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I have been spending the last few years trying to sort through John’s, my and our girls’ stuff, our parents’ and ancestors’ things, and family items.

We are extremely fortunate to have many mementos that we have accumulated over the years, and items that go back many generations on all branches of the family tree. Some of the lessons that I’d like to pass along are the obvious ones, which bear repeating. Others you may not have thought about.

# 1 Label all your pictures, on the back, when you can! Don’t use pencil or ball point pens, if you can avoid it. Use thin point permanent markers. Test the ink on the edge of the back of the photo. There are photos that I have been shown over the years, and ones that turned up in boxes, and drawers. Many of the pictures are obvious who they are of…some are not at all. Memories vary in their accuracy also. Even photos that the subjects of seem obvious to one family member, are not so obvious to another. We’ve had good help from some extended family members in identifying subjects and places. But there are going to be “family” photos that we cannot identify at all. Don’t let it happen in your family!

# 2 Either make a list, or individually put notes, with special pieces of glassware, china, or tools. I followed John’s mother, Harriet, around the house one day, making notes on all sorts of pieces of glassware, furniture, etc. I had it listed by whom in the family it had belonged to, and what cabinet it was in or where it was in the house. But they moved. She moved twice. Some pieces I can match up. Some, I cannot.

When we do not know if a piece of pottery has been in the family for six generations, or if it was something that Harriet bought at a Yard Sale or Flea Market, we say: “It’s an Heirloom. It was my Grandmother’s”. John’s father’s mother used to put notes inside items. They would say a few lines about the history of the item. Often, the note would also say who she wanted to have the item when she was gone. This worked very well.

His aunt and uncle gave a lot of items to the people that they wanted to have them, while they were alive. That way they could tell them about the items, and see the people’s pleasure in receiving the gifts. Many items she would label. Elizabeth, our oldest daughter, and I tried to take pictures of items, and then label the picture. It does not always work. We still have a lot to identify. But we are making progress. If you have copies of these photos off the premises, it also helps if there is a fire, or theft.

#3 The greatest gift that you can give to your family is their past. Do not be embarrassed about how you look in a video; do not be afraid of how your spelling or sentences read. Have your family run a video camera at Christmas. Tell them about the quilt that Great Aunt Annie made at her church group. Show them the piece of hand blown glass that their Uncle Donald blew, and how he could make scientific hand-blown glass. Identify the plane that Grandpop used to hone the kitchen cabinets in the house he built. If the family isn’t home for the holidays, take pictures of your bowl for baking bread; the rolling pin that was your great great grandmother’s; the china cabinet that was rescued from your parents’ house fire. Don’t just say “Great Great Grandmother’s”. Say the name. And say if you mean your Great Great Grand, or your son’s, or your grand-daughter’s. It makes a difference!

Make copies of the photos that you take of the items. Label them. Send them. Don’t worry that they are not in a fancy scrapbook. Don’t wonder if anyone will care. Do it. Give your descendents your memories.

My grandfather used to say: “It’s all memories”. Don’t wait to share those precious memories and remembrances.

With all the flooding, fires, earthquake producing rubble, and other disasters occurring daily, this all seems naïve and rustic.  And many people won’t care about their past.  But, at some point most people would say that they wish that they had more memories from their elders.

John’s health has limited his mobility the past few years, and has restricted mine.  You would think that would have helped with downsizing, but it is not so.

We are on a motivated path to try to catch up with the memories and reduce the “stuff” before someone else has to try to figure it all out.  Britta has also gotten her household items out of storage, and is working on unpacking and editing her things.

Watch for downsizing notes and offers of items for sale…in SouthEast Tennessee and Northwest Washington State. Donations will be leaving the houses and memories will be added to the blogs.

Join us on the journeys and make sure that you work on saving the memories before its too late.

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The Shop and the Greenhouse are Permanently Closed.

We are working on downsizing…a wide variety of items. I’ll be posting ways to find us on eBay, Etsy, Letgo, and Various Facebook local area Yard Sale sites.

I do post on the Facebook page at “Antiques at Morgan Lane” and “Morgan Lane Enterprises – the Shops at Morgan Lane”.  Also, general postings on the page for “Organic Greenhouse at Morgan Lane”.

The “Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm” Facebook page and my Facebook page “Georgia Denman” are also active and ways to find us.  We still have many Morgan Horses, several trained and/or started, to finish yourself or by your trainer.

