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Good riddance, 2020

Like most people I’m sure, I’ll be glad to flip the calendar from 2020. I started this blog in 2010, at the end of (for me) a tumultuous year. 2020 has been less personally challenging but still no picnic. I tried for a few years doing a year-end sum-up of things that made me laugh/cry/get … Continue reading

Item #27 – Grapefruit spoons

Prior to 2007, I had never seen such a thing before, didn’t even know they existed. These quirky little things are grapefruit spoons, designed for citrus aficionados who like to scoop their fruit with ease. My grampa was such a one. He was a man who took care with his appearance – almost always appearing … Continue reading

Item #26 – Phone collection

This is a set of items, but I’m considering it one because of what the collection represents: my cell phone history. I remember first seeing a cell phone in 1992. At work, the three guys who owned the company each got a cell phone – one of those giant brick size ones with the big … Continue reading

Item #25 – Église De Stains, by Maurice Utrillo

This weary nicotine-stained lithograph-on-board has pride-of-place in my living room not because it is valuable (certainly not) or noteworthy. This print occupied a similar position in my grandparents’ home for as long as I can remember and likely before that, so it is a piece of my own history. This was my pop’s parents’ home, … Continue reading

Item #23 – painted rocks

Nearly 30 years ago, my mom began painting – first with watercolours but then in a variety of media that, in the mid-nineties, included painting on rock. She collects rocks of appropriate size and texture from the local beaches on Vancouver Island, as well as other locations that she visits in Canada and elsewhere. The … Continue reading

Item #3a – new dog

Meet Molly Davenport, a new addition to Robyn’s things. Inspired by Item 3 – the jumping dog, a good friend brought me this perky companion to my old favourite toy. Molly doesn’t jump, but she does yap and walk backwards and scare real dogs. And she’s super stylish. I think she and jumping dog are … Continue reading

Item #22 – Green canvas shirt

This article about an article of clothing reminded me of this item of mine. This green canvas shirt by LL Bean was given to me by my Pop nearly 25 years ago, and has become a treasured item and an example of clothing that lasts. Pop gave it to me for Christmas in 1993 (I … Continue reading

Item #21 – Wrapping Paper

I wouldn’t normally count a consumable item like this as an object, but I have had this one for at least 15 years, so like my old highlighter pen, this item has become an object. This roll of wrapping paper was originally purchased in the early ‘naughts, for the purpose of wrapping a very large … Continue reading

Item #20 – Bee candle snuffer

This item is a curiosity – as in, I keep it only because it is odd and curious. This was a Christmas gift from a friend who delights in giving odd things that she finds in odd places (mostly antique shops, or strange little stores in West Vancouver). This item is odd because it is … Continue reading