This post is about ROSES. I am not sure when my love affair with roses began. Early on. But, Mother did not grow roses. She always said they were too difficult. Instead, she decorated the house with silk roses that Henry George helped her buy. I never liked the silk ones because I was a nature-snob and thought anything artificial was tacky. But, at least, Mother’s artificial flowers were silk. And expensive. That helped – snob that I was/am. And, if I got a corsage, it was either an orchid – purple or white – or gardenias. I wouldn’t wear anything else. Alice Whitehead’s father grew roses – really pretty ones. I think Mrs. Martin next door had some roses. And, I LOVED it if a boyfriend brought me roses. But, that seldom happened because roses were expensive. Plus, when I was dating, guys didn’t bring flowers – not like today. Steve bought me roses on my birthday and on Valentine’s Day. He knew I loved them and enjoyed seeing my delight when he came in the door with a dozen long-stemmed red roses. My son Craig sent me roses one time on Mother’s Day. I was ecstatic. And, I bought roses from time to time at Ralph’s or Gelson’s.
Things really changed when I got my first smart phone in 2005 – a Blackberry. It had a camera. So, in the mornings, when I walked through the neighborhoods, I took pictures – of roses. In Southern California, it seemed as if every yard had roses. At least, that was all I saw. Beautiful roses. When Facebook arrived on the scene, I began posting a picture-a-day on Facebook. Very little else – just pictures of roses. People began giving me thumbs ups. That encouraged me to continue. And now, 11 years later, I am still posting pictures of roses on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, FOAP. I have an international following. It is fun. And, I have published two books about roses – “Moments in Time” and “Capturing Beauty” – for sale on amazon.com.
So, from time to time, expect a rose here and there on Jayspeak. Today, I am posting roses from Los Angeles – Brentwood, Westwood, Encino – and Nice, France. Plus, I am posting flowers I have used on my books. Steve was wonderful at Photoshop. So, he made some beautiful covers. Guess I will have to learn how to use Photoshop. Along with a myriad of other things that Steve took care of for us. Picture quality has changed over time because Apple keeps making the camera better and better. I have so many pictures of roses, that it is difficult to pick only a few. But, this is a sampler. Enjoy.
3 thoughts on “A ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE….”
Your thoughts and feelings in these articles are very special to those of us that have admired and idolized you through the years. Some of us have an “Inner Self” that is only contained within and allows us to imagine, dream, and desire things that would never become a reality in our everyday existence. I wish I had kept a diary throughout my lifetime, as you did, and been able to recapture my deepest feelings of love, appreciation, honor, respect, hope, fear, disappointment and grief. I have always wondered how so many memories can be contained in one tiny brain………….. YOU ARE SO SPECIAL TO HAVE PURSUED, ACHIEVED, AND REALIZED YOUR DESIRES IN LIFE …………Life goes on, our memories last “Always and Forever” ………… You are beginning new chapters in your life and you will surely succeed in all endeavors!!!
My thoughts and prayers remain with you,
Patsy Ralston Waters
Patsy, your words mean the world to me. Thank you. And thank you for helping me with GoFundMe. That is a difficult campaign for me to run for a lot of reasons. But, I am doing it because I am out of options for money. And, I am not the “spring chicken” I once was. It is helping tremendously even though I am still behind. Thank you for your support.
Acting as the Countess; then more roses….Life in Nice is anything but dull. Can’t wait to get over there…..Wee bit busy at the moment, but I CAN envision Nice.
Buried a lovely man, my sister’s father-in-law’s ashes at sea yesterday, and it was just plain beautiful. We used one white stemmed rose and one, a beautiful orange rose, to encircle the ashes. Gorgeous! Completed the tribute at Acapulco, his favorite restaurant….It was truly a circle of life day with some very special people….
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