Krissie: All About you (and me)

Photo on 3-17-14 at 9.04 AM Top o’ the morning to you. Mind you, I hate St. Patrick’s Day for personal reasons – just the anniversary of something better left unsaid – but it used to be a nice, inoffensive holiday with a lot of drunks and green beer and the occasional IRA infiltrator. My love of gardenias came from that day — I was living and working in NYC and went out during lunch and they were selling them (as well as green carnations) so I bought one and smelled it all afternoon. Yum. So we have two questions today.

First off, what flower are you, your outer self and your secret self. I’m a peony, full blown and gorgeous and so powerful I know down all the others and sometimes my own stem (which leads me to another interesting metaphor — that even a peony needs to be propped up by others) but my secret self is a gardenia.

You gotta come up with at least one flower for you (I just realized this about gardenias — I always thought I was straight peony all the way).

And then, we get the week ahead. I need to write. I’ve got a proposal waiting, but I’m on the cusp of a major decision, and I need to reach out and embrace what I love and not think at all about what someone else approves. I think I’ll go back to Spain.

Plus I need to finish Alison’s quilt, plus Emily’s baby’s quilt (Emily being Richie’s niece and the only member of his family I like or can even tolerate). Oh, my god, and Alison’s bassinet sheets! You know how babies go through them. Erin has one, and they’re an odd size and cost $21 a piece. Yeegods. So sewing is in my future. So is my bedroom. I know, I’ve said that before. But I really have to try.

What’s on your agenda for the week?

27 thoughts on “Krissie: All About you (and me)

  1. Deb says:

    Good Morning Krissie! You look fabulous!


    Need to go through paperwork. Choose paint colors for my hallway. And dream about spring. I’m really ready for all this snow to go away.

  2. I’m a daisy…simple, friendly, and assimilates easily into any kind of arrangement–however, there is a little part of me that would like to be an orchid–all exotic and mysterious…

    Today, first a massage and adjustment with the wondrous Dr. Abby, and then back to work on the editing gigs. Deadlines loom.

    My grandfather was a leprechaun, so I’m 100% Irish, and I’m wishin’ all o’ ye a very happy St. Patrick’s Day. Sorry you have bad St. Patty’s Day vibes, Krissie; I hope my blessing helps. Make it great day, ReFabbers!

  3. Office Wench Cherry says:

    On the outside I’m a dandelion, on the inside I’m a peony.

    Tuesday I have a dentist appointment in the late afternoon. Fillings. Ugh. I’ll be gone 4-5 hours so I’m really glad Tall Boy is getting around so well. Then on Wednesday we head to the hospital where he had his surgery to get dressing removed, the staples out and meet with someone from the physio department.

    If I feel energetic I’m going to foil and solder the stained glass piece I’ve been working on. I’m also recommitted to getting on the treadmill for at least an hour a day. I was doing really well on that but somehow I got off track.

  4. Maine Betty says:

    On the outside I’m a pansy, and on the inside I’m a big pale pink old fashioned rose. Or maybe that’s just what I like, I don’t know. I think my friends would have other ideas.

  5. Carol says:

    You look fabulous. Your hair is soft and beautiful.

    Definitely a peony, a full double peony with depth in the layers of petals. I have a beautiful pink peony with streaks of deep red/pinks. Its the unexpected deeper streak of colour I love.

    As for a secret flower – hmm, will have to think on that. I know a begonia.

    Love a pansy, the lilac, iris, tulips, and the rose, especially old English roses. A bouquet of flowers.

  6. Debby says:

    Krissie – We found out that a pillowcase makes a great bassinette sheet. A LOT less expensive, and very easy to change as needed!

    I’ll think about the flowers, but right now I’m working on a big project with deadlines looming. I took a quick break to see what’s going on in ReFabLand and now I have to get back to work! 🙂

  7. To anyone who doesn’t already know me, I’m a bromeliad. Hearty, loudly colored, all-purpose (They survive in malls, for Pete’s sake.) and prickly. The real me, though, is a calycanthus. (I know it’s really a shrub, not a flower, but this is MY secret self, and I’ll be a shrubbery if I want to.) It’s not terribly pretty or showy, but they survive in rough terrain, provide welcome cover for wildlife, and their blossoms are dark, and spicy, and linger warm and lovely in the air.

    I now have a better understanding of my love of the Knights Who Say “Ni!”. Bring me a shubbery!

  8. Hellion says:

    This is a bit deep for me on a Monday–but my two most favorite flowers (and who I’d chose to be) are: Lilac and Daffodil.

    Since yellow is a happy, exuberant color, I suppose daffodil would be my public persona, though that might be pushing it on the personality spectrum for me. Lilacs–sweetness and fragileness–I’d say that makes a good inner me. Beautiful, you long for it, but it’s something to be savored in the moment.

