Friday, November 30

Show and Tell Friday

It's Show and Tell Friday hosted by Kelli at There is No Place Like Home. If you'd like to participate, just click on the link to get more information.

A while ago, I saw some square dishes and commented how pretty they were and how I had a square plate that had belonged to Grandma. I thought some of you might like to see it. It was in Grandma's china cabinet when I was still a little girl. She had received it many years prior to that. So a guess-stimate of it's age - more than 60 years old. I love this plate and always have. When I was about ten years old, Grandma promised that someday I could have it. She taped my name to the back of it those many years ago and I was thrilled that I actually did receive it.

In other news, I'm going to be doing a Pay It Forward. I participated in the Pay It Forward at Walking On and it originated at Donetta's. The idea of Pay It Forward is as follows:

"Come join in the fun and make the world a happier place. So this is how it goes...It’s the Pay It Forward Exchange. It’s based of the concept of
the movie “Pay it Forward” where acts or deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, with hope that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on. So here’s how it works:

I will send a card I have made with my computer software and a letter to three people who comment on this post. The Pay It Forward Exchange winner will be announced Sunday at 6pm EST, which is my time and the names will then be drawn out of Santa's hat.

The winner will be announced either later Sunday evening or Monday.

I'm sorry but those who don't have a blog are not eligible for this contest. Please let me know in your post what you like most about Christmas. (this is not a condition, as there are no conditions on an act of kindness.) However, those who do will receive something a little extra. The only thing I ask, is that the winners pay the kindness forward. In other words if you win, please do a Pay It Forward post on your blog and pass the kindness on.

Have fun telling me what you like most about Christmas. It can be a Christmas memory, a tradition, something that has to do with Christmas, such as a nativity, Santa, snowmen or anything else. I will enjoy hearing your answers.

And more news... My friend, Pea, at Pea's Corner is having a contest and she's giving away a sample of her homemade chocolates. Yummy! Be sure and enter before December 3rd. Someone is going to win a VERY special treat. Thanks, Pea.

Have a great day and let's enjoy the fun. ~Mary~


  1. Good Morning Mary,
    I hope it is a bit warmer there today. It is 33 degrees here this morning as I'm typing this. I don't know if I'm going to have a chance to post today, as me and hubby has some business to attend to and I don't know how long we will be tied up with that. I love your beautiful square dish that you have. I love the colors in it. Those kind of things have so much love and memories in them. Hubby has a tea-pot that belonged to his grandmother or great-grandmother. It is still over at the other house. When we get everything moved, I may do a Friday Show and Tell on that. I will have to get some info on it before I do tho. What do I like most about Christmas? Well, first and foremost, It is JESUS' Birthday. I enjoy being with my family and watching my girls on Christmas. As long as there is something for them, that is Christmas for me. We have a roof over our heads and food on the table, and clothes to wear, that is Christmas to me. Well, I'm out visiting a bit. I so appreciate your comment yesterday. You take care my friend and have a great Friday. May God Bless You and Yours.

    Karen H.

  2. Love the square dish. Very pretty.

  3. OH my oh my....that plate is beautiful!!! Yes indeedy...I would have been very happy to have my name taped on the back of it too. Wow....the color and the birds set it off with a great deal of charm and antiquity. Gorgeous.

    I'm not sure I understand about the Pay it Forward part of your post. I'll have to come back and read it over when I'm more awake. I got up way too early, and went back to bed and slept a while longer. Now, I'm groggy.

  4. Oh .Mary .What a lovely dish!!!
    and it has BIRD motif..LOL

    and I want to be in Pay It Forward ..I'll go check
    the info now..
    Smiles, Deena

  5. What I like BEST about Christmas, is the joy of
    God's gift to us...Jesus.

    I love the music , the decor, the feeling of love, and a bit of Christmas snow too!.

    The Season of Magic

  6. The Magic of Christmas where everyone seems to hit a nice button before they start their day. I would love that magic all year long.
    The favorite part of my childhood Chritmas was when Grandpa would come and bring us Babes (as he called us) a sack of oranges, bananas and apples and then he would spend Chritmas Eve with us. The next morning were story telling time of how he had helped Santa down the Chimney, once Santa got stuck in the stove pipe and Pa had to beat it and finally take it apart to get him out. Where Santa had gotten stuck he had gotten soot all over his wonderful red coat with fur. But with a puff of his breath he blew the soot back up the chimney. Pa was full of GREAT STORIES.
    That plate is PRICELESS. Such nice memories.
    Peace be with you.

