Friday, January 4, 2013

A Reader's Favorite

Note the year... 

I had a delightful email from a reader named Peggy yesterday. She said: Since 2007 I have always gone back to one of your Christmas vignettes and used it during the Christmas season as a background on the computer. It's the picture of the peppermints in a jar - sitting by a basket lamp that holds pinecones, with the December 2007 calendar behind it. This year I decided to let you know!

Thank you, Peggy. Much appreciated and glad I am that you enjoy that photo even if it was taken with an old point and shoot.  

I had forgotten all about that photo so had to go see it again for myself and I smiled to note the sweet little tree that we (my sister and I) used to set in the bowl somewhere in the kitchen...no room for it anymore. There's the pink depression glass containing the starlight mints, a bottle of liqueur so that we could serve it to anyone who enjoyed a special something at Christmastime. It's a pretty bottle and, if I still had it, I'd be tempted to display it again. 

I am not opposed to an occasional drink, but when I married a man who had given up alcohol years ago, I gave it up, too, as a way to honor him. I didn't want him to ever smell it on my breath. 

And there's my wonky lamp that now pays service in the sewing room. I was a bit more of a prim person in those days than I am now. 

So this whole photography thing has me thinking about photos. There are many blogs where one photo stands out in my memory. I always see Mt. Cheam when I think of Judy's Front Porch. I think of King's Landing when I think of Pam's Playing With My Camera. Eagles and bears come immediately to mind when I think of Donna at Cottage Days and Journeys. Name a blog and I can name a photo I have loved there. I'll name one more...Jill's work with snowflake photography has been exceptional.

Oh, if anyone was wondering, my word for 2013 is DARE.

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Love Vee

37 comments:

  1. DARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -clapping hands- Wonderful! Super wonderful! Super-duuuuper-wonderful!

    DARE! If not now, when????


    OK, now I dare you to go over and *cozy-up-to* my Dragon Whimsey. -giggggles-

    Hugs....
    "Auntie"

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  2. We never know how a picture or a word is going to reach out and touch someone, do we? Thus the adventure and richness of blogging! Love your word for the year!

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  3. How sweet that she is still enjoying your photo! Very nice post!

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  4. ~Smiling~ I thought I was looking at my mom's counter, as she had placed peppermint candy in a jar, I thought then and now "what a wonderful idea", and next Christmas I will borrow this idea!
    Love your word, "dare", and am looking forward to what you are going to do with it, one thing for sure, it is going to be wonderful.
    Enjoy your day.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  5. RE: Your question in my blog entry... "Do I name Dragons?" -sigh- I don't HAVE a Dragon. So I have none, to name. Therein lies my problem.

    All I have, is Fantasy. -sigh-

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  6. Love the picture too. How nice she told you about using it in such a way...Now I am soo curious how you are going to use your word! I love it! Enjoy your week-end!

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  7. It was so thoughtful of Peggy to let you know how much she loved your photo. It warms the heart to learn such things, doesn't it? It is a charming vignette! (I absolutely love the tree in a bowl!)

    My guess was wrong. But "dare" is an exciting word for the new year. Do let us know when you implement it...we're all ears! (I must add that I am the least daring person I know. Maybe that should be my word. But it probably will not be. Ever.)

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  8. I knew it was DARE!!!!! What a nice tribute from Peggy and I learned a lot about you while you reminisced about 2007. Isn't it fun to peek back and see how things have changed ever to slightly? Have a great weekend!

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  9. What a sweet comment from your reader! I need to change my wallpaper on my computer too. It's still a fall scene. Thanks so much for the nod to my blog. You are a sweetheart. When I think of you I think of your kitchen which is so cozy and full of great vintage things. Love your choice of "dare" as your word of the year. I wonder what you are daring to do. I hope you have a wonderful weekend Vee.

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  10. What an interesting word for the year - can't wait to hear about it!

    Mine is JOY.

    Deanna

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  11. How wonderful to be told that a photo you shared touched someone in such a special way!

    Why dare? Will you share your reason for choosing it? :)

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  12. Thanks for the shout out on the snowflakes photos Vee. I should share that after so many hours of shooting them their images are burned into my eyes; when I close my eyes I see snowflakes now.

    I DARE you to go someplace new, as an adventure, alone!

