Monday, December 7, 2015

Missed Opportunity

Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed. ~ C.S. Lewis

And that is what I think about the events of the last week. Odd that those events are as close to December 7  seventy-four years ago as they are. Plan or Coincidence? I don't know. Moving right along... 

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On Saturday morning, I was in a hurry because the Christmas cards needed addressing and the post office would be closing. I ran a comb through my hair, splashed my face, brushed my teeth, and applied vaseline to my lips. I threw on my gardening jacket, grabbed the stack of cards, and took off for the town square.

After mailing the cards, I remembered that the milk supply was getting low so I made a quick run to the grocery store where I ran smack into a classmate from years ago. I said, "Hi, Kathy." It took Kathy an uncomfortable while to figure out who I was. I let her squirm. Poor Kathy.

We chatted a bit and then she asked me to join her for lunch along with an entire gaggle of gals from our graduating class who were already gathering at the Pizza Parlor right next door. I must have looked horrified as she began to cajole. "They'd love to see you!" Poor Kathy.

Of course, you have figured out what I said, which was something like this, "Please tell them that I said 'hi,' but my husband won't know where I am and I left my phone at home, and I..." Poor Kathy.

Lots of excuses=a missed opportunity. I am praying that God might allow me a second chance. I really would have liked seeing that gaggle of gals once again.

Are you one who allows opportunities to slip away or do you grab them with gusto? 

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My photo offering today is of an award given to my great-great grandparents on the occasion of their 45th anniversary on the 4th of July in 1922. I spent a fair amount of time cleaning it, but 1922 was a long, long time ago. This piece lived in my grandmother's basement for years, then in my mother's. I've decided to use it as a way to cover a multitude of sins (wires and outlets).

It just dawned on me that the trunk even belonged to those same great-great grandparents. Yes, my home is starting to look like a museum.☺See that little bit of fluff on the edge of the chair where the  upholstery is fraying? In the past, I'd fix that, but haven't figured it out at Picmonkey. Any suggestions? There! I fixed it with a pair of scissors, but this photo is staying as it is.

For a peek at more silver all cleaned and looking fine, visit Deanna's here

A happy week to you...

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44 comments:

  1. The plaid blanket over the old wood trunk, with Christmas decor above that -- SUCH a wonderful look! I like the way you decorate!!

    As for missing opportunities, I am pretty good about picking up on them. But when confronted with a gathering such as you described when not fully prepared, that is kinda hard. Go easy on yourself.

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  2. This is gorgeous Vee! You have wonderful treasures from the past! I very much appreciate you sharing these beautiful pieces!

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  3. Love it !!
    At my advanced age, it I weren't ALL I COULD BE, I would have "left my phone at home", too. No way am I meeting up with classmates the way I look most of the time....(ha...ain't life grand !)

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  4. I did get together with old high school friends on Saturday and had a great time. I almost didn't go because of the mess in our house from having the new floor put in and no tree up at the time. My daughter asked me to join her and some friends at a winery for a knit-in on Sunday afternoon and I did turn that opportunity down because I was so far behind on Christmas. I'm wishing I hadn't done that now because I missed out on making "new memories" which are such much more important than a dirty house with no decorations.

    Love your tree on the trunk. My husband and I got ours up late last night and believe it or not it's on a trunk in the corner with a blue plaid blanket as the tree skirt. I'm thinking we are long lost sisters!

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  5. Oh Vee - you are too funny - you make me smile! I would have missed that opportunity too if I had gone to the post office the way I usually look - eek! Too self conscious I guess? I love your trunk and the urn really adds to it - doesn't look anything like a museum - it looks like an inviting and warm haven!

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  6. I would most likely have missed that opportunity, too, and regretted it later. I don't like things like that sprung on me, especially if I haven't taken time to "emotionally" prepare myself. :) I think the trunk and urn make a beautiful trio with the plaid blanket. Those are treasures!

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  7. Vee, I'm afraid I would have declined also! Going to the post office would have found me in my rattiest attire. Most days I'm not meeting up with the girls ready. Your plaid blanket and trunk and trophy look nice. I love treasures from my ancestors. ♥

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  8. I think I would have declined as well and then felt bad afterwards...I tend to say no rather than grab life by the horns and go with the flow. I hope you get another opportunity, my friend. Hugs!

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  9. What a beautifully decorated corner! I love your decorating style -- and incorporating that silver urn is an inspired touch. It looks so nice with the red plaid.

    And yes, I would have missed that opportunity too. Don't be too hard on yourself for not going -- I believe God is in the details of our lives, and if you had been meant to go, you would have felt an unmistakable nudge to do so. Praying for another opportunity is a marvelous idea. It might be more effective, actually, if you were to meet with old classmates on a one-to-one.

