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Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real ~ June 9, 2011


I like to hunt for blue and white transferware in antique and thrift shops. If money weren't an object, my collection would be huge, but since it is and I pass up many an overpriced piece, my collection grows more slowly though more thriftily. :-) Dinner plates are by far the easiest to find; I estimate I have about 30 and all of them different. What's not so easy to find are serving pieces, especially at a price I'm willing to pay. So I was absolutely positively thrilled to find this beauty for $8.50 a year or two ago. It's Wedgwood and in perfect condition! It hasn't yet been packed, so I thought I'd share it here. The picture is of the White Swan, a coaching inn in Warwickshire dating from about 1350. Maybe someday I'll get to see the real thing!


I have two "happy" pictures to share. The first is of Man of the House's alb hanging from a closet door after being laundered. He wears this when conducting the divine service, and this Sunday he is assisting at our home church, including preaching the sermon. (He finished his interim position on May 29.) It will be our last Sunday before hitting the road on Monday for his new pastorate. It makes me happy because it makes him happy to minister in Word and Sacrament.

The second picture is of Girl of the House in her room sitting at her desk amidst boxes and other detritus from packing up. Why does this make me happy? What you can't tell from the picture is that she is listening to Hamlet of her own accord. Be still my heart!


Girl of the House and I visited a friend and her new baby this week. So what's so funny about this picture? Nothing, but if you could have heard this little guy laugh, you'd have thought it was pretty funny too. He was infectious!


My "real" picture is related to our imminent move, but you already knew it would be, didn't you? There are boxes, boxes everywhere! But the packing is going well and we are even a little ahead of schedule. Everything's a mess! All week I felt like my kitchen was a haven of neatness and tidiness amidst the flood of boxes and bubblewrap, but no more, alas. We began packing up the kitchen today.

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AN ASIDE: I am not doing very well reading this week's book, so I added an audiobook to this week's line-up. Hopefully I'll get back to "regular" reading next week!


  1. Is that Cal? He's cute! :)

    I started doing our kitchen today, too, but just the things we won't be needing for the next few weeks (juice glasses, shot glasses, cake plates, pickle platters, tea pots, extra mugs, etc. - the stuff we rarely use anyway). Your boxes are much classier than mine. :)

  2. Oh, and pretty blue serving piece!

  3. Nope. That's Niko. Cal is much smaller (and has a more petting-condusive head).

    Hamlet is good! Doesn't everybody listen to it of their own accord?

  4. Your daughter is such a sweetie with that baby!


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