Sunday, April 16, 2017

"Tumbling Down The Rabbit Hole"

Happy Easter everyone! I picked up these cute little rabbits at the Church Thrift Store on Thursday.
It was such a beautiful day I had another little wander around town.
The church the Thrift Store is affiliated with is beside the store. The choir was practicing inside so I stopped to listen for a few minutes. Lovely singing. This stain glass window is over the front doors.
There is a small sign on this house with the date 1862. Beautiful porch.
This rock lined garden is new. Lots of fresh earth was added getting ready for planting season.
The garden across the street.
Great old door on a very old apartment.
Sweet owl perched on the windowsill.
I find this house very interesting. We believe it was originally a barn for a large Victorian home that would have been in front of it. The Victorian home is long gone. It would be interesting to see what has been done on the inside.
Is anyone else doing this?? Just before New Years another blogger mentioned a challenge of gratefulness. Your would purchase a page-a-day calendar and each day write something you were grateful for from the day before. I always purchase a couple of these calendars so thought I would try it. This Red Rose tin sat on my parent's counter for probably 20 years.
My parent's kept their tea bags in it. I have nothing but good memories connected with this tin so thought it would be the perfect thing to use. Each morning I write down something I am grateful for. Some days I have to think about it but most days I could write more than one item. It has helped me concentrate on the good things that happen in my life.
I purchased my pansies on Thursday and potted them up. One fell off so I gave it to Miss Kitty while she was in her basket.
I think I posted this photo last Easter but thought some of you may not have seen it then.
I am on the left beside my sister Joanne, then on the right is my brother Bob. I believe this was Easter 1968.
Have a wonderful Sunday!
Robin

57 comments:

  1. A beautiful day, to take a stroll, and find lovely photo ops. :-)

    Love that old brick home, and the porch. -sigh- Love all porches. Obviously, we don't have one. It wouldn't fit on a Dutch Colonial. But my husband did make a patio, out there. But.... It's just not like a real porch!!!! ,-)

    Sweet old photo.

    Happy Easter!

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    1. Hi Luna, it was such a beautiful day I felt I could just keep walking but my knee wouldn't be too happy!
      We don't have a porch either but we do have a large deck that extends around the back of the house.
      Hope you had a lovely Easter.

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  2. A lovely walk around the town and beautiful photos. I love that Red Rose tin and how you use it now. I may try that gratefulness challenge. It's good to remember something everyday to be grateful for. Just yesterday we saw a whole flock of terns over the bay. Hadn't seen them here before. Wonderful photo of you and your sibs when you were little. Happy Easter to you and yours!

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    1. Hi Robin, the gratefulness tin does make me realize everyday how fortunate we are. Seeing a flock of terns would definitely be in there!
      Have a good Monday!

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  3. Happy Easter to you and your family.

    Sweet pictures in this post. The one with Miss Kitty is precious.

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    1. Hi Dee, hope you had a lovely Easter.
      Glad you enjoyed the photos.
      Take care!

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  4. Those bunnies are so sweet, I love them. Hope you're having a lovely Easter xx

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    1. Hi Cheryl, normally I don't have "cute" things but I just couldn't resist the bunnies.
      Hope all is well at your house!

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  5. Those are adorable bunnies, just perfect for the time of year. I have porch envy and if we were to ever have another house it would have to have a big wrap around porch. Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Hi Linda, when Chuck and I were first married we lived in a house built in the 1920's. Of course it had the huge front porch all the homes built back then seemed to have. Even in a wicked rainstorm we could still sit outside and not get wet. I do miss it!
      Enjoy the week!

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  6. Hoppy Easter! I love the dancing bunnies....so much fun. I saw years ago where folks were taking a Ball jar and write down good memories and put them in the jar and in a yr go back and re-read them. I don't think they were doing it every day but I like the idea of doing something grateful from each day. Nice idea. Love the old door and door knob. I would love to replace my knobs one at a time for the house.....that would be a lot of replacing! lol...thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Pam, I forget where I read about the gratefulness tin but I thought it was such a good idea. I kept meaning to get a photo of the old doorknob but kept forgetting to walk by. I quickly snapped this one as it is very near a busyish street and someone would wonder what I was doing! We have replaced most of the doorknob inside our home with levers.
      Have a good day!

