Lovely little things, 6


This week’s lovely little things.

victory and the light

draping sheets
They had gotten their hands on a couple of flashlights. Such is the way when you don’t make most drawers off limits. The most mundane objects become toys while blocks and puzzles sit lonely.

So I draped an old sheet across two chairs, feeling a bit of vindication as I did so. When one finds a use for an old, torn sheet that has been kept in the bottom dresser drawer, one can, for a moment, stop feeling like a pack rat.

And I thought it’d be fun for them to make designs in the sheet with their lights. And that happened for a bit. But then the sheet became a curtain and the space between the chairs a stage. And the rocking cow became a unicorn and she became a princess. And I had to ask for her autograph.

And suddenly I was more than just ‘not a pack rat.’ I was the set designer for her new favorite game.

a pot of tea
My hands shook as I reached for the door. So very much out of my element. My element, as of late, does not often include taxi rides, walking more than three feet without a small person attached to me. My element has never involved a menu of tea. My Sunday morning element rarely involves hipster chicks and big comfy ottomans and an entire restaurant to myself.

It’s good to visit the space outside your element.

So I talked with the hipster chick and I ordered a pot of tea. My first ever pot of tea. Lavender and lemon and mint. And I sat. And I wrote. For almost three hours. And I watched people and eves dropped on conversations and burrowed into my own little world, oblivious to all the rest.

And it went by so fast. And I missed them. And I can’t wait to do it again.

oh early spring

We step outside and the air. Oh the air. It’s soft. It doesn’t bite. It doesn’t sting. And the sun. I feel it on my back in a way I haven’t felt for what feels like so so long. And I’m just enjoying that we can do this. Walk. Outside. Without purpose. Just because.

He likes stepping on the snow. Stomping on it. Trying to climb the mounds that to him must feel like mountains. He is braver now than when the snow first arrived. And I love that we can do this. Walk outside with just a light jacket or no jacket at all and play in the snow. Such a weird little moment to enjoy winter’s playground and spring’s warmth all at the same time.

We go inside and I take off his shoes. And his socks. And his pants. All wet and dirty. And he laughs.

feet in snow

Favorite words

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”

~The Summer Day, Mary Oliver

What made your week lovely?


  1. Can you promise me that one day we will share a pot of lavendar lemon mint tea? And discuss our answers to Mary Oliver’s question? Your lovely little things make my Friday, Tricia, and it feels like Spring here today too. it has since early morning. Good vibes to you my friend. xo
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  2. {Kathy} Oh a pot of tea….now that’s what I call living. 3 hours to write? What a blessing. It sounds like you made good use of it!
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  3. Draping sheets over furniture and letting the kids go wild with flashlights? Brilliant! And hooray for a warm weekend that gives hope for spring!
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  4. I’m glad for a pot of tea in the afternoons too!
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  5. I’ve never had a pot of tea!
    There is so much warmth today only – 50 degrees – that I keep convincing my family we need to go big today!
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  6. tea and writing in a hipster joint… my kind of afternoon…. love that!

  7. My husband gave me a iron tea pot and cups for Christmas. I have the teas and everything. Hate to admit, I’ve never used it. I’ll have to do it next week. Then I can put it on my next list of ten.
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  8. Your description of Spring is simply gorrrgeous. So perfect.

    Packratting is vastly undervalued and HUGELY important. And needs no excuse, even if the play justifies it wonderfully.

    Lemon and mint, hmm. The lavender I imagine to be wonderful, but lemon and mint (well, citrus and mint generally) are inverse flavours. So that must’ve been interesting.

    I remember a little bush we had at the bottom of the garden when I was a kid, called lemon balm. Apparently that could make tea. There was also pineapple balm, but I didn’t ever come across that until I was older. But I often used to sneak into the back of the flowerbed and hide behind the tree there and eat the leaves.
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  9. See? That’s why I can’t throw away crappy old sheets. You never know when you might need to make a fort. Or a puppet theater.

    Spring is in the air, even when the wind is still biting. You can smell spring hovering out there, just waiting….
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  10. Those ARE lovely things, Tricia.
    Especially pots of tea and writing and alone time.
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  11. Some of my best childhood memories involve sheets draped over chairs =)
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  12. Oooh – I hope we are having early spring here as well, but I fear it’s just a thaw before we all go back to freezing again. Beautiful description though – and yes! to draping the sheets – we’ve done a collection of forts and such here with our blankets and chairs. Much fun to be had there.
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  13. Reading your story made me even more excited for when my daughter is born! I can imagine her pretending to be a unicorn, getting her autograph… loved it!
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  14. Since we don’t really get the seasons changing quite the same way as many others, I love your description of spring in the air. Beautiful! There are lots of crazy forts with sheets and blankets and pillows built in our house. A stage? Brilliant! The semi-solitary afternoon of writing with a pot of tea sounds amazing! This is a lovely, lovely post! Thank you!
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  15. I think you brought a lot of readers back to their own childhoods with your description of the sheet fort. Such fun to can be had with so little!
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  16. The only thing better than a sheet and some flashlights? A mom who will come inside and play – especially if she brings snacks.

    Yesterday, I laid on a blanket and just watched the clouds go by. Perfect.
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  17. ***My Sunday morning element rarely involves hipster chicks and big comfy ottomans and an entire restaurant to myself.**

    Loooooooooove that!

    I also LOVE the quote by Mary Oliver. CLASSIC)) xx

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  18. My son kept tramping through what was left of the snow when we ran errands on Saturday. He would obey my “stay on the sidewalk” for two steps and then dive back in.
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  19. Oh, this post was lovely.

    The weather was kind so we went for a long walk near the water. A day of sunshine after so many months inside was lovely.
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