Friday, July 20, 2007

I heart orange

Maybe it is age. I'm not sure. As I get older I am drawn to more vibrant colors. My current favorite is orange. I love it. I love orange flowers, orange clothes, orange food, everything orange. Everyday when I get home I changed clothes and put on a pair of orange Crocs. Yesterday I had a matching orange shirt on. And I wore an orange hat during field work. On Tuesday I ordered a flaming orange halter swim top from Lands End which I will wear on vacation while kayaking in my orange Crocs. I hope they have an orange kayak.

After years of wearing a lot of black and brown, it feels strange to me to be drawn to these vibrant colors. I even have started liking bright spring green. How cool will my orange halter swimsuit look with a pair of lime green swim shorts? Or a poppy red swim bottom? I keep thinking of that Sandra Martz book about being an old woman and wearing purple. I can totally see it happening.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I read your post, I was thinking of the red hat ladies, but you are much too young for that! Enjoy the color, though.

This morning, I was thinking of orange marigolds (my favorite) and bright blue some kind of bright blue flowers for outside my door next spring.

5:06 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

When orange comes in the form of a zinnia, who can resist? I too am enjoying the resurgance of popularity of orange and the other brights, but my favorite is bright leaf green.

I'm all for purple and red, but it kind of creeps me out that the point of purple and red is to demonstrate individuality, but everyone is wearing the red hat....

Kayaking rocks, enjoy :-)


9:12 PM  
Blogger Faith said...

I'm not surprised you love orange. It's a very summery color! I do have to say, though, that I like orange a lot, too. When we get a house (whenever that is), I'd like to paint a room orange. Maybe a powder room or something.

10:19 PM  
Blogger cyndy said...

Is that your Tithonia? I find the stems of the plant to be so soft and fuzzy smooth, and it is behaving nicely as a cut flower.

Like Picasso's Blue Period, perhaps you are entering your Orange ;-)

8:04 AM  
Blogger El said...

My daughter really wanted a pair of orange glasses. She loves orange, too. Of course, I got her a pair of sedate black ones.

A kayaking vacation! I adore kayaking, you're so much more a part of the water than when you're canoeing. We've done the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in MN in kayaks and in canoes: kayaks are better. Have a great time. (And I would get the green swim shorts.)

9:12 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I adore orange, too. When I was in HS, I had an orange anorak from JCrew... I lived in that thing, and just gave it to the goodwill rather recently. I would have sent it your way, instead. ;)

These days, I tend to just wear khaki and navy, but my new favorite skirt is magenta batik.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Petunia's Gardener said...

there is a store near by that only sells black & white stuff, maybe some gray. Like you, though, I'm finding I like the more colorful stuff elsewhere. I have a favorite orange marigold in the garden from seeds I collected years ago. I dont' even know the variety, but fortunately I can collect more seeds each year.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Weird... I was just wondering where all of this orange in my garden came from as I checked out my orange canna lilies, orange cosmos, orange buttefly weed, etc. I don't think it has quite translated to my closet yet, but I suddenly want some orange Crocs. :)

10:43 PM  
Blogger kris said...

I like color - but orange is really horrible on me! Good for you that you can wear it and have fun with it.
A kayak vacation sounds fabulous! I am simply amazed at how much fun we are having with ours - someone should have told me years ago!!!

12:32 AM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

It isn't really a kayak vacation. It is renting a house on the sound in Hatteras that comes with kayaks, so maybe two hours a day out in the water, but not a serious, kayak from point to point, action vacation. We are far too lazy. How much beer could you possibly pack along in a kayak?

11:15 AM  
Blogger kris said...

(oh - a vacation with kayaks and lots of beer - yes, definitely better!!)

11:53 PM  
Blogger ellen said...

You might have loved my orange counter tops in my 70's kitchen! I do like orange, but I have to admit that I am glad those counter tops are history! Now if I could only get rid of my 70's plaid carpet. It's not in the near future to replace that carpet, and I would probably become all anal about dirt, mud and dog hair if I had new carpets!
Love seeing pictures of your garden. I have the loveliest yellow squash this year called Butter is the brightest yellow I've ever seen in a squash, not at all like the washed out yellow in the crookneck variety.
Happy gardening!

1:38 PM  
Blogger woof nanny said...

I love zinnias, and I love orange.

10:49 PM  

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