And the answer is:

The Doggie Doodads (mentioned in this post) are knife rests! Who knew?

We had plenty of entertaining guesses and a few of you even knew right off the bat. May I just say that I am highly impressed by anyone who can spot a knife rest at twenty paces.
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I was in a thrift store last week . . .

when I happened to notice these little doggie doodads on the counter.  

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This young lady just stopped by to say goodbye on her way out the door to college.  Isn’t it great how the hair barrette Meagan gave her for Christmas matches the scarf I got her at a thrift store?

I love accidental matchings.

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 Dabs of Cuteness

Today’s post will be made up of lots of this and a little of that.  Let’s get started with what’s most important—the grandbabies!

Is this not cute?  Noah, Dad, and Grandpa Hawley, hard at work. 

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I haven’t written about Sarah for a little while so let me get you caught up with her.

She is loving college and is doing great there. The small size of the school has been an excellent fit for her and she seems to really be enjoying her teachers.  Hard to believe that she just has a couple more months before she is a college sophomore!

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I had a birthday yesterday. Fifty-three years old.

I was still feeling fairly youthful until Steve, with mock gravity, informed me that I have lived in two millennia, two centuries, and six decades,

Now I feel a wee bit old.

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BIRTHDAY

About a week ago, I was standing at my kitchen counter trying to cut an apple with a not-so-great-knife using my not-so-great-arthritic fingers.

I thought to myself, “I would sure love to have that knife I used at Vernie’s house last month. It made cutting things a joy.”

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How’s THAT for a long blog title?

There is a good reason I am asking that rather weird question. Following our unofficial state poll last week, we have discovered that we’re just sixteen states away from having visitors from every state. (And big Smithellaneous-ish thanks to reader, Kristina Creek, who compiled the data without even being asked!)

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