Welcome friends...thanks for coming by. We're seeking beauty in all of creation... in our faith and our families; our art and our music; our crafts and kitchens, and even in our own backyard. We'll share a poem or a recipe, a picture or a memory; maybe a dream of how we wish our life could be. And though we acknowledge that the world can be harsh, we're keeping it pleasant in our little corner; endeavoring to keep the words from the Book of all Books: ...Whatsoever things are lovely; think on these things.

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Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Monday, September 28, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mom

September 30th is my mother's birthday. It's been about 6 years since mom passed away. She would have been 94 this Wednesday. I miss her. I miss stopping by her studio apartment in the assisted living facility and sitting on the pretty little tapestry covered sofa she bought when she moved there. We'd have coffee and I would tell her all about what was going on with my life, and ask her advice. She would listen sympathetically then look at me with those clear blue eyes that were soft as clouds on good days, but could be cold and tough as steel when she was angry; and say, "What are you going to do?" She never told me what to do. Oh how I wanted and sometimes felt I needed her to say, "do this", or "don't do that." But she didn't. Instead she'd tell me a story about how she took in ironing during the Great Depression and Dad cut wood. Or about the time they moved into a ramshackle old cabin near Mt. Baker with only wood for heat and a wringer washing machine that she used to wash my brother's diapers. She told me how Grandma Youngdyk, her mom, came to live with us when I was just a baby. Grandma was dying of throat cancer; and though my folks were poor, they brought Grandma home so mom could take care of her. It wasn't easy for my mom to take care of a colicky baby and her dying mother- but she did it. In the '60s Dad got sick with emphysema and subsequently died. Without Mom's job at the Auditor's Office, I don't know how we'd have survived. In later years, things got a bit easier for her. She was able to purchase a nice little mobile home next to a quiet pond with cattails and mallard ducks. She went to dances at the Senior Center and even traveled a bit. But the point is this...though Mom never told me what to do; her stories did. Her stories had this one common theme running through them...NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU, YOU CAN GET THROUGH IT. BE STRONG. SURVIVE. This is the advice I took from my mother as I sat on her little tapestry covered sofa in the assisted-living facility. I carry it deep within my heart today. I'll tell it to my children and grandchildren... my mother's stories...and my own. Happy Birthday Mom! I miss you. But I remember everything you said.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Now isn't that ducky!!!

Love the Duck!
It was love at first sight. I picked him up last week at a thrift store. He's a small casserole. Very vintage. He's by the Hall company. But I don't love him for his pedigree, I love him because he is sweet!
I just don't know if I can part with him...

Keepsakes, Look for Booth 10!

Booth 10 is finally open for business! My sister Linda and I went on our first official buying trip and found lots of pretty old things! We've been busy researching our treasures, dusting, ironing, folding, washing and pricing our merchandise. Oh my, what we've collected over the years...
King's Crown glassware, Blue Willow, vintage crocheted bedspreads and old linens, antique vases...the list is endless. What fun!!!


Monday, September 14, 2009

A Quick Note

Summer memories: Grandma and Isabella hunt for shells

Just a quick note to those who may visit my blog from time to time...I haven't abandoned you! Summer's over and I'm back at school; doing the job I love most! What's more, my sister and I are starting a new little venture that has taken a little more time than we anticipated. We've rented a space in a local antique shop and are in the process of assembling our inventory. I don't know how successful we will be, but we sure are having fun. For you local folks, we are in the shop called Keepsakes in Lynden. Look for booth 10!


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