On Grief + Healing
We gave ourselves four days. Four whole, entire, glorious days to do nothing. A simple act (or non-act, really), to do what we hadn’t given ourselves a chance to do – grieve. Jack’s passing happened so suddenly, it felt like a horrific punch to the gut. We were in the midst of work, work, work – all of which felt incredibly insignificant in the aftermath – but we pushed through, albeit slowly. And then last week, we decided, isn’t this what Tree House is for?
I hate to admit it, but we have never had a Tree House weekend with just us when we weren’t working. Sure, we might go to that Michigan house for three days, work hard for two and take the third day off. We’ve gone with a big group of friends and stayed up late eating s’mores. We’ve also gone with friends who’ve helped us demolish an entire kitchen. And we’ve gone with family, who subsequently keep an eye on Lucy while we finish installing lights, paint beadboard and wallpaper. But just us? Just for fun? Never.
It was just what our hearts needed. We thought, maybe we’ll tackle a couple punch list items – you know, only if we feel like it. We didn’t feel like it. We slept in and took midday naps and ate pancakes and drank beer. We watched Snowy Day (again!, Lucy says before the end credits even roll) and Marriage Story and played at the snow-covered dunes!
I often underestimate how much I need quiet time to recoup, heal. And now that we’ve given ourselves the grace to do so, we all feel so. much. better. Tree House has proven itself to be the sanctuary that we envisioned from Day One.
Note: We receive a lot of messages asking if we still plan on listing Tree House for short term rentals, and the answer is yes! We need to knock out that punch list, but we’re aiming to open up summer dates by the spring!
Other Things This Week
As I start the furniture search for the Two Flat (I can’t help myself), I stumbled across these counter stools – and wow. Love.
Speaking of which, I did order this handsome (large!) planter for Unit 1’s amazing front windows… in brown! It feels like a throwback in the best way.
The best part about this Netflix series is the design for each episode’s 3 second title card (and they’re all different). Has anyone else noticed how beautiful they are?
Julia said she loved them, and I have to agree! These are my favorite purchase of the year, hands down.
Yes, this, a thousand times this. Dressing Lucy in (mostly) gender-neutral clothing can really mess with people. But why?
Here’s a silly story: At least 15 years ago, Scott and I picked up McDonald’s french fries, Big Macs and a bottle of wine. The wine cost more than our dinner; we were broke as a joke, and the wine was our splurge! Now every year since, we skip the fancy reservations and share our annual Big Mac over a bottle of wine, but there’s just one rule – the bottle has to cost more than our McDonald’s dinner, ha! Do you have any fun Valentine’s Day traditions?
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Wishing you all a happy weekend, doing whatever it is that makes your heart sing – and a Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!