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Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Little Irish

Well, a shamrock plant jumped into my cart at the grocery!
But that's no surprise, is it?  Things are always doing that!
Seems fitting, doesn't it, with spring drawing near and
St. Patrick's Day just around the corner?
I thought maybe it was time to let my frosty penguin
retire from the foyer table and some green things
come and take his place.


I've started collecting green planters from the 1920-1940's
like McCoy and Hull.  They're in the auction trash quite often
and I have a nice little variety now.  Here's two of them
holding candy and said plant. 



The little bird is from the auction trash, too,
along with the four-leaf clover pressed behind plastic.



I'd say it looks pretty cheery...and almost spring-y!
The sun is even shining bright!  But there IS still snow
on the ground.  Still, at 23 degrees today, it felt like a heat 
wave. Especially with that sun warming up the Jeep as
I ran errands today.

I wonder if my love for shamrocks has anything to do
with my Irish ancestry. ha.
And I've never met a potato or Shetland
wool sweater I didn't like. :) 

It makes sense doesn't it?  I mean, I have a lot of
Scottish blood in me and I love shortbread
and plaid wool fabric.
I have English blood in me, too...and I do love
their ironstone pottery and crumpets. 
Just like loving pink clouds might have something
 to do with my American Indian ancestry?
What's the connection there, you ask?
hahaha...well, when I was a kid, we loved to play
'Cowboys and Indians' (when it was still OK to do that).
I never wanted to be a cowgirl!  I wanted to be an
Indian!  And I always wanted my name to be Pink Cloud.
I just thought that name sounded SO cool.

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  1. Ha, I love this!! I think that you SHOULD change your name to pink cloud!! Much better than grey cloud, but you definitely need a silver lining!! xx

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    1. lol.....and I love grey! I wonder why I didn't choose Grey Cloud when I was little? ha.

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    2. You can be grey cloud if you like, it would go with the silver lining very nicely! xx

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    3. haha...and the silver lining is the most important part! :)

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    4. Well my blog will almost do - it is called . . . "Clouds and silvery lining!" LOL
      I do not specify the colour Pink or Grey! lol

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    5. It sure does fit the bill! Finding the silver lining is always a wise thing to do! It is a great name for a blog!

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  2. I agree, it would be so fun if you changed your blog name or pen name to Pink Cloud, even for just a day :)
    Your green collection is great!

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    1. Oh, I did think it was a grand name when playing Indians! :)

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  3. Pink Cloud is a pretty good name. Go for it I say!

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  4. You do have me chuckling, that is for certain, Pink Cloud....er...Sunshine. Why not throw Moon Beam in there and you'll have the whole sky covered? Thanks for the laughs. You certainly are a fascinating young lady. One of the many things I love about you.

    Vince xo

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  5. haha pink cloud you say
    Quite the name at your bay
    Collecting more at your shore
    Are you sure you aren't a closet hoarder with things hidden in a drawer?
    All three of those i have in me
    Plus three more at my sea
    I'm a mutt
    Here at my hut

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    1. Much of it gets sold in the shop
      so my walls don't sag and drop.
      ha.
      I have a few more lines, too.
      Muts we are, through and through.
      lol...

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  6. You can't be all that bad if you have Irish, Scottish and English blood in you ROFL . . . . . . and interestingly a dash of American Red Indian. Nice story Ms Pink Cloud. Lovely name is that - a bit easier to say than Hiawatha lol. Do you know which tribe your Indian routes originate?

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    1. I do! My great, great grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee! So, more than a dash I guess! Lots of Scottish, too...my dad's side can be traced back to the 1500's to Sorbie.

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    2. How very interesting! So when you are annoyed do you do a war dance? LOL
      Great to know you have Cherokee blood in you mixed with Scottish. You know the Germans in the Wars used to call the Scottish Soldiers wearing kilts and playing bagpipes, "The wild women from hell!" LOL
      But going all the way back to 1500's is fantastic. Did you do the research yourself?

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    3. No, I didn't do the research. I think the facts were passed on from generation to generation because we always knew them. The family's castle (now just ruins) still stands in Sorbie with our last name (Hanna) given to it. I think it's 50 some generations. And there was a published book, oh way back maybe around 1900 of the family line, if I recall correctly. It's nice to know all those facts...some families don't know anything about their ancestors. We didn't know we had Irish in us, although, always expected it until some research was done in recent years. All very interesting!

      Funny thing, though....I can't stand bagpipe music! haha.

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    4. Its such a help if ancestors took the trouble to hand down information - unless they do so it is sooooo difficult to break through some 'hidden' and forgotten information. I am stuck at 1650 ish on most fronts.
      And . . . . . . . I am not related to any Cherokee lol

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    5. haha...it's probably a sure bet that you do not have any American Indian blood in you. Unless some tried to escape the invasion of the white man and sailed over to you. haha.....

      1650's is still quite an impressive family line!

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    6. Now I've just tumbled on why you don't feel the cold with all that snow. It's your Cherokee blood - all they had in those days was a wigwam in which to live. lol

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    7. Ha! Oh, that is so funny! Yes, you might have a point there.

