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Friday, February 1, 2013

Focus on Life (5/52) - Flower Socks

Way back when, when we were newly married, young and very poor, my husband surprised me with a pair of socks.  He explained he'd thought of buying me flowers.  But he knew how cold I'd been, trying to adjust to a Missouri winter.  So he splurged on a pair of fancy knitted wool socks instead. 

They became known as my 'Flower Socks' and every time I wore them we both smiled.  One of those lovely inside jokes. 

Fast forward to this week and Sally Russick's latest Focus on Life challenge: to find and photograph hearts in our every day lives.  Specifically, Capture our Hearts.

I immediately thought of those Flower Socks, still tucked away in the back of my drawer.  They've been joined by lots of other fun socks over the years: quirky socks, bright bold oh-my-gosh socks and of course, cuddly warm socks.

Like the pair above, a Christmas gift from Mom last year, photographed with my new (purple) boots.  I went shopping earlier this week hoping to replace my very-worn pair of black lace-up boots and brought these home instead.  A definite splurge since I still need new black boots.  But how could I resist!?  'I could always return them' I assured myself.  Which was a lie, because I knew when Joe saw them he'd smile and say I should definitely keep them. 

another Christmas gift - from two of my best friends - skulls & hearts, aargh!

And yes, my husband does on occasion bring home flowers (but never when they're expected, which is as it should be). 


35 comments:

  1. I love your story. I love how your husband was really thinking about something nice for you. The socks are adorable and I love that shot of the socks and boots (I wouldn't return them either).

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  2. Love the story about your socks-what a sweet and thoughtful gesture from your husband. I also really like the pair that your mom gave you with your cool new purple boots!

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  3. I just love the sentiment in your story! Isn't it amazing that that simplist of gifts has created such a vivid memory?! Your boots ROCK!

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    1. Thanks! They were indeed the perfect gift at the perfect time. And I wore my boots today! :)

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  4. Gorgeous shot, Karen! The colour and focus is just wonderful. I'm another lover of crazy socks...never thought to check my collection, but I bet there's some heart socks there too! Although...I think your socks really belong with my shoes! :-)

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    1. Thanks Lori, I had a lot of fun working with Photoshop Express, applying different filters to get the look I wanted for the photo.

      Glad to meet another crazy sock person! :)

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  5. Unexpected flowers are the best, with unexpected and incredibly thoughtful "flower socks" being even better! Lovely story!

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  6. What a sweet memory and perfect for this week! I love the skull hearts!

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  7. Your husband is a romantic! And your socks are so fun with your new purple boots.

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  8. I love how you vignetted the shot of the boots and socks. Those boots are fabulous and the story was so "heart" warming. So loving a husband, lucky girl!

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  9. Surprise gifts are the best.
    Great boots!

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  10. What awesome purple boots! There is nothing better than warm and crazy wild colored socks. My grandkids always wear two different color socks... apparently kids don't like matching socks these days! Who would have known? Personally I will take matching hearts.

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    1. Hah! Socks these days don't need to match, they just need to 'coordinate'.

      Most of mine match, but I do have a threesome from a friend - three socks in the same color scheme, but with different designs. They're in the ' bright bold oh-my-gosh' category.

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  11. And they say a socks gift is heartless! Your story is very sweet (and please don't return those boots, purple is just perfect!)

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    1. A gift is only heartless when no thought has been given to the receiver. My feet are always cold and those fancy wool socks were a godsend and one of my treasured possessions.

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  12. What a sweet memory and story... love the boots!
    jenni

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  13. i am such a sock girl - i dare not share my collection *gulp*
    a very sweet story this week :)
    no. 26

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  14. Those socks are the best love letter ever!! Thanks for posting them.

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  15. The flower socks are a great story.

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  16. How adorable! (especially with the boots) What a great story.

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  17. such a nice story! so much more thoughtful that he thought of what you needed vs just bringing home the expected - now that's love. very sweet

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  18. Your husband sounds wonderful, he makes me smile. Yes, flowers and gifts carry more meaning when they are spur of the moment - not expected. I love that you two share a secret smile. :) (and you should NOT return those purple boots! Love them)

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  19. Fabulous story - what a sweet husband - and LOVE the purple boots!

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  20. Don't you just love husbands....lol! How sweet of him. My husband and I have some INSIDE jokes.....and oh yeah, purple is my color......love,love,love the boots

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  21. Awesome story and thanks for sharing that! Love those socks :)

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  22. What a cute story!! Thanks so much for sharing it...I really enjoyed it!

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  23. Karen, I love the story of the Flower Socks, your husband sounds like a sweetHEART! I love the composition of the boot photo!

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  24. I have heart socks never would have thought of photographing them... I made my son a star sweater when he was three ... I knitted a heart purse once but doubt if a picture exists! Love the skulland crossbone socks!

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  25. Hubby's can be so thoughtful, and you got one of the keepers!

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  26. Hi Karen,
    I enjoyed your story of the love your hubby has for you in that he got you a pratical gift to keep your feet warm (warm feet, warm heart) I like the querkyness of the socks they seem to fit your personality which is awesome.
    Therese

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  27. What a great story, loving the heart socks

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  28. What a sweet story who knew socks could put a smile on your face? : )

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