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weed quote

Mom’s computer is FILLED with weeds! There are six, seven, sometimes ten versions of each weed. She works hard to get the virtues of her weeds discovered. So far, no good. But she is never discouraged. Mom loves weeds. She works with them and revises them, and the whole time she appreciates their beauty. …because why be a writer if you’re not enjoying the writing and not loving what you write?!

Mom appreciates her weedsΒ AND the ones that grow on the lawns around our building.


She says, “OMG. This story is so cute.” and “I should send this out somewhere.” and “Don’t eat the flowers. I mean weeds. I mean flowers.”


They’re weeds….

Weeds are relative.

white weeds

Definitely weeds….

Sometimes, Mom sends her ugly weed stories to her critique group or RYS. They are helpful and encouraging. Then she gets more ideas and she either fixes the weeds to make them bloom into flowers, or she digs into a new piece and starts nurturing it along.Β  Book #2 or ebook #2 might be right around the corner.

Right around the corner from the purple weeds, are probably…

purple weeds

….more weeds….


But that’s OK. One man’s weed is another man’s flower.




Comments on: "Inspirational Quote of the Week" (69)

  1. Okay, I’m just going to be the cheeky one and say it: I think “some” people might have discovered the “virties” of weed. He he he he he he!

  2. There is some weeds that my dog Peanut could do without. She says they’re the ones that start off looking like clovers and little yellow flowers, but then comes those sticker balls that like to get stuck in her hair and paws whenever she walks on those weeds. Not fun

    • Yikes! Peanut is right. Sticky weeds would be a problem! Mom and I like weeds we can work with.

      Love and licks,

  3. Your Mom is smart about her “weeds” – there are some beautiful weeds out there and it just takes the right person to SEE them as flowers and beautiful in their own right. Your Mom is a great writer – weeds have HAPPY faces too!

    Love, Sammy

    • Katie Isabella said:

      Sammy is right. Weeds are seemingly or indeed without virtue when they are displayed by someone who has difficulty knowing how to cultivate them. In the right hands however, with the careful “gardner” they bloom according to their heritage, and leave a lasting fragrance.

    • You know it, S and KI. Appreciating the good in the weeds takes a certain ability to see beyond and to take good care. These are things we are good at!

      Love and licks,

  4. hannahandlucy said:

    Our Mum doesn’t like weeds in the garden so she sprays them.

  5. Cupcake that face of yours….i think your Mum knows her weeds..once discarded but now many are grown for their hidden benefits..i know here that if it grows well..and really quickly it is a weed..only a weed here can survive the harsh embrace that weed! Thankyou also for your lovely words for our Forrest..he is missed terribly..but all the love is being appreciated here…down under..where weeds rule πŸ™‚ Loves Fozziemum xx

    • Of course, you would relax and let the weeds rule, FM. Your neighborhood is always the real deal. We will miss Forrest, too. He was a good egg. Hang in there. xoxo

      Love and licks,

      • I think you may be right Cupcake..and you know what that saying is one we use ALL the time here..a good egg indeed..Loves Fozziemum xxx

  6. Weeds are underestimated. Roses have thorns. They’re not weeds. Dandelions start out as puffs and you can make a wish. (Koda bites them then coughs and the puff fills the air. Make a wish, Koda). Roses. Thorns. Dandelions. Wishes. Go figure. Keep at it. Your wish can’t be to far around the puffy corner. 😍

    • Thanks, for the good wishes about good wishes, G. Koda is a boy after my own heart. Taste it first and ask questions later! That theory works for me!

      Love and licks,

  7. maybe weed is a new computer system? I mean we have apple too, so why not weed? or weedows? I agree when people read our stories, you can get a lot of more and new ideas… it’s interesting how different people see our story and how they understand our words…

  8. Your Mom is good to nurture her weeds. I love the quote!

  9. I like the quote too. Just like plants, some weeds are really pretty and some are a pain. Great post.

  10. Weeds are flowers that have had the misfortune of sprouting in the wrong spot. Here’s to seeing the beauty in all that we grow!

    • Exactly! The definition that I am familiar with is ” A weed is a flower growing where you didn’t want it to grow.”

    • Thanks, P and C and R. Mom likes to believe that her stories are just in the wrong place at the wrong time – just like the weeds you’re talking about.

      Love and licks,

  11. fredrieka said:

    Recognizing a weed is the hard part. Many beautiful flowers came from weeds.Your mom’s weeds are a beautiful bouquet of blooming ideas bring out the sweet savor of life.

