Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Tea

I have so much to be thankful for. I'd like to think that being thankful is not just a once a year event.

One special lady that I am thankful for is my hubby's dear aunt. She took me under her wing when my own Mother passed away, and sort of became a grandma to my children.

When we were packing up Auntie's house for her move to the ALF, we found this teapot in the top cabinet stuck way in the back. Auntie never drank tea, so it made me wonder if it might have been her mother's pot.

It's not the fanciest teapot, but to me it is beautiful. I know the picture looks a little green, but it is really a pale iridescent yellow on the sides. There are no markings.

So for today, even though Thanksgiving has passed, I would love to invite you to a Thanksgiving tea. We can share what we are thankful for along with a spot of tea. I am most thankful for you dear reader. I am encouraged each day when I read your comments.

So let's sit down, pour the tea and visit a while.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Let me entertain you

Do you remember the days when entertainment centered around people? Children playing on the piano, or singing a sweet song? In the days before my time, before radio and TV, we entertained ourselves. I love to read Jane Austen and Maud Montgomery books and glimpse into times past when an evening of entertainment consisted of a skit, or a play or someone playing the piano or singing a song. Since the days of electronics, we have even lost the charm of correspondence of letter writing. We have forgotten how to entertain ourselves. Perfection has wedged its way into our thinking.

It's a lost gift. During the days ahead, when family and friends gather around to celebrate the upcoming Christmas season, I hope the spark of enjoyment will crowd out the fear and help us to remember how to entertain ourselves.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Vintage Frame

Today my Vintage thing is this very old frame.

This is a portrait of my parents, probably taken sometime in the late 40's. The frame is very fragile and has many cracks.

Here is a little closer look at the detail in this beautiful frame.

The back of the frame is all wood.

I have many old pictures of my parents. They were older when I came around, and I did not have either of them for very long, but today I am thankful for my Mom and Dad.

We sometimes experience cracks and breaks along life's way and growing up can be a hard job. Yet those cracks mold us. They build character that, if we let them, allows us to learn life's lessons.

We don't get to choose the parents that we have. But I am thankful for the parents God gave me.

Joining Coloradolady's Vintage Thingie Thursday.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Outdoor Wednesday

In all things give thanks.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Friday, November 18, 2011


So once in every year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song
In thankfulness of heart.
~Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving

Pink Saturday

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Today has been a different day. It is a day of thoughts and memories. Every year I try not to allow this day to get me down, but something inside of me just won't let it go.

Thirty two years ago today my sweet Mom left her place here on earth and walked the streets of gold. She left suddenly and quickly. Which does not make it easy on family.

"Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted."

I know thirty two years seems like a very long time, but when you are young and you lose your Mom, there is a hole left in your heart. It really does not heal, but it becomes like a wound that has a scar over it. You always know it is there.

With time the pain does subside, but the memories are still there. And I am so thankful that our loving Lord has come along side of me to lift me up on the days when the memories bring back pangs of pain.

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

Spread your wings............

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Treasure hunting

Treasure hunting is simply enjoying the process of looking for and finding something that you didn't know you were looking for! When you find it, it inspires you to continue the hunt for the "next" thing :-) Of course it has to be at just the right price, or else the hunt is not valid. It's the difference between buying something retail, or finding the very same thing for 95% off! The process is almost as much fun as the find.

Does this look like fun to you??

This last place - Olde Junque Shop - was, well, it was pretty junky, that's for sure.

These were some of the spots we visited while traveling through South Carolina. My daughter and I hit the antique trail and found a few treasures.

I think this treasure topped it off for my daughter.

We have seen this cookbook in many different places. Some are in very good condition, others are falling apart. We've seen a vast array of pricing, but my daughter found this one for $1.50. I don't know if many of you have used this grand old BH & G red and white cookbook, but when I got married I lived in this cookbook. I never knew how to make cream sauce, or cole slaw dressing, or even how long to cook a roast. This cookbook was my bible in the kitchen.

So look! Now we have a twin -

Mine is on the right, and it's looks pretty beat up. But it's over 35 years old, and has taken it's licks. However, this cookbook still has the best recipe for Coconut Cream pie, and even tells you how long to cook eggs ;-) A very worthwhile vintage cookbook to have on hand.