Monday Mug Shot

This week’s mug is really more of a tea cup. I don’t think I’ve ever used it for coffee. It just has that delicate teacup feel to me so, tea is what I use it for.

I got it at one of the coolest places I’ve ever stayed! The Homestead Resort in Midway, Utah.

My husband, two young sons and I were traveling to Colorado to pick up our youngest daughter and we spent a night at this lovely resort. It’s located near hot springs and boasts the Homestead Crater where you can swim. The indoor pool is like swimming in a pleasantly warm bath. It was winter and I remember floating in that heavenly pool with a breathtaking view of snow-capped mountains.

Our room was luxurious and cozy all at the same time. The on-site restaurant was wonderful! The grounds were beautiful.

It was an unforgettable stay and I would go back in a heartbeat! There’s so much to see and do there and we barely scratched the surface. But, I have my mug to remind me of the wonderful time we had and that I’d like to go back someday. The mugs are all about the memories!


Monday Mug Shot

This week’s mug is one I’ve mentioned before. It’s the original Lake Tahoe mug. The one I’ve already highlighted was acquired in 2018. Today’s mug was bought on a trip taken in 2005. The year before we moved to Texas. In the picture, you can see the little chip I mentioned in a previous blog. Not sure how it happened, but I suspect it has something to do with boys doing dishes. 😏

My youngest sister and brother-in-law, along with my nephew, came to visit us that summer. It was the first time that my brother-in-law had ever visited us in Cali. My nephew was actually born in California as was my sister. That was a fun summer! We took them all over our neck of the woods; Yosemite, Sonoma, fishing at Martinez Marina . . . Lake Tahoe. My brother-in-law fell in love with Tahoe (as do most people who visit there) and decided he might like to retire there. He has a few years to go, so we’ll see if that actually happens.

I believe my sister ended up with a bigger version of this same mug. Think soup mug. It’s the perfect size for a cup of tea or a plain cup of coffee. I don’t use it for my latte’s, but it’s one of my hubby’s favorites for tea. This little guy invokes memories of one of our favorite places, visited with some of our favorite people. It’s also one of the first of my collection and therefore has a certain extra sentimental value.


Monday Mug Shot

We’re baack! I halted Monday Mug Shot for awhile as I adjusted to my new normal with Cervical Dystonia. I’m still adjusting a little, but decided it was time to continue the mug shots. I thought it might be getting boring, but I’ve been told by a few that they enjoyed it. So, for those lovely souls who actually like my little stories – the return of Monday Mug Shot.

Our story continues with a new acquisition. This one, again, is from Branson. My hubs and I took a week- long trip this past April for our 25th wedding anniversary. We spent a few days on our own and a few days with our besties. On one of our solo days we found a beautiful shop called the Crystal Fish. On our first visit, I spotted a ceramic collection that included some unique and beautiful mugs that caught my eye. I resisted, however, reminding myself that I have plenty of mugs at the moment and we didn’t need to spend the money even though we could.

The next day my love decided that he wanted another of the candles that we had purchased the previous day so as to have a matching set. So, back we went to the Crystal Fish. This time we visited with the owners for quite awhile and the ceramic collection called to me again. The owner of the shop gave us a little history into the artist and her work. My hubby and I were both convinced – this mug was coming home with us.

We actually fell in love with the entire collection, but that would have been more than a pretty penny and just a little crazy. That was several months ago and this one has become a favorite to both of us. I love the design and my sweetie loves the functionality and how comfortably the handle fits his hand. Not to mention that it doesn’t get the least bit hot to the touch in the microwave. Beautiful and functional. What more could you want?

I love this mug for so many reasons; the unique and beautiful design, the fact that someone created this by hand, it’s big enough for a latte’ . . . but, more importantly than all of that. This mug reminds me of a beautiful time spent with the love of my life, celebrating 25-years of making amazing memories together by making more wonderful memories! I am a very blessed woman!

💍 2️⃣5️⃣🎊🥂😊💕

Monday Mug Shot

Happy Monday all!  I have decided that since it’s December, I would share with you some of my favorite Christmas mugs.  Yes, I also have a collection of Christmas mugs.  I might have a problem. 🤔

I’m kind of excited to share today’s mug with you!  This is one of my all-time favorites of all my mugs.  I have had it since my boys were babies and it’s just so darn cute!  So, without further ado . . .  Ta-Da!


