Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Thursday, October 29, 2009


"One's destination is never a place...,

But rather,

a new way of seeing things."

~Henry Miller~

I'm going down to the Bay Area, to see my family this weekend. I will be gone until Monday or Tuesday. Gotta give out candy and take pictures of The Bean and his brother in their Halloween costumes. They will be trick or treating on the same street that I did when I was a child. How amazing is that?
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Past Due Tuesday: Candlesticks and Re-purposed plate.

These candlesticks are probably from Italy. My great-grandmother was born in Milan and came here to marry my great-grandfather. I was told she brought a Dowry (which is the property that a woman brought to her husband at the time of the marriage) with her. These lovely candlesticks were far too fancy for life on the ranch. At the time, in the Napa Valley, there were only small farms and a beautiful little town. It was not the fancy, tourist mecca it is today. So, coming from a great northern Italian city and a wealthy family, I suspect that she brought some very nice things with her.
These candle holders are black glass, appear to be hand blown ( there are no "seams" anywhere.) and the design is etched into the glass. They're rimmed with gold which is very worn. There are no markings of any kind that would give us an idea where they came from. Mom never used them that we can remember and these were found in a cabinet above the refrigerator where other assorted candlesticks were stored..., most of them never having been used.

They are really beautiful; very "old world". I will do some research on the Internet and see if I can find some information on them.

This plate of my grandmothers is very interesting. Again, there are no markings. It's carve, beautifully, with rose buds and leaves and looks like it might have had a cup or vase attached to it. Also, there is a broken part that might have been a handle. The pottery is beautiful and almost transparent but I don't think it's porcelain. It's heavy for a small plate. The carved flowers and leaves are very well done.
I use it to burn my large candles on because of it's flat center. I love the way it looks. Does anyone have any ideas what it might be and what it's made of?

Please check out the other antique and vintage things that are "past due" for the attention they deserve at Roomies and add your own wonderful things.
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Monday, October 26, 2009

The Mess.., and some Murphy Wisdom.

Yes..., this IS my guest room. I worked on the closet all day. That's why everything is in the middle of the room. This is not a pretty picture. This is not SIMPLE LIVING.

So I went for a hike with Annibel..., to think about what I should do and take a breath of fresh air.

..., and, then, I had a long talk with Murphy, who settled me down and make me see things in their proper perspective.
That would be, and I quote, " Farmlady, you'ld best be building a BARN or..., rent a STORAGE LOCKER, for a while, until you decide what is really important."
I feel better now....
Yea, I sure feel better..., yea...,
Thanks Murph', would you and the boys like a bookcase for the goathouse?

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