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Swedish Pancakes at the Stockholm Inn

Blogging from a smartphone tonight-

My cousin Chris ordered them “dark and dry”.

He recommended the fresh orange juice, too. Delicious.

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Welcomed by a Rockford sock monkey

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Mary found something fishy in the gift shop

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Murano Marbles

Today my sister and I visited our Aunt Rhea.  We had a nice visit, looked at our grandmother’s photo album together, and ate lunch with tapioca for dessert.

Next to her couch were her colorful glass marbles  from Murano (a puzzle you are to jump in a straight line- NOT  Chinese Checkers)

The light was coming in through her window.  I shot this with  my phone.

Murano Marbles


Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Monument is the weekly challenge.  Mr. Ben Huberman says it can be” broadly defined”

The family was on vacation in Michigan this week.

My son Mark photographed Anna sitting on the Montgomery City Bus, in the very seat in which Rosa Parks was arrested, Dec 1, 1955.

The Rosa Parks Bus is in The Henry Ford in Dearborn Michigan. The exhibit is titled With Liberty and Justice for All.

Anna on the Rosa Parks bus

(Anna sitting in the seat on the Rosa Parks Bus, photographed by her father, Mark )

There are Rosa Parks Statues in Grand Rapids Michigan,  Dallas Texas and The Capitol in Washington D.C.  

Rosa Parks is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit Michigan.  Here is the Wikipedia link to the “First Lady of Civil Rights”

 


Friday and Saturday

dishclothMy friend Joanne sent me a surprise hand knit dishcloth to go with the dishes she found for me in Omaha, Nebraska.  Celebrating my Fouth of July bday in style this year!

 

 

mailing recommendation

Wanted my student teacher to be reassured that her recommendation was mailed in by the deadline!

 

 

 

potatoes sproutingWanted to make soup but the onion and potatoes were sprouting!

 

SycamoresSteve and I drove to Squirrel Hill to see friends’ art show.  On the way there was an eerie light on the sycamores.Nice work Linda, Pat and Suzanne!

 

 

 

 

smokestack

View from the Art Show.  Murray Avenue.

saigon soup

After we picked Mary up at the train we ate Saigon Soup at Tram’s in Bloomfield

 

 

easter tree (1)Saturday we had lunch in Columbus with James and Laura.  She set up the Easter Tree

 

 

easter treeI am so happy the Easter decorations have a new home with Laura and James now.

 

SpringLaura put the bouquet in the vase Mark and Erika gave them for their wedding.  I brought her the nest of wooden robin’s eggs too.

 

NimitzMark likes the Nimitz statue I got for him at the Pacific War Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas.  He put in up on his office shelf next to the book on him.

 

WHEN I MOVED THE SHOE

 

Maura’s old shoe.  When I moved it the grass was a lighter green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

Threshold

thresh·old   noun \ˈthresh-ˌhōld, ˈthre-ˌshōld\
: a piece of wood, metal, or stone that forms the bottom of a door and that you walk over as you enter a room or building

: the point or level at which something begins or changes

 

jack threshold

Literal interpretation of Jack  crossing a threshold at Idlewild Park in Storybook Forest last summer.

 

 

 

 Erika and kids waiting for Jack to be born

A couple of days before Jack was born 2007

 

 

p.s.  click here to see Madhu’s entry  at The Urge to Wander blog photographerd  at a Shinto Shrine in Japan.

In my opinion, hers is the best of all the responses I viewed! 

 

 


Henry the Airedale Terrier is One Already

There are lots of ways to mark the passage of time.  You rip the calendar pages off and suddenly a whole year has passed!

When I was at school, I saw there was a missed call and a voicemail from my DIL Erika.

Later when I didn’t have students I listened on the phone’s speaker.

The message was a howling/animal crying and then my granddaughter Anna(10) saying, “Henry, stop it.  That’s enough. ”  Then some more doggy  crying and Anna saying, ” Aww Henry don’t feel bad.”

When Erika got on the phone when I called back, she said that Henry ran to the computer first thing this morning and was sad he wasn’t featured on the blog today, celebrating his first birthday.

