For this week’s Friday Favorites I walked around my house and asked myself, “What would I rescue from my house if I knew ahead of time that there was an oncoming flood or fire and I could only bring 10 things?” Of course, I would bring my husband, children and most of my pets (just kidding, the cat can come too).
So here goes:
1. I love this piece of furniture, the way the sun glints off of the antique patina. The way that it came to me is pretty great as well. I was praying and feeling quite low, when a friend called and said that she had been praying and that God wanted me to have this lovely wardrobe. Isn’t He marvelous? And isn’t my friend grand for being obedient? I like to pretend that it’s Lucy’s Wardrobe from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicle of Narnia.
2. This mirror has been in my family as long as I can remember. My mother got it from a garage sale when I was about four. Some of the plaster is falling off, but I don’t care, it hangs proudly in my living room just the same. By the way, it weighs a ton!
3. I don’t know what this is. A 90 year old woman gave it to me in the mid 1980’s. I love the oak wood, the numbers stamped on the side and I have all sorts of imaginations as to what the holes were for.
4. I call this my Benjamin Franklin desk. I bought it at a garage sale for $50. Can you tell I like golden oak? I like to pretend that the ink stain is from the inkwell spilled while writing the Declaration of Independence. Far fetched since the owner told me that it is a library desk from Indiana…but oh well.
5. I haven’t been baking much lately, as we have been on a sugar fast, so I had to find somewhere to display my cannisters other than on the counter. I love glassware. It took forever to find all three of these pieces, I wouldn’t have to start over just because of a dumb fire or flood…
6. Although this is a new addition to my house, it is one of my favorite things. It fits perfectly in my tiny eat-in kitchen, and I love the fact that it is a drop leaf table so that we can entertain.
7. Out of all the gifts that I’ve received over the years, I don’t think I’ve gotten more use out of anything as much as my kitchenaide. For anyone who hasn’t bought one yet, do it! It’s worth the investment.
8. This is one of the most extravagant gifts I have ever received! I love getting this out every Christmas, and I love that it tells the lovely Christmas story with the figurines.
9. Just after Christmas this year, I received a pack from the descendents of the protagonist of my YA historical fiction book. I treasure these papers! They confirmed everything I knew in my heart about my heroine. I wept when I read them.
10. My life’s work is encased in that white plastic with a half-eaten apple on it. I hope to finish my novel soon, so you can see why it is so special to me…
Now that you’ve seen a tiny corner of my world, tell me what you would rescue from your house if you have a 24 hour advance notice of calamity and you could only take 10 items.
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25 thoughts on “10 Things I Would Rescue From My House – Friday Favorites”
I like this and now I’m thinking what I would take and what I would leave….hmmm.
I’m glad I’ve got you thinking…
What a wonderful post. I love seeing all the pictures. You’ve got me thinking. So here goes… 1) I would take our Willow Tree Nativity Scene that has its own sofa table and stays out all year. I never dreamed of having it, only admired it in the store; and then surprise of all surprises, my step-mother bought it for me for Christmas one year. HUGE! 2) I would take our little safe that doesn’t contain money but rather priceless videos of our wedding, our son’s birth and our daughter’s adoption. 3) My old Bible 4) My grandmother’s old Bible 5) My UGG boots (another gift from my stepmother) and the most comfortable things I have EVER put on my feet. Fire or flood they would come in handy. 6) My horse collection 7) Our children’s scrapbooks 8) The saddle my Dad bought me for my 50th birthday (unless it’s already in the truck) 9) The Kentucky Derby photo album from the same birthday and finally 10) My late mother-in-law’s dumpling recipe! I may just print this and hang it by every door. 🙂
I love Willow Tree! Your safe reminds me of the movie Richie Rich, have you ever seen it? I think you’d enjoy it. Thanks for sharing your list! I feel like I know you so much better!
What a lovely sharing of your home. I love the photo of your prized mirror and the way your front door is reflected in it. You have more than a talent for words, girlfriend.
Thanks BBF…and thanks for praying the other day. I felt your prayers. 🙂
That workhorse of a mixer would be on my list. It makes my life much easier. Our iron bed would be a keeper, too, my desk, sewing machine and antique side-by-side. That’s all I need. Oh, and the box full of journals!
That’s all I need….that reminds me of the Jerk…Did you ever see that movie?
I don’t think I’ve seen that movie, what was the reminder of it?
It’s really not a very edifying movie, but there’s this part when Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn are having an argument and getting divorced, and he grabs 5 or 6 random things stating that they are all he needs. It’s pretty funny in a pathetic kind of way.
I had a dream about this a long time ago…
Besides the obvious like my family:-) …my pictures and photo albums must come with me…everything else it’s replaceable:-)
If I were a picture taker, I could totally see this. As it is, I have decade long gaps in pictures…It’s nice to see you here, friend!
I enjoy seeing you use your writing gift! 🙂
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Beyond my family, photos, journals, and computer files, I would likely save:
– my mom’s wedding dress
– art I’ve collected around the world
– a coffee table I got made out of an old shutter when I lived in Bahrain
– a special funky cross and chain from Bahrain that has a special story
– some other jewelry I’ve been gifted
Great question. Now I’m thinking!
Sounds like a most interesting list…the kind of list that I want to sit and hear a story about each item. 🙂
Great post! Already you have made me fall in love…if I were your neighbor I’d make a bee line for all things oak + the precious laptop.
Have you heard of dropbox.com? You can save 2 gig of files there free and if you get other friends to sign up, you are granted even more space.
Thanks for the tip, and for helping me rescue my wooden treasures in my virtual neighborhood. 😉
I guess I would just grab my external hard drive, on which I have saved every digital photo I’ve taken, but really, I can’t think of anything so important to me that I would cry if I lost it. Maybe I’m just weird.
You aren’t weird, you are just well grounded.
Aside from my family – my bible and my computer. I’ve had my bible since I became a Christian at age 14 ( I’m now 52) and it contains my personal notes and comments. My computer – or at least my hard drive – since it contains all my books, cover designs, trailers, etc. In short, it holds everything essential to my writing. The rest is stuff that can be replaced.
Those are two very valuable gifts. I also have a few Bibles I’d like to grab. One is a Bible which I used at a particularly hungry time in my life, and the other is my Grandfather’s Bible… I always enjoy having you here. 🙂
I love your ten things… but no ID? 😉
No ID. Maybe I could have a fresh start as anyone I’d want to be! 🙂
And, even if you’re lucky enough to have all the space you need in your home, a drop leaf table can be a great way to ensure you have plenty of seating available when guests come, without taking up a lot of space when you don’t need it.drop leaf table