Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Blue Monday

Daughter Sarah and her Andy have left, Sister-in-law Patti and her family headed home on Friday and so we are alone once more. Sunday morning after breakfast finds me in the breakfast room, writing the many thank you notes that need to be done.

But I am not alone.
For on the table is a beautiful blue hydrangea. A gift from a dear friend in Florida. I love the pale blue white of the plant and the deep blue of the pot. She knows me and my love for blue. It was so sweet of her to send it and it shall be planted outside when it gets a bit warmer. In a place where I can see it from the breakfast room table.
And for a bit of nourishment as I write the notes, is a piece of apricot cheesecake. Quite a tasty gift from a dear friend.
I am not alone for I am surrounded by kindnesses from friends. From the hydrangea and the cheesecake to the many memorials and cards that we received last week.

The notes were not a chore but a labor of love.

It is a blue monday here at Linderhof as we continue to mourn.

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Allie and Pattie said...

Martha, you and Jim have been in my thoughts and it is a testament to your spirit that you are handling the thank yous so quickly. Have a blessed Easter and may your memories sustain you all
xoxo Pattie and Allie

Pondside said...

The cards, the visits, the casseroles and cakes, the thank you's and the leftovers, whether floral or food all come together to help with the healing.
Thinking of you and yours.........

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

You are surrounded by such love and kindness and I know that helps with the loss. You are in my prayers and thoughts. God Bless. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to you and Jim.


9405018--Pat said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you both...Pat H

Southerncook said...

{{HUGS}}} to you and Jim both.


Gwendolen Elaine said...

You have my prayers.I have to comment on your lovely home as well, though.Your table is beautiful...that apricot cheesecake was made for blue transferware...and your hydrangea will, once planted, be a living reminder of the kindness of friendship:)

Mary Bergfeld said...

I hope the warmth of friends and family have helped to make this difficult period a bit easier for you and Jim. Blessings...Mary

Maggie said...

You have the perfect spot to sit and reflect as you write your thank you notes. The hydrangea is beautiful.

Ann said...

Beautiful Hydrangea plant. Hope it transplants well for you. Beautiful place to gather your thoughts.

SmilingSally said...

How wonderful it is to be surrounded by the kindness of loved ones during your time of mourning. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday!

Marice said...

i agree you are well-loved! :)

u may view mine here

Niki said...

What a beautiful post! Gorgeous pictures, lovely home and so well written.