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Ted’s Tip No. 191

Take a moment, or more, when you first wake to take a long breath and just be. Give thanks, think of the day before, think of the day ahead. A quiet moment that is yours uninterrupted.



 

 

Shirley Ann Watson

My mother died last night comfortably in her sleep after a sudden illness. We flew to Chicago from New York early Sunday morning to be with her. Bailey jumped out of her black Sherpa bag that she travels in right onto my mom’s stomach. TPS getting to hold her hands to comfort her. Oh how she loved them both. We got several hours with her before the morphine and other drugs put her into a restful, almost twilight-ish sleep. Her last words as she held my arms tightly as I stroked her head, were ‘I love you’ as she looked right into my eyes. The hospice nurses could not have been more lovely and caring and warm, to both my mom and to my family. This photo from her 90th birthday a few years ago. She always had such style. Rest In Peace mom, I know dad was anxiously waiting in the heavens for you…



 

 

A Hudson Valley Arrival

We traveled through Christmas Day, arriving to Hawthorne a bit after 8 last night. The temperature dropping as we meandered North up to Columbia County, hitting 32 as we drove up the long driveway. Caretaker Bill had once again beautifully prepared the house for us, getting the perfect tree and having it lit so we could see it the moment we drove in. Then our Twelve Days of Christmas began! We are hosting a Boxing Day supper for family today, a new tradition. So it is up and at em’ early getting things ready. Then tons of R&R is on the menu for this stay. The retail marathon a big success (huge THANKS to all who shopped WK this season) but each passing year my 55 year old body takes a tad longer to re-coup. I hope your Holidays have been and continue to be divine and all you wished they would be.

From the Hawthorne Valley, sending much love, Ted2+Bailey



 

 

Inspiration In Red and Green

This time of year I especially love red and green together. Or separately. Does not matter. But when combined they do have a jolly-ness to them. The hues in many forms are the inspiration for the post today.



 

 

A Day of THANKS



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 176

Take a moment, or many, each day to give thanks.



 

 

This and That

This post is about a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Sort of how my brain feels this time of year. So many little details floating around. Being a ‘details’ guy, I don’t want to miss a one. As well as being a ‘live in the moment’ guy, trying like the dickens to savor each and every one.

Here goes! Our kick-off to the festive season ahead starts today with our Holiday Open House at the First & Spring shop, from 10 to 6. Hope you can join us. A lovely new line of candles arrived the other day, Maison Louis Marie. I keep walking by the display lifting the cloches enjoying the scents. We head to WestWard tomorrow eve for our last stay until the New Year, and we are both looking so forward to relaxing a bit before the marathon begins. Well, actually it has begun, but next week is when it really hits you that it is in full motion. Then the festivities begin for the 20th anniversary of WK. Oh my, my body and brain gets tingly with emotions. It will be an incredibly special week. Throw in Thanksgiving just to add a cherry on top of everything. While in the back of my mind I can’t stop thinking of my friend Tami who is a Watson Kennedy alum, who lost her home this week in Paradise, California. My heart just aches for her. I have an idea I would like to share with you all in the next few days to help Tami out, but I need to sit with my thoughts out at the beach to formulate it all. The fires have been devastating for so many. You know I like to keep my posts upbeat but with so much going on in our world and in our country, we all must do what we can to help others and spread as much love as we can. That is where I will leave you on this early Saturday morning as we head into this week of thanks. To enjoy and be thankful for each moment, to make those moments count, to honor those around us, to love all.

P.S. Caretaker Bill just sent us this photo of Hawthorne in the first snow of the season. Had to share. Much love to you, Ted



 

 

Autumn In New York

As the song goes, “Autumn in New York, why does it seem so inviting?” As we bid adieu to our beloved Hawthorne until we arrive back on Christmas Day, this stay was relaxing and revivifying all at the same time. The carpet of leaves surrounding the house got thicker & thicker each day. It was about resting up for the busy shopkeeper season that is upon us. But we also squeezed in a good amount of entertaining both family and friends. The days were cool and the leaves changed colors a bit each day. It was all we had hoped it would be and then some. Thanks always for following along.



 

 

An Autumn Afternoon at Hamilton

We took a field trip the other day and made the drive over to Clinton, New York, about two and a half hours from Hawthorne. Mister Sive went to Hamilton College and had not been back since we met. It has always been on our list as I so wanted to see the campus. Wow, meticulous beauty and history at every turn. Alexander Hamilton was a trustee of the school which was later named after him. It was a stunning upstate Autumn day filled with lots of memories.



 

 

Blue Love

Blue is a hue I find myself reaching for time and again. It was not really a color we used lots of at home or in the shops much in the past, but that has changed quite a bit. We now have lots of goods set about in vignettes at the stores and we use it more and more out on the island. Below are some images with blue taking top billing.