Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Gobble, gobble, gobble.

Before I took my blogging break, I took pictures of some of my turkeys. Then I never used them in a post. My friend Paula, who blogs at Sweet Pea, also wrote a post on her turkeys.
She asked me to share mine, so I thought I'd better do it before the Thanks-giving timeline was over.

Before I talk about the turkeys, I have to tell you about this shelf.
My son made it for me when he was in high school.
This is where I keep my collection, year-round.
The VT stands for Virginia Tech.

I took these pictures in September, and I never edited them. I'm just going to show them from left to right across the shelf.
The turkey on the left has a partner that you'll see at the end. They have really neat feet claws that I didn't photograph. They're candle holders, although I've never used them like that.
The turkey on the right reminds me of carnival glass and has a deep opening. What do you think it was used for?

The turkey on the left is made of wood and is very lightweight.
The one on the right is my oldest turkey. If you look closely, you can see the letters VA. It actually says VA TECH across its back. I saw its twin at a local antique store. It's a bank, maybe for tuition to Tech. hahaha

I love the turkey on the left. Its feathers are so colorful. It has a hook and sometimes I hang it on my window latch.
The turkey on the right is solely decorative. I like its color, too.

Here is the mate to the one I started with. I looked at them again while I was writing this, and now I know why I don't have a picture of its feet claws.  I'm too short.

I also saw some turkeys that I set out for Thanksgiving. I'll show you those next year.

 I'm linking here:http://savvysouthernstyle.blogspot.com/2011/11/wow-us-wednesdays-41.html

Happy Thanksgiving.
Enjoy your special time with family and friends.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Regifting - It's that time of year.

While reading The Thrifty Picker's blog,
I saw the vintage bun warmer. (Rachael said I could post her picture, and I will try at the end of the post.)

My ex-husband and I received this as a wedding gift in 1975. While we sort of laughed at the gift at the time, it actually was a handy gift. We used it to heat our hamburger and hot dog buns. As newlyweds, we ate a lot of those. Plus, this was before the days of microwaves to heat things.

What does this have to do with regifting, you ask? When we used it for the first time, we found a wedding card inside with best wishes from people we didn't know. Gasp. We were the beneficiaries of a regift!

What I've never told anyone before until now - breaking news - is this gift was from my ex-husband's best friend and wife. They were married the year before we were. We lived in the same town and socialized for years. I mean, they were our couples best friend, if you know what I mean. The guys would do stuff and the wife and kids would do stuff with my kids and me.

These were the friends that we could call at the drop of a hat - there's an old expression for you - and we'd have a dinner. She would bring whatever leftovers she had and we'd put ours with them. And yes, she also had a bun warmer - which is why I'm sure she regifted it.

Moral of the story: If you're thinking about regifting, check those boxes carefully for enclosed cards or stray pieces of wrapping paper. 

Second moral of the story: There are worse things you can do, so don't let something like this interfere with a friendship.

On a sad note for me: I will be taking a bloggy break. I have a lot going on right now. My parents need me more, plus I need to get them ready for their winter stay in Florida. (I hope my mom is well enough to go.) I'll still be reading your blogs when I can fit it in, but maybe not commenting as much. I hope to have more time in January, once I have my parents settled in The Villages.

Happy Thanksgiving ~ Merry Christmas ~ Happy New Year!