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DEVIATION

Did you think it was me? Don’t worry, it’s coming. Lucky chum. Instead…

Yesterday had a great girls’ nite dinner – delicious food, lovely company, on point conversation. Then…one of my friends relates a story about meeting up with the on-again-off-again man of hers. *sigh* You didn’t let him into the heart again, did you? we chastised (guilty as charged).

We get it, he’s a good man but with boyish tendencies (the immature ones not the endearing ones) — commitment issues, wanting to prove himself before settling down, you know, yada yada life life life. We like him. We adore him. He, not that it matters, is handsome, tall, European (where the gooood hand-dipped chocolates are from), younger, intelligent, smart, driven, owns his home, has tight ties with his family, has close knit bunch of loyal friends, has a great career and even better smile. (Yes, he’s for real.)

But he made mistakes. She made mistakes. He made some more. Hence, You didn’t let him into the heart again, did you? Of course, as people do, he changed, he grew up, he grew some, and our boy stepped up and put a ring on it, à la Beyoncé.

The best is that it came from left field. Detour right. Risk. Venture. Hit target. Encountered forcefield. Shock. Push button. Release shield. Open heart. Yes.

*Jumpy claps*

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I ♥ CHRISTMAS TUNES

I love Christmas songs! So festive! I know that there are radio stations that play Christmas music 24/7 during December, but I don’t find that helpful because I have favourites that they don’t play. 

Here is a list of my favourite Christmas tunes. Enjoy!

TAMIKO’S CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST

Ashanti | Hey Santa | LISTEN

Babyface | Winter Wonderland | LISTEN

Bishop Allen | You’ll Never Find Your Christmas | LISTEN

Blackalicious | Toy Jackpot | LISTEN

Boyz II Men | Let It Snow | LISTEN

Brian McKnight | Home for the Holidays | LISTEN

Christina Aguilera | Christmas Time | LISTEN

Christina Aguilera | The Christmas Song (remix) | LISTEN

Destiny’s Child | Eight Days of Christmas | LISTEN

Dido | Christmas Day | LISTEN

Ella Fitzgerald | Santa Claus is Coming Home | LISTEN

Ella Fitzgerald | Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas | LISTEN

Ella Fitzgerald | What Are You Doing on New Year’s Eve? | LISTEN

Ella Fitzgerald | Sleigh Bells | LISTEN

Ella Fitzgerald | Frosty the Snowman  | LISTEN

En Vogue | Silent Night | LISTEN

Guster | Tiny Christmas Tree | LISTEN

Harry Connick Jr. | Let It Snow | LISTEN

Indie.Arie & Stevie Wonder | The Christmas Song | LISTEN

Jason Mraz | Winter Wonderland  | LISTEN

Joe | This Christmas | LISTEN

KT Tunstall | Sleigh Bells | LISTEN

Lenka | All My Bells Are Ringing  | LISTEN

Little Jackie | Mrs. Claus Ain’t Got Nothing On Me | LISTEN

Mariah Carey | Christmas (Baby Come Home) | LISTEN

Mariah Carey | All I Want For Christmas | LISTEN

Matt Dusk | Christmas is Finally Here | LISTEN

Matt Dusk | Marshmallow World  | LISTEN

Matt Dusk | Cool Yule | LISTEN

Meghan Smith | It Snowed | LISTEN

Meiko | Maybe Next Year (Xmas Song) | LISTEN

Glee | Wonderful Christmas | LISTEN

Peabo Bryson | It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year | LISTEN

SheDaisy | Jingle Bells | LISTEN

SheDaisy | Deck the Halls | LISTEN

Take 6 | You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch | LISTEN

The Temptations | Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer | LISTEN

TLC | Sleigh Ride | LISTEN

Tony Bennett | Winter Wonderland  | LISTEN

Tony Bennett | I’ll Be Home For Christmas | LISTEN

Train | Shake Up Christmas | LISTEN

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FLORIOGRAPHY

I enjoy receiving flowers just as much as the next gal. My favorite season for flowers is spring, since my favourite flower is the peony. I also have a soft spot for cherry blossoms, tulips, crocus, freesias, and daffodils.

