With a certain degree of humility, I admit that I am a scaredy cat when it comes to spiders, creepy-crawlies and other forms of life with multitudinous legs, eyes and antennae. What does this have to do home decor? Well, there is a secondhand shop that I was curious to pay a visit. The shop is a hoarder's dream or a hoarding nightmare, depending on which side of the fence one happens to be standing. It was a home that had been turned into a junkshop. There was scant lighting and, when I reached out to turn on some lights, I found that the switches were broken. Items were perched precariously on top of each other right to the ceiling. I could make out the vague forms of couches, coffee table and dining table under the mountainous mounds of clutter. I attempted to pull out a vase piled several feet high on the couch and started an avalanche of junk towards me. Horrified at the thought of my early demise buried under a landslide of dusty junk, I shoved the vase back with one hand and stopped the avalanche with the other hand. Defeated and not a little unnerved by the cobwebs festooning the ceiling, I backed away. Luckily, this tale ends happily as I spied a milk glass vase under the dining table. I hugged it to me for dear life and ran for the door as if Cerberus was nipping at my feet.
I must say that this vase is quickly becoming a favourite of mine. A half hour spent scraping off 60 years worth of dirt and the vase now glows in all of its snowy, queenly glory. The opaque milkiness goes with any colour scheme and the clean Art Deco lines still look modern and fresh.
Best of all, the milky whiteness segues neatly into the frosty, silvery tones that I tend towards as the days grow colder and Christmas draws ever closer.
There is nothing like being surprised with a bunch of flowers from a certain someone, "just because", and the tall purple blooms with their white centers are the perfect counterfoil to the vase and to other twinkly delights.
There is nothing like thoughtful, kind deeds done "just because" and for which I am very grateful. Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends.
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