Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Our first winter frost in the new year
Monday, January 22, 2007
A quote from Jane Austen.....
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
Further story about my dishes and Jane Austen.....
On the way, I noticed a small red notation in the atlas saying Wedgwood. I convinced my husband to take the exit and see if the factory was open to the public. It was to my delight and there was a factory shop. I had always dreamed of owning a set of Wedgwood but it was simply too expensive for us. At the factory shop, we found a set of Edme Plain dishes that were marked at 1/3 of the normal price. I was thrilled. We asked the sales lady if they could be very well packed as they had to travel home safely on the ferry. She was very kind and did a wonderful job of making sure we could get them home safely. She commented that they never have the Edme Plain complete like this and we were very lucky. I was in heaven knowing I was able to get them.
The story takes another twist which I will tell you about in my next blog entry.....
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
The 'nesting' season
It is the time of year that I go through things and clear old and unwanted items away. This year more than ever. We have so many things that I have noticed we have not used lately since we have too much. At the moment, I am trying to come up with items to take to the thrift shop so others can enjoy them. This will mean I can get out the special items that I love and have put away for safekeeping. I started thinking about this when we had a discussion on one of my lists about not using my good dishes. I decided that as long as they were set up so beautifully in the hutch, I still will not get them out daily to use.
I have photographed my old blue and white dishes and put them up for sale online. I then put the good set of dishes in the kitchen cupboards to start using. Beautiful things are only beautiful if you see and use them so that they can be appreciated.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Differences in nature
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Where has winter gone???
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
~~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
Is it climate change or just the natural courses of Mother Nature. There are many conflicting ideas about what is happening with our seasons. Some weather men say this abnormal weather does happen once in a while if you review history. I named this blog for my love of the seasons. As I look outside my window, it feels more like spring starting than midwinter. Our bulbs are coming up too early. Even the wild geranuims are starting to sprout their tender first leaves. We will have to start doing our 'end of winter' garden preparations now instead of the normal end of February. I wonder if February will still bring us winter? It just may be that Mother Nature holds some surprises in store for us. At any rate, looking at a Thomas Kinkade painting gives me the feeling that winter is here and I will hold that in my heart for now.
Is it winter in your part of the world? Tell me about how things look out your window today.....I would love to hear from you.
Painting by Thomas Kinkade ~ 'Evening Glow'
Friday, January 05, 2007
More wintery decoration ideas
What says winter more than ice skates? Use any pair you have or can find (check out flea markets). Tie them together and add any extras you like. I used a pair of antique wooden skates with some greenery, child's mittens and a bow. Mine are hanging from my radiator as you walk in our front door. This is where my mirror is with all my snowmen so it really says 'A Winter Welcome'.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Decorating for January
This year, I am really sorting through my decorations before I put them away. I have so much and really need to cut back. I am packing up all my items for my tree and then going through all the rest to decide if I really love the things enough. I also got out an old set of coffee cups along with some odds and ends like mugs that I never use. I will take them all to the thrift shop so that someone else can enjoy using them instead.