So Anna took some photos and I PROMISED Hnery would be on the blog before the end of the day.  Forgetful Grandma!

The thoughtful breeder, Diana McKenna,  remembered and sent a card via email and E forwarded it to me.  Screen shot below.

Here is the photo of the family getting ready to take Henry back to Ohio from Michigan. Thanks Diana.

Aberdeen Card

 

Erika sent a photo of the birthday Airedale biscuits she baked for Henry’s first bday. I’ll have to get the recipe.

Airedale cookie cutter

One year old today.   Anna took these photographs and sent them through her Mother’s phone to me.

Henry the Airedale on a rainy deckApril Showers in Ohio. Henry on the Rainy Deck

Henry the Airedale TerrierPhotographed by Anna.

 

 

Henry the Airedale and his bone

Henry loves to hide bones. Big ones!

 

 

 

Henry the Airedale in the KitchenHelping cook supper?

Thanks Anna for the photos. Nice job.

You might remember the shot of the grandchildren with Henry at his first Christmas. He made the blog then. Or the time he knocked at the back door. He was on the blog that day too.

 


What a Difference a Year Makes

Happy Seventh Birthday Jack (John Patrick).

March 21st is your big day.  Thought you’d like to see the faces your old grandma captured this past year!

 

Last year you looked like this.

Jack in the Monkey tie

 

 

And now you are getting your permanent front teeth after losing those baby ones!

 

The shot below was taken one week before your birthday at the Columbus Car Show.

 

jack is sevenYou had a great year being six-   Here you are making the leap from six to seven!

jack at Idlewild stepping

 

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Sunday morning at St.Patrick Church Columbus Ohio with the family.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day


Photographing the Family at the Columbus International Auto Show

Photographing four kids together can be tricky and exasperating, trying to get everyone looking pleasant simultaneously.

The first photo is one solution. Take them from behind!

Seems easier with the distraction and props of shiny new cars at the Columbus Car Show.  Pretty good cooperation. Especially when they weren’t really thinking about me and my camera!   mustangListening to the finer points of this Mustang by Ford

 

mustang 2Oops, losing their attention and interest in the specs.

 

Anna at the WheelIndividual shots work-  Anna takes a “test drive”

 

 

 

Michael Waves from Inside the TruckAnother individual shot- Michael waves to me from the inside of a pick-up truck. Easy!

 

 

jack in the carJack leans into a curve.

 

 

MAura inside a carNot the most natural smile in this one, Maura,  but having a good time.

 

 

on the motorcycleSeat all four on a large motorcycle.  That was fun.

 

 

win this car

They were smiling and posing for their Dad in this one.  He bought a couple of raffle tickets to win the Cobra, supporting Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 

 

kids inside a carCrawl into the back of some random car.  Hey, everybody. Look at ole Grandma! Nice ambient light inside this vehicle.

 

 

the rolls royce

The interior of the Rolls Royce. This was behind a barrier. No one got to touch it, let alone sit inside it.

 

 

family at the Car ShowAnd with Mom and Dad, in the back of another van.

family on the downtown sidewalk

Headed for home.


Where the Wild Boar Roam

Erika and I went to order lunch at Hill’s Market in downtown Columbus on Sunday.

We were at the Deli Counter and I saw the Wild Boar Salami packages.

Printed on the labels it  said Made From Free Roaming Wild Boar

so I asked the man making the sandwiches where the Wild Boar roamed free before they were made into salami.

He had no idea.                 I figured it wasn’t Columbus, local.

I picked up the package and read the fine print but no location mentioned.

It’s mentioned on the Creminelli website though-    TEXAS!

Then I looked it up on the internet and it says there are “wild pigs in FORTY FIVE states” (USA)

I remembered hearing Wild Boar in the Grafenwoehr trash in Germany, scraping a jar or a can along the concrete walk in the middle of the night.  And going to the Wild Boar Park in Germany, seeing baby wild boar.  Ate a plate of Wild Boar meat at a Boar Fest, remember his snarly face on the spit. Ugh.

