I have so many fabulous memories from my trip.
When life gets rocky I try to be proactive and balance the stress with some self care "tools" that I have practised over the years...
one of which is to reflect on better days,
focusing on the sweet snippets and highlights from happier days.
My travel photos instantly transport me back to those idyllic weeks in France.
Blogs also help to keep me connected...
Sharon Santoni's lovely blog French Country Home has been one of my favourites for many years. When Sharon announced that she was writing a book I ordered mine before it had been printed...
Recently I learned that she was offering a box of carefully curated French items and I ordered my subscription as soon as I heard that she would deliver to Canada.
My Stylish French Box arrived this week and it was the highlight of my day.
The packaging is exquisite and each item is carefully wrapped...
I carefully and slowly unwrapped each item...and kept saying to my husband how excited I felt...
everything is so beautiful.
satin ribbon bow
hand printed tags
I love the extra touches that Sharon has put into the presentation of the box.
Fragonard soaps(I went to the Fragonard museum when I was in Paris.)
a lovely hand made porcelain cup
which Mr. HB suggested that I could use for my morning espresso
Cire Trudon candle
There were other delightful treasures...
a journal, book, pencils, antique glasses and a small soap
These treats could not have come at a better time.
I have been very busy
helping Mother navigate her journey with terminal cancer.
Her diagnosis was recent and came as a shock to us all.
Mom had breast cancer 10 years ago in the same area where this lung cancer has presented itself and it has spread to her lymph system and she has pain.
I have cancelled all my commitments for the time being as I want to spend my time with her...
My sister and I received a bit of respite this weekend for the overnights which is a blessing as listening for her call and waking her for her pain meds every 4 hours does not make for a restful night.
Its such an emotional experience
my heart goes out to those of you who have traveled this path before...
I have a whole new respect for caregivers
I will try and post again in a few days as I do love writing this blog.
Hellebore in a hand picked garden grown bouquet that my BFF brought to Mom.
Friends and Family have been super supportive
I am so grateful...
THANK YOU ALL!
~ Be Well and Be Kind ~