Friday, January 1, 2016

On the Eleventh Day of a Feminine Christmas


This image says "New Year's Day" to me.  Perhaps it's her pastel coat and floral muff.  Perhaps she has done what I do which is to put away my fall colors and hues and bring my icy pastels to the front of the closet.  It's fun to have one's wardrobe mirror the frost and pale skies outside.

Do you watch the news?  I've eliminated most of it from my daily round.  Last night I did hear there was a terror threat in Rochester, NY, where a best friend lives.  One cannot entirely escape the events happening in the world today.  I am trusting that when I need to know something I will be told somehow.  But I still must go to work and function and so for me, I have stopped watching news programs.  Ditto, reality TV and anything about celebrities.  I prefer to spend my spare time reading and watching uplifting things that keep my spirits buoyant so that I can bring my small light to the world.  Who knows -  my "light" may actually be making a difference to someone and if it gets extinguished by news overload, how will I help?

I like to think this blog may be a beacon to some readers out there.  I really do ponder the things I write about and then my thoughts somehow meander right here to this page.  I admit to being stumped about what to write sometimes and I fear some readers may think I am naive because I do not bring world events to the blog.  Believe me, I take the events of our world very seriously and as a sensitive person, I could go overboard with empathy and it could consume me if I let it.

I believe our lovely lady in rose is about to embark on a journey to a New Year's house party at a friend's - just as I am about to do today.  And once there, I will be convivial and glad.  Glad because it is a holiday today - the very first of a brand new year.  And I don't think I am being pretentious to think that I may make someone else feel nice or ease their pain or make them laugh.  Edith Wharton once wrote, "It was an inner glow of happiness (that made the difference)...and it shone through like a light under ice"...

I shall leave you with that.


12 comments:

  1. I love this and yes, you are always a light to me, Donna! Have a marvelous New Year's Day! Wonderful reflections! XO

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  2. I recently discovered your delightful blog. Wanted to wish you a Happy New Year. I also love and treasure the old Victoria Magazines. The January issues were always a favorite.
    Laurie

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  3. I look forward to your posts. I started reading last year with your 12 days of a Feminine Christmas. Thanks for a delightful blog.
    Happy New Year

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  4. "I like to think this blog may be a beacon to some readers out there."

    It is a very lovely beacon.

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  5. I believe people come to your blog as a respite from world events. I know I do. This is a gentle, peaceful place that refreshes my spirit. Your "light" does indeed make a difference, and I thank you for it.

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  6. Be sure that your blog is a beacon,a beacon of elegance, of good taste, of faith in beleives that seem long forhotten.Happy new year Donna from Greee

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  7. Your blog is a haven from the craziness going on around us. You find the best vintage photographs and illustrations that take us back to a kinder, gentler time. You have a way of weaving a lovely story around the pictures.

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  8. Thank you all...I am renewed! Laurie, the Jauary Victorias are my very favorite issues as well. Efthasia...my book writing will be picking up speed this winter. Donna you are a dear...all of you in fact.

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  9. I love your blog! I feel very peaceful when I visit your site. I smell lovely flowers and beautiful music, even if it is all in my imagination! Happy New Year!

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  10. This is such a lovely blog. I just loved it. I will also be attending a vintage event very soon at one of party venues in Boston. I will take my granddaughter to this event as she has great interest in historic things and would love to be part of such event.

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