My dear friend NANCY @ MORE THAN ENOUGH recently tagged me for a meme in which I'm challenged to list 6 UN-important Things That Make Me Happy.
All righty then, let's see if I can accommodate her.
In no particular order, because I'm all about randomness, after all:
1.} The smells of holiday cooking, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas times. It brings back such wonderful memories of holidays past, and of dear loved ones who aren't with us anymore.
2.} A freshly made pot of Folger's Columbian coffee; hot, strong and black. Mmmmmm......
3.} Snowflakes swirling and falling. I LOVE snow!
Bonus: Newly fallen snow, before it's been sullied by tracks or melting.
Another bonus: A full moon's glow on newly fallen, unsullied snow. Magical!
4.} Rainbows, because they're so colorful and vibrant, and because they're God's reminder of His promise that He'll never destroy the earth by water, ever again.
5.} My beloved and greatly appreciated Air Conditioner. And no, I ain't even joking, and I hesitated to even list this, because the meme is supposed to be UN-important things. I assure you, my AC is high on my list of important things when it's 100*+ and the humidity is pushing 100%!
6.} The first fresh garden veggies after a Winter with little or no good quality fresh produce and fruit. Fresh corn on the cob, green beans, yellow Summer squash, cucumbers and bell peppers, all given to us just this week. Yum!
I am one of those lucky enough to be blessed with some of the bounty, and along with the gifts given to us, Sarah asked if we'd be kind enough to participate in kind-of-but-not-really-a-meme-thingy about the things she sent us.
How's that for clear as mud?
Anyway, Sarah asked us to look through the items she sent and find some things that:
A.] Make us laugh
B.] We will throw away because she couldn't
C.] We will use and enjoy, and:
D.] We will look at and say, "What the heck?!?!"
Now, let's see what I can find to fall in each category.
A.] Things that made me laugh:For one thing, I'm practically a tee-teetotaler, and I know for a fact I haven't imbibed in any intoxicating beverages, but there's a pink elephant, sure as shootin'!
Also, get a load of those rolls of pink double knit. They're sewn together in strips about an inch and a quarter wide, for whatever reason. Unless Grandma was going to use them to make an old fashioned crocheted rug from them, I haven't the faintest idea what she had in mind.
I do know one thing for sure, a rug made from that double knit would be slicker than snot on a doorknob on tile, linoleum or hardwood floors.
And I can't leave out the used elastic. Although I can't say much because I've been known to recycle scavenged elastic myself. ;-/
Take a closer look at that pattern:I don't know if I should feel complimented or what. It's been many a moon and many a fried pork chop since I saw size 38-40, but I appreciate the humor, intended or not, Sarah. ;o)
I'm not sure exactly what it says about me, but if I could wear that pattern I'd sure make some robes/house dresses with it.
And take a look at the price! One dollar patterns are a thing of the past, for sure. I found a copyright date of 1973 on that pattern!
B.] Things we will throw away because Sarah couldn't:
Well, I hate to say so, but some of these things fit in more than one category, and the balls of double knit strips are one thing that I think I can live without, and quite happily. Also, the pink elephant kind of gives me the creeps, so it's a goner too. More in this category coming up.
C.] Things we will use and enjoy:Several large pieces of fabric that Sarah sent me will be put to good use. And no, she didn't send me the cat, I already had her, but Candy had to investigate all the goodies when I was trying to take photos for this post, naturally.
That pink, purple, orange and white plaid fabric has a strange texture, so I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with it yet. I'm going to make house dresses with the other pieces if there's enough of each one for a dress, but that plaid may not be suitable for a dress. It's kind of itchy, but that might go away after washing the sizing out of it.
Also, I forgot to take some pictures of a tiered cake pan set that Sarah sent me. It has 4 round graduated cake pans, as you'd use for a wedding cake, etc. As I told her, I'm not exactly sure why I wanted them, but I do.
However, I'm not going to advertise the fact that I have the cake pans, because I don't want to be inundated with requests to make wedding cakes, shacking up cakes, "my divorce is final" cakes or any other cakes.These buttons will also be used, especially the adorable kitties, bunnies, bouquets and lady bugs. I can envision some of these on little dresses and things for Miss Emmy.
Special bonus in this bag: Note the googly eyes in the top left background. :-/
And those googly eyes? They remind me of those Geico commercials that are out right now, with the googly eyes on the stack of money, with Rockwell singing "I always feel like, somebody's watchin' me....." Now that's stuck in my head on a repeat loop.
Gee, thanks, Sarah. ;-)
Which now brings us to the category:
D.] Things we will look at and say, "What the heck?!?!"
There were actually several things I could say that about in the packages Sarah sent, so let's hit the highlights.
As I said, the pink double knit strips made me laugh, I'll be tossing them, and they also made me wonder, "What the heck was Grandma thinking?!?!" when she sewed those strips together and rolled them into balls. So they fit into three of the categories all by themselves.
Also included in the "What the heck?!?!" category is this:Notice the wooden thread spool? It has small rick rack wound around it, but I was struck by the price and the brand name on it. If you'll click to enlarge you can see that the price on it is 4/$1, and it's from T G & Y.
Any of my readers remember those stores? I have many memories of shopping at T G & Y, but they moved from our area back in the 1970's, and to my knowledge they're not in business anymore. If you know different, I'd be interested to hear about it.
As for the lace and eyelet in the photo, that's something else that falls into the category of Use and Enjoy.
And another entry in the "What the heck?!?!" category:Note the date on this Velveeta box, and also the advertisement for the movie, "Willow". It's dated Oct. 6, 1988. Grandma knew how to pack rat, now didn't she?
Oh, but wait, there's more in this category! Look what's in the box!I'd say this falls under "junk drawer" or "various and sundry", but "What the heck?!?!" fits very well too.
And I have to admit that most of this will also fit in the "Things we will throw away because Sarah couldn't" category as well.
Thanks for all the stuff, Sarah! I got a kick out of it, and I got plenty of useful stuff too. :-)And I'll leave you with this pic of Emmy and JESSICA playing in Emmy's pool in my back yard on Tuesday afternoon.Summer is here. :o)