Looking back & the process of writing #2

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This morning I am looking back on the year and the particularly the process of my writing.

I have learned so much about being an author.  The first was actually referring to myself as an author!  I have been a student, wife, mother, employee–all of these titles are gravely important, especially the mother.  But when I refer to myself as an author, it makes my heart jump and my nerves quiver a little.  I was told early on by another author, who has become a very good friend since, that in order to become an author, you’ve got to accept that you are an authority in a subject.  So the process of becoming an authority in the subject of the language of flowers began after that conversation.  I began to realize that hey, maybe I do know a little about the language of flowers!  The days of questioning my knowledge (in my own head) began to wain away the deeper I got into writing my book.  Slowly but surely I began to trust myself, and recognize the idea of my knowledge on the subject of floral symbolism and floriography.  I have come to embrace the fact that this subject is one that I can safely say that I truly KNOW.  I am enamored with the subject, and it’s an easy research—I devour anything on the subject, and have done so for many years.  I’m simply learning and educating myself on the language of flowers and those that did the same before me.  And to put all this information into a book form has been a long standing dream of mine, so I am beyond elated to share my book with you!

So to begin to put it from my head to keyboard was a growth process for me.  It’s not easy to pull it all out of the brain and share.  I can talk a lot easier than I can write! But, I did it!  I have always written in a journal since my teen years.  It’s a way I can sort through my feelings.  When I see it written, it’s easy to understand.  When it’s floating around in head, often it seem scrambled.  So, I tried to do this in the book–write in a way that it’s clear and concise, educational too, but mainly inspiring.  My goal with The Posy Book was to create a new wave of excitement, maybe even a slight phenomenon!

So 2018 was a year of great personal growth for me.  I learned patience, and I learned how to trust myself, my knowledge.  I learned to listen to what’s really inside of me.  The book writing process taught me that.  Listen.  I learned discipline too–lot’s of that!

The old Oak tree in the garden at Castle House.  I adore this tree….it provides quiet reflection for me and I ponder a lot of thoughts sitting under her majestic canopy.

Husband of the Year!  He deserves the world at his feet.  A man that has my whole heart— he is selfless, respectful, loving and honest.  And great company around a fire with some good cab!

Miss Violet turns ONE!  She makes me LAUGH.  A lot!





Sentiments in Herbs

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As I continue to work on my book and build my public platform, I realize just how much detail goes into crate these floral sentiments-Posies!  And as we round the corner of summer and fall is opened up straight ahead, I started to think about herbs as ingredients, especially since the flowers are dwindling down.  I did a photo shoot this past summer for a nationally distributed magazine about the language of flowers and bridal posies.  One of the things I talked about was the use of herbs in nosegays and posies.

Herbal Nosegays

Herbal Nosegays

Herbs in Posies are critical and I rarely create a Posy that doesn’t include at least a couple of herbs.  The herb is important in Posies because it’s true to the origin of the Posy.  Before the language of flowers phenomenon, and in earlier times around the mid-16th century, herbs were formed into little posies to ward off disease (or so they thought).  Today we include herbs in Poses for numerous reasons.  In addition to the attempt to keep a Posy what it originally was–an informal gathering of a few sprigs of herbs and perhaps a flower or two–we love using them for their fragrance.  Herbs add a glorious aromatic feature to these already visually impactful posies.  The meaning of herbs in the language of flowers is widely varied and well known.  Most people know Rosemary means remembrance for instance, and Lavender means luck.  These are the most popular of the two, but did you know Rue means grace?  Or Oregano means happiness?

Lavender for luck, happiness and success

Lavender for luck, happiness and success


…and here we go!

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Hello friends!  Today I embark on a new challenge–oops! I meant today I embark on a new enterprise, an adventure, a project!  I am excited to share my ramblings with you on my new blog here, and I hope that you can be engaged, inspired and humored along with me.  Just fill in that ‘Subscribe’ button you see following you around so you’ll always know when I post something.  I am going to be blogging here as I develop a following (hopefully) in front of and in anticipation of my up and coming (I don’t know when) book.  I am not going to make this blog all about the book though.  It’s going to have some hard-core daily life struggles, some wins and accomplishments, some lows and some funny stuff too.  Just about me and my attempt to cultivate and create a book about something I’m fascinated about and worthy of a look and a read by you.

I am trying with all my might to balance my life right now.  I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, and a sister.  And I am a friend to those who’ll have me given my crazy schedule of life.  I own a retail store front–a flower shop.  Our family owns board and care homes for adults with mental illness.  I have 3 dogs, a herd of cats and a new little Canary named Duke that won’t sing for me.  And I am a Type I diabetic.  This can be a huge struggle all on it’s own with constant monitoring of blood sugar, insulin pumps, finger sticks.  Fun stuff, but I’m so thankful to have all that to help me maintain my health.  There, now you know all about me!

I don’t need anything else to do.  Especially write a book.  But this book has been in my head since my early 20’s (that’s about 30 years ago) This is my dream.  To write a book that would include an up-to-date and modern floral dictionary, recipes to make these floral sentiments-POSIES, plans for a perpetual posy garden and a ton of references on how to start utilizing your own backyard to make nosegays, tussies and Posies.

So stay tuned everyone.  I’m going to try and do this regularly- this blogging.  If I fall short of posting regularly, which I know I will, please forgive me.  It just means that life has intervened and either there is a cat fight going on, I’m inundated with administrative paperwork from one of the businesses, or just being a mom to my daughters, which by the way is my numero UNO priority.

Cheers!  And make it a good day.

Oh, and by the way, I LOVE Rumi so you’ll see a lot of my posts ending with something he wrote.  I hope you find his writings as inspirational as I do.

If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?