Friday, March 21, 2014

On Embracing March . . .


 
1.  It finally hits you that Christmas has come and gone and it's way past time to stash the vintage Santa collection and replace the jolly old men with something light and colorful, airy and whimsical ... like these wonderful old bowls now perched high on the Hoosier cabinet.  The blue ones were my grandma's.  I remember her serving steaming hot red cabbage in the navy bowl.  And that squatty pale blue robin's egg beauty sports a Betty Crocker signature stamped on the bottom.  Just too fun.

2.  One last time, you sift through the pile of holiday cards that have slowly gathered dust, re-reading the newsy letters and savoring the photos of sweet loved ones rarely seen.  And then you finally tuck last Christmas away for good.  The photos gather with other momentos in an old bread box biding its time on a shelf in the pantry.  Everything else is, sad to say, tossed.  Except for a very special few keepers.

3.  You rejoice in winter's departure as you bask in the sun's luminous rays, lounging on your back porch, sunglasses on your face and bare feet wiggling in delight at their new-found freedom.  And 24 hours later you face the elements ensconced in parka, hat, scarf, and gloves, hoping those same feet don't slide out from under you as you tread gingerly on a sheet of ice.

4.  You say 'yes' to a DQ run even though you've gotta sit in the truck with the heater going full blast while you dive into your small chocolate Blizzard with extra Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  And with eyes closed in decadent ecstasy, you linger over every last creamy spoonful.  Even if you're wrapped up in a blanket like someone's granny.  Which you realize you are.  6 times over.

5.  And ... this image here.  It took my breath away.  Entrancing, winsome, delightful, yes?  I just want to lean back in the stillness and quietly watch this craftsman unfurl his labor of love.

`  `  hanging out with Nancy  .  Elizabeth  .  Angie  .  Kristen  .  Emily

34 comments:

  1. Oh, I love your Five! I'm still finding little "bits of Christmas" around the house, too.... And I have the most difficult time throwing away Christmas cards. I usually rubber band them together in a stack and find room for them in a closet!
    Love your DQ story, but mine would be a mini cookie dough Blizzard, thank you.
    Sweet story about the German couple and their Easter tree.
    Thanks for visiting; enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Let's hear it for DQ! And we don't care how cold the weather!

      ;-}

      And yes, Dianna, aren't the cards, any cards, so hard to let go of? I've saved stacks over the years ... especially the notecards from dear friends. To have someone take the time to put into words how they feel about you? Priceless.

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  2. OmGoodness...that link took me to the photo and tradition-------------WOW!!! And 50 years of tradition at that. Boggles my mind. I'm gonna share this link with dear hubby of mine.

    I love how you shared your 5 random thoughts this week. I've done that many times with ice cream and car heater...in Colorado. Now it Texas it's not so bad with winters. Cold, but at least no snow and ice.

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    1. Yep, #5 took my breath away, pure and simple. And I'd be pretty sure that the photo didn't begin to do that vision justice. Fabulous.

      Thanks for coming by this morning, Anni! Always fun to see you again ...

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  3. I had to smile when reading your post this morning. I can so relate to your first 4 thoughts. I too just cleared the final lingering remnants of Christmas and decorated my kitchen hutch with Easter color from family heirloom dishes! Fireplace mantel is next to decorate.

    Even though our high temp today is suppose to be 54 here in northern Indiana, we woke up this morning to freshly falling snow that accommulated to about an inch before stopping around 8:00 am. So excited for spring's arrival soon!

    Then, this granny of 3, giggled with a whispered "Me too!" when you described your DQ treats. For several years now, my hubby (of 33 yrs) and I have enjoyed an every Fri. nite ritual of DQ blizzard date-nite treat. As I enjoy mine (Midnight Truffle) and hubby enjoys his (Double Choc. Cookie Dough) ... we sit in our truck with heater full blast at a nearby lake and enjoy changing seasons and conversation.

    And... absolutely loved the Easter Tree link! Just gorgeous!

    I enjoy your blog posts regularly! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh wow! Midnight Truffle Blizzard? I'm in!

