Thursday, March 10, 2011

Daydreaming

It's raining here. LOTS and LOTS of rain. Spring still feels very far away. On the drive back from C's gym class today, while he happily munched on animal crackers in the back seat and pointed out the occasional garbage truck, school bus, or construction vehicle, I watched the rain trickle down and I started to daydream....


My mind always wanders.  It is in such conflict with my type A tendencies, and often stifles my productivity, makes me forgetful, absentminded, all of that...

Today it was a familiar daydream, the one of my ideal job...the one I will have when my boys are grown and out of school. When I'm quite certain we will have moved back to the east coast, live in a small New England town. Where I can take long walks on the beach and ride my bike to the little shop I will own.


I imagine it being filled with charming English antiques, the sort of furnishings and art you'd find in a country home, just like the illustrations of Wind in the Willows or the original Beatrix Potter books.  I will also have a small collection of beautiful fabrics, pretty wall paper, and shelves lined with big glass jars filled with wooden spools of gorgeous ribbon.

 Outside I will have a few galvanized buckets with fresh flowers for sale -- sweet peas and peonies in the spring, fresh ever greens and branches of berries in the winter.  There will be green and white checked curtains hanging in the windows.  I imagine my golden retriever happily lounging on the front stoop, greeting occasional customers.  I also imagine having a kitchen in the back with a very long farmhouse table and once a week teaching a cooking class for a few women using the fresh veggies and herbs I will grow in the small courtyard out back.

 I imagine making annual trips to England to buy new pieces for the shop, and traveling to Provence to be inspired with new recipe ideas.

I imagine keeping odd hours and taking many vacations to visit my boys and their families.  No, wait, scratch that, my boys will live IN town not far away!  But I'll still keep odd hours.  I have the perfect name picked out too.  I can completely picture the inside, the way the store will look, smell, how people will feel when they visit, how I will wrap their packages.  (Sorry, I'm keeping the name a secret).


I don't imagine making much money in this venture.  Just sharing all the things I love with others.  It will give me something to do while Jimmy spends long hours at the golf course.

Ahh, to dream.  Rainy days, they do it to me every time.  Thanks for coming along with me today.
So, what about you?  What do you daydream about? 

xo,
Tessa

17 comments :

  1. Oh my goodness, that is one amazing set of images you have there!

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  2. Oh wow. What a beautiful post Tessa. I can't get over that board marching down the center of that table. Love it!

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  3. Can I be your first employee?!? I'll work for a good discount and shopping trips to Europe! xx. Katie

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  4. I absolutey LOVED stepping into your dream today! Thank you for inviting us in! I'm not sure I want to leave!

    I am loving the billowy window treatment in the first image.

    Sigh. Back to real life.
    Xo,
    Linsey

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  5. I think we have the same dream! Only I'd like to stay in the South, so maybe we can work in tandem, decorating all the mountain and lake homes in the South and all the coastal charmers in New England!

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  6. Tessa your shop sounds heavenly and I don't doubt for a minute that you will someday do that (and do it well!). And when you do I want to come to your opening! : )
    Xo Melissa

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  7. You found some beautiful photo's. I dream of someday having a shop and writing a cookbook/decorating/entertaining type book. With how much I love a beautiful book how great would that be!

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  8. I love the pictures. Sounds like the ideal job to me too!!
    Have a great weekend,
    Ashlyn

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  9. Tessa, move to my small Massachusetts town and open that store with me. We have the same dream :)

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  10. I love this dream (take me, take me)! Hey, at least the sun is shining today.

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  11. Wow! Sounds heavenly!!! I would visit your sweet shop and sit down at that long farmhouse table with you enjoying a cup of tea. Ah... what a perfect daydream indeed.

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  12. In the midst of my four kids running around loudly, you took me on your day dream with you! thanks for the 5 mins break hehe

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  13. thanks for taking us along for your daydream, and how gorgeous is your new blog?!

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  14. what a beautiful day dream....

    I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only one that sits around and has vivid dreams about what's down the road........

    mine includes a farm house with lots of baby chicks running around the yard.

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  15. open up that shop, so I can come visit! I hope your dream comes true!

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  16. Great ideas!
    Have a wonderful week.
    Xo,
    E&J

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