Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Pursuit of Beauty

Though it was ultimately wonderful, the weekend got off to a bit of a rough start. In the course of collecting these willow branches on Friday I slashed open a tire on Mr. H's car which I had driven down to Rhode Island the day before. Not my finest hour.


Thanks to AAA it was all handled quickly and without much trouble; the car was loaded onto the back of a truck and taken off for a complete set of new tires and I had a very short walk home. Later on the telephone I explained the scenario to a curious Mr. H - that I had seen the the abundant stand of willows earlier in the day when out with the dog...


How I imagined them arrayed in a recent acquisition...


That I later saw some for sale at a farm stand, but decided I'd be thrifty and go back to cut them myself...


And finally, the treacherous concrete curb of a storm drain hidden in the grass beside the road. Admittedly, it was enormously careless of me but Mr. H replied, "Well, I understand. You love beauty."


I can't deny it and I will no doubt find myself in trouble for it again.

27 comments:

  1. Mr H sound like such an understanding chap Phyllis. A very cool, calm and correct answer. Nature always trumps the machine. Three cheers for Mr H, hip, hip......

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  2. What a dear and understanding husband. You've got a keeper (the vase, too).

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  3. That Mr. H is a keeper for sure!:) Love the willow branches on that stunning vase! Very statuesque. Try to be a "good girl" this week, ok?;).

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    1. Hahaha! Actually, the whole ordeal began with my not behaving - I am supposed to being 'good' and not buying anything!
      xoxo

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  4. Oh but so worth it - look how beautiful!!! You ought to go back and cut more! I'm planning on picking up all the birch limbs and branches on the roadside in Maine - it's everywhere due to all the snowstorms this winter. Do you know how much we have to pay for each birch log in DC??? A lot! Happy spring, P!! Ciao

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  5. Beyond love that vase !! How great does that simple vignette look with that poop of color and al lthe neutrals..I love it!!

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  6. Hello Phyllis, the willow are just perfect in that vase.
    Well worth the little hiccup in Mr H's car!!
    Have a lovely day,
    Liz x

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  7. Mr. H sounds like such a nice man......love that he was so understanding:) Hate to say it but it was worth the AAA call as they look so beautiful!
    I have had many "mishaps" myself and its always AAA to the rescue, best $75 I ever spent:)

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  8. Ahh, the price of beauty! Looks like it was worth it, and I love the new vase and Mr. H's response!

    xo Kat

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  9. Thats what AAA is for -good he was understanding. Love your vase!

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  10. I can completely see this happening to me as I am always on the lookout for nature's bounty free of charge. AAA great as always but Mr. H is outstanding, great attitude. What a guy. They look lovely in that unique vase.

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  11. Phyllis you have a very sweet husband. My husband always says I can take something "cheap" and turn it into something expensive really fast....that would have been me at the side of the road...It could have been worse you could have gotten a ticket!! Great story!

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  12. Phyllis..well worth it..they look beautiful...and Mr H sounds like a very patient and kind man!

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  13. Phyllis I love your pursuit of beauty at all costs! Ha! Seriously adore the vase and adore pussywillows!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  14. Stunning Phyllis. The vase is gorgeous and pussy willows are perfection.

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    1. The comment thingie cut me off. Was about to say sorry about your tire. Ugh. This is my kind of suffering for beauty.
      Xo

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  15. The Lord wanted you to have them. And, me too.
    xx's

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  16. I can relate and your husband sounds like the sweetest man who definitely gets you. X Sharon

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  17. What a lovely way to express his dismay! He sounds a keeper :-)
    They are indeed beautiful, as is the vase.
    Have a wonderful Easter weekend.
    Di
    X

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  18. So lovely! Have a great Easter weekend. xo Nancy

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  19. Sweet understanding husband who so gets you and your passion, thank goodness for AAA.
    Your willow breaches are beautiful, I too would go to great lengths to retrieve those very branched to place them in my home.

    Thank you dearest Phyllis for taking the r e to visit adding beauty to my day.

    Xx
    See you soon.

    Dore

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  21. Sounds like something that would happen to me :) LOVE the vase! www.designsbykaty.com

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  22. Lovely! You deserved them, fine springtime pictures! Wishing you a wonderful weekend :)

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  23. Such a great story and while car troubles never come at a good time, these branches sure look pretty in your vase!
    xo

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