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Penners and Jiggers

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

I got a email from my customer from Ireland early this morning. He purchased this traveling inkwell from me recently. When I first read the email, capsule I had him confused with another customer also from England, but this customer purchased a early pastry wheel, which he refers to as JIGGERS.

The email read, “Thanks ever so much for the PENNER which I received this morning.  Better than what I expected.  A real piece of history and a marvelous addition to my collection. The packing was excellent too.”

I am always happy to get feedback from my customers, and of course since this inkwell was sent to Ireland I was happy to know that it arrived safely.

I wrote back thanking him for his feedback, but questioned the word penner. Remember, I have him confused with my customer that purchased the jigger. It’s 6 a.m. and my coffee is not done perking. (I should have waited until I drank my coffee and the caffeine kicked in)

I asked him, ” did you mean jigger instead of penner? Now I’m laughing.

This is what he said, “Well, we call them ”penners” here and in England. This is the common name for ”writing compendia”. This is exactly what I bought. They are more commonly in the shape of a ”shell” or tower, with parts which unscrew: in the bottom compartment you find a pounce pot, then the inkwell, and then, on the top part a compartment in which quills are kept. There are of course several models. There is a book, it’s the ”bible” for reference to early writing items written by Michael Finley, called ”western writing implements in the age of the quill pen”.  A must if you are interested in these.”

Michael Finley! What! That’s my customer! He is the one I had him confused with!! So Michael is the author of the book he is referring to! He is the one that purchased the JIGGER from me, and told me he is currently writing a book about jiggers!

I told him I had him confused with my customer that just happens to be the author of the book he referred me to, and that he purchased a early jigger, or pie crimper, from me and that he was currently writing a book about them.

He asked me what a jigger was. Laughing still.

I sent him this photo. He wrote back, “now I know what a jigger is.”

So now I too know I know all about jiggers and penners, and perhaps you have learned something too.

I hope I have explained this without confusing you.

We were both blown away by the coincidence. Are you?


Spring Issue A Simple Life Is Here

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

I just got a shipment of the new Spring issue of A Simple Life magazine. I have not put it on my website, pharmacy but will later today. If you would like me to hold a issue for you, email me at

Spring is coming!


My Day In Court

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

I just had to share this story with you. Back in September it was necessary for me to became power of attorney for my brother, cialis sale and now it is sadly necessary that I become his guardian. On Thursday I had to report to the Lancaster County Courthouse to allow a judge to hear my case. We got there a bit early so Bill and I walked across the street for a cup of coffee and pastry. The bakery looked so beautiful all decked out with beautiful treats all ready for Valentine’s Day.

So much to look at but so little time!

Now it was time to go to the courthouse.

We took the elevator up to the third floor where we met our attorney, viagra and walked into the courtroom. My attorney turned to me and said, check “are you nervous”, to which I replied, “no, not at all.” After all, what’s there to be nervous about?

There sat the court stenographer. In came the judge. My brother’s doctor would not appear in court to testify to my brother’s condition, so they called my brother’s social worker, and had her testify by phone. I became very emotional as I listened to them talk about my brother and his mental and physical condition. It was heartbreaking, and it was impossible for me to control my tears. When that testimony was over I was asked to take the stand. What!!!!!! Take the stand!! Me?  Oh, no!! I have never done this before! Ok. This is fine. I can do this. No problem, but it would have been nice if he actually told me that I would have take the witness stand!

Ok, so I get up out of my seat and walk to the witness witness stand. I raise my right hand and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I am seated. I am asked to state my name, and relationship. Ok. No problem.

Then a series of questions begin. All of a sudden my head feels like it’s on fire! Like it could could explode!!!!! I am trying to calm myself down, but it’s not working. I look around and all eyes are on me!! Yikes!!! I am so nervous I have to strain to hear the questions that I am being asked. I try to pull myself together, but it’s not working! I look at my husband who is seated right behind our attorney, and he had this puzzled look on his face, like, what is wrong with you!

Finally,it was over, no more questions, and I could go back to my seat. There were a couple of steps, and I heard someone say, watch your step. Oh, please, Lord, do not let me fall! My knees felt like jelly, but I made it.

The judge was kind. I think everything will work out.

