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Friday, June 26th, 2009
5:41 A.M.

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My show n tell this week isn't really anything that needs to be explained. It's a ceramic Tea For One [teapot/teacup]...with a Frog in a lily pond. Take notice of the 'rest of his body' after you take the teapot off the cup. [2nd photo] Kinda like, he's under water? That's my impression.

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For Want of a Nail

Did you have something that was so pounded in your head when you were a kid that it stuck in your brain for decades? Many many times as I grew up, when I thought that I was smarter than the average remember how 'stupid' your parents were when you were a teen, right? little ego that was too big for my britches. My dad used to recite a proverb/rhyme to me to show me that my ego would get in the way and things didn't turn out as expected and I was at a loss. He always set me straight with just a few words, but never condemning me. They were:
    For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
    For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
    For want of a horse the rider was lost.
    For want of a rider the battle was lost.
    For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
    And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
Thing is, I belong to a paint shop group online and I get images sent to me to make my own graphics. As I opened my email account to check the newest images sent, the title of one was "for-the-want-of-a-nail". Now I wouldn't normally do this, but when I opened the image I thought it was so darned cute, I had to share it...see the nail at the king's feet? [see image] It certainly made me think of my dad how he'd nonchalantly shared with me those words of wisdom for my actions/thoughts and how he'd subtly remind me that the small things are important too to be a 'winner'.

A kingdom was other words, something of great importance may depend on an apparent trivial detail! Don't forget the small things in life, they're just as important as accomplishing the larger things that you may think are MORE important.



  1. I think those tea for one teapots are the cutest things, and yours is extra cute with the frog inside the cup--or outside the pot. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 1st: the teapot is stunning and that color combo would be great on a card.

    2d: great picture of the king and that quip is awesome & so true

    3d: the cartoon - eh!

    hope you're friday is super and thanks for the smiles. i'm off to ready your friday 55.


  3. ROFL! LOVE your 55 today Anni! That is hysterical!

    Love that froggy teapot too! And that little graphic IS just adorable! Imagine something as simple as that bringing back such memories... amazing isn't it?

  4. What a cute, charming little teacup set. That would brighten anyones day.

  5. How sweet is that teapot! I love teapots. Have a great weekend.

  6. Very nice, and it must be funny to drink tea from it!

  7. May I put coffee in the teapot? Please?

  8. huh? your 55 i mean. i agree with you... whatever! good one dear anni!

    my dad also had some favourite sayings, but they're all in german, and somehow loose their meaning when translated. but yes, i do remember them...

  9. Calculus..I didn't understand it then, don't understand it now.
    Very cute!

    Hey, is it hot enough for you..sorry, someone had to say it!

  10. I can barely add and subtract.

    Excellent 55 Anni..

    Thanks for visiting, thanks for playing, and have a Wonderful Week-End...Galen

  11. I have never seen that before. Its funny and lovely at the same time. Thanks for visiting me.

  12. Very cute! I think teapots-for-one are adorable.

  13. Thanks for stopping by my little blog!

    I had to laugh when I saw this teapot/cup. That frog just pops right out at you! I just love those little sets with the pot that nests on top of the cup. They're just perfect for sitting with a cup of tea and a book all afternoon!

    Have a lovely Friday!

  14. Cute, wise poem, and cute picture ^^

  15. That is too cute.


  16. A great addition to the 55s :-)

  17. Anni,

    I adore your tea for one. There's just something about frogs. I have a plaque hanging outside my door in the summer that says "Welcome," and yes, there is a cute little frog on it. I've never seen a tea for one like this. Very unique.

    Sounds like our fathers were much alike when giving advice. Your father taught you words of wisdom. Love the little graphic.

    Take care and have a great day. The basement is dry as a bone. We did have bad storms, but nothing that I haven't seen before. It was just awesome in Brandon's eyes because he'd never seen it.

    Enjoy your day and try to keep cool.


  18. I love your frogs! And all the green --- Thanks for sharing - very cute!

  19. I love the pictures on your sidebar of family. That's great!

  20. i love this!! it is so confusing, like the health care draft i am trying to read!! really it reads just like this!! i have to laugh, what else can i do?!

