Monday, 12 April 2010

If I Had My Life Over - Quimper Style

My breakfast using Quimper EVERYDAY

Who didn't love Erma Bombeck's column?! When she learned she had a fatal disease she wrote the poem below.

So with that my friends I challenge you to use your Quimper everyday - new or old. Get it off the display shelf and set the table, use it as a center piece, let your children use it, bring a piece into your bathroom so you can enjoy it everyday while you get ready.

As I mentioned previously we are moving. This Saturday we move to Nashville. Most of the kitchen is packed but what you see above. Everything is new Quimper. The sugar bowl (and matching pitcher - not shown) and I believe butter knife were from a store called La Lavande in Walnut Creek, California. The border luncheon plates was from Phairs in Orinda, California. All of these were a gift from my mom at separate times. I think Quimper looks especially good when mixed with blue/white - Blue Willow style mug from The Museum store. Another things I have started collecting is Aplico (lions head bowl) and this white porcelain also goes great with Quimper.

Hope you enjoy the poem, it gives me a little reminder of why I am moving! I thought it could apply to many of us.

Happy Collecting! - Katie

If I Had My Life Over by Erma Bombeck

If I had my life to live over, I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television - and more while watching life.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."

There would have been more "I love you's".. More "I'm sorrys" ...

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute... look at it and really see it ... live it...and never give it back.


  1. Sweet post, Katie. I've always appreciated this very poem. Good luck with the move. What an adventure it will be to move to the deep south! I totally agree with your thoughts on using Quimper, old or new. It makes me smile to see it about our house.

  2. Words to live by indeed.
    Good luck with the move and thanks for all the great blog posts during what has to be a very busy time for you.