I actually remembered to award the coveted comment of the week, and it goes to Cosmo's Dad for his thoughtful comparison of Boxer chests and the women of Orange County. Click on Special of the Week to see his pithy thought.
Also, Faithful Reader Pam sent me her grandmother's Eastern Star swag, and I am stylin' now. When I opened the box I gasped so vehemently that Tallulah ran in to see if I was okay. However, Tallulah is Catholic, so she left the room when she saw it was Eastern Star stuff.
Pam sent me a super-cool teacup and saucer, which I put with the teacup and saucer collection from Marvin's grandmother. Do you think Jewish people and Eastern Star people get along? Because they're over there mingling on my hutch as we speak. She also sent me a sugar bowl that is over there introducing itself to Marvin's grandmother's tea stuff, too.
There is also a spoon and Oh! Oh! A pin. I at least got a photo of the pin before my camera died. I think the reason my camera is acting up is because those camera batteries were purchased the night Mary Todd Lincoln and I had a girls' night out.
It was hard to photograph, but it is a diamond star and then little diamonds around each part of the star. And when I say "diamond" I don't mean it. I doubt Faithful Reader Pam was sending me priceless jewelry.
Anyway, I know my Eastern Star fascination was a source of controversy the other day, but for me it's just a reminder of my grandmother, up there with her screen door with her initial on it and her bread box.
Oh, but speaking of Gramma, I had that picture restored, the one of her and my grandfather and all my relatives at a new year's party. Here is the before picture:
That's Gramma in the front sitting down, in the stripy dress and by the way the cool necklace. I played with all her stuff and do not remember that necklace.
Here it is restored. It looks better in real life, but I love how much more you can see now, like Gramma's dress and her hat and the kitchen and everything. And my grandfather had really blue eyes, and you can really tell now.
They don't make new year's hats this detailed anymore. Why not? And I love how Gramma's sister, in the red, there, chose a hat to match her dress. I totally would have, too. Her name was Opal, and all the girls in the family were going to have gem names. My grandmother was going to be named Ruby. But then when she was born, she wasn't. They got over the gem name thing after Opal. So there you go.
Okay, I must get ready. My next-door neighbor, Peg, and I are going to some art thing today with my friend the Other June, and then we are going on one of those things where all the shops get together and have sales and open houses and snacks and things, and then I have to STAMPEDE to a dinner party with someone in Marvin's band. Marvin will already be over there so I have to find the place all by myself. So if you don't hear from me it means I am driving around crying.
I was thinking of wearing a baby-blue t-shirt. I hear it's all the rage.
Oh, and before I go, those of you who read my comments know Faithful Readers Lee and Jan. They are sisters and they've been reading me for a few years now. A few years back I had to have an MRI, and Jan was having a C-section right at the same time, and when she woke up, she said, "Did June get the results back from her MRI?"
You an imagine how her husband was not at all annoyed.
Anyway, earlier this week, Jan and Lee's mom passed away, so let's all keep the two of them in our thoughts, shall we?