Alice in Wonderland

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I recently renewed my fascination with Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and in my rather misguided attempt to share this rediscovered wonder, I decided to read the story to Little Bear.

”Nope, already heard it.”

”You did not.”

”Yes, I did. Mom read it to all of us. Chapter book.”

”That’s a lie.”

”No it’s not.”

”What’s it about then?”

”I can’t remember everything, Gram. Just draw a story on my back. But not Alice.”

Ever since I can remember, Little Bear has wanted me to draw stories on his back at bedtime. It may have started with the oldest. I think it must have. There’s no set story. I make it up as I go along. Unfortunately I don’t always remember the details. Chapter One: I’ll begin and ramble along – much like the Alice crew actually – and when I’m asked for Chapter Two at the next bedtime, I struggle to remember the story line. Not Little Bear though. He is like my own personal  nag/critic reminding me every time I fumble a detail.

I thought I pulled a fast one on him last night. I drew Chapter One: Down the Rabbt Hole on his back. And threw in a few teasers from later chapters. I figured he’d chuckle when they threw the baby around the kitchen only to discover the baby was a pig. And he did!

But …

”Good trick, Gram. I know that’s the Alice story. No thanks. Just draw some words on my back and I’ll guess them. That’s what mom does.”

Little stinker. He wouldn’t have it said he enjoyed the story but I bet he’ll have me pick up where we left the next time he spends the night!

I had told him a little of the Cheshire Cat earlier in the day. I’m painting a set of nesting tables and am adopting some ‘wonderland’ details.

”Did you paint that cat, Gram?”

“Yes, I did.”

“Good job.”

But never one to leave well enough alone, “Did you make it up yourself or did you copy it?”

What could I say?

Twice-loved. Alice, the little table, and the copied cat.

 

 

Thingamajigger

Stopped at my first yard sale for the season just a couple weeks back. House-front yard sales are the best! Especially if the house and residents look a little bit older. Chances are they’ve lived with their ‘junk’ for a long time and are approaching that stage where one feels the need to downsize. What was once quite lovely and/or useful is now entering the clutter/junk/I need to get rid of stage. And that’s where I find my ‘treasures’.

Found these tools in a plastic beef bucket and at $2.00 apiece, I didn’t even quibble.

Here I have a soldering iron – you’d heat it over open flame – and a hollowing plane. The drywall trowel is nothing particularly special but I saw Dad use these so often I brought  it home for sentimental reasons. But all are Clydesdales. They’ve seen more than their share of work. Oh the stories they could tell! Boats they’ve built. Homes they’ve helped raise. And here they are today – put out to pasture – but still twice-loved by me – though purely as an art form. I’m not about to build any boats this week!

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This one here, though, this is the piece de resistance. Not quite sure what it’s called so we’ll refer to it as a thingamajigger for now. I think it was used to draw out the seams and/or run the oakum into the seams of a boat. If you know the name of it, or can provide further information, I’d love to hear from you.

487F62C5-8CDE-4234-98E7-DCBCF68A5493I think the old saw-horse has seen a little use too!

 

 

 

 

Joy

I read somewhere recently that we were put on this earth for one purpose only and that is to experience joy and happiness. That is when we are ‘in sync’ with who we truly are, when we experience joy.

Initially I was sceptical but I am becoming a believer.

There is very little joy in envy, hatred, revenge, resentment, regret, anger, inadequacy – nothing here to make you feel good.

It is when I am doing the things I like, enjoying my world and my people, creating my own little space, that I feel joy. Still, my thoughts will insist on wandering to those dark corners – and sometimes I allow them to crawl there and wallow, though I know I shouldn’t. To bring myself back, I create. Makes me feel good and when I am ‘in sync’, good things happen. I especially like to bring a new look, a new feel, to the old and discarded. Twice-loved. There is beauty in all things if we only but look beyond what is obvious.

