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Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Best Laid Frags of Mice and Men

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Friday is once again just around the proverbial corner which means we get to unload our minds and hearts of the various and sundry fragments that have been collecting like veritable dust bunnies in the corners.
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I do hope none of these FRAGS go astray, however as with the best laid plans of mice and men, best laid jokes often do go astray.

Last Friday I told you about bringing home this runner and throwing it at the foot of our bed as a JOKE on Fisherhubby who says I have WAY TOO MANY throw rugs.

This one makes 24, unless you count the 10 down in the basement which are "softening" the harsh realities of a concrete floor - in which case this makes 34.

Well, I never intended to LIKE this rug, much less KEEP it - - - -

As the week wore on, so did my feelings of endearment for this runner. Fisherhubby said he didn't mind one more rug - - - so the joke is now on ME, for I have decided to keep what I never intended to bring in here in the first place.

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I am no tablescaper, but I do know about the proper placement of plates, silver, glassware, and napkins.

This is the table I set to have company over last week - - -
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We were just having pizza, so I dispensed with knives and spoons, which we did not need.

This was the "maiden voyage" for my antique Mildred china.  I'm sure it has seen MANY a dinner before - - - just not at OUR table.

I wonder how Mildred is enjoying coming out of retirement in a packing crate, (formerly in our GARAGE in Indiana) to the china cabinet, and from thence to the dining room table!?!

I think she's holding up quite well for an OLD gal.

And Boopie (the glass) was happy to come out and play as well.
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Our friends Shawn and Stephanie came to enjoy the pizza, cheese cake (which Stephanie brought) and three rounds of Catch Phrase.

A lovely time was had by all.

Well - - - I guess I should really just speak for myself - - - I had a fabulous time!
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I'm pretty sure all of y'all have experienced the joy of battery operated votives,  but I had NOT until this Christmas season.
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Since then I believe I've gone a little wild and crazy with them - - - placing them in various and sundry cups, plates, and other vesicles around my home.

I think I LIKE them.
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I am NOT a happy camper about the conditions my snow gauges have been revealing during the month of January.  After nearly a week of days with 40ish degree highs, (F of course) this is all the snow we have left.

It's despicable.  It's enough to make me cry.

I am NOT in favor of January thaws.
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The other morning our sky was a bit red - - - "red sky at morn, sailors forewarn."

Yes PLEASE, sailors, cried I - - - do be forewarned!!!

Well, all we got out of it was a powder sugaring - - - not enough, but better than nuttin' honey!
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Fisherhubby has conscripted THIS area of our bedroom as his recharging station, much to my sorrow.
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But when I came in one day to find his ICE FISHING POLE leaning up against the chest of drawers, I tried to draw a line in the sand carpet.

"Can't that thing go in the garage?" queried I? 

"I need to put new line on it" he replied, "and it's too cold to do it outside or in the garage."

It is true, we had a couple of days when the high hovered around 0.

Just imagine my JOY when the "re-lining" process took place right on the coffee table in the living room.

Eye-yi-yi-yi!
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The other day, one last birthday present arrived for me from FH's mom.

How fun to stretch out my celebrations for nearly a month!!!

And is that not the CUTEST packaging?

Can you read it?  It says "Junk in the Trunk" which is a shop in Florida that repurposes all kinds of cute things.

I opened the package with great care and found this necklace:
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I really like these "new fangled" ribbon necklaces, don't you?
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And here, I UNDERLINED part of the card that came with it so you could notice it.

Now WHAT reason could there ever be for this little Bucky to make her think of me?????

ON WISCONSIN!
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This is a side view our our friends' (Vernon and Sharon) home.

It was a "balmy" 9 degrees today and I didn't feel like trudging all the way to the FRONT over the unevenly frozen ground to get a picture.

Don't judge me.

Anyway - - - it's a lovely home and quite spacious with a full basement.
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Another really cool thing about it is - - - it is heated by this outdoor wood burner.

I'm not ENTIRELY positive how it works, but I BELIEVE it heats water which is then pumped through the house.

I do know this for sure and for certain - - - it HEATS the house.  Many is the time I've been too warm in there even when the temperatures outdoors were very arctic.
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Specimen "A"
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Specimen "B"

Specimen "A" and "B" are clues to my upcoming Sunday post.  Anyone care to hazard a guess as to either's identity?
You may place your guesses in the comments.
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That's all I've got for today.

Please hurry over to Mrs. 4444's place 
To see everyone else's Best Laid Frags
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27 comments:

Rebecca said...

Ice fishing in those last two photos?

Outdoor wood burner? I wonder how much it costs to burn wood all winter long?

I really loved the quilt in the bedroom photo and the antique plates are gorgeous.

Stacy said...

The last two pics are a hint the topic's going to be ice fishing, I think.

Love coming by on Fridays for the fun peek into your world. Your sky photo reminded me that I got an amazing shot of ours recently. I think I'll have to share it.

Have a lovely weekend!

Ann in the UP said...

Spit, snort!! You fell in love with the rug! Good on you, Keepie!

My mantra when Good Guy is doing weird stuff in the living room is---"It's his house too, it's his house too, etc." It still makes me nuts, but it's soon over...

