a Castera rose
This small rose is one of a grouping of over two
dozen gifted to us by our dinner guests the other
evening. The color is an unusual one. The texture
and range of shades within many of the flowers has
me think of "antique" flowers.
Because I had the need to pass on the "true"
feeling in the coloration of these roses, I went
to Google to match the color with a name. One
chart describes a color equivalent as a "dark,
dull red". Click on the little spots on the
chart to find "dark, dull red" or "dark
faded red". You'll see the range of colors
that are within these roses.
Sam thought "maroon" is the color and
when I checked that out, I found a site by George
Hernandez who states that it's his favorite color.
He continues, "Maroon is a darkened red, a
de-saturated red, or a mix of brown and purple paints.
Variations or maroon-like colors include burgundy,
carmine, chestnut, falu red, and dark crimson."
This fits what I'm observing when I look at them.
for a color match and for some other interesting
other facts about "maroon."
Of the 80 plus photos I took, I chose this particular
one for the drama and the stark beauty I see in
it. I feel excited and then serene when I look at
it. For some reason, I'm moved to say that I hope
that you find this photo as beautiful as I do.
The photos also inspired me to do some of my photo/drawing
enhancement. Tomorrow I will share another of the
roses, along with several buds, and the tiles I
will create later.
One final "tidbit", the instructions with
the flowers, for preserving them, stated to cut
the stems under water (which I learned in the Ikebana
class I took) and to place them in 1/2 water and
1/2 Sprite or 7-Up, which I happened to have in
SELF-REFLECTING QUERIES -
Today's query comes from a conversation with my
guests about their gift. When Morrie handed them
to me, he said, "I hope you like roses."
I don't recall my answer and on the way out
Morrie commented that it was interesting that, like
his wife, I don't like roses.
I was somewhat confused since I love roses and I
had even set a few of them out in an arrangement
as a centerpiece on our table. I had no idea why
he said what he did. He replied that this is what
I had stated at the beginning of the evening.
Evidently, I must have made the offhand, "joking"
response, "No, I don't like them," thinking
"who doesn't like roses?"
I had paid little attention to what I said and had
Morrie not commented as they were leaving, I never
would have known the impression with which they
For me this was a great reminder on the importance
of being responsible for the words that come out
of my mouth.
Do you ever find yourself being sarcastic or making
"joking" remarks? If/when this happens,
do you check out with the other person to see how
what you said landed for them, that they know you
For me, I intend to make an added effort not to
be sarcastic (a rare occurrence for me anyway) and
definitely, if I slip, to make sure I'm clear on
it to the person with whom I am communicating. I
invite you to also take this on.
Enjoy the "roses" in your life!
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LINKS page, where Judith also describes how easy
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and on the testimonial
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at (214) 231-2905 ext 6956 or, if you wish,
e-mail me to set a time and I can call you and 3-way
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