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a little comfort

"A tendency to melancholy....
let it be observed, is a misfortune, not a fault."
Abraham Lincoln


We all have tough days. But more often than not, after a good night's sleep, things look better. Sometimes it takes some quiet time, the scent of vanilla, some painting, some reading, some hot tea with honey. Maybe a friend's hug, a chatty email, a child's handmade "i howpe yew fele beder" card, some fresh air, some rain drops. Some tear drops. Some cherry jell-o. Things will look a little brighter. I had a tough few days last week and after another few days, it lifted and I felt better.

Now I have the cold my kids gave to me as a birthday gift. Ah well.

Set aside a little box of treasures. To peek inside when you are down. Grapefruit-scented lotion, a swatch of velvet fabric, a DVD of Ocean's Eleven or Third Rock From the Sun, neon gellyroll markers, a few retro hotel postcards, bubble gum, a snow globe, lyrics from a few songs, a little amethyst stone, dice... 

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Reader Comments (9)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I got the cold too, slowly, but surely, from my own kid!! Love your blog!!

02.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenniferK

aww poor thing!! happy birthday!!! pop in oceans 11 and just bask in the manliness talent on has got to make anybody feel better!!! Hope the sniffles go away!!!!

02.16.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer

Happy Birthday! I hope it was lovely even with a cold.

I have been feeling down recently too. I hope some sunshine comes your way. :) I love the Abraham Lincoln quote.

02.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStargirl

Happy birthday Tammy! I love your thoughts on self-soothing. We all need to have our list of self-soothing things to help us through our bad times. You have no idea how much Daisy Yellow has brought me through a very dark time...the blackest time of my life. It has given me a totally new lease on life! Thank you Tammy!

02.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn Noyes

Happy birthday and I hope you're feeling better soon! Although I suspect not much keeps you down - you have an awesome box of treasures!

Dice? That's so cool! D6 or others too? I got hooked after learning how to play D&D with my kids. I don't play much anymore but the obsession remains :-)

02.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLadySeishou

I really really like this idea of a comfort box. I think I need to go make a few right now. heaven knows when I'm in the thick of being sick or sad I don't have the wherewithal to seek out the small comforts. hope you are on the mend!

Thank you everyone. Feeling very much yukky with a wicked cold, but yes still drawing!!!

02.17.2013 | Registered Commentergypsy

I just found your site via Pinterest...I love this post!

02.17.2013 | Unregistered Commenterbarbara

Hugs! Love the Lincoln-quote!

02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna

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