Saturday, June 28, 2008

Remember Love...

God bless...

Until another time... Pearl

Monday, June 23, 2008

Oatmeal, Anyone?

Who likes Oatmeal? I have three fuzzie lil girls that love it! Please meet 3 of our 4 Ferrets as they enjoy a lil treat after a morning at the Vet's.

Top left is Spice. Below her is Cinnamon (Cinny) and on the right is Baby Girl. We do volunteer rescue work in the county we live in. These girls came to us just before Christmas 2005. They were in a horrid, filthy-dirty, abusive home setting. For the first 6 months we had them, we had to keep them isolated from our other ferret, Mocha. It took that long to get their coats clean and shining and their bodies healthy. Also took that long to get them used to us, to teach them that we loved them and would not hit them, starve them, ignore them.

Our Vet provides their health care since they were "rescues". We provide a home, food, toys, and endless love. The girls are 2 and a half years old, now, and Mocha is 5 years old. We were so tickled when they first got to be together... they bonded instantly! It is such a Hoot to watch them play together. Our TV room is their playroom, since we can close that room off from the rest of the house. Ferrets are sneaky and fast escape artists, so you have to watch them all the time.

Besides eating a snack of Oatmeal, they also enjoy begging for sips of my sweet tea! We have a big box that is half full of raw rice that they adore digging and playing in. Alan just bought them a pop-up tent and I just crack up watching them tumble around in it. The teeny cage behind them is their travel cage. They actually have a 4-story condo that they live in when not out playing with us. Lots of hammocks and beds and snuggle sacks in the condo along with their food dish and water bottle. Every morning, when Alan gets home from work, he brings the girls upstairs and puts them in bed with me. There are many days of a week when I am not able to go down the stairs, so I really enjoy having their company in the mornings. They love to get under the covers and slide into the pillowcases. And I always get tons of kisses from them inbetween the bouncing! They truly are our lil girls, and we love them dearly.

Did I hear someone say Oatmeal and Ferrets for breakfast?! I can't think of a better way to start my day. God Bless...

Until another time... Pearl

Sky Blue Memories...

This pretty sky blue necklace, bracelet and earring set belonged to my Mom. She loved jewelry... costume or the real deal, she just loved it all. She told me that there were times when she'd buy a set similar to this, knowing full well that she didn't have anything to wear them with. Other times she would be on the hunt for just the right piece(s) for an existing outfit.

She wasn't June Cleaver, dusting and cooking in a nice dress and pearls, but if she went out of the house, you can be sure she looked her best. And she always, alwayssss had to have lipstick on! It just tickled me. During church, when I would get all squirmie on the pew, she'd slip off whatever bracelet she had on and quietly put it on me with a lil smile. Sometimes she would even slip off one of her rings and slide it on my finger! Those were special days for me. And, no, she never took off her engagement ring.

My Mom always wore clip-on earrings. She had an Aunt, my Great-Aunt Estelle, who was kinda "prissy", and she wore the same type of earrings, but she called them "ear-bobs"! When I was 16, Mom slipped me some money and quietly told me I could get my ears pierced, but to not let Daddy know, since he disliked pierced ears. It was the only time in their marriage of 48 years that she ever went against Daddy on anything. Other than the scolding we got when he found out... Daddy died without ever saying a word to either of us about it again.

Before Mom passed away, she gave alot of her jewelry to me and my Sister. Later, as we cleaned her home in order to sell it, we ended up dividing the rest of Mom's collection. Almost everything else was boxed up and is, to this day, stored in my attic. I'll try to get a post up, soon, with some of the rings I have. Thanks for visiting and God bless...

Until another time... Pearl

Saturday, June 21, 2008

A Peek At My Bookcase...

Welcome to my bookcase across the hall from my basement door. I thought I'd share a few of the porcelain hinged boxes from my collection.

That cutie pie in the frame is my oldest son, Tyler, when he was just a munchkin!

See those orange books? That is the other part of my post. The old worn-out Handy Man books above them belong to Alan. I pretty much stay out of those!

That set of World Book Encyclopedia's is old, too. My folks got them when my Sister was in High School. She graduated in 1969! The jug is one of many pieces of Stoneware from Alan's Mom's home.

And there is my other cutie pie, Alex! I love keeping framed family photos tucked around the house.

My Sister, Brother and I were so blessed as children. Life was carefree and filled with love and laughter. One thing we all enjoyed was reading time. Mom would gather us around and read out-loud to us. Sometimes as a group, other times just individually. We had quite a library that included Dr. Seuss, A.A. Milne & his Winnie the Pooh stories to name a few. One of my favorites was the Childcraft Child's Treasury. It was 15 Volumes filled with poetry and short stories. The art within those pages was breathtaking. My favorite of all the volumes was number 1 ~ Poems of Early Childhood. I'd love to have you join me as I re-visit this enchanting part of my childhood.

I think these Bo-Peep pages were possibly the beginning of my love~affair with Pink and Blues!

Although I liked the Animal Cracker poem, it was really this illustration that caught my eye. I loved everything about it... the curled up kitty, the soft colors, the little doll that sat in awe, just as I did, at how the lil girl could get those animal crackers to stand upright for her!

The beginning of the love~affair with the Beach!

How teeny tiny and precious! And so a passion for small things and fairies was born.

One of my favorite illustrations... love the big fat snowflakes!

I love this funny poem and the neat illustrations with it! But, truly, this was my Brother's favorite, and most likely still is!

Ohhh... how I would dream to be a lil fairy or pixie and live in a tree hollow with a tiny bed like that one!

And, of course, I would dream alot about that Pink coat with the white fur trim... and how it would look so much nicer on me, as a fairy, than on that big old toad!

Mom would always save The Sugar Plum Tree for last when reading at night.

It ended with the following...

So come, little child, cuddle closer to me
In your dainty white nightcap and gown,
And I'll rock you away to that Sugar Plum Tree
In the garden of Shut-Eye Town.

~Eugene Field~

Thank you for visiting with me as I flipped through one of my favorite childhood books. Please come back anytime... God Bless...

Until another time... Pearl

Summer Begins...

Just thinking that it might be "Eye Candy" time somewhere! As for myself, I'm "game" anytime! I stumbled across this small collection of photos and thought they were just awesome. So Summery. So Peaceful. So Beautiful. The photographer's name is Alena Hrbkova. I hope you'll enjoy these wonderful photos.

Thanks for stopping by... God bless...

Until another time... Pearl