Monday, December 6, 2010

Monday Morning Flowers!


Happy Monday, my lovely people!

The Christmas switch in Betty's head finally flipped on and it dawned on me that the holiday is coming up--more rapid than eagles and all that. So, I got out our very fake tree with its very fake factory-assembled pine cones and went to town decorating it.

Really, you can throw colored lights on nearly anything and make it look good on a dark night. Am I right?

Perhaps part of my reluctance to accept that Christmas is coming up is the fact that the roses are still blooming in my southern California neighborhood and the temps have been very nice. Since I am a native of Kansas, part of me still waits for the temperatures to get around freezing and the white stuff to pile up around my door to flip on the inner Christmas switch.

However, tonight it rained and that was enough to put me in the holiday mood. It was wet stuff from the sky. Not exactly what holiday movies/songs are written about, but it worked!

And now, I present to you your Monday Morning Flowers.

Put on your sequined gowns/tuxes and stand tall as you walk down the runway, waving to all and wearing your "Monday Morning Queen/King" sash proudly.






Happy first Monday in December!


What is beauty? Not the show
Of shapely limbs and features. No.
These are but flowers
That have their dated hours
To breathe their momentary sweets, then go.
'Tis the stainless soul within
That outshines the fairest skin.

--Sir A. Hunt

55 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I agree - pile enough lights on anything and it looks good. (Preferably not multi-colored blinking lights though, because then it looks like Vegas.)

Gaston Studio said...

So, am I to assume, between you Betty and Alex, that if I cruise around and find gorgeous roses blooming and a slightly wet tree with colored lights and fake pinecones, I'm in southern Vegas?

Anne Gallagher said...

We had snow over the weekend. It was beautiful. Now it's melted.

Did it flip the Christmas switch for me? No. I'm still waiting for the Johnny Mathis tunes, then I'll flip.

Catherine said...

Hooray for twinkly lights!!! I'm so glad you put up your fake Christmas tree ~ might we have some photos? ;)

Lovely Monday flowers as always Betty!
xo Catherine

Oh Sew Good said...

Happy Monday to you too Betty!

Madi and Mom said...

Morning BB
We'll just call that a Christmas Rose!!! Well I can guarantee you it is cold in Dixie...and will be all week. We had snow yes snow on Sat. and the day time temps will only be in the 40s...18 tonight.Madi and I are sending you a great big box of cold air free of charge!!!
Hugs and Happy Week,
Madi and Mom

Tabor said...

We have only a huge heavy artificial tree and have decided not to drag it up from the basement and spend a day decorating. Such a Scrooge thing I know...but I have put a few lights and balls around the house.

sherri said...

happy Monday! and thanks for such beautiful flowers!

Seams Inspired said...

You've captured the beauty of the rose, well, beautifully! :o)

As a fellow native Kansan, I hear ya on waitin' for the white stuff. Today in South Carolina, we were greeted with Frost. I had to explain Jack Frost to my 5yo carpool rider. ;o) I think I'm ready for the holidays.

Can't say I agree about the white lights on everything. I took a peek outside my home last night. The lights I hung are looking quite sad. Maybe more than one strand wouldn't make it appear so haphazard. ;o)

Thanks for my flowers this morning! Happy Monday! :o)

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Lovely roses to greet Monday. Our fake Xmas tree is already twinkling with red lights.

PJ said...

I know what you mean about weather getting you into the mood. We finally had a few cold days and nights here, so I finally felt in the decorating mood myself. I usually let hubby do it "if he wants to" . It's just us, no kids or grand kids, so it's usually a "no reason to fuss with the decorations" mood for us. Anyway, this year, hubby went and bought a new tree, decorations and all, so our house "sort of looks "Christmasy". At least I didn't wait til the day before Christmas EVE to go out and buy his gifts like usual! LOL! He got me hooked on buying on line, so now all I have to do is wait and wrap! Yay! Anyway, My main thought when I saw your post is...I want to know what you and others do to get such beautiful pictures! I try and try but they never come out like y'all's. I even changed cameras! I so want to upload pictures like that! God Bless, and have and Blessed Christmas!

