Mar 18, 2012

What do you read?

The ESN scavenger hunt this week is on reading.
I used to be an avid reader.  Daddy used to fuss at me that I was going to ruin my eyes reading so much. He was also the parent who loved to read. He teased that he or I "had a yarn by the tale (tail)" when we would read a book in one sitting. Mama read to brother and I when we were small and she was one to read magazine articles or romance magazines, but I don't recall her reading books or novels. She would take us to the Public library and bring home stacks of books for Daddy.  He would sit up late reading said books. I also read to my youngsters--I think I read Walt Disney's Peter Pan at least a zillion times!  I also read the books the kids carried home from the school library. I was on whatever level of reading they were on through upper elementary and jr. high school years.  We all enjoyed Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House Books before the TV series. We even read the books written by Mrs.Wilder's daughter, Rose Wilder Lane.
Another favorite I would like to find and re-read was  The Summer of the Monkeys.  I don't know who wrote it or for sure that is the exact title, but it was a really funny book.

In more recent years, there have been times when I needed to upgrade glasses and have not done as much reading or sewing as in the past.(Maybe I did ruin my eyes reading, but I think it is age and heredity.)Even more recently, my attention span has gotten shorter and shorter. I think this partly due to watching news on TV and reading short items on the internet.  It is so hard to concentrate to read even a short article.
As a result, I sometimes look at a magazine, but you might say my reading is limited to what is required for my tutoring sessions and reading the labels and marks on the merchandise for Hazel's HodgePodge.

My kid's grandpa told me once that when he was a child and they visited his paternal grandparents, the table was set with the plates upside down.  His grandfather would say grace, and when he asked his mother what he was saying, she told him that he was reading what was on the bottom of the plate. I don't know the why or where-for of this scenario, but now we do a lot of reading the bottom of the plates and other items at garage sales before purchasing something.

Bavarian China Platter has rare marking

This platter and its partner were made in occupied Bavaria after WWII
between 1945 and 1949.

I know that a lot of my friends at ESN have a good selection of books for your reading pleasure. Take a look there if you are looking for things to read, either for pleasure or information.

Mar 16, 2012

Pancakes and Syrup! Ummm! Good!

This week for our ESN scavenger hunt we are thinking Breakfast. Several of my fellow scavenger hunters have already posted some really good breakfast ideas.  One of my favorite breakfasts, (or breakfast for supper), is pancakes. Pancakes with lots of butter and syrup, and served with sausage on the side. I know that many people  like hot coffee with their pancakes, but I prefer a tall glass of cold milk with mine. I used to make a lot of things from scratch, and have even made pancakes from scratch, but pancakes are just as good or better made from a mix.  Eccentric Thrifter has this 1983 Aunt Jemima Pancake tin that would be a nostalgic way to store your pancake mix. I remember "Aunt Jemima" Pancakes from even further back in my own childhood.
Who hasn't eaten Aunt Jemima Pancakes?

Store your pancake mix in this vintage canister.
Be sure to look at all the shops at ESN.  Our friends have such a variety of things listed for your shopping pleasure.

Mar 14, 2012

Yellow Sunflowers for the Breakfast Nook

Our ESN scavenger hunt this week has to do with Breakfast.  I envision a home with a separate breakfast nook off the kitchen or as part of the kitchen--or maybe a kitchen table where the family has breakfast and informal lunches. These cushions would be a pretty addition to your "kitchen" chairs.  I actually got these with intentions of using them myself. I had some assorted wooden chairs with slat backs and bent wood ice cream parlor chairs. I thought these cheery sunflower cushions would tie the eclectic chairs together. I never implemented that plan, and now our living arrangement has changed. Perhaps someone else can spruce up their breakfast nook or kitchen table with them.

Cheery Yellow Sunflowers on a Blue Check.

Buy this set of cushions HERE.

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Mar 11, 2012

Featured Item--Bremen Town Musicians

A newly listed item on Hazel's HodgePodge is this little wall plaque.  It would be cute in a nursery or child's room.  You could even paint it a bright cheerful color to match your decor.  It would be good in a collection of literary items or nursery rhyme themed items.  This metal silhouette is 7 1/4 " tall and 4 1/8" across the base. It has a wall hanger on the back.  The little corrosion on it can easily be sanded off and new paint added. See and buy it HERE.

Mar 9, 2012

Putting "A Bug in Your Ear" Part 2

We continue our search for bugs on the ESN scavenger hunt this week.  I found these cloisonne' Chinese earrings at Le Petite Marche.  What better way to "put a bug in your ear"  than with these lovely butterflies.

See and buy these lovely earrings HERE.

Mar 6, 2012

Putting "A Bug in Your Ear"

Our ESN topic this week is BUGS. Since I don't really have anything listed that has to do with bugs, I decided to "put a bug in your ear" about my latest "find". Since high school Spanish when I first really became aware of idioms, I have been fascinated with them. An idiom is something that is generally understood by someone who speaks the language as a native, but its meaning does not translate into another language. For example, "putting a bug in someone's ear" in English means to drop a hint or reminder, or to give someone an idea very subtly.  It certainly would sound crazy translated into some other language to say "I'm going to put a bug in his ear." You'd have to say or write the equivalent of "Give him a hint" for the non-English speaker to understand.  Fans of NCIS see and hear Zeva having trouble with  English idioms and adages and twisting them around all the time.  Another one that is really crazy if you think of it from the non-English speakers perspective is "he's pulling your leg."  Can you see that as really pulling on someone's leg?

Anyway, I found some really neat canisters this past weekend.  I'd like for you to take a look at them, and pass the word on to your friends about Hazel's HodgePodge.  They are big red aluminum apples. They have green plastic stems with green leaves as knobs.  I have found that there was an older version of these aluminum canisters with metal stems and leaves.  So while I figure these are fairly old--vintage if you will--they are not the oldest ones around.
See and Buy these neat collectible canisters HERE
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