Monday, September 28, 2009

Some Wood, Some Rings

"Sally, come right in," I said as I opened the door at the sound of the bell. "How are you doing?" I asked.

"Positively great!" grinned Sally. "I'm always great when we get to look at all the things your Bbest friends are making!" she exclaimed.

"Well, you won't be disappointed," I replied. "Let's get some strawberry lemonade, pull our chairs up to the computer, and window shop away!" I said.

"Mmmmm," sighed Sally. "This is yummy. Makes me feel as if it is still summer," she said.

"I expect we will still have some hot days this fall," I replied. "But, let me show you something that's really 'hot'," I exclaimed. "Do you remember I said my cousin was coming up from Florida, and we were having a cousin get to gether at one of our cousin's houses?"

"Yes," said Sally. "Did he get here?" she asked.

"Oh, it was a wonderful time," I answered. "Our cousin made such delicious food. There were 8 of us, plus our two grandchildren that I'm taking care of during the day. Boy, did they have fun exploring a new place!!" I laughed. "But, one of the big surprises is that my cousin, Ted, brought us all a really special gift. He is a woodworker just like his Dad, by the way. Would you believe I still have a cutting board that my Uncle made for us as a wedding gift? It is 49 years old and counting!" I smiled.

"Tell me more about what Ted brought to each of you," continued Sally.

"I'll do better than," I said. "Let me show you."

"Aren't these just gorgeous?" I sighed. "And each one he brought was different. His wife gave us all a number, and put it in a bowl, and then my two little kiddies took turns drawing out a number. Guess who was first!" I giggled. "So, I picked my favorite. It is so beautiful, I can't begin to tell you. He is so talented, and how generous of him to give us each one of these fabulous cutting boards," I said.

"Well, what's that have to do with your Bbest friends?" asked Sally

"Well," I replied. "Nothing, really, except it made me want to see which ones make things out of wood," I said. "Look what I found!"

New England

Sherman, TX

Peabody, MA

Minneapolis, MN

"Those are beautiful!" Sally said. "I love looking at what they make," she continued

"We will look at some more in a minute," I said, "But first I want to tell you about my ring. When my sister and I were in high school, we each went to the local jewelry store on the town square and bought a birthstone ring for each other, and we didn't know we were going to do it. Hers was a blue rectangle with small white stones (we liked to pretend they were diamonds, of course!) and mine was a purple stone, made exactly the same way. Well, I put my ring on when she gave it to me and have worn it ever since. It is about 52 years old now. And, my sister did the same, until one day when here children were small, her ring went missing. She looked everywhere but couldn't find it. So, I went back downtown and got her another one, identical to the first because those rings were really special to us."

"Go on," said Sally.

"Well, about a year later, she calls me up and says, 'Guess what?'" I said, "What?" She said, "You'll never guess where I found my the clothespin bag!" said exclaimed.

"So because she had two rings, she gave one to her daughter," I continued. "And the years went by, and we still had our rings. Then a couple of weeks ago, I was working at the computer at my Mom's house, and my ring was slipping around and bothering me, so I took it off and laid it on the computer desk. At one point I remember moving it from one side of the desk to the other. I worked very late that night, probably another 14 hour day and was pretty tired when I left. About half way home I noticed I wasn't wearing it. So when I got home I called my Mom and asked her if she would look in the room she uses as an office. She did, even getting down on the floor with a flashlight and a magnet, to see if it had fallen under the desk."

"Isn't your Mom getting up there in years?" asked Sally.

"Oh, yes, she just celebrated her 92nd birthday. But since she had her hip replacement, she is doing very well again. She must be to go crawling around on the floor looking for my ring," I said

"Well, a week went by, and I was up there working again, and I looked everywhere and still couldn't find it. I was pretty said about the whole thing because the ring was very special to me. By then I had called my sister and told her how much I had enjoyed wearing that ring for 52 years, but that it was lost. She was sad for me, too."

"You are making me sad, too!" cried Sally.

"Oh, don't be," I said. "You will never believe what happened. There is a chair in our bedroom where I often lay my clothes when I take them off. One morning about a week later, I happened to look under the chair and saw something lying there! It was my ring! I guess I had put it in my jeans pocket instead of back on my finger, and it had fallen out when I used my chair as a closet! I was so excited I had to call my sister and my mom right away and let them both know I had found my ring."

"I am so happy for you, too," said Sally. "Sisters are special, and the gifts they give each other are often special, too, especially the rings you gave each other. I am so glad you found it!" she said excitedly.

"Well, guess what else," I said. "Finding my ring made me want to see which of my Boomer friends are into ringy things, too! Let's take a look!"

needle nabber ring made by


East Lansing, MI

a sterling wrapped jasper ring


Felted napkin ring

Urbandale, IA

Native American key chains

Omaha, NB

"Breathtaking, as always," remarked Sally. "Let's look at some more," she said.

"Yes, let's," I answered. "And we did."


MagdaleneJewels said...

I always love the adventures of shopping with Sally, or following her through whatever adventure she comes up with that day! Love the rings you featured. Also, loved the ring story about the sisters, was this based on a true story? Very heartwarming and beautiful blog!

Pam said...

Thank you for your sweet comments. Absolutely true, both parts of the post. The rings cost 35.00 each at the time, are good gold, with synthetic stones representing December for my sister and June for me. It is safely back on my finger now though, and I am so relieved to have found it. It is special because my sister gave it to me. Thanks again.

Yankeegirl said...

Another wonderful installment on Sally's adventures!!

Love all of the bbest creations, too!

The Filigree Garden said...

What a fun story!

ZudaGay said...

Wonderful post, Pam!! I always look forward to a Pam and Sally story. I am so glad you found your ring!! What wonderful items you found and how blessed you are to have received one of your cousins lovely cutting boards!!

Judy Nolan said...

I like how you blend family stories and BBEST show-and-tell, Pam. Thanks for another wonderful "Sally story."

gloria said...

Terrific blog! I love your friend, Sally! and what a family your have!

Sixsisters said...

Great blog Pam. I really enjoyed your story about
your ring.

Pam said...

Thanks, everyone, for the nice comments!

joon said...

Another great Sally Pam adventure & story all beautifully tied in to our BBEST creations. Thank you, Pam.

Myfanwy said...

'Woodn't' you know that you could find such lovely things from the Bbesters. Great post.