Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Mothers Day Suggestions from Audrey Bloom - with a giveaway!


Character: Audrey Bloom
Series: Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries
Author Beverly Allen

Audrey Bloom here, with a reminder that you have eleven days until Mother’s Day. Normally I’d be telling you how many wonderful flowers we have in our Ramble, VA, shop, the Rose in Bloom, and how we could arrange them especially for your mother. 

Used with permission, © Roland Fischer, Zürich (Switzerland) – Mail notification to: roland_zh(at)hispeed(dot)ch / Wikimedia Commons

But this year is a little different.

I’m not saying that we have no flowers, but with supply chains in many states drying up and some international shipments halted, well, our cooler is a little bare. Thank goodness Larry’s greenhouse is full! We’ll fill as many orders as we can for delivery or curbside pickup, but after that…here are some suggestions.

If we or your other local florist cannot fill your Mother’s Day order, consider buying a gift certificate. Most florists, like other small business owners, are struggling right now. Your gift will give the florist a boost of needed capital while letting your mom pick out something nice, when things are a little more back to normal.

     
Used with permission, Matthew Hoelscher from Doral,
Florida, USA. / CC BY-SA (https://
creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)
Make Mom a nice fruit basket. (Extra points if you can get your produce from local farmers!) Consider it an edible bouquet. Those who know me know I like to make arrangements based on the old Victorian language of flowers, but did you know they also included fruit in their bouquets—and various fruits, and even vegetables, had meanings, too? 

     For example, apples meant temptation (possibly based on Eve in the Garden of Eden). Corn represented riches. Cranberry was a cure for heartache. Cucumbers represented criticism (maybe you could sneak that one into that certain mother-in-law’s basket). Olives suggested peace, while pineapples signified perfection. Mom may also appreciate the extra groceries, especially if she’s not venturing into the store.

          Order Mom take-out from her favorite restaurant. Deliver it to her porch or have it delivered using a service. It’s also a great way to support your local restaurants. Get yourself some too and have a family dinner over Zoom, or some other medium.

          Have a special gift delivered. But hurry up! Shipping takes longer than we might be used to.

         Of course, you could also give her that club pack of toilet paper you’ve been hoarding…or maybe a book!

   
Giveaway: One commenter below will win their choice of either a paperback or ebook version of For Whom the Bluebell Tolls, book 2 in the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery Series. (My county is a current hotspot for the Corona virus and I'm not going out at all, so I'll be sending the prize directly from Amazon.)

Just leave your email address in a safe format in the comments below, along with any other suggestions you  might have for Mother's Day. A winner will be chosen at noon on Saturday, May 2nd, to give you time to enter. Please comment only once.

Why this book? Ramble is loosely based on the small town of Berryville, VA. When the publisher asked me for ideas for the cover for this book, I sent them a picture taken from the Facebook page of Sponseller's Flower Shop, with flowers on display and looking through the window onto Main Street of Berryville. I had visited the shop in person and they were very helpful answering my questions. That flower shop is one of many struggling to obtain flowers--while also trying to keep their employees safe. I'm sure your local florist is, too. Consider that gift certificate!


39 comments:

  1. I've found that gift certificates are always welcome gifts, even when so many businesses are able to operate normally. I've bought a few from my favorite restaurants. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  2. Breakfast is good for me with all the fixings. My husband will do that. I am also is a semi hot spot.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. I’m gonna have a Bath and Body Works order sent to my mom for Mom’s Day. Myself, I’m a techie so my daughter and hubby know not to get me the usual stuff seen in Mother’s Day ads lol, just an Amazon card bought online will be awesome from them 😂. I’m sure anyone would love to get their fave card too or a surprise order delivered from their favorite restaurant Tari H barbie17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  4. I love this series because the characters have evolved instead of remaining stagnant.

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  5. I going to get my mom a bootle of her favorite wine .
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

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  6. Wonderful series which I enjoy. I give my d-i-l gift cards which they appreciate and use for themselves. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. When I give gifts I try to choose unique and practical ones. Now, though, I will be giving gift cards that will be enjoyed. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. We ordered flowers yesterday .. we are 700 miles away from her.

