Wednesday April 13, 2011

I think that deep down inside I have the soul of an 78-year-old woman…


…and possible the hands of and 78-year-old woman.  It explains so much about me.  My extensive collection of hankies.


My undying love of and obsession with, sweetpeas, lilacs, and daffodils.


Why I frequently start sentences with “Kids these days…” and “When I was little…”


The only thing I am missing is a teacup collection but I plan to remedy that in the near future.


My first crushes were not Tom Cruise or Kirk Cameron, they were Errol Flynn and Cary Grant.


You know what?  I’m just fine with that.

32 thoughts on “Wednesday April 13, 2011

  1. purpleamethyst76

    Love this post.  I’m the same way.

     I have an old hankie of my Great Grandma’s that my aunt just gave me.  I’ll post a picture of it, you will like it.    Thank you for inspiring me today.

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  2. appalolly

    You are too funny!!

    But, wow! What beautiful pictures. Love them!  I think you act quite your age…just maybe have a love for old lady “things.”

    And totally, about the “Kids these days…”  I think we’re old enough to say that now…even if we are only in our thirties.

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  3. Elizabethmarie_1

    LOVE this post. I too feel the same way. I love old things.
    I have a pretty hanky from my Great Grandma…It was handed down when she died. I got it because our initials matched.
    I just bought each of my girls their very own hankies a couple of weeks ago. (They are being used for polly pocket blankets. =)

    Thank you for showing us all of your pretty things….I Love seeing around other people’s houses!

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  4. mytoesareblue

    ohhhh errol flynn and carey grant…well chosen ;) i sometimes feel like i am an old soul in a young girls body….but maybe its just cause of so much that makes me who I am. i love antiquey stuff…it was my utmost joy to go to a local place and see some opera glasses and hair catchers…things i’d only read about and never seen their gloriousness in person. I do not own any hankies but yours are beautiful. wow. however my eye is caught by the beautiful china that lingers about. i think there is so much personality in it ;) this is a great post. thank you for sharing….and your flowers are beautiful.

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  5. grace_to_be

    old souls are the best. :)

    favorite errol flynn movie is robin hood and fav. cary grant is bringing up baby.
    they just don’t make them like they used to.

    beautiful sweetpeas and love that bucket w/ the number5 

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  6. SpazzyMommy

    Is it okay that we share a crush on Cary Grant? :)   My mother in law told me that I was an old soul with a pioneering spirit. I have forever thought that was the very best compliment I’ve ever received! :)
    Enjoyed your pictures!

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  7. broken_in_violin

    love it! I wrote a xanga post about this a while ago called “old people old things.” I think it’s still up there.  We have the same kindred old soul it seems! i’ve been blessed with actually making a career off of my old soul-dom. I’m a pastoral visitor for elderly in nursing homes and hospitals.  My love for all things old really helps me connect to these old in age but young at heart folks!  blessings to you .love your site!

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  8. ABAHM

    I am an old soul too it seems…I have a hankie collection, love sweet peas ( got mine planted late this year, so no flowers yet) and daffodils, I do have a teacup collection, and a linen collection, loved watching Cary Grant and Errol Flynn when growing up! What a fun post. 

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  9. down_onthefarm

    i just told a friend earlier today that i am sounding old and fuddyduddy…
    probably because i understand old and fuddyduddy!  not that i’d call you that! teehee.

    and you know what i think? ’bout you? and me too?
    that old souls can be forever young at heart!

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  10. lifeisadance

    Oooooh, this is ADORABLE!! I LOVE old things too, and can share your sentiments! :) I don’t have a hanky collection, but I have a teacup collection, enough for about 20 guests :) handed to me by my grandmother for birthdays and Christmas. I didn’t use to appreciate those gifts as an 8 and 10 year old, but now? I am SO grateful!!

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  11. celebration_of_life

    Love your sweet peas…I think every year that I’ll plant a few!

    And I love lilacs just because I remember them growing in our backyard and outside Gary and Rachel’s kitchen window when we were kids…

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  12. inanorchard

    @purpleamethyst76 - I would love to see your great grandma’s hankie!  Some of mine belonged to grandmothers and great aunts too, makes them all the more special.

    @appalolly - We wouldn’t have to say things like “kids these days” if they would just act reasonably… like not running through Target at full speed kicking a bouncy ball.  Sorry I just needed to get that off my chest

    @mytoesareblue - Thanks!  I love going to antique stores and museums too.

    @grace2be - Both great movies!!  My favorite Cary Grant movie is His Girl Friday and my favorite Errol Flynn movie is the Sea Hawk… I have a weakness for cheesy swashbuckling adventures :)

    @SpazzyMommy -  I will share my crush with you… it shows that you have excellent taste and judgement. 

    @broken_in_violin - What a neat job!  I think I would like that too.  Our church goes once a month to sing hymns at a local Rest Home and I always enjoy talking to everyone afterwards.  Thanks for stopping by!

    @ABAHM - I would love to see you teacup and hankie collection! I did sense that we were kindred “old souls” ;)

    @down_onthefarm - I am totally an old fuddy-duddy curmudgeon!  “old souls can be forever young at heart!”     I like that a lot!

    @lifeisadance - What a neat gift for your grandmother to give you!  Have you ever used all 20 at once?  That would be quite a tea party.  I know what you  mean about not appreciating gifts at a certain age.  My mom bought me a sewing machine for my 8th grade graduation present and I was NOT impressed.  Later on in my life it became one of my most prized possessions. (I would love to see your collection too!)

    @celebration_of_life - This is the first year I managed to get them planted in time for the spring.  Planting seeds in December just seems so strange.  I am loving them now!

    @foreveranoatneygirl - You, me, shopping for teacups together… that sounds perfectly perfect.  Next Tuesday work for you? ;)

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  13. ErinLynae

    Aw…Then I must have a heart of a 78 year old woman too….And I do have a tea cup collection. :) My childhood crushes though were Cary Grant and Howard Keel! :) Glad I found your blog…You seem like a “kindred spirit”

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  14. inanorchard

    @ErinLynae - Thanks for stopping by!  It’s always fun to meet new people :)   I really do feel like I’m missing out on the teacup collection… I need to start hunting for some.  Where do you usually look for them?  Antique stores?  Kitchen supply stores?  Any favorite patterns?

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  15. ErinLynae

    I love anything with a shabby chic look, french provincial look or “toile” in pattern….They are all unique and different. I pick up most of them at antique stores, thrift stores, garage sales and estate sales. :) One of these days I will have to get them all together and take a picture. :)

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  16. inanorchard

    @Omaloriann - I do love my collection.  I wish I could think of a clever way to display them though.  Each on of them is so lovely and I’m afraid mine are tucked away, out of sight, most of the time.  Thank you for stopping by, it’s always nice to have new visitor :)

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