Archive for the ‘I have this…’ Category


Balinese Carving

I have this beautiful carving.  It’s a woman in a headdress of flowers… and it’s fairly easy for me to close my eyes and smell that plumeria and the incense that always accompanied it. We take lots of pictures when we travel.  We eat brand new foods.  We don’t buy many trinkets.  But there was […]

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Ruidoso House Cup

I have this special little coffee cup loaded with memories and sentiment.  It’s a limited edition… only a very few were made.  Fun for me, because I know all the other owners.  And even more fun, I’m the one who created them. It’s my “Ruidoso House” mug.  (I’d like for you to pronounce it properly… […]

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Mount Vernon Mug

I have this beautiful coffee cup from George Washington’s Mount Vernon.  I must admit, when reaching for a coffee cup from the cupboard, this one seems to be the one I reach for most often.  (Listen to me! As if I need to somehow apologize to my other mugs that they’re not the chosen ones!  […]

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Clock

  I have this clock. If you’ve heard me say it once…  Ha!  Well, I must say it anyway.  I believe it is the most beautiful clock he’s ever made.  (I always think my treasures are the best treasures in the world!) My father-in-law made this clock for us.  He’s made countless many.  In fact, […]

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Trumpet

He has this trumpet.  Actually, he has a couple of them, along with a flugelhorn.  Although it goes unplayed, it sits on his desk reminding us both of so many happy times.  Perhaps he keeps it there in the hopes of once again playing it daily.  Maybe… one of these days. That instrument has been […]

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Picture Worth a Thousand Words

I have this wonderful old print.  It’s a painting that has the look of jigsaw puzzles and calendars from a bygone era.  We came across it when we were cleaning out closets after my grandparents had passed away.  The minute my mother saw it she said, “Oh!  It’s Mr. Toliver!” It’s not really Mr. Toliver… […]

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Wheelbarrow

I have this old wheelbarrow.  It sits in my rose garden holding bird seed.  Actually, it’s so full of holes, much of the seed falls below.  So the birds have their choice of dining areas. I hadn’t been back in Portales all that long when I decided to go to this estate auction.  It was […]

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Carmelina’s Coffee Cups

I have these beautiful green coffee cups.  They’re not supposed to belong to me.  They’re supposed to belong to her… a friend from days gone by. She rented a little studio apartment from us, on the end of our house.  The first time she came around to my kitchen door to talk with me, I […]

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Speaking of Portraits

What a joy to have this website!  My mind loves to meander, and I sure enjoying pulling you along for the ride.  Since I took the photo of the portrait my grandmother painted of me as a little girl, I decided to share two other portraits. This one was done by one of my mother’s […]

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Baby Doll

I had this baby doll.  I use the past tense because I’ve already passed her down to my niece. Nana loved to give dolls to her granddaughters.  On birthdays and Christmas, it was never a surprise to open the box to find a sweet new baby to care for.  And I was a girly-girl, always […]

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Yo-Yo Pillow

I have this yo-yo pillow.  It’s another treasure, and I happily display it behind the glass doors that hold my wonderful heirlooms.  It was made by a great-grandmother I never knew.  She died the year before I was born, but I’ve known her my whole life as “Ninny”… my mother’s mother’s mother. This pretty little […]

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Funicular Cups

“What in the world?” you might ask.  And it would be the same question I asked myself as I took them out of the dishwasher!  This is just too funny. G and I both loved the coffee cups when we spotted them.  We’d just ridden the most scenic funicular in Valparaiso… a wonderful old wooden […]

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