Creature Comforts

As I was fixing a cup of tea today (Twinings Herbal Revive Cherries and Madagascan cinnamon…mmmm!), I got out the teacup that has become a “creature comfort” in my house.

Over 18 years ago my mother gave me this teacup/saucer as my 30th birthday present.

30th Birthday Teacup
30th Birthday Teacup

Little did I know at the time that it would become one of those few things that are “comforts”.  I don’t use it all the time, but tea does taste different when I take the time to use it.

That got me to thinking what other “creature comfort” items do I cherish.  And I thought I’d share a couple with you.  First up, my grandmother’s quilt, passed on to me from my mother.

Hand Quilted Treasure
Hand Quilted Treasure

This quilt is hand quilted, and so soft.  It’s been repaired a few years ago, and needs more repair work, but I treasure it beyond measure.

Another item (or set) used more frequently, but just as cherished, are my late MIL’s coffee cups.  Sometime after we moved south, and mum stayed in Canada, she acquired these cups.  Every time we came for a visit, while my husband used a “Timmy Horton’s” mug for his coffee, mum and I would use these.  And I still use them regularly.

Mum's Coffee Cups

As I think about these items, I find myself amazed.  I don’t think of myself as a “girly girl”….years of trucking have changed that self-image.  And yet, these soft, delicate, definitely girly items are among my most treasured and used when I look for comfort.

What items do you reach for when you need a touch of family comfort?

I remember

So many memories. Today would have been your 81st birthday dad, I still miss you.

Dad and I, 1961:

Dad holding me in 1961
And a dozen years later:

Dad and I 1973 at Aunt Angies

Dad with his oldest grandson 1995:

Dad with his oldest grandson 1995

Dad at his family reunion, 1995:

1995 Dad\'s family reunion

Dad at a family picnic, 2000:

Family picnic 2000

Dad at Mom and Dad’s 50th wedding anniversary, 2001. We didn’t realize then how little time we had left or what was coming, perhaps that was for the best as we enjoyed every minute of that party:

50th Anniversary Party