No, I don't have fleas - but I did go to the PCC Flea Market on Sunday - first of the new year, but not the last!
I had a marvelous time, even though there were very few vendors or customers. PCC was switched to this Sunday which meant it fell on the same day as the big Rose Bowl Flea Market. Most of the vendors (and I assume, customers) went there and left the PCC to us die hards. Fine with me.
For a change, I got the Mother and Dad plaque to add to my wall of Mother plaques - I figure my husband needs a shout out from time to time. The little books are falling apart but the pages will be great in my artwork and journals.
There was lots of red and white for Valentine's Day, so I got this great square vintage table cloth and some nifty heartsy hankies. I hadn't bought a little pitcher in awhile, but this one spoke to me, as did the little celluloid knobs and acorn finial.
I found the larger box on the bottom at the flea market and had to have it because I already HAD the littler one on top. They are wood, but have a bakelite bar to lift the lid. Not only THAT - I just won another on eBay with the same design, but a totally different construction. I can't seem to stop collecting multiples.
I wonder if it is genetic? After all, my mother had nine children - I'd call that multiples!
I wanted to share one more Christmas gift with you. Katie gave me this great collection of colorful booklets.
I have wanted one of this Moleskine monthly planners since they came out with them. Well, I love everything Moleskine, but these are really special.
There is a separate booklet for each month, each in a different color. They are small, so not much room to write, which in a way is a good thing. I'm using them to note just a few thoughts each day. This is where I use those stick-on slips of paper I mentioned a few days ago.
You know how hard it is to keep New Year's resolutions? Well, my intent of writing every day is a little easier to keep when the space is so manageable. Tricky, eh?
In addition to diamond drill bits and cement hands, a bottle of champagne and more joy than is reasonable, Christmas also brought me these lovelies...
My husband thought I could use them on my book covers - and they are very cool.
Even more cool is this fact. He awoke on the morning of Christmas Eve, journeyed to Maple Street in downtown L.A. and waited for Bohemian Crystal to open in order to find these goodies. Now, even I go crazy if I have to enter the sparkly and frenetic world of Bohemian Crystal, so I am doubly grateful to him for weathering the insanity to hand pick his favorites. What a guy. Just thought you should know....
Isn't it lovely to contemplate numbers and their patterns? I was thinking that Veterans Day this year will be 11-11-11 and surely that deserves some special acknowledgement. Just random wandering thoughts here.
It is New Year's Day and I do know that deserves one of our traditions. It's made. It's ready. I just haven't eaten it yet. That will be remedied very very soon, trust me.
Ah, Hoppin' John. Great on a cold night. But, you may ask, who is John and why is he hopping? No idea. However, if you would like the recipe, here it is:
3 lbs ham hocks 3 cups black-eyed peas 1 onion, chopped 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped 1 bay leaf chicken stock to cover rice cilantro green onion spinach
Cover the peas with water and let stand overnight. Drain. Cover with chicken stock. Add ham hocks, onion, pepper, bay and seasonings to taste. Bring to a boil. Lower to simmer and simmer for 2 1/2 hours. Remove the hocks, let cool, remove the meat in shreds and return to the pot.
Serve over white rice and garnish as desired with cilantro, onion - or add spinach or cheese.