Visit us online…

But, please remember that the Shops are Permanently Closed.

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It is Holiday Baking time, and we have had requests for some tried and true cookie recipes and helpful hints.

Stay tuned…there will be a flurry of recipes from our 45 years of marriage and ancestors’ recipe collections.

Photos as we bake some of the recipes, or from years past.

I remember “watching to learn” and “helping” my paternal grandmother, Dorothy Grace Wiederhold Oschman, in her small “Cape Cod” style cottage kitchen in Connecticut. Cooking and baking with her formed some of my earliest memories.

We would also visit my maternal grandmother, Margaret Dixon Moss, in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and she would come to visit us in Connecticut.  She was an excellent cook and baker too and taught my mother, her sisters and brother to cook some nourishing family recipes.

More memories along the way…

Here come several posts of cookie recipes and helpful hints.

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Elizabeth and Caitrin have been busy gathering up items from various family members’ Estates, especially their Grandparents Wes and Harriet Denman of Delano, TN.

We said for this auction, we would bring mostly smalls…here is a list of 92 items that we are bringing for tonight’s auction:

DECEMBER 2nd Auction

MLE (1) small round beverage glasses (x9)

MLE(2)Holly Hobby beverage glass set(x8)

MLE(3)glass punch cup set w/white leafing and gold rim

MLE(4)Brown 2 handled basket w/cherry bow-contents 24 assorted lids

MLE(5)glass flower votive holder w/blue votive candle

MLE(6)Blue and Green glass bud vase(x2)

MLE(7)Yellow geometric sugar bowl w/lid

MLE(8)Yellow geometric creamer

MLE(9)Etched wine glass set (x6)

MLE(10)Metal candle/votive holder w/green glass & votive candle

MLE(11)Etched flower vase

MLE(12)Small geometric candy/sugar dish

MLE(13)Seat of 6 Amber colored glass pudding dishes

MLE(14)marked:Johnson Bros –England pink flowered gravy boat

MLE(15) candle holder w/sticker marked “International silver/plated-Hong Kong”

MLE(16) Brandy glass

MLE(17)Metal Owl sign for Hoods Sarsaparilla

MLE(18)1973 cloth ship calendar in original box

MLE(19)woven basket w/curled handle

MLE(20)Wooden Apple

MLE(21)Framed 8×10 painting of yellow birds(signed TMASSQ)

MLE(22)Hurricane lamp glass

MLE(23)platypus planter marked made in Japan

MLE(24)Wrought Iron Large Spoon & Fork marked Made in Taiwan

MLE(25)Flowered Pickle dish-marked Great Western Cereal Co. Chicago USA

MLE(26)Yellow Depression glass plate

MLE(27)Hand Made Blue/Green Pottery Vase-signed

MLE(28)Hand Made Pottery Bowl/plate combo-signed

MLE(29) set of 6 Olive Green Mugs-all signed JH 68

MLE(30)Mother Mary Vase

MLE(31)Flavo-Matic 8cup Percolator w/all parts –made in USA at West Bend Aluminum Co. West Bend,WI

