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Friday, February 24, 2017

What’s Brightening My Day Right Now ~ Vol. II

Right now I am focusing on being thankful for even the littlest of things.

Here’s what’s brightening my days right now.

My dear friend Nicola sent me three lovely old glass molds. While I will eventually use them for their intended purpose for now they make a pretty vignette that helps keep our cut organic dill fresh.

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Nicola and her husband Patrick were dear mates of Mr. Decor’s while he was stationed in England. I of course have now claimed them as my own wonderful friends. It’s been far too long since we have seen them. (This was Sweet Guy’s christening.) But I hope we get together this July when we travel to England.

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The sweet springtime hyacinths and daffodils greeting me in our garden are SO cheerful.

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They are a day brightener to be sure.

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We use honey to sweeten many things here at Storybook Cottage. I have to be honest that I bought this bottle of Bumbleberry Farms honey at HomeGoods just for the adorable bottle. But it is SO good in tea and oatmeal.

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Tracy and I are celebrating 41 years of friendship this year. She recently came by plane to brighten four of my days this past week. Come to think of it, she is a LIFE brightener.


A wee package arrived at Storybook Cottage containing Beatrice, The Book Mouse.

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Beatrice was lovingly handcrafted by my dear and talented friend Louise.


Beatrice joins Bertram, who was a Christmas gift. Louise does not have a shop, but does take orders. If you need a wee mouse of your own feel free to leave her a message in the comments below.

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I’m gearing up for my presentation tomorrow at the National Cowgirl Museum to celebrate the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Next week I will share some of the things I made for the display.

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Lastly, a deep and heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who left such sweet comments and comforting thoughts regarding Franz' s passing. They are truly bright pockets of sunshine on a gray day.


I’d love to know what is brightening your days,



Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love the flowers and your little mouse is so sweet too. How fun to get to spend time with Traci too. We were blessed with a new great-grandson yesterday, so that brightens my day.

Jeanie said...

Oh Laura, so much to love in this post. I can see that though your days have included sadness, they have also included great joy, thoughtfulness and friendship. How fun to anticipate visiting your friends this summer. I'm getting very itchy to return to England. I thought this might be the year, maybe not.

Wishing you a lovely weekend and much happiness (and good honey!). (We're still waiting for our bundle of joy...pins and needles!)

Linda said...

Glad to read this update, Laura. Been thinking of you. And your friend Louise seriously needs an Etsy shop!! Those mice are ADORABLE!!!! ♥

Love, Linda

Auntie Em said...

The reason you have so many sweet blessings in your life is because you are a sweet blessing to so many others.

I am drooling over your beautiful daffs and hyacinths. We will be waiting for a few months yet so I will admire yours until then.

BTW, has anyone ever mentioned that you and Louise could pass for sisters, if not twins! What a gorgeous pair you two make. I bet a lot of heads turn when you go anywhere together.

Hope your weekend is bright and beautiful and full of love! {{{hugs}}}

Christine said...

The loss of a furry friend is hard, but God is good. You'll feel the pain slowly, every so slowly fade. Then, what's left, are all those wonderful memories.
Please share the presention with us. I still can't get enough Laura Ingals Wilder.

Susan Freeman said...

Louise creates the most charming little fellows! I agree with Linda, Louise needs an etsy shop. I just want to let you know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Marilyn said...

Sending hugs and healing thoughts to you. It's never easy saying goodbye to our fur-kids.

A worrisome doctor's appointment for my dh with a happy outcome is bringing me joy right now.

The gorgeous Spring weather makes me smile a joyful smile.

A long, difficult project at work is coming to its conclusion with a minimum of problems! YES!! :-)

Life is good!

Marilyn (in Dallas)

Louise said...

What a lovely compliment. I look like the beautiful Laura?

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Thank you

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Thank you

Louise said...

Well yet again you are sharing joy and putting a smile on MY face. Such kind comments about the mice and someone saying I look like you has me grinning from ear to ear.

Mildred said...

Hi Laura, You have been on my heart. It's so hard to lose a beloved pet.

Such a sweet little mouse.

We are enjoying very early spring blooms here in north GA. Lovely jonquils, forsythia, quince. The color is certainly welcome and brings me joy.

God bless your weekend. Love, Mildred

Cecilia Bramhall said...

What a sweet photo of Franz. Captures his expression perfectly. I know you miss him! I'm glad you have day brighteners - love the flowers, the glass molds are so pretty, and those mice! Too, too cute. Louise, I'd love to talk to you about getting one!
You and Louise do look like sisters. When I saw the photo, I thought, I didn't know Laura had a sister! :) How wonderful to have friends around to brighten your days too! I know each bit of joy helps heal your sorrow.
Hope your presentation goes well!