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  7. Happy Easter to you! And I am so glad that you took a lovely walk and I love all the things in your photos! I remember mentioning on a couple of occasions on my blog about writing something every day (something good that happened), and placing these good memories in a box, tin or a journal/diary. At the end of the year you can read all the wonderful things that happened! And I love your vintage tin and am so glad you have such wonderful memories associated with it. And your 1968 photo is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Hi Linda, It very well could have been your blog that I read about the gratefulness tin. I like the idea of reading it at the end of the year. All the little things that may get forgotten will be right there.
      Have a good day!

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  8. the kitty and the pansy is just so sweet and that stained glass window is perfect for Easter, so beautiful. LOVE the door knob... and cute bunnies to

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    1. Hi Sandra, I loved the stain glass window and it was so lovely standing there listening to the choir practising. The door knob is interesting. I imagine obviously the door is blocked off inside and the key long gone.
      Hope you and Bob enjoy the day!

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  9. What a fun post. The thrift store bunnies are super cute, and the stained glass above the church door is lovely! Did Kitty eat the pansy blossom? I have eaten many myself on a salad! :D

    Love the 1968 Easter photo! So cute!

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    1. Hi Marcie, the thrift store is so interesting. You never know what you will find there. New clothes, vintage clothing, great household things.... it is only open a few days a week as it is run by volunteers so it is always an adventure going there.
      Have a good day!

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    2. Sorry, forgot to say Miss Kitty didn't eat the blossom, she just sniffed it!

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  10. I like your positivity. We have much for which we should be grateful. I enjoyed your amble about!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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    1. Hi Jenn, I agree, we do have much to be grateful for. Glad you enjoyed my walk. The rabbits are adorable. Now if I can just pack them away without breaking them!
      Take care.

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  12. The little rabbits are so sweet, super find, Robin. I love that rock-lined garden too, it looks great! Maybe they could come and work on mine. LOL. I want that owl in the window, btw. :-)

    Love the idea of writing down the items you're grateful for and putting them in that wonderful old tin. I did that for a while, popped my items into a glass jar. I've also done it via journal over the years. Any way you do it, written or not, it's far better to focus on the good in one's daily life. There's an almost-100 year old Yoga teacher who gets up every morning and says that today is the best day of her life. Love the attitude!

    Take care and happy Easter to you; happy Passover to Chuck.

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    1. Hi Kim, the rabbits are sweet. I normally don't go for things like that but I couldn't resist.
      I really liked the rock-lined garden too. Always looking for new ideas when I walk around and look at peoples garden.
      Some days I could write down a number of things to be grateful for, some days I do have to think about it. Of course the simple act of waking up and being alive is something to be grateful for!
      Hope all goes well today with the HVAC install!
      Take care.

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  13. Good Afternoon! Those are the cutest rabbits from the thrift store. I love the window over the church doors. The brick home with the nice porch is so pretty. I love your photo of the old door too. I enjoyed your childhood picture. The tin that belonged to your parents is very special. That's a great idea to write down something we are thankful for. Each day is filled with so many blessings. Miss Kitty pictured with the pansy is precious. Have a lovely evening.

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    1. Hi Mildred, glad you enjoyed the photos. Yes, you are right, we do have so much to be thankful for.
      Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

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  14. The cute rabbits are perfect for Easter. We had a wild rabbit in the front garden today. It sat there while we were quite close by so I told my GS he'd better shoo the bunny away because I remember the havoc rabbits created in my roses!
    Writing down something you're grateful for each day is a great idea. Hope you have a good week ahead.

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    1. Hi Granny Marigold, I don't normally decorate for Easter but thought the bunnies would be perfect. Yes, I know how destructive bunnies can be. The veggie garden at one of our homes suffered from the bunnies nibbling in it!
      Have a wonderful week too!

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  15. Some very cool history in your town!
    Hope you had a good Easter!

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    1. Hi Valerie, we are lucky to be living in such an interesting town with many well preserved old homes.
      Have a good Monday!

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  16. I should do that with writing down at least one thing a day that I am grateful for...love the photo of Miss Kitty...liked the pic of you and your siblings.

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    1. Hi Rose, firs thing I do (after feeding the kitties) in the morning is write down my grateful thing and pop it in the tin. Just a good way to start the day and remember something happy.
      Glad you enjoyed the old photo.
      Hope you and Roger have a good week!

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  17. What a great way to start the day...being thankful! I love the photo! You were such darlings!