MLE(32)White/Clear glass lamp shade

MLE(33)Set of 4 Antique car drinking glasses

MLE(34)unmarked green planter

MLE(35)White Handled Serving Platter

MLE(36)Avon candlestick cologne bottle in original box

MLE(37)Flat of porcelain Christmas figurines/ornaments

MLE(38)Vintage Red Tin

MLE(39)Flat of oil lamp items/shoe horns/screwdriver

MLE(40)Jar w/Lid –made in Italy

MLE(41)Old Bean pot w/lid

MLE(42)Red Vintage Child’s Rocker

MLE(43)Vintage Tin gold w/cameo

MLE(44)handmade vintage leather purse  with floral tooling

MLE(45)handmade vintage leather purse w/metal clasp

MLE(46)Flat of various advertising items & men’s items

MLE(47)Glass Milk Jug w/writing & lid

MLE(48)Flat of assorted Vintage Paper Coasters & Cocktail Napkins

MLE(49)Carved wooden Masonic Lodge figure

MLE(50)Hanging Basket w/Metal Eagle

MLE(51)Swing away Mountable Can Opener

MLE(52)R.B. Rogers Serving bowl

MLE(53)lot of Vintage potato mashers (x2) & Vintage Kitchen wisk

MLE(54)Aluminum Omelet Maker

MLE(55)Aluminum Omelet Maker

MLE(56)Metal handle Container w/Lion faces –made in India

MLE(57)Black Rectangle Enamel container w/Lid

MLE(58)Box of Sewing & Craft items

MLE(59)Firescreen & tools

MLE(60)Lot of 3 baskets

MLE(61)ABC Child’s Trunk

MLE(62)Woven Tan Trunk w/Red Handles

MLE(63)Wooden Desk chair

MLE(64)Vintage Yarn holder

MLE(65)Wooden Shelf

MLE(66)Camping/Fire Metal Pot Holders

MLE(67)Box of Craft Magazines

MLE(68)Flat of Christmas items

 MLE(69)Box of 11+ wooden frames & misc pictures

MLE(70)Cat-a-9 Tails Vase-Made in China

MLE(71)Brown/White Vase

MLE(72)Serving/Carving Platter

MLE(73)small Asian pattern porcelain box

MLE(74)Small Painted Wooden Bowl

MLE(75)Metal Decorative Bowl w/painted design

MLE(76)Stained Glass Candle Holder-Made in Mexico

MLE(77)Metal Flower design Tin-Made in Italy

MLE(78)Green/White Porcelain Serving Dish-Marked Michigan  Condensed MI

MLE(79)Yellow/Blue Pottery Serving Bowl

MLE(80) Poinsettia Heavy Glass Divided Serving Tray

MLE(81)McCoy Stork/Cradle Planter

MLE(82)Box lot of Buttons

MLE(83)Set of 4 USA Bicentennial Commemorative Powder Blue Handmade glass plates in Original Boxes w/Literature and Certificates

MLE(84)Fenton White Basket Pattern Vase

MLE(85)Pair of Glass Candle Stick Holders

MLE(86)Milk Glass Top /Hat Vase Daisy/Button pattern

MLE(87) McCoy Bean Pot

MLE(88)Hobnail “Smith Glass” Candy Dish

MLE(89)Porcelain Lettuce Bowl –Signed Betty Feldman 1969

MLE(90)Hand Painted Imperial Dish

MLE(91)Cubist style Clear glass Creamer/Sugar Bowl Set

MLE(92)Box Lot of Yellow Depression Glass-Set of 6 pudding cups, small vase, small Snack Plate and pair of Candle Stick Holders

 As you can see, there is something to interest men, women, teens, and children.  Great items to create a festive mood in your home; and make it cozy all year long.

Remember:  Reduce.  Reuse.  Recycle. Repurpose.  Antiques are the ultimate in recycling.  Merry Christmas and Have a Happy Holiday Season.

Never before seen in a retail store  Antique and Vintage items from various family Estates and our personal collections will be unpacked in the Shop throughout the Holiday Season.  Come see what’s new to appear. Surprises in every box unpacked.

Gift certificates always available.

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We will be bringing many ‘smalls’ to C B Auction, in the plaza across from Bowater’s, next to Hardee’s, on Highway 11, Calhoun, TN on Friday night, December 2nd, starting at 6:00 pm.

Most items will be from Family Estates, not previously offered for sale. Some items will be brought from our Antique Shop, at the Shops At Morgan Lane, 2214 Columbus Road, Delano, TN, 37325, 423 263 0824.

There will be many items that would make delightful Christmas gifts, as well as festive items for the holidays. Home, Women’s, Men’s, and Children’s items. Antique and Vintage.

Here is a link to the gallery of a sample of auction items:http://imagesnmemories.smugmug.com/gallery/20369701_QLkdXc#1611591760_P9Mr9hQThe percolator is :Flavo-Matic 8 cup automatic percolator
It has all its parts and works
It was made in West Bend, WI at the West Bend Aluminum Co

Mother Mary is small vase

A piece of gold depression glass

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John and I have serving pieces and place settings accumulated over the years of our marriage.  We have the first dishes that we purchased together (a white pottery with a scalloped edging) and various pieces from different sets that we purchased or were given to us over the years.  I treasure them all, mostly for the memories associated with them, and what stage of our lives we were in at the time that we acquired them.

We do have ‘sets’ of dishes. But we also have single pieces, pairs, or a few pieces.  The same can be said for in the Shop.  There are sets, single pieces, pairs, or a few pieces for sale.  Some are Antiques, some are Vintage, and some are newer.  Some are floral, a single color, a whimsical pattern, or a specialty piece.

