I hear the rain outside as I type.
Inside, I am recuperating from the weekend's bout of the flu.
Meanwhile, the Hubs is down for the count with the same thing.
A little cheering up is what's in order, and so I changed the dining room center piece.
The soft lavender colored mums are this week's gift of flowers from the Hubs.
I love corraling my centerpiece in this old wooden berry tote.
When the grandkids do their homework on the dining room table,
it's easy to move it all out of their way.
(My daughter and her family are staying with us while transitioning to move back to the area.)
Where Women Cook, it's a magazine, it's a cookbook, it's fabulous!
One of my Johnson Bros. transferware cup and saucers sits waiting for me to make a cup of tea.
One of my favorite teas!
The little tin is empty now so I guess I'll have to make a trip to
Oh my, how I'll hate that....NOT!
I think little touches of beauty are so important when we are facing gloomy days or circumstances...
a hot cup of tea brought to your sick loved one in their favorite cup,
a soft cloth napkin tucked under the silverware on a tray brought to them in bed,
a green plant cheerily growing on the kitchen windowsill,
the glow of a softly scented candle on a wintery gray day,
a brightly colored old quilt to cuddle under...
I believe that those touches of beauty are as essential to our health and well-being as vitamins and chicken soup.
Obviously, our life is not found in things.
However, the God who created us, created the beauty around us for us to enjoy.
In fact, I believe He created in the spirit of man a need for beauty.
I remember, in the poorest villages in Ghana, seeing their touches of beauty here and there.
It seemed to me a testimony of sorts, as if they were saying,
our spirit will not be broken by our circumstances.
How sad if, in some false sense of austerity and holiness, we don't enjoy God's good gifts.
So, if you're feeling ill or a bit blue today, my prescription is, treat yourself to a little bit of beauty.
Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty,
nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God,
who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
1 Timothy 6:17