Saturday, February 28, 2009

Pink Saturday - Little Ashtray

People! Beverly at How Sweet the Sound hosts Pink Saturday. Pause at her Place to see Plenty of other Pretty Pink items that Precious Pink Participating People are Presenting for your Pleasure.

Last week I told about my father's love for little ashtrays. He really did not like to use them; he much preferred his over-sized ashtray that sat right next to his comfortable easy chair. He gave me two small ashtrays, and this is the second one.

This little ceramic ashtray has a pretty Pink rose right in the center. The gold trim has been worn away in several places. There used to be a label on the back, but it's long gone.

The spots you see are not dirt; they are from wear and tear. This is an oldie, probably from the 1950s or before. It's special to me because it was given to me by my father. He was a man's man, but he loved this little, feminine, pretty ashtray. This is proof positive that Real Men like flowers too!

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Happy Pink Saturday!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Show and Tell Friday - Shopping

Kelli from Kelli's House hosts Show and Tell Friday. If you have something special to share, this is the place to show it. It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, or a treasured collection. Go to her place to join in the fun!

Tuesday I showed you this lovely shop All About Beads & Crystals. They have a web site that's fun to look through. In addition to jewelry, we found many other pretty things. You can spot a Teddy Bear jeweled sweater on the first shelf. They had loads of jewelry and totes; some are displayed on the second shelf. The flip-flops on the bottom shelf were studded with crystals. But what I want to show you follows.

These unusual necklace holders caught my eye. What do you think? To each his own, eh?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Booking Through Thursday - Collectibles

If you would like to join in, click here.

Today's question:
* Hardcover? Or paperback?
* Illustrations? Or just text?
* First editions? Or you don’t care?
* Signed by the author? Or not?

My Response:
As much as I love reading, I don't collect books. Shelves and shelves of books equate the tedious job of dusting, not the joy of reading. Since I do not re-read, I pass the vast majority of my books along--even those that have been signed by the author.

I do have a few coffee table books. I have one on England, purchased when Johnny and I traveled there. I have two others that I put out for a change.

I no longer choose to read paperback books. Paperback books use such a small print that my eyes tear. I like hardcovers or softbound books.

How about you?

Take note of my book giveaway in my sidebar.

✻Blogger is still not functioning well. For some reason, I am unable to leave comments on some blogs I visit. Some of you have told me that you've experienced glitches too. I have emailed some, but I will leave my comments for you whenever Mr. Blogger gets running correctly.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Love on Wednesdays

Suzanne at Colorado Lady is hosting a meme for this month, and she's calling it Love on Wednesdays in February.

Today is the final day, and I'm sipping coffee while being showered with Bloggy Love!

As I enjoy my coffee, I must stop to share a picture of my cup, presented to me in 1994 by one of my high school seniors. During that year, she decided to become a teacher. Coffee just tastes better sipping from this mug. Here's a picture.

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Eleanor from Thatchwick Cottage has deemed me worthy of the Superior Scribbler Award. Eleanor teaches at the University of South Africa and lives close to the Austen Roberts' Nature Reserve and Bird Sanctuary. Her blog is fascinating. Pay her a visit as soon as you can grab a minute.

To commemorate, celebrate, and generally share Bloggy Love, the originator, scholastic-scribe created this award. Here are the rules. Each Superior Scribbler must:
  • pass The Award on to 5 most-deserving Bloggy Friends.
  • link to the author and the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.
  • display The Award on his/her blog, and link to This Post, which explains The Award.
  • visit this post and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List. That way, we'll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives This Prestigious Honor!
  • post these rules on his/her blog.
Thank you Eleanor for recognizing that my playful scribble is meant to share Bloggy Love!

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Chris presented me with the Sisterhood Award. I know that many of you also have had this award recently presented to you. It's nice to belong to the Sisterhood of Bloggers isn't it? Chris is a RVer and has recently been giving us the "Guided Tour of America." Check her blog and see the many places she has seen.

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Monica at Monica’s English Version has presented me with this Friends Around the World Award that she made herself. Monica blogs from Norway and allowed me to interview her not too long ago. I feel honored and proud to accept this beautiful award.

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Every day I love! to chuckle. Here's something for you today.

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PS: Something ugly is happening to Blogger today! Some of my comments will not post, and I am having trouble working on future posts. I hope that this is only me and not you. I will persevere, but please don't think I'm neglecting you.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Clipped Becomes Pierced

Diane, my friend from A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words hosts a meme called Second Time Around Tuesday. If you have something to share, join in by clicking on her link.

I showed you these clip-on earrings along with the matching pin last January, and mentioned that my fifteen-year-old granddaughter, Jenna, loves to rummage through my jewelry box and try things on. Elizabeth commented that I should convert the earrings into pierced and give them to Jenna.

