Monday, March 11, 2019

A Basket of Comfort

I have been reading Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach.It is written in a journal type form and you can read a bit each day. I got a bit behind and I am almost caught up again. One of the things she recommends is having a 'comfort drawer.' She feels this is some place you can put things that will bring you comfort when you are needing it. Mine is in a basket by my recliner. I have just started gathering the things that go in my comfort basket.

It will definitely have a dish of Lindor truffles. I like a variety but my favorite is the simple milk chocolate. Nothing brings comfort like letting one of these melt on my tongue. The secret will be not to eat all of them in one sitting.


I have a Yankee Candle in my basket. I take it out to burn when I am feeling blue and the scent reminds me of Richard. The scent is called Summer Storm. I don't know why it reminds me of Richard. The notes are Eucalyptus and patchouli. He hated eucalyptus. But Darian bought it for me for Christmas because it reminded him of his Papa. So there must be something there. I love the smell. 

I have also taken a dive into the world of essential oils. I think I have told you that before. So interesting to learn how to use them. And such fun. And oh the smells. I have a diffuser in my living room. I use it almost everyday. I also started getting a monthly box from Simply Earth. This has helped me to build my collection and has also taught me how to use them. This month we got an inhaler (much like the Vick's Inhaler) to use with our oils. The recipe I have used for mine is Blood orange and Coriander. These are placed on the cotton insert and then inhaled as frequently as needed. These oils help with anxiety. I feel like it does help. It could be mind over matter but that's okay too. 

Also into my comfort basket are my earphones so that I can sit down and listen to a bit of Audible several times a day. I'm really not a big music person. But I do enjoy the audio books. And they bring me comfort. 

Another thing I have placed in my comfort basket is the free Peppermint Tea I received from Grove Collaborative. Peppermint tea with honey is refreshing, uplifting and soothing to the digestive system. I enjoy a cup in the evening. Maybe I won't like it as much in the warmer months and I'll have to look for something else to put in my comfort basket. 

On my coffee table is a spinning picture frame with small snapshots of my family and my dog. When I am missing them and need to see their smiling faces the frame is there
fun pic of Justin and Heather
for me to spin through the pictures. Much comfort found there, my friend! 




And last, but not least, is a tiny zip lock baggie of Cesar Softies for Bailey. Because if I am needing comfort then surely he is too. I am telling you this is a spoiled little Yorkie.  

What do you think of this idea? Would you have a 'comfort basket'? I am looking for a card from Richard, some of my mom's handwriting, a piece of embroidery from my mom! Other little tidbits to put in my basket. Little things go a long way in making one feel loved with these little gifts of the heart.

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  1. That's a nice idea and you have picked lovely things to include in yours. I don't per se have a comment basket but I have songs that bring me comfort so when I need some comfort, I play them through Pandora. Scripture too that I have memorized. I might not have remembered all the words but the key idea of the particular verse does bring me comfort.

    I need to get into essential oils more. They can be so "useful" if known how to use them.

    betty

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    1. Yes, good idea. I should put some of my favorite scriptures on cards and include them in my basket.

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  2. Hi Paula - sounds like it just suits you ... love the idea of the candle. While the picture thingie!! is rather fun ... take care - cheers Hilary

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  3. I love the idea of your comfort basket and I need to get out that book and reread it again. I did so years ago, but haven't read it inyears. So it'd be like reading it fresh again for me. I do burn candles often and use essential oils . They are mood setters for sure. I'm all about comfort these days, clothes, shoes, food, and the simple things in life.

    Love and hugs,
    'ma'

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    1. Essential oils are the best. I agree about comfortable clothes and shoes. I told my granddaughter the other day that I would never wear heels again.

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  4. I bought a small diffuser for my desk at work. I've got to going now and i'm so glad I got it!
    I love your comfort basket. Just make sure the chocolates have a lid so the dog cant get into it. :)

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  5. That is an interesting idea. It sounds like you are well on your way to getting yours complete.

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  6. That's such a great idea! I want to get a copy of this book and gather things for my own comfort basket. I love Eucalyptus and patchouli, and the spinning picture frame!

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    1. You can get a Kindle copy of the book. That is what I have.

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  7. Now I'm regretting having given away my Sample Abundance book … I don't recall that part about comfort baskets. We used to burn scented candles all the time; but, when Caraleigh's health began to nosedive, one of the questions the vet asked was, did we burn candles. Not sure how much a role that played in her death, but I've not lit one since. There's so little I know about the essential oils; one of the gals at church is a distributor for Young Living -- but it sounds expensive. Love your spinning picture frame!

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    1. It wasn't a basket in the book. It was a drawer. I spend so little time in a bedroom that I decided to make it a basket. I read about the candles and dogs but I don't feel I burn mine enough to cause Bailey a problem. I can see why you would be cautious.

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  8. What a beautiful idea. I just bought a diffuser and several essential oils. I started using it at night and I love it. I'm into peppermint, eucalyptus, tangerine, grapefruit right now. I also bought a little porous thingy to put oils on and put on the vent in my car to give it a nice, fresh smell. I'm not sure what I would put in my basket, I'll have to think on that but I sure like the idea enough to go find a basket for myself! Thank you.

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    1. I like all those oils you mentioned too. And lemon is another favorite. They have so many uses. I hope you write about your basket.

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  9. I haven't been to visit you for far too long. And here you are with some of my favorite things! I have the book. I read it, used it, followed it, when it first came out. So long ago now. I think that's where I got the idea for a gratitude journal. I love my Yankee Candle and Lindor milk chocolates too. I did have a special drawer in my old house. I just found a special box that has so many things that could fit in a comfort drawer. Thank you so much for this post. I think I need it a lot right now. Oh, is Bailey a new dog? I don't remember you having one.

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    1. Yes, I have a little doggie. He came to live with me in October. He belonged to my brother and his wife. My brother died in April 2017 and his wife in August 2018. Bailey is now mine. I had heard of the book but just got it downloaded on my Kindle and am enjoying it.

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  10. Does a comfort house count? :-) The only two essential oils my nose likes are frankincense and myrrh. Odd, but... my nose knows, I guess. I have not heard of the comfort drawer, but I think a basket is a nice twist to the concept. I'm definitely with you an audio books! Peace, my blog friend!

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    1. Yes, of course a house counts. Mine has too much clutter to be called comfortable.

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  11. I like this idea. I'm going to think of what I would put in mine.

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  12. I have this book and need to pick it up and resume reading.

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  13. I wasn't that crazy on the book; it was the writing style, I think. As for the comfort drawer, or basket, that sounds great! Not sure I'll do one, but it's a neat idea!

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    1. I enjoy the book. No earth shaking information but that is okay!

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  14. Sounds like a good idea to me, mine would probably have too much chocolate in it! And Gum:)

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  15. A comfort basket is a wonderful idea and I can see why you chose the items that you did.

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