Being Blue with Yellow Roses

by Sherry Riter in Relationship,Tom

I’m not really the “bring me flowers” or “buy me diamonds” kind of girl. I usually enjoy chocolate, ice cream, books, a camera or a new computer program more. If you haven’t noticed, I changed my template a little bit. I created double columns to the right which enabled me to reduce the size of the footer. I also added a textured background image while the postings will be set against a white background. I found a couple widgets that list the “Top Commentors” and counts the number of postings and comments made on the entire blog. Everything is just a little more streamlined. Needless to say, I was really excited about the changes. It feels like moving the furniture in a room, vacuuming and discovering that the room feels larger.

My blog alacrity doesn’t really transcend to my husband and daughter. They support me and often read my postings, but I can’t really call their reactions enthusiastic. Imagine my surprise when my husband walks in with a billion roses and declares that it is in honor of my new blog template.

At first I thought an alien had abducted the real Tom and then I thought he was just being sarcastic. Neither was true. He really did buy me “flowers” to celebrate changing my “blog’s template” – Hell is probably going to freeze over tonight.

Click on the images to see them BIG and DETAILED

yellow rose yellow rose yellow rose

I am definitely feeling special. I guess he doesn’t realize that the few changes I made to this blog do not even come close to the creation of the other seven blogs. Maybe he is actually apologizing (in a man’s way) for harassing me so terribly when I was creating the other blogs. It doesn’t really matter at this point because I am not giving up the flowers. I do hope, however, that Tom now realizes that blogging is more than sitting down and typing. I’ve made friends, won contests, laughed, cried and feel a little bit of the woman named Sherry coming back to life again.

It is so easy to get lost in between being a mother, wife, sister, aunt, daughter, employee, and church member, paying the bills, cooking, vacuuming, sewing, grocery shopping, washing dishes, laundry, scrubbing floors, cleaning bathrooms, polishing furniture, scrubbing baseboards, and driving hither and tither.

My life is rather chaotic right now.

  • Tomorrow Tom has surgery on his back and it is a good time to do it because
  • he lost his job last week due to downsizing
  • The possibility of Tom not getting another job soon is terrifying
  • I have a giant bookcase that I am fixing for Alyssa standing in the middle of my living room
  • I don’t feel the holiday spirit and everywhere is starting to look and sound like Christmas
  • I have another birthday in less than two months…ick
  • I miss my best friend, my little pooch, Evette, desperately (she passed away September 2008 and she had the same metamorphosis as the Velveteen Rabbit – she became real…human almost)
  • And lastly, my daughter is growing up too fast

Today, I am just basically a mess. So I’m going to smell my yellow flowers and eat a bowl of pecan sprinkled vanilla bean ice cream slathered with chocolate syrup . Isn’t that how you are supposed to drown your misery?

“Without ice cream
life and fame are meaningless.”

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Joanna Jenkins November 30, 2009 at 4:18 am

I'm catching up on my reading after the holidays.

I hope tom's surgery goes well and he has an easy and complete recovery.

Your roses are stunning. What a sweet surprise for you.

And, could you, um, maybe, perhaps, share that ice cream? YUM!

Hang in there.


2 nettagyrl November 30, 2009 at 7:26 am

Hi! =D I've something for you on my blog!


3 Teresha@Marlie and Me November 30, 2009 at 10:22 am

The roses are gorgeous! You deserve them lady! I bet seeing Tom standing there holding them was a sight for sore eyes. I hope all goes well with his back surgery (I'll be praying). I hope things look up for you soon and the holiday spirit finds you.


4 Mommakin November 30, 2009 at 11:52 am

The blog looks great and so do the roses!

Hoping Tom's surgery goes well and that his unemployment is very temporary.

I'm not feeling like Christmas, either. 🙁


5 Michele November 30, 2009 at 12:16 pm

I completely understand about the blog changes…it is nice to move things around every once in a while.

I'm sorry to read about your struggles. It's hard to be in the "holiday spirit" when your own spirit is struggling with all the tough stuff of life.

I hope things get better for you soon! Hang in there! (And best of wishes for your husband's surgery!)


6 Christine aka Mistress of Cakes November 30, 2009 at 6:39 pm

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7 Tracy November 30, 2009 at 7:31 pm

The roses are stunning; yellow roses have always been my favorite.

Enjoy the roses. Enjoy the ice cream. Enjoy Tom and your daughter. Even enjoy the sadness for a bit (I know that sometimes I just need to give myself some time to feel the sadness before I can move on).

I'm praying for Tom's speedy recovery and job. May you see God bless you and provide for you in big and unexpected ways.


8 Nancy Campbell November 30, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Gorgeous flowers. Sending Tom and you good wishes and prayers.

Everybody is entitled to an off day…embrace it, and enjoy the ice cream.


9 Coupon Clippin' Mommy November 30, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Beautiful flowers!
I'm following from MBC. I hope you will check out my blog when you get a chance.


10 bluecottonmemory November 30, 2009 at 9:46 pm

You lucky girl! Yellow roses! My favorite are yellow with fuscia around the tips!

You have done an amazing job with your MEGA-BLOG! I love how easy it is to connect with other bloggers also.

BTW, I want a grab and go button on my blog (wordpress) but am unsure how to get one. Is that a price upgrade because if it is, then I want that for Christmas! I can grab other buttons and upload, but I cannot make one to upload. Since you are the apparent Queen of MEGA-BLOG, I thought, then that it is fair to assume, you KNOW EVERYTHING!

Cheer up -I'm going to need someone to be stably buoyant so I can go under for a bit!


11 bluecottonmemory November 30, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I'll be praying for your husband, too! And you – you'll need that,too! Be blessed!


12 Unknown Mami November 30, 2009 at 11:18 pm

I love the changes you made.

I'm glad you got the flowers.

I'm wishing Tom luck and a speedy recovery.

I'm sending you cheer.


13 Julie December 1, 2009 at 12:04 am

Eat all the ice cream it takes to make you feel like less of a mess! Hope the surgery goes well, and things get less chaotic soon.


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