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  9. I'm going to be ordering a CD for my mom and have it shipped directly. She loves music and it will be a nice gift for her. Thanks for the chance! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I've ordered books & crossword puzzles books for my mom.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  11. I am having flowers delivered to my Mother for her special day.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  12. Good suggestions. Thanks
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  13. Flowers are always a great option. Great series, thanks for the chance.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I usually take her out to her favorite restaurant, not this year! Probably cook for her myself and get her a box of chocolates! tWarner419@aol.com

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  15. I got my mom a couple puzzles, a book, and a really cute rolling pin that makes cat impressions on whatever you roll out. I'll probably make her dinner too.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. I have only my last surviving Aunt who is also my Godmother still with us. We will get together for lunch and maybe a shopping trip when the situation improves. She is 88 and her safety means more than anything I could buy right now. egoehner(at)roadrunner(dot)com

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  17. I purchased a shopping mall gift card.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  18. I take my mother to a local wholesale nursery that opens on Saturdays for retail sales and let her pick whatever she wants to fill her flower beds. The wholesale prices are great! My sister and I split the cost and enable my mother to completely fill her flower beds without the worry of wondering how she'll pay for all of it! We will be going Saturday - can't wait.

    This series is new to me - would love to read it!
    jwhite410(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. Sharon GuagliardoApril 29, 2020 at 4:10 PM

    I loved hearing about the different meanings of fruits. That was fantastic. Thank you. Take Mom for a ride in the car to see the countryside. catwoman-1 at comcast dot net

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  20. A nice long phone call to mom would be good!
    Thanks for the chance.
    Jess
    maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. I love the idea of the fruit/veggie basket! For Mother’s Day, it helps to remember it’s not a happy day for everyone. Some mourn the death of their mother or didn’t/don’t have a good relationship with her. Others desperately wanted to be a mother, but couldn’t be, for whatever reason. Others have children and lost them or are estranged—I have two great sons, but never know from year to year what to expect on Mother’s Day, which is hard for a planner like I am—lol. So while we recognize our wonderful moms (my late mom and my stepmom were/are saints!) just recognize it’s not a happy day for all. Legallyblonde1961@ yahoo.com

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  22. Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

    My mom is deceased but she loved Amazon gift cards and flowers. We usually took her to a Restaurant but there are many delivering now. I don't blame you for not going out...this is a good time for ebooks. Thank you I haven't read this series.

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  23. Thankfully we still have hubby's Mom. She is 90 now and says she doesn't need anything. I use to not understand that, but as I've gotten older, I'm understanding it more with each passing year.

    Even though we try to show and tell people of importance in our lives that we love them, it never hurts to have special days to allow us to express those feeling again. We live in separate states and while we were going up to visit for a couple days every month, we aren't able to do that now. Mom is extremely hard of hearing so phone calls or video calls are impossible. So things have to be in the written form of communication and whereas emails and such are faster, she much prefers to old fashion form of receiving a letter in the mail to enjoy reading over and over the written word.

    Along with my letter writing and with our love of photography, I enclose snapshots of the critters, flowers, garden and such that we are fortunate enough to have on our small plot of land in the Ozark Mountains. This year for Mother's Day, we will be sending up some books that I know she will enjoy along with some circle word books we found dealing with hymns and bible verses. For something to look forward to, we are including a gift certificate to her favorite restaurant telling her that we will be taking her out to eat as soon as it's safe for us to come up.

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "For Whom the Bluebell Tolls"! Can't wait for the opportunity to read more about Audrey Bloom. Shared everywhere and hoping to be the very fortunate one selected.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  24. What a great idea for the gift certificates! I always get my mom flowers for Mother's Day so I'm hoping the local florists will be open.

    jdzchaotickittie (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  25. My mom passed away almost five years ago. No matter what we gave her, she wouldn't use it, saving it for a rainy day, that never seemed to come. However, this is my older daughter's first Mother's Day as a mom and I've been thinking about what I could give her without leaving my house. Thanks for the chance.

