Monday, September 27, 2010


Teenage dreams can come true- even if you have to wait 30-something years!

As I posted last week, I traveled to Portland, Oregon to see Les McKeown of the Bay City Rollers.  Not only did I have a great time connecting with an old friend that I hadn't seen since high school, and got to see a fantastic show, we actually got to meet him!  He was very nice and funny.

It was worth the wait!

Tea Time Tuesday

Enjoy life sip by sip not gulp by gulp. - The Minister of Leaves
It's time for Tea Time Tuesday!  I'm linking up with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage.

This demitasse cup was given to me by my mom.  I'm not sure where it came from.  My mom had a knack of going to garage and estate sales and finding the one treasure among the junk!

The pattern is in silver.  It's a fern/leaf pattern.  I don't know the maker or the pattern.  It only has a number.

Thanks for visiting, and check out the other parties on Sandi's blog!

Monday, September 20, 2010

My heart is still tartan

I have a confession to make.

I'm a Rollermaniac.

Eric, Derek, Woody, Les, and Alan

If you were a teenage girl (or the parent of one) in the mid-seventies, you probably knew who the Bay City Rollers were.
S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night!

Yes, I made a pair of the short pants trimmed with plaid, which I wore with my BCR t-shirt, striped socks, high top tennis shoes, my tartan scarf, and suspenders covered with Roller pins.  I'm sure my mom must have laughed (loudly) when I went out dressed like that!

I saw them in concert in Seattle on August 8, 1977.  My friends and I, along with about 3,000 others, spent the entire concert perched on the arms of the seats, jumping up and down and screaming our lungs out.

Les in the late '70s

Well, I'm breaking out the tartan again.  No, I won't be wearing the above-mentioned outfit (the only part of it that would still fit is my scarf)... but in the words of a Nick Lowe song...

"Gonna see the Rollers, got a ticket for the Bay City Rollers..."

Next S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night, I'm meeting up with the gal who was next to me all those years ago, balancing on the armrests, and we're heading to Portland, OR to see Les McKeown!

Les today

I feel like I'm 15 years old again.  Kind of.

And to my fellow Rollermaniacs out there- "Keep On Rolling!"

Tea Time Tuesday

May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you and all your heart may desire.  ~Irish blessing

(I had this post ready to go, and when I tried to post it, Blogger deleted it!  Bad Blogger!)

I'm linking up with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage.

Today, I'm sharing this tea set.  It belonged to my great-grandmother on my mom's side.

It's marked Limoges, France.  So far, I haven't identified the pattern.

There are 8 cups and saucers in the set.

The creamer.

I originally thought that this was the sugar bowl, but looking at its size in comparison to the creamer, I don't think so.  Maybe it's a biscuit jar?

Thanks for visiting, and check out the other posts on Sandi's blog!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Tea Time Tuesday

Once again, I'm linking up with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday!

This cup was purchased at a rummage sale this summer.  I think I paid $3 for it.  I was drawn to it because the pattern was so striking.

It's made by Royal Grafton China, England.  It has a gold pattern overlaid on the stripes, with a pink rose on the bottom.

The beige stripes are lighter than they appear in the pictures.

I looked online for the pattern name.  I found one with the same design, RGR 111, but it had aqua stripes instead of the beige.

I hope you enjoyed this teacup, and please check out the other posts on Sandi's blog!


My oldest daughter and I took a trip to Seaside, Oregon last week and had a wonderful getaway.


We spent time walking on the beach...

Watching the sunset...

We toured Fort Clatsop, a replica of Lewis and Clark's winter headquarters in Astoria,

 and the Tillamook Cheese Factory (and sampled cheeses and yummy ice cream).

We visited Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, explored, shopped, ate, indulged in salt water taffy, relaxed, and laughed.

Sometimes I worry that she feels pushed aside by her younger sister's medical issues and general drama.  I don't always get a chance to spend uninterrupted time with her.  I am amazed at what an intelligent, kind, responsible and loving young lady that she's grown into.

On Thursday, I'll be taking her back to the university.  I will miss her so much, even though she's only a couple of hours away. 

I think we're going to make this a tradition.

Monday, September 6, 2010

To the Beach!

Packing my suitcase...

Loading the car...

And we're off!

The turnaround in Seaside

I'm heading to Seaside, Oregon with my oldest daughter.  We'll have a few days to unstress, play, and spend some uninterrupted time together before she heads back to college.

I'll be back soon.

Tea Time Tuesday

I'm linking up with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday!

This tea cup isn't old, but it's special to me because it was a gift a few years ago, from my late mom.  She purchased it for me on a trip to Maryland and New York City.  She took the train from Seattle because she hated to fly! 

It's not china, I think it's some kind of ceramic.  It says it was made in Thailand, Heart and Home Gifts.

The cup handle and saucer have a flower.  I think it's supposed to be a stargazer lily, though it looks like an alstromeria to me.  (What can I say, I have a certificate in floral design!)

Both the saucer and the cup have a cute little dragonfly.

Hope you enjoyed this cup!  Please check out all the other tea parties on Sandi's blog!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Just one question...

I took this picture at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, WA, and I have to ask...

Is this what the term "dyed in the wool" really means?