Thursday, August 28, 2008

My Favorite Green

Original "Fire King" Jade-Ware Bowls !

I don't know when my mother got these bowls,

or if she originally had the whole set...

(including 2-3 larger and one smaller bowl

that I have seen in antique stores.)

All I know is that these bowls were around

for my entire childhood memory!

I was blessed enough to inherit them,

and I use them all the time.

My best friend found the new "Fire King" Jade-Ware

that Anchor Hocking started making in 2000,

and she graciously bought me

EVERY piece that she could find!

It's hard to see, but my Kitchen walls

are a very close match to this green.

Everything tastes better served out of these bowls.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Cool Dude Cruisin'

Wonderful Wordless Wednesday

Monday, August 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Big Brother

Seeker-Man turned 25 yesterday!
We are so blessed to have him living with us again.
Scooter and Tilly remember having him at home,
but Snorkie never had his big brother
around all the time, until now.
The "little kids" are having a grand time
flying kites, playing "Goodminton",
Playing games, playing with Play-Doh,
and watching old movies
with "the big guy".
They love showing him all their Favorite
Classic Musicals and TV shows
(We've watched the ENTIRE first seasons
of both Little House on the Prairie and
MacGuyver over this Summer.)
I get a big helping hand, because I can
run out of the house
BY MYSELF on occasion!
Woo Hoo!
He will be starting back to school full time
this week and will be studying
Web Design...Think I could get him
to help me with this Blog???
Lovey and I celebrated our
thirteenth anniversary of the week we met
on the 9th of August...
We met BECAUSE "Seeker-Boy" was
a student at a Summer Art Camp
that I was teaching am & pm classes.
So, I met Seeker Man 13 years ago too!
I got to spend a good deal of time with
That sweet, talented, silly seeker-boy
way back then...What fun to get to
spend time with him again,
so many years later.
God Bless You Seeker-Man!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Vintage Thingie Thursday!

Crystal Arcade
wall mounted coffee grinder

This coffee grinder may not be my
absolute favorite
vintage thingie,
but it is the most USED vintage item in my house!
I use this grinder nearly every day.
I keep 8 o'clock decaf coffee beans in it.
I have it mounted to my kitchen wall
and very few people can resist giving it a "spin"...
especially small children!
It has "Crystal" on the pressed glass bean canister
and "Arcade" on the cast iron grinder section.
If you adjust the tightness of the wingnut
on the grinder handle, you can
control the size of the ground coffee.
There was no container for catching the
ground coffee when I got it,
so I bought this cute little jar at a
local craft store and it fits perfectly!
I know nothing about this wonderful item,
except that it belonged to a friend's Grandfather.
She passed it on to me
when she downsized several years ago.
Her children weren't interested.

This is my first Vintage Thingie post...

I hope you enjoyed the visit!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Homeschoolers' Anthem?

This was sent to me by a homeschooling friend of mine
I couldn't resist posting it...
Just TRY to read it without singing along!
I Will Survive
(the first year homeschooling)
First I was afraid
I was petrified.
Kept thinking I could never teach
'Cause I'm not certified.
But we spent so many nights
Reteaching homework that was wrong.
I grew strong,
so now I teach my kids at home!
We study math-
and outer space.
I just kept on despite the fear
with a big smile across my face.
I bought a set of Base Ten blocks.
I bought books with answer keys.
My parents think we're nuts,
but they don't even bother me
Come on, let's go walk out the door.
We're on the road now,
'cause we're not home much anymore
My friends would laugh and say
we'd be unsocialized.
I heard one mumble
that I'd give up by July.
Oh no, not I!
I will survive!
As long as I know how to read
I know we'll be alright.
I've got all my life to learn.
I've got energy to burn.
and I'll survive.
I will survive.
It took all the strength I had
not to fall apart.
Decided to attend
a play date at the local park,
and I met oh so many moms
who offered eagerly to help.
They used to cry.
Now they hold their heads up high,
and so do we!
My kids are cool!
They're not those chained up little people
stuck inside at school.
So if you feel like dropping by
and just expect us to be free
you'd better call ahead first
'cause we're probably busy!
I Will Survive
Originally written and produced by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris
Originally performed by Gloria Gaynor
Mercilessly altered, with apologies, by Natalie Criss

Thursday, August 7, 2008


Well, we are still having computer problems...
Sadly, the "Old grey Dell,
she ain't what she used to be"...
I can't access the photos that are on the external drive.
I have to go searching for stuff to use.
OH, least I can read everyone else's blogs!
The old homestead has been pretty busy trying to get
as much done as I can before we start back to school.
I've been purging papers, re-organizing, sewing some
things for the girls and myself, doing a little home improvement,
and trying to get hair, teeth, doctors, etc. taken care of
(especially for me).
(oh, and getting halfway through
David Copperfield...I'm LOVING this book!)
Two weeks ago, I had a regular check-up appointment
at the dentist. Now, I know I need A LOT of work...
I've got teeth like chalk.
Quite a while ago, I broke a tooth...mostly it was the
old filling that broke off...needless to say,
I didn't deal with it in a timely manner.
So there I was looking at an appointment in
September to start the crown that I needed.
Well, I was making dinner last Wed,
and the dentist's office calls to ask if I can take
an appointment at 8:30am Thursday.
I jumped at it!
There I am lying back in the chair, all numbed up,
and we discover,
to my dismay...
that a root canal is necessary. :(
I had to wait till today to get the darn thing worked on.
I am glad to say that not only was the
endodontist one of the nicest people I've ever met,
but he finished the job in ONE VISIT!
I also got a chance to be an apologist for homeschoolers...
Now, I just have to wait for that Blasted September 8th
appointment to get back to working on the crown again.
Oh, and the August 18th appointment for FOUR fillings.
That's supposed to be our first day of school.
I think it will be starting after lunch time...
It'll be pretty difficult to instruct with a mouth full of
Novocain..."Bwath ith the capithal of Penthylvaniath?"
Oh, well.
Blessings to everyone...and don't forget to Comment! ;)