    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  26. Love this series so thanks for the chance to win a copy. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. I want to spend the day watching old movies with my mom! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I'm sending my mother a 'care package' including books, chocolates and delicious bath products.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  29. Well, Thanks for letting me learn something new for today, vegetables and fruits have special meanings too. Moms just said they were good for you. I still have my Mom’s two younger sisters, but one is in a local nursing home on lockdown, so no visitors. Residents have no phones so no calls. The other one is in another state with her children. I would love to read “For whom the bluebelles too”. I live in hotspot, but have enjoyed seeing spring blooms on trees and in parks where I live. I enjoy seeing the blooms while driving to pick up food thru suburbs by houses. I pick up flowers or plant, as essential as milk, eggs, fruit, cheese, tea, local paper, when shopping. Debbie Wroble jsister98@gmail.com

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  30. I think flowers are good a good idea and gift certificates are always good for distances.
    Theresa Norris
    weceno at yahoo dot com

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  31. If you can't be with your Mom this year due to this virus AND if she is computer literate, facetiming her on Mother's Day would be wonderful. Also, maybe send her some of her favorite books, coffee, tea, candies, etc from Amazon or somewhere else and have her wait to open it on Mother's Day while you are facetiming her. I miss my Mom terribly..she passed away recently. bentleyboy22(at)comcast(dot)net

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  32. Happy Mothers Day. This is a wonderful idea: getting a gift certificate. I know just the places to get them too.
    I love the cover of this book. I love flowers. :) Thanks for the give a way
    quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

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  33. While my Mom is gone, my sister is a mother and would love to read this book. I have already enjoyed it. She prefers print copies. She is also looking forward to having her hair professionally cut, so I am sending her a salon certificate. She gets skipped over a bit for her birthday which falls on a popular holiday EVE. I like to remember her half birthday with something special.

    LaurasReadingBlog AT gmail DOT com

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  34. Oh goodness my husband went to the local nursery and brought me home my fav tomato plants the cherokee purples so that he can plant them in my raised gardens right near the back door he also found a beautiful orange flowering plant that is hanging and this weekend we are going to the Amish Market just so I can look thru the window and see what they have that is where hubby goes every year and gets the biggest and so pretty hanging flowers. Hubby will be putting in his ness protection and I get to go for a ride. Love that you are giving winners choice of your book. I have RSD and have been battling for 30 plus years and so fingers are crippled so I only buy print books to read and review. Thank you for your post today. Peggy Clayton ptclayton2@aol.com

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  35. My mom is passed. But on Mother's Day my girls usually bake me cookies. I love that. Than you for this chance to win.
    1cow0993(at)gmsil(dot)com

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  36. Appreciate the posts suggestion. So I better get my order in now. Mom loves Lady Godiva chocolate truffles. It has been awhile since she has indulged. So one of those with a potted plant & a gift card for her favorite Mexican food restaurant. deepotter at centurylink dot net

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  37. I'm sending Mother a card and my sister is getting mother a case of Boost for mother from me. Mother had lung cancer & I was with mother for 2 1/2 months. For 2 months I took mother everyday for her Dr. appts, blood work, radiation & chemo treatments,which we finished late Jan. I had to come home the end of Jan. for my grand-daughter's project graduation dinner..then 3 days later I was sick with sinus infection & couldn't be around mother. Thus because it's allergy season for me..my sisters do not want me going back until my allergies. sinuses settle down. I do text, talk & facetime mother. She's been begging me to come back, but she understands we can't take the chance until her immune system is back up or my allergies & sinuses calm down. I'm not doing anything for mother's day..other than seeing my kids & hopefully most all my 14 grands on facetime/ or in text. I told them to take photos!
    nani_geplcs@yahoo.com

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  38. I like to customize gifts to the person. In my mother's case, she loves comfy pj's, slippers, soft sheets and books. I am getting her a couple of different items and putting them together in a gift basket. I am fortunate that my mother lives with me. Happy Mother's Day! Doodlesink(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  39. Such a wonderful sounding cozy! Our gift this year for the Moms and Stepmoms is going to be a zoom video calls so they can see us and their grandkids. Plus the usual cards and gifts. I get so wrapped up in the traditional phone call that I forget about the tech advances that make it possible to see and hear family that are far away or social distancing for health reasons.

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