I have always been fascinated with florigraphy, the study of the language of flowers. Throughout the ages, flowers have been used to communicate messages, sometimes spiritual (such as the “purity” of the lily in reference to Mary), sometimes magical (as in medicine). The Victorian Age in England led to flowers being used as a means of communication in which flowers, posies, bouquets, and arrangements were used to send coded messages. Yes, you could express feelings with flowers that otherwise could not be spoken.

But it’s not just the British. The Japanese also have a language of flowers called Hanakotoba, used much the same way. I’ve touched upon both of these flower languages in a post about tulips (refresher HERE).

In the very least, I find it so artful and sweet, and useful for all bouquets, including wedding, friendship, courtship and the like. I’m just going to highlight the flowers I like the most here…

AMARYLLIS – pride (F); shy (H)

Amaryllis

AZALEA – Take care of yourself, Temperance, Fragile (F); Patient/Modest (H)

Azalea

BIRD OF PARADISE – Liberty, Magnificence, Good Perspective

Bird of Paradise

BLUEBELL/BELL FLOWER – Humility, Constancy, Gratitude (F); Grateful (H)

Bluebells

BUTTERCUP – Riches, Childishness

Buttercup

 CALLA LILY – Magnificent Beauty

Calla Lilies

 CAMELLIA – Admiration, Perfection, Good Luck Gift for a Man, Gratitude

CAMELLIA (PINK) – Longing

Pink Camellia

 CAMELLIA (RED) – You’re a flame in my heart (F); In Love (H)

Red Camellia

 CAMELLIA (WHITE) – Adoration, Perfection, Loveliness (F); Waiting (H)

White Camellia

 CAMELLIA (YELLOW): Longing (H)

Yellow Camellia

 CAMELLIA (JAPANESE): Unpretending excellence

Camellia Japonica

CHERRY BLOSSOM: A good education (F); Transience of life, Wabi-sabi, Gentle, Kind (H); Feminine Beauty (C)

Cherry Blossoms

CHRYSANTHEMUM (RED): “I love”

Red Chrysanthemum

CHRYSANTHEMUM (YELLOW): Slighted love (F); Imperial, Elegant (H)

Yellow Chrysanthemum (via elisedean)

CHRYSANTHEMUM (WHITE): Truth/Self-Esteem (H)

White Chrysanthemum

CORNFLOWER – Delicacy, Refinement (F)

Cornflowers

CROCUS – Cheerfulness, Abuse Not, Gladness (F)

Crocus

DAFFODIL – Regard, Unrequited Love, Sunshine, Respect, The Sun Shines When I’m with You; Uncertainty, Chivalry

DAFFODIL (YELLOW ): Chivalry

Daffodils

DAHLIA – Dignity and Elegance, Forever Thine (F); Good Taste (H)

Dahlias (via rclark)

DAISY – Innocence, Loyal Love, I’ll Never tell, Purity, Beauty (F); Faith (H)

 DAISY OX-EYE – Patience (F)

Daisies

DAISY (RED) – Beauty Unknown to Possessor

Red Daisy (via melissawrzesniewsky)

FORGET ME NOT – True Love, Memories

Forget-Me-Nots (via nodov)

FREESIA – Innocence, Trust (F); Immaculate, Childish, Immature (H)

Freesias (via lonoak)

GARDENIA – You’re lovely, Secret love, Purity, Refinement (F); Secret Love, Pure (H)

Gardenia

GERBERA DAISY – Innocence

Gerbera Daisies

GLADIOLI – Generosity, I’m sincere, Flower of the gladiators

Gladioli

HIBISCUS – Consumed by Love, Delicate Beauty, Rare beauty (F); Gentle (H)

Hibiscus

HYACINTH (BLUE) – Consistency

Blue Hyacinth

HYACINTH (PURPLE) – Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Sorrow

Purple Grape Hyacinth

HYACINTH (RED OR PINK) – Playful Joy

Pink Hyacinth (via o_lesyk)

HYACINTH (WHITE) – Unobtrusive Loveliness, I’ll Pray for You

White Hyacinth

 HYACINTH (YELLOW) – Jealousy

Yellow Hyacinth

HYDRANGEA – Thank You for Understanding, Frigidity, Heartlessness (F); Pride (H)

Blue Hydrangea

IRIS – Faith, Wisdom, Promise in Love, Hope, Wisdom & Valor (F); Noble Heart, Good News (H)

Iris

IVY – Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection, Dependence, Endurance

