Hobbies


I have been playing with my camera again!  I love that time of the evening when the sun is going down and everything turns golden..Even the river turns golden.  To serene not to share the photo’s from the other evening.

The day before the Puget Sound Snow & Ice Storm

A few pictures from our fun day spent at training camp a few weeks ago, a welcome greeting from the Blue Thunder Band, lots of practice, fun crowd, the hawk mascot, an autograph session after practice, the day that Curry signed with the team and showed up for practice.  Great day with family and friends!  I know it has nothing to do with flowers, but I have to get away from flowers once in a while!Seahawkstrainingcamp2009 004

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There are 12 species of Huckleberries that are native to Washington & Oregon.  This uncultivated cousin to the blueberry grows at between 2000 & 11000 ft elevation in acidic mountain soil. If you haven’t tasted one, you are missing a treat!  They do not taste like blueberries as some folks suggest.  There are a uniquely tart flavor, much more intense in flavor that a blueberry and they only grow in the wild.  They make the best jam, pies, and taste wonderful with salmon!  It’s always a guess as to when they are going to be available, this year they are a little earlier than years past.  Sometimes we harvest them as late as October, but we decided to go up to the mountains today and check them out.  Our favorite spot ws closed by the forest service, but I have another secret spot that I’ve been going to for the past 20 years.  Not the easiest place to get to, but well worth the effort. I always suggest you go with someone the first few times so you learn what to look for and what to harvest, as there are a few other berries that look similar and are not edible.  But the huckleberry wood is distinct and easily recognizable once you learn.  I can spot them from the car, which always amazes my husband.  Here are some photo’s from today’s huckleberry picnic, a NW tradition in our family!

Hucklebberries in the NW

Hucklebberries in the NW

Huckleberries at Snoqualmie

Huckleberries at Snoqualmie

August 2009 Huckleberry Season

August 2009 Huckleberry Season

Berry picking at high elevation

Berry picking at high elevation

Forest in tne National forest before the climb up

Forest in the National forest before the climb up

Perfect for a huckleberry picnic

Perfect for a huckleberry picnic

Everyone always thinks I have the best job in the world, but I don’t always agree with them. When someone asks me about getting into the business, my first question is always, do you like washing buckets?

No kidding, I never dreamed that washing smelly bacteria laden buckets would be such a big part of the job!  Flowers are always coming in and going out, and I am always dumping old water, adding new water, and changing water for freshness  to keep bacteria growth at a minimum.  It can be pure drudgery some days.  During the holiday’s  I think I’ll scream if one more bucket of water gets tipped over and has to be mopped up. Then there is the pure stress of dealing with a living product, that sometimes has a mind of it’s own and doesn’t want to perform the way we expect it to. There you have it..the dark side of being professional florist.

But the bright side….  the customers, the ones that make it all worthwhile! All of the friends  that you end up developing life long bonds with because you are there for them during all the major life events in their families.  Births, deaths, weddings, parties, all the sad and happy occasions alike. I wouldn’t trade that for anything in the world!

Today I was reminded of why I like my job, I was invited to participate in an upcoming magazine project, and it was exciting to see it all come together thanks to many talented people.  I was so surprised when the photographer said “you guys must have a FUN job!” She was referring to myself and the event planner who were setting the props in place for the shoot.  Here I was thinking that the photographer had a FUN job. She was so creative, had a fabulous eye for detail, she gets to  go on location and shoot beautiful photographs.  I loved her vibrant energy and talented approach to her art!

After the stress of the shoot was over and I had time to reflect on the day, I realized that this is exactly what I get to do every day! I am living the life that I found so interesting and enchanting! It’s just that I sometimes lose focus  and forget to see the big picture.

One of my customer’s gave me a beautiful white brocade chest, and for the past six years I’ve  been filling it up with the special moments from this journey of life.. I opened it up recently and was so surprised at all the special items that I have stored in it. It is full of newspaper clippings about happenings of customer’s,  cards expressing thanks for special things we’ve done,  pictures that customer’s have sent us to share their special occasions, graduation announcements, charitable benefits that we’ve participated in, 100 year old birthday parties.  I even found a greeting card company that sent me a beautiful card they sell with one of my arrangements set on a grave at a national cemetery.

I was blessed today to be able to enjoy sharing in a once in a life time experience, being  surrounded by caring friendly people, who  allowed me to be able to  express my creativity to the world.  I realized that stress is just a matter of perspective and that I am really truly living the life that many wish they could be living.

Here is a collection of Andy’s photos from his trip around the world. I don’t know Andy , I’ve only spoken to Andy on the phone, one time, he called me from Nepal.  He made me laugh because when I asked him how he found my store in Kirkland, he laughed and said “I just asked around here in Nepal,  and you’re famous here.”  🙂 Funny answer,  What a character!

He told me about his blog, and I became hooked on his adventure.  I think he’s been back for a while now, but I just found all the pictures from his adventures,  I’m excited to browse through them.  I have his blog listed under my favorites, it’s called http://www.goneliving.com.   Enjoy browsing all the different countries.  There are some beautiful photographs.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/downtempo/collections/72157600040657016/

I noticed that Martha Stewart was promoting paper flowers for decor in the last issue of her wedding magazine.  Thanks Martha!  Then after talking with my nephew the other day, he was telling me he makes a lot of things.  He told me about a magazine called Make. You can take a look at it at http://makezine.com It’s for people who like to make things. I found some interesting things and while  I was browsing I came across ” how to MAKE a dozen roses “for your loved one? At first I thought it was how to arrange a dozen roses, and I thought cool…but that’s not what it turned out to be.

So I thought I’d share these videos of how to make roses, and if after watching them, you think $4.00 is too much for a real rose,  then you should try making your roses.   I guess I prefer the real thing as nature makes it.  Maybe that’s why I’m a florist!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRGSGyXvL_w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3kb3Q0poAA

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