Monday, February 11, 2019

Sunday Afternoon Siesta (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Tips From a Former Flower Delivery Person

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Somebody is napping with Daddy:

Little Girlie and Daddy (my Sweetie).


Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy's Reader, is on hiatus, so here's an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.


In years past, i used to deliver flowers for Valentine's Day for a local florist.

Once again, from the point of view of the person who just might be delivering your flowers, a few hints for how to make her/his job easier and assure that you will get those flowers.

1.  Order early.  Earlier than that.  Yes, that early.

     Here's the thing.  The florists order lots and lots of flowers, and some are going to be in better shape than others.  The nicest ones get used first.  By
3pm on Valentine's Day, they are using the ones they would have passed over earlier.  Ordering ahead, and ordering for early delivery, gets you the nicest selection.

     Get them delivered the day before, to get extra points with your sweetheart. It means you didn't dawdle, you have flowers the day before, dinner out and maybe even a gift the day of, you made a big thing of it.  It also means you get the nicest flowers, as noted above.  And, if we can't find your location or have trouble, we have time for a redelivery.

     Think about it. You have flowers or candy or cupcakes or whatever delivered a day before. You come home with a card. Then, on the big day, you still go out for dinner and all the trimmings. You have just let this person know you are not simply waiting for someone to slap you upside the head and tell you to get with it, the big day is coming up. You are plotting and planning and putting thought into a buildup. It goes a long way, baby.

2.  Mark your home well!  This is for your benefit as well as ours.  After all, if we can't find you, what makes you think the EMTs can find you in the middle of the night?

3.   Delivery drivers know the town in general, but not every single side street, business, nook and cranny.  Give us your whole, complete address.  This means include:

     Avenue, Street, Boulevard, Drive, Circle, Lane, or whatever is in the actual title of your street.

     Your apartment complex name and apartment number
     or the nursing home name and room number
     or the business name and office number/division of the business where your sweetheart works.

     You know where it is, but we don't, and it's no fun having to guess.

4.  If you live in a gated community, please tell us, and give us a way to get in.  It's frustrating not to be able to get to your home because we need a code.  Give us a gate code and a phone number, and i'll talk more about the phone number later.

5.  The same goes for if you are having flowers delivered to a limited access work place.  Make sure we can get in there to it.  More than once i've had to wait until someone was leaving the building to beg to be brought in, and had to register, and all of that. Again, a phone number helps.

6.  If you and your sweetheart are both at work all day, give us permission, when you place the order, to leave the flowers in a safe place by your back door, under a patio, or with a neighbor.

7.  Tell us what time your sweetheart gets off work, if you really want us to go there.  It's frustrating to get there a half hour after s/he got off for the day.

8.  About phone numbers:  tell your sweetheart to answer the phone!  Yes, you usually don't answer if you don't recognize the number.  Tell him/her to answer anyway, on this day, because there is a surprise coming.  Give us your number as well, and answer it.  If we can get in touch with you, or your sweetheart, we can work out most delivery complications easily.

Trust me, you would rather we call and surprise your sweetheart with news that flowers are on the way so we get them there than have the nasty surprise of us not being able to deliver them.

9.  High school students, please do not ask us to deliver to the school.  The people in the carpool lane get very upset with us, as they think we are cutting in line, and your sweetheart doesn't need the aggravation of trying to bring a bouquet home on the bus.

10.  Remember your driver is paid only for completed deliveries.  Time is of the essence for us, we want to successfully deliver as many items as we can, for the joy it brings you and the money it brings us.  There's no shame in earning some extra cash by doing this service, so help us serve you better by following the tips above!

Delores participates in a Monday poetry post, and the last couple of weeks i've enjoyed trying my hand at it.  This week's subject, Driving, goes great with my tips.

Traffic can be awful,
The driving most uneasy,
When I can't find your house,
It almost makes me queasy.

I want to bring the flowers
To your one precious sweetheart;
I need to drive there quickly,
So you please do your part.

Tell me lane or avenue,
Or boulevard or street,
When they all have the same name,
Your love I may never meet.

We take care of the flowers,
Try to get them there on time,
If I can't find your address,
Then I don't make a dime!


Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Liberia

Be Electrific Day -- Edison's birth anniversary

Clean out Your Computer Day -- always the second Monday of February

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day -- no history on the origin, but remember we all mess up once in a while, don't take small mess ups too seriously

Evelio Javier Memorial Day -- Panay Island, Philippines

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes/World Day of the Sick -- Roman Catholic Church (anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady of Lourdes to Bernadette)

Go Green Week begins -- UK (helping people find greener alternatives)   

Grandmother Achievement Day -- internet generated; call your grandmother, or someone's grandmother you admire, and tell her what she is doing right

Independence Day -- Vatican City (Holy See) (a/k/a Lateranensi Pact Day, for the pact that established it as an independent state)

Kenkoku Kenen-no-hi -- Japan (also called National Foundation Day or Empire Day)

Meringue Memorial Day -- don't know who came up with it, but it's the day to see if you remember how to make meringue

National Inventors' Day -- US (Edison's birth anniversary)

National Peppermint Patty Day

National Shut-In Visitation Day -- some sites have it here, some in October; either way, go visit someone who can't get out of the house today, or make plans to see them this weekend

Nelson Mandela Day -- South Africa (celebrates his release from prison)

Oatmeal Monday -- Scotland (traditionally, at universities in Scotland, the day the students were allowed to go home and get more "meal", or oatmeal, and other supplies, as they had to provide their own food and fuel for the fires while in school)

Pro Sports Wives Day -- the annual recognition of those who truly are sports widows, wives of professional athletes, coaches, and support personnel   

Royal Hobart Regatta Day -- Tasmania, Australia

Satisfied Staying Single Day -- for those who aren't desperate to have someone by the 14th; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

St. Caedmon's Day (Oldest English poet known by name.)

