Thursday, June 11, 2009

Collections & Causes

Day 11 of a month of me is about my collections and causes, those special objects that I must have and are near and dear to my heart, like the causes. Books are a never ending, always on the hunt for collection that is really a addiction. Here are just a few of my favorites that are at hand in my craft room, except for the Farm Chicks book, that's a lender from the library but it's on my wish list. I love books, and by books I mean how to, reference and such. I'm not a novel reader or writer so you won't see many in my house or in my mind, at this point in my life anyway? I collect cookbooks and read them like novels, along with my craft books, sewing, gardening, photography and herbal lore. There's just something so comforting about holding a book and learning from it that empowers you. I hope books never go out of style or disappear into the electronic age. Did you know many books can be downloaded onto a MP3 player to read like that? That's kinda cool as long as they don't do away with the hard copy!

English china is one of my favorite collections, my Mom was born and raised in England so I collect it in honor of her, but I fell in love with for other reasons. The colors, the dainty flowers, the presence of it, I can spot a piece from way off, I'm drawn to it. This is just a sample of my collection, I do have a few more pieces and I hope to add many more. I'd like to have enough to separate and hand down to my grand daughters some day, and hopefully keep that tradition alive since my Mom no longer is.
What pulls at my heart strings in ways of causes that matter to me? Conservation is right up there, water mainly and this stems from living in a primitive cabin years ago (another marriage) where we had to haul our water from a spring. I was younger then and adapted but those 3 years of hauling water are to blame for my bad back, but no regrets. I learned alot about myself in those 3 years and it taught me not to waste much! So, yes I cringe if someone leaves the water on while they brush their teeth or water the sidewalk!
Organics is another important cause that I try to live by and with. If only you knew what was really in our food supply, water sheds and seeds, and don't get me started on Monsanto! We are what we eat, that is why cancer is at a all time high, farmers are being forced out for growing natural and not monster food, and products are being laced with ingredients our bodies were not meant to digest and can't!
Respect for animals and wildlife tops the list today too. We live in their world, they don't live in ours! Respect them, great and small. I do my part by keeping fresh water for birds, feeders full year round and giving right of way whenever possible. I'd like to think my grandchildren will have the wildlife around to enjoy as much as I do.
There are many more collections and causes that I love and care about. How about you, what is near and dear to your heart? Thank you for sharing, these 11 days have been so uplifting making you all near and dear to my heart as well!


  1. Hi Sue~I've been away for a while--it's nice to be back. I've enjoyed reading through your posts about you!

    I love books, too!! In fact, I think I'm a bookaholic! I read all sorts of books, including fiction. I've got a collection of gardening and herb books that I love and use a lot. My hubby is in the process of making plans to build. . .more bookshelves! You can never have too many!

    Your china is just beautiful. I love it so much and have to force myself to walk away from pieces at the flea market. I just don't have the room for much more, so I'm starting to be selective.

  2. Hey Sue, that farm house chicks book is my favorite so far..they have wonderful recipes with stuff we have on hand and they all look super easy..I love asked what herbs I grow..we have thyme, oregano, rosemary..I think that is it..I also have arugula that I need to harvest and make into pesto...oh is so good..I have enjoyed reading your entrys these past 11 days..great food for thought..have a wonderful day..:>)

  3. You and I are alot alike. Wish you were my neighbor. I collect books too, mostly cookbooks but all kids too. The best gift I ever got was from my bf. A big gift certificate to Amazon. I just finally used it up. It took me a yr and a half. Amazon has some really cheap books,...I got some for a quarter! plus shipping.

    I agree with watching what we eat and where its grown. If you read any of Michael Pollens books you will start to grow your own! His Omnivores Dilema really got to me and now I'm hoping to move to a sm. farm myself real soon.

    I have many collections going on here but my fav is blue and white porcelains. Blue Willow china too. I have a move coming tho and I really need to pare down what Im taking with me.

  4. Books, organics, herbs, food, environment and animals are all important to me.

  5. Oh my goodness we have so much in common..I do not read novels either except that I am in a book club that I am reading stories as I call them...I did not read the last one because to much going on and I don't have much time with this new one so I opted out of this one to...I found a Iowa farmer who raises grass fed cows..We tried the meat last night and it was the best tasting beef I have had in a long time...I am now a customer of his. Anyone who will listen I let them know the reason why we have so many illnesses in this country is because of the chemicals and hormones and garbage they put in our foods..I believe in all you said....that is why I search for pure foods I call them...That is why I am growing my own herb and veggie gardens and what I am not good at growing I buy from local farmers that grow pure foods. ALWAYS remember organic isn't necessarily pure...When you see organic fed cows does not mean it is truly organic...If it is grain feed by organic grain it is not really good....cows aren't suppose to eat grain...they roam the fields and eat grass. Grass fed cows have less saturated fats and are better for you. Sorry didn't mean to write a book. I have learned so much through blogging..Lisa

  6. Littering is my all time pet peev. Can't stand to see someone walk past a refuse can and throw their trash on the sidewalk.

    Books are a love of mine too, craft, sewing, cooking and yes, I do read novels sometimes, but they really have to wow me.

    Love your china collection. Roses were always my favorites on plates and bowls.

    Thanks for sharing these 'days of you' with us, sweet girl. xxoo

  7. I collect china that I don`t have room for. Same with vintage aprons. I have a passion for old cookbooks and just like you read them as novels.

    I believe the public has a right to know what foods in our supermarkets have had their genetics altered. It`s out there now, on the shelves. The FDA needs to leave the vitamin, herb and homeopathic industry alone. Let us decide what we put in our bodies, not the Pharmaca monster the FDA created. You just need to be educated about your herbs and vitamins. I could go on and on. Wow! I need to settle down with some strawberry shortcake!

  8. Hello Sue; I love books too, I love to hold them and touch each page, my sweet hubby has the e-books I am not a fan of those. I must touch and hold it.. Love your China set, just lovely...



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