Saturday, September 18, 2010

Glass Plate with Rose Design

These pretty little plates came from my grandmother on my dad's side. They have an embossed design of roses and leaves on a frosted background. They're perfect dessert plates - wouldn't they be pretty with little tea cookies?

I have 3 of them in all. You're welcome to one, two, or all three.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Vintage Spool of Nylon Sewing Thread

My grandmother made most of the clothes for her family. This little spool of thread was in her sewing box when we found it. Even partially used, it has a certain charm. Whether you choose to use it or display it, it would make a nice addition to a vintage collection.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

You Know It's A Good Funeral When...

You know it's a good funeral when no one wants to leave.

Mom's funeral services on Friday were lovely. The service was beautiful, and my sister gave her a wonderful tribute spoken from the heart. The neighbors and church provided an amazing lunch at the pavillion by the lake.

Toward the end of lunch, my cousin's husband mentioned that he was having car trouble. The check engine and oil lights were on and bells were dinging. Since they had to drive back to Cincinnati that afternoon, we called a local garage to check out the car before hitting the road. The garage owner took the car for a test drive - no bells, no lights, nothing. He pronounced the car safe to drive.

Then, our Cincinnati family wanted to come back to our house to change clothes. When they'd gotten comfortable for their drive home, we said our good byes and they hopped in their cars. All the cars pulled safely out of the drive - except my cousin's husband. He cut the corner too sharply and landed in the ditch!

We pushed and we pulled, but the car wouldn't budge. We called AAA. And waited. And waited. Finally, we set up a card table and chairs in the drive, got out some leftover food from lunch, found a deck of cards, and made ourselves comfy. Needless to say, the tow truck driver thought we were a mighty silly sight! Despite his laughter, he got the car out of the ditch in a jiffy.

Because it was 4:30, it didn't make sense for them to get on the road and sit in Friday afternoon traffic. So we went to dinner.

You know this story isn't over, right?

At dinner as soon as our food was served - you guessed it - my cousin's husband knocked over a full glass of water! Poor guy. It just wasn't his day.

All in all, I'm glad everything happened the way it did. Instead of leaving at 2:00 they left at 7:00. Those extra hours gave us time to visit and catch up - time we wouldn't have had otherwise. Mom would have been pleased.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

In Memory of Opal Koch, 1929-2010

My mom, Opal Koch, passed away Saturday, September 4, 2010 at the age of 80. Mom is the Opal in VintageOpal.

Mom had been in the hospital several times this year, and each visit was more serious. This last time was just too much. She was in the intensive care unit for 2 1/2 weeks, but wasn't able to recover.

She and dad celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary this past June. Together they have three children and four grandchildren.

She will remain in our hearts and memories forever.

The photo was taken when she was in the Navy.