I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Little Things

Good Morning! It's already mid-January, imagine that! Today feels like spring---cold, grey and rainy---instead of the crystal sharp brilliance I expect of a January beach day. This quiet time of year is, for me, a time of enjoying, of noticing, the small pleasures that brighten each day.
A cup of tea or a new bergamot scented candle. (Bergamot-peppercorn, Bath & Body Shop)

I also treated myself to a small Mrs Meyer's Lemon Verbena candle here

... and her new laundry scent boost, also Lemon Verbena. Lovely for towels and sheets that will be stored until summer. here
One of my favorite things, on sunnier days than today, is getting up early and as I go to the living room to let Mo out, each day I am thrilled to discover the rooms filled with tiny rainbows. You all know how much I love rainbows.

In the fall and winter the sun is low enough to shine in my big beach-facing windows.

I like to hang these prisms to catch the sun and create rainbows in unexpected places.

I find these gorgeous old cut crystal / glass  chandelier prisms at the flea market and I often sell them in my etsy shop rewired with hangers as Christmas ornaments.

Vintage diamonds cut crystal set of 2 ornaments

But now and then a few get detoured and are hung on my windows. And they create the many little rainbows on sunny days. They make delightful suncatchers.

My mother had a small collection of cut crystal c.1950s ashtrays in our living room in Illinois when I was a little girl. She wasn't a smoker, but she loved the rainbows the crystal ashtrays created. She'd spin the little bowls, and the rainbows would also whirl like a kaleidoscope for our fascinated childish eyes.

Sometimes even Mo is rainbow colored though he wouldn't let me take his picture.

Here he is playing with his gifted hand crocheted Jelly, a jellyfish toy made by Mel. It's stuffed with crinkly something--fascinating! And I can insert small treats to add to the attraction. Mo is thrilled, though I fear Jelly may be loved to death and need refurbishing soon.

The snow melted, then returned on Saturday and Sunday. Our ''snow showers'' forecast ended up being 3 inches! This did not deter Mo, who actually made me sit out on the deck to sew on Sunday afternoon. Oooh, cold fingers, but he was so happy. [I lasted maybe 20 minutes, mostly because of the fast fading light.]

PS My potato soup came out good. It was a kit from my snow day stocked pantry, just add water and simmer. I added sauteed leeks too. It made gallons of soup! I froze it in portions and will make:
 1-bacon corn chowder & 2,-Mel's kielbasa-cabbage soup.  Maybe clam chowder? Just add a can of clams?  It's comforting to know the basic soup is there waiting.

Have a great week. Soon we're starting our indoor bulbs! Did you buy any last October?



gone to the beach...

 not Mo. Yet.


  1. I love those crystals! You tell us about so many great ideas!!

  2. Ha-ha! I love that last photo and the little rainbows all around. The crystal pieces are perfect in your windows. Poor jellyfish, he definitely needs a little repair work after all of Mo's attention. :)

  3. Isn't is wonderful to have those little trinkets which produce so much happiness. I often leave out little treasures throughout the year despite a holiday theme. Why stow away simple pleasures which can brighten the day and night.

  4. I love your rainbows! I got so used to having no one across the street that since they built the (ugly) house there I don't like to open my curtains...and it makes it pretty dim in here. I need to do some fixing up.

    I'm glad Mo loves Jelly, even if he loves it to death! I can always make more!

    Your soup sounds good - what kind of kit was it? I've never made clam chowder from scratch but don't you need more than just clams? Some heavy cream? Sounds good, though. I love soups and stews in chilly weather. Hubby, not so much. I should freeze some in portions so I can make enough for just me sometimes.

    Thanks for sharing your rainbows!

  5. It's the small things :) The prisms are so pretty, as are the rainbowsame they produce.

    Glad you took a minute to sit with little man. He must have been so happy. His jelly is too cute!

    The soup ideas sound good. Yeah, clams and clam juice would probably do it.

    No bulbs for me, I will be excited to see yours.


    1. Really? That's how 'rainbows' ended up? I knew I should have gone back and proofed ;) - Kel

  6. The rainbows are beautiful. I stop what I'm doing when I see them. Yes, I've even pulled my car off to the side of the road. ;-)

    Hugs to you both. As always, give Mo a smooch on the nose from me.



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