PJ

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Have a lovely Monday, enjoyed the read.

Yvonne,

Velvet Over Steel said...

I now what you mean! I lived in Southern California and Hawaii for several years when the boys where very young. It was hard to get into the Holiday spirit at first, then like you, as soon as the Sun was dehind clouds for a day or so, I decorated and baked! Baking always helps too! :-)

& yes, Christmas lights in the dark, no matter what they are on, are always beautiful!! :-)

Have a Wonderful week!
Coreen

Jennifer Shirk said...

So lovely. Eveything is pretty much dead where I am--even my mums. I have no choice but to get in the Christmas spirit. :)

Tracy said...

Happy Monday and Merry Christmas, Betty. I have been feeling a bit homesick myslef lately.

Jules said...

Roses are so multi-leveled. Color, depth, shape and then the thorns. :)

BTW, I got the snow but no tree.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Leah J. Utas said...

Lovely flowers. Yes, the holiday gets here quickly. But it's over quickly, too.

Georgina Dollface said...

How blessed you are to have roses in your garden at this time of year! When it gets cold out, I turn to my indoors blooms. I love my fuschia Christmas cactus. This is also the time of year when I grow paperwhites in glass bowls with shiny marbles and rocks. So pretty. - G

CherylK said...

I cannot tell you how envious I am...we might have pretty snow but ya just can't beat winter in California, in my book! Beautiful flowers, beautifully captured!

Ann Best said...

I lived in Hawaii one year. I have a picture of my husband, in cut-offs and t-shirt holding onto a small Christmas tree!! Didn't seem like Christmas with all the greenery, flowers, palm trees and sun! But it looks like Christmas and feels like it here where I live in Virginia! Freezing temps, and a recent smattering of snow!!!

Love these flower photos and the verse by Sir Hunt!!

Have a wonderful Monday!!!!
Ann Best, Long Journey Home

Baby Sister said...

I'd send you some snow if I could. :)
I love roses!! Thanks for the beautiful pictures and the poem!!

Brian said...

Yes indeed, Christmas is really on its way, but I had better not try the sequined gown, I might hurt myself!

slommler said...

Oh they are gorgeous!!! So fresh and beautiful!! Me.. I am wearing red velvet!! Ha!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Jenny said...

Living in AZ we have the same problem...it doesn't feel like the Christmases I remember from Ohio.

I've always thought a tree would be lovely with fresh roses on it. One of those days I'm going to buy some of those glass vials that you can put one blossom in and try it.

Your flowers are gorgeous.

TS Hendrik said...

I find it kind of funny that you take all these pictures of beautiful flowers and trees but when it comes to Christmas you go the artificial route. Course maybe I've been mislead again. These flowers you take pictures of, are they real or lace?

Pearl said...

Fresh flowers in December!

Greetings from Minnesota, where we have enough cold and show to make all your Christmases white...

Pearl

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

gorgeous flowers!

I have a fake tree too and I have to say, I like it. It's convenient and it's not as ugly as some tree snobs would say! :-)

Lydia Kang said...

So beautiful. I can almost smell them.
I wouldn't mind seeing roses in December in my yard!

Old Kitty said...

Awww thank you for my wonderful beautiful flowers!! They are so pretty and really brightens my - well - it's pitch black outside now - but I feel all sunny inside for seeing your flowers - and that lovely quote too!!

I was in charge of putting up the tree in my workplace. I think I did just what you just said - flung a few tinsel on the fake tree, draped it with two sets of lights and eh voila!!!! Magic!!!

Take care
x

blueviolet said...

Yes, you're right about the lights in the dark. Even a strobe light can be wicked cool.

Jingle said...

Happy Monday.
lovely flowers.
awesome poem shared.

KLZ said...

It's silly but I was truly expecting poinsettias or evergreens now that your Christmas switch has been flipped.

KleinsteMotte said...

Happy St. Nicholas Day. It's celebrated in some European countries like Holland.

mskanorado said...