Two well-loved marked Floral Soup or Serving Bowls

The two bowls pictured above are technically soup bowls.  We often use this size though for serving vegetables or fruit at meals.  They are not too big for a single bag of frozen veggies or too small for when family is over to visit and we need to put a heaping bowl of something on the table.  These are marked and old.  The inside finish is crackled with age. The gold edging on the border is worn down. And there may be a small nick on the back.  But they are pretty, useful, give instant age to a serving table – it was someone’s family piece, and now it is yours; and subscribe to our Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Repurpose. philosophy. 

We also have glass bowls, serving platters, serving tureens, dessert dishes and full sets of dishes. Whether you are adding a new piece or looking for a starter set or additions to a family pattern, think about utilizing previously well-loved finds.  There is a place and time for fancy “formal” place settings and full sets of dishes.  But there is also a place and time for that extra bowl to remind you of a delightful day out shopping, or of a similar piece to one that your Gramma had when you were little.  My father remembered a special sugar bowl that was his Grandmother’s. We often have people pick up a piece and say to their sister, or husband:  ‘remember this pattern?’

Whether it is your first place or you have lots of dishes for entertaining, don’t forget those conversation pieces that add a warm family feeling to your home.

Elizabeth or I will add a direct link to photos of some of the items available in the Shop.  We are working on labeling the photos with the Item number, description, and price information.  In the meantime, you can go to her site: www.ImagesnMemories.com >> choose “Galleries” >> choose  “Morgan Lane Enterprises” and there are a few different Galleries of pieces in the Shop.  We will be adding lots of never before seen pieces in December.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Repurpose.        Shop Local.      

Gift certificates always available, for Hostess gifts, birthday, shower, wedding, holiday, or any occassion presents.  Never expire. Never reduce in value.

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm.  Closed major holidays.

Take a family photo with our giant Quilt block.    Happy Thanksgiving.

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Wooden nut bowl, with candy canes, waiting for unshelled nuts

How do you decorate for Thanksgiving?  Please email me and let me know your favorite multi-generation family traditions, or new ones that you are starting with your family.  Email at: Denmanfam@aol.com  Our email address: Denman fam, short for “family” not “farm” mis-spelled.

We have lots of family traditions for the holidays.   John and I are grandparents now, but we remember when we were the grandchildren.

My parents (Gramma Bette and Pop-Pop Buddie) and my father’s parents (Grammy and Pop-Pop George) always had a bowl of fresh unshelled mixed nuts out on the table starting from pre-Thanksgiving through New Year’s. They used wooden bowls that still had the bark on the outside.  The bowls often would have a spot in the center to hold the cracker and some picks.  The best ones had felt on the bottom to protect table surfaces from scratching.

 My father would patiently sit cracking nuts and putting them in to little piles, or in small dishes, which I would ‘steal from’ almost as fast as he cracked them.  Being an only child, I rarely had to wait long for any particular kind. 

Now, while packages of unshelled nuts are still available at the grocery store, there are lots of packages of pre-shelled nuts.

I recently read that the unshelled ones are fresher and healthier…but the shelled ones are sooooo convenient for baking.  Even my mother and Grammy would use the pre-shelled walnut ones for Christmas baking when they started to appear in the grocery stores.  Quite a time-saver!

It is still fun to decorate with the unshelled mixed nuts and walnuts in whatever style bowl you have.  Rustic wooden bowls are the best though and unbreakable.  The nuts are readily available, not very expensive, and they remind us that we are celebrating the harvest and preparing for food storage for Winter. The founding families did not have the luxury of grocery stores.  What they gathered, harvested and prepared is what they had to sustain them through the Winters.

As a farmer, and a parent and grandparent, I am grateful for the memories and also the foods that remind us of nature’s provisions.

Over the next few days, I’ll share some more Thanksgiving memories and people and things that I am grateful for in my life.  As Pop-Pop George used to say: “It’s all memories.”  

Whether you have a “nut bowl” or not: Sit at the table with those you love, or alone…crack some unshelled nuts and be Thankful.    

God Bless, Georgia, aka Grandmom, or just Gram.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Repurpose.

The unshelled nuts are edible decorating.  The wooden bowls can hold other seasonal decor too.

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