IVY (SPRIG OF WHITE TENDRILS)- Anxious to please, Affection

JASMINE (WHITE) – Amiability (F); Friendly, Graceful (H)

JASMINE (INDIAN) – Attachment 

Indian Jasmine

JASMINE (SPANISH) – Sensuality

Spanish Jasmine (Jasminum Grandiflorum)

JASMINE (YELLOW) – Modesty, Grace, Elegance

Yellow Jasmine (Jessamine, Gelsemium sempervirens)

JONQUIL – Love Me, Affection Returned, Desire, Sympathy

Jonquils

LAVENDER – Love, Devotion, Distrust

Lavender (kbhew)

LILAC (GENERAL) – Beauty, Pride (F); First Love (H)

 LILAC (PURPLE) – First emotions of love

Purple Lilac

 LILAC (WHITE) – Youthful Innocence

White Lilac

LILY (all) – Majesty & Honor, Purity of Heart

LILY (TIGER) – Wealth, Pride, Prosperity

LILY (WHITE) – Virginity, Purity, Majesty, It’s Heavenly to be with You

White Lilies

LILY (YELLOW) – I’m Walking On Air, False, Gay, Gratitude

Yellow Lily (via v4vikey)

LILY OF THE VALLEY – Sweetness, Tears Of The Virgin Mary, Happiness, Humility (F); Promise of Happiness (H)

Lily-of-the-Valley

LOTUS – Estranged love, Forgetful of the Past

Pink Lotus

MAGNOLIA – Nobility, Perseverance, Nobility (F); Sublime (H)

Magnolia (via Jörg Dickmann)

MAGNOLIA (CHINESE) – Love of Nature

Chinese Magnolia

MORNING GLORY – Affection

Morning Glory

ORANGE BLOSSOM – Innocence, Eternal Love, Marriage, Fruitfulness

Orange Blossoms

ORCHID – Love, Beauty, Refinement, Chinese Symbol for Many Children, Thoughtfulness

Orchids

ORCHID (CATTLEYA) – Mature Charm

PANSY – Merriment, Thoughts (You Occupy My Thoughts)

Pansies

 PEONY – Shame, Happy Marriage, Compassion, Bashfulness

Peonies

PERIWINKLE – Early Recollections, Pleasures of Memories, Sweet Memories

Periwinkles

PLUM BLOSSOM – Pure & True

Plum Blossoms (via Eiki Yasuda)

RHODODENDRON – Danger, Beware, I am Dangerous

Rhododendron

ROSE (BRIDAL) – Happiness

Bridal Roses

ROSE (BURGUNDY) – Unconscious Beauty

Burgundy Rose

ROSE (CHRISTMAS)- Relieve my anxiety

Christmas Rose (via Imogen Eve)

ROSE (CORAL) – Desire

Coral Roses

ROSE (DAMASK) – Freshness, Persian Ambassador of Love

Damask Roses (via pedroam-bang)

ROSE (DARK CRIMSON) – Mourning

Dark Crimson Rose (via WS2)

ROSE (LAVENDER) – Enchantment

Lavender-Purple Roses

ROSE (ORANGE) – Fascination

Orange Roses

 ROSE (PINK) – Perfect Happiness, Secret Love, Grace & Sweetness, Indecision

Pink Roses

 ROSE (DARK PINK) – Thankfulness

ROSE (PALE PINK) – Grace, Joy

 ROSE (PEACH) – Immortality, Modesty

Peach Roses

 ROSE (RED) – Love, Respect, Beauty

Red Roses

 ROSE (A SINGLE RED ROSE) – I Love You

Single Red Rose

ROSE (TEA) – I’ll Remember, Always

Tea Rose

ROSE (WHITE) – Innocence, Charm, Purity, Humility, I am Worthy of You, Secrecy, Silence

White Roses

  ROSE (YELLOW) – Joy, Jealousy, Friendship (one yellow rose with 11 red ones means love & passion)

Yellow Roses

ROSES (ASSORTED) – You’re everything to me

Bouquet of Assorted Roses

ROSES (BOUQUET OF FULLY BLOOMED ROSES): Gratitude

ROSEBUD – Beauty & Youth, A Heart Innocent of Love

Rose Bud (HKM Photo)

ROSEBUD (RED) – Pure & Lovely

 ROSEBUD (WHITE) – Girlhood, Heart Ignorant of Love

ROSES (Single full bloom) – I truly love you, Simplicity.