Anyway the packages in the deli case got me wondering about Wild Boar and where they roamed free in America.

Have you seen any wild boar lately?

wild boar salami


A Story in Three Photos

A story in three photos.   (The other part of the challenge.)

Welcome Maura Clare.  November 2008.

 

mark bringing Maura home

 

 

family sees Maura

 

 

 

erika Maura


Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

Three 

Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Three Men in a Tub

Three Little Pigs

Three Bears

Three Little Kittens

Wynken, Blynken and Nod

Three Sailing Ships

No Three on a Match

It’s bedtime in Ohio.  Three photo story post for a different day.  Kicking off the Weekly Photo Challenge by Michelle W with this single photo of all the threes I could find on the grandkids’ bookshelves.

threes in storiesIf you think of another threesome in nursery or fairy tales, please add it in a comment below.

 

Three Little Pigs Cartoon 1933- familiar music Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf


Leftovers – Love ‘em or Heave ‘em?

-or save them first and then heave them after they get a bit furry in the fridge.

Or eat them cause you feel it a duty, but not enjoy them wholeheartedly?

How do you feel about leftovers?  Does it depend on the type of food saved?

Today as I drove home after school, I thought about the spaghetti sauce in the fridge and although freshly made pasta is preferable, warming up a bowl of leftovers with hot sauce poured over top was incredibly satisfying.

A little fresh grated cheese.  Mmmm.  Eating my way through winter…………..

Didn’t have to start a meal from scratch and it was a relief to know it was there waiting on a shelf in the refrigerator. I looked forward to eating it again.

I thought the spaghetti sauce tasted even better today.

Some people don’t enjoy leftovers or being served leftovers for supper.

And true, certain dishes are better than others in the leftover department. Chili seems to improve, the flavors marry as they say.

I know I have wrapped things up and put them away or I have saved food in a little plastic container and forgotten all about it and then when I unearth it, it’s inedible and needs to be pitched.  Storing in clear glass is key to seeing what is there to eat.

Does gender make a difference in leftover preference?  Do you have a limit as to how long you will keep a dish?

When I did some research on leftovers I found an article about how Americans waste about twenty pounds of food each month. Yikes, that seems like a lot and is a disgusting statistic. So wasteful.

Growing up you were encouraged to consume everything and clean your plate. My mother had a book as a child The Sunny/ Sulky Book and one of the  naughty kids (the book could be turned upside down to read about the good children)  always took more on his plate than he could eat.  One night he was visited by a Fairy-Eat-It-All in a dream and given a spoon to consume the mountain of food he had wasted.  Eyes bigger than his stomach situation I guess.

A moral tale.

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One time I posted how to revive a piece of leftover cake 

 


Punxsutawney Phil Declares 6 More Weeks of Winter

Groundhog’s Day 2014-

We were there to see Phil the Groundhog rousted out of his slumber, and taken out from his cozy stump to see his shadow amidst the brotherhood of the Inner Circle of Gobbler’s Knob.  The men were all dressed in top hats and formal attire.

Twenty four years ago (before the 1993 movie)  my sister Mary and I drove in the middle of  a foggy night to see the groundhog. I can tell you that it was a much different this trip.  Last time we just parked on the side of the road and walked up the hill to Gobbler’s Knob.  The whole event was well orchestrated and incredibly efficient, especially with the number of people coming to town.   Lots of dedicated people making a concerted effort to insure everyone’s safe and happy experience! Everyone pleasant and a festive atmosphere.  We had fun and were really glad it was rain rain and more rain instead of ice and snow snow snow!

Laura thought she’d like to go last year since it was on a weekend but it was super cold and I had an photography show opening  that weekend and it didn’t work out.  “Next year”, I said.  “Next year.”   Laura wanted to cross it off her Bucket List.

Mary came out from NYC on the train  Thursday night and Laura drove in Saturday morning from Columbus OH.

We went to bed at 8:30 PM Saturday night  and got up at 2:40 AM.