I goggled "beads" and found this lovely shop close by--All About Beads & Crystals. I loved looking through their web site. I phoned Jenna and made a date for her, Johnny, and me. Of course, I took my camera along, and fortunately, Sara (the young lady working) didn't mind my taking pictures. Look how gorgeous she is--no wonder she doesn't mind!

She got right to work, snipped off the backs, got out some glue and the findings--pieces for the new backs.

Within a couple of minutes, she was finished! Here's a shot with the pin.

Of course, I gave Jenna the matching pin. She was so appreciative. It's amazing how easy it is to please someone we love. We went to Chili's afterwards for dinner. Thank you, Elizabeth for the wonderful suggestion! It cost 25¢.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Blue Monday - Word Clouds

It's Blue Monday! To participate:

1. Post about something blue on your blog. It can be pretty, ugly, funny, old, or new as long as it's blue. Leave a link to this blog on your post.

2. Place the Blue Monday button on the top of your post so that people can easily spot it. Place another
Blue Monday button on the sidebar of your blog.

3. Return here and link in with Mr. Linky by leaving your name and the
Permalink to your post. To create a Permalink, click on your Blue Monday post title and copy all the stuff in the http window. It is a longer address so that people can find your post even later in the week--whenever they get a chance to visit. For those who just can't wait, Mr. Linky will be up after midnight!

Do NOT link in until after your post is up.

4. Visit other Blue participants by clicking on their links. Make someone's day; leave a comment.
I appreciate it when you take the time to leave a comment for me.

5. Check back later to make certain you visit all the Blue participants. (That's why the Permalink is so important.)

Update: Remember this?

It's not working again. I just wanted you to know that the remedy of cutting off the tube SEEMED to work, but then failed. (sigh) I think that this dispenser is not long for this world.
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I got a new Mac computer this past December, and I must tell you that you look so much better now! I can do some things that I was unable to do earlier. For instance, now I can make a Wordle. Have you seen these? Just click on the link and follow the simple directions.

Have fun, but be careful; it's addictive!

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Gideons

The Gideons are an impressive group whose mission is "to win the lost for Christ." So far, "Gideons have placed or distributed more than 1.3 billion complete Bibles and New Testaments in more than 180 countries around the world."

Before I began teaching, I worked in a high school library. When a student asked, I noticed that we had no Bibles. A phone call to the Gideons was made and five new Bibles were donated. They were checked out too! If you'd care to make a donation, just click on this link.

Spiritual Sundays are hosted by Ginger and Charlotte. To visit other participants, click here.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Pink Saturday - Under My Cloche

People! Beverly at How Sweet the Sound hosts Pink Saturday. Pause at her Place to see Plenty of other Pretty Pink items that Precious Pink Participating People are Putting out for Presentation.

I think that I've got it right this time. Blogland is filled with so many Decorating Ladies who put me to shame. It seems to me that you guys can take a chewed piece of gum, wrap it in twine, spray paint it black, stick a couple of feathers in it, place it on a pedestal, surround it with a cloche, and use the finished piece as a fantastic centerpiece at your weekly dinner party where your many guest ooh and aah!

On the other hand, I can work for hours and end up with something that a normal-thinking person might reasonably assume was made by a kindergarten child and left outside overnight in the rain! I've lived for decades, and I never knew what a cloche was! A while back, I bought an item that I thought was a cloche. I called it that and proudly showed pictures, proclaiming myself to finally be an Official Blogger. I was very kindly straightened out. It was not a cloche. It was an apothecary jar. (sigh) I was still not official.

Oh. (*blush*)

Folks, I've made another purchase, and this time I think it's a cloche. Take a look and let me know. I do so want to be an Official Blogger.

I found it at Marshall's. (Thank you, Shelia from Note Songs.) Then, I went to the renowned Dollar Tree Store and found this lovely little teacher, dressed in her Pink sweater and holding an apple. I collect apples, so this is perfect for me! I've placed her on my mother's black plate. This plate is ancient and has no markings. I have no idea where it came from, but Mama always had it. Tell me please, am I an Official Happy Blogging Lady at last?

Check out my LOVE book giveaway. Happy Pink Saturday!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Daddy's Ashtray

Kelli from Kelli's House hosts Show and Tell Friday. If you have something special to share, this is the place to show it. It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, or a treasured collection. Go to her place to join in the fun!

My father smoked. At the time, almost everyone did. He preferred over-sized ashtrays and had one beside his easy chair. However, he was intrigued with little ashtrays, and this is a special brass one of his. It's only 3½ inches long--certainly not very functional, although I do remember him using it once or twice. It's beautifully engraved and special to me because my father loved it and gave it to me.

The marking on the back says, "INDIA" with a number underneath. It's hard to make out. If you can provide any information, I'd love to hear it. These are the best shots I could get.

Maybe you can see the number. To me it looks like "77." That would not be 1977 because he gave it to me in the 1950s.

See the little cigarette impression at the end?