Right?!  I bought this one at a Macy’s after Christmas sale sometime in the mid 90’s.  I prefer after Christmas sales to Black Friday.  I don’t even do Black Friday.  Anyway, I drink homemade hot cocoa with a splash of Bailey’s in it every Christmas Eve.  It’s basically a tradition.  I love snowmen and I love that this one has a snowman shape rather than a typical mug shape.  I love the colors and somewhat retro look of it.  Of course, it might be even more retro now that I’ve had it for 20+ years.  One of my sons loves this mug too.  He tries to convince me every Christmas that it’s HIS mug and HE drinks out of it every Christmas Eve.  😂😂😂  He’s a funny one, that one!  You know exactly who you are . . . MATTHEW!  Don’t worry, when I go to be with Jesus THEN it’ll be yours. 😘

This mug brings back SO many wonderful Christmas memories and, I hope this doesn’t sound weird, but it invokes that sense of stability that comes with history – our own history.  Growing up, my family was a bit nomadic. My life with my husband has been almost completely the opposite and I have felt very stable.  I have very few family heirlooms from my childhood and my boys have many.  I think the stability of our family has facilitated the ability to hang onto things longer.  Like this mug that I’ve had since one of the boys’ early Christmases.  Does this make any sense?

Either way, I really enjoy this mug and the fact that I’ve been able to enjoy it for so long.  I consider it a family heirloom and hope it will be enjoyed for many Christmases to come!


Monday Mug Shot

I apologize for missing last Monday.  Things were a bit busy with it being Thanksgiving week.  I hope you had a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!

For this week’s mug, I’m sharing another newcomer.  This one is from our Branson trip with my bestie and her hubby this past October.  We’d never been before and were sufficiently impressed.  We plan to return as much as possible.  If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it.


There’s a fun little story with this one.  The four of us were shopping in one of the stores on Main St.  The girls were in one part of the store and the guys in another.  I found the mug section fairly quickly, of course, and as I spotted this one my husband came up behind me, pointed at it, and said “That one’s cool.”  That pretty much sealed the deal.  I think that was the first time we spotted a mug we liked at the same time.  My hubs doesn’t usually care that much about mugs since he’s not a big coffee or tea drinker.  So, this was a momentous occasion.

This mug reminds me of a wonderful time with wonderful friends, the great entertainment that is a big part of Branson, and that one special time when my sweetie and I spotted a mug we both liked at the same time.  It was simply serendipitous and I hope to enjoy this one for a long, long time.


Monday Mug Shot


Today’s mug is in honor of my home state.  It’s heavy on my heart today due to the devastating fires that are going on there.  The “Camp Fire” in Northern California is being called “The most destructive fire in state history” according to CBS News.  The evacuation of 250,000 people from Malibu in Southern California was a horrifying thing to see as I watched some footage from it on T.V. last night.  My heart hurts for my fellow Californians and my prayers are going up for my friends, family, and all of those who have lost so much in these terrible fires!

I acquired this mug during our most recent visit to our hometown of Concord this past May.  There is a brand new shopping area where a Chevron office building stood when we left in 2006.  In that shopping area is a Peet’s coffee.  It was close to our hotel, so this was where I got most of my morning coffee.  We don’t have Peet’s coffee here in Central Texas, or at least not that I’ve been able to find, so this mug really needed to come home with me.  😉

This is the exact store we visited.  Normally, this mug puts me in a California dreamin’ state of mind; sunshine, cool breezes, no humidity, and reminds me of my roots.  Today it reminds me to pray; for rain, for safety, for comfort, for ways to help and for the recovery of my beautiful home state once the devastation passes.  This isn’t our first season of wildfires and it won’t be our last, but it is proving itself to be one of the most devastating.  Please pray and help if you can.

Blessings!  🙏🏻💕

Monday Mug Shot


Today’s mug is an interesting one from an interesting place.  It’s fairly new to the collection.  As I think I’ve mentioned before, our youngest son is attending college in Canyon, Texas. This past summer was his first summer away from home.  In the past, he has come home for summer break, but this year he’s doing the whole grown-up thing.  Working, paying rent, etc.  So, in August we went to visit him right before he started his junior year.

Canyon is called “Canyon” because it’s home to Palo Duro Canyon.  We have been there many times in the past three years and never once actually visited the canyon . . . until this summer.  We did a little research before visiting and found out some amazing things.  For one, Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States.  Second only to . . . you guessed it, the Grand Canyon!  Right here in Texas!  Who knew?!  We sure didn’t.  It’s a beautiful place and chock full of history, but I won’t ruin that for you by telling you all about it.  😉

Inside the canyon is a cool little place called Palo Duro Trading Post. You can eat, grab some snacks for the trail, or do what we did and shop.  There’s no shortage of souvenirs there.  You can see the rest of my mug’s family there on the bottom shelf in the pic on the right.  As you can see, there are plenty of mugs to choose from.

