Saturday, December 15, 2012

Favorite Things Post

Hubby's iphone pic yesterday - how you celebrate Christmas when you live on a boat - stick your tree on top - taken at the Comox Marina


One of my favorite things is taking a walk by ocean with hubby. Yesterday was a nice sunny chilly day (when it is cloudy here it is much warmer) so we took a walk at the Comox Marina. I left my camera at home but hubby's iphone takes really nice shots (one of his favorite things).


Earlier this week I did the two hour drive to see my Mom and spent the night with her - another favorite thing to do. I do this run about every three weeks and make sure to visit all the thrift stores along the way combined with stopping at The Old Farm Market in Duncan which has some of the cheapest best produce on Vancouver Island. They are open year round and have mainly local produce but do also import some vegetables from Washington State and Mexico, especially in winter. For $10 I brought back 10 pounds of potatoes, green peppers for .39 cents a pound, celery, tomatoes and some other greens and bananas. My mother who is a low income senior visits this market at least once a week.

This trip Mom gifted me with something very unique and special, her WWII ration booklet. Mom was born in January 1943, making her 70 years old this coming January. She was the oldest of six Children born in the middle of the War. This rations booklet was recently found in my Grandparents things and was the first she had seen of it. Many of the ration stamps are unused as my Grandparents owned an apple orchard and raised some of their own animals so as a result, along with many other farmers, lived quite well in these lean times. This booklet was issued when she was eight months old, August of 1943. This is one of my new favorite things, which I hope to share with my Stepkids this Christmas. My new favorite saying found on the rations booklet "IF YOU DON'T NEED IT, DON'T BUY IT" - foreign words in modern times.



Linking up with Claudia at Mockingbird Hill Cottage for A Favorite Thing Saturday.

Our hearts are heavy with the recent events in Connecticut, Oregon and Colorado. There are no words...





11 comments:

  1. What a neat post! I need to put that motto into use in my everyday life starting NOW! Amazing what we learn from our parents.

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    1. Yes, everything comes around full circle. I should print it on a T-Shirt.

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  2. That is such a wonderful and educational gift from your mom. I don't think I've ever seen a ration booklet - heard of them, of course, but this is the first time I've ever seen them.

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!

    xo
    Claudia

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  3. I've never seen a ration book either. That's really an eye opener for me. My, how things have changed. Thank you for sharing that.

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    1. Yeah, very cool. My history loving Stepson is going to think so too

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  4. Wow ~ I love all your favorite things, especially the motto on the ration book. We visited Vancouver once and went to Bouchard Gardens.

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    1. We are so lucky that we get to live here now - hope you had a good time visiting!

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  5. A good message for this day and age too - "if you don't need it, don't buy it!" Especially at this time of year too! What a treasure!

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    1. Yes, I was very happy when she gave it to me

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  6. Is it horrible of me to say that perhaps if many of us had gone through something that forced us to live by those (simple but profound) truths, our lives and, most definitely, how we spend our money, would look much different? I'm not quite sure that most of us even can distinguish what we truly "need" anymore...your stepson is going to be thrilled!!

    Merry Christmas!

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