Found this photo frame in the attic and now two of the five frames are actually mini chalkboards. I love the bright sunny yellow. The table is one of a set of three I restored with a simple coat of paint, and the clock – not working – is just too pretty to throw out. Beside it, one of my ‘Alice’ cards, featuring the White Rabbit.

 

 

 

 

Tick Tock

I recently had a birthday. I won’t say ‘celebrated’; ‘appreciated’ might be a better word. Seems that as you get older you approach birthdays with more caution than anticipation.

Little Bear’s birthday is the day after mine. Two birthdays. Twice loved. He’d been counting down the days for weeks. His birthday was most definitely a celebration: friends, presents, cookies, cake, attention. What more could a little boy ask for? Mine is more of a “Phew! Made it through another one!”

I do have a fondness for clocks though, if not for the passing of time. I don’t share that much. I once had a fondness for nutcrackers. That I did share and then every Christmas for years, that’s what I got. Nutcrackers. And more nutcrackers. Year after year. I vowed I’d never collect anything again. So I keep quiet about the clocks. Tick tock.

Time comes with so many interesting connections. But my favorite has to be the whole Alice thing. Whoosh, down the rabbit hole she goes where everything is topsy turvy and nothing makes sense and everything makes sense. “The hurrier I go the behinder I get!”

I bought myself a clock for my birthday. I’ve been eyeing it for months. $ 14.99. Not expensive but so very much a nonsensical purchase. That’s why I waited for my birthday. I can justify my foolishness … sort of.

It’s not a wind up. They probably cost an arm and a leg now. It’s battery powered, but I like the look of it and I love the colour. Such a pretty green.

Happy Birthday to me.

Tick tock.

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The tail of a whale and a whale of a tale?

Very busy lately. And not a lot of time for posting. I’ve been doing a fair bit of reading of inspirational texts and much about how we are the creators of our own realities.

so … a funny story …

Had this little ornament on a shelf at the Pink House – formerly a vacation home and now home to three rambunctious boys and their equally lively Dad. The house rocks with testosterone!

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See this whale’s tail on a shelf every time I visit and every time I worry about the boys breaking it. (Meanwhile, they’ve been living in the house for two years.) But last week I decided, “I’m taking this home for safe keeping.”

So … I took it home and put it on my own shelf. Less than a week later, I knocked it off the shelf and in my attempt to catch it before it hit the floor, I also sent my phone flying. Broke the whale’s tail and smashed the iPhone screen.

I worried about that ornament getting broken – and it did. I just hadn’t envisioned breaking it myself. Only makes sense though. I’m sure the boys never worried about it. Only me.

Talk about creating your own reality!

Anyway, I glued it together today. Good as new and …

Twice loved!

 

No moral lesson here but perhaps a little reinforcement of this whole idea that we create our own realities …

Jellies, Jams,… carrots?

There’s nothing quite as twice-loved as mason jars. You know it, right? One jar – home to partridgeberry jam this week, cabbage pickles and  beef and barley soup next week, or marinated carrots today.

Very much looking forward to having my family to dinner this weekend. Unfortunately, not all of us can make it. The oldest has prior commitments but if I know nothing else, I do know we will do it again and she will be there next time for sure. This leaves me short two amazing chefs – both sister and hubby are a dream team in the  kitchen. Fortunately my younger sister, who can make it, is also a Rachel Ray type, so I still have a major league player in the house. Also have two sisters-in-law who can put a good taste on  a rubber boot so I happily encourage everyone to bring along a dish if they’d like. It’s certainly not a requirement and I used to tell them to bring nothing. They never listened  so now I just leave them alone.

#1Son is pretty good in the kitchen too – a skill acquired of necessity I suspect – and he and Kayla usually bring along something with a little heat.

We’re going cold plates this time. I started prepping tonight and I know my marinated carrots are tasty.  I’ve done them up in individual little jars. While it’s not a dish that screams ‘chef extraordinaire’, it does say, “Come in. I’m so glad you’re here!”

Presentation counts!