I can't say I have ever not had snow on Christmas! I have been living in Colorado the last several years, and now am back to Kansas (I, too, am a Kansas Native), and we haven't had snow yet here although I'm really ready for it since it has already snowed in Colorado. I can't say my Holiday Switch has been turned on. Maybe it's the lack of snow, or the fact we don't have any holiday decor up and around the house yet. I can't tell you what it is, but one of my dear friends has been all about Christmas since Halloween...that is too early, maybe being around her so much is what is making it sooooo hard to switch over to the Holiday Spirit, because I'm a little tired of its overused presence of the last few months! hehe

Liz said...

so simple and delicate today!

Patti Lacy said...

You flower child, you.
There's just something about Betty...and her great BLOG!!!

Blessings,
Patti

Jimmy said...

Being just our second Christmas in Southern California I can relate to waiting for the temps to drop and the snow to fall before feeling that Christmas is here, yes the flowers are still blooming in our yard underneath the lights neatly strung all around them--isn't life grand.

Thank You for the beautiful flowers Betty.

HulaBuns said...

These flower pictures are my favorites out of all the ones you've posted before. Absolutely beautiful!

The weather here (in Kansaw as I like to call it) is around 40 today, but at night we are dipping into the teens. You may not miss the cold weather, but I'm sure it misses you. Have a great day! :)

Nat said...

Beautiful, thanks Betty :)

Frostbitten and frozen on my side of the world!

baygirl32 said...

I look forward to your monday flowers, especially when we got snowed on today

A girl needs 2 Talk said...

Yay for you feeling like Holiday time!!!! :) :) Your Kansas snow part had me laughing!! Thank you for the flowers! They're beautiful!

Ann said...

We're getting hit with the white stuff and it got me in the holiday mood to put up my tree yesterday. I put on my boots and trudged to the basement, cut that tree loose from the box and dragged it back to the living room for another season of holly jolly.
Thanks for the flowers

Tracy said...

ahhh, too bad I didn't see this before I headed to work this morning; I could have used a tad of peacefulness in my soul!
Thanks for sharing!
and I know what you mean about associating Christmas with cold and snow. I'm an Ohio gal planted in NC and gosh, although we had snow on Saturday, it doesn't 'feel' like Christmas until it snows...

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I love roses. They are nature at its best.
Happy Monday, Betty.
xoRobyn

Marlene said...

*sigh* I'm not really in the whole Christmas spirit this year.....but I should get my butt in gear.

Hey - I rhymed! What the heck?

Thanks for the flowers. :)

Jenny said...

I love the way Sir A. Hunt thinks, and I love your roses - my favourite of all the flowers. Thanks for the Monday pick-me-up!

Daisy said...

It is about 20 degrees here right now, Betty, and we do have some of the white stuff flying around, so that makes me enjoy these flowers all the more! Thanks! Have a great week! :)

Cool Gal said...

Lights do make anything look beautiful.

I can't believe you are still spying roses (I suppose, though, it is California.). It just seems hard to believe as where I live it was 15 degrees today and we have 12" of snow! It's nice now, but after Christmas it can all go! Ha ha!

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful roses Betty. We have snow, I can send you some of our cold weather if you need it to set the mood for Christmas! LOL!

Happy Monday!

Joann Mannix said...

These might just be my favorite Betty flowers yet.

I am the same way about this holiday. It's coming and I think it's denial. My Christmas tree is still not up. Maybe tomorrow, I'll find my inspiration.

Kazzy said...

Wow, flowers right now? Unreal!

Zuzana said...

Those roses are stunning... In fact I have seen my roses blooming in December as well, last year.;) This year no such thing, we have been in deep freeze for almost two weeks now, thus it it easy to get into the Christmas mood.;)
But I sure would not mind living in southern California, particularly comes January, the endless month.;))
xoxo

Susan Fields said...

I'll take blooming roses over piling-up white stuff any day! But I'm glad your Christmas switch got flipped. :)

Hilary said...

All flowers are long gone fro here now.. so those beauties are so refreshing.. I'm not even going to think about what month this is.

Pat said...

You know - I've gotten more flowers from you than in all the years I've been married to my husband. How sad is that?! LOL!

I've enjoyed them, BTW!