Authentically mine…



Years ago, way back in 1965, there was a movie called “The Collector” (based on the John Fowles novel) and, for some reason, I thought about this while putting thoughts together for this post.  Actually, it was a pretty terrifying movie and the only reason it popped-up in my mental index file was because of its title and the things people accumulate.  Or try to.  For one of the characters involved in this movie, sadly, what was involved with her “collection” did not end well.

We all know that, in many ways, gathering groups of items can quickly move past collecting and lurch forward into some type of obsessive, almost hoarding, behavior.  This gave me much pause for personal reflection as I started writing, took a deep breath, and quickly determined that I truly am…just a collector.  In a good way.  At least I think so.

I’ll begin.

Snowmen-wall unit                         Snowmen-wall unit-2

Snowmen.  Up in our attic there are large storage bags full of snowmen.  You know those giant, plaid, zippered ones that you can purchase at the used to be Dollar Store?  Yup, thought so.  Well, they live here, approximately 30 or so of them, and tucked inside are hundreds of irresistible snowmen which have managed to find their way home with me during the holidays; tree ornaments, figurines, music boxes, cookie jars, dinnerware, linens…and more.  And, you can bet that, when others know of your passion about having certain things, it’s inevitable the gifts you receive will be in that category.   The nice part (which I always tell myself) is that this collection is large enough to be shared with all my grandchildren.  At some point, in the distant future.  Very distant, hopefully.

I’m not done, yet.

green insulators

Insulators.  I just love them.  Truly, I do.  In shades of green, assorted shapes and sizes.  You’ve never heard of them?  I suggest you give them a Google and learn about their history and collectability.  Pick up a few at a local antique shop or at a summer flea market, put one of those little LED tea lights under them on a table for a charming and fun display.  And, no.  I do not have bags of them stored away, just a reasonable amount scattered here and there or sitting on a window ledge.  Honestly, that’s it.

I’m still not done.

Kitchen cookbooks

Cookbooks.  My very first was Julia Child’s “From Julia Child’s Kitchen” and her wonderful cooking talent led me down a very long path of recipe exploration.  It’s been an exciting trip through page after page of cookbooks of all sizes, most with tantalizing illustrations of food prepared and plated to perfection.  All things Italian make up a significant part of my collection along with books from regional areas of our country.  Seafood, Game, Vegetables, Grilling and, of course, Desserts.  One book, called Dressing & Cooking Wild Game, by Teresa Marrone, came in handy when The Husband snagged his first deer…then turned it over to me for the final prep.  More than four hours later I managed to produce backstrap, tenderloin, brisket, ribs,  a roast and stew meat.  Hey, don’t judge.  That was painstakingly hard work for my first, and last, adventure as a pioneer woman. 

Now, I’m done.  Most likely, done.  I’m sure there will be something else to collect before I finish my trip around the sun.  I’ll move quickly…just in case.


workshop-button-1From Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop…Write about something you like to collect.  Seriously, I feel that a home tells a story, your story.  Everything inside tells others who we are, even who we’d like to be.  We represent ourselves through the things we own, and collect.  I don’t particularly like “fads” but enjoy collecting only what I connect with.  I choose to surround myself with who and what I care about and, as far as things, only those objects which have meaning.  At least to me.





  1. Patty,

    I used to be horrible about collecting rubber stamps. I loved making home-made greetings but in recent years when it comes to sending a hand created card I now sketch my designs. I have two sets of plastic draws that are pretty full of rubber stamps and although I don’t use the I can’t bring myself to part with them because DH got them for me.

    The only collection I have that I would love to expand is my Dept. 56 New England Christmas village and I can see that happening whenever we move into a place that’s bigger. I don’t have the space to set up what I have much less add any more to it. I love all things Christmas!

    These days most of my collections involve digital files. Photographs I’ve taken or scanned and borrowed from the net. The stuff I’ve collected on line usually includes a link to music to use for future posts or recipe downloads. I try to make sure anything I do not need any longer gets trashed so to not take up precious space on my system.

    Thanks for dropping by Thursday. I hope you have a wonderful week, my dear!

    • Patty says:

      You so remind me…of me, Cathy! One thing I left out of my post was yarn. Lots of it. When I see it in the stores, I envision projects that I\’d love to knit or crochet…and I buy it for that rainy day project that always gets put on the proverbial back burner. There was a time that I could sit down and pull together a few items in one afternoon and evening; now, not so much.

      And, the Dept. 56, I have several of the first-released North Pole Village pieces, somewhat crude in their design, compared to the newer ones, but I treasure each one. Sadly, the bottom seems to have fallen out of the Dept. 56 market compared to years ago. But, there\’s just something so magical about setting up each piece during the holidays!

      Thank you…stay safe!

  2. Kat says:

    Wow! I don’t have a collection yet, but yours are fun! I would totally be drawn to vintage cookbooks, those are really fun to look through! And who doesn’t love darling snowmen? I picked up a couple of insulators at a garage sale. Never thought to display them with a tealight. I’ll try that!

    • Patty says:

      I think what I enjoy most about most of the older cookbooks is the absence of using a microwave or Instant Pot. The recipes involved taking time and enjoying the food moments. But, I understand when someone wants to make a good meal and there’s a time crunch, the newer appliances help greatly with that.

      Definitely light-up those insulators, Kat!

      Stay safe!

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