Plunge for Pets!

basket of kittens

“Kittens in a Basket” photo taken by Catherine Smith-Smith, circa 1968.

Do you have your team together for the Daffodil Township Annual Plunge for Pets? Do you have your “dress-like-my-pet” costume ready? It’s all for a good cause, right? Remember, the Plunge benefits the Catherine M. Smith-Smith Memorial Cat House located in the Wright Station Historic Depot.

The Plunge activities start at 2:00PM at the South Dock of Lake Lottawata. Costumed participants will give everyone a brief show and the…THE PLUNGE into Lake Lottawata! Fortunately the weather will be a lot warmer than most years…a high of 54 degrees tomorrow, with partly sunny skies! I ran into Tanner Smith at The Book House and he said that the Park Board could still use a few more folks to help out on the Blanket Brigade. It’ll be warmer than a lot of years, but the water will still be cold.

As always, hot cocoa and popcorn is available by the bonfire. Yum!

Hope to see everyone there!

A Walk Down Memory Lane….

If you haven’t been by Lauralee’s new shop, Vintage Violet, you really should stop by! One thing that amazes me is how Lauralee has been able to remind us that vintage items aren’t only decorating, they are relevant to our everyday lives: useful and beautiful, made with quality workmanship and materials.

My latest trip to Vintage Violet made me stop and think about how in days gone by people designed and built products to last. It often seems in our drive-through, must-have-it-right-now, throwaway society we sometimes we forget about the importance of such quality. I’m as guilty as the next person about purchasing disposable leftover containers or overusing plastic bags and paper towels, but as I was perusing the shop I remembered how John Smith is always reminding us how small changes in our habits can make a big impact on helping our environment and our selves. Giving new life to vintage goods adds quality to our lives several ways. We’re keeping “old stuff” out of landfills, we’re saying “yes” to caring for our environment, and we’re maintaining a healthy connection to our past.

And as I was getting ready to make my purchase who should walk in the door? John Smith! I told him that I had been hearing his voice…he was like the little angel sitting on my shoulder encouraging me to do something good for Mother Nature. Of course you know John, right? He told me he doesn’t think he’s ever been accused of being an “angel on a shoulder” before! 🙂

Yes, sometimes vintage items take a little more care. I’m not going to wash my lovely new-to-me dishes in the dishwasher! But I like the feel of connecting. When I use these covered dishes and wash them by hand, I’m making the time to connect: with our past and with my self.

vintage pyrex ovenware

Vintage Pyrex ovenware ~ these three match a single dish I already had! What a lucky find! 


Happy New Year!

So much has been happening around town, not the least of which is getting sick. That was a bad bug I picked up! All better now ~ many thanks to the kind folks around town who helped me out. You proved what I’m always saying…Daffodilians create a wonderful community! 🙂

As I’m getting into the groove of 2015 I wanted to share a couple photos I snapped of some of our frolicsome squirrels! Aren’t they adorable?

A frolicsome squirrel in the snow.

A frolicsome squirrel in the snow.

A squirrel nibbles on an acorn.

A squirrel nibbles on an acorn.