Here are some of the objects that have brightened my heart as of late.
Above is my new parrot green teapot, purchased at the April Bauer Pottery sample sale.
The other day I discovered a store called OK on Silverlake Blvd. Here, I had fun looking at cunningly displayed Slinkys, 19-dollar cast iron nail clippers (black, so cool) from Japan, tiny bowls of recycled glass (pale milky hues of amber, gray, green) for fleur de sel, bone or tortoise toothbrushes from Italy.
I splurged on a tea strainer with a bamboo handle and a toothbrush.
That way I don’t get tea leaf shards all over my new teapot and the sink and I hope will thus avoid the near occasion of swearing.
I have also acquired a new orchid, courtesy of Erlinda rom St. Francis of Assisi Church. Linda has temporarily taken over from Lucy, who is sick and convalescing in the Philippines, as the hand-off person for the free copies of Magnificat I get each month.
I went up to Linda’s house to make the drop and it turns out she grows pots and pots of orchids. So she gave me one to take home–which was lovely of her.
I know people are starving, and killing each other, and that all the sorrow of the world continues unabated.
But I don’t think loving tea strainers and little glass bowls and orchids is frivolous.
I think love of every kind helps keeps the sorrow at bay.