Pulled out of the driveway around 3:20AM and drove the 74 miles to Punxsutawney PA.  Not to0 much traffic but when we got there the Wal-Mart parking lot was already filled up. We were able to find a spot behind the County Market in Groundhog Plaza and walked two blocks to a McDonald’s where we got $5 round trip tickets for the bus to Gobbler’s Knob.

Just like Shuey had told us (he went last year in the bitter cold, driving his MOTORCYCLE from Niceville, Florida) it was “easy peasy.”  The crowd was estimated at 30,000 and yes, it rained on us the entire time but the temp was about 37 so no ice, no snow and none of us felt cold or miserable.  I’d wrapped the camera in a couple of plastic bags and rubber bands on the end of the lens.  At one point we were asked to all pull out our cell phones an light the place like a concert with a lighter. A fellow art teacher plays the bass fiddle in a band The Beagle Brothers and they played a few sets starting at 3AM.  Oh, the Star Spangled Banner, too.

County Market

We stopped in at County Market to buy a couple of magnets and use their nice restroom. The clerk had been there since the night before at 10:30 and her shift ended at 6AM.

School Buses Waiting to Take Groundhog Fans

School buses lined up to take Groundhog Fans to Gobbler’s Knob

Groundhog BrideOn our way to the buses we saw this Groundhog Bride.  Groundhog Weddings were available but no “walk-ins”

Laura at Gobbler'sKnob

Laura at Gobbler’s Knob

cell phones light Gobbler's Knob

Cell phones light Gobbler’s Knob

Zambelli Fireworks

Thirty minutes of Zambelli Fireworks in the woods was an unexpected delight.

The Beagle Boys

The Beagle Brothers band

The Beagle Boys entertain the crowd

The Beagle Brothers played a few sets and the National Anthem.  Fellow art teacher Kyle on the Bass Fiddle.  Nice job!

Weather Channel Trucks Piles of snow and Television Trucks

Phil Sees His ShadowPhil’s handlers belong to the Inner Circle.

The Inner Circle

Uh oh. He saw his shadow.   SIX MORE WEEKS OF WINTER!!!

After the PredictionSix more weeks of winter, he predicts.  The crowd let out a collective groan.

Ruth Laura and MAry at Gobbler's Knob

A fellow groundhog fan took our photo on Gobbler’s Knob

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Josh  (dogmatic liveart) painted Groundhog Day right on the spot!

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his palette

Checking their photos

Groundhog fans checking their photos and messages.

Buses at Gobbler's Knob

Headed for the buses at Gobbler’s Knob

Groundhog Hat

Groundhog Fan with Groundhog Hat

Laura Another shot as the light increases in the sky- Laura at Gobbler’s Knob

photographer at Gobbler's Knob

Photographer on Gobbler’s Knob

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After the Prognostication

Buses on Gobbler's Knob

Getting on the bus for downtown

Gobbler's Knob Arch

Kids playing on Snowpile

Kids playing on piles of dirty snow

porta potties

Necessary facilities

Groundhog Statue

Groundhog Statues all over town!

Celebration Tent

Celebration Tent

Giant Wood Groundhog

Downtown Punxsutawney

Inner Circle Tom Uberti

Mr. Tom Uberti shook  my hand and welcomed me to Punxsutawney.  AKA Big Windmaker.  He graciously allowed me to “shoot him.”


Watch The 1st Step!

 

 

Saw this sign last Sunday in Columbus Ohio.

 

Columbus Ohio Building

 

Captured with iPhone.

Stopped at a red light on our way to grab lunch at Hill’s Market, before Matthew took off-  return to  Zagreb

 

Watch First Step

 

Good advice.

 

 


Mother Mary in the Snow – Before the Puppeteer Painted Her

A few years ago this Mary statue was a curbside alert through the neighborhood listserve so I walked up to Winterton St. to save her from the trash.

She was peeling paint and looking a bit worn.  Somehow it didn’t seem right to have her picked up by the garbage truck. So I put her in my side “garden” and called her Our Lady of the Weeds (due to my lack of gardening effort)

About the same time I hired a friend of a friend to come and do some master gardening, get rid of the weeds, plant something decent.  And the skilled gardener took the Mary statue home with her and she was gone a couple of months.  The gardener is an excellent puppeteer and brightened up the statue with new paint.  In fact, when she was returned it took awhile to get used to her brightness and revitalization.

