This post is really just a reminder to grab it while it is good. We have been having a long stretch of phenomenal weather here in our part of the Pacific Northwest. So good, in fact, that some of the days are feeling like July. And it just snowed the other day at Hawthorne in the Hudson Valley! We have been out on the island a bit, soaking it all in. TPS has been planting up a storm. Here, Bailey & I hanging up in the treehouse with both sets of French doors open. This really only happens on the most warm and sunny of days. What a treat. So grab the good days when they are presented to us. They are such a gift.
On this, my 300th Ted’s Tip, a very simple thought that can have big impact. Do it! If you want to run that marathon, train for it. If you want to write that book, start. If you want to build that house, plan for it and do whatever you need to do to make it happen. Don’t wait. If this last year taught us anything, it is how precious & fragile life can be. So push your fears/hesitation aside, as well as any worries about what others will think, and do it. You never know until you try. Plus, the real joy comes from the journey all along the way of trying to achieve your goal. Finishing it is the cherry on top.
Flower Friday brings a combo of lusciousness in daffodils and my favorite tulips. I must admit, my love for daffodils grows. This variety is a big reason why. The little bits of orange so sweet and the scent is pretty out of this world. I thought they would look pretty swell together, and they absolutely did not disappoint. A sunny Seattle week with a sunny dining table full of blooms works for me. I hope everyone is staying well. We got our second Pfizer vaccination last Saturday, and luckily neither of us had any reactions. Feeling immensely grateful and hopeful as Spring progresses. Have a lovely week-end! X, Ted
I snapped this image of our boarded up shop windows one year ago today. The process of boarding them up was symbolic to me, going inward to protect oneself. The pandemic has taught us many life lessons. Some we knew, some we did not. Just like life, it was not fair or equal to everyone. It brought many together and my hope, is that it taught us just how important empathy is on a daily basis. Not just during trying times. To put yourself in someone else’s shoes.
Which leads me to a thank you. A really big THANK YOU. Owning retail stores was not the easiest thing since this all began. It is heartbreaking to walk around our fine city and see all that has closed in the last year. I have always been such a huge believer in the power of one. How one person can make such a big difference. This post is directed to you. The you that texted me to see how we were holding up. The you that made a point to spend your money with us—be it through our website, a trip into the shop all masked up, or had us run things out to your car. The you that called to check in to see how we were doing when downtown Seattle was at its scariest moments. The you that did your company holiday gifts with us. The you that sent WK care packages to all your family. The you that sent me a note with words of encouragement. The lovely list goes on and on. You were there to help us survive and you have set us up to thrive. For that I will never forget and I will be always eternally grateful. Sending a huge amount of LOVE to you. You know who you are. XX, Ted