      And thanks for sending your readers over this way, Cheryl. It means so much to me that you've got the Creekside blog on your sidebar. I feel honored. Truly.

      I'm grateful that you're here ... and that you've made your presence known! I look forward to connecting with you in the days ahead.

      ;-}

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  4. I love your collection of bowls. It's very special that you have a connection with your grandma and her red cabbage every time you use that lovely blue one: it makes it very precious. I also loved the Easter Egg tree. They published a very similar photo of it in yesterday's Times. Have a lovely weekend, Bonny

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    1. Every time I handle something that was my grandma's, I smile inside. I can only hope that someday, my own grandchildren will feel the same ...

      I love that you've stopped in this morning, Bonny! Thanks for introducing yourself!

      ;-}

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  5. I love every random moment and thought! Thank you so much for stopping by and the well wishes! I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog!

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    1. The welcome mat is out, Sarah! I'm glad you've stopped in today ...

      ;-}

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  6. Chocolate cherry Blizzard. Large!

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2014/03/marriage-and-substance-abuse.html

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    1. Ain't this a DQ Blizzard lovin' group today!

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  7. oh my gosh, i love those bowls and cabinet...and they look so eastery!

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  8. Your #3 had me smiling. I thought snow was gone until we ended up welcoming spring with snow yesterday. Grrr. And that link to the image about the tradition. Oh my. Super cool. Have a wonderful weekend. Much love.

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    1. A few weeks ago I announced a moratorium on all snow-related pictures on this blog! But all I have to do is turn my head to the left and look out the window to see that the wet white blanket is still here with us. But fading quickly it is. YAY!

      Have a wonderful weekend, Beth!

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  9. Love those colorful old bowls, beautifully displayed.

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    1. Ah yes, I admit my weakness for wonderful old bowls. And the ancient wooden spoons that partnered with them along the way ...

      Thanks for stopping by this morning, Sarah. I hope you have a really fine Saturday ...

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  10. I finally took down the last two Christmas cards that were hanging on a little card "clothesline" in the dining room.

    I have a cabinet very similar to yours Linda -- painted sage green. :) Thanks for joining in!

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  11. Hi Linda! I love the color in those bowls. And the memories are so precious too.
    But that photo! Holy Cats, that was amazing... What a labor of love and color. Thank you for sharing that!

    My Christmas stuff is long gone, but I was just packing away the last of the Valentine decor. I got a cute card from my granddaughter with her foot and hand prints. My daughter laminated it for me. So thoughtful. I am such a sucker for that kind of thing.

    Happy de-cluttered Weekend my friend!
    Ceil

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    1. Hey welcome back, Ceil! Hope your time off was refreshing ... we missed ya around here!

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  12. Wow!!! My question is, who takes all those eggs off the tree after Easter?

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    1. mmm ... and you thought taking down the Christmas ornaments took forever!

      ;-}

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  13. 1. I love those bowls sooooo much.
    2. It's time to put away my snow man door mat, I guess....

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    1. Even though the kids were sledding in the front yard yesterday? Yeah, I'm with you, Anna. Enough with the snowmen. And the snow that created them!

      ;-}

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  14. I love those colorful bowls - so perfect for spring! And #5 - what a work of art! It's amazing they spend "two weeks" hanging those "hand painted" eggs on the tree, "every year!" Wow!

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    1. Aren't they cool? I am so longing for color after a long winter. Bowls, eggs, flowers, clothes, whatever!

      ;-}

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  15. I finally took down my Christmas wreath yesterday and the last of the Christmas decor lingering in the house. This is mostly laziness on my part more than anything else - I only just took down the tree last month! lol

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    1. Oh good! At least I'm not the only one, Jen!!

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  16. This post makes me want to go to Dairy Queen right now. :)

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    1. Fun! I'll meet you there ... I tried a Chocolate Extreme last time. Fabulous!

      ;-}

      Yum ...

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  17. I decided that since it was almost April, I should put away the Christmas stuff that's been sitting in the middle of my basement! Wow...I didn't know I had a huge open space there!

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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