Yes, you've got a tip-up or some other ice fishing gear pictured.

nancygrayce said...

I never pick up on hints, so I won't hazard a guess,,,,,,,but I so understand a husband putting their "stuff" in places where it bugs the wife!

Your MIL is sweet and by thoughtful in her gift giviing!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I really love that rug and your beautiful quilt! And the china, very pretty my dear.
I love these posts... it's like a nice chat with Keetha!
I kind of think we will see more snow before spring.
Have a wonderful day!
Cindy

Tami said...

I personally like the red rug. It brings a POP to the room. Your bed spread is GORGEOUS!!
I bought a kit to make ribbon necklaces. I haven't gotten around to doing it yet. Yours is cute with the badger!
Happy Friday Keetha!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

34?!!!! I'd make a goal if that be the case...the goal of having 50. ;o) Nuttin' wrong with having throw rugs, I think they add color where color is needed, and warmth and charm. But, that's my opinion.

And the battery operated tea light candles. They're quite the invention without having to deal with lighting, watching for fire dangers, and blowing them out with smoke filtering in the air. Besides, they give off a beautiful yellow glow. Oh and the china? Gorgeous.

Erin said...

*GASP* Was that? Did I see? Is that GRASS in your yard?! Poking up through the snow?

I am fascinated by those outdoor furnaces. I see quite a few of them around here out in the country. If one had an available supply of free wood, I think that would be the way to go!

Wayne W Smith said...

Well you have rugs - he has fishing lines. Sounds fair to me.

LV said...

I do get a "kick" out of your Friday Frags. They threw away the mold when they made you. Love it and being able to visit now and then.

Joyce said...

I have a bit of a thing for dishes. You can never have too many is my motto : )

Have a great weekend!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Keetha I always enjoy Friday Frags. Love those dishes and I'm a sucker for Boopie glasses! So much snow! Well to my 'southern' eyes anyway. I'm smiling about the rug! I too love those little battery candles...love em!! Happy Weekend to you!
hugs, Linda

Diane said...

"Junk in the Trunk"! What a great name for a store like that. Love it!

My next door neighbor built one of those wood burning heater things outside his house last winter because he got tired of paying the gas bill. We live in the south and that thing smokes up the whole neighborhood! I don't get it. But I can see how it would be very useful with kind of winter weather you guys get there!

Bee said...

What the heck is FH charging in your bedroom? A portable defibrillator? Haha!

I love the ribbon necklace!

No clue what those last 2 items are.

LuAnn said...

love that red rug. And very inviting table for sinner.

bill lisleman said...

Looks like some ice fishing is coming up.
Trinkets ? That's your middle name right?
The heating arrangement is interesting. I do think if everyone used that approach we would start have a run on wood.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Snow and sleet Below the Mason Dixon Line today. We got out early!

Tettelestai said...

I think the first is a fry spider and the second is a reach and grab device? Wild guesses here!

It's horrible that you can see the legs of your snow gauge!!

You gatta love fisherhubby and his pole in the bedroom! ;-) So funny! We love playing games too! Hey, as you wander around the 'junk' shops, will you holler out if you find an old game called Cargo? We love that game, discontinues of course. It taught us all about the ships that were sunk just in the Great Lakes!!!

podso said...

Oh gee, so funny. You have so many frags it's hard to comment. Love that out door heater! And it's high of 28 today as we watch sleet fall from the sky. It's our winter storm. Hey I left one of those "flames" on all night by mistake and it's still working fine.

Stay warm!

Lynn said...

Thank you for letting me snoop around your house!! I feel for you and the charging station. RRused our spare bedroom for his tennis closet. A WHOLE ROOM FOR HIS TENNIS JUNK!! I can't stand it. He has a perfectly good closet. It is full of clothing he never wears. and stuff he never uses!!
AAARRRGGGHHH.

Skoots1moM said...

beautiful little sheep on your buffet!
love the candles, too!
great pics
wish we had some snow...we're in the 20's

traci's mixed bag said...

I'm glad you kept the rug. And "maiden voyage" totally cracked me up. Yay! For china and pizza. I love it!

The cool thing about battery operated votives is not having an option to burn the house down. Totally a set-'em and forget-'em product. My mom uses them for weddings.

brainella said...

And I thought my dish towel collection was impressive! :-) It's a cute rug.

Sue McPeak said...

Holy IceFishing Pole, Bucky! There...you have it my guess and no clue as to why that pretty ribbon necklace didn't have a a 'Pretty Baubble' Thingy! Sure was a cute card and package, tho. Fun post, woman...loved all your runner and charging talk and Best Laid Freezin' Frags. Yikes!!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your pretty bedroom and the gorgeous bedspread of coverlet. And that rug really gives you a pretty pop of color! Keep it! Sweet hugs!

Vidya Sury said...

Oops! I had already read the Sunday post and it took the mystery out of specimen A and B. Though I would have guessed that they had to do with fishing.

Your bedroom is very pretty. I am now inspired to get my own embroidered bedspread to cover my bed with. Your MIL is so special.

Hugs, Vidya

Vidya Sury said...

Oh, I forgot to say - your header looks beautiful! :-)