Friday, January 04, 2008

Friday Show and Tell!

Kelli over at http://kellishouse.blogspot.com/ is hosting Friday Show and Tell. Head on over to her site and join the fun.

This week my show and tell is about a warm, fuzzy, feeling I get when I look at these Ken-L-Ration Dog and Cat salt and pepper shakers.
When I was little, I loved to go to my Grandparents house in the country and would sometimes stay a week or two. There was a creek that you had to cross to get to their house and the soil around it was very sandy. One of my favorite things to do was "play in the sand". In Grandma's basement there was a box of broken dishes and a pair of cat and dog salt and pepper shakers that Grandaddy had gotten out of a bag of Ken-L-Ration dog food. These items were my "dishes". I would play for hours each day, making my dolls pies, cakes, all sort of confections made entirely from sand.
As I grew older I quit playing in the sand:( and one day when I was around twenty, I went down in the basement looking for my dishes. They were gone! Grandaddy had thrown them out years ago. I was so disappointed. I really wanted the cat and dog salt and pepper shakers.

A couple of years ago I took my grandmother to a doll show and while I was looking around I spotted my dog and cat! (well, not really mine, but a pair just like them). I bought them on the spot for a ridiculous price, but I had to have them. Other than my "real dog" had an ear missing, they are exactly the same.

I keep these in my hutch in the kitchen and actually put them on the tree as ornaments this year. They remind me of my carefree days playing in the sand at my grandparents.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Blessings

Linda

16 comments:

Barbara H. said...

What a wonderful story behind them! I'm so glad you found replicas.

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts

Gattina said...

Oh I can understand your feelings what a beautiful story behind these simple things ! I too have wonderful memories of the holidays I spent with my grandparents !

Hootin' Anni said...

Awwwwwwwww, I love this. What a great Show N Tell this week.

Penless Thoughts said...

What sweet, special memories. Glad you were able to find a like pair.
Susan

ellen b. said...

Linda,
That is so great that you spotted these and could buy them. What a fun find! They are very cute....

nannykim said...

That really is such a neat story and I love the shakers!! I used to play under my Uncle's beach house as a child. It was about 3 foot up on stilts. My brother and I would make all kinds of things out of the sand--just like you did---we pretended we were baking all sorts of wonderful things. I believe , however we used large shells as our cookware!! Blessings!

Judy said...

Those are cute. Wonderful story behind them.

MammyT said...

These are awesome. I don't know what it is about that era, but everything from those times just speaks to me. You were so blessed to be able to find them.
Nancy

Libby said...

Special memories . . . glad you were able to find those shakers to add to your collection.

Martie said...

How neat that you found "your" dog and cat! :)

Thanks for sharing,
~Martie

Sondra said...

Cute shakers and great story!
BTW my toaster was bought at a store called Tuesday Mornings. Love that place!

Sharon said...

How cute! What a darling story. I am so glad that you were able to replace them.

:0) Sharon

Daughter of the King said...

These are sweet...with a sweet story with great memories..love it when you find a treasure.
Deby

the teach said...

What a lovely childhood memory! Thanks for sharing! :)

Lynne said...

What a sweet story and the most adorable salt and pepper shakers.

Suzy said...

I remember my favorite aunty having the same pair!!