Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tuesday's Treasures & Things

Welcome two new followers, Armindo Tavares whose blog is about raising birds, I believe.(The language is Portuguese and I haven't tried the Google translator yet.) And also a warm welcome to a new follower, a woman from Russia, who is in real estate, but whose name I don't know how to write in English. Here's the link to her blog: berseneva.blogspot.com 

Every Saturday, I look forward to finding out what's "new" on Jim's Retro Saturday post on his blog, Ocean Breezes. Last Saturday, Jim posted pictures of a bowl, a wonderful example of early 1960s table ware. This reminded me that I may just have a few treasures from that period myself. I checked my drawers where I have my dishes and found this:

I believe this dish is very representative of the period in Sweden. When I first got it, back then in the 1960s, I'm afraid I used it as an ash tray. After we moved here, I found this dish, and a ceramic vase that sort of matches it, looked really good on a side table in our living room. That was until Samson arrived in his joyous puppy stage and everything was put away. It will come back out again soon, as Samson is growing up.

The dish was made at the Swedish porcelain/ceramic factory, Rorstrand. I look at it and smile, remembering how things used to look in Sweden back then. 

A Health Update:

I want to thank all of you, my dear blogger friends, for asking how I am doing with my back and for even remembering that I hurt myself. I mean we all have busy lives here, but still, you do remember and you do ask. This is touching my heart and I want you to know that. 

The good news is that my back pain is getting better. Yesterday, I had my appointment with my endocrinologist (diabetes doctor), Dr. E., in Bakersfield. I have had some problems with my primary care doctor, Dr. R., here in town, so I run things by Dr. E., because I trust him completely. He was so concerned about my bones that he called the radiology lab in town (I had gotten approval for a bone scan, but Dr. R. didn't indicate that it was important to do this asap) and asked them to see me right away. They agreed, so we went there and were done with it within the hour. I have to wait about four days to find out if I have osteoporosis. According to Dr. E., I have it, but we will find out how bad and what to do to treat it. He said I must do all I can to avoid breaking a hip. This is true, of course, and I am so grateful to have found a doctor like him here. He is as good and as caring as the best doctors I saw at UCLA. But all this has made me feel so darned old. Nothing wrong with being old, but I don't like not being able to trust my own strength. I guess that's something you have to learn as you grow old. Accepting things. The good news is that my diabetes control and my cholesterol are both getting better. I will let you know about my bones when I get the test results. And, yes, I know it could be much worse.


  1. Beautiful Plate! Glad to hear things are coming along regarding your health! Take care Inger!

  2. So glad you're doing better, Inger. I think that is the tough part for me as I get older... not being able to do a lot of the things I used to without thinking... 'what if I fall and break something?' In my mind I'm still 25.. but this darn body is 56. lol.
    Beautiful dish!!
    Please keep us updated on your test results. Gracie says tell Samson hello, and that she will be groomed on Thursday so he may not recognize her.

  3. Thank you so much for the update, Inger. I have been thinking about you and wondering how are were getting along.

    The dish is lovely. I like the earth tones and the heavy look to it. :)

  4. you are really picking up a lot of followers that is awesome...glad you have a Dr. you can trust...it is hard to do now days especially if you are let's say of a certain age...keep up the good work on the recovery....love the dish...

  5. Kare Inger--den brunt plakat is ljuvlig. Ge inte upp. DEN BLIR BATTRE!

  6. Hello,
    Thanks for the welcome.
    My blog is really about the creation of the Portuguese Harlequin Canary.
    Greetings ornitophilous,
    Armindo Tavares.

  7. i like the butterflies on that dish. :)

    glad to hear you're feeling better, and i hope the doctor can help treat osteo if that is what you have. in the meantime, those doggies (samson, are you listening?) better be gentle with you!

  8. Good thoughts for your test results..and still be careful of your back!!

  9. Inger, although I hope not, osteoporosis can be dealt with. I've had it for some time now and life is still good!...:)JP

  10. Best wishes for your recovery Inger - it's amazing how different doctors can be hey - you are fortunate to have found one who you trust and who cares about his patients ...

  11. i wish you well, inger. i'm glad you found a doctor willing to address every option.

  12. Yay for Ingers good Doctor! Its half the battle just figuring out whats causing the issues in the first place; sounds like you have found a proactive doctor whose willing to take the time to figure it out...And congrats on the diabetes and cholesterol control - thats wonderful news!

    Your plate is such a work of art, Swedish design always seem to have such nice clean lines. Me myself, I love swedish crystal - i have quite a few pieces from Kosta boda... my favorite is my 1980's crystal snowball that they say is handmade individually so no two are alike, like real snowballs :)and my leaf impressed candy dish...

    we would love to see more of your swedish "pretties" as we call them in our house !

  13. I love your treasures!! Just wanted to say thank you for the award. I have been away so much lately, i havent told you how much it meant to me. So a big Thank You!!!!

  14. Inger, good to hear that your back is improving somewhat and that you have a doctor you can trust....important at any stage in life.

    When I first saw that dish I thought it was an Inuit art piece. It looks very 'native'.

    Good luck with your results.

  15. Love your plate! The design is beautiful. Hope you are able to tackle that osteoporosis. Keep us informed about the steps your doctor advises you to take. I've heard the usual, myself: calcium supplements, calcium rich fods, weight bearing exercise. Me being a morning coffee drinker, I can't seem to make myself take prescrips first thing in the morning even if it is only once a week. Ugh. Take care!


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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