"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Friday, June 3, 2011

On the front steps of the porch

on any given day, a visitor is greeted by a roll of old water kettles....................do any of you remember your granny using these?

I have had them for many years.............given to me by family.........who have told me that they belonged to my grandmother. They all have wooden handles with either heavy wire or metal............

they all have many dings, dents, and probably a few leaks. I never saw my grandmother actually use these, but I am sure they probably came in handy in a time of need. I cant explain why I love them so..........I just do...........do you ever feel that way about certain things?

This water kettle was found right here on the grounds, during the first month that we came to live here. My husband found it half buried underneath an old mesquite tree, and brought it home to me...........I cherish it for this memory.  I wonder who used it...........what the house looked like that use to be here before our home was moved out to this land. When I see them, as I approach the porch after a late afternoon walk, they make me smile..............it feels like home to me.
How about you?
What feels like home to you?
I would love to hear!
  

15 comments:

KathyB. said...

I love old kettles and buckets too. Can't tell you why, but one of these days in the near future my grandkids might come into possession of my old watering kettles and buckets and say the same thing. They look perfectly at home and appreciated on your steps.

Muddling Through said...

You brought back some memories there. Yes, I remember my dear grandmother using one of those, or at least having one around. There are so many things that spark that sense of another time, another place and dearly loved ones. Thanks for the reminder!

Jenny said...

Oh you should plant flowers in these. How beautiful that would be on your steps! I love old kettles like this too.

peggy said...

Aren't they lovely!! My grandmother had one sitting on her stove all the time. That was her water heater then.

Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

I think some old things give us fond memories of past pleasant occasions..and that makes us treasure them, same as with certain smells, some foods that invokes a memory of grandma's or mama's cooking..

agrigirl said...

Those are so cute and yes, I remember my grandmother using one. I think flowers make me feel at home.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Boy, I love those pots and the one your found on your property. Love old rustic itmes...guess that is why I love my hubby....snort...

My grand mom had a white one with a red top and stopper. I remember hearing the whistle when the water was ready.

Hope you are staying cool...its hot here.
God bless your day.

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lil red hen said...

I have a kettle like the one at the top of the steps. It's used to water flowers. I like old china bowls and platters. Old white enamel/red edges pots and pans are favorites of mine.

Daisy said...

Those kettles are very welcoming all lined up there on the steps, Kathleen. I do remember my grandmother using one too. They bring memories of family and good times to me.

Sue said...

Haven't seen kettles like these since I was a child, Kathleen My grandmother had one and used it everyday. Thanks for the memory, I spent so much time at her house during the summer and at one time we lived with her. there are a lot of things that bring many heart felt memories to mind.
Thanks for sharing.
Sue

Bev C said...

Hello Kathleen,

This post made me smile. I wonder how many cups of tea were made on the wood stove with these kettles.Love that you found your own on your property.
happy days.
Bev.xoxo

LindaGay said...

I love your collection. I use a a tea kettle (that is what I was taught to call it) to this day. I much perfer it over a glass pot anyday.

Linda
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grammy said...

Hey...I love teapots and coffee pots too (o:
I bet you usually have a flower in them.
I guess my aspen trees in the front entry say welcome to me...and make me smile (o:

nance marie said...

this is a good story and the pots look nice all lined up.