Archive | July 2008

Doghouse Stories


Men can’t help themselves!
“My boyfriend and I had a huge fight the other day.  We had gone to a party with some friends and there was this woman there who had obviously had breast surgery.  I didn’t know they made them that big and apparently neither did my boyfriend. Anyway, he couldn’t take his eyes off her chest and to make matters worse, he walked over to her to get a closer view.  I was furious!  We didn’t talk the whole way home.  He slept on the couch that night.  The next day, when I got home from work, there were cutout footprints taped to the floor leading to the bedroom.  On the nightstand were a dozen long stemmed roses and a bottle of champagne.  Over the bed was a sign that said,  “I am sorry , will you please forgive me?”  He was lying in the bed and wearing one of those plastic “boobie” costume.  I laughed so hard, that I had to give in.  Men really can’t help themselves. Hey, I looked too!”
Jenny, Cincinnati, Ohio

Relationships are a puzzle
“After a particularly big fight, I decided that just saying “I’m sorry” wasn’t going to be enough.  I took a picture of myself holding a sign that said I’m sorry and I love you.  I cut up the picture and sent it to him with a note that said,  “Relationships can be such a puzzle sometime.  Put this one together to reveal the message.   He called me when he put it together and said “I hate it when we fight.  I love you, will you marry me?” That was eight years ago and we now have two children, a dog, a parakeet and live in the suburbs.”
G. Ross, Philadelphia, PA

The way to a man’s heart…
“When we first got married, we bought a brand-new car which was the car my husband usually drove.  He was a salesman and needed it for business so I got to drive the pickup truck.  On Saturdays  and Sundays I got to drive it.  The second Sunday I drove it, I wrecked it.  I knew he was going to be really mad because he had to leave early the next morning.  He was! We rented a car from one of those el cheapo car places (the only place we could find open).  When he left I went to the florist and ordered a bunch of I’m sorry and I love you balloons to send to him at work.  He was soooooooo embarrassed, but it did soften him up a little.  It didn’t hurt that I had dinner waiting and greeted him wearing only a bow tie and served him bow-tie pasta.  We had dessert in bed.  Needless to say, he didn’t stay mad.  This is now a ritual and whenever one of us gets in the doghouse, the other gets to do the cookin’…”
Donna, Zion, Ill

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Results of the Doghouse Survey


And the Survey Said…

These are the results of the “Get Out of the Doghouse” Survey. They are based upon more than 1,000 responses received.

Between ages of: Women Men
 
15-25 16% 13%
26-35 29% 32%
36-50 34% 32%
51+ 16% 20%
No answer 5% 3%
 
Ethnicity:  
African American 20% 16%
Caucasian 38% 46%
Hispanic 30% 30%
Other 8% 6%
No answer 4% 2%
 
Frequency:  
More often 8% 38%
Less often 61% 35%
About the same 13% 22%
Never 19% 7%
 
Men and women differ on the tactics they use to “Get Out of the Doghouse.”
 
  Women Men
 
Communicate/Apologize 37% 30%
Buy Flowers 5% 28%
Cook 16% 5%
Sex 11% 8%
Other 34% 29%

For women, “other” included wearing something sexy, spray his favorite perfume on the phones and all through the house, buy him a romantic car, let him watch his favorite TV show, let time pass, do something he wants, tell him how cute his is when he’s angry.

For men, “other” included write her a poem, make her a bubble bath, do what she wants to do, take her to dinner, a movie, night on the town, give her a massage, and “beg” for forgiveness.

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Women Want Flowers, Men Want Sex…


Women Want Flowers, Men Want Sex…
By Heidi Richards Mooney

So says the survey in recognition of National Doghouse Repairs Month® and National Get out of the Doghouse Day® we conducted at Eden Florist & Gift Baskets in Miramar, Florida. According to the survey “talking it out” is still the best way that men and women get out of the doghouse. However, when it came to individual responses, they each had very different answers and strategies for settling their differences, some more creative than others. One woman responded, “that’s easy, women want flowers, men want sex!

Of the 1,000+ men and women surveyed, men between the ages of 26 and 50 said they were in the doghouse more often than their significant other. Most men said they were in the doghouse an average of 4 to 6 times a year compared to women who responded once a year or less. While the results may not be surprising to some, (many women thought it was obvious that “men are in the doghouse more often than women“) men say that sometimes they don’t even know how they got there in the first place!

My staff and I found it entertaining and fun to discover what lengths people would go to get out of the doghouse. For example, some of the responses men gave were to “buy her flowers, a card, jewelry or something expensive; beg like a dog; cook her dinner; and even apologize.” Some men think they are always in the doghouse, and a few even answered that they are never in the doghouse. The ones who said never, also admitted that they had been in several relationships and had learned from their past mistakes.

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Flower Trivia – Answer to Yesterday’s Question


The Orchid

Confucius acknowledged orchids saying, “the association with a superior person is like entering a hall of orchids”. In 1595 a Chinese flower-arranging book “A Treatise of Vase Flowers” by Chang Ch’ien -te said orchids were in the top ranking of desirability.

The orchid is also the World’s Most Diverse Plant Family

There are between 30,000 and 40,000 species of Orchids making them the  world’s most diverse plant family. Almost every month new species are found and documented and very often they are found to be a completely new genus.  (source: Bella Online)
And the world’s most Popular Orchid is the Phalaenopsis. In fact, more phalaeonopsis orchids are grown and sold than any other type in the world. They come in a wide variety of colors from whites to vivid purples and blooms can last up to four months.  
You can learn more about orchids at Orchids Usa 
You can order Orchid plants and flowers at Eden Florist

Flower Trivia


 

I have gathered a posie of other men’s flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own. John Bartlett

Wear me in your next corsage;
Expensive and exotic;
Sophisticated colour scheme;
My spots and streaks may sometimes seem;
Amazingly quixotic.

 What flower am I? 

Answer will be posted tomorrow.

Flowers and Colors Video


Many thanks to Jami Lin, author of Color Alchemy for allowing me to share my program Flowers and Colors ~ The Secrets to Creating Moods Through One of Nature’s Greatest Gifts.

This program was Created for The International Color Alchemy Web Conference and have I included it here. You can view it at Eden Florist.

When you are finished watching the video, be sure to check out the PETALS Personality Test. It’s a lot of fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Heidi