Lately I have not blogged very much. In fact in 2015 I didn’t blog much at all. When I first had my blog (the other one in wordpress) I nearly blogged every single day. It was insanity. Who really wanted to read my daily doings any ways? However today I found myself completely inspired by a stranger. A stranger who no longer walks this earth. A stranger who lived a full life to 102 years old.
We went to an estate sale today. I have been to four estate sales now in my entire life. I have treated each one the same. I treat them with respect and honor. I like to imagine what their lives must have been like. I stand in their kitchen and imagine their morning routine, how they had the view of their beautiful backyard, how the coffee must have smelt as it brewed in the morning. I carefully pick up their things and wonder if they might find a place in my home. Today I spent $4.50 and I got a cooking binder with handwritten recipes and newspaper clippings, I found two adorable Holly Hobbie Plaques and a stack full of blank cards. I was so happy to imagine she must have been a letter writer too and her cards were organized in two shoe boxes. Totally organized to birthday cards, blank cards, Easter cards and sympathy etc. I got about 33 vintage, adorable cards plus the other things mentioned for less than five dollars. I can’t wait to send out cards with notes to friends and family. It will be so perfect for my project this year. Abbie picks a Christmas card we received and I write the person/family a letter. Now they will start to get these vintage cards and some even have scripture in them.
I emptied out her cooking binder when I got home, that was only $1.00! I went through her recipes and placed them in my cooking binder. I was so taken by her handwritten ones. They seem so special. She had lovely handwriting too. We found a newspaper clipping from the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner from 1968 and we decided to make the “perfect puffs” It was so easy, we used the puff part and made our own homemade whipped cream to fill them up and drizzled chocolate over the top. The girls said they were AMAZING. I had never in my life made cream puffs and this woman inspired me today with her saved newspaper clipping. We are also making Chicken Parmesan also a clipping from her binder.
And she must have loved to dance or entertain because she had the most pretty tiny dresses hanging all about. It would have been so nice to have met her.