Sunday, March 16, 2008
A Breath of Spring (and Cheer)
I got these flowers to cheer myself up after some really gray, dreary days this past week. I'm glad that they were already brightening up the house when we got the sad news about Streusel. (Thank you for all the kind words you've sent to me and my mom). Flowers are quite expensive in Russia, so I often have to rely on fake stems from IKEA to try to trick my eye. Candles also always cheer me up--especially when they're lit as the final touch after straightening up (and cleaning) the apartment. I always bring back votives and "Housewarmers" from Yankee Candle. The scents are so pretty and long-lasting; it's amazing what they do for my mood.
It took a few hard-knocks lessons, but the cats now know to respect my candles... Asya's tail fur went "WHOOSH" and instantly singed once--ay, the stench!--but he was in good company. The same thing happened to Kate Beckinsale's cat as she was getting ready to head to the Oscars!
My hand-blown glass vases from Simon Pearce in Vermont also make me feel good; I remember dinners for special occasions during college and grad school at their studio/restaurant by the gorge. I'm glad we brought those pieces with us to Russia, even though a few did break when a shelf collapsed...
Much cheaper, but equally cheerful, pottery is easy to find in Russia; I like the Gzhel style with bright blue patterns.