Friday

Reflections...











Dear friends, how are you? Did you miss me?
During these days of silence I have been doing a lot of recharging after a near month of very ill health that threatened to… but blessedly did not… ruin our Christmas. This, of course, was due to the happy fact that I finished my holiday shopping by the end of November (and wrapped them all as well). As I lie about these past three weeks healing I did much reflecting and new ideas rushed to my mind and I can't wait to share them with you. That being said, I was not able to accomplish much recently so there is little to show you of my own work, but I dearly wish to leave you with something lovely to look at... pleasant scenes that made me feel better simply by looking at them.



Isn’t it a miracle how pictures of pretty things and places can stimulate good things in the brain/body? Makes me appreciate the obscure gifts inherent in the multitude of lovely images and ideas that are constantly shared on this wonder we call the Internet...such hidden powers and amazing gifts. We are blessed with an embarrassment of riches.



Sending love and good thoughts to all, as always.



Warmly,



Tracey and Family x0x



Photos: Pinterest.com

32 comments:

Lorrie said...

Tracey, I am so sorry to hear that you've been unwell. I hope you are on the mend.
Yes, lovely things to look at and think about do much to heal - and we are so blessed to have access to these images. Thanks for sharing them, take care.

La Table De Nana said...

I hope you are feeling better.I understand and sympathize.. these are lovely calm images..Thank you..and I wish you a very good New Year~

Love the Decor! said...

Hope you are truly feeling much better!!
Happy New Year!!

Terri said...

I sent a prayer up for good health in 2011.

I love white in January. Is it because there are always such good white sales now?

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hi Lorrie! Thanks so much for the kind note. I must tell you how much I enjoyed the before and after on your recent post! The light and usability of your kitchen/dining space are amazing. So inspiring.
Love,
Tracey
x0x

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

You are so kind LTDN! Christmas and the New Year were times of rest for me, for the most part. The beautiful thing was that my father and my husband did all the cooking and cleaning and taking care of everything for me during that time. On Christmas, they prepared together a standing rib roast! That evening, after a long rest, I walked into the kitchen to find them together at the stove, whisks in hand, my father was teaching my husband (not a cook) to make gravy! It was a beautiful sight to behold. A memory I will cherish.
Love,
Tracey
x0x

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

I sure appreciate the kind words Debbie! I'm almost all better now, but still taking things slowly. :)
Love,
Tracey
x0x
P.S. Loved your post and pictures on the wedding...so lovely!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Terri, you kind prayers are already being felt, thank you so much!
Love,
Tracey
P.S. I agree with you regarding white in January. :)

~ellen~ said...

Oh Tracey, I'm so sorry to hear you've been having health troubles. Please take good care of yourself, and hopefully all will be right again very soon.

Make sure your husband makes gravy for you, that'll help :)

Storybook Woods said...

Dear Tracey,
I know you have been sick and was praying it would not ruin your Christmas. No one should be sick on Christmas. Well it is a new year and new possibilities.
Love Clarice

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hahahah...Ellen...you're so funny! Thank you sooo much for the good thoughts. Happy news is that I am very much on the mend now and think I've taken care of the root of the problem (a long time inner ear infection that moved to the sinuses, ugh). I'm on the come back trail to be sure!!! Thanks again my friend!
Love,
Tracey
x0x

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

You're so right Clarice...new year...new possibilities...and I am super optimistic about things. I've had that nagging ear/sinus problem all last year and once it came to a head it was taken care of at last. Yay! Unfortunately, it hit during the holidays, but at least I was able to keep my head up for Christmas morning. :)
Thanks so much for the kind words, as always.
Love,
Tracey
x0x

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I do hope you are feeling much better. I developed an infection last fall that I couldn't shake and it really puts you under!

Praying for renewed health along with good ideas. :)

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Thank you so much dear Brenda, for the prayers, kind words and empathy. I know I'll have renewed good now!!!
Love,
Tracey
x0x

poindextr said...

Tracey, so glad to hear that you are recuperating. Health is a true blessing indeed. Happy new year!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Truer words were never written Poindxtr...nothing like a bout of being under the weather to make you appreciate good health! Thank you so much for the good words...they have such power and I appreciate them very much.
Warmly,
Tracey
x0x

WobiSobi said...

Love your Blog!! Following!!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Thanks so much Anne! I loved your post on shopping your closet...LOVE the way you think too!
Warmly,
Tracey
x0x

MJs Table Talk said...

Sending you blessings of health for 2011 Tracey! Hope you are all better. I so enjoyed all your ideas in November and look forward to your new ideas to emerge! Peace, MJ at mjstabletalk.com

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

I sure appreciate them MJ!
Love,
Tracey
x0x
P.S. Really enjoyed your post on the day you spent making blankets (to donate!) with your friend...those braided edges really add a polished look.

Penny Ann said...

Glad to hear that the root problem is now fixed and you can once again enjoy good health. May this year prosper you in body, mind and soul. Much love,
Terri

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Terri, thank you so much for the good wishes and kind thoughts! I have really missed visiting you and all of my other blog friends! Can't wait to be getting fully back on track.
Love,
Tracey
x0x

Christy@WickedHappy said...

So glad you are feeling better! Lovely photos as always. :)

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Thank so much Christy! Hope you're enjoying the new year so far.
Love,
Tracey
x0x

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Tracey, I'm so sorry that you've been so ill! I'm happy that you're feeling better. I spent a happy few hours re-reading some parts of your book yesterday as we are snowed in. Atlanta has been shut down by the snow and ice all week. Happily the sun is shining today so there's hope that we can all get out of houses by tomorrow (before we all go insane)!

Manuela

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

You are so kind Manuela! Thank you for the good words about my health and my work! You make me feel like a million dollars. :) So sorry to hear you are snowed/iced in for so long! Wow, can't image how stir crazy you must be...you are a mover and doer...hope things thaw out for you soon.
Love and good thoughts to you my friend!
Love,
Tracey
x0x

Solange Honorato said...

Tracey,you have reason. Just looking at the pictures I already feel relaxed. Beijos!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hello Solange! Yes...they do calm and inspire which is sort of amazing to me. :)
Love,
Tracey
x0x

kalanicut said...

Tracey, sending good wishes on healing wings to you. You are so right about inspiring images, they are so calming. I enjoyed your photos as I sit waiting for the next mountain of laundry to spring forth out of the dryer. A lovely respite for a few minutes. Thank you for giving me that.

Wishes you good health and a joyous year to come.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

So glad you enjoyed them as much as I did Kalanicut! I do the same thing...pop on the computer for inspiration during the odd minutes between chores...sort of like a mini reward for getting things done. :)
Love,
Tracey
x0x
P.S.Thank you for the good wishes and thoughts...they are so appreciated!

Bettyann said...

Dear Tracey..I was sorry to hear you had been unwell. Hope that 2011 brings you good health...take care xxx bettyann

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

So kind of you BettyAnn...I sure do appreciate the good thoughts and prayers. They are truly working! Hope you're enjoying the snow.
Love,
Tracey
x0x

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