Memories on the Windowsill

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I have a desire to hang on to things that remind me of the people I love and the places I enjoy. One of the ways I do this is by gathering and displaying keepsakes from places I visit and it usually involves rocks. I can't explain it but I was born a rock hound. My kitchen windowsill holds several of my memory jars and assorted collections. I am eclectic to say the least. At my house we call it hunting for treasures.
Lucky for me I have a large windowsill and room for lots of memories. My grandson, Levi, collected the feathers for me which makes them very special.
A small floral frog makes a perfect holder for them. Oh, and I have a small collection of those too.
These smooth river rocks came from Colorado. They were all gathered from the same area but each is completely different from the other. They remind me of a beautiful day with my family.
This sand and small rocks came from a beach on Lake Michigan. It was an exciting and adventurous day.
The collection of old marbles started with my son, Andy, about 25 years ago. It's grown, marble by marble, over the years. The jar on the right holds red sand from the outback of Australia. I love to reminisce about those beautiful red sand dunes and all the wonderful discoveries we made. The trip of a lifetime!
This jar holds petrified wood from different places that Andy collected when he was a kid and the small glass is filled with tiny acorn caps that Levi gathered up for me. It reminds me of a chubby toddler who picked these up and wanted to give them to his Nonny. I'll keep them forever!
Small rocks and flint chips from west Texas fill the small jar and tiny lava rocks collected at Yellowstone Lake are held in this little bottle.
An old spice jar holds flakes of mica gathered at the Black Canyon.
Here the jar itself is a keepsake. Picked up at roadside sale in Colorado. I liked the purple tint and I'm sure there is a story behind the bullet hole.

Looking at my keepsakes reminds me of the sites, the smells, the feelings and the people I shared them with and I like that. It's my way of hanging on to good times.

Here's a Heart Rock for your Pocket:
Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord! Psalm 150:6

Here's wishing you God's best (and happy memories),
Elaine




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6 comments:

  1. I love how you've displayed such important memories! What a beautiful way to do so! Such a small thing to see daily that takes you back to such an important time! I think I would absolutely fall in love with your home!!!

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    1. Thanks, Amanda. You'll have to come see me.

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  2. I like to have things around that remind me of trips taken with family too,
    it is usually something we get while away, it could be something from
    nature like tiny pinecones or something like a souvenier or something
    for our home. It makes for good memories for sure.
    Nice to see how you display them in your jars on your windowsill,
    very nice......
    Blessings, Nellie

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    1. Thanks, Nellie. It sounds like we have a lot in common!

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  3. I love your eclectic collection! I too pick up little treasures when we travel. We recently went on a cruise. I brought home a feather and a shell that I picked up on the trail walking to the ruins. Most of the time I bring home some kind of art, but those little things evoke such wonderful memories! Love how you've displayed them! I too have a collection of frogs. Love them! I think you are a girl after my own heart. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. That sounds just like something I would do. We have a lot in common, Jann.
      Thanks for your comments,
      Elaine

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