My offerings this week come from my kitchen counter and the window in my dining room. First, I'd like to share with you the fact that my darling African violet is beginning to bloom for me in the midst of the coldest temperatures of the year. It's been below zero each night for the past couple of weeks with highs in the single digits...YIKES! You may wonder why I covered my violet with a bird cage, sorta like a little prison. Well, sadly, it must be done to save her life. You see, my kitty Camille takes a fancy to fresh blooming violets. She'll snack on the blossoms until her tummy won't hold another bud. In order for me to feed the passion I have for African violets, all of my plants are housed in bird cages, especially when they begin to bud. Camille can smell a blooming plant from a mile away and will eat all the babies in a heartbeat. She's merciless and takes no prisoners.
Next in line is my kitchen counter. When I got the Williams-Sonoma basket I didn't have keeping breads warm in mind. I wanted something to hold fresh fruit that was pretty and not made of wicker. I found this gem for a steal on eBay about a year ago and have loved it more each and every time I took a glance at it when in the kitchen. Being someone who loves pink, one day when it was snowing like crazy it dawned on me that those little cakes at Wal-Mart that bear the name "snowballs" would be perfect for my basket in the wintertime. I added them to my list and the rest is history. The next day I was cleaning out a closet and spied the little chicken, plunked her on top and that was that. If you take a good look, you can see the jar on my counter with a pink teddy bear on the side, filled with pink marshmallows. Those marshmallows are older than the hills and most likely taste horrible by now but they're pink and they look cute so they get to stay, hehehe.
I also thought you'd get a kick out of the pink wall phone I have in the area between my kitchen and dining room. It has a 25' cord so I don't feel confined when a friend calls. I love this phone because it has an old-fashioned ring that takes you back to the days when moms wore aprons when they cooked and dads took their lunch to work and didn't eat in a cafeteria.