birthday fun

27 February 2015 § 1 Comment

age 2 | respiteblog

2 year old selfies | respite

birthday dinner | respite

birthday cake | respite

My birthday was yesterday,
and every year I kind of dread it;
thinking of growing older,
birthdays of years past overshadowed
by other things in life.
Yet, I am always pleasantly surprised
by all the love and care my family puts into
making it a special day.

I played with my favorite two year old,
enjoyed a long leisurely coffee date
with some favorite mamas of mine.

Meandered around the fabric store
for a long time,
looking over cottons, linens, and laces.

Despite the feet of snow and frigid temperatures,
I pretended it was spring.

Wearing a new bright blue Breton,
enjoying a dinner with my little family ~
chinook salmon with fresh dill, asparagus, new potatoes,
and a baby lettuces salad,
with (an old family recipe) sponge cake
little strawberries and whipped cream
for dessert.

All my favorite things wrapped up in a day.

beauty meets utility

23 February 2015 § 1 Comment

broom + bags #beautymeetsutility

Not long after the new year,
Kyrie of The Little Snail and I were chatting
about how worn out our household essentials were
becoming after a decade or so of marriage.
And how, when you are young and setting up house
you don’t think of the longevity of the basics,
but after using the ugliest plastic things for a long time
you realize that William Morris was right,
that you should

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful,
or believe to be beautiful.”

We decided that a goal for 2015 would be to
replace our worn out items, or those we no longer use,
with things we find to be more beautiful.
As we bring lovelier goods into our home,
those old things had to be removed.
Not an exercise in mindless buying,
rather,
a mindful exercise to decide what we want in our homes long term.

This weekend I picked up an Italian wooden broom at TJMaxx,
to replace the old nasty plastic one that I never liked.
Also, thanks to the generosity of a perfect stranger,
I have two new canvas bags for groceries,
replacing those strange but ubiquitous polypropelene ones.

Won’t you join Kyrie and I in this little endeavor?
We’ll be using #beautymeetsutility to chronicle our journey.

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