Monday, January 28, 2008

Fun Monday # 51 My bedside drawers!


Angela over at The Lurchers may only have joined in during the past few Mondays, but she has come up with a really good assignment this week she says......

So continuing in the spirit of "being interested in people", I would like to know, or see, what's on, in or under your bedside table! So open those draws and bare your soul to us! Is there anything special there that has a story or a memory that you can tell us about? Books that you keep there to delve into from time to time? Trinkets that you don't know where else to put? Let's see!

This sets the scene... my bedside shelves and two drawers...with a peep inside! Oh and just to show I didn't tidy up completely that necklace hangs on the wardrobe knob to stop it getting tangled I need to do what Robin suggests!

From inside the drawers I've picked out a few things, there is my old Christmas stocking that Sam made when the girls used fill stockings for me and embee which was rather sweet, lots of the little things you see are those presents. My old leather photo frame has early pictures of me and my parents, it's falling apart which is why I keep it in the drawer. The paper cutting is a picture of Beccy's classmates when she was in infant school, I don't remember the project they had done or why it was in the local paper~maybe you can tell us Beccy!. The stamp album is a relic from my childhood, when back in the mid 1950's I enjoyed this hobby.
I'd forgotten which books I had languishing in the bottom drawer, shows how often I open it! There are a couple I haven't read yet, however, the 'Empty Nest' is a very good read, particularly if like me, you hate the thought of your children leaving home. Don't get me wrong I always encouraged my children to be independent, but I was not prepared for how it would actually affect me. Looking back I was probably quite depressed without ever realising it, the experience is very akin to going through the bereavement process.
'You can heal your life' is a book I still dip in and out of sometimes. Blogging has seriously interfered with my reading and I now have a huge pile of books (not shown here) that need my attention!
Sam was in a Hugo Boss promotion for their perfume 'Women". For a short time she edited a competition magazine, she wrote on competitions for the Daily Mail, oh and for a while she had a 5 minute slot on a TV programme called 'The Big Breakfast way back in 1992~in the days of Chris Evans and Paula Yates!

Although I don't drink tea myself I always have tea in the house. In 1970 there was a celebration of 100 Years of British Achievement. You could collect cards on the Typhoo tea packets and in the interest of educating my children I used to save them, but alas there is one of the 24 that I could never find! I'm not really sure why I keep them!
One year Embee gave me this set of tennis cards. I think the intention was that I would frame them but I never got around to that!

This scrappy piece of paper is something my mother wrote out and gave me so I keep it~ she calls it the gifts of Spirit.
I show you this because it made me laugh when I found it in the drawer~ when my grandchildren were small they used to jump into bed with me and to keep them occupied I used to think up little games and one day (way before Mollie could read) I made up a quick crossword for her and I seem to remember she was quite good. I think it's as well she couldn't read looking at some of my spelling~ since when is this the way to spell 'handd'!!
I think it's time I was off to see what's lurking in your drawer!!

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At 28/1/08 10:49, Anonymous Misslionheart♥ said...

Brilliant post! Hope you had a great birthday...

I'm not sure whether to join in this one, by drawers are by no means interesting.

We'll see... ;)

Hope you had a great birthday btw...

 
At 28/1/08 11:45, Blogger Hootin' Anni said...

Wow....so many impressive and family items that you treasure. All so close to you in your room. Perfect.

[And I love the whole unit of furniture! Beautiful!]

Happy Fun Monday. I hope you can find time to drop by for a visit today.

 
At 28/1/08 12:38, OpenID grannymar said...

I love the 'the gifts of Spirit' list.

I bet you could use it for a Meme or Fun Monday!

 
At 28/1/08 12:38, Blogger Beccy said...

That newspaper cutting was taken after we had the school holiday to Cornwall when I was ten. We bought all those bown pottery mugs and bowls and that's what we are holding in the picture.

 
At 28/1/08 12:40, Blogger laurie said...

wow, i see what you mean--neat on the outside only.

i love it. i love that you save such sentimental and meaningful mementos.

 
At 28/1/08 12:44, Blogger Aoj & The Lurchers said...

It's so lovely to see family momentos...I figured if anyone would have lots, you would!

 
At 28/1/08 13:00, Blogger wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

I love your mother's list. I had to enlarge the photo to figure out what's hanging from the knob (your necklace but it looked like it could be something else). I think you have the most interesting drawers.

 
At 28/1/08 13:04, Blogger Sayre said...

I love the shelves/nightstand combo - terrific idea!

Your drawers look like they hold your memories. Nice to have them handy like that.

 
At 28/1/08 13:14, Blogger Asha said...

Great post! I LOVED those old B&W photos of your's, so beautiful!:))

 
At 28/1/08 14:22, Anonymous nikki said...

The corner shelf is beautiful. So are your pictures.