  21. That is a reasonable explanation when Whatever is the square root of the sine function of the original number.
    Great 55

  22. Love the teapot and cup. I've not seen that one before, but others of that variety.

    But for the want of a nail -- so true.

    And the math quip. How wonderful. I would love to send it to my nephew with the doctorate in math. He is just like the guys on Numbers. Scary at time.

  23. What a wonderful post. That tea pot is just too adorable. I would never use it, but sure would enjoy sitting around and looking at it. The advise you received from your dad is very good.

  24. Anonymous6/26/2009

    HOw cute is that teapot, what a great post.

  25. want of a nail is so true.
    Thanks for sharing.
    I really enjoyed your post and your teapot/cup are darling.
    My SIL would die to have it among her frogs.
    Have a great weekend.

  26. Hootin Any! My sister is Debbie at There's An Angel On My Frontporch. Stopped by to say "Hi". I collect frogs, and love this tea pot. SO precious! I live in Phoenix and would love for you to stop by my BLOG, "Country Wings in Phoenix". Wonderful post. "Country Hugs", Sherry

  27. I'll try not to cough on you as I leave a comment! lol That teapot/cup is absolutely delightful, I've never seen one like that before. Yes, it does indeed look like the frog is underwater:-)

    Your dad was a very wise man and I love how he would quote that saying to remind you of your actions and thoughts. That King graphic is adorable!!

    As for the math you say...WHATEVER! lol

    Regarding your hint (lol) on my blog this morning, I would love to send you a couple of bulbs from my deep purple irises but will have to check if I can send them across the border! xoxo

  28. Your tea pot is a charmer, Anni. Have a wonderful weekend.

  29. I do know just what you mean. One quip that came to mind just the other day was "If you lie down with dogs, you'll get up with fleas." I won't explain what brought that to mind.

    I like the tea pot. It looks a little like marjolica. Or whatever that word is.
    Mama Bear

  30. What a cute teapot. Since I don't drink tea, if it were mine it would have Diet Rite in it.


  31. Cute little tea pot... maybe I should get one too. I could take it along every time we take our oldest grandson "frogging" which was twice already this week :)

  32. That is really cute Annie...I never have seen a frog Tea for One! It definately looks like he is half in the water!

  33. The tea set is just adorable. I have always been fascinated by them. Thanks for sharing!

  34. Love this set. I have not seen one like that with the inner lower body bit (!) - I have one that has just the upper half as the tea pot.

    Have a lovely weekend.

  35. I think something in my brain just popped! hehehe

  36. OMG... I am confused...:-) there is a story in there I know.. But is it FACT or Fiction? :-)

    I used to collect t-pots and salt n pepper shakers..that is one cool t-pot!

  37. I love the little tea pots for one. I gave them as gifts to the wedding party for one of our weddings - probably Kristen's.

    That board full of math equations reminds me of the show "Numbers" Have you ever watched it? Amazing what this guy can solve with math.

    Your dad was indeed a wise man - and it is true that little details can make or break many things!

    It is pouring again - craziest spring in years. Have a good week-end!

  38. That teapot is so darn cute.

  39. Now that is a very unique tea pot! Cute!


  40. I just love your frog and lily pad teapot in one! It is so Darling! Reminds of A Frog went Courting! lol It just wonderful! Save a cup of tea for me! I save you a Tomato to eat with your salt shaker!

  41. Anonymous6/26/2009

    I just say: "WHAT"????

  42. That is adorable! I love the tea for one sets!

  43. This is wonderful!. I love tea any time and this would make it even better. Kathy

  44. I never was any good at Maths so I was very relieved when your 55 ended with WHATEVER! LOL

    Good one Anni.

    Mine's up too.

  45. I can especially relate to this one since I'm an accountant. Good 'ole Excel with its circular references.

  46. gee, thx for thoroughly confusing me w that 55. just what i needed at midnight lol excellent work. :)

  47. that is so cute my grandma and I love to have tea parties together