Ten Things of Thankful – 7 Pictures

Like many of the #TToT hoppers have done in the past couple of week, I was planning to take pictures of ten things in my home that are special to me and possibly give more insight on the person that I am.

So I started in the living room and I took a picture of this fan:


We bought this when we were in Korea in 2004. I am sure that the characters across the top are actually a prayer wishing 10,000 cranes of good luck to come into your life because all prayers and wishes in Korea are for cranes (considered good luck) and good luck to come into your life.


And then I wandered into the dining room and took a picture of this chicken pitcher:


And I started to realize that I have a ton of stuff and way too many things in my house. So much for all of the purging that I was doing several months ago. Obviously not much good came from that activity. Looking at this chicken pitcher I recalled the story that goes with it.  That is a separate blog post because it is worth the time to write it out.

Next up is this lovely little work of art:


My daughter made this 25 years ago, when she was in kindergarten, as a Mother’s Day gift. Twenty five years ago the tile was white, the rainbow was bright red, yellow & blue and the heart over the pot of gold was purple. The teacher had the students use markers so the design hasn’t held up well over the years but I keep it on my nightstand just like I have since the day she brought it home in a gift box wrapped up for Mother’s Day. She was big into happy colorful stuff then. This is probably one of my most favorite things ever.



I love this clematis bush. It grows like crazy from early spring thru late summer and is always full of blooms.



This dude’s name is Dedo and he has a history:

“It all began in Paris when the Notre Dame Cathedral was being built, rising majestically stone by stone towards the heavens. It was custom to top each structure with a menacing gargoyle, who protected the cathedral by warding off evil spirits.

Marie Therese, a nun from a tiny convent in Provence, disliked the evil-looking gargoyles on the new cathedral, sitting so close to the heavens.

Disguised as a man, she trekked on foot to Paris, entered the work site, and quickly carved a small block into a lovable, protective creature. She placed her creature, with its pointy ears and human-like feet, on the highest roof, visible only to God Himself.

It was undiscovered for centuries until a small boy, lost in the labyrinthine structure, stumbled off a ledge and rolled down a roof into the arms of the littlest gargoyle, perched quietly on a ledge. Since that time, Marie Therese’s creature was affectionately known as Little Dedo, the gargoyle with the crossed toes.”

He has sat on our hearth since 1995. He is a bit worse for the wear (chipped left ear and broken left foot) but we still like him.


Franklin 7 months

This dog has brought so much morning happiness to my life.  His parents are moving to California in the near future but for now we still get to hang out with Franklin and enjoy all the fun and good things that a growing puppy brings to a home. And yes, he is still a puppy!

Wine Takes The Bitch Out

When my friend goes to Napa, CA for a week and brings me back a bar towel for my in-progress wine bar. It’s good to have people in your life who really know you.

P.S. It doesn’t really, but I like this anyway!

And since it is quickly approaching the witching hour on Sunday evening I am pulling out all of the rules and regulations from the SBoR/BoSR that let me stop at seven and not be penalized because I used all pictures for this week, and two of my things of thankful are from foreign countries, one is a pet (a dog, even), one is flora, one is cement, one is a gift from a child, and one is wine related.

Peace out for this week.

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About Pattie

I live in the Mid-Atlantic with my husband of 35+years. His 20 year career in the Navy serving on submarines was a struggle at times which led me to start this blog. Sometimes writing about how crappy things were can help lessen the bitterness of the memories. When writing doesn't help there is always wine. You can write to me at BitterExNukeWife@Gmail.com


Ten Things of Thankful – 7 Pictures — 20 Comments

  1. 1. Dawgz gets the bitch out of Pattie.
    2. Dawgz are great. We will package up Maisey and send her down to help you damage anything worthwhile in your house.
    3. Thought it was a spider.
    4. Sorry so late…been a crazy bunch of weeks!!

    • 1. LMAO
      2. Dawgaz are great and if Maisey showed up one day Mollie would die from joy. Maisey would hate our tine yard though.
      3. WTF is wrong with spiders? <---not really, everything is wrong with spiders. 4. The weeks remain crazy, no problem.

  2. Skillful use of the BoSR/SBoR! I love your photos, especially the little chicken pitcher. How fun is he???
    Kindergarten artwork…I feel silly saving the things I do, but seeing that you have saved some for so long, I think I’ll go right ahead. 🙂

    • I really wanted to do 10 pictures but I ran out of time. Poor excuse I know but I don’t want to use pictures that haven’t been watermarked and cropped. I need more time!

    • It is funny that you mention a spider because I recall asking Mollie to tell me about the tile when she brought it home. That’s how I learned it was a heart, with rays of love coming out of it. The more you know.

    • We got Dedo from a mail-order catalog, Toscano Designs, years and years ago. It is only a copy of the real gargoyle, which sits on the roof of Notre Dame.

  3. I have some school artwork from my youngest that I treasure – it’s not often you get anything that can be hung on an office wall from boys. We won’t discuss the graffitti that appears often on my whiteboard. It may occasionally be humorous, but it’s not artwork.

    Your clematis is gorgeous with all those flowers.
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    • I found a box of ‘school work and art” from my daughter’s kindergarten class. That is some cute stuff, and apparently it is all that I ever kept.

    • Haha Christine! Even when the Mother’s Day tile was brand new the heart was bit spidery looking! A five year old’s art is classic! That clematis is crazy and it grows well. Just give it something to climb on.

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