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Viola was a local  Virginia “character” who took pride in having an independent streak.  She was forthright and fiercely opinionated, and loved beautiful things.  And she was a beloved friend whose gifts over the years are things I still cherish.  They were old gifts she found in antique stores and one-of-a-kinds for the young me.

Sadly, we lost Viola, but there are wonderful reminders of her all over my home.  She was a friend who put extra thought into gift giving.


  • A beautiful scalloped edged platter I still use to serve cookies.

  • An art deco bowl that makes bananas seem  brighter and yellower (is yellower a word?).


  • A lacy edged vase for short stemmed flowers to make into elegant arrangements.


I just read an article about how young people don’t like old stuff anymore. They don’t want Grandma’s china or sterling silver that has to be polished.

Who needs gold edged dinner plates for fast food or pizza delivery?  And who wants cutlery you can’t put into a dishwasher?

I concede there is some logic in this thinking albeit the younger generation seems to be forfeiting an atmosphere of beauty, charm and grace.

But do they know about the feelings you can get from holding or using something with a history?

A beautiful old serving dish is never really old.

And an elegant old vase will always complement a spray of  seasonal flowers.

And much like people, some old things age gracefully with the help of a little extra care.

And other things grow more beautiful with little to assist them but age and patina.

I was a young woman when Viola gave me some exquisite old things.  They never required too much care and they are cherished now, almost thirty years later, along with some very sweet memories.

I keep reminding myself that finding the one-of-a-kind perfect gift for someone special may be as easy as a stop at the local antique store.


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Horse Hat Rack 1A

This is Photo Story #3 for the Five Photos, Five Stories challenge.  The rules are to post a photo a day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo.  It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph.  Oh yes,  and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge.  Today I nominate Eliza Waters who once sent me a surprise gift.  Thank you again Eliza.

There is a strange tradition in my family.  We do not send gifts at expected times.  And we only send peculiar, laughter producing, or  perfect things calculated to insert the element of awe into our lives.

One of those awesome surprise gifts came yesterday.  It was in a giant box that weighed heavily and was filled with a whole lot of bubble wrap.

There is just no describing the heart-quickening excitement that comes from opening an unexpected mysterious package.

The return address was not familiar.  A secret admirer maybe?  One never loses hope even into extreme maturity.

We had not ordered anything, so I must say I was puzzled.  Could this be a mistaken delivery of gold bullion from Fort Knox?

Aha!  It is a Coat/Hat Rack – but not just any old hat rack.  And then I guessed who sent it.

This is another one of those delightfully unexpected, unconventional, perfect gifts from my brother and sister-in-law!

  • The four horses fit right in since we live in a rural area of Virginia devoted to equestrian activities.
  • The steeds are all looking back as if to say, “Happy Days are Here Again.”  That’s an old song.  Do you know it?
  •  We are a family of dedicated travelling companions and enjoy each others’ company, so the plaque symbolizes all of us together and “on the road again.”
  • There is only one fair person in our human group and there is only one fair horse in the hat rack.
  • The four horses and their “business ends” perfectly represent my fun-loving brother who is famous for taking pictures of the back sides of all varieties of living things.
  • And in the end  (pun intended), this perfect gift is a happy reminder of love and the importance of family.

There is something to be said for giving unconventional gifts at non-traditional times of the year.

Thank you Steve and Viv!  I am not disappointed (well, maybe sort of) there were no gold bars in this package and Bill and I both love the hat rack!

And we can’t wait to see you both again as we ride fly off together into the sunset.



Although I was born long after 1932, I do know that the song, “Happy Days Are Here Again” was Franklin Roosevelt’s selection for a campaign song that debuted during the 1932 Democratic Convention.  He was the first President to choose a pre-existing song for a campaign and it became the Democratic Party unofficial theme song for years to come.  

“On the Road Again” is a song made famous by country music  singer Willie Nelson and was one of his most recognizable tunes.

For some reason, I am into quoting old songs for blog posts.  

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Underwood TyperI forgot how interesting it is to go antique shopping.

There are two giant antique “malls” in this part of Virginia and I joined my niece just before Christmas at one of them.  She was on a search for a stunning pill box of yore.  No little plain plastic dispenser for Judy.  Nope. This one had to be a silent film star’s original gem encrusted stunner.

We didn’t find one but I had forgotten how much fun it is to browse through the old things I actually recognize as relics of my own childhood infancy.  And of course there is also the adventure in discovering unique personal gifts for special people.

Dor’s 2015 New Year’s Resolution:  Shop for Christmas gifts at antique stores!

To elaborate on this resolution, I have decided the search in 2015 will include rambling visits down Virginia country roads and byways where there may be real one-of-a-kind antique/collectible treasures.

And getting out and around with new camera and zoom lens in tow will only add to the pleasure.  These excursions will be charming respites from big box store shopping and holiday chaos.  Toy Farm Truck

Oh, how I love anything collectible!

Or is it “Oh, how I love anything antique?”

What’s the difference anyhow?

Several owner/dealers told me this:

It used to be that an object over 100 years old was considered antique. But now, anything from the 1950’s on back is in the antique category.

Uh oh!  I wonder if that applies to people too.

Please let it be known that I think I prefer to be designated as a COLLECTIBLE which is defined as a thing that is less than 100 years old and is possibly an antique of the future.

My old friend, Viola (a country woman with guts and bravado) made antique stores her only venues for beloved (or White Elephant) gifts that were never returned or re-gifted since they were usually bowls or plates  she expected to see when she visited our homes. antique crystal bowl

Shirley Temple Pitcher

But FYI and if you’re really interested, Per Ye Olde Faithful, Wikipedia:

“An antique is defined as an old collectible item.

It is desirable because of its age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility,

personal emotional connection, and/or other unique features.

It is also an object that represents a previous era or time period in human society.” 

For an exceptional listing of various antique stores and antique malls in Virginia, visitwww.antiquemalls.com.

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As you may know, I am “into” sparkly things – like glittering skinny jeans.  I love rhinestones and other gleaming things too like maybe diamonds.

But then I got a FB message about a very special gift and it is in keeping with the “end results” of my sparkling skinny jeans.

I can hardly resist this gift.  In fact, I will not resist.

I plan to give myself this phenomenal set for my own personal, private joy over the holidays.

Here is what I saw in A Facebook message which I first deemed to be crude and then I began to LAUGH OUT LOUD.

Please take no offense at the somewhat crude language here.  It is not my own, nor do I condone it, but you gotta admit it’s funny!

Glitter Pills for your Poop

A gift idea for that person who has everything (and probably tells you alllll about it). Now they can shit glitter.” 


Glitter Pills

P.S.  Sellers Warning and Mine Too:  Do not actually eat these pills.  Eat at your own risk.  They are really only meant for laughter.

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