 
At 28/1/08 15:02, Blogger Sandy said...

Your drawers remind me of the drawers in the desk in my parents' room.

My kids would be disappointed with mine! I should get this fixed immediately.

Thanks for the peek. Great mementos and memories. I love the list your mom wrote out for you.

 
At 28/1/08 15:05, Blogger ellen b. said...

Wow, you have some wonderful keepsakes in your drawers! I enjoyed my visit here...

 
At 28/1/08 15:22, Blogger thefoodsnob said...

Wow, that's a lot of things! But then you have much more room than I do.


Lisa

 
At 28/1/08 16:43, Blogger Kaycie said...

What lovely, sentimental things you keep in your nightstand.

 
At 28/1/08 17:01, Blogger Jettie said...

Wow!!!!!!!!!! I didn't get around to this Mondays one.....But You have very interesting items!!!
I would Love to have your shelf thing too!!
And I love your old pics!!

 
At 28/1/08 17:21, Anonymous tiger lamb girl said...

Oh Chris - that 'Gifts of the Spirit' is lovely. Brought a tear to my eyes...that you're Mum wrote it and gave it to you;).
So sweet.

 
At 28/1/08 17:28, Blogger Beckie said...

I love your Fun Monday! What great stuff. The hand written list from your mom is a keeper - you will forever be glad that you kept it.

 
At 28/1/08 17:34, Anonymous swampy said...

You are too clever for your own good.
Hand over the tennis cards and no one gets hurt.

 
At 28/1/08 19:11, Blogger Faye said...

ChrisB--how fortunate that you have your mother's "gifts of the spirit". She didn't leave much out did she? And the homemade crossword puzzle--don't you just love finding these things when you don't expect to see them?

 
At 28/1/08 19:21, Blogger Lil Mouse said...

ha your mom's list is even alphabetized.. cool

 
At 28/1/08 19:45, Blogger Alison said...

I love all your old photos, they are priceless. I also love your built ins in your room, the shelfs and wardrobe!!

 
At 28/1/08 20:10, Blogger Tiggerlane said...

What a fantastic job on this post! You have really outdone yourself on this Fun Monday - I loved all your stuff. Makes we want to know what is in all the nooks and crannies at your house.

 
At 28/1/08 21:02, Blogger Robinella said...

You should make a scrapbook and call it "My Bedside Treasures". You have so many wonderful pieces and they each seem to have a story and hold a place in your heart.

 
At 28/1/08 21:03, Anonymous susan said...

That's not a nightstand...it's a treasure chest! I love it!

 
At 28/1/08 21:49, OpenID eclecticblog said...

You had a great Fun Monday post! Such detail! Love the old pictures and things the kids wrote. Priceless.

 
At 28/1/08 21:55, Blogger lisa's chaos said...

You had a lot more things there than I would have imagined! I love your bedside table. :) And you can still frame those cards. :)

 
At 28/1/08 22:38, Blogger Barbara said...

Wow you do hoard don't you. I have a necklace like the one hanging on the door handle. Love the gift of spirit list fromyour Mum.

 
At 28/1/08 22:42, Blogger Mariposa said...

I have that You Can Heal You Life book too!

 
At 28/1/08 22:57, Blogger Megnificent said...

Amazing. I love your old treasured mementos, and those built ins...I'm green with envy!

 
At 28/1/08 23:22, Blogger Carrie Sue said...

Very sweet. I love your tennis cards.

 
At 28/1/08 23:32, Blogger mjd said...

Your nightstand post is so complete. I like your treasures, the tennis cards, your handwrittrn gifts of the Spirit, the crossword created for little Mollie as well as your books. Your have displayed these items quite nicely.

I remember becoming an empty nest parent. Luckily, I began teaching school myself the next week so I had little time to fret.

 
At 28/1/08 23:41, Blogger Sam said...

MUM! i am not sure about competitor's journal being on the interweb.

 
At 28/1/08 23:57, Blogger The Rotten Correspondent said...

You have a lot of treasures there, but it was the tennis cards that really caught my attention.

Those are very cool.

 
At 29/1/08 00:40, Blogger Peter said...

Hi Chris, just love that beautiful old house of yours and all your treasures were interesting.
BTW the photo on my shelf is one I took of my ex wife, its there because I love both the photo and the lady.

 
At 29/1/08 00:50, Blogger Celeste said...

Wow. What an incredible bed side. I love the glimpse of the architecture of your home. The contents of your drawers....very cool.

 
At 29/1/08 00:50, Blogger Celeste said...

Wow. What an incredible bed side. I love the glimpse of the architecture of your home. The contents of your drawers....very cool.

 
At 29/1/08 01:19, Blogger Kaytabug said...

Amazing post! I loved all of your treasures! Your Mom's list is just precious and priceless! I really enjoyed seeing a few of your favorite things!

