Saturday, January 21, 2017

In January - The Things I Didn't Write


There are so many things I wanted to write about in January.  I really wanted to tell you about the quintessential snowy New England weekend I spent many years ago at a old and lovely brick manor house in the middle of a Western Massachusetts forest and how each room was decorated with a dash of woodland magic.  I would have described the china bowls of wild berries and moss, the baskets of pinecones, and I would have written that every room had a hissing fire in the grate.  But then we had an extended January thaw and I lost passion for the story and so I almost wrote a story about a commonplace book I kept for a season long ago and forgot about until recently, and how in its pages I found a girl I wished I cherished more because I think she was pretty neat.  And then, I had a blog post nearly written in my head about my hero, Col. John Glenn and his honorable life and for-the-ages love story with his beloved wife Annie, and how, although I mourned in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the story evaporated in the holiday rush.

I also wanted to write about a dear yellow house that is for sale in the neighborhood I grew up in and how my reveries turned rapturously fantastical one morning as I drove to work and imagined myself buying the place, decorating it and actually living there even though it would mean I would have to move out of state and leave my family and job.  I would have also told you that as long as I could remember, the house was yellow and that if I were to ever be its mistress, it always would be...

And I wanted to tell you about all the new books I am reading these days especially the one about a woman who saved a century of family clothing including everyday dresses from the 1940's and enchanting ballgowns with the dance cards to match.  And speaking of books, I almost wrote about the oldie-but-goody cookbook my grandmother gave me long ago and how I have been revisiting it for comfort food cooked from scratch and how I have come to realize that sometimes the old ways of cooking are the best ways.

And I thought you might like to read that my very favorite junk shop was closing and I had special permission to shop the "attic" and all the treasures I found there for practically nothing including a beautiful etched crystal pitcher and how I brought it home and filled it with white lilies that cheered me with the scent of hothouse days to come.  And I would have written that I also found a brand new Ralph Lauren white ruffled flat sheet for pennies which now graces my bed (seen in the picture above).

I also meant to write about music and how I re-discovered the lilting and ardent voice of Susan Boyle and how I now believe she is the archetypal woman's songstress whose personal compositions will positively possess you on dark January nights.  I wanted to say something too, about my new bottle of the indie Chanel fragrance, Chanel 1932, and how it compares to my other winter favorite, Chanel No. 5 (it has a lovely jasmine "bite").

Yes...these are the things I wanted to write for you in January.  I am so sorry.

11 comments:

  1. Hi Donna, these would have been great stories. I am intrigued by the book you mentioned. What is it called? Such a beautiful post. ❤️

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  2. I enjoyed your musings--each of these snippets intrigues me to hear more! Christie

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  3. And you just did, giving us just enough of a taste of each one to crave more. Wishing you a happy January!

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    1. Happy January to you seablue and thank you for your regular comments!

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  4. Your writing style is lovely. I have a great affinity for manor houses decorated for the wintry season, yellow houses, thought-provoking books, attic treasures, and Chanel fragrances. I am so intrigued by the book you mentioned about the woman who saved a century of family clothing (I cherish sentimental clothing)- what is this book called?

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    1. Dana, I want to do a proper review...so I am almost done reading the entire book. Will blog this weekend. Thank you for your readership!

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  5. Here's another reader who's longing to know the title of that book and the title of your Grandmother's cookbook too!

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  6. I, too, can't wait for the name of the book of the lady who saved the family dresses! Love your blog and read it daily.

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  7. I enjoyed reading about the things you almost didn't write about...but then did, just a bit.
    It would be good to here more about the book titles, they sound so interesting.

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  8. Readers, I will review the books on the blog soon!

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