    • Thanks, F. I like how you said they’re blooming and beautiful. That’s always what Mom hopes…

      Love and licks,

  12. My mom would say a weed is something her son needs to pull from her garden if he wants to get fed later!

  13. One man’s weed is potential wine! (Just don’t put any of those dandelions on my salad. Whoever started that trend many years ago is not cool in my book.)

    • Ha! Wine AND salad. Thanks for the reminder that weeds can also be useful and versatile. Mom had some dandelion greens in her salad this afternoon!

      Love and licks,

  14. You mom is too clever, Cupcake. We always thought weeds were perennials that we didn’t buy. Her thoughts seem far more sensible. πŸ˜‰

  15. You look very nice in that top photo! Yellow is SOOOOO you!



  16. When Mom was a child there were Queen Ann’s Lace growing in that magical spot near the back of her yard. She was shocked later on when she found out they are considered weeds. Colin (colinandray) blogged about preconceptions. Mom may have never seen the beauty in those weed flowers if she had known they were just weeds.

    • I guess that’s why they say ignorance is bliss, L. It’s always best to look with your heart and not just your eyes. I’m happy your mom was a creative, independent thinker.

      Love and licks,

  17. There is a certain beauty to some weeds!

  18. I adore Dandelions and just recently did a post talking about how I grew up with them. I really enjoyed your post and the pup and the yellow beauties. See:

    • Thanks! We LOVE your dandelion post and poem. Around here, they don’t bother killing our weeds. All the more reason to accept and appreciate them!

      Love and licks,

  19. Sometimes with just the right amount of pruning, weeds can become the most beautiful plants in the garden. I have a feeling your mom is a great pruner!

  20. You is the prettiest flower in all them photos Cupcake.
    Love Chicken 🐾

  21. And remember, that dandelion weed is usually the first food that bees get in the Spring, and they need all the help they can get!

  22. Hi Cupcake! *waves to cupcake* Mom says the only differences between a flower and a weed is that weeds are usually way more plentiful and usually no one likes them. Weeds can bloom and some are actually pretty. However, many weeds are hard to get rid of because of their strong and evasive root system. I like your mom’s comparison.


    • Thanks, S. Your mom is right. Flower weeds and Mom’s writing weeds live on. And on. And on. And on….

      Love and licks,

  23. We are so right on together. I just posted about these wonderful flowers referred to as weeds. I included a simple recipe my grandmother used for the greens. Enjoyed your thoughts.

  24. LovableLobo said:

    May your garden grow, Cupcake, weeds and all!

  25. Mom is absolutely right and we could all learn a thing or two from her attitude. Keep up the good work, Mom!

  26. Marty the Manx said:

    Yep Cupcake, one man’s weeds area another man’s flowers. Happy Mother’s day to your wonderful Mama!
    Marty and the Gang

  27. Great analogy! πŸ™‚ I like dandelions when they are yellow – not poofy. πŸ™‚

  28. Most of our front lawn is filling with white violets. Some say they’re weeds. Like, I’m thinking the neighbours might be cursing my peep right about now ’bout them but no matter for I, Seville the Cat, say they’re flowers.


  29. Some weeds are very pretty. And they’re usually very easy to grow!

    • So true, C. That’s why they grow around my house. Otherwise, Mom would kill them with her black thumb.

      Love and licks,

  30. That’s a very good comparison, Cupcake. Granny doesn’t allow us (Grandpaw and me) to gather the weeds out of the garden, because she loves them too and they are so lucky because they have sown themselves πŸ˜€ Pawkisses for a Happy Day πŸ™‚ ❀

    • Thanks, Little B. Granny is smart that way. Those weeds worked hard to get themselves a good spot to grow. They should be allowed to live their lives.

      Love and licks,

  31. What a great story Cupcake and as always you and Mom make it just so interesting. I also love weeds and the beautiful flowers they have, especially Dandelions. I just love the quote and mom is definitely right. πŸ˜€ β™₯

    • Thanks, S. Mom and I especially enjoy dandelions, too! Yellow is Mom’s favorite color, so dandelions and buttercups are her favorite flowers. I mean weeds. I mean flowers…. Ugh.

      Love and licks,

      • Yellow is a beautiful color as it brightens up everything. You also brighten up everything around you, so I think we must call you a flower as well. You’re definitely no weed. πŸ˜† β™₯

  32. Colliesofthemeadow said:

    We love watering the weeds! -the collies

  33. Dandelions are everywhere! I consider them weeds too, but the city doesn’t spray them with killer anymore because that hurts the bumble bees which I love, so I’ve learned to embrace the dang things. I pick and pick and pick, but they’re very tenacious. At least they’re yellow. I do love yellow ❀

  34. What an original, unique blog! Really glad I found you!

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