Lighthouse Walk at Biarritz 1908
by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863-1923)
This is the view outside, with a temperature to match,
...and so, today I made a trip to the Dollar Tree, where I purchased some bright and interesting things.
This is a lovely foam rose-shape, (comes in pink and also red), which I will use for a placemat, (and I would like to go back and get some more!)
and there was a new shipment of light scented perfumes from the United Kingdom. Since there were about 10 different kinds, I had a hard time deciding what I wanted. There was a lovely scent called "Pink Ice," but I finally settled on "Nice Lady," which is really quite a sophisticated scent for a dollar. They were all packaged so beautifully that no one would guess they were from the dollar store.
Another one of the new perfumes: Pink Waves. Also try Pink Ice, Pink Thrills, Extreme Happiness and several others.
(Not everything here is made in China ;-)
Shown with a child's tea set is a chocolate scented candle from the Dollar Tree, and it smells better than the real thing. The items on this table all came from used goods stores like Goodwill. I liked the porcelin candle holder because it had a handle and reminded me of days when people used to carry a light through the house at night.
Inside is a led-light candle, also purchased at Dollar Tree: a package of three for a dollar. I notice the led-lights are improved quite a bit, as they are much brighter and they flicker like candle light. I like to put several of them in gifts, like confetti sprinkled in the box.
This feather rose is for someone who has a birthday in February. She loves things like this and will probably lay it on her entry table or coffee table just as it is. If you want to put a "dew drop" on an artificial rose like this, just heat up your hot-glue and squirt a drop or two on the outer petals. When it dries it looks like drops of water.
The Dollar Tree purchases amounted to $5.00, a small price to pay for luxuries. If you are wanting to "come home" full time, but are concerned about "doing without" some luxuries, there is always the Dollar Tree. These little perks are an even greater thrill when they do not have a big price.
This afternoon we had tea at home, which included cucumber and Italian parsley (we call it cilantro) on potato bread.
Everyone agreed that the heart shapes seemed to make them taste better.
Inside the cucumber-cilantro sandwiches on potato-bread.
This is what I did on a cold, foggy day.I would be interested to know what you do to take your mind off the cold weather or in stormy weather. I like to get the most urgent housework done as quickly as possible and then get in the car to go on errands and essential shopping; then have a brisk walk in this gloomy weather before afternoon tea. The reason I like to quickly get the house work done before going out, is because it is so pleasant to come home to a fairly (I say "fairly" because it is not always possible to do it that way) orderly house.
I am joining "Grey Days to Glimmering" Blog Party.