That color is gorgeous. Have a great new week ahead.
    Kris

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    1. Hi, Kris. The color was just right for inside our home. Have a great week. xoxo Su

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  12. Hi Su, Beautiful daisies and your description to match. Sounds like a nice weekend. Hope you find the door color you need. Had the same here and finally found a farmhouse red that worked perfect.
    We too have had so much rain here in Texas with flooding. More of the way. The garden is loving it but the mosquitoes are a challenge now!!
    Hugs, CM

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    1. Hi, CM. My husband pointed out that the code on the paint is not the same as the sample .I

      The mosquitos are going to probably be bad here too. It is warm here, and some people leave standing water.

      It's hard to find the right color sometimes. My spouse pointed out that the color code is not the same as on the sample as the can. He almost didn't buy the paint that day, because it was not the usual guy, but he thought he was over reacting so he ordered a can anyway. Now, he will have to go back at the end of the week when he returns. xoxo Su

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  13. I love the color of those gerbera daisies. Just beautiful and I love your photos of them. Sounds like a heavenly weekend.

    Lorri

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    1. Hi, Lorri. It was a nice weekend. I hope yours was lovely too. xoxo Su

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  14. Your gerbera has a lovely colour. I'm impressed by everything you've done... And by your learning French!

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    1. Thank you, Magali. I was going to write you a sentence, and then my mind went blank! xoxo Su

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  15. Beautiful flowers! I love having fresh flowers in my home. They make it seem more inviting and attractive! Hugs!!

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    1. Thank you, Benita. Flowers do. Amazing photo at your blog today. xoxo Su

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  16. Su,
    Colors of your bouquet are precious, pretty and a deserved treat. Gerber's are a favorite of mine and the pale pink color is divine. I shop both Trader Joes and Whole-foods, their fair prices of flowers fill the heart and soul with beauty and our food shopping nourish our bodies. I personally think we need to express ourselves not only in fragrance and beauty of floral but in nurturing and preparing a celebration for the table every day. I love your posts because you express yourself freely and celebrate living a life of beauty.
    I learned much from this post, I did not know AZ didn't have rain gutters! Learning French I applaud you ... Just one of the reasons that make you so endearing to us bloggers who follow.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Vera thank you for the such an endearing comment, and I feel you mean every word. Each chosen with intention. You have such a lovely way with words, lovely thoughts on rituals, and a lovely presence. Thank you for visiting me today. xoox Su

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  17. Hi,
    I love the color of the daisies.
    We built a rain barrel last summer. It worked out wonderful.
    I enjoyed this post. It was fun learning so many new things.
    Carla

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    1. Thank you, Carla. I had fun coming up with it. My mind was just full of ideas for a few days, and I was wondering what I would blog about, because I about finished most of the major projects here, which is wonderful. xoxo Su

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  18. Aldi's is getting as many great flowers as TJ's, did you know they are both own by brothers? One brother owns TJ and the other Aldis, and they swap products! We need to build a rain barrel too. Gerber daisy are so pretty!

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    1. Hi, Cathy. No, I did not know that. I have heard people mention Aldi's, but we don't have one here. xoxo Su

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  19. Those Gerbera Daisies are gorgeous - such an unusual color. Love it! The sand bags sound interesting. But, also sound like a lifesaver.

    Have a great week!

    Judy

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    1. They worked, Judy. It's warm here so they are drying out, and then I will put them away for the next time. They are small when there is no water in them. It's amazing they get that big. xoxo Su

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  20. Beautiful flowers and lovely pictures. Sounds like a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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  21. Love your bits of randomness. Rain barrels on my to do list as well. I pray for rain, rain, rain. xoxoxox Jen

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Thank you for taking time to visit and leave a kind message today. I love to visit your blogs too, and I do when I can link back. xoxo Su