May 20, 2018:


Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Grandma's Pink Elephant

This morning when I went to the 16th floor kitchen to get my first glass of water for the day, I saw on the "take me" pile (it's where we all put stuff we don't want or need anymore and it's available to the whoever wants it) an Expressions catalog.  I idly flipped through it for a few seconds and then took it back to my office.  I looked through it page by page during lunch hour.  Lo and behold, I come across this absolutely gorgeous glass pink elephant:

Isn't she beautiful!  She's about 6 inches from tip of trunk to her base.  Part of her description reads "our pink pachyderm turns on the carm with silver flects swirling within handblown glass.  4 1/2" x 6"."  I find it a little hard to believe she would be 4.5 inches wide, but you never know until you actually hold a piece in your hands. 

I placed an order for her immediately tonight but - she's already on back-order!  EEK!  I had no idea so many people would fall in love with this little pink elephant, or perhaps they didn't have much of a stock to begin with???  I just don't know.  Anyway, the shipment won't even be in until May 15th!
How can I possibly survive until then???

I must plan where exactly I will put her...

One of the disadvantages of taking photographs during this time of year (dark out by the time I get home) is my difficulty in taking a good photograph. Not only am I usually tired and therefore my hands shake more than usual when I finally get home from the office, I don't have bright lighting in my house - on purpose! At home, I prefer to live in the least light possible in order to get the task at hand done. I am under the glare of fluorescent lights all day, and at night I want an intimate, quiet and dim atmosphere -- like soft, flickering candle light. So - it's not exactly conducive at home to taking photographs at night :)

That would be neither here nor there, except I don't spend all weekend during daylight hours trying to take photographs for blogging I'm going to do during the week. I don't plan that far in advance, for one thing! Nope. An idea may come to me while taking the bus to the office in the morning, or walking home from the supermarket in the evening, or, as last Friday walking home during a particularly nasty snow storm... Well, you get the idea.

This idea, however, has been around for a couple of days -- and I even tried taking photographs of - you guessed it - my collection of pink elephants -- but those photographs did not turn out at all! Tonight, I tried again because --

So, I popped out the camera and turned on every light in the room and snapped three photos.  Two were yechy and one turned out okay.  It's not the best photo, but it does capture one shelf of my pink elephants.  Not that I have several shelves - but I am starting a second shelf and I'm going to have to figure out how to rearrange things in my curio cabinet sooner or later:

Some are more pink than others :)  The little elephant who started this all is the third from the right, in the first row.  She belongs to my grandmother, Ida Belanger Newton.  When Grandma died in 1961, the little elephant was passed down to my dad, and somewhere along the line (many years before he passed away in 2002), she ended up in my hands, and moved with me from apartment to apartment during my roaming years, college years, and early career years.  When I bought my first home in 1986, she had pride of place inside a lovely built-in with stained glass.  It wasn't until years after I built and moved into my present home that I looked at her one day and thought "She's lonely."

That's what started the collection in about 1996.

She has no markings, other than JAPAN embossed near her little tail on her backside toward the bottom/base.  She used to have more gold painted highlights but through the years much of it has either been washed off or worn off from handling.  Of all my elephants, I love her the most.  She could be from post-war Japan, but I've always thought that she dates to the 1930's.  Just don't know.  And it's not really so important.  She will always have pride of place in the front row as near center as I can get her, as the start of the collection.

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