Kitchen Window Keepsakes, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Grid

My kitchen window opens a view to the back porch and beyond — but just now I’m looking at my keepsakes on this side of the grid.Kitchen Window

Are you wondering what’s with the little red dress?

It was at least half my life ago when, on a visit to my parents, I walked into the kitchen and fell about laughing at the sight of the dish soap in a tiny dress. My mother, who shared my hilarity, had made it — apparently, dressed-up dish soap was all the rage. She asked if I wanted one. “Of course!” I said. She made this one for me.  Not long ago, when clearing out boxes, I found it packed away. Naturally, I decided to use it. Here’s a closer look —

Well dressed dish soap

A prim country dish soap, very retro. I don’t know who started this fad. Could it have been related to skirts for piano legs?

Problem: modern dish soap containers tend to be of different proportions, and it took a while to find one the right size. Now that I have one, I plan to keep it and refill it, so that every time I look at it I’ll remember what fun I always had with my mother.

One more thing, not quite so easy to see —

Kitchen window spider

One of my nieces gave me this silver wire spider web (the spider has a crystal body)

Not that I need extra spiders around the house. There are plenty of natural ones here, especially in the fall, but it tickles me to have a favorite gift in the window where it catches the light. My niece knows me well. I’ve long been a spider fan, but right now I especially appreciate that — unlike the family of spiders who recently moved into the basement stairwell — this one is pretty, and it doesn’t reproduce.

One more photo. I looked for a picture of my parents’ kitchen and found this one, not very clear, and taken before I was born — here they are, doing the dishes. I love the glimpse of my mother’s face in the mirror.

Doing the dishes, before dishwasher

Dishwashers must not have been invented yet, or my father would have had one. He was always the first with gadgets.

My mother always wished for a window over their sink. I think she would have liked it that I put my keepsakes in mine.

Do you have keepsakes in the kitchen?

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16 thoughts on “Kitchen Window Keepsakes, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Grid

  1. Its great to see your kitchen window. I like the little red dress and other items; although not so crazy about looking at a spider (however inanimate)! I do have keepsakes in my kitchen window. I have a small valance curtain at the top to which I have hung some items – sports buttons from my children’s childhood (my ‘baby’ is now 37!), some angel and butterfly items that are from memorial events after my oldest son’s death, pins from my former employer showing length of service (my grandson found them in my jewelry box and thought they needed to be added to the valance), My window ledge also contains a thermometer from John Deere that came from my dad’s house… yep, too much but I love looking at them,

    • What great mementos! Not too much at all. I have some of those company service pins somewhere too. I had a rain gauge from my childhood on the counter nearby,(Phillips 66 — my father had a service station) but decided to give it to my cousin (the collector). I’m supposed to be downsizing, so I have to be vigilant. I took a picture of it, so I’ll keep that. I think kitchen windows are good for keepsakes, because we see them every day. Lovely to hear from you — Sandy

    • You’re absolutely right — we don’t have laughs and share confidences while the dishwasher’s running, do we? (and I don’t use my nice vintage dishes because I’m afraid the dishwasher will ruin them — almost enough to make me go back to washing by hand)

    • Yes, it’s already a problem for me. And I have a lot of “stuff” because I thought I was saving it for my nieces. Hard to imagine, but now — they don’t want it! I’ll just keep reminding myself to be selective, keep what I love best, and if something takes up too much space, take a picture of it and “let it go”

  2. Love the memories and photos. The little red dress is great. I remember my mother-in-law had one too. She was always crocheting little pieces of clothing for tissue boxes, dish soap, and toilet tissue. I think the toilet tissue dress had a ladies head on it if I remember correctly. Added a little whimsy to the ordinary. Love the photo of your parents with your Mom peeking in the mirror. What fond memories.

  3. another comment from me, I appreciate that you were saving your stuff for nieces, I was saving it for my children… and now with only one son living, he told me he wanted only one thing… the chest that he and his brother hit with each slide down the stairs at our old house!! Later, he changed his mind, because it was only the MEMORY that he wanted to keep. As you may recall, we have our 7-year-old grandson living with us now… yesterday he bargained with me “IF I go to school, you’ve got to promise you will work in the basement cleaning up today!” Last week’s basement work revealed tucked away family-heirloom dishes that my grandson said were ‘SWEET!’, so he brought them upstairs for us to use. I may have to lose them at Goodwill one day while he is at school.

    • I think the ‘kids’ may wish, later in life, that they’d taken us up on some of the keepsakes. But, here I am, later in life, trying to downsize, so I’m not sure exactly where that acquisitive sweet spot is. Now I need to borrow your grandson to inspire me to work on my basement cleanup. (I wouldn’t mind finding some sweet dishes myself!) Great story — thanks.

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