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  10. You'd have to do some more talking to convince me that you were disappointed. Poor Kathy ;-) BUT, I love the photo. SO pretty. And now I've got to look up the books 'At All Costs' and 'Collapse.' You know by now that I can't stand to see photos of books without reading the spines. I think it's some sort of disorder. LOL Have a wonderful week, Vee.

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    1. I was very disappointed that I was not prepared for such a chance, but not disappointed that I spared them all given how I looked. That is John's bookcase so the books all relate to his love of study in any one of these three areas: The Word, history, construction. A lot of us have the same disorder.

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  11. Vee, I am so glad to be blogging again if only to visit you. I so remember your GM and your mom as you blogged over the years. Your house is like mine. Full of things passed down to me. Lots I have given to other family members but some I will keep til the end. You so inspire me sometimes when I have no idea what I am gonna write. Yes I miss ops many times. Maybe just too overwhelmed with chit chat.

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  12. Aw, you're sweet! You know I'm loving your award that was given to your great-great grandparents! So awesome.

    I hate having those kinds of regrets. It doesn't pay to play the shoulda, coulda, woulda game. Next time, and hopefully there will be a next time, just do it! Pop in and say Hi!

    Deanna

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  13. Vee, I like the way you fixed the chair. LOL. The same way I would have. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  14. That is the EXACT reason I never leave the house without at least some make up!!! No one would recognize me without it!!!
    I am trying to live with no regrets....and it's hard. Truth is I FORCE myself to leave the house! I have something to do and someplace to go every day this week - except today and I will stay home and try to FINISH most of my decorating! When I leave here tomorrow at noon I will not be back until Wednesday at noon WITH four little quads in tow!!! I can't wait to see THEM see the house all dressed up for Christmas!!! AND I might add - this house will REMAIN dressed up well into January!!!
    LOVE that old trunk and I am loving the way you are using the treasures you have!

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  15. Hi Vee!

    Oh, I know what you mean by missed opportunities . . . I'm also famous for doing things just like that. I hope you get a second chance!

    I love your picture! The award is beautiful, aren't you glad you have it in your home?! I was looking around my house the other day, and I thought how wonderful it was to have all of the old antiques that belonged to my grandmother, and great-grandmother. I hope my children will appreciate and love them as much as I do.

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  16. Ahhh Vee, maybe another opportunity hopefully will come along for you to meet with friends.
    Your home looks all cozy and comfy for Christmas time...love the plaid!

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  17. Hope another opportunity will come up for you . Isn't it always that way when you are looking just so someone wants to get together with you but when you look your best nothing lol Murphy's law I say lol ! I wouldn't of noticed the fuzz on the chair if you hadn't of pointed it out lol but good cover up with the photo ! Looks good love the old trunk and red tartan blanket as well all looks wonderful ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  18. I would have asked to borrow Kathy's phone to call home ;-). Love that plaid blanket!

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  19. I likely would have hesitated too Vee if I wasn't properly prepared in dress or overall appearance. Perhaps there will be another gathering that you can attend.

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  20. Good for you for having those cards addressed and even sent away! My boxes are sitting to the right of me as I type waiting to be opened up. I did start the decorating process today...yippee. All that is left is pulling out the tree in our side yard and getting it decorated. It's been raining cats and dogs so the pulling out of the tree will have to wait. That's a nice idea to lay that lovely blanket across the trunk. Hope another opportunity comes about...

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  21. I used to grab opportunities as they arose but lately have been letting things slide.
    I'm a sucker for red plaid. Must be the Scottish (not to be confused with Scotch) in me. ~:)

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  22. Like you, I would have declined. I can't tell you how many times this past year I have had to get up out of bed with a very sick cat/dog and drive to the Vet's office without having time to even comb my hair or brush my teeth. Inevitably, I run into everyone I know there on those occasions!
    I sure do love the trunk - what a precious treasure. I'd love to look thru your books, too.

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  23. I would have been right there with you. It never fails...the moment I run out to do a quick errand (usually when I don't care how presentable I look), it never fails that I run into someone I know. Now in my case, I don't have any friends from school around here since I didn't live around here, but nevertheless, I feel like I want to go find a hole to crawl into! I probably would have declined for no other reason than my own insecurities. Oh and, I'm loving that red and black plaid draped over the old trunk. I love museums :)

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  24. I think it's hard to see old friends from the past who we haven't seen in forever when we are not looking ok--I can understand why you declined. Maybe you should corral them next time. I also use things such as your grandparents' award to cover cords, etc. Works very well. Ha ha, Judy does like to read the titles in our bookcases!

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  25. I had to look really hard to see the fluff, that must be a well loved chair. The best kind :) The trophy is beautiful, what a grand way to hide the outlet! I would keep it there all year. Do I miss opportunities? Hmmmm, I suppose sometimes I do, but I probably would have done the same thing you did in that situation. If I haven't seen someone in 40 years I doubt I could catch up on all that time without closing the restaurant down.

