My Umbrella Stand

6.10.2010

Miss Jenny, you will be so proud of me thinking of something that starts with the letter "U". I want to show the class my beautiful and cheap umbrella stand and it's contents.


This is my umbrella stand that stays in it's place by the front door.
I bought this at an antique store for only ten dollars. Yep, that's right. I was looking for one and 
when I saw this one I said sold!


Here's a closeup. See there are pictures of a place far away.


Now just look at all that color. Isn't it beautiful. My mom gave this to me for my birthday one year.


I love the dragonflies on it. We have hundreds of dragonflies around our pond.


Just look at all that detail.


This is real wood, too none of that plastic stuff.


The other piece in the umbrella stand is this very old cane. This was my father-in-law's. He lived to be 96 years young. That man was like a cat with nine lives. When I met Mr. Savvy in 1974 his father had an artificial leg from the knee down on one side. He had been in an accident on his tractor in 1972. The tractor turned over and he was trapped under it for 23 hours and his leg was so infected that it could not be saved. So when he didn't wear his artificial leg he used this cane. This cane means the world to Mr. Savvy. 
His dad was in another accident when he was 84. He accidentally caught himself on fire when he was out trying to burn a field off to start a garden. His shoe laces on his artificial leg had caught on fire and of course he could not feel it and it got out of hand very quickly. His neighbor saw him rolling around and called 911. They only gave him a 10% chance of making it. They amputated his other leg and the rest of the other one up as high as they could to keep him from losing fluids as fast as they were putting them in. Well, long story short he lived until he was 96. That was the strongest man I have ever met. On June 5th he would have been 104.


Linking to Alphabet Thursday over at Miss Jenny's and show and tell at My Romantic Home.

Still have time to join in on the $60 CSN GIVEAWAY!! Time is running out!


Y'all come back now.

KIM

54 comments:

  1. Hi!
    Love your Umbrella! It's amazing what the body can endure. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Sherrie's Stuff

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  2. Kim that is s cool, as is the Umbrella...but the story about your FIL...WOW, what a guy!~ It sure is UNdeniable the Man had nine lives!~

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  3. Your mama has great tastes in umbrellas. Love it!

    Di

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  4. This was a special post. Love the stand and its' contents. The umbrella is beautfil. The cane and the man that owned it a treasure.
    No wonder this cane means so much to your husband. Such a special place to sit to remember that strong man. I bet he had lots of stories to tell.

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  5. Love the stand, love the story and your umbrella is so pretty...makes you wish for a rainy day (well almost)

    heather

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  6. Love your umbrella stand. Most are not that attractive but I would have that one in a heartbeat! Love the dragonfly umbrella. I love dragonflies and have lots of decor using them. Your FIL sounds like an amazing man!

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  7. That was an amazing man indeed! What a story! Love the umbrella, love dragonfly's and I love the stand, very unusual! :D

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  8. Unbelievable! Love that story of your FIL and love that you have that cane to remind you of his courage.

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  9. Wow, what a life your FIL had!! Your umbrella stand is so pretty, and the dragonfly umbrella is just gorgeous!

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  10. I want an umbrella stand and a pretty umbrella to go with. BTW, you must not be superstitious like me :)

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  11. Love the umbrella stand and the dragonfly umbrella. Thanks for sharing the story of how amazing Grandpa Savvy was! What a blessing to know such a survivor!

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  12. Beautiful umbrellas and umbrella stand. I love how you're hanging on to that important piece of history (the classy cane). Many people would discard something like that but it's such an important testament and legacy.

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  13. What a great man your fil was! Thanks for sharing that story and I know your hubby loves that cane. I sure would.

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  14. I was all set to do 'umbrella' and couldn't find my photos, so had to change...loved your umbrella stand post...and your FIL - what a trooper!

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  15. I love to hear stories like this. Thanks for sharing. And the umbrella is pretty snazzy too!

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  16. At that age, outside and trying to burn off a field, you can tell he was tough and old school. Very cute umbrella stand and I'm loving the umbrella for sure.

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  17. Hey Kim - especially love your umbrella! so pretty! Happy Alphabe Thurs!

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  18. Oh Kim, your father in law was a strong and impressive man, made of steel! I would have loved to have known him, I love to talk to old people, my grandmother lived to be 99 and my great grandmother till she was 101!

    I love that unbrella, what a steal, that pattern is awesome!

    Thanks for sharing such a great post, again!

    Nancy

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  19. your umbrella looks like a tiffany lamp to me :D

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  20. What an inspirational story and sentimental items to match. There is no one tougher than a farmer! That is a hard life and takes a strong individual and family to withstand it but what a reward for a hard days work!

    My mom went in the hospital on Tuesday and therefore I ended up only going to Nashville for one day because I had the tickets for the first show. Went down to the show and returned within 24 hours. Mom is holding her own but they can't get her heart rate/rhythm under control. Post more later...

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  21. Great story about your FIL Kim! He sounds like he was a great man too! Pretty umbrella stand and umbrella!

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  22. Wow! Your FIL is an inspiration in itself!! Your stand is beautiful and that umbrella is stunning! I love the cane. What a wonderful treasure to have.

