Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Archive Meme

I've been tagged by Tracy at Pink Purl to do an archive meme with links to older posts. She's also given me the "You Make My Day" award, which made me smile.

Here are the instructions:

Link 1 must be about family. Link 2 must be about friends. Link 3 must be about yourself, who you are… what you’re all about. Link 4 must be about something you love. Link 5 can be anything you choose.

I think this is a great way to circulate some of the great older posts everyone has written, return to a few great places in our memories and also learn a little something about ourselves and each other that we may not know.

Post your five links and then tag five other people. At least TWO of the people you tag must be newer acquaintances so that you get to know each other better….and don’t forget to read the archive posts and leave comments!

It's a nice chance to look through my older posts, though I'm going to have to cheat a bit since most of my posts don't discuss family and friends in any detail.

1. Whenever I go home to visit, I love to go out to eat at the beautiful Indochine restaurant in Tacoma with my mom. I have some great memories of eating great asian fusion cuisine there, but let's face it--their drinks are AMAZING. I am normally a wine person, but their cocktails are gorgeous. It's my girlish side, but it's hard to turn down a "blue mermaid" with a fresh orchid floating on top. My mom and I just love this place. My husband is not as thrilled, since he doesn't like spicy food, but even HE agrees that their cocktails are the best he's ever tasted.

2. The second link is supposed to be about friends. I consider my favourite books friends, so I've chosen a post on Tolkein, C.S. Lewis and William Morris entitled Reading Fantasy for Pleasure.

3. I'm passionate about making this world a better and more beautiful place, which is why William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites have such a lasting appeal for me. Urban sprawl and the gradual death of the true, the good and the beautiful really get to me. I try not to get on a pedestal too often on this blog, but every once and a while my true self comes out! I think this post on William Morris and the Revival of Handicraft is one of those instances that reveals a little more of "what I'm about."

4. I love Keeping a Nature Journal. I've enjoyed sketching the animals and plants that I see when I'm outside since I was a little girl. It never hurts to have some inspiration and I find the Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady inspiring.

5. This is the random post! In January I wrote a post on William Morris and the Design of Red House. I am crazy about brick houses (I don't want to ever live in anything that is not made of brick or stone!). I think homes made of natural materials somehow just "look right" with the landscape. Red House is probably the house that started it all. Designed by Philip Webb, I think it's one of the best examples of Arts and Crafts Architecture. Plus, it was decorated by Morris, Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti! Imagine having so many artist friends to help you decorate your home!

I'm tagging Bebe at Peaches and Dreams, Paula at The Beauty of Life, Vivian at Vivian in Stitches, and my new friends Wanderlust and Pixie Dust, and Grace at The Beautiful Necessity . I look forward to reading your posts!


Grace said...

I hope to do mine tomorrow!

And those cocktails sound wonderful!

Tracy said...

Your are very welcome for the award and tag, Margaret...It's been such a joy to meet you lately, talk to you and visit you here where true beauty does live. :o) It was great fun to take a look back at some of your older posts--and I especially felt in tune with books being your friends. I feel the same, some of my best friends are books ;o) Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady has been a great inspiration to me as well. Thank you for sharing, and playing along with the meme. It's getting on evening here in Norway...I do with a Blue Mermaid after this long, busy day! Happy Day ((HUGS))

M.KATE said...

hello there, hopped over from Tracy, enjoyed reading your blog and will come by in future, have a fantastic weekend :)

Bebe said...


Thanks for tagging me ~ I'll work on my post in the next couple of days. I've been outside all day working around in the yard, cutting bushes, cleaning windows, scrubbing is another bad bout of my Spring fever! It is contagious, so watch out ~ it will find you up there in Canada! One of those cocktails sounds mighty pleasant right now :)

I read your post the other day about your new sofa and the Diego Rivera print. I think they go great together! But a girl who loves the PRB with a bright, bold Rivera picture???? How did this happen??? :)

Lots of hugs,
Bebe :)

Vivian said...

Margaret: Thanks for the award ... I will get organized in a few days ... stay tuned.

Loving Her Beautiful said...

Hi, Margaret,
Great post! I love how you consider books to be some of your best friends -- well said! Just as with great people in my life, I frequently quote great words from books. Thanks for the reminder!
I'm glad you get to do drinks and lunch with your mom. My dad just passed away, and though I've spent many enjoyable hours with him, it never feels like enough.
P.S. Being as deeply thoughtful as you are, I'd love to include one of your Thank You Stories in my upcoming book, I Never Got to Thank You. And please feel free to share this request with any of your fellow bloggers who might be interested. You can read about it on my site:

wanderlustnpixiedust said...

I'm so embarrassed but I am barely getting to work on my getting "tagged" post today! Forgive me.

I don't have a copy of The Country Diary but a copy of The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady instead. Love it!