Friday, April 18, 2014

flowers in unexpected places


flowers at home

Yesterday I drove the first leg of a trip and hit hell traffic, a zone of time and space where it seemed certain that I would spend eternity on a New Jersey highway going one mile an hour. By the time I reached the motel I was so tired and stressed that I picked a daffodil from motel property (surely a misdemeanor) put it in a water glass on the bedside table, and it helped, it really did. Today's drive was better, but when we stopped at CVS to buy necessities like single serving cereal boxes and Cadbury chocolate, I smelled the hyacinths before I saw them. So now I have a nice pot of purple hyacinths in my room. I've taken to always putting flowers in hotel rooms. Last time I was in New York I got orange tulips at the Korean grocery. They bring life to impersonal spaces.

Enjoy your weekend!
xo, Jen
p.s. Do you know why this post is framed? Not sure how that happened.

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  1. Hello Jen! In spite of unwanted situation you can find out some nice escapes with your favorite flowers! The frame becomes well your picture. Have a good weekend !

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    1. I do kind of like the frame. Now can I replicate it?

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  2. From the country to NJ traffic. What a change! Flowers do work wonders anywhere.
    My guess is the frame has something to do with the photo but honestly really have no idea. Ha.

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    1. What's really strange is today I was in a wildlife refuge with a view of Atlantic City.

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  3. Hello Jen,
    Now, why have we never thought of this?

    Such a lovely idea to bring flowers into a hotel room. As you say, surely this is a perfect way to bring a little of the comforts of home to an otherwise impersonal space. Indeed, a friend of ours ordered flowers to be waiting for him when he arrived at his hotel in Venice as a present to himself. We thought this to be a fabulous idea and a wonderful welcome to that most magical of cities, especially as he was travelling alone.

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    1. That is a fabulous idea, and also would be a fun thing to do for a friend traveling solo.

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  4. Applauding your sense of home where ever you may be, Flowers, books and chocolates prove you can take it with you,

    Where are you? Have you come south?

    zo J

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    1. South Jersey, near Atlantic City.
      Books are my #1 to make me feel at home.

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  5. Hi Jen,

    You are right to do so! I do exactly the same when we stay in a holiday cottage :-) Somehow it feels much better with flowers in the house.

    Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter!

    Madelief x

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    1. Happy Easter to you too, dear Madelief! Enjoy your beautiful garden.

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  6. Great idea bringing flowers into your hotel room, I've done that and it makes an enormous difference. Next time you're stuck in NJ traffic let me know, no need for a hotel, there's a home right here....with flowers :)

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    1. You are so sweet. We actually stayed near our old town in NJ. They tore down our house--I was devastated.

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  7. Hello Jen, Some people have the ability to create beautiful and homelike surroundings wherever they are, even with a simple gesture like this, which thus becomes a reflection of your inner personality.
    --Jim

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    1. I always take more books than I need, and I think that's why--it makes a hotel feel more like home.

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  8. Jen...I hope the NJ scenery was more than just the bumpers of the vehicles in front of you! However, the hyacinth and chocolate seem to be just the remedy for foreign surroundings. Safe travels ...hope you found a bit of Spring on your trip! Susan

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    1. NJ is kind of a surreal state. Beautiful old towns, crowded highways, endless strip malls, gorgeous countryside, industrial wastelands... It packs a lot into one so small state.

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  9. are we both weary travelers today? Well...I'm weary! :) I'm reading this from a hotel room in Chattanooga, TN, and there's roses and dianthus behind the hotel I saw. I'm going to collect a few for my room. xo

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    1. Yeah, motel flower thieves unite!

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  10. Beautiful photo !
    Happy Easter !

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  11. You are on the go again Jen.
    Flowers do lift our spirits.
    Wishing you a Happy Easter..
    (no idea why your post is framed)..
    valxxxxx

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  12. somewhere in my hodgepodge photos stash is a pic of the pink mini carnations I kept in an altered Vital bottle in my room when I was in Paris. They lasted a month…o, so many years ago.

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    1. So is it time to revive carnations?

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  13. that's such a good idea. flowers do make all the difference in the world.

    happy easter xoxo

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  14. Flowers in a hotel room is a great idea and I have found that many of the smaller hotels tend to do this anyway.Very homely and welcoming!

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    1. I'm not sure I've ever seen that. I need a list of hotels from you!

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  15. I have never thought of the idea to bring flowers to the hotel room for myself. Flowers are so part of you and books and chocolates as well. How sweet of you!
    Now my small garden is getting in full spring (swing?)
    Happy days ahead, Jen.

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    1. I'd love to see pictures of your flowers, Cosmos. Happy Spring!

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