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  26. Life is too short to worry about fluff, leave it. In the past, along with the coulda shoulda woulda thoughts! We do what we do at the time, can't change it, just move onwards and upwards! xx p.s. I had to search for the fluff, so really, ignore! xx

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  27. I think is it wonderful that you have so many items from your family. I'd have them all around my house too.
    I think you probably know that I would have went to the Pizza Parlor! : )

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  28. I love that you have some old things to enjoy...along with the wonderful memories. And I understand the missed opportunity. I went to the store to get more paint....WITH my paint clothes on and ran into an old classmate years ago. I just tried to smile a lot and act normal but I felt so 'paint spattered'. Oh well. Life goes on. Hugs!

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  29. The silver is beautiful and I wouldn't worry one bit about your home becoming a museum. It's more of a treasure trove, I think.
    I've got a feeling I would have reacted the same as you did, Vee. If I'm going to see old schoolmates I'd want to look my best. Vain I know, but true.

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  30. I think you are coming along nicely with Christmas prep. I have let opportunities pass, some I have even agreed to, and then had to back out. Not happy with myself when that happens.

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  31. Yep, I've missed those opportunities. Never fails when you run out unprepared. But you will have another chance. Just got out looking a mess, and it will happen...HaHa

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  32. I am not missing this opportunity to drop in say "hello", I am thinking of you this Christmas season and to wish you a blessed and happy new year!

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  33. I have been letting my temper get the best of me this week (and it is only Tuesday, my friend...) so, I am afraid I can't answer your question...sigh. Thanks for the smiles though...Blessings

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  34. I am afraid that I, too, would have missed that opportunity! If I had gone out without my usual grooming, there is no way that I would have joined former classmates for a get-together. (Way too vain for my own good!) :/ Hopefully, you'll have a new opportunity to connect with your classmates. Did Kathy give you her phone number?

    I love your cheery vignette with the trophy and the trunk and the plaid throw! Your "museum" is looking fabulous!!

    Have you tried the "clone" or the "draw" feature in PicMonkey's special effects option? It takes a little practice, but I find these handy.

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    1. Bless you! That is exactly the answer I was looking for! Off to give it a whirl. (No phone numbers were exchanged. Further, we only know maiden names. Oh dear!)

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  35. Oh Vee...I'm sorry you missed out on that opportunity and all the 'blog fodder' it would have provided. Now you will never know if Amy still talks a blue streak, if Jane ever settled down, if Sue still arrives late for everything... But I totally understand your reasoning as I have 'been there and done that' too.

    Enjoy your new 'museum decor'! I think it looks warm and cozy over there!

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  36. To this point: 35 comments; ten did not answer the question; 21 would have declined; 4 would have grabbed that opportunity!

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  37. I would have avoided her to start with! Terrible, but true. Maybe you can find her on Facebook. People usually have their maiden names listed.
    I looked and looked, but couldn't see any fuzz on the chair.
    Hmmm . . . just wondered if there is an analogy here -- we see our flaws, but others don't? Maybe your friends wouldn't even have noticed or cared about your hurried grooming!

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  38. I have enjoyed reading this and LOVED looking at that picture! Oh I would love to have that beautiful old trunk! You are blessed to have it.
    Well my dear...If I had not had my hair did...a little makeup on and especially my lips on I would NOT have accepted her invitation! And yes, I can be very vain and I am working on that to some degree! LOL! But the only time I've left my house without my helpers of makeup was when I was so dog-faced sick that I really didn't care who saw me. (Well...that is not totally true) I sneaked into the back door of the Doctor's office and called ahead to tell my friend that works there that I was doing that! I know Vee...I am bad! Praise the Lord He loves me just like I am...but He certainly doesn't want to leave me where I'm at! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  39. Love this cozy corner Vee. The blanket really makes it pop. As for the chair, scissors definitely worked faster than trying to figure it out in pic monkey. Abby

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  40. Forgot to mention. I have missed opportunities all the time. Almost missed an opportunity to meet a dear blogging friend, if it were not for her prayers and determination that we meet. That frind was you. So, thank you for taking the initiative. Abby

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  41. I think we all miss those opportunities now and then but sometimes we need to be prepared mentally for a surprise meeting like that. It's wonderful that you have that old piece of silver. A family treasure. One wonders what will happen to these 'treasures' especially if they are engraved, when family no longer wants them. :( I like your cozy corner where your tree is displayed. That's what I wanted to do this year!!

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  42. Right with you on this, lucky you had a good excuse! Seems like there will be another opportunity though! Yes I am missed many opportunities as well, but thankfully I took advantage of others, I guess it has balanced out!~smile~
    Love what you have done with the trunk, very cozy!someone noted here in blogland that plaid was in this year! I guess that leaves me out, I have looked everywhere in this house for something plaid!
    hugs,
    Sue

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