  9. Lynda says:

    I guess I’m an African violet–quiet, dependable, keeps reblooming even with minimal care. Inwardly I hope I’m a gardenia, all luscious and perfumey, making my presence known even when you don’t spot me right away.

    I’m still sewing on my grandson’s dinosaur quilt, getting antsy to have it done so that I can give it to him. At three this morning I was sewing on the inner border, today I hope to put on the wide outer border–then it gets to the tricky part, sandwiching and actually quilting. While I know Jonathan won’t care, I hope I can do a better job than I have in the past.

    You’re looking good, Krissie. Have a great week!

  10. Jessie says:

    Tetraploid daylily on the outside: lots of colors and exotic patterns, only last for one day but so many on the plant that it blooms for months. And you can’t kill it off and it’s difficult to get rid of.

    Genetian on the inside (my creative self): Brilliant blue, difficult to keep growing but when it decides it likes where it is, it knocks my socks off with its intensity.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Top o’ the morning to you too.

    I’m a lilac – or maybe I just really like lilacs.

    Anyway, this week it’s all about planning for an upcoming trip to Ireland with College Boy. I need to figure out where we’re going and what we’re doing so can get all the reservations made.

  12. Kelly S. says:

    I couldn’t tell you what flower I am, inside or out. I do love lilacs. I’d be hard pressed to name 10 flowers. In fact, I could name more types of apples than flowers, probably.

    This week I’m in Drupal training. The wonderful part is that it is in Phoenix, AZ where there is warmth and sunshine! Sadly, the class is indoors where the air conditioning is too cold.

    I also need to finish creating my webinar slides, so that will take time away in the evenings from being a tourist. Sigh. My own fault. Should have started sooner.

  13. Debby says:

    OK – I even made my deadline! I’ve been thinking all afternoon and I think I must be a geranium on the outside. You can plant a geranium almost anywhere, in shade or sun, wet or dry ground and it will thrive. Geraniums are attractive when they are cared for – and they don’t need a lot of care. A geranium doesn’t stand out as exotic – no one looks at a geranium and says “wow, look at that amazing flower!” But they are sturdy and steady, and almost always perform as expected.

    On the other hand – I’m a lilac inside. I don’t know why, I’ve just always loved lilacs. 🙂

  14. Carol says:

    On the inside I’m a gladiolus – tall and gorgeous and sleek. Outside, hmmm… probably a Gerbera daisy,with a cheerful face even when my leaves are looking a little ratty. 🙂

  15. On the outside I’m a stargazer lily – colorful, makes itself known, goes well with other bright flowers in any arrangement but can stand on its own.

    On the inside, I’m more an aubergine colored calla lily – standing straight and tall, with a deep soul, and (hopefully) elegant strength.

    This week I’m all about finishing the work-project-that-tries-my-patience and continuing on a really good weight loss roll!

  16. On the outside, I’m a summer phlox – dependable and a team player. Inside, I’m a trillium – solitary and quiet.

    I have a busy week at work, but will continue to try and get outside for a walk at least once a day. No sign of spring in Eastern Ontario (snow in the forecast for later in the week), but pumping the clocks forward last week, means we have a little bit more sunshine every day.

  17. Kathleen G. S. says:

    Peonies are gorgeous, but they attract ants, sometimes having so many of these little burdens that you regret bringing the blossoms into the house.

  18. Therese says:

    Fun question! Outside I’m a shrub rose — rather prickly, but hardy & reliable, while inside? Probably a black hollyhock — an old-fashioned flower in a nontraditional color.

    This week I’ve got a house guest coming to town for a job interview, then I’m heading to an editors’ conference in Las Vegas. That may sound both less interesting and more fun than it will be. We will see…

  19. catheges820 says:

    On the outside I am a Sunflower – bright and strong, but still ale to feed a crowd (usually a crowd of birds.)
    On the inside I am a tea rose, pale pink with a strong, heady fragrance.

  20. I think I’m one of those orange day lilies that grow by the roadside. I’ll thrive where I’m planted and can take care of myself, thank you very much, but I do love being admired.

  21. Mini me says:

    I just wanted to say Congratulations to Krissie! She’s a grandma! Two weeks early but all is well. Mom and baby and big brother and dad are doing well.

  22. Micki says:

    Hmmm. I would like to think I’m either rosemary flowers or thyme flowers — not that much to look at on the surface, but the closer you look, the more you see. Also, surprising to the taste buds, and possibly useful.

    I chose my red dahlia because it reminds me of the Red Queen in Lewis Carroll’s Alice books. Flashy, strong, and just a little bit nuts. OK, a whole lot of nuts. I can’t decide if that’s me, a role model, or a warning.

    I suspect I’m actually a plant, not a flower. Maybe a philodendron?

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