Ordering From My Bed…

The flu entered our home and boy did it hit us hard. Kids have been taking turns being home from school for days at a time (I don’t know when I got some fresh air last) and now I’ve got it too. I have not been t h i s  sick for 15 years. But that is of course peanuts compared to what so many of my my friends and partners are going through on the East Coast. (And now I understand another storm is on its way.) My heart goes out to all of you. Thinking of you and sending you all good energy. They need all the help they can get over there. The Red Cross is a good venue for offering some financial support. That is the least I could do. (See this as a friendly reminder).

Well, being stuck under the covers allowed me some minimal shopping time.

First I shopped for air tickets to Sweden. My 10 year old Frida and I are hopping over to spend some quality time with my Mom and close family and friends. We are leaving in a couple of weeks. Can’t wait! Hoping to show Frida a Holiday decorated (and hopefully snowy) Stockholm! So genuine and pretty. (Let me know if I can get any of you anything from the old Homeland).

I have been looking EVERYWHERE for some handsome Christmas stockings. I found these burlap ones today and placed my order (before you discovered them!). Understated and pretty, I hope. (I will let you know when I receive them). Lined too. And affordable. I found them here.

I ordered all different ones.

I have been shivering like crazy and I told Hubby yesterday — “I only want one thing for Christmas. A stylish water bottle/warmer!” Yep! I like it warm and I have a feeling all family members will be fighting over this handsome Canadian Hudson’s Cashmere Hot Water Bottle (based on the iconic Canadian blanket) during the cold winter months.

That is all you will be getting from me today. Stay away from the Flu. It is a bad one this year.

Hugs to you all.

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Written by Splendid Willow in: Home Goods & Accessories |


  • Delishhh says:

    Monika – so sorry that you have the flu! I hope you recover fast! I love those stockings!! Just gorgeous!! You are going to have so much fun in Sweden. I am jealous! Krya på dig!!!!

  • Greet says:

    My poor friend!! I do hope you are all getting better soon! Oh yes, think about your coming visit to Sweden and you will feel cured!
    The stockings are indeed beautiful! Oh dear I do have to start thinking about Christmas decoration at our home!!
    Lots of healing kisses from Belgium dear Mon!

  • Mon I’m so sorry you and your family are sick, not fun! When I hit 45 I started getting a flu and pneumonia shot every year and so far so good. At least you have Sweden to look forward to with your friend. I wish you well very quickly!


  • Charlotta says:

    Skicka datum så susar jag och kidsen upp på en blixt visit!!

    Stackars er som är så sjuka. Vi måste prata om detta när vi ses. Har lite tips – förebyggande sådana!
    Du min skatt måste genast gå ut och köpa dig en burk med riktigt bra Magnesium tabletter – ta 400 mg per dag i två portioner, varav den sista ska vara en halv timme före lunch.
    Och så behöver du zink – ta 30mg om dagen i en månad, sedan vilar du en månad.
    Och D vitaminer är ett måste. Jag fixar D droppar som du kan ta med hem och ge både dig och barnen.
    Så nu har ‘mamman’ i mig tjatat färdigt! :)

    Jätte fina sockor och flask ‘tröja’! Perfekt att njuta av lite mys shopping från sängen.

    Krya på er och massor av kramar från mig

  • Mon…you poor thing! The flu is the worst in that you can’t do a thing about it but let it run its course…I have been there and feel your pain. Hope you are all on the mend soon! Thanks for your kind well wishes…they have helped us get through this crazy 10 days.
    How exciting for you to be going back to Stockholm and taking Frida with you to see it through your eyes…..and what a magical time to go. Fun fun fun!
    Do take good care and LOVE your stockings!
    XO Tina

  • Mon, please feel better soon! Here in France, we take liquid zinc to knock out a flu, do you have that in the States? I am going home for a visit myself soon and know that offers some powerful antidotes too. :)

  • monika! so, so sorry to hear this news. I had a flu shot and even had symptoms from that, so I know the real thing is BAD. wishing you a speedy recovery.

    your upcoming trip sounds wonderful and we can’t wait to hear all about it. you and frida will have a terrific time, packed full of cherished memories.

    get well and thinking of you! donna

  • Sherry Hart says:

    Lord I hate being sick! It seems like the older I get……..a cold or flu will take me down. Hope you are feeling better soon and good gosh those stocking are splendid:)

  • TSL says:

    Spoonfuls of honey and cinnamon blended together! They are antiviral, find it helps so much!!!! I am so very sorry to read how awfully sick you are, here is to better days, and happier shopping. Continued best wishes!

  • Franki Parde says:

    I hope by now your flu has flown!!! I saw that darling hot water bottle in my “Canadian House and Home” and thought…”wouldn’t that just be the cutest Christmas gift/stocking stuffer…wonder how difficult that would be to knit like a “cozy?!?!?” franki

    Splendid Willow Reply:

    Franki, thank you for your well wishes! Happy weekend. ox, Mon

  • designchic says:

    Oh Monika, I am sooooo sorry you are all down with the flu…it’s a bad one this year. Hope you are up and about soon and so excited you and Frida are heading to Sweden. Love the stockings…

  • Oh I’m so sorry that it has hit you so hard! Take good care of yourself. And, I’m SO happy that the Sweden trip worked out. Can’t wait to see you when you return and meet your entire family at the party. :)

  • LiveLikeYou says:

    Monika, I hope you feel better! Are you going to Sweden for Christmas & New Year’s? So am I just looking to book tickets. Ring nar du mar battre!!KRAM

  • leslie says:

    Hope you are better soon! .. lots of tea and rest. I’ve been under the weather too and finally ended up on antibiotics. Seems like whenever the seasons change we are more vulnerable to respiratory issues.

    I just love the stockings! Sounds like you’ve got some fun plans ahead. It’s always nice to have something to look forward to!


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  • Willow Decor says:

    Hope you feel better. The flu can be awful. Winds very bad and lots of snow in Boston. So far school is still on but think it might get cancelled.

    Rest and fel better!

    x Gina

  • feel better soon, lovely. the holidays must be near if the flu is rolling around.

    those stockings are fab too. i’ll be hanging our same ol creamy velvet ones and wondering what in the heck santa should deliver to young men.

    smiles to you.


  • Katie E. says:

    Hi, Monika:

    Just a note to say I hope you are feeling better soon!
    I so enjoy reading your beautiful blog!

    Miss you and would love to talk soon.

    xo, Katie

  • Tracey says:

    Aww, take care of yourself. If I could, I would send over a big blanket that Hudson’s Bay makes. Love those stockings!!!

  • Monika,
    I’m sorry to hear you and your family are ill. The flu is the worst. Take care and I hope your back to your energetic self soon.

  • Mon,
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery to you and the family- Sending you back all those warm hugs you send out to us :) I got my goodies… that spool of linen is too cute,can’t wait till your ornaments come in! Sweden over the holidays, lucky duck indeed!
    XO & get well soon-

    Splendid Willow Reply:

    Thank you Sarah, you are a dear! Let me know if I can drag something with me from Sweden.

    Happy weekend!


    (Some ornaments are in stock now).

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