Tuesday, June 7, 2016

- Still life

My niece and nephew just announced their respective engagements (good luck to my brother and sister-in-law juggling two weddings ... been there, done that). Contemplating potential gifts, I realized I can count on one hand our wedding/shower gifts that are still in active use after 39 years ...


A set of Pyrex bowls (two of which are in the dishwasher), a Corning Ware tea pot (complete with tea stains from this morning's batch of tea), a hand-thrown pot that usually holds onions (the lid long gone), a pancake turner (which was old and broken when I got it ... more about that here: http://imgoingtotexas.blogspot.com/2009/09/friday-night-supper.html), and an ironing board with six layers of covers on it (we've probably gone through that many irons as well).

Other things got used until they wore out, broke, went out of style or out of warranty. A few still linger in cabinets where they serve as memory holders for folks who are no longer with us.

Less is better: a smaller home with a bigger view, a simpler life with time better spent. Finding happiness in a few good things, well worn.

9 comments:

Dana said...

What a great post! I, too, have the pyrex bowls and the Corning teapot I received as wedding presents still in daily use. I also have a three-cornered glass serving bowl and a pressed metal tray. Its funny to contemplate the things that have held on and the things that have dropped away since 1972.

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks for joining me on the trip down memory lane ...

Birgit Olann said...

Less, simple, true - we don't need more. Sometimes we forget, someday we remember. Maybe it's a thing of age (for me).

Liz Ackert said...

With age comes a different perspective (but I don't think I've aged enough for wisdom ... ha!)

Mo Crow said...

does anyone use a metal spatula except for outdoors on the bbq?

susan said...

I love this post, Liz. I actually have a cast iron frying pan that my mother got at her shower about 75 years ago and a couple of well worn wooden spoons from my own shower. I live with so much less these days - if we don't use it, we don't keep it.

Liz Ackert said...

This is great ... the 75 year old cast iron frying pan. That reminds me of the new-fangled pressure cooker that I got as a shower gift. I never liked it as much as my mom's old Presto, so she found one for me at a yard sale. I'm quite sure it's older than I am!

Liz Ackert said...

Well, they would if they had one like this ... thin and supple, I've never had a problem with it marring non-stick pans. They don't make 'em like they used to!

Helen Percy Lystra said...

Ah yes, the pyrex bowls, only two left in our set but they are well used. I have that same spatula and love it, along with my kitchen fork with the wooden handle. The newer fork has a plastic handle and it has lots of little groves in it because I'm used to the wooden one and leave it sit on the edge of the old cast iron frying pan. I also still use the everyday dishes from wedding number 1 which was 55 years ago, some have been broken but most of the set is complete. (Current spouse and I just celebrated our 40th last month.) Every now and then I look at dishes and think I should replace the old ones but then think... why? I still like them so they stay....