* SNAPDRAGON – Gracious Lady, Strength

Snapdragons

SNOWDROP – Hope, Consolation

Snowdrops (via prolandscaper)

 STEPHANOTIS – Marital Happiness, Desire to Travel

Stephanotis (via alispoems)

 SUNFLOWER (TALL) – False riches, Pride (F); Love & Respect (H)

sunflowers (via imisshowitwasbefore)

SUNFLOWER ( DWARF) – Adoration

SWEETPEA – Good-by, Departure, Blissful Pleasure, Thank You for a Lovely (F); Joy (H)

Sweetpeas (via crudlynaturephotos)

 TULIP (GENERAL) – Perfect Lover, Fame, Flower Emblem of Holland

 

* TULIP (RED) -Believe me, Declaration of Love

 

* TULIP (VARIEGATED) – Beautiful eyes

 

* TULIP (YELLOW) – There’s Sunshine In Your Smile

 

* VIOLET – Modesty, Virtue, Affection (F); Please Love Me (H)

 

* VIOLET (BLUE) – Watchfulness, Faithfulness, Love

 

* VIOLET (WHITE) – Let’s Take A Chance On Happiness

 

* WISTERIA – Welcome (F); Beautiful Birth (H)

 

* ZINNIA (MAGENTA) – Lasting Affection

 

* ZINNIA (MIXED) – Thinking (or in memory) of an Absent Friend

 

* ZINNIA (SCARLET) – Constancy

 

* ZINNIA (WHITE) – Goodness

 

* ZINNIA (YELLOW) – Daily Remembrance


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COUCH POTATO 101

Can I say my excuse is that it is always rainy, dark and dreary in my part of the world — which just begs one to curl up on the sofa and get caught up with TV shows? Much more so with the signing up to Netflix *shake fist* — brain drain.

I am just catching up on all those shows everyone raves about. I’m liking: Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Damages, The Bridge, Firefly, Call the Midwife, Suits, The Good Wife, Homeland, The Bletchley Circle, Luther, Sherlock, The Fall, House of Lies, Veronica Mars, Dexter, Covert Affairs…but am not feeling Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, Mad Men, Community, Portlandia.

Oh no? Have I lost credibility? Have I lost the perception of being hip and cool? Yeah, yeah, I can’t pretend to like something just to seem hip and cool, sorry. I’m not saying those shows aren’t any good, of course not, but I just can’t get into them. I have heard the ones I’m not feeling are a slow burn at first, but if I wait it out, it will get better.

FALL 2014

Now, on regular ‘ol TV (we only have basic cable), I’m waiting for the return of Scandal and The Blacklist and The Mindy Project. But hello-on-wheels, I’m intrigued by the following new TV shows arriving this new fall. Dammit. I cannot let TV overrule my life!

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HOME OFFICE/STUDY INSPIRATION

Now that I’m gone through the main rooms, I’m moving onto the home office/study. Mine is not contained in its own room per se, rather off the living space. These spaces are delightful.

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GIRLS

Aeron | Agapy | Alessandra | Allegra | Allyriane | Anaïs | Angelica | Amberly | Annabel | Analisa | Anthea | Annika| Arabella | Ariadne | Ashby | Arwen | Arianwen | Ayla | Avery | Beckett | Bellanca | Briar | Brielle | Briony | Camilla | Calla | Cendrine | Celandine | Chiara | Chesleigh | Claire | Chloe | Clarissa | Cressida | Darby | Delphine | Eilish | Emma | Ella | Gemma | Georgia | Gwendolyn | Hannah | Ilariya | Isabelle | Keely | Keira | Kyla | Linnea | Lucy | Mackenna | Madeleine | Megan | Mia | Michaela | Natalia | Orlah | Penelope | Pippa | Phoebe | Poppy | Regan | Romy | Ruby | Serena | Shayla | Spencer | Tessa

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BOYS

Alastair | Aidan | Alexander | Arliss | Asher | Baylis | Brennan | Brayden | Bryson | Caleb | Callum | Cavan | Cedric | Cesare | Dylan | Ethan | Grayson | Henry | Jack | Jason | Jeremy | Justin | Jonah | Joshua | Kai | Micah | Michael | Nathaniel | Noah | Peter | Samuel | Tarquin | Tanner | Tate | Tristan | Trevor

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