 
At 29/1/08 01:46, Blogger Alix said...

Great post, fascinating to see all the things you have saved. I loved the old photos.
Happy "Belated" Birthday. Sounds like you had fun

 
At 29/1/08 01:50, Blogger Southern Doll said...

Man, your beside table is way more meaningful than mine! I love the light in your room too.

 
At 29/1/08 02:59, Blogger my4kids said...

I love your bedside table! A little nook type thing. I would love to have something like that and I enjoyed looking at all the things you have in it.

 
At 29/1/08 03:01, Blogger Serina Hope said...

Awesome awesome post. Great job!

 
At 29/1/08 03:42, Anonymous Nekked Lizard Man said...

wow, lots of keepsakes - you need a cedar chest or something bigger. But I am sure you are doing just fine. You seem to know where everything is at and he memories stay fresh. Nice. NLM

 
At 29/1/08 03:49, Blogger kitten said...

Very lovely!

 
At 29/1/08 04:03, Blogger janet said...

i love the corner shelf ... and all the mementos.

especially the list from your mother and the crossword puzzle. those are very special!

 
At 29/1/08 04:23, OpenID sirdar said...

You have all that in your drawers? WOW!! Some of it sounds like there is some history there. Very nice.

 
At 29/1/08 05:26, Blogger Linda said...

Wow, almost like a travelog through your life - and all that is in your bedside table? Whatever do you put out everywhere else? Great post, great pictures!

 
At 29/1/08 07:03, Blogger Pamela said...

Such a fun post Chris! I guess I should have dived in and looked through my night stand drawers. I'm a little under the weather - so I decided to rest, instead.

I think yours was perhaps the true "spirit" for what the Fun Monday topic called.

 
At 29/1/08 07:36, Blogger Steffi said...

Great post,Chris! Happy fun monday!

I hope you had a nice birthday!

 
At 29/1/08 10:04, Blogger ChrisB said...

Hootin' anni that furniture is getting a bit dated now!

grannymar that's a list to remember.

beccy I remember now you've jogged my memory

angela LOL are you saying I can't throw anything out! you'd be so right of course!

asha thank you I love looking at all my old photos, I have lots that should be sorted and labeled.

sandy some would say living in the past I say my life in a drawer!

lisa I dread having to pack up this house but it will come soon then I really will have to make choices what stays what goes.

TLG mum had forgotten she'd given me that!

beckie you are so right.

swampy I think I should do a post on all the tennis memorabilia we have!

faye I could have gone on for ever~ another thing I didn't mention were the quiz game cards my daughter made up one Christmas!

Robinella now that's an idea!

lisa C I'm lazy as you've probably gathered.

peter hope you didn't think I was being nosy ~ well I suppose I was!

Sirdar I have a houseful of history!!

mariposa did you find the book
helpful?

tiggerlane I'm not sure you would want to see all the mess I don't show!!(says she laughing)

mollie I was working when Sam left home and it did help but not a lot!

pamela hope you feel better soon~ sending get well vibes :)

NLM~ LOL I won't tell you how many chests I have then!!

linda I have shown a lot of the house in other fun mon posts~ I have way too many photos, pictures and ornaments everywhere!

terri the reason I got built in furniture was that there was no storage anywhere. It's great but packed solid!

 
At 29/1/08 16:19, Blogger Sauntering Soul said...

What awesome treasures you keep! Thanks for sharing them with us. I particularly liked the gifts of the spirit list. I'd keep that forever if someone gave it to me.

 
At 29/1/08 18:44, Anonymous Sarah said...

Great post for Fun Monday :) And thanks for your comments on mine. I hope that I keep hoarding random things. I think I might start scrapbooking to keep random things, but somehow that seems rather too organised - it's great to find things like that crossword and how the memories make you smile. And now they make your blog readers smile!

 
At 29/1/08 19:40, Blogger -Ann said...

Great images - I'm impressed with your technical skills.

 
At 29/1/08 20:53, Blogger Fiona said...

Gifts of Spirit?? Wow, I expect you will treasure that always...
Love all the memento's. Perfect place for them I'd say!

 
At 29/1/08 21:23, Blogger Karina said...

OH, I love how you did your photos for this. And wow, what a bunch of treasures you shared with us!

 
At 30/1/08 07:57, Blogger Andre Veloux said...

Interesting stuff, more like most of us have stashed away in our attics not our bedside tables!

 
At 30/1/08 17:45, Anonymous Christine said...

Beautiful shelves/table combo.

How wonderful to have a list written by your mother. It was lovely to read, and very sweet.

Thank you for sharing it with us.

 
At 4/2/08 15:57, Blogger elena jane said...

loved all your items, esp the list from your mum and the crossword!!
hope your mum is doing okay...
and a very happy belated birthday to you dear chris!! :)

 

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