I chose this one because of the design on the inside of the mug.  I’d never seen one like it before.  I’ve seen plenty of mugs with a picture on the inside bottom, like a prize for when you reach the end of your cuppa.  Or even a little ceramic figure sitting in the cup, drowning until you rescue it by drinking all your coffee.  But never have I seen the entire inside of a mug decorated in such a way and it really appealed to the hippy in me.  The creative free-spirit that almost never appears was all over this mug.  All the other mugs disappeared when she saw this one!


No, I’m not a multiple personality, just multiple moods.  These are moods I’m talking about.  Ok, now that we’ve cleared that up – Oh!  I also love the contrast!  I love contrast anyway and somehow the black and white inside just really works with the blue outside for me.  I also find this mug intriguing because I can’t totally make out the design on the front.  In fact, without my glasses, I can’t even read where it says “Palo Duro Canyon, Texas”.  The design looks like maybe a canyon formation and some Native American art???  If you can make it out better than I can, I would love a translation.

This little mug makes me feel grateful that we finally visited the canyon and brings back a happy memory.  It also inspires the artist in me with its unique interior.  I’m calling this one my “happy artist” mug.  ☕️🎨😃💕


Monday Mug Shot

The mug I’m sharing with you today is only a few years old.  How many years?  I’m not exactly sure, but it was purchased here in Texas upon the occasion of a visit from my bestie, Angel.  We met in California where we raised our kids and grew in Christ together for almost ten years.  Strangely enough, the Lord moved both our families out of California within months of each other, they went to Arkansas and we went to Texas.

That was over twelve years ago and we have managed to visit about once a year. Mostly, she and her husband come here.  We have a silly habit of getting each other gifts when we visit.  On this occasion, I got us matching coffee cups so we could think of each other when we used them.  I found them at World Market, I believe.

At first, I used mine on Fridays to celebrate the end of the work week and remember our last visit.  I’m not sure why Friday except that it’s my favorite day of the week and it just seemed appropriate.

I continued the tradition the following year (that one will come up eventually).  After that, I didn’t think it would be as special if we had cupboards full of “bestie” mugs and Angel eventually stopped drinking coffee anyway.  She does tea now, so maybe I’ll switch to pretty little tea cups for her.  🤔  Angel says she has three mugs from me.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember the third one.  Maybe she’ll read this and refresh my memory.  😉

A little side note:  I saw this mug on a T.V. show one night!  I thought that was pretty cool.  Also, as you can see, it’s been well loved as evidenced by the little chips in the rim.


This mug reminds me of my bestie and how thankful I am that even though we’re farther apart in distance, we’re as close as ever.  😊💕

Monday Mug Shot


Today’s mug comes to you from the Disney store inside the Sunvalley Mall in Concord, CA.  YEARS ago, when my grown boys were still little guys a Disney store came to our local mall.  It was a new phenomenon back then, being able to buy Disney paraphernalia without going to Disneyland, and we were excited!  I can’t count the number of times we visited that store.  We had little kids, so it was the place.

Winnie The Pooh was big in our house!  We had several Winnie The Pooh Playtime VHS tapes that the boys would watch over and over again; Cowboy Pooh, Detective Tigger, Rabbit Marks the Spot, just to name a few.  Tigger has always been my favorite.  My personality is more like Eeyore, but I want to be like Tigger;
“bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!”  518F082E-C49C-48BF-A182-DF57CC8CEFEE

If I remember correctly, this mug was one of the first things I bought from that new Disney store.  Since then birthdays, Christmases, and grandkids have taken me back to the Disney store, but most recently to the one in the Round Rock Outlets now that we live in Texas.

This mug makes me happy.  It takes me back to a happy, child-filled time and makes my heart feel bouncy.  For just a little while, as long as the coffee lasts, Eeyore turns into Tigger.


Monday Mug Shot

Today’s mug shot is another gift from my son, Matt.  He was on the bowling team in high school, in fact he won the Texas state high school singles championship when he was a sophomore.  He is a very gifted bowler.  Anyway, there is a youth bowling tournament every year called “Junior Gold”.  Matt’s senior year the tournament was in Buffalo, N.Y. and Matt went.  While there, he visited Niagra Falls.  He made sure to find a Starbucks (he’s not a coffee drinker) and bring me back this mug.


I thought it was the sweetest gesture.  I think he had some help from one of the moms who went on the trip, if I remember correctly.  Still, for him to go through the effort of tracking this down for me, really touched my heart.  One of my love languages is gifts.  There’s not much that makes me feel more loved than to have someone go to the trouble of finding something