Mother’s Day Blues

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Or should I say, blue for Mother’s Day. It’s sunny and bright and beautiful for Mother’s Day here in New Hampshire, and I don’t have the blues, just pictures of blue flowers. There are no hydrangea flowers in the yard yet, so I’ve gone into my massive archive (haha) and pulled out a favorite photo to share.

I will be heading outdoors soon and hopefully the black flies will leave me alone. I have a mound of dirt to move around in my trusty wheelbarrow. There are seeds to plant and grow in my little greenhouse and plenty of other things awaiting my attention.
But first I have to pick up my son. Then the day will be mine.

I don’t have a Mother to celebrate so I get to celebrate my own motherhood. I’ve been a mom for nearly 37 years and I like to think that I have done a good job.
I hope that my children have learned some good things from me. Like perseverance, independence, thankfulness, and the importance of having a good work ethic. I think all my children have turned out well, and of course they are still evolving, but in general they have good hearts and are very decent people.

So Happy Mother’s day to all the moms who may come across this post today. The blue flower is for you as my wish that you will stay strong in this journey of motherhood that is really never-ending. And for the mom’s who do it all alone, you are not alone in your journey. There are many of us out there who also have to make our best attempt to “do it all”. It’s impossible, so pass on the things that can wait and take care of the things that won’t. Children grow up very fast and our job is to see that they grow up well. There are great rewards for that.

Bloom Hydrangeas, Bloom !!!

My hydrangea shrubs are blooming!  The Blushing Bride is mostly white with a slight green tint.  Maybe the pink color will show up later.  That is part of the fun in growing hydrangeas – they tend to change color as they age.  They don’t bloom and die and look hideous, they bloom and gradually dry out on the stem, changing slowing day to day.

My blue hydrangea is full of light blue flowers.  It’s really pretty – even though our torrential rainstorm from a couple weeks ago flattened the stems.  The shrub itself is quite small, but it’s giving me some gorgeous photos and pretty color for the front yard.  Can’t wait to see it next year, when it should be larger and more amazing.

Still to come is the Pinky Winky, which has tiny buds just beginning.  I don’t think the Pee Gee or the Limelight (I have 2) will have flowers this year, but I am happy with what I am seeing.  The white flower on the Blushing Bride is huge – I put my glasses on it to show the size.  View my pics below.

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Blue Hydrangeas (Card) For Mom This Mother’s Day

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Blue hydrangeas on a card for Mom.

I was shopping at the local farm stand, which had just opened the week before, and asked about hydrangeas. Yes, we get them in right before Mother’s Day, I was told. And yes, they were the hardy, plant outdoors, kind.

I imagine they will be costly. Hydrangeas usually are expensive and hard to find too. In fact they are only around for sale for a short time it seems, so I must grab them while they last.

I don’t want them for giving as a gift. I no longer have a mom, or mother-in-law. I will be giving them to myself to plant in my barren yard.

With the economy being what it is, it’s likely that many folks won’t be able to give Mom much this year.   Kids of all ages will be looking for something special, and affordable for mom.

So how about a pretty card that contains her favorite flower? You may even upload a photo to the front and customize the text by adding a special sentiment inside.

Mom will love it – maybe even more than a gift of the real hydrangeas.

Pink and Blue Baby Shower Cards

Baby shower- comestível chocolate truffles.
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Although blue hydrangeas are very popular, the pink, white and even green are loved by many. Because of the beauty of these huge blooms they are versatile for decorating for many occasions.
Elegant and sweet, pink and blue flowers border the edges of these baby shower invitations. One was made to use after the baby arrives (left) and has a template line for adding the baby’s name. The other is set up for inviting to a shower before the big event. Each line of text is easy to change because of the templates provided.
A new trend is growing with young couples who no longer wish to know ahead of time if they will have a boy or girl child. I’ve always thought that keeping the gender unknown would make the birth day even more special. What about the famous “It’s a Girl!” or “It’s a Boy!”.. ? Does that even mean anything any longer? I applaud the new parents Continue reading “Pink and Blue Baby Shower Cards”