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A work space brightened with bouquets

September 23, 2012
By JANICE R. KIASKI - Herald-Star community editor ( , The Herald-Star

With words and a picture, I decided to devote today's column space to acquainting you with my work space here at the Herald-Star.

After all, it is my home away from home where I toil in a daily effort to bring you the flood of community news that goes on throughout the week, and in this particular space, the week-to-week drama that unfolds courtesy of "As the Kiaski World Turns."

I like to think my desk has a homey, stop-by-and-see-me feel to it with a couple of what I call community candy dishes; lots of pictures of the family - Better Half and the kids and all of our animals; and, of course, plants.

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Herald-Star Community Editor Janice Kiaski at her 'blooming' desk

Up until early last week, I had two plants. One is a tall green, jungle-like plant that I've had for more than two years. It's the one in the back. The other is the most unusually colored poinsettia I've ever seen with its red leaves dotted with what would seem to be splatters of beige paint. I've had the poinsettia since Christmas 2011, and it's thriving its way right to Christmas 2012, so it seems.

Visitors look at it and ask, "Is that from Christmas??!!"

Yep. Sure is.

My theory is that the poinsettia and the other one both like the hot-air environment in which I feel right at home myself.

I thought my desk was already a pretty cheerful place until it brightened even more with the arrival of three deliveries of flowers in two days this past week.

That's right - three batches of flowers. Two days.

And no, it's not my birthday. No anniversary. No special occasions here.

I did pinch myself, however, to make sure I was still among the living and that these weren't, you know, glad-to-have-known-you kind of floral gestures.

I've never been showered with so many flowers in so short a time.

Instead, it was just a week where some really nice people did a really nice thing, beginning with a green thumbed gal named Edna Walley, master gardener from DiGregory's Greenhouse and Garden Center in Steubenville.

She brought me a beautiful arrangement of big, beautiful dahlias and anemone, all from her garden at home.

Talk about making my day.

These are the kind of flowers that people stop and look at and say, "Wow! Look at those flowers!"

If that weren't enough, the next day, the day that the Steubenville Kiwanis Club members were busy making their rounds delivering roses as part of their annual fundraiser, I got two boxes of a dozen roses. One box with gorgeous red ones, the other with beautiful coral and white ones.

I'd say who they're from but maybe the gracious givers would rather I didn't, so I won't blab. I'll just say, wow, how great is that.

So I ended this past week with a desk that I thought looked so colorful and pretty I'd share it with you.

Then I went home where on the kitchen table was a bouquet of freshly picked wildflowers, a spontaneous gesture on Better Half's part but what seemed like a flower conspiracy.

I pinched myself.

Yep. I'm still among the living.

See you next week.

(Kiaski, a resident of Steubenville, is a staff columnist and features writer for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and community editor for the Herald-Star. She can be contacted at

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