Tuesday, March 30, 2010

My Visit To A Local Antique Store

A few days ago I visited one of my favorite local antique stores, Heritage Antiques. There is so much stuff there that you can spend hours browsing. The sellers all have booths set up so it is really a consignment antique store. Thought I would share some photos of the beautiful things.

Can you tell how I focused on the china displays?  I love those delicate teacups and the red and white transferware (Britain Castles pattern) are among my favorites. 

Monday, March 29, 2010

Mosaic Monday

Mary at Little Red House is hosting her Mosaic Monday.  Here is mine this week -- all my kitties.  The large photo and the second one down are Pierre (about 20 lbs.), there is old Violette (17) third down, and there is also one of Pierre and Chloe who are true buddies.

Stop over and visit Little Red House and see all the beautiful mosaics people have created.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

What Happened To Spring??

I thought Spring had arrived last week.  Temperatures neared 70 degrees for a few days, then the rain came and now it is windy and very cool.  Is March supposed to come in like a lion and out like a lamb?  Looks like it is the opposite here.  I went over to Lewes Beach which sits on the Delaware Bay right near the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware River.  It is a great little beach for families because the water is calm, they rent umbrellas there and the Dairy Queen is a short walk away. 

I am waiting for Spring again.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Show and Tell Friday

I am quite a bit late for this, but it is still Friday anyway.  I am joining in Cindy's weekly Show and Tell at My Romantic Home.

I think I wrote about this a few years ago, but here it is again.  This is one of my very, very favorite things.
This little dish was made by a good friend of my parents as a baby present for me (64 years ago).   My first name is Meryl and as you can see, it says "This is Meryl's Dish."  I was named Meryl after my mother and my middle name is Kristina.  This was given to me before they decided to call me Kristina or Tina instead of Meryl.

Stop by and visit Cindy at My Romantic Home and see her beautiful post for her Show and Tell and see all the other people who have entered theirs.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Our little Beau, first, five years ago when we got him, and now.  Isn't he a handsome little man?  He rules the roost around here.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Mosaic Monday

The Little Red House hosts a Mosaic Monday every week so I thought I would join in this week. This is not really a Spring theme since there is one of snow on a tree, but I like the combination of colors. Stop over there and visit the other mosaics -- they are lovely.

Also Barbara over at My Painting Room is offering a lovely giveaway just in time for Spring and Easter.  She is celebrating her 100th follower and has a lovely blog-stop by.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spring Is Here

I took these pictures last year at our local lavender farm. I look forward to another visit there when everything is in bloom again.

It was a beautiful day here in Delaware. Hope it was the same where you are!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The River Queen, A Memoir -- by Mary Morris

This may be your new favorite book.  At least that is what one reviewer said.  I did totally enjoy it -- it was my kind of story:  true, adventurous, sentimental, bittersweet.  From the book jacket:  In the middle of her life, Mary Morris went home, to the heart of the country and the river that runs through it.  This is the story of a journey that transformed her life.

The author, Mary Morris, embarks on a trip down the Mississippi River with two river rats, a dog named Samantha Jean and a quirky houseboat.  She is looking for her own story in her past and how it brings her to the present.  The story centers on her recently deceased father (at 102), his life along the Mississippi and her complicated relationship with him.  The story is not difficult to hear, however -- it is thoroughly engaging.  The author meets memorable characters along the trip, she learns to pilot the boat, swim in rough currents, and visit places her father lived. As the author states, "My father played jazz piano years before I was born.  In the 1920's, he lived on the banks of the Mississippi and I was raised on his river tales.  All my life, I've thought about the river."

The River Queen is actually not the christened name of the houseboat, it is the name of this particular type of boat.  But, they call it River Queen anyway.  I especially like the title, being not only the boat, but who the author becomes.  Mary Morris has written many books and I will be reading them.

Note:  If you look for this book, there is also a book called River Queen by another author.  This is another true story about a woman piloting a tow boat.  Also, the cover pictured above is a different edition, not the one I had from the library.