Then my neighbor restored the bird bath bowl my father gave me when I bought the house.

One day I came home and the Mary statue was perched in the now repaired bird bath.

It’s been a team effort to get me spiffed up around here.

MAry in the Snow

 

Before

 

bvm painted in a bird bath

This Spring I’ll take a new photo with the plantings and green surrounding her.


Cashew, Cream, Walnut or Pistachio Baklava at Little Lebanon Bistro and Bakery

We ended up at the Little Lebanon Bistro and Bakery for two reasons. Michael’s winter coat had a broken zipper and we went to Alteration Station to get it repaired/ replaced and then Maura had to use a rest room.
Lucky us. I got some lentil soup to take home and then I ordered up the pastries after the owner had given everyone of us samples. Delicious! Also got a slice of the gluten free carrot cake for Mark-
Little Lebanon Bistro and Bakery
What a find. The menu is online if you click the link. Reasonably priced. Clean and fresh food.

Of course if you aren’t in the Polaris Area of Columbus Ohio it will be harder to sample the food.

The owner said if you bring the kids you can call ahead and they will prep their orders so there is less wait time.

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A quick iphone photo
I thought the pistachio baklava was about the best I have tasted! (Maybe I can order mail order)


Old Homestead and a Stone Chimney Via Marlene- Hardy, Virginia

It’s a Guest Blog today. This gallery could be a good writing prompt, too.  You know there’s a story.  Probably more than one story.

And you know when someone sends me photos and they say they saw something and it made them think of me and the blog, it’s a nice feeling. Marlene (Erika’s mother and Mark’s MIL) wrote from Hardy, Virgina with the accompanying photos she took on a walk with Donald.
Glad you had your cell phone along on your walk, Mar.

 

“We saw this fireplace chimney in the woods so we ventured up the hill.  There was a stone outline of where the old homestead was.  There were a bunch of mason jars all over so we figured kids with moonshine would sit around the fireplace and drink.   Way behind the chimney we saw another old house.  So we walked through the leaves to the other house.”

Chimney in the Virginia Woods

 

 

 

 

old Virginia Homestead

 

 

 

 

old house

 

 

 

 

side of old house

 

 

 

old house interior

 

 

 

 

old house interior

 

“After checking out the side of the house I walked around to the front door and there I saw the front door was padlocked.  

It was so funny because the exterior wall was missing on the side.”

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Thanks Marlene for the gallery of the old Homestead in Virginia,

Ruth E

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

Don’t worry.

I’m not going to post 6 galleries  of family this week.  I couldn’t stop myself with the windows.

You know I have thousands of images of my family.  Some of my favorite subjects to photograph.  I will restrain myself.

ancestors

Henry Otto Hendricks is in the middle at the bottom.  I believe the man in the top left is my father’s grandfather. Had better check  my notes.

Mark matthew and laura

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Matthew Laura and Mark, grown up

and twenty years ago at the Macy’s Day Parade New York Citymacy parade

Ruth and MArk

Me carrying Mark on my back in Philadelphia 1977

mark and erikaMark and Erika and the kids -Yes their hair is green for the pep rally before the big swim meet.

erika and mauraErika with Maura

matthew

Matthew in from Zagreb

doll houseI love when they come to visit Grandma

Laura when she was littleLala in Germany

james and laLaura and James at Christmas

and with Penny
james and penny

Getting Ready for a family photo Saturday night.  Henry is front and center and everyone else is blurred.

Henry and his family


People and Windows- Gallery 4

People and windows. 

