Sunday, June 16, 2024

How Does Your Garden Grow?

This week a view of the lawn and gardens from Camp Ofunquit. This time our unit was the last balcony on the right.

Variegated hostas and impatiens

Rhododendron and variegated hosta

Seaside petunias


More pretties

Rhododendrons tossing their petals

More pretties

How does your garden grow?

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Happy, Little, Time Waster


A Beautiful Sunset on the Coast of Maine - Ogunquit Marginal Way - Atlantic Ocean Sounds 

Friday, June 14, 2024

The Friday Five Good Things

 Five good things that happened this week.

1. The groomer came to clip the kitties' nails. It didn't take long to wrangle them.

2. I bought a collapsible water bottle

3. The Amazon driver not only put the package inside the front porch, but put it on the little table.

4. Saw an awesomely beautiful rainbow on the way home from class. The picture doesn't do it justice. As I got closer to the rainbow the colors became brilliant

5. Road trip!

How was your week?

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

T Stands for Mystery Fine China


Our niece contacted family members to help her identify some pieces of china found in her mom's house. Her mother is in long-term care for Alzheimer's and the Niece is in the process of cleaning out the house so it can be sold.

I recognized this set. Shortly before or after I was married, my MIL took me upstairs to her attic and pulled out a box and showed me her wedding china. The pattern was made by Edelstein and is Maria Theresia Three Roses. 

I don't know why she showed it to me. As far as I know her two girls had never seen the china until their mother passed. When they were cleaning out my MIL's house, my youngest SIL was expecting and knew ahead of time the baby would be a girl. The SILs wanted me to have the china. Neither of them wanted it as they didn't do any formal entertaining and people were starting to get away from purchasing fine china and silverware.

 I already had a set of china of my own. I told the youngest SIL that items like china, silver, and jewelry were usually passed down through the maternal line. If she didn't want the china, perhaps she should  set aside for her daughter.

The Niece was happy to know the provenance, but didn't really want the china as she didn't have the space or place to display it. There were place settings for 12.

One of the cups was missing a saucer. I told her if she wanted to keep a memento of her grandmother, she could keep the cup with the missing saucer and see if she could sell the rest of the china. I told her about  Replacements, Ltd.  a company that sells and buys china and collectibles. She could go online to see how much she could get for the pieces. The downside is that you have to ship things to them at your own risk and there is the possibility they won't buy it.

She could also find a local antique dealer to see if they would buy the china from her or she could just donate the china to Goodwill.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

Monday, June 10, 2024

How to Tell Calli and Quill Apart

Quill on the left and Calli on the right.

Calli is petite and a dainty 7 pounds in weight. Quill is a big boy tipping the scale somewhere between 13 and 15 pounds.

Calli is a ghost appearing and disappearing without a sound. Quill moves like a tiger, our house tiger.

Calli is very vocal. Demands attention, but wants you to pet her with your eyes. Sometimes, she like to be held.

Quill isn't very vocal. He lets Calli do the talking for the both of them. For a large cat, he has a very, small meow unless  trying to get him into the carrier. Then he protests very loudly. He also mouths everything and can give love bites. He is missing all the teeth on his lower left jaw due to severe gingivitis when we first got him. Quill doesn't like to be picked up, but he does enjoy sitting near  and watching television or napping. Quill's fur is soft like angora and also long. He sheds like crazy. 

Calli is all white She has no other markings. When she was a kitten she had a cute, little grey smudge on the top of her head. That faded away as she got older. If the light is right, you can see very, very faint, grey tabby markings. Her fur is very, very soft.

Quill has rust markings on the left side of his body, his ears and back of his head. He also has a rusty patch on his chin. He has a cat shape on his rump,  and 

a ringed tail. 

He has one marking on his left leg. It's shaped like a feather or a Quill because the naming convention was to name them after art/art supplies. Calli is short for calligraphy.

So that's how to tell Calli and Quill apart.