Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Lace and lingering and healing...

Kitchen lace- Dutch lace peeking out from under a valance

I'm on the road to recovery, my ear just aches now instead of the shooting pain I felt for a couple of days.  My glands are still swollen and I'm uncomfortable enough that I should be on the sofa watching cooking shows on the Create Channel.  Instead...

I guess it is the gorgeous day outside or perhaps the call of the parched garden but it is so much harder to stay still in late spring and summer than say... January.  We didn't get any rain yesterday, the storm system carrying heavy showers literally dissolved before our eyes before reaching our garden... sigh.

Fortunately, we have well water so the only cost for watering the garden is time, and when it isn't hot the time spent in the garden is food for the soul as well as the body. 

There is so much I want to do today but (except for necessary garden work) I am going to take care of myself, fluff up my pillow, and perhaps do some garden research... or cooking research... or decorating research... or whatever name wants to apply to reading favorite magazines and re-reading books.  ;)


Lace in the my "new" room - given by a friend who had extra panels

The pictures I'm sharing today are just a few of the windows in our home which have either lace curtains or sheers.  Living at the edge of a forest as we do, light inside the home can be hard to come by even on a sunny day so lace helps the sunshine visit (much to Victoria's pleasure).

I also decorate with lace because I love the way it looks.  Long ago, while reading one of Alexandra Stoddard's books, I learned to consider the decorating of favorite restaurants when thinking of choosing items for my own home.

Instantly I thought of a quaint restaurant at Dutch Village where we loved to go for a meal when living in Holland, Michigan (I understand it is no longer an actual restaurant open to the public).

The Dutch Lace at the windows made it so cozy, along with the painted furniture and other furnishings.  Actually... there were many places in Holland, Michigan that decorated with Dutch Lace and I came to embrace the Old Europe look in our nearly nine years of living there (BC - Before Christopher).  ;)



The above curtains started out their life as bedroom curtains in a former home, then bedroom curtains here, and then I got smart and moved them to the dining area where they really bring a smile.

Ouch... smiling is not recommended right now.  I need to put together an easy lunch... it has been peanut butter on toast sandwiches for a few days... and then back to recovery mode.

Yes, for my bloggy friends who are nurses... I know any infection is cause for concern and I promise to take good care of myself.  But I do think the warmth of the sun in the garden will also be a good thing later in the day.  :)

12 comments:

Sherry said...

Rest and get well. I wish you good books, comfortable pillows, and a sweet time of prayer and meditation.

Terra said...

I think the warmth of the sun in the garden will have definite curative powers for you. Your lace curtains are lovely and create a romantic feel.

Cheryl (copperswife) said...

Sunshine, I believe, is God's own medicine. When my kids have been sick for awhile, I have them go outside and sit in the sunshine for a specified amount of time. In winter, they simply bundle in blankets to do so. Almost always, the time spent in the sun sets them well ahead on their road to recovery. Be careful not to overdo in the summer sun, though! Feel better!

Vee said...

Time in the sunshine can be very pleasant with a nap immediately following. Glad that you are on the mend. No one's getting married for a few years, right? You'll have time to rest and recuperate.

Wish that I had read your comment before I potted the chives. When a space opens up in the new planter, as I'm sure it will, I'll pop it in there. I want that to be its permanent home.

Mrs.Rabe said...

Lovely lace!

I love the way light filters through it...

Enjoy the sunshine, rest on those fluffed up pillows, read, nap....

Sounds delightful if it weren't for your sore ear.

Deanna

Rebecca said...

The lace is beautiful!

Now, count rest and sunshine as good medicine. Sounds like your immune system ran itself out in all the celebrating :)

Nana said...

Hello Brenda;
What beautiful curtains you have! They are perfect for your windows, look really great! May your day be blessed with sunshine, warm breezes and anything besides peanut butter toast sandwiches (which I love, they are really good!) Take good care of yourself. Love, Nana

Anonymous said...

Those lace curtains are so beautiful!

Time for some R+R now.

Anonymous said...

We stopped at a yard sale one day and the house had cotton lace curtains and since then I have been in love with the look. This house was designed like homes I have seen in pictures of Ireland. [[and had beautiful cottage flower gardens all around..sigh..] I don't have full lace curtains but do have the peeking ones like you under others and lace ones on the bottom of cafe ones and such. They provide some privacy but yet light too.
What a blessing to have well water...one bill you don't have to worry about...unless it involves other expenses??? Your garden has been looking so good lately! I wish you would feel as good. I am glad you are starting to recuperate. It would take a while to get over the rush rush of baking and the wedding let alone now getting sick. Sarah

Front Porch Grace said...

Sunshine, fresh air, a slow stroll in your gardens to relish the beauty and glory of God evident there, magazine browsing as you dream of ways to tweak the beauty of your inner sanctuary, as well as your outer one...now that sounds like just what the doctor should order to me.

Anonymous said...

Brenda, I love lace curtains too. Before we moved to a new smaller home three years ago our house was surrounded by trees so every window had lace or sheers to grab every bit of sunshine out there. Now we have wonderful sunshine in every room, but I still love lace on the windows. The lace curtains in our bedroom were my mother-in-laws. I helped her shop for them just a few years before she died so when her house was sold I kept them and each time I walk into the room I think of her. Nice to know I'm not alone in my love of lace curtains. There is just something so comforting in them. Hugs, Marsha

matty said...

Glad you are on the mend! I love lace panels. A friend of mine laughed at me one time for going "curtain shopping." She said, "All you ever buy is lace panels. Why bother??" Obviously, she didn't realize there are all kinds of lace! LOL

Have a marvelous day and take care of yourself!