Hi there everyone. How are you doing? I say it over and over but this is still just so surreal….I cannot believe what is happening and how life has changed in a mere 10 days. Our world has changed forever and this will undoubtedly leave a mark on all of us. It could end up being a positive mark (and I very much hope it will)……..as it is my opinion, that something this life changing will fundamentally alter us and how we live I and I think it could end up being a good thing:) I surely have a new found appreciation for the simplest things, the people in my life, my family and so much more. I have heard many people saying this time is allowing them to reevaluate things, life, priorities, how much they work, time spent with family,.etc….You know I always say we need to seek those silver linings. I am trying to stay positive and hopeful, but some days it feels really challenging to do that. Yesterday with those sobering numbers and the highest death rate to date, left me feeling incredibly anxious, overwhelemed and very sad. I. know many of us are going through the same gamut of emotions. But we really are in this together and will come out of it together so I hope you are managing OK and finding ways to find joy even in small things. For me, working on my blog and still trying to manage my shipments coming in from afar have kept me very busy along with my daily walks and bike rides. Would love to hear from you too about how things are going for you and how you are occupying your time. In the meantime, think we could all use a good distraction for a few minutes and focus on something pretty. So today is all about my favorite flower……one and only glorious peonies. I could not love them more and we are lucky to have a wonderful farm about an hour and a half away that I greatly anticipate visiting every summer every late April/May. Nature will not be thwarted by Coronavirus..thankfully! So here’s a look at some of my peony binges from last year, hope you enjoy! ________________________________________________ A visit to a peony farm ranks right up there with my most favorite things to do ever! Obviously I had a hard time saying no:) Got home and started to immediately arrange Gg Love these in my giant grand raised dot jar for my center hall table, wish I could have kept it looking like that forever More arrangements placed around the house And used them in beautiful outdoor settings too- Proof that pink peonies go so beautifully with EVERY color! This next batch of pictures are from an impromptu intimate dinner I threw my husband for his birthday. We got so lucky as the weather was spectacular and it called for eating outside. I set up my table with the peonies from and center- I kept them in the garage refrigerator for 2 days and they looked incredible for the day of the dinner First arrangements being made….LOVE them in my wicker hurricanes (these are the medium) Click here for our wicker hurricane collection And of course you know I could not be more in love with my etched hurricanes, they just “make” a table and when lit, the gorgeous etch work illuminates so beautifully (click here to see them) Arrangements done and ready to be put out on the table! All done! Ahhh….cannot wait for these types of celebrations again ______________________________________ This was such a cathartic post for me to put together….gave me a much needed break from the darkness around us and brought me to a happy place. I cannot wait to visit a peony farm again and host a beautiful dinner, just because. I don’t need a reason….life and normalcy will be reason enough and I cannot wait! I hope you enjoyed the post too and that it gave you a little respite from all that is going on around us. Please take good care of yourself, leave a comment and say hi. Would love to hear from you, where you are and how you are doing. Stay safe, stay informed and please do stay home, everyone has to do their part!! Until next time…..