an embellishment of life


“What a lovely thing a rose is!”

He walked past the couch to the open window and held up the drooping stalk of a moss-rose, looking down at the dainty blend of crimson and green. It was a new phase of his character to me, for I had never before seen him show any keen interest in natural objects.

“There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as religion,” said he, leaning with his back against the shutters. “It can be built up as an exact science by the reasoner. Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.”

~ Arthur Conan Doyle, The Naval Treaty


five things that have made her week

1. these vintage canisters
{a Salvation Army find for $1.50/set. Needless to say she ‘Just singin’ in the rain; What a glorious feelin’}

2. these thrifted gold pens
{Waterman fountain and ball pens for $2.99 Goodwill}

3. these greens
{after the morning rain that are just beautiful to look at}

4. these meal
{a rare delicacy in her household, a beef lo-mein}

5. these white blooms
{white cherry blossom jazzing up the front yard}