Friday, January 22, 2010

Winter White and Promise

I just had to show you another shot of the paperwhites on my windowsill.  They won't quit.  How can I give up trying if those little flowers keep going and going?

I'm wrapped up in an old quilt my grandmother made and I'm drinking Earl Grey Tea tonight with a bit of Winter White honey from the Savannah Bee Company.  If you're ever in Savannah, pay them a visit.  They have a honey-tasting bar and the best honeys I have ever tried.    

This week has been all about home improvement projects.  I'll show you some photos later this weekend.  A few posts back I asked what you do to seek comfort when you're down.  So many of you wrote with insights and remedies that I was comforted just in the reading of your words.  Several times I have thought about what Ange said about getting lost in concentration, in the doing of one's work; as she put it, "[I] become what I am doing."  That is one of the best remedies I know.  So, hammers and paintbrushes and nails and screws have been just what the doctor ordered (in this case my husband, who is a Ph.D. and not a "real" doctor, but he's pretty good in a pinch).  Speaking of my husband, have I told you that I have the best one in the world?  I know many of you do, too.  Aren't we lucky?  This morning mine brought me a bunch of unopened daffodils.  Each time I glanced at them throughout the day, they revealed a tiny bit more yellow.

Promise.  Just what I needed.


  1. What a beautiful photograph and such good advice! I think being near a beloved pet can be a great comfort and bring so much joy.
    Take care and good luck with your home improvements! Looking forward to seeing your photos.

  2. gigi,
    flowers are certainly a reminder of hope. ... in our personal lives and those of others who have suffered great loss.
    take care

  3. Paperwhites, Earl Grey, and Grandma's quilt-you've lots of beauty and comfort there.



  4. Such a beautiful photo! I was just thinking about you, when I noticed a new post of yours was up...!! Like, Ange - keeping busy with a project gets me thru rough times also, that and being of service to takes you out of yourself....Your grandmother's quilt sounds so cozy and your husband sounds so lovely! Have a awesome weekend, dear Gigi xxoo

  5. Thank you for sharing the paperwhites. Somehow they remind me of The Great Gatsby. Maybe their fragile beauty?
    Can't wait to see your home improvements, Gigi. Actually, can't wait to see any photos of your home. From the little glimpses you offer, I can tell it's as layered and timelessly beautiful as you.

  6. gorgeous post & pic Gigi.
    lovely, lovely husband you have! and so are you!
    we are also doing TLC on our is needed but can get exhausting.
    enjoy your tea & snuggle with your quilt.

  7. Beautiful picture and beautiful post. Who could ask for more ? Thank you

  8. Dear Gigi,
    It's so lovely that you have such a supportive husband especially when you are feeling down.
    I'm sure that you are doing all you can to get through this time.
    Tea,quilts and flowers are very helpful, I'm sure. XXXX

  9. Thinking of you and your daffodils...
    you are loved...

  10. Such a gorgeous photo!...and Earl Grey with honey is my hot drink of choice lately...and my wrap of choice is my grandmother's crocheted grannysquare afgan...and I find that the busier I am the less I feel blue...we are kindred souls , no?

  11. I'm glad to know that you are moving through it, rather than "sitting in it" if that makes sense.

    I keep bringing home tulips from the won't stop raining here and I need to see the sun. The flowers help.


  12. I am so glad that you are feeling hopeful. Even though I only know you through reading your blog, I have felt sad that you are needing comfort. Isn't is amazing how we can share someone's life when we don't really know each other? I love reading your blog; I love your pictures, and I am looking forward to seeing more pictures of your beautiful home. I've been a reader for quite awhile, and I decided it was time to come forward and comment. Wishing you all the best!

  13. Thanks, gorgeous, creative friends for your comments, and welcome, Linda! I so appreciate your words, and I'm really glad you left a comment. You made my day. xo

  14. Dear Gigi, I just wrote you a long comment for you, but I must have pushed a wrong button just before I was going to post it and it disappeared... I got little frustrated because I am not that good in expressing myself in written English so I think I need a little break from this pc right now. So for now I just want to say that I agree so much with Linda on the comment above about caring of people who we do not actually know in person. You are one of these persons to me. I am so glad you have a husband who brings home flower to you when you feel down (I have a feeling he does it sometimes when you feel happy too).
    Hope your Sunday turnes out good for you.

    Hugs from MiaNostalgia

  15. what a lovely post. hubbies are the best for making you feel better... so is earl grey tea:). hope you're having a nice weekend; thanks for sharing!

    Blair :)

  16. That's a beautiful photo Gigi. My Amarylis is just starting to turn from giant green bud to giant orange flower and I'm excited to see some life and color in the depths of winter.
    As for seeking comfort when I'm down, for the past couple of months I've spent at least an hour before bed sitting by the wood stove wrapped in a giant down comforter sipping chamomile tea and reading. It helps me wind down and takes my mind off my depression before I attempt to sleep. Listening to kirtan, especially in the car on my way to and from work, has been incredibly helpful too.

  17. Ange's right, keeping busy, especially with physical activity, is a winner, and I'm looking forward to seeing the photos of your home improvement achievement. And here's another strategy (maybe it's been mentioned before?) - the company of young children. They're so vibrant and differently aware that they carry everything along. I'm an Earl Grey addict, by the way, sometimes deviating to Lady Grey, which is the English citrus variant.

  18. I love Lady Grey, too, Mise. I agree about kids. Our 8-year-old nephew helped us with our home improvement projects, and just having him here was the highlight of our week!

  19. Dear Gigi,
    Beautiful post as ever. How are you doing? well I hope. Ever try Constant Comment.
    I drink that at night,, All my indoor bulbs are on their last legs.
    take care,



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