Comfort: Satisfaction or physical well being provided by a person or thing
"Comfort was allowed to come to them rare, welcome, unsought: a gift like joy."
~Ursula K. LeGuin~
This week beautiful living here at Quill Cottage consisted of beautiful comforts. The week began with Darling Daughter being sick and needing the comforts that only a mom can give when one is under the weather, soothing words and prayers as well as homemade chicken noodle soup. For Darling Daughter, holding her hand and praying for her is one of her favorite comforts.
Midweek, on the day of my friends visit I found myself in need of their comfort. Daughter-in-love ended up in the hospital with something, thankfully, unrelated to the baby, and is home and both are doing fine now. Having my two best friends presence and the distraction of one gorgeous little grandson was a comfort for me that kept me from worry. Even under the circumstances we had a wonderful visit. There is nothing like the comfort of friendship in times of crisis.
(I found a bed skirt! I love the quilted tailored look and the slight sheen to the fabric gives it a touch of luxury. I wanted to tone down all the floral and not overwhelm Handy Hubby and make him sleep in the land of precious so I chose a solid bed skirt rather than the stripe that went with the bedding. I picked out a tone that runs throughout the pattern that also brings in a little bit of a masculine touch. This is a Waverly bed skirt purchased from Target.)
After things were settled and Gorgeous Grandson returned home I started to feel under the weather. Oh the comfort of my very own bed! Yes, it is that super sized one that Handy Hubby insisted upon, and it was a veritable cradle for me to snuggle in. Nothing ever felt so good as to lay every aching part of body upon that fluffy mattress with my head resting on down filled pillows. I was comforted by the cool sheets on my fevered skin and warm blankets pulled up to my chin when I felt chilled.(This is what it would have looked like had I chose to use the full line of bedding, a little too much for me. Bedding pattern is Garden Dreams by C & F Manufacturing Co. Maye it is just me but if you could see the watermelon stripe on the bed skirt against the quilt, I don't think it compliments it well. I purchased my pieces from Belk)
Little kindnesses came my way in the form of favorite comfort foods, creamy buttery whipped potatoes to sooth my sore throat and a favorite sore throat hot drink, jell-o. When I was little and I had a sore throat my mother would make me a cup of hot black cherry jell-o to drink and to this day it is my favorite sore throat reliever. Comforting words of , "How are you feeling?", "I hope you feel better soon.", and "I love you." were a soothing balm.
(The throw pillows are left over from my other bedding. They are a bit bight for this bedding so I intend to remove the stuffing from them and tea dye them slightly. After dying I am going to use some old needle point pieces, found at a flea market, as well as new and vintage trims to gussy them up a bit.)
I thought a lot about how I take small comforts for granted just assuming they will always be there. I have much to be thankful for. I was even able to find comfort in sickness this week as it heightened my awareness of many of the beautiful blessings in my life, those who people it and the simple creature comforts. All these comforts did come my way, unsought, most welcome, little gifts of joy.
(For back pillows I chose not to use matching pillow shams but a less expensive alternative, king sized pillow cases in a gold color to match the bed skirt. A simple trick to gussy them up is to gather the end as shown above in a pleating fashion and secure with a rubber band.)(Have handy a corded tassel tie to match your bedding.)(Knot tie over rubber band area and then remove the rubber band.)(Tie in a bow and you have a pretty and inexpensive decorative touch to add to your bedding.)
To see how others are reaching out for their beautiful life goals, visit Melissa at The Inspired Room where today she shares 5 lovely ideas for adding ambiance and cheer to your life.