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Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, Montclair NJ

Published May 30, 2022 by Maryanne
Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta
Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta
My husband, Dennis Mistretta

The iris is, by far, my favorite flower. And iris season is so short-lived here in New Jersey, from mid-May to the very beginning of June, then it’s done. The Presby Memorial Iris Garden in Montclair, New Jersey is a wonderful place for iris lovers, like myself, to visit. I’ve been here so many times over the years. It just never gets old.

Today was a hot and gorgeous day in New Jersey and I ended up taking almost 50 photos of the irises, but the two I chose to feature were my favorites, along with the one I took of my husband, of course.

For more information on Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, visit: https://www.presbyirisgardens.org/

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Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

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Happy May!

Published May 1, 2021 by Maryanne
Acrylic painting by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

It’s been a long time since I last blogged.

The last few months were life-changing to say the least. I’ve been a professional writer most of my adult life. At the beginning of the year I was writing for several magazines and blogging. As a writer, it’s a gift that comes from a higher place. I write so people understand me, as if I’m speaking to a friend. That said, I write fast.

As every professional writer knows, there’s a business side to it. The dark side where you have to ask your client, “Where is my pay?” When clients disrespect this and don’t pay you on time, it’s frustrating to have to be a collection agent, for money you earned. So with that, I’ve decided to stop writing professionally so much; and to see it more as an art. After I made that decision, I began writing more poetry. I felt a creative spark in me that I haven’t felt in a long time. Writing for me — not for money. What a great concept!

Then I said to myself, what could be my next career move? I’m too young to retire. So, I began taking classes to become a certified feline behaviorist. I am so good with cats, especially feral ones. Six lessons in, I’ve gotten all high grades of 95 and 100. If I can prevent just one family from bringing their cat back to a shelter, my work is done.

I also took art classes. I do not see myself making art as a career, but I LOVE it! It’s just something I like to do and am finally making the time for it again. Enjoy the painting. It’s supposed to be a purple iris. I chose “purple” because it represents royalty and independence; in honor of my always supportive husband, who treats me like royalty and respects my independance.

I am blessed.

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is available for blogging, editing, and writing. She is also available for book signings and motivational speaking engagements (via ZOOM during covid). She is now coaching aspiring writers via ZOOM.

Maryanne is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: Love Cats

The Flowers of Romance

Published February 9, 2016 by Maryanne

valentines

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and like every year, here come the haters ruining it for the rest of us with their anti-Valentine’s Day rants.

So, once again, I say, get over yourselves, Dear Joy Killers.

Yeah, we don’t need a special holiday to dictate how we feel, but don’t forget St. Valentine was a cool saint, number one, and number two, whenever a whole slew of people are on the same vibe/wavelength, it promotes incredible energy from the universe. So if couples are getting engaged, married or just celebrating their first Valentine’s Day together, it’s a euphoric thrill to bask on that cool/crazy energy. Valentine’s Day isn’t until Sunday, but I’m feeling the groove already.

But haters prevail. Just as we flipped the calendar to read “February” — and so began the “me-me-me” tirades.

As if women aren’t ungrateful enough for the kind things their boyfriends/husbands will do for them, now the latest in Valentine’s hating is the newest generation of feminists dissing on flowers.

And so they moan:

“They’re too expensive.”

“They die.”

“I’d rather have a dinosaur bouquet.” (An ugly dust collector made of polyester — toxic for the environment. And at $39.99, you can definitely get a cheaper flower bouquet).

Then, the most ridiculous reason of all — “Giving flowers means he’s apologizing for doing something bad.”

Give me a break! Just because giving flowers could be a beautiful peace treaty, don’t insult the intelligence and kindness of a good man who gives flowers “just because.”

Just a mere 13 years ago I was still single (and still working in an office) and my boyfriend at the time unexpectedly sent a bouquet to my office — for no reason at all. I was thrilled.

A co-worker saw them and commented, “Was he bad?”

I didn’t know what she meant by that. I thought she was making an S&M reference, so I said, “yeah” and winked at her. Not realizing, at the time, she was making a catty remark; that a guy wouldn’t do such a nice thing. Then it dawned on me later. I could never look that woman in the eye again. That kind of negativity towards men is not for me.

I feel so sorry for those types of women — the man haters, the feminists, and the distrusting who always think a nice gesture has an an ulterior motive. These women will never be happy in the romance department. And the sad thing is, I’m sure many of them are hooked up with poor slobs who will never be appreciated; the kind of guys who can’t do enough for them.

But, I’m an old-fashioned kind of girl who loves flowers! My husband and I often give each other flowers “just because.” They’re pretty. They make the house smell nice. And, yes, they die, but that’s symbolic of the circle of life.

Last fall I treated myself and put a bouquet of flowers in my home office. When they dried out, I left them because they still looked pretty. Then my husband surprised me with new “winter style” bouquet. And then after that a brighter one, as we were enjoying a very mild New Jersey winter so the bright flowers looked absolutely gorgeous as the sun beat through the window.

After four years of marriage, and 10 years together, I am still madly in love with my husband; and incredibly happy for everyone around me who is madly in love with their significant others. (And appreciates old fashioned romantic gestures). ❤

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “Love Cats” (where the lead character, Beck, is a GREAT GUY!) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513