Sunshine in a vase


Remember in the winter, back when I was on the hunt for cheap flowers as a way to maintain my sanity through the interminable winter?

Well, I got addicted.

But I’m trying to behave.

At a time when we’re meticulously budgeting, $10 here and there might not seem like a big deal . . . but sometimes it’s hard for me to justify purchasing things that are just going to perish. Until we get a handle on certain expenses, I’m trying to be really careful with our funds.

It’s interesting. Hard, but a good sort of challenge.

When it comes to flowers, though, I can’t seem to help myself. They’re too lovely to ignore. Fresh blooms in the house just add such light, airiness and joy — simple joy. Beauty.

At the farmers’ market over the weekend, I came upon the most gorgeous bouquet of sunflowers — giant sunflowers, with heads larger than my fist. They’re yellow and orange with colorful blooms intermixed, and the Amish children that sold them to me smiled like sunshine as I carried them out.

For a whole five dollars.

I look at them every morning while making my coffee, and each evening when we’re pulling dinner together. They’re on the table in our new kitchen, the one still lined with boxes and bobbles and so many things I just don’t know what to do with — at least until our pantry is done. (The previous owners ripped out the shelving, leaving only dust and holes for us to patch — but we’ll get there.)

When will I learn?

It really is the little things.

16 thoughts on “Sunshine in a vase

  1. I totally understand your addicition! I usually never have flowers in my place (student’s budget and all that), but when my parents left for their holiday a while back, they told me to take their flowers (and vase) with me, because otherwise they’d just go to waste in their empty house. Having those flowers on my coffee table had quite a big effect on me — they really cheered me up!


  2. True that; you just can’t resist the charm that a fresh bloom carries in itself, irrespective of budgeting issues. πŸ™‚


  3. I’ve noticed this too. I bought some flowers for a few rooms in my house and it felt like a luxury but I couldn’t believe how happy those little things made me! I need to do that more often. I didn’t use to like carnations–the cheap flower. But they last forever! I actually like them now for that reason. They are kind of pretty!


  4. Those are beautiful! I love having fresh flowers in the apartment and usually allow a little five-dollar wiggle room with the weekly grocery budget just to keep some blooms around. πŸ™‚


  5. These are beautiful! You take really good, quality pictures too! πŸ™‚
    I need to start buying some flowers to keep my room fresh, and to liven it up! Definitely worth the five dollars πŸ™‚


  6. So true! I’ve been working on crafting a budget for my boyfriend and I. Now that he is fully employed we’re moving into a new stage of life and that requires saving some money. But I always try to make some space for some sort of treat that will just make me feel better. You just have to treat yourself to those small things to keep you sane.


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