Friday, March 24, 2017

The Shop Around The Corner

Barn near Turtle Lake, WI

We're getting several rainy, dreary days in a row, which always makes me realize how dependent I am upon sunshine. I guess it's a good thing I don't live in England or in the Pacific Northwest. I'm posting some odds and ends of photos, some of which some of you might have already seen.

I took this pic a few years ago when I was checking out the vintage country school I attended in first and second grades. As I was backing out of the driveway, suddenly there were two little goats who appeared to want to get into the car. No kidding, they chased me down the road about a quarter of a mile! And yes, when I was far enough ahead, I stopped to quickly get this photo before hopping back into the car and speeding off. I wanted these little creatures to go home, and not be out on the road where they could get hurt!

Blue skies and the old feed mill in Stillwater, Minnesota. A grain elevator (feed mill) has such a recognizable shape here in the upper midwest and all across the Great Plains.

In case anyone has a husband who isn't interested in accompanying them on a shopping spree, I guess this is Stillwater's answer to that problem. Actually, what I liked even more than the sign was the reflection of the buildings across the street. 

Smokey, getting equal screen time

Marcia, from Birds, Blooms, & Books blog, mentioned in a comment on my Wednesday's post that the movie 'You've Got Mail' is a remake of the old 'The Shop Around The Corner' with Jimmy Stewart. I hadn't known that, nor had I ever seen the Stewart movie. So yesterday, Smokey and I watched 'The Shop Around The Corner.' What a cute movie!  I do like the newer one better, especially because of the group hug with the dog at the end. Of course, Jimmy Stewart was wonderful, and I think that Margaret Sullavan was just as good as Meg Ryan in the role of the charmingly confused correspondent.

Smokey and I will have to watch 'You've Got Mail' to see if she agrees with me.

Some of my favorite scenes of London
and of course my table-top street map

 Thinking of London


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mad As A Hatter Hodgepodge

Someone enjoys pulling books from the shelves!
Tommy's first step in learning to read

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1. Setting aside the real March Madness (NCAA Basketball) describe something happening at your house this month that might earn the title 'March Madness'?

This pretty much sums it up:

But the kittens surely have been a comfort
after losing our 17 year old Tuppence last week.

2. What's a favorite made up word from your childhood or a favorite from your children's childhood? Does your family still use the word today? If there's a story behind the origin please share.

I can't think of any cute, invented words from my childhood. We didn't have time for frivolity, struggling as we did to keep the family cave warm and the dinosaurs fed. But there are some in our extended family who had pretty cute words we all found amusing. One used 'Clo' as singular of 'clothes' and 'Santa Claw,' because he was an individual. Another used 'jamp' as past tense of 'jump,' and her family thought it was so cute that they never corrected her. She was in high school, really, high school, when she used it one day and was laughed at by the other kids. How embarrassing!

Shadows cast by late afternoon light
on my dancing cast iron cats.

3. Will you be doing any spring cleaning now that the season is upon us? I read here a list of 15 quick (under one hour) spring cleaning tasks. They were-

clean out a drawer, vacuum furniture, whiten tile grout, dust the nooks and crannies you don't get to year round, degrease kitchen cabinets, wipe down walls, go behind furniture, wipe down ceiling fans, vacuum the mattress, clean the range hood, wash baseboards, shine the stainless steel, clean out vents, tackle the windows, and wipe down gadgets

Of the fifteen 'quick' tasks listed which two most need doing at your house? Will you do them?

I've already been cleaning out drawers, and it's not a quick task, believe me. The windows desperately need to be washed, but I'm not making any commitment here. We'll see. It's a huge job. 
When I was a kid, we had a Norwegian neighbor lady who would coerce her husband and son into moving all the furniture out of their house and setting it on the lawn. NO KIDDING. Then she would proceed to scour the house from top to bottom before returning the furniture to the house. You'd drive past their farm and see all the furniture sitting out. It was so strange. Every spring it looked like they were holding an auction!

4. A favorite movie set in Paris or New York?
Two of my favorites!

I like so many Audrey Hepburn movies

I loved the group hug in the final scene of 'You've Got Mail.'

5. What's put a spring in your step this month?

The fact that there is currently NO SNOW on the ground has definitely put a spring in my step, or maybe it's my new New Balance shoes. They have a nice springy sole.

See? No snow!
6. Did you ever want to be a teacher? Why or why not?

I never wanted to be a teacher of other people's kids, but did homeschool our own kids for 21 years and loved it! Back in that day, however, it became a little tiresome to get the old refrain, 'But what about their social development??' as though we were keeping them chained in a dungeon. Besides teaching the basics, homeschooling provides so many opportunities for field trips, kids pursuing personal interests, interacting with people of all ages, etc. etc. So yes, I did want to be a teacher. And no, I didn't want to deal with other people's disciplinary problems.

I wonder how many kids have
great memories of times on the school bus.

7.  What's your favorite floral scent? Do you have this somewhere in your home or maybe in a perfume? How do you feel about florals in food? How about wines with floral notes-yay or nay?

My favorite floral scent is probably honeysuckle. I do have it in my home, in my soap room, as a matter of fact! I like lavender (an herb, not a floral, but you know...) in scones, and I like nasturtium blossoms on a salad because they're pretty. I don't have a lot of experience with wine. I can't get past the headache.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

The late afternoon sun these days is very revealing. Especially after burning wood all winter, the house needs a good cleaning. I wonder if Mr. C. would want to carry all the furniture out onto the yard so I could give this house a thorough scrubbing (see #3 above).

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