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A Sunday Thought



 

 

Maison Louis Marie Perfume Oil at WK

Just In, perfume oil by Maison Louis Marie is the last addition to our scent family at Watson Kennedy. The rollerball bottle fit neatly in your purse or valise for a little mid-day refresh. Make the sweetest little thoughtful, stylish, yummy smelling gifts.



 

 

Singular Beauty

This lone stem grabs the top spot this Flower Friday and here is why. I am always looking for tulips that have something unique going on. This flower has part of the stem growing right up into the petal. Extraordinarily beautiful. I love celebrating the differences–in life, in people, in rooms, in things. This is also where single stem containers shine. They allow brilliance to take center stage. This bloom could have been in with a big bunch of other tulips and part of the magic would have been lost. But today it is able to beam ever so brightly.



 

 

Budding Branches

TPS was busy pruning on Monday which resulted in a stunner of a budding branch. It was so tall it barely fit through the door. It became our lunch & dinner visual entertainment at the table that day. The warmth of the fire and the candles had the buds starting to do their magic. Often, the simplest of things can be the most endearing.



 

 

Grieving

The grieving process is quite something. It happens whether you are ready for it or not. Rather, whether you are willing to let the process wash over you. The death of a parent, even at an advanced age, is an ending not like many others. So many factors get mixed in the soup of emotions. Things will hit you when you least expect it, like an item on a menu at a restaurant that brings back a flood of memories. Swim in those memories. Grief is personal and there is no roadmap, so each person’s journey on that road is as unique as they are. I had the not wise thought that since my mother had lived such a full life, dying at 92 that I would somehow grieve less than I would over my father dying at 61. Loss is loss at whatever age. The last 10 years of my mom’s life was challenging for her, which in turn made it challenging for my family. The goal I am learning, is to not have those later memories supersede a whole lifetime of really good ones. Being a fairly task/goal oriented fellow, I am smiling as I type that, I had set a timeline on my grieving. What a silly, silly man. It just does not work that way. I have had many lovely conversations with customers who follow along on the daily blog or social media thanking me for sharing my experience over the last few months. Sharing it is part of the healing process for me. I think we must talk about these things, as death is such a part of life. But really it should be me thanking you all, as talking about it and writing about it is part of my grieving process. We head to Chicago next weekend for her service, a Catholic mass in her honor, followed by a lunch. Each reading, each song, chosen by her. Just how she wanted it–which delights me beyond measure. The above quote I found this morning seemed pretty perfect… X, T



 

 

Spring-y Yellow & Red Tulips

They stopped me in my tracks the moment I spotted them in the Alm Hill Gardens stall at The Market on Saturday morning. I wait for these beauties all year. The bits of red streaking through the vibrant yellow makes my heart sing. They stayed at the shop for the day for all to enjoy, then made the ferry ride over to WestWard to take center stage on the dining table. The majority in a clear glass vessel and three stems just needing to dance in single stem bottles. They made for a happy, happy Sunday supper table.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 194

A frittata can include everything ‘but’ the kitchen sink, as I like to joke. They are the perfect dish to use up bits of leftovers, like potatoes, onions, ham, and small bits of cheese. Savory in every way.



 

 

A Sunday Thought



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

All sorts of new fun things have been arriving from all the buying we have been doing over the last few months. I always love seeing goods get worked in to existing displays finding a happy home. Here is what caught my eye the most this round.



 

 

Tulips and a Geranium

Flower Friday brings fluttery creamy tulips with bold hits of green running about. They were in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Along with a leggy scented geranium that was a lovely gift. They brighten up the end of the dining table. Have an exquisite first week-end of Spring everyone!