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (through tomorrow)

White Shirt Day -- a recognition of the dignity of the working class

Youth Day -- Cameroon

Anniversaries Today:

Napoleon weds Marie-Louise of Austria, 1810
The founding of London University, 1826

Birthdays Today:

Taylor Lautner, 1992
Natalie Dormer, 1982
Kelly Rowland, 1981
Matt Lawrence, 1980
Brandy, 1979
Mike Shinoda, 1977
Jennifer Aniston, 1969
Sarah Palin, 1964
Sheryl Crow, 1963
Carey Lowell, 1961
Sergio Mendes, 1941
Bobby "Boris" Pickett, 1938
Burt Reynolds, 1936
Tina Louise, 1934
Leslie Nielsen, 1926
Paul Bocuse, 1926
Eva Gabor, 1921
Sidney Sheldon, 1917
Max Baer, 1909
Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1909
Philip Dunne, 1908
Thomas Alva Edison, 1847
Lydia Marie Child, 1802

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The French Chef"(TV, with Julia Child), 1963
"Dynamo"(O'Neill play), 1929
"Salome"(Wilde Play), 1896
"La Fille du Regiment"(Donizetti Opera Comique), 1840

Today in History:

Traditional date for the founding of the Japanese empire under Emperor Jimmu, BC660
Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome, which clears the way for Nero to become Emperor, 55
Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England, 1531
The Pennsylvania Hospital opens, the first in the US, 1752
Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, petitions U.S. Congress for abolition of slavery, 1790
Anthracite coal is burned experimentally as fuel for heating a home for the first time, by Jesse Fell in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1808
Robert Fulton files a patent for improvements to steamboat navigation, 1809
Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting bill that leads to the first use of the term "gerrymander," 1812
The first public toilet facilities for women opens in London, on Bedford Street, 1852
The Meiji constitution of Japan is adopted, 1889
Emma Goldman is arrested for lecturing on birth control, 1916
BBC Television produces the world's first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Capek play R.U.R., which coined the term "robot", 1938
Glenn Miller is awarded the first ever gold disc for selling one million copies of "Chattanooga Choo Choo," 1941
Eighty-seven countries, including the US, UK, and USSR, sign the Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons in international waters, 1971
The People's Republic of China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, Shakespeare and Dickens, 1978
Nelson Mandela, a political prisoner for 27 years, is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa, 1990
The first wave of the Egyptian revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation from February 28, the first pope to resign since 1415, 2013
Francesco Schettino, Captain of the Costa Concordia that ran aground 2012, is convicted of manslaughter in Grosseto and sentenced to 16 years in jail, 2015
The discovery of gravitational waves (through collision of two black holes) is announced by physicists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo), 2016


  1. I have a foolproof delivery plan. I photocopy the relevant page from my street directory, then mark the route from the nearest main road to my home in red marker, then tell the person my unit is the first one on the left as they enter the driveway, the unit numbers are huge and one both sides and sometimes I'll even take along a photo of the driveway entrance and my unit. All because when I first moved here, no one could find me.

  2. definitely an awww moment.
    Love your poem too. Our street's numbering is weird. We are 57, but the house nearest us on the same side of the street is 51. What happened to 53 and 55? Who knows. There are similar anomalies in other parts of the street too.

  3. Mimi,

    DH usually stops to pick up flowers for me the day before Valentine's Day so to not be caught up in the rush of shoppers buying. It makes no difference to me to get them early because it's the gesture that wins my heart. He's truly a sweetie! Your tips are excellent and very good ones to get from someone who knows what it's like to deliver. The rest of might think of something of these points but not all of them. Good job! Oh yes, your poetry prompt worked beautifully with your post - fabulous fun poem! Have a awwwesome week, my friend!

  4. Kitty looks pretty comfy and settled in.

  5. "Stole" your text and put it on my FB page to share with all those who may be buying flowers. It is important stuff.

  6. Pretty kitty but I really loved the quote:

    " Stay HUMBLE work hard BE KIND,

    I love it. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. Aw, on that kitty on Sweeties lap. That kitty knows where to go for a good snooze.

    Love the quote. The world would be a wonderful place if we followed that advice.

    I so remember your flower delivery tips from years ago. I'm guessing some folks won't get it right.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Awww Monday. My best to your peeps. ♥

  8. Oh such a sweet kitty photo ~ so endearing and wonderful post too ~ ^_^

    Happy Monday to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. Sweet photo and excellent spark. Those are great tips and I love the poem to go with them. My hubby knows flowers are not a good idea in this house with so many cats, chocolate is the key to my heart :)

  10. Little Girlie - you are such a sweet snuggler!

  11. It is always fun to read your posts, all those many memorials througout history, strange celebrations and holidays. Wonderful, thanks.

  12. Aww! a cosy nap is a good idea heheh!

    Have a naptastic day ;-)

  13. Little girlie sure is cute. Love the poem too. And the Valentine advice. All good stuff.

  14. awwww such a sweet photo! and YES I totally agree with your Valentine tips! I too worked at flower shops for about 10 years....good advice! and Happy Valentines to YOU!

  15. Those are excellent tips for ordering flowers and I will remember them. I enjoyed your poem, too! You are doing such a great job with the poetry prompts!


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