Friday, March 19, 2010


Fess Parker died on Thursday.  His most memorable role on screen was that of Davy Crockett.  Oh, how I loved that weekly television show in the 1950's.  All the kids, including me, wanted that coonskin cap.  My parents bought me the yellow t-shirt with Davy on the front of it, along with the tan pants with the fringe up the side.  I don't think they could afford the coonskin cap, too.  I remember that shirt and those pants like it was yesterday.  I wore them when we played outside in the woods, pretending I was the girl version of Davy Crockett. 

Even at that young age, I thought Fess Parker was absolutely dreamy!  Of course, I also thought Liberace was.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


One of my favorite things to do at my favorite Rehoboth Beach auction is to wait until the very end. That is when the auctioneers go around to the tables with the leftovers and take bids. Usually you can get a batch of things for $5-$10.

I got this little gold china set at a recent auction.  I bid on something else and this came with it.  I am not sure what it is for because the pot is quite small, as are the little cups and saucers.  The six cups and saucers could be demitasse cups for strong coffee or hot chocolate, but the pot would only hold a small amount.  It is labeled "encrusted gold - Stouffer's" on the bottom.  The color is a little gaudy for me, but charming in its own way.  I have it sitting on a thrift shop find -a little hand painted tray that says on the back "Occupied Japan" which I guess dates it to around the late 1940's.  (You can also see in the corner one of two carnival glass bowls that came with something else I bid on at the auction.)  I am not sure what to do with this set except display it...if I had room.

To see other Show and Tell posts visit our hostess, Cindy, at My Romantic Home.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010



Tuesday, March 16, 2010


There is an e-mail going around showing this menu from Woolworth's from 1957. It got me remembering how I loved this store. We didn't have a Woolworth's 5&10 in Willow Grove where I grew up, but we did have a G.C. Murphy's which was similar. We used to go there as much as we were allowed to walk the mile there, starting when we were about twelve years old. I even had my first little job there when I was fourteen. I remember getting "working papers" in order to allow me to get a job. Do they still have this process for kids? I worked after school at the baby counter, selling little baby clothes and other items.  Murphy's. Soft pretzels, Tangee lipstick, Evening in Paris cologne, boys.

The big Woolworth's that I loved was in center city Philadelphia. It had two floors and the best one was on the ground floor with the lunch counter. I attended medical secretarial school in Philadelphia after I graduated from high school and rode the train from Willow Grove everyday. Whenever I could, I would go to Woolworth's. What wonderful, inexpensive stuff you could get at Woolworth's.

Woolworth's is gone.  Murphy's is gone.  They are replaced by Walmart and KMart and dollar stores.  But they just aren't the same.  Even today I look for an old 5&10, preferably with a lunch counter, in a small town. There are a few around. If you know of any, please let me know.

Monday, March 15, 2010


Today is the Ides of March.  While it has come to be known as a day of foreboding, it actually was no such thing during Julius Caesar's time, nor even when William Shakespeare wrote his famous play.  The 15th of any month was known as the "ides" during Roman times.  So you needn't beware of today -  after all it is just another day!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


Here is my recent purchase at my favorite local thrift shop. It is a triangular shaped bottle with a shaker style metal cap. The bottle is about 6 1/2 inches long and about an inch wide. It says "OWENS" (my last name) on two sides and on the bottom it has an "O" in a triangle. My research tells me this is from the Owens Glass Company, maybe before 1939.  What I do not know is what this bottle was used for. Was it a salt and pepper shaker? A laundry sprinkler bottle? Some kind of bottle used for medicines? I think it was meant to be kept on its side because of the triangular shape and the narrowness of it.

Does anyone have a clue?

Saturday, March 06, 2010


I do not have a chandelier over our dining room table and have been looking for one for a few years.  I think I have found just the thing.  This is made by a company called "Jellio" and sells for $9,500 for one of a limited edition of ten.  It is comprised of 5000 acrylic gummy bears.  I love gummy bears.

Hope you are having a delicious Saturday!