Sunday, October 29, 2017

the large and the small

Anytime I extend the dining table for an occasion (as I did for our recent book club)
 in the fall that comes within a month or ten
of the coming holiday,  the Gardener says, "Let's leave it up for the next event."
Usually I want it back to normal, even insisting I will do it myself.
I'm so visual, I like the smaller size in place.
But this year I'm a little tired. Probably still recovering from the new knee, and now a
very stubborn virus…so stubborn I want to take my fists and just beat it to death.
So the table stays stretched to its max, patiently awaiting the turkey and fix in's.
Some of you may remember my p*nterest experiment in my last post.
Grandson wanted to play with the painted skewers and that started me telling
him about the game we all loved as kids--his dad included--Pick-Up Sticks.
We tried to play but needed points at both ends of the sticks.
Amazon to the rescue!
A cute little box arrived. But the sticks are only maybe 7 inches.
If you ever get the privilege of going back to your childhood home,
or your grandmother's house, you may think it seems awfully small from
what you remember when you were a smaller size.
Could it be the same with the pick-up sticks?
That I was small so the sticks seemed longer?
I've already gathered contradictory opinions on this.
 But I did get the G. to play a game with me for old time's sake.
I'm thinking I'm too tired this year to drag our big tree from the attic.
This sale on small trees caught my eye. This still needs fluffing and I forgot
to put the bottom piece on the urn.
But is very pretty and pre-lit and so simple.
But will we miss our big tree this year?
Time will tell.
They are meant for porches. Covered porches, I assume.
Lastly, this caught my eye at our favorite resale shop, Magpie's,
that only opens occasionally, I noticed these big and small dishes glued
together, I assume, and hung on the wall.
A novelty I'd say, and my guess is more than one of you have
 more than one of these dishes at your house. I do.

And that's the large and the small of it.

Joining Monday Mosaics.


Monday, October 23, 2017

a bird among pumpkins

I placed a little bird among pumpkins for our recent book club gathering.
 The only other nod I could give to the book was some French pastries.
Attendance was nearly 100% for this riveting book, and because
of the busyness of hosting, I forgot to take photos.
We read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. It's hard to describe how good the book
is. The writing is exquisite. In case you don't know about the book, two sisters, separated
by age, circumstances, ideals and passions, live their lives 
in war-torn, German-occupied France. 
The novel celebrates the strength of women and the resilient human spirit 
Our discussion was rich as our leader particularly emphasized the characters.
The Gardener and I listened to the book on cd as we drove many miles on a recent road trip.
The reader read with great expression and skill so we got to know the characters
even through her voice. It took many hours (but made the miles fly!) Normally I wouldn't
have time to listen to a book like that, but it was amazing to experience the story this way.
And we enjoyed listening together, stopping the cd occasionally to discuss.
I tried to get a little fancy with something I saw on P*nterest.
Apparently donut holes are not as popular as I thought, but
the grands sure loved having the left-overs.
It was fun to do! 
Now to find the next book.
"In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are."
Kristin Hannah

Sunday, October 15, 2017


 There's a little retro vintage and antique shop where my sister lives.
We like to drop by there each time I visit.
This year I noticed the place had changed a fair bit.
Gone were most of the furniture antiques.
And there was very little pottery or china on display.
 But we did see an exact replica of our mom's old kitchen aide.
Then there were what I call little bits of things. Like a bowl of
old wooden spools. Clothespins wrapped in bric-a-brac.
A banner of old letters, envelopes and vintage alphabet cards. 
The letters were interesting to read and I loved the idea.
I asked the proprietor why they were selling little bags of old slides.
"The college kids find them fascinating as they have never seen them before."
Notice the half made lamp shade above. 
Apparently preparing the slides to hang on the shade was a very slow process.
 "Does anyone use the old sewing patterns?" I asked.
I learned that people bought them to actually use. 
Those that don't like the idea that children 
in other lands may have had a part in sewing the clothes at stores.
 Also missing was the vintage bridal shop in this back room.
But there was a lot of other unique clothing, shoes and hats.
The shop's changes remind me that peoples' tastes and interests evolve.
Joining with Mosaic Monday.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Which one is different?

Returning home from a three-week road trip to even warmer climates, 
we noticed a change in the air. The intense heat is gone and temperatures 
are much cooler at night, while still warming in the daytime. Rain has finally come, 
and the leaves are starting to turn. Autumn has never felt more welcome. 
My thoughts turn to pumpkin scones, 
apple pie, acorn squash, white chili, sweet potato soup 
… and I'm sure you can name other favorites.

This mosaic from an autumn market I visited
makes me think of little worksheets I used to make pre-schoolers.
"Which one doesn't belong in this group?"

Joining in Maggie's Monday Mosaics.
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