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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

We watched Won’t You Be My Neighbor? last night on pay per view. I can’t tell you how touched we both were by this film. Wow, just wow. I had heard from so many people over the last few months how much they enjoyed it, but it really was next level–I had tears through most of it. Growing up I had certainly seen bits & pieces of his show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. It resonated with me then, but this documentary digs deep into the real meaning of his message. Love. Love yourself and love others. Given the political climate and the great divide, this film could not have come at a more perfect time. I think it might be a final gift to all of us from Fred Rogers. It is a message I believe with my entire being. It seems so simple and so basic. Love your neighbor.



 

 

Mr. Boddington’s Etiquette

Just landed at both shops, Mr. Boddington’s Etiquette: Charm And Civility For Every Occasion. Manners are always important and that importance grows each day as civility is put into question. The witty and eloquent Mr. Boddington offers ideas/suggestions for polite society in this comprehensive and thoroughly amusing guide that provides modern advice with a traditional perspective. From weddings to gift giving, social events, hosting guests, to name a few–Mr. Boddington shares the basic etiquette one needs to know and presents it all in his signature jaunty style.



 

 

Simple Gifts

We were given these eggs from a friend, who raises chickens, as we were leaving her home. The simple act of a beautifully simple gift. I have written often, and I am sure I will write about this many more times–the idea of giving of what we have, what make, what we grow. These becomes the most special of gifts, as you are giving a bit of yourself.



 

 

Make It Simple

I think what stops most folks from entertaining on a regular basis is making the process much more laborious than it has to be. Sure, if you find yourself with tons of time and you want to cook everything from scratch, have at it. But if you want to have people over often and find little extra time on your hands, order out, or pick up some prepared food on your way home. Add a quick fresh salad, pass around a plate of cookies for dessert, and you are off and running. Set the table before you head to work in the morning takes a ton of stress away right before guests arrive and gets you excited during the day in anticipation of the eve. You want to see your friends, they want to see you, so making it easy makes these gatherings so much more possible.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 143

Offering to bring dessert when a friend is hosting a large dinner or gathering helps take one extra task off their plate. Be it homemade, bakery or grocery store bought, the gesture ends the event on a sweet note.



 

 

The Gift of Food

Must be since I am in San Francisco walking The Fancy Food Show that my mind is centered on food. My thoughts these past days have been on homecooked food and what a special gift that it makes. In our fast-paced often manner free world, giving and receiving something homemade can be one of the most thoughtful gifts. Yesterday when I was walking Bailey before I headed to the airport I ran into a gentleman from our building holding a lidded skillet that he was taking to a friend of his in the building across the street who was not feeling well. The gesture made my day like I am sure it did the lucky recipient. Never underestimate the powerful meaning of love/good manners/loveliness of the gift of soul enriching food.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 127

If you are out shopping this Holiday season, enjoy it. Revel in the sights, the sounds. Stop and have a coffee, a fun lunch or glass of wine along the way. Make it a joyous process. 



 

 

Watson Kennedy Gift Tags

Over the years, these have become a shop staple. Our Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas gift tags are quickly snatched up by folks who are getting into the gift wrapping mode. In packs of 20 with a generous amount of jaunty thick red & white twine, they work perfectly around a bottle of bubbles or stylish gift box. The back is left blank so a message can be added, if desired. 



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 124

As we head into the busy Holiday season, keep those in mind who are less fortunate. If you know of an elderly person living alone, next time you bake, make two. Then share your bounty. 



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 123

Leafy plants in your yard can become a quick, simple but oh stylish arrangement in a pinch. Plus they make great gifts too.