  7. I don't mind not being eligible for any prizes. I did want to make a comment on Christmas. I understand it's obvious to all we love Christmas because Jesus is Christmas. It's just becoming more special to me because of the opposition and persecution it's been under lately. It, like Jesus, can never be destroyed no matter how hard the world tries and that's what is special about Christmas to me.

  8. What a lovely plate. My grandmother also placed names on items when we commented on them. When she passed, we all received the item we so admired. I was honored to get all of her papers from school when she became a teacher and taught in the one room school house.

  9. The sqaure plate is gorgeous. I love square plates! Blessings...

  10. The plate is even more pretty because of it's history.

  11. the dish...plates and such are such lovely things to collect...
    This is my first time doing S&T...this is fun.

  12. Such a beautiful plate, thanks for sharing it with us.

  13. To know your grandmother 'gave' it to you when she realized you like it!

  14. Thank you, Mary, for the welcoming wreath. What a nice surprise! You have a lovely blog and I will be visiting it often. I'll put the wreath on my page as soon as I learn how. :) Alice

  15. Such a beautiful plate, made that much more special because it once belonged to your grandmother! It's no wonder you treasure it so:-) The Pay It Forward sounds like a great idea and I would love to participate. What I like most about Christmas is seeing the expressions on the faces of my loved ones as they're opening their presents..I tend to forget to open my own presents because I'm too busy watching them! lol My favourite memory of Christmas as a young girl was going to midnight mass with my family...that was always such a magical time for me. And it never missed, when coming out of church around 1 a.m., it would be snowing that soft heavy snow, what I always call Christmas snow:-) xoxo

  16. Things inherited from family carry such good memories.I had a few pieces from Keiths family-but they were all destroyed by the tree that came in our home during Katrina. My china cabinet was in the corner of the house that the tree came in. Some were antiques but some just had good memories like your square dish.

  17. hmm--you should have shown the back of the plate--I'd be curious as to who made it and where. I do not want to participate in pay it foward--but I do love the idea==I love random acts of kindness and random acts of prayer. Today as some of the school children were walking by my house I prayed for them--I started doing this the other day---Praying that the Lord would work in their lives---I want to continue to do this as I see them walk by.....also at times when I take a morning walk I want to pray for some of the households I pass---won't it be neat when we get to heaven to see how our prayers have been answered for people we don't even know!

  18. I enjoyed reading your post today. I am so glad that the boys favorite goat isn't leaving.

    Your grandson sounds like he will be a great father someday, with the fact he likes to feel the babies move. ;-)

    Your square plate is so unique. I have never seen anything like it before. It is very beautiful. :)

    What I like best about Christmas is the family togetherness, and all the yummy food. :)

    And I made a boo boo. I forgot *ALL* about your being a blessing Christmas post. I was thinking it was in the middle of December you were doing it. I am sooo sorry.

    I had made plans to buy a book about the reason for Jesus, and making a quick bread to give to them. I still would like to do this, but I don't know if I can afford the books.

  19. I am sorry, it is really late, and the baby has a fever. I meant to say in my last post I was going to give the books and quick bread to my neighbors this Christmas. (yawn);-)

  20. I have a thing for square plates - love them!

    Lana G!

  21. that is a lovely platter... I am so happy you got something she knew you liked so muck. It is a beautiful piece as I am only coveting a tiny bit. Thank you also for your comment to my blog regarding my daughters victorian room. hope to see you next week Mary !!! Blessings.


  22. Dear Mary ~~ I love your beautiful
    square plate. The ones I have were only bread/butter plates and quite ordinary compared to yours. Thank you for sharing it with us. What a good idea your randma had taping your name
    on it. I might do that with some of my things. Thank you for your comments ~~ I love that saying, "It's not the number of breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away." It is lovely. Take care,
    Love, Merle.

  23. Oh, what a lovely plate! I am so glad that your grandmother put your name on the back and you did end up having it. What a neat memory of your grandmother!

    Hugs, Sharon

  24. Mary,

    Your grandmother's dish is beautiful! What a loving person she was to tape your name on the back of it. I'm glad you have it now.

    Your pay it forward is a wonderful idea for the Christmas Season. My congratulations to the winner!! :-)