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  7. Your St Pattys grouping looks very cheerful! I think Pink Cloud is perfect for you. :)

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    1. It does look cheerful, doesn't it? It's a very nice change!

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  8. Pink Cloud is a good name! I love your vignette you created. I remember grandmother having many of the green planters. What a neat thing to collect.

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    1. I sold the first few planters from the auctions in my etsy store before I decided to keep them. Now I want them back! haha.

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  9. It doesn't yet feel like spring is near over here as we had more snow last night and this morning. But I hope your optimism is right on. Your shamrocks certainly give me the spring feeling!

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    1. No, it doesn't feel like spring here either...very white and bright outside! haha.

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  10. McCoy and Hull and others are fun to collect, as they sometimes appear at Goodwill; the next Big Thing. Nice pieces, and in my favorite color, too.

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    1. Is green your favorite color? I went for years not caring for it and now I really love it....almost as much as grey! :)

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  11. I am part Scottish...(dad)....and part British....(mom).....
    My kids inherited a mixed bag.....from both sides....Irish and Polish from my boyfriends side!
    Great post Betsy.....
    I also collect the McCoy.....getting harder to find at the thrift shops....
    Enjoy your evening....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  12. Oh, Pink Cloud - that is such a cool name. I really like seeing your auction treasures. It's amazing the things you find!

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    1. It was SO cool when I was 4 or 5! haha. I remember some neighborhood child took another Indian name that had to do with the wind. Can't remember it...that, and Rippling Brook. haha...we had such vivid imaginations...and right on target, too, choosing names that had to do with nature.

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  13. You find the best auction treasures!

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  14. what lovely plant I love it!
    and I love Irish coffe lol
    xx

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    1. Why yes, I forgot about Irish coffee!! :)

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    2. Yes we always drink Irish coffe:))

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  15. ha. i like the books on the weight..that would make for some interesting symbolism...cool on your pic...we have to redo our chalk board....

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    1. My chalkboard did say something about snow on eyelashes....which actually would still be perfectly appropriate here. ha.

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  16. It's amazing how those plants always manage to jump into your basket :-) It makes a good focal point for your St. Patrick's vignette

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    1. A gardenia did, too! haha,...it's huge, just about to bloom, and was on clearance for $4.00. I hope I can keep it alive. lol....

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  17. Love the shamrock... and the story of Pink Cloud... were you a wild Indian or shy little shadow?

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    1. I don't remember being too wild. Actually, I don't remember much of that game besides the names. I was one of the younger ones, so I'm sure I just did what I was told and didn't have a leading role. lol...

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    2. I don't remember playing Indian but it's a fact I was much happier outdoors with the wind in my hair or climbing trees than indoors reading books. I read books while sitting in the trees I climbed but reading them indoors seemed too boring. haha

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    3. I was quite the tomboy...loved climbing trees and getting dirty! :)

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  18. I love your green spring vinette! I also like Hull pottery. We have one piece in green. It is rectangle and would make a nice planter, but we just let it sit out for decoration. I am also English on my father's side and my mother had a Cherokee ancestor. I don't know of any Irish ancestors, though. But I do love a good Irish coffee : )

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    1. I think they are pretty used in any way! I used one as a serving platter tonight at dinner! ha.
      You have Cherokee, too? Wow...that is interesting! What's with these Hanna men being attracted to that American Indian blood? haha.

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    2. The Mister is Dutch and Swedish. My boys certainly have a mix don't they? :)

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  19. Gotta love those Scottish men ; )

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  20. My goodness, I think I need to get access to this "auction trash." What neat stuff!! You inspire me.

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    1. It's kind of amazing what is left for the trash when those auctions are done!

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  21. I love Shamrock plants I have two that I've had for a few years now....still blooming away :) It's so sweet how the leaves close up at night and look like little arrows. Have a blessed day Betsy! Janet

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    1. That's one of the things I love about Shamrocks...they seem almost interactive the way they fold up and go do sleep at night!

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  22. Whatever shall I do with the double-barrel shotgun my dad made for my brother when he was a little boy?
    At least my nephew lives in Texas. Maybe it's still okay to play cowboys and Indians there.

    Far as I know I don't have any Irish in me, but I still think shamrocks are cool.

    :0)

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    1. haha..no, you certainly don't look Irish...or Indian! :)

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  23. Well, I've been told there were Indians back there somewhere.
    Maybe you can see them in Great Grandma's face. She had dark hair and dark eyes.
    Great Grandma

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    1. Oh, yes, I can see it in her face...especially the one where she's older! Very nice photos!

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  24. Those Shamrock plants have away of jumping into your shopping cart, each year (funny how they do that, yes it is).
    You have added another fun name to your list of nick-names. This one is really cute, Pink Cloud...it's so YOU!

    PS; great vignette!

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    1. Yes, they do! I had one that thrived outside last summer/fall but I didn't bring it in for the winter. Now I'm starting over! :)

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  25. We always have a touch of the Irish around here! I just love it. I am gearing up for our annual Shepherds Pie Dinner party next week!! LOVE your St. Pat touches!

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