Wednesday, 10 August 2016

I Want


After a 6 am walk ! The dogs and I went back to bed.
I dreamed an odd dream about having a new bath tub fitted and woke up all upset that it wasn't true
It was one of those bloody lovely vintage round topped tubs that seem so common in America.
I've always wanted one.

Before I summoned the energy to drag my carcass out of bed, I played one of those little mind games people play when putting off the inevitable .
What ten things would I ask for if I had the chance.
Nothing too big, nothing greedy.
But, ten arbitrary things that would make me squeal with delight.

1.  Well number one is the bath.An American , deco ( ish) bath with a gentle curved top.
2.  The kitchen cabinets from Mrs Miniver's kitchen
3.  A "new"enamel cooking pan to replace my old one which was thrown out recently
4.  A patchwork quilt
5.  My 34 inch waistline
6.  A dog sink
7.  A posh ink pen
8.  A one off trip to comic con to meet the cast of The Walking Dead
9.  Calorie free scotch eggs ( unlimited supply)
10  A1940 cinematic housekeeper.


33 comments:

  1. I can remember having a 34 inch waist, a distant memory. You can do anything you set your mind to.

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  2. I can remember having a 26" waist, nearly until I was 30. Very downhill since then and at 40 it became hopeless. Some of your desires are quite achievable. Really, there is little point in such lists if the items aren't vaguely achievable.

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  3. Love your list and would happily take most, apart from possibly ; 3 (got one) 8 (trailed off after seasons 2) and 9 (not a fan of scotch eggs). Would love 10, as long as she’s not Mrs. Danvers. Also enjoyed seeing you and Auntie ‘live’ as it were, in your latest post.

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  4. a patchwork quilt is a very fine thing to aspire to! and who can resist great cook ware

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  5. I have the bath tub. It IS lovely but I almost never use it. Ever. Have you thought about making your own quilt? My son has made a few. I have a posh ink pen. Never use that either. It has a lip on it which hurts my fingers. Now this pen: http://www.jetpens.com/Platinum-Plaisir-Fountain-Pen-Black-05-Medium-Nib/pd/5978?gclid=CNL_95n1ts4CFYglgQodSxgCSA
    is not posh but is beautiful and works better than any fountain pen I've ever owned and is not expensive at all.
    I want that housekeeper too. With all of my heart.

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    1. I may start a sewing club!

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    2. Shudders as I imagine sharing my home with Mrs Danvers.

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  6. Re. the housekeeper, I'm picturing someone along the lines of Thelma Ritter. A wise-cracker, too.

    I am just not a bathtub person. I'd much rather have a swanky shower.

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    1. Yeah, but would Thelma do windows?

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    2. Oh i adored thelma Ritter...as my header quote alludes to

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  7. I can't help with any of these! You could commission me to make you a patchwork crochet blanket, but that isn't the same as a patchwork quilt is it!! Good luck with the scotch eggs!

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    1. What talented followers i have!

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  8. Wow. We have almost the same wish list...

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  9. I have about 10 patchwork quilts. Will gladly trade all for a 24" waist like the one I had when I got married.

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  10. p.s. those tubs are nice to look at but suck to shower in, to wash behind and have absolutely no place for a wine glass!

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  11. We put a modern free standing bath in - bugger to shower in & no separate shower xx Would like a wood burner

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  12. We had a huge cast iron round top bath with ball and claw feet in my family home, but dad ripped it out in the seventies and replaced it with fibreglass....yuck! At least the fibreglass bath was white, it could have been avocado!
    I used to have a 24 inch waist, now I'd settle for 34, but haven't even had one of those since motherhood struck, 29 years ago!
    Don't waste a wish on a really good pen unless you're going to use it a lot...
    My retirement present from work was a Mont Blanc Boheme Doue Moongarden fountain pen. It's a thing of beauty, but my handwriting still looks as though a spider has trodden in ink and run across the page!
    Therefore the pen languishes in it's own beautiful box in a drawer in my desk, it's such a waste!

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  13. Your list is lovely. I would enjoy several of them. The Danvers housekeeper is a huge no but I have finally broke down and am hiring a house cleaner.
    I have several beautiful pens and a crazy Japanese pen good for little ones to learn on. I love them. Also have ordered several posh beautiful bottles of ink in mossy greens and greys.
    Tell me if you ever find a calorie free scotched egg !

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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  14. I've never played this mind game before. Now I feel I've been missing out!

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    1. If you post it twice, does that make you a perfect 20 :-)

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  16. Yes to a dog sink, but not enamoured of any of the others on your list, John, and I wouldn't want a Mrs Danvers ! Happy with the weekly cleaner we have.
    No, I can't see the attraction of a roll top bath either - no baths here but roomy walk-in glass sided showers instead - much more practical.
    Guess I'm just not a romantic at heart !

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  17. The tubs are known as claw foot tubs, and Mrs. Moon is right, they are lovely. They will drain a hot water heater in one bath, so they are impractical. But not everything needs to be practical. I just looked at how much an Amish quilt costs, and wowza! They are expensive beasts. I've made quilts in the Amish fashion, and I can understand why they are that expensive. But I could furnish an entire room for the price of the quilt. If you want to meet the cast of The Walking Dead, you need to come to Atlanta. My son-in-law to be works on their set. I've met them. They are people, well known people, but still just people.

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  18. Love your list. And, like jenny_o, it is a game I have never played. Later today perhaps.

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  19. I bought the posh pen for a very dear friend. He uses it when he goes to Court to psych out the defence lawyers. They don't like it when the police Sgt has a posh pen.

    I want to meet the cast of Outlander and our mutual boyfriend Darryl.

    I have a chance to hea Diana Gabaldon speak this fall and I'm going to grab it

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  20. Just whisper this, I have had material for a divine quilt for HighRiser for 3 years, perfect for his tastes and his bedroom. He'll probably get it in time for his retirement.
    I want a house cleaner, top to bottom and the gutters around the roof with a working uniform of short shorts.
    24 inch waist, what a hoot, I'd be lucky to have a 24 inch ankle.

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  21. I'm slow since all of my sewing is done by hand, but I could make you a patchwork quilt. Maybe.

    What colors?

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  22. i have a 34 inch thigh, does that help?

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  24. Thelma Ritter reminds me of my Gran, I think it's the hair and aprons. Hey John, when you think of a patchwork quilt what do you see? What sort of colours, patterns etc?

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