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June 14, 2012 Visual Arts Room

 

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Maura and Murphy at Aunt Linda’s

 

 

Concorde window

Pittsburgh Firefighter on South Side

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Jane and Prem’ Wedding

 

diner  windowThrough a Diner Window- Queens NYC

 

 

fireman in windowPittsburgh Firefighter on the South Side

 

 

Breadworks delivery windowBreadworks Delivery and Barry’s Pub- South Side Pittsburgh

 

laura and James in windowMeeting Laura and James for breakfast at First Watch Worthington Ohio

 

Anna and Sock MOnkeyAnna finds her surprise sock monkey

 

 

Zamboni windowErika and Michael watch the Zamboni groom the ice   Columbus Ohio

 

 

shadyside windowShadyside Window by Ellsworth Avenue

 

watching traffic  windowWatching NYC traffic through a glass window

 

 

BLasfome windowMannequins AND real men on Carson Street South Side Pittsburgh

 

 

Charlotte wedding

Beautiful Valentine’s Day Bride

 

 

Sea Lion Viewing Window

Sea Lion Viewing Window  at the Zoo  Pittsburgh PA

 

 

 


Macarons, Mailed

They tasted good, even though they had a rough trip.  My sister shared these with me. The colorful macarons photo is from a while back but I found it tonight.

The cookies were very fancy.  I’m not sure what they did to them on their journey.

Macarons

 


Look What Jack Finally Lost! via his Mom and Dad

Erika sent me these two pictures of Jack  this evening.  She said that Jack gave me permission to blog them!

His front tooth was hanging on by a thread for the longest time and Jack kept wiggling it all Christmas break.  You kept thinking it would come out but even when he’d twist it, it didn’t!

It gave you the shudders, right down your spine, watching him manipulate it. I thought I’d witness it coming out in person but didn’t happen.  Until tonight!  A milestone.

Sure gives a different smile!   Thanks Erika and Mark. He looks pretty excited about it’s coming out.

 

jacks front tooth out

 

 

 

jacks front smile

front tooth missingMark sent this one a bit later.  A little less ink on him!

Growing up at a rapid rate!


Star Wars Lego® Figures Photo Found on my Phone

Either Michael or Jack, one of my grandsons, took this photo of Star Wars figures..  I found it in my December Photo Stream in Aperture tonight.

I hadn’t seen it before, didn’t notice it.  I know I didn’t take it.  The kids love to use the electronic devices.

Any it was all set up and photographed (on the piano I’m fairly certain) and here’s their shot.  Guest  blog photo by one of them.

I’d left the mini Light Sabers in a gift box with a friend’s gift but she mailed them out from Pittsburgh in a card so they got to Ohio in time for Christmas.  Need light sabers  to do battle!!  Thanks V.

Something about mini figures invites creative and imaginative play.

star wars legoEither Michael (8) or Jack(6+) took this photo with my phone.  I found it in the December photo stream tonight.

 


Right Now It’s Filled With Chex Mix but I Have Plans

Have you chosen a word for this year’s theme yet?   Mine is gratitude.

This afternoon I drove home alone to Pittsburgh after a nice vacation in Ohio with my family. Two hundred miles can feel long and lonesome after all the activity with the family.    If you’ve been following along you saw that the girls and I went to Laura and James and had a nice New Year’s Day celebration with the rest of the family.

On my way home I spoke with my dear friend J in Omaha.  She told me about hostess gifts she passed out to her Fondue Party guests on New Year’s Eve. Here is what she gave them  ( a semi-guest blog, J?)

Picture a quart Mason Jar (thanks John Landis Mason 1832-1902) wrapped with a fancy bow.

Inside J put  a paper with instructions.

Starting January first. write good things down on little pieces of paper and put them into the jar.  Could be a goal accomplished, something good,  a happy moment,  a thought.  Then on Dec 31st, 2014, reread all the good things you wrote on all the little pieces of paper that you deposited throughout the year.

Right now this jar in my kitchen is filled with  homemade Chex Mix (thanks Laura)

But starting when it’s empty, we’re going to fill it with good notes.  Lots of them.  Kind of like Three Daily Delights by my number one commenter this year,  Stef.

Thanks for the good idea J.   It’s a wonderful way to start a new year.

Mason Jar

 

 

 

 

And a p.s. from J this morning   A photo of her gratitude jars all lined up plus the original instructions from her niece.

gratitude jars

The original instructions from J’s niece Jeninstructions for the jar


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