Contentment

There is a quiet beauty to one who has contentment. I don’t think I fully realized that before. As much as I love my home and family, I always felt I needed to add to or embellish the simple to make “unique”, “special” and “memorable”. Is it wrong to take pride in work, friendships, social media presence or perfect house decor? Not entirely, but the last few weeks, and I’m sure the weeks to come, are proving to be challenging as much of my “unique” is stripped to the “simple”…and it is not a completely bad thing. Finding contentment is my goal this week. Enjoy some simple spring touches…the season of change and rebirth.

Spring!

“To be content doesn’t mean you don’t desire more, it means you’re thankful for what you have and patient for what’s to come.” Tony Gaskins

Soft Flowers

“A contented heart is a calm sea in the midst of all storms.” Anonymous

Lightening up the couch

“A harvest of peace is produced from a seed of contentment.” Proverb

A springy new mantel

“Contentment makes poor men rich, discontent makes rich men poor.” Benjamin Franklin

Celebrating our first week of virtual school with orange juice.

“Contentment always eludes those who don’t count themselves blessed for what they already have.” Anonymous

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Gratitude

I have to admit, I didn’t feel a lot of gratitude this week. What I did feel was a lot of anxiety, frustration, grief, helplessness and impatience. The situation is hard, the Princess wanted to see her friends, I longed for our sweet family vacation time and my hero still had to go out into the world and help others. A glance at Facebook inspired new fears of the unknown and sorrow for the future of so many people. It’s a lot, and Spring decor just didn’t seem to inspire me like it usually does. But, our neighborhood is alive with color, the air filled with the sound of birds and the vegetable garden in progress. We have food in our pantry, internet for school needs and a stack of new library books I picked up the day before life changed! This week I’m practicing gratitude…I found some quotes to help bring us some balance and some pictures of a few spring touches. I hope both bring you joy.

This Grandmother’s Garden pattern quilt makes me smile.

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

Ironstone with beautiful silk flowers.

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” — Cynthia Ozick

Waiting for real peonies…these are lovely in the meantime.

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” — Ralph H. Blum

Spring is in the air

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.” — Richard Bach

The Princess creates beauty for our neighbors!

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Green Memories

 

So, I was suppose to be strolling the beautiful street of Charleston this week and enjoying the ultimate in southern hospitality…but life happened, and I needed to put a pin on these plans and revisit in June.  It’s the right thing for all of us. Needless to say, I didn’t have a new mantel up and ready and anything I throw together now can’t top this one from a few years ago. Oh look at that tiny Princess. It would be nice if our only problem was a weekend without Verizon, however, it is a good memory and a great reminder that things will change but everything will be alright  

 A restful weekend here in Annapolis, in no small part thanks to a crazy burned out electrical transformer that led to a blown out Verizon box that led to a service call to happen between 9am and 9pm that led to a mandatory day at home.  It is a wonder how we ever did anything without the internet…or Fios TV. Anyway, it did give me time to put together a St. Patrick Day mantel.  I have never attempted to capture the luck of the Irish in my decor, but like my Valentine’s mantel, I am quite pleased that the simplest additions really do have major impact.  Do you like the sparkly shamrock? I give the Princess full credit!


Some green depression, vintage postcards and a bunting of shamrock pennants gives homage to Old Saint Patrick.
A close-up of the gorgeous green of the glass.


Vintage St. Patrick postcards are known for their amusing nature and exuberant love of the perfect Irish lass! I love these examples of both.


My Hero also kept busy this weekend.  He was able to hang my darling new antique sampler…a post for another time. Thank goodness he had a reliable helper.  Someone has to chose the perfect nail!


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