Dear Mr. Owl {31 Days of Letters}

Dear Mr. Owl,

You look innocent enough, but I have my doubts.

That bright blue exterior and cute orange beak are hiding something mischievous, I just know it!

You are so helpful during the day.  You keep time and buzz faithfully when I need to take something out of the oven or to alert me that my tea is done steeping. Those little feet remain perched on the ledge like you have no care in the world.

But I see a bird with plenty of shenanigans up his feathers.  When you’re in the glow of the oven light, those big eyes hint at your true character.  You sit there, small and unassuming all day long. Then, when the house is empty, I bet you leave your post.

Do you hide my forks?  Do you flirt with my salt shaker? (She is a lovely gold owl, indeed).  May I suggest that you do the dishes or make the bed?  Before you protest, let me remind you that the birds in Cinderella did so with a joyful tune.

Whatever you’re up to, just know that I’m on to you.  Cuteness won’t cover your bird-business much longer…

Sincerely,

Emily

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Thankful Thursday: Unpacked Treasures

Our stuff arrived on Tuesday evening! Tim and I watched our empty spaces become stacked high with boxes and furniture.  The resulting landscape was a bit daunting, but the idea of having an actual bed to sleep on, kitchen equipment, and bikes to ride overshadowed much of the foreboding linked to having cardboard mountains in our living room.

Eight hours of unpacking later and our mountains have become hills.  Progress is being made.  Our little abode is slowly becoming a reflection of its two occupants.  In the process, I unearthed some things that put a smile on my face.  I am grateful for these little treasures, reminders of people, pastimes, and pleasures that make life sweet.

  • Owl Salt & Pepper Shakers: It all started with a purse – a purse shaped like an owl.  Once I started toting it around, I became an owl girl.  I have owl earrings, owl clothing, and owl measuring cups.  By far my favorite owl objects are these vintage salt and pepper shakers.  My mom bought a whole box of owl figurines at an auction in Central New York for a dollar.  The cache included this set.  I adore their expression and brownware-esque color.
  • Keurig: We are coffee addicts and have spent way too much money purchasing our caffeine out on a daily basis.  My coffee with almond milk and sugar-free vanilla syrup has never tasted so delicious as it did this morning.
  • Books:  A solid third of our boxes are filled with books.  We had credit at an amazing bookstore in Pasadena (Archives Bookshop) and added to our large library the week before we left for Idaho.  On my growing “to-read” list, these have moved to the top.
  • Goggles: Tim and I can’t wait to swim at the Kroc Center!