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    1. Hi Chip Butter, it is a wonderful way to start the day. Did you notice in the old photo that we all pretty well have the same haircuts? My Dad cut all our hair, then as I got older my sister did. I did not go to a hair salon for the first time until I was 17 years old.
      Have a good day!

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  18. Did Miss Kitty eat the pansy, play with it, or just give it the evil eye?

    I usually don't go for "cute" but I would have bought that collection of rabbits!

    The 1968 photo is wonderful and I love that look on your face, as if to say, "What does HE have?"

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    1. Hi Mitchell,Miss Kitty just sniffed it for a bit, then ignored it. She does look like she is giving it the evil eye!
      I am not a "cute" person either, but I picked them up and looked at the name "Fitz and Floyd" and knew they were a good quality ceramic. And yes they are cute!
      I probably was looking at what my brother had! My parents were pretty careful to always give us exactly what the other had. They did not want to listen to "But _______ got more than me!"
      Have great week in Spain!

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  19. Hello, I enjoyed the walk around the town and the cute rabbits. The tin of grateful memories is a great idea. Miss Kitty is adorable. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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    1. Hi Eileen, glad you enjoy the photos. I think there is always something interesting to photograph.
      Miss Kitty is very sweet.
      Have a wonderful day!

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  20. Love those little bunnies you picked up at the thrift store!!
    Wonderful idea of having the grateful box.

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    1. Hi Karen, the little bunnies were a great find!
      I thought I might have problems finding things everyday to be grateful for but not so far!
      Have a wonderful week!

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  21. I too had a hankering to snap photos of my neighborhood yesterday; flowers, bark, ivy...stuff like that. Our town is filled with old houses with cool architecture, and we are celebrating our 180th anniversary. I am heavy into discovering the history of our house; some very interesting information is coming up.

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    1. Oh, I am looking forward to seeing your neighbourhood photos. Your town does have such beautiful homes, I love looking at them online.
      How fascinating you are finding out about your home! Happy hunting!
      Take care.

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  22. Miss Kitty is beautiful! The bunnies are very cute too! I had every intention of doing a grateful box this year but for some reason I forgot all about it until seeing yours. *sigh*

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    1. Miss Kitty is gorgeous but not vain at all! ;)
      I kept telling myself I was doing a grateful tin and made sure I had everything here so I couldn't back out. I find it is just part of my morning routine now.
      Have a good week.

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  23. HAPPY BELATED EASTER ROBIN TWO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY;
    WE'VE BEEN OFFLINE FOR A FEW DAYS; YOUR FAMILY
    PHOTO IS PRICELESS !! ☺☺♥♥

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    1. Hope everyone at Trout Towne had a great Easter.
      My Dad was a prolific photographer so I am lucky to have photos from most holidays.
      Take care.

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  24. Robin, Happy Easter! I love the photos, as always. The rock-lined garden around the old house is so awesome. I want to go plant something there. That idea for calendar days is a great one. Happy Easter Monday! xo Lynn

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    1. Hi Lynn, hope you had a lovely holiday.
      I wanted to go dig in the soil too! A fresh canvas to try all sorts of new plants.
      Have a wonderful week Lynn!

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  25. Oh, Robin! Such cute kids you guys were! Darling!

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    1. Hi Pom Pom, people always said we looked alike, probably the haircuts!
      Have a wonderful week!

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  26. Those rabbits sure are fun. The rock lined garden is charming. I think using that tea tin of your parents' is such a nice idea to store your grateful items. I love your old photo of you with your sister and brother. Miss Kitty looks so pretty. The blue flower and blue towel sure set off her eyes!

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    1. Hi Vicki, glad you enjoyed the photos! Miss Kitty does have such gorgeous blue eyes. She won't lay in her basket until I put the blue towel in it. Silly girl!
      Have a wonderful week!

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  27. Olá adorei as imagens.
    Prazer em conhecer seu blog.
    janicce.

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  28. Hi Janicce, thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed my photos.
    I am glad I found your blog too!
    Take care.

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  29. Those are sure great pictures. It would have been a lot of fun to see the inside the house that used to be a barn. I bet the horses were in the lower level of the house and probably provided heat to the upper level.

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    1. Hi Marg, I would love to see the inside of the barn/house! Someday hopefully we will see the folks that live there and I can ask about the house.
      Take care.

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