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doldrums and remedies

dól-dremz – 1: a spell of listlessness or despondency   2: a state or period of inactivity, stagnation, or slump   3: in the Northern Hemisphere, the months of January and February, excluding special birthdays and Valentines Day.

rem-i-deez –  1: something that cures or relieves a disease or bodily disorder   2: something that corrects or removes an evil of any kind. 3. any one or all of the following:

a walk among trees…

love in your cup…

persimmons on your counter…

soup in your bowl…

dresses in a window…

lemons in a jar…

bread from your oven…

…and for the quickest, surest remedy of all…

begin, if you can,

with littles in your lap…

to come in the next days (and one more yet today):

recipes for



preserved lemons

and a

special Sunday dinner

29 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lovely images evoking many of the pleasures of life and then topped off with the greatest joy of all–such beautiful grandchildren.

    January 6, 2012
  2. All those remedies pretty good for me too, images that lift the heart….. love the dresses in the window makes my heart sigh with pleasure!

    January 6, 2012
  3. What a lovely post! From beginning to end, a real pleasure to read and enjoy.

    January 6, 2012
    • John, I’m so happy you’re showing up here. You always have the nicest things to say!

      January 6, 2012
  4. Fabulous photos as ever, Antoinette, capped by that gorgeous gang of ‘littles’ piled on the couch with their beloved you-know-who! I love the content *and* the images you used to illustrate it. The photo of the persimmons is stunning–a real knockout, with the intense, complementary colors and the way the persimmon in the foreground looks exactly like it’s crafted of porcelain. Almost too beautiful to imagine eating it, but then again . . .

    Beautiful post, from beginning to end. The doldrums, if any, stopped the instant you started!

    January 6, 2012
    • Kathryn, so sweet you are! Thank you! And I felt the same as you about the persimmons! How does one take a reckless bite of such a beauty? Somehow, one manages! 🙂

      January 6, 2012
  5. Don #

    … and Love on the Table. 🙂

    January 6, 2012
  6. What a great preview. Just gorgeous photos!

    January 6, 2012
  7. What great pictures! Looking forward to your preserved lemon recipe!

    January 6, 2012
    • Tell me what you think if you decide to try it! I’d love to know.

      January 6, 2012
  8. Thank you for each photo here. Every one a beautiful joyous antidote to the gray doldrums. I do appreciate the creativity of your writing, too — loving the meat of those definitions. Your final photo makes me grin ear to ear!

    January 6, 2012
    • A lapful of laughing littles will do that! 🙂

      January 6, 2012
  9. This is the perfect antidote for the way I’m feeling tonight, which basically is sorry for myself.

    Do you ever feel as if everybody is having more fun? Friends going on winter vacations or having interesting plans for weekends.

    I love your world and the beautiful way you describe and show it.


    January 6, 2012
    • Thank you, Ronnie. Hoping the sun is shining brighter on you tomorrow!

      January 6, 2012
  10. Darlyn #

    wow! Very artistic and love the verbal expressions.

    January 6, 2012
  11. Well… I wish I had had this post a few days ago… your remedy would be the ultimate cure.. strolling alongside you through your photos. I especially love your little “littles”. This was a breath of fresh air today.
    ps LOVE those dresses! In the first photo… what shop is that? 🙂

    January 6, 2012
    • Ah, the dresses! Aren’t they wonderful? A boutique in NYC. Can’t remember the name, but thinking it was in TriBeCa. Next time there, I’ll be determined to find it again, and I’ll remember to let you know.
      And, Ah, the littles! How can we not love those littles! 🙂

      January 7, 2012
  12. Ah, that was so lovely! And did I read a comment correctly that they are your grandchildren?! Sincerely, I thought they were your children, you are far too young and glamorous to be a granny…but then again, how fabulous for you and them!

    January 7, 2012
    • Pretty fabulous, yes! 🙂 !

      January 7, 2012
  13. Such a lovely post … just what we need in January. Thank you!

    January 7, 2012
  14. deb #

    It would be hard to pick a favorite of your posts, but if I had to it would most likely be this one! It is beautiful from start to finish, with the “littles” and their Nana as the highlight. Such wisdom in these words. Wondering if the dress photos were taken on your 2010 NY trip . . .

    January 7, 2012
    • Deb, so nice to hear, thank you. The dress photos, yes, from 2010. So many good memories of that trip! I’m so anxious to walk those streets again, with sun next time! If you have the occasion to go to TriBeCa while there (doubtful, with your schedule!) will you let me know the name of the boutique where we saw the dresses in the first photo? I’m going to want to head back that way!

      January 8, 2012
  15. Nice looking emotions for a tired time.

    January 11, 2012
    • It helps to know what lifts us, doesn’t it?

      January 11, 2012
  16. these images always reboot and restore in a mere moment…thank you, spree!

    January 17, 2012

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