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  13. Photos really gives a friendly and welcoming feel to our blogs. I always love your vignettes and collages; it reminds me of the pieces that my Kelly put together for me of images she had taken. Stay warm, XOXO

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  14. What a great post Vee. That photo reminds me of my grandmother. She kept peppermints all year long. DARE is a great word. Mine is NONJUDGMENTAL. Have a gay nephew who, and his partner, are planning to adopt a child. I am learning to understand so much better, many things I never did before. Blessings dear friend.
    QMM

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  15. And wouldn't you know it...there is no picture of Mt. Cheam to be seen at My Front Porch today. The mountain is obscured in the clouds this morning.

    Dare. Good word. I'm looking forward to seeing what you all dare to try in 2013. And your theme song? 'Dare to be a Daniel...dare to stand alone...'?

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  16. awesome, funny I too have a long list of people and things that remind me of them/their blogs.

    DARE is a good word. I need to be less daring and more organized.

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  17. Oh the cookies were a dead giveaway!!! And, of course, I missed it for something that seemed more obvious!! Silly me. What a compliment to have your photo as a screensaver. You are a talented photographer, Vee. xo

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  18. I keep peppermints in an antique dish, too. I love depression glass, but only have a few pieces. Your photo is very charming, I can see why she would choose it for a screensaver.

    Have a wonderful day and weekend, too!

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  19. Thank you Vee for directing us to Jill's amazing snowflake photographs. I am truly amazed at the effects she has created. Your collages are some of the best I've viewed. They are so artistic. When I think of your blog - your kitchen window comes to mind.

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  20. I like the photo. I think it would make a lovely Christmas background!

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  21. Such a nice post, really enjoyed reading about your photo.
    Ah so Dare is your word. That was a surprise to me but it's a good word!!

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  22. DARE! And you teased us so with that verse. I'll be looking out to see how you'll be daring this year.
    How sweet of Peggy to let you know how much she loves your photo. When I think of your blog, Vee, the picture that comes to my mind is of your home, indoors and out - such a cozy welcoming place.

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  23. I am always amazed at the beautiful photos and words I see on people's blogs. Who knew we were living in a world with such rich minds and beautiful souls?! Thank heaven for the internet, so we can read what people are thinking deep in their hearts and see what pleases and thrills them and how they pad their nests. I am daily amazed at the beauty of people and their words and worlds. What a heaven on earth. :)

    xo Terri

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  24. What a wonderful email to receive! It is a charming vignette.

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  25. Dare... how interesting. I am looking forward to seeing how you use that word in the coming year. You will share, won't you?
    How great that Peggy shared that story with you. It is a lovely photo. Always interesting to hear about the different ways we are touched by words and photos on other people's blogs.

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  26. Now that you have pointed out all the special elements, the photo is even more delightful. If I DARE say so myself. Good word!

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  27. I thought it would be Dare! :)
    Jill's snowflake photos have blown my mind. Maybe that's why I haven't gotten my act together yet this year LOL!
    Have a great weekend.

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  28. Now that is one amazing word! You are going to have a fabulous 2013, I can just tell!
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  29. How nice that someone did this with your photo, better still to give you a pat on the back for bringing her such joy over the years.
    Dare huh? OK, let her rip! :-)
    Judith

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  30. How sweet of you to mention my blog and what photo memories you hold dear! Yes, I do love my eagles and bears! That was also sweet of Peggy to send you a note about her favorite photo from your blog. I'll be sure to check out those other links!

    And DARE? My dear, you never fail to surprise me! And what exactly do you DARE to do? LOL...

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  31. It's so wonderful when someone shares something like Peggy did for you. Very uplifting.....
    You're always uplifting and a blessing to me, even though I don't always comment....
    Hugs,

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  32. How sweet of Peggy to email you! I know I take so many pictures, but I know I would forget so many little details if I didn't! I love how the old photo brought back many photos to you as well.

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  33. How sweet for someone to let you know how your photo had touched their life. But, to me, that is a darling photo that would bring a smile to your face each and every year.

    Judy

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  34. I love photos and get inspired by them, too. My favorite ones, just like my favorite vignettes, are ones that tell a little story in the picture. That one does.

    And your word for the year is very, very close to mine! I even considered it, but went just slightly different. I take it as a sign of affirmation that I'm thinking like you.

    Because I really do like the way you think.

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  35. OH..and won't we enjoy seeing you take courage in so many ways this coming year. I'll not dare you ....too often.

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