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  23. Lovely pics & post - especially about yr FIL!

    LOLA:)

    PS Mine this week is HERE. Hope you can join me!

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  24. I would have snatched up that umbrella stand in a heartbeat! What a great find!

    Love the colorful umbrella!

    Your FIL sounded very strong and determined. My FIL is the same...and going strong at 86!

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  25. Thanks, Kim, for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog. What you can't tell from the picture about my new lamp is that is a very heavy cast metal. I will make sure it is gorgeous when I am through with it. I love the umbrella stand in your entry. It looks so beautiful. We don't have much of a need for those here in Arizona.

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  26. Kim,
    I love your umbrella stand, but even more you father-in-law story. The will to live is a great thing.
    xo
    Robin

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  27. The senior Mr. Savvy was quite a man! Wow.

    I love your umbrella! You could sure be using it in Texas today. =) Dragonflies are some of my favorites!

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  28. The cane is a great reminder of your wonderful father-in-law! What an amazing story!

    Your umbrella stand is beautiful! The umbrealla your mother gave you is goregrous...love all of the color!

    Happy Thursday!
    Cathy

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  29. WOW what a story!! I can understand why that cane is so special. At times we have a million dragon flies around our pool.

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  30. Love dragonflies, but dragonfly nymphs are another matter all together! Scary looking creatures.

    Wow at your Father in Law. That's amazing :)

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  31. Your umbrella is beautiful ... and so beautifully detailed ... very pretty!

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  32. Your father in law sounds like my grandmother. She was 94 when she died and tough as nails physically.

    Love the dragonflys!

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  33. Very nice stand and umbrella...I am with Linda on the dragonflies. I heard once that many in Japan bow when they see a dragonfly...the dragonfly is one of their ancestors...beautiful pictures and lovely story...Peace

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  34. We have Lynn's Grandmothers cane. Just have to hang onto those. To sweet to not.

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  35. Gorgeous umbrella it's like Tiffany Lamp! Pretty umbrella stand too!

    Manuela

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  36. This umbrella stand is utterly unique and uber sophicated. Sorry I couldn't think of another U word.
    Love it!
    Yvonne

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  37. Wow, that's unfortunate about your father-in-law having two major accidents like that. I loved your umbrella stand and that colorful umbrella is just beautiful. Great u post.

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  38. Kim, great looking umbrella stand. The dragonfly umbrella is stunning. Don't you just love a big pretty umbrella rather than those compact easy to carry umbrellas? Enjoyed the story about your FIL too. Totally amazing! ~ Sarah

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  39. I'd say your FIL had a very strong will to live and live he did!

    I have never seen an umbrella that looks like a tiffany lamp...beautiful.

    xo
    LeAnn

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  40. I'm looking for a new umbrella since i now live on the west coast and that dragonfly one is beautiful!

    What a story about your father-in-law just incredible!
    Pamela xo

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  41. I love the umbrella, I have seen that same pattern on a friend's stained glass lamp...your father-in-law sounds like an amazing man to go through what he did at his age.

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  42. What a pretty umbrella stand! And what a deal! I have a "thing" for wood handeled umbrellas and also wood (or bamboo) canes! And the dragon fly print on it is soooo pretty! :)
    Kristi

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  43. Gorgeous umbrella..thanks so much for stopping by. I have entered the Giveaway :-)

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  44. I just love your umbrella stand. Awesome. and the umbrella is beautiful. so unique. I have an old cane that belonged to my grandfather and one of his brothers...who knows who else??
    very plain and simple,..yet sentimental!
    I love to come and visit over here when you join a party, just so I can see BAILEY!! so precious.
    Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing your treasures!

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  45. Love it Kim! And for only $10? That's a steal!!!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  46. WOW Kim what a story God rest his soul he had quit a life .I would always treasure that cane i also have one from my Dad and i use it sometimes on a bad day in winter .the stand is grand and love the dragonfly print i love those too :)

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  47. love the umbrella and the holder but the cane story beats all. Yes.

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  48. Kim,
    I passed along an Honest Scrap blog award to you. Just wanted you to know!

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  49. GREAT SHARING!! he is blushing and smiling at you from heaven. :)

    AWESOME stand AND Umbrella!
    Susan

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  50. GM Kim I love an umbrella stand, for some reason they fascinate me when they are by a door with fun umbrellas like your dragon fly one, so pretty,Kathysue

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  51. Hi Kim! I really enjoyed my stop here on Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "U"!

    Beauty, creativity and a great story! Gee whiz, a perfect link!

    That stand is really, really gorgeous and I almost want to move to Seattle so I can actually use a gorgeous umbrella like that!

    Thanks for helping to make Alphabe-Thursday so unbelievably neat!

    A+

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  52. Wonderful Umbrella stand find for the price! I love, love, love your umbrella...I would be so excited to see rain in the forecast, just so that I could use the bright and beautiful umbrella!
    And what a treasure to keep of your father-in-law's. He definitely sounds like he was a strong man...blessed.

    Blessings & Aloha!

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  53. Unique U post..and Father-In-Law..wow

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