We saw this in an antique shop in Iowa.

We didn’t know what it was.

But we liked it because whatever it was had words on it.

Words which were places in England.

Being a good part English myself – it seemed like a good word thing to buy.

I did research – it’s a safe/lock company.

Still not sure exactly what it is.

But I still like it.

And it still hangs on the wall.

(And here’s an entire link about it.)


This week at work we were talking about decorating our corner of the Headquarter Universe.   As we talked about the different aspects of decorating, I started thinking about how much I liked decorating with words – being a word person and all …

Once at home, I looked around and noticed that a lot of the wall space is covered with words.

So, a few blog posts on the words on my wall – because a lot of them have stories behind them.


Once upon a time, Ken and S and K, my mom and I would go to Spaghetti Warehouse after church each Sunday. Why? Not sure. I can’t even remember how we started going there (I think it had something to do with the men liking the veal parmesan.) After awhile the servers got to know us and as soon as we’d get there, they’d bring Ken a large coke (after preaching all morning, he’d be mega-thirsty and they’d be ready for him).

As time went on, we developed a friendship with the manager and he always gave us a good table – and offered a 5% off the check deal to anyone who brought in their church bulletin (and a lot of people from church took advantage of it).

If you’ve ever been to a Spaghetti Warehouse, you know they have a trolley car in the middle with ads along the trolley car walls    ( like they do in real trolleys or buses). One of the ads said “Eat Your Vegetables – Aunt Linda.”  Since neither of my nieces liked vegetables, I thought that would be a cool sign for the kitchen. So, I asked the manager if there was a central “signs for the Spaghetti Warehouse” warehouse. I said I would pay him to order me a similar sign.

“Oh, no problem,” he said. “Just wait a minute.”  He went into the trolley, totally rearranged all the signs and the “Eat Your Vegetable” sign was mine – and is now in the kitchen. We continued going to the Warehouse until the manager left for a position in another company. Just wasn’t the same after that.


I borrowed this post from my work parenting blog – but that’s ok. I think Mr. Bentley’s photographs are fascinating.


A lot of the U.S. has been experiencing snow this week.sc02cf949a

The Chicago suburbs experienced the third biggest snowfall on record for the area.

So, we might as well think about snow (because a lot of us can look out the window and see mounds of it – ready for investigation).

You’ve heard people say, “No two snowflakes are alike,” but did you ever wonder who figured that out?

We know of course, that only God could create a variety of shapes in such tiny little flakes – but who sat there and looked through hundreds of snowflakes to discover each one is different?

snowflakesA Vermont farmer named Wilson Bentley.

Mr. Bentley lived in the late 1800s. From early childhood, he was 02cfascinated by snow. He figured out how to attach a camera to his microscope and experimented with photographing individual flakes.

Snowflakes became his life obsession and it is said he captured and photographed more than 5,000 flakes over a time period of 46 years. He found no two alike.


I have included some of his pictures on this post – but there are many others easily accessible on the Internet (just do a Wilson Bentley snowflake image search).  Books have been written about Wilson and his work – including a child’s Caldecott Award Winner. Although we do not know whether or not Mr. Bentley was a Christian (and nothing in his biography indicates that he was), looking at the snowflakes he photographed is a remarkable display of God’s creation … and something fun to share with your kids.

After you’ve looked at some of the pictures, give your child a dark piece of paper or material and have them study some snowflakes in your own backyard.