Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Death and Taxes

 "but in the world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes."
Ben Franklin

Monday, March 11, 2013

A March Snow

We had a pretty March snow last week.
I ventured outside to take some photos before it melted.
I love how the snow magnified the features on this little garden statue.
The backyard swing looks totally different in the snow.
The railing on the front porch took on a magical look.
I kept getting closer ...
and closer.
Luckily this birdhouse is not inhabited yet. It looks cold in there!

The pickets on the fence almost look like gravestones, don't they?

A Good Goodwill Find!

I have a new charming little Belleek vase. This is the front.

This is the back.
You will never guess where I found it! Yes! At Goodwill! I saw it sitting on the shelf, thought it looked cute, so picked it up to inspect. I had no idea it was Belleek. I noticed immediately that it was extremely light, and then I took a peek at the bottom. I could just barely see the Belleek trademark peeking out.
But there it was! I was so excited I nearly jumped up and down!
Belleek is made in Ireland and usually has a shamrock pattern. This one has sweet pansies, a pattern I have never seen before.
From Wikipedia:  Belleek Pottery Ltd is a porcelain company that began trading in 1884 as the Belleek Pottery Works Company Ltdin BelleekCounty Fermanagh, in what was to become Northern Ireland. The factory produces porcelain that is characterised by its thinness, slightly iridescent surface and that the body is formulated with a significant proportion of frit[1]
Anyway ...

I have a nice collection of Belleek in my china cabinet that I will share with you another day.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sam's Birthday

March 4th is Sam's birthday. We all gathered at their house for chili and birthday cake.
Here I am getting the birthday cake ready.

Great shot of the candles! Thanks, Nate.

Avery was entranced by the candles.

And here we go ...
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday, dear Sam
Happy birthday to you!

He is so proud that he blew out all the candles!
I knitted him a warm scarf to wear at the firehouse.