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What do you think? Wasteful? Not?

Yesterday morning I went to pick up some mid-week groceries. You know, the kind that doesn't really fall under the: "OH MY, we have nothing to eat at home", but does fall under: "Are we out of milk and eggs already?".  So at the entrance to the store there were buckets and buckets of flowers. They weren't my favorite kinds (not Hydrangeas, or Peonies or other such varieties), but still, they were so abundant, singing to me as I entered the store. I could feel my mouth watering and I kept picking up packs of them and putting them back in the buckets, dreaming of combinations.  Finally I forced myself to move on and I packed my cart with the items I came for.

At the cash register things were going slow. Very slow. Yep, about five minutes into the wait I grabbed my bag, left my cart in line and dashed over to those buckets. I had already figured out combinations, so I knew exactly which packs to grab. Dripping water I ran back to my cart at the line just in time to unload and pay. 

I got home and spent the next half hour putzing with the flowers. I love putzing, especially with flowers.  These are a few of them.

 The tulips went in the bathroom. 

You would think that's the end of the story but here's the catch... I've been ridden with guilt about having spent all this money on flowers.  Did I really need them? In less than a week they'll be gone anyway.  And why did I buy more than one pack? On and on.  

So what do you think? Wasteful or not?

Kelly  – (November 18, 2010 at 10:02 AM)  

Not wasteful at all if you are enjoying them. If you live in the northern half of the US, it is already dark and dreary. The flowers are bright and cheerful. Enjoy them while they last. BTW... you did a beautiful job arranging them.

Beth in IL  – (November 18, 2010 at 10:35 AM)  

They look lovely. When I buy flowers I tend to just shove them into a vase with water and I am done. My dd likes to arrange them and I love it when she does. So no, the flowers aren't wasteful. They add beauty to you life.

deanna7trees  – (November 18, 2010 at 1:57 PM)  

not at all wasteful. your emotional health is as important as your physical health and flowers are so uplifting. I would use them to dye fabric when they are spent.

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure  – (November 18, 2010 at 3:54 PM)  

Some days a splurge on beauty is just what the soul needs. It needs feeding just like stomaches do, after all.

Suztats  – (November 19, 2010 at 9:55 AM)  

Did they bring you pleasure? Did they make you smile every time you walked by? Lift your spirits with their beauty and their scent? Did they provide a feeling of abundance? A feeling of enchantment, and wonder at the joy they provided? If so, how can it be a waste?

Elmsley Rose  – (November 19, 2010 at 12:31 PM)  

Buying flowers can never be wasteful!
They bring a breathe of beauty into your home - all the more because they are only temporary.

I like your "Australian" arrangement, and of course, the tulips!

Orna Willis  – (November 19, 2010 at 1:19 PM)  

Thank you, thank you, all! You have made me feel better. Guilt, yuck, what an unnecessary emotion!

Dolores  – (November 23, 2010 at 6:49 AM)  

Buying flowers for yourself is not wasteful. It brings beauty to your surroundings. Just think of the money people burn every time they light up a cigarette. Now that's wasteful.

My Mother's Samplers  – (November 23, 2010 at 7:41 PM)  

Nothing that gives you pleasure and hurts no one else is ever sinful or wasteful.

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