As we walked out of the courtroom we were all laughing about how nervous I looked. Our lawyer told me many of his clients react the same way I did, which made me feel a whole lot better. He said there is a chemical in your brain that takes over and clouds your thoughts, making it hard to think.

Bill and I laughed about it all the way home, and we’re still laughing.

Welcome New Doll Artisan Cindy Gray

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

A few weeks ago while antiquing in a shop in Paradise, hospital Pennsylvania, clinic I noticed a woman purchasing some wonderful early fabrics. I was curious and asked what she was going to make with them. She told me she made dolls. We talked for a few minutes and I told her about my website and my American Artisan Store and how I was looking for someone that makes dolls with early fabrics for my Artisan store. We exchanged email addresses and a week later Cindy sent me photos of her wonderful folk art dolls.

Cindy Gray has been stitching and creating since she was a child. Influenced by her grandmother, rx a strong willed wife of a farmer. That Luzerne County, Pennsylvania farm sparked a passion for learning about the past, a love of the land and nature. Cindy continues seeking bonds with day to day life in the 18th and 19th centuries. The folk art, needlework, and toys made by inspired women, by candle light, for necessity, made for art or for love continue to inspire. All of her pieces are her design. Each is one of a kind, made from antique and vintage fabric. Each doll is all hand stitched.

Cindy Gray’s work appeared in Collector’s Magazine, Country Home, Southern Living, Home For The Holiday, Early American Homes, and Early American Life. Early American Homes, working with prominent museums, seven times listed Cindy Gray among the top 200 traditional work artisans. Cindy had the honor of making an ornament for the White House Christmas tree in 1999. I am so proud to offer Cindy’s creations in my American Artist & Artisans store.

I am so happy and honored to offer Cindy’s wonderful folk art dolls to my customers, so be sure to visit my website.

Welcome Cindy!

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of my wonderful customers, viagra sale and readers of my blog over these many years. Your loyalty is so much appreciated. I am so grateful to have  all of you in my life. Thank you again, for the kindness and compassion you have shown me after the sudden loss of my dear son, William, this past April. He is very special and deeply loved by his family, and all that knew him. This year has been extremely difficult for our family as you can imagine, for he is missed so much, but we have found comfort in knowing that he is in a much better place, in the arms of Jesus, and at peace.

Wishing each one of you and your families much joy this Christmas and always. Also sending many blessings in the coming new year and always.




Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

In 1621, viagra the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, prescription days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states.

Did you know that lobster, pilule rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast? What, no turkey and pumpkin pie! I wonder what they put the maple syrup and honey on?

Here are some facts about Thanksgiving you may not know.

On the West Coast of the US, Dungeness crab is common as an alternate main dish instead of turkey, as crab season starts in early November.

The Plymouth Pilgrims dined with the Wampanoag Indians for the First Thanksgiving.

A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour!! They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds!

In October of 1777 all 13 colonies celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time; however it was a one-time affair commemorating a victory over the British at Saratoga.

I do wish all of you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving Day. This is a very difficult time for our family after the passing of our son William this past April. This year I will not be cooking on Thanksgiving day for my family, as I have done for the past 50 years. This year we will be with friends.



Antique Show in Elverson, Pennsylvania

Friday, November 16th, 2012

It’s a rainy dreary day yesterday, sick so I made myself a fire. I stayed in my pjs all day. Just didn’t feel like getting dressed.

I went to an antique show this past weekend in Elverson, click Pennsylvania. My friend Lynne was one of the dealers in the show. She asked me if I would like to come along. Of course I said yes! She always has wonderful 18th century antiques, sovaldi plus she is a sweetheart, and I always enjoy her company. Her booth looked wonderful as always.

Don’t you think every country home should have a tin lantern? They are especially nice to have during the Fall and Winter months. When lit, especially at night, they really make a house a home. Heck, I should have lit this one for my photo!

This early wooden bowl, with original black paint, looks wonderful with old stone fruit. The woman I purchased it from thought it was an early mortar and pestle. A pestle came with it but I love that way it looks with this old stone fruit instead. Looks so primitive!

I adore early leather books. I just can’t seem to get enough of them. This one is thick, 2-1/2 inches. Love the brass clasps, and they work! The owners initials are stamped inside. The date is 1851.

Hope you stop by my site.



Waiting for Hurricane Sandy

Monday, October 29th, 2012

I live in Delaware, pharmacy and have a little condo in Rehoboth Beach, capsule Delaware. I am worried about hurricane Sandy as it heads our way. It is already doing its damage at the beach, which is so sad to see. We went down for a couple of days 2 weeks ago. The beach grasses were so beautiful. Everything looked so lovely. I hate to see what it will look like when this storm is over. It’s looks like all of our beaches on the East coast will suffer significant damage.

Our house is surrounded by very tall trees. We will be sleeping downstairs tonight. You can not see it in this photo we have lots of tall trees. There is a very large pine tree in front of our house, you can’t see it in the photo. Pine trees have shallow roots, so we are concerned that the wind could bring it down. If it falls, it will fall onto our house. We have several old hemlocks in the back that we are concerned about too, not to mention a huge tree in the back of the property that is extremely vulnerable.We will probably be without power by tomorrow morning, and I pray if we are that it won’t be for too long. It’s really scary, not knowing what to expect. I have never experienced a hurricane. I can not imagine what winds 95 mph must be like. It has been raining for the last couple of days, and now the wind is picking up. The ground is already saturated and we are expecting 10 inches of rain starting late this evening. I am thankful that I live in an all brick house, but this is all a bit unsettling.

Praying for everyone in the path of this storm.


The Story of the American Banjo

Monday, October 8th, 2012

When I first got my Fall issue of The Simple Life magazine I read an article about early banjos. I just like the look of them, help and thought how neat they would look sitting in the corner of a primitive room. Then a couple of weeks ago, while antiquing in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, I found one. I bought it from a dealer that I have been buying from for many years. He always has interesting things, and is very knowledgeable. I loved the look of it, and the decorative fluted tin piece covering where the strings are attached. I turned it over for a closer look, and smiled when I saw some writing in pencil, apparently done by children, Ethyl and Elmer Kulp, Joe, Home Sweet, and Elmer loves ?, not sure. I am told that the small size of this banjo is a rare fine. I am offering it for sale on my website. Here’s a little history of the banjo–

Banjo playing has historical roots that go back 150 years, late 19th century to early 20th. The original banjos were documented in the Caribbean as early as 1689. The first mention of the banjo in the American colonies was in 1734. It was called a banjer in a Maryland newspaper.

When Africans and Europeans came together in North America, they had enough similarity in their ideas about music for a new musical synthesis to occur despite the dramatically unequal status of black and white populations. In large part, the history of American music, from minstrelsy to jazz, rock ‘n’ roll to rap music, is the story of this continuing convergence of musical sensibilities.

The mid-19th-century minstrel banjo is one of the first manifestations of the meeting of these musical worlds. Along with the fiddle, the banjo was the most popular instrument in African-American music in the United States through the 18th and into the 19th century. In the early 1800s, white musicians began to take up the banjo in imitation of southern African-American players. By the mid-1800s, white professional stage performers had popularized the banjo all across the United States and in England and had begun their own banjo traditions as they popularized new songs. Because these musicians usually performed with blackened faces, they came to be known as blackface minstrels.

Because the minstrel stage depicted slaves and southern life in inaccurate and degrading ways, there are many negative aspects to the legacy of blackface minstrelsy. Nevertheless, as part of America’s first nationally popular music, minstrelsy served to popularize the banjo and make it an instrument shared by both white and black populations. With this popularity came the publication of the first instruction manuals for the instrument and the first factory-made banjos in the 1840s. Soon after, five strings became the accepted norm for banjos, and five-string banjos are the norm today.


Let’s Dance

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Bill and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on July 3rd. July 3rd was also the 3rd month anniversary since our dear son William passed away. Needless to say, treat we did not celebrate. We had a nice surprise though, unhealthy my granddaughter and her mother, Anne, sent us the most beautiful bouquet of roses. They made us smile. Smiling is not something I am doing a of lot these days, but I’m trying. A couple of days ago a friend sent me something via email. I want to share it with you. It makes me happy when I watch it, so I watch it a lot. It’s called Let’s Dance

We are invited to our friend’s house tonight for dinner. It will be good to go out.

Take care.