Saturday, August 1, 2020

Looking Back

Hello Friends! I reverted to the Blogger Legacy format for this post because I wanted to see if the thumbnail showed up on the sidebar again. I am already familiar with the new format which is fine except for the thumbnail not showing. Why'd they have to change that? Oh well, it's still free. 

But welcome to August! I often look at old posts for inspiration at the new month and am including links to some of them for you. These photos are from a post called "August Days" in 2015. Here is the link.

A lifetime ago now. Yes? I have included a lovely quote from that post here too:

"The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses on its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless. and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color." --Natalie Babbit, "Tuck Everlasting"

It is indeed motionless and hot so far...

The next post is from the same year titled "Taking Time For Pretty." I chose it because besides being pretty, it has a wonderful passage from Gladys Taber's "The Book of Stillmeadow."  Included here below. I am finding as much a need for pretty words as pictures these days. The whole post is found here.

I found the inspiration I needed today in these words.

Another post from 2013, "Seedy, Weedy, Woodsy, August" has old Victoria covers which are my favorite in the year.

There is a tablescape with a nature theme and some of my favorite china too! Here is the link for more.

Finally we end with "Bittersweet August" way back from 2011. It's a bit philosophical, the photography is from the early days before I learned about photo editing, but it has a soft look at the china and a handful of elements that I still love after all this time. The link is here.

I'm thinking of you all with the turning of another page of the calendar. Wondering how things are going for you.

Thankful for all you share.

Wishing you goodness in all the August days ahead.


P.S. The thumbnail did indeed appear on my sidebar!  Wish the new format had an easy fix.


  1. Hi! I love your bird print!
    How are you managing with the new blogger? I find it very hard to go back into a post and edit because all the previous text disappears. Not a day goes by that I don’t send them a comment. But my worst problem is that I can’t make the preview function to work. It’s very annoying.

  2. All this is just so exclusives I love is just the style of decoration that I love.and the dinning and tea set'are just what,I would love to have.Do you by any chance could tell me,where could I order this fine sets??

  3. Just what I needed this morning - a touch of introspection and a big dose of inspiration. An August hug ❤️

  4. Lovely images and words, J. I had put off working on the new format because I didn't find it easy. So now I'm trying and have some kinks to work out. First of all I don't see any way to delete photos when editing a post, and not a clear way to close out the post before you're ready to publish it. Any pointers? It just seems one more way to make things hard and difficult. Have a wonderful Sunday!

  5. Hi Jacqueline,
    I am trying to navigate the new blogger too. It will take some getting used too. Like everything else some things are always changing. Why they can't just leave well enough alone! I love your white cup and saucer with that beautiful design. So sweet and pretty. Happy Sunday have a great week.

  6. I asked a question, yesterday... But it has not yet, been published.

    Meanwhile, it looks as if you have an old Gladys Taber book. I have all her books, and as many "old" ones, as I could find, over the years I was collecting them.

    We need her words, of being more open to change. Especially with "New" Blogger.

    But I do not agree, that all change, is good. Nor that we must accept it, blindly. Look at what is happening in our Beloved Country. Much of it, is change, which I do not accept.


  7. Hmmm, perhaps I did not ask my question... Or rather, I deleted it.

    So I will ask again. What thumbnail, are you looking for?


  8. Oh dear, we are filling up your comments with grumbles about the new blogger. Sorry about that.
    I can’t find a way to delete photos either. I must send in my gripe. The more we comment the more they may sort out our issues.

  9. Hmmm, I'm thinking of adding my avatar and a link to my profile IN each of my blogs, in the upper right hand corner at the begining....but then I Looked at the layout format on the new blogger...and just shivered. I think I will give them time to work it out. Nothing ever works well the first time around. Considering it is August and this was supposed to roll out in June...they must have a bunch of glitches. I know the new format is terribly slow doing certain things...UGH. Lovely photos in your experiment though, LOL. Sandi

  10. Such a lovely post Jacqueline! Your photos are so peaceful on this hot, muggy August day!

  11. Once again I find we have great similarities. The latest is Gladys Taber books. I read the page that you shared and immediately thought to myself "I must buy a copy of this book" and I ordered it and one other online. Just when I had downsized, moved into a house with very limited storage space, donated and gave away tons of beloved book, here I am starting a new book collection . . .

  12. I haven't had the courage to try the new blogger yet, I am worried I will screw things up, but I guess I could always go back. (-:

    this post like all of them you do is beautiful.

  13. Jacqueline,
    B R A V O for you using the New Blogger format!
    Stay safe.

  14. So much beauty here, I just want to sink into it. I love the bird graphics on the one table near the end. I couldn't decide -- first thought they were napkins -- but no, I don't think so. I loved the old Victoria. Oh, so much is lovely here.

  15. Love the reminiscing and the old Victoria Magazines.
    During this time I am finding I can't watch depressing movies and end up watching silly, laughing videos on YouTube. There is too much that gives me restless nights and losing sleep. The laughter helps.

  16. Jacqueline, I loved looking back with you and I do remember all of those posts. All the pretty pictures you have set up and I agree with you about the pretty words. They are needed a lot right now. There are so many writers that can express a simple subject so much better than I (you) and I enjoy reading them all. Now here is my silly question: What do you mean about the little thumbnail with the new blogger. I used it on my last post and really didn't have any trouble with it (lordy, soul!! an unusual occurrence). Everything that I had on the old one came up that I know of, so did I miss something I should have seen? Stay well..xxoJudy

  17. Just a P>S from me. I was reading Debra's comment to you and I did have trouble with deleting a photo that I put on by mistake, but I did figure it out. But the problem with being able to put my "share" names in, I couldn't do ahead of time, only when I was right ready to post. Is there a fix for that? Thanks..xxoJ

  18. Jacqueline, my little thumbnails are there. That's why I wasn't sure what you meant. I notice that some do not have pics, but I know that some never did so I'm not sure if this is new or not. Funny, my blog is listed and there is no pic, but I never noticed before if there was. Your's is fine, description and pic. So don't know what is going on. They always say the new is better, but who knows. You get used to something and that is when they want to change it..Stay well..xxoJudy

  19. Thanks for the beautiful photos and inspiration.
    It invites you to dream a little. But actually I'm still dreaming anyway because I had a wonderful little trip ... let yourself be surprised. A town with wonderful palazzos ... Greetings from Viola.
    Have a wonderful August

  20. The thumbnails came up for me, but took a minute or two. Lovely site. And you are in Albuquerque, well, Los Ranchos. Delightful. Loved the quote from Tuck Everlasting.

  21. Gorgeous August inspiration! I am also needing beautiful words and images. I have been lost in Jane Austen's world for the past few weeks and don't intend to leave in the weeks ahead. I will simply move from one book to the next!

  22. I’m having trouble with new blogger too. Your photos are so pretty. I love to come look at your things and wish I could get back to Albuquerque to visit your shop. Indeed 2015 was a whole lifetime away for me as my world has completely changed. Basically lost my husband and both his parents in an 18 month period.

  23. May God bless you during these hot days of August. You have blessed me with beauty today. Life has been very hard here in Michigan. I needed a respite from it all. While reading several of your past posts, I found a nit of joy today. Thank you for all the loveliness.


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