Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Getting the table ready

We are doing Thanksgiving for seven adults ad three kids this year, so I decided to spruce up the dining room with new curtains, placemats and napkins!





I'm also adding a few touches around the house to get ready for Christmas. The weekend after Thanksgiving, my mother in law will be over for tree trimming since we celebrate here. Should be fun!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

My basement

Since I'm sick with the flu or something today, I thought I'd post my most recent archaeological dig in our basement. Was fun, and I remembered several treasures that I'd forgotten about.


My mother's hillbilly mugs, scavenged from a neighbor's trash when I was a kid. Turns out they are by some notable maker of appalachian ceramics called Winton. Go figure.
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My collection of wooden thread spools, found at the church rummage sale for $2, along with the wool bag that you see underneath them.
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My three most cherished childhood toys: my doll, Joey, my bear, Brutus, and Holly Hobby.
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Christmas goodies found at yard sales this year:
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Baby stuff and whatnot to sell at my garage sale in the spring:
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The old church typewriter, given to me for free by the good ladies of the church when they saw how much I liked it. (I later slipped an extra ten into the offering plate.)
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Christmas cheer in a box, just waiting for all this flu to pass! (Oh and I'm not allowed to bring it out till after Thanksgiving, says my mister.)
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Friday, November 14, 2008

Honoring my baby brother

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I took my first stab at altered book art this week. My first book I am calling "Angels and Saints" because of this synchronicity that I picked up on. My mom was always crazy about angels; she collect them, read stories about them, and you would never have seen her without an angel pin on her lapel. It only dawned on me later that it might have something to do with the fact that my sweet baby brother, who would have turned 30 today, is buried in the Garden of Angels out at Forest Lawn. It is a resting place for infants. Jerry only lived seven days. When my mom died, we found that, oddly, there were two plots left right near him, just on the other side of the path.

More synchronicity: I learned that the angel Gabriel is the patron saint of postal workers (Mom and Dad,) courier or delivery companies (Erin, Andy, and at one point Danny,) newspaper workers (Aunt Louise,) and even telecom employees (Ken!) So although I am pretty sure my mom was not aware of this, the angel Gabriel has been our patron for a long time! So I took this all as a theme for the book, in which I will do layouts and collage based on those I've loved and lost, as well as the angels and saints that I am learning about.

I enjoyed doing this. I've been struggling with this for 30 years, and somehow it is only visually that I can grasp the emotions that a six year old girl felt, all those years ago, at losing her much anticipated and much beloved baby brother. I bought this for my mom years ago because it looked like me and my first son, but it could have been her holding Jerry too; a thing she was never able to do. Thank goodness pediatric hospice has come a long way, and mothers are able to at least hold their little ones for a while before they go.

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I hope you all have a good weekend; go on, wipe your eyes. Thanks, as always, for reading these little reveries of mine.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I am making a shoebox for a soldier

You should too!

Check it out at http://shoeboxforasoldier.com/

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Just need a few more goodies and a calling card and we're all set! Ken's idea was to send some fall leaves from home. Zack loves talking about "our soldier" and is planning on drawing a picture for him/her.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

This is a diet?

Husband and I are on South Beach, at the suggestion of our family doctor. So far, we have been carb and sugar free for six days! It's easy when you have dinners like Orange Roughy in ginger sauce with snow peas and cabbage for dinner! (Made it myself too...in under 30 minutes!)

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Friday, November 7, 2008

A fine fall day

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Probably our last day like this. I have been overwhelmed by how beautiful everything has been.

The boys goofed around in the neighbor's yard
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Our house felt cheerful yesterday
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So did the little birdhouse
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We found a little maple sapling. We're going to leave it in the bed for the winter and find a new home for it in the spring.
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A cool picture of our flag
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Today all is grey and the cold of winter is coming to call. These pictures are very cheering!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

More on the party

It was a success! First I have to put up a last minute yard sale find from this morning for 50 cents, which I used for a utensil holder, and included the decorative oversize candy corn, lol:

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Instead of having a chaotic cookout menu, we did brats and hot dogs, with kraut and beans for sides. For snacks we put out corn chips and pretzels with several dips, plus a plate of apples and caramel. There was cider, tea, punch and coffee to drink.

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Check out this cool vintage gift wrap from my mother in law. I know it's vintage because she never throws anyone away and I'm pretty sure has not bought gift wrap since the Carter administration!

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It was a really nice time. I got a lot of compliments, but really this is why I do what I do!

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