Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Big smile

Thank you so much for all your lovely messages yesterday they warmed my heart and plumped my soul. It was so very cold outside, I just stayed home, packed and shipped all my Etsy orders and got lots of other things done, fun stuff and chores, it really is one of my favorite things, to stay at home by myself. Later, we ventured out into the frosty evening for a delicious home cooked meal with my family, my Dad really is a great cook.

Of course I am thrilled to meet up with friends or family and when I actually make the effort I have such fun. But just lately I think I may be becoming more reclusive than ever. I have to force myself out to visit people sometimes. I wonder if I am online too much? Just at home and the husband the only other face I see. I feel like I should be getting a dose of cabin fever but I am happier than ever, who needs to leave the house when there is a hoard of port and cheese? Must just be the season, I'm hoping anyway!? When we have longer sun ups and cardigan, not coat weather, I will make more trips out into civilization.

14. For my birthday amongst other things I received a beautiful cardigan from Toast, a family recipe, a pair of berry coloured suede gloves and a necklace that belonged to a close friend. (She hardly ever wore it and as I loved it so much passed it on to me.) yay! What is the sweetest thing someone has given or done for you?

19 comments:

cindy : quaint said...

my husband gave me a membership to the new york botanical garden - each time he renews it tell him it was the best gift ever. the family recipe you received sounds like the best gift.

fawn said...

I adore your blog... neverending prettiness and inspiration.

oldyarns. said...

I know exactly what you mean - kinda feels like it has to be pretty darn good to get me out of the house these days. Is that, perhaps, simply us just becoming more content with our own company?

Cakewalk said...

I am the same way. I am definitely a people person and love to visit with others, but LOVE to be home by myself. That just doesn't happen much with two little ones and no family in town. But, when it DOES happen, I relish it. I think it's b/c I don't have to 'think' as much. It's so peaceful. We all need time to gather our thoughts. That's impossible while we are out and about with so much stimulation. Not to mention, I'm sure your home is beyond cozy and that's a good reason not to leave!

Jane Flanagan said...

I feel reclusive a lot too. Because I live alone I feel it's really important to go out and be seen. But, I don't beat myself up over it. I've never been one of those madly gregarious people and I'm comfortable with that!

Best present ever? This, hands down: http://seenandsaid.blogspot.com/2008/03/favourite-possessions.html

Glad you had a nice day. Love the photographs!!

Brittany Noel said...

Oh Jess! That sounds like such a great birthday. Family dinner and being productive. I'm feeling very home-oriented too right now. I don't even want to do my homework, I just want to clean and organize and relax here. Must be all the cold. All of those gifts sounds wonderful :)

Well, the most recent gift was when Eric carried my bags for me the other day. It meant so much for such a small gesture.

Also, this Xmas I received mostly handmade or used gifts, so those were awesome too!

jana123 said...

Yep, I know what you mean. Usually, creativity comes along with introversion, with the need to recharge your own batteries after spending time with the others. You create your own universe in which you feel good, and being more sensitive to the exterior factors, you feel the need to retreat into this universe. Hmm, this sounds like a psychology :))

B said...

Your birthday sounds lovely!

My grandmother handed down a beautiful ring to me a few years ago, given to her by my grandfather. It had a band of four small pearls with a sapphire in the middle, but two of the pearls had fallen off, and for ages I had talked about having it repaired and been sad about not being able to wear it. Then for Christmas the year before last my boyfriend snuck it out of my jewelry box and had two new pearls put in and had it cleaned, and presented it to me in a beautiful box. That was the sweetest gift I've ever recieved. (actually that same year I got a new laptop because my old one had broken, and as much as I needed and appreciated that, it's still that ring I remember the most!).

Anonymous said...

I've been spending much of my winter like you, indoors with my husband's face the only one I see, and also spending lots of time on the computer. Feeling like you, that maybe it's not healthy, but then I see that I'm only hibernating and come the warmer weather I will barely set foot indoors.
Best gift? Hmmm, I've received many best...recently my sister gave me a beautiful sketch of my husband and I that she drew.

I love your blog and everything you put into it. It makes me feel light and inspired.

my best to you in your 31st year!
Kristen

Anonymous said...

ps. You share a b.day with my sister!

Kristen

From This Moment to That said...

A Belated Happy Birthday to you!
Your blog is such a treat I visit often.
I think one of my loveliest gifts was a thin ring of tiny,tiny diamonds in rose gold my husband gave me last year to replace my original wedding band that he had accidentally crushed placing it in the safe. He took us both to visit a lovely old mansion in the countryside where when we had walked around the lovely gardens we went into a little folly garden-house and he produced a small bottle of champagne, glasses, and the ring after going down on one knee... after ten years married!! Who said romance is dead?

Catharina said...

I so love the pictures of your home!

Your birthday sounds great. Mine was very similar this year. I've been lucky enough to receive many wonderful and thoughtful gifts. For this past birthday my roommates gave me slippers that you can warm up in the microwave!! Perfect for long days I've been spending at my desk in an attempt to finish my degree.

blossom said...

happy birthday for yesterday....it sounds like you spent it just as you wanted..
I travel a lot & one of my most (selfish?) luxuries is to cacoon myself at home, enjoying my own space & choosing my company carefully....take care
sharon x

sisters in black frocks said...

i feel the same way. i think that when you are a crafty type of person, its easy to be alone. you can always keep yourself busy. its not always easy for other people to understand.

deanna said...

i revel in being by myself in our apartment, only seeing my husband's face and the computer. it's just so cozy in the winter to curl in in a good book or movie with a blanket and some hot chocolate. i wouldn't worry about being reclusive too much. i always want to go out and dance and drink with friends once it's summertime.i just make sure in the meantime to take a walk with friends occasionally to catch up with them and make sure I'm getting enough vitamin D!

The Wedding Decorator said...

With such a busy life, I love days where I do not have to go out and meet people, perhaps warmer weather will make people more sociable, winter is for bedding down :D I love your blog, one of my daily reads, so charming, I have just awarded you the Lemonade Award on my blog :D

Melissa de la Fuente said...

Oh! Your birthday, and I missed it! Happy Happy Birthday lovely sweet lady! It seems like you had a wonderful one! :)
xoxo
Melis
ps sweetest thing someone has done for me lately.....
a friend knew I really wanted something and was setting about trying to make it for me...so sweet!

Trina said...

that sounds like an amazing birthday. :) And a cardigan from TOAST? I am jealous. :)

Random question, what is the dry flower skeleton you have there in that vase? I love that dill flower composition.

Lobster and swan said...

A flickr friend told me it was a giant hogweed?

I think : )