January 26

Some Stories

Posted by lori . 16 Comments


Every Thursday in 2012, I’m writing about things I want to have taken care of “If I Die Today.”  This month, I started an heirloom album to record some of the information and stories behind things I treasure and want to pass on.  My album is not by any means complete.  I’m still taking pictures and need to gather more information, and I imagine it will always be “a work in progress.”  Several of you have asked me to talk about a few of the items I’ve taken pictures of and featured in the posts this month; so here are a few stories:


Raggedy Ann

My mom made this Raggedy Ann for me when I was little.  My mom was an extraordinary artist.  I can’t think of anything she couldn’t do.  I use the past tense only because she doesn’t make things like she used to, but she’s still alive and kickin’.  This is one of many things she made for me.  It is a favorite because I love Raggedy Ann; it’s the first thing I remember her making for me; and it had a special secret message, just for me.


Grandma’s Chair

This chair belonged to my Grandma.  I always loved it because the wooden arms are swans.


Camel From Bahrain

I purchased this camel during the Persian Gulf War.  We were sent to Bahrain for R&R, and I wanted to bring home something special.  This is beautifully carved from sandalwood and there is a little carved camel inside the hump of the large camel.  I can still catch a whiff of the sandalwood smell, although it has faded over the years.


Mosaic From The Vatican

I went into the Army right after high school.  My first duty station was in West Germany (remember when there were two Germanys?)  I took a trip to Italy over Thanksgiving in 1982, and I bought this mosaic for my mom.  It was made by one of Vatican City’s master mosaic artists and it cost 200,000 lire.  That was my favorite part…200,000 lire!  At that time, 200,000 lire was about $120.


Daily Inspiration


No act of love how ever small is ever wasted.


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16 Responses to " Some Stories"

  • Declan says:

    they are some lovely things. Mum has a tortoise and an elephant quite like your camel, but made from soapstone that she bought in India. Deccy

  • I really enjoyed your stories especially the raggedy Ann. That is super special 🙂 200,000 lires scared me a lot too!

    I’m sorry to say I’m not terribly familiar with your dogs Casper, Nikki and Freedom. They don’t appear here that much :p Is that one of them in the picture?

    • lori says:

      Yes, that is Casper in the picture. You bring up a good point; it’s time I do a post about them. Check it out on Sunday, January 29, 2012.

  • houndstooth says:

    What beautiful treasures you have with some lovely stories behind them! I had a Raggedy Ann, but I’m sure my mom didn’t sew her for me. I do have a lovely Raggedy Ann and Andy that my mother in law made for me when I was in college, though!

    I really like today’s quote, too! 🙂

  • Carol says:

    Great photos ~ awesome treasures ~ the best are your dog and you ^_^ ~ namaste, carol (Share the Creative Journey)

  • Patty says:

    I see that you received your talent from your Mother. Raggedy Ann is just beautiful. The chair with the swan arms is also very beautiful!

  • Bassetmomma says:

    Thank you for sharing! You must really cherish that Raggedy Ann that your Mom made. I have a tattered old poodle that my Mom won at Bingo when I was six. She gave it to me because I was afraid of the dark. Great memories you shared!

  • Bassetmomma says:

    On another note…my father was in the Canadian Armed Forces and was stationed in Soest, West Germany for three years in 1959. I was born in Iserlohn! Small world isn’t it!

  • claire says:

    This is a nice series Lori 🙂 I always like to hear stories about people’s favorite things. I got nostalgic when I saw Raggedy Ann. I had one when I was little but wasn’t as lucky as you because your mom made yours!

  • Caron says:

    Great items. I love your Raggedy Ann doll! I had one when I was little.

  • Sue Taylor says:

    What wonderful memories you have to fill your heirloom album. Love Raggedy Ann.

    Sue x

  • You have a lot of beautiful memories attached to those beautiful items and I think it’s great that you are documenting them.

  • Haopee says:

    That raggedy Ann reminds me of my mom’s little crochet works for my dollies. She wasn’t as good but whenever I had a new stuff toy, she would make it a little cap which I would be delighted with… now I just think they’re hideous but nonetheless it does bring out some good memories.

    I like the Camel from Bahrain. It even has a little camel inside.

    Huggies and Cheese,


  • mayziegal says:

    Those were WONDERFUL! I luved hearing all the stories behind them. My mom said Raggedy Ann was one of her favoritest dolls, too. She wonders if little girls still play with Raggedy Ann dolls. And the camel…WOW! That’s amazing! But my favoritest treasure is the last picture…heehee!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  • Kat says:

    Um, were we once family and then separated? Besides having a Raggedy Ann like yours (not that surprising), my grandparents had a chair with wooden arms that were swans!

  • What a very lovely idea this is! I think I might do the same, because I have so many things I am sentimentally attached to, and having lost my mother just last year, it is all too painfully clear that we don’t live forever, and many of our memories are lost with us.

    We found so many things in my mother’s house which I had forgotten about, and some I’d never seen but she must have been keeping all her life, tucked away in her private drawers. Some, I don’t know the story for, some I do. How wonderful it would have been if she’d written down her memories for all of them.

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