Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The most beautiful flowers

If I'm making up a list of reasons why Toronto is such
a great place to live -- one of the things at the top of
the list is beautiful flowers. The place is teaming with
flower shops. For next to nothing you can fill your house
with roses, tulips lilies or whatever strikes your fancy.
For Valentine's Day last year Steven promised me flowers
every week all year, and he stayed true to his word.

We are a funny pair entering the shop we love and saying
Hi to Lyn or Annie. He buys me roses -- usually white or
pink, and I buy him either roses or lilies, or tulips. In
the summer when the garden is full of flowers I take
a break, but he keeps getting my Saturday or Sunday
bouquet. Walking away we hand the flowers in their
paper wrappers to one another, say, "Happy
Valentine's Day" and laugh.

Some of the flowers in the house this week.
A Valentine's gift.

Today I've been running around trying to get storage
drawers (plastic and inexpensive) for the studio.
Also we're all excited because tomorrow my older son
comes home from Korea. Wow! It's been a long time since
I've seen that face. It's so nice that Sam's home this
week, so we can all be there to greet Christopher when he
gets off the plane.

I tried a sketch in pastels tonight, and understand
(again) why I don't like doing that. The dry, dusty,
smudgy quality of the medium gets me down. I
do like some liquid movement in my colours. So
I won't be showing you that effort.

Have a getting-ready-to-jump-for-joy day.


Melinda said...

Gee, Barbara, in Arizona we don't get many, I thought these weren't real. ;) Why, in this region those would cost the grocery bill.

Seriously, I am so happy to see them and to know that you are surrounded by such beauty, mirroring your lovely spirit.

I'll be smiling and thinking good thoughts for you and your dear family as you all are reunited. What joy you will be living.
Enjoy! Well...of course you will!

Laurel Daniel said...

Beautiful flowers and beautiful day tomorrow with your son coming home. Have a fabulous visit! XOXO

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

I know you're teasing me. The amazing thing is that we're living in a freezing snow scape, and we can always get flowers. $2.99 Canadian for the lilies - $4.99 for the roses.

We can just about manage that, even a couple of packets of each most weeks.

I love your images of the landscape and your beautiful photos. Your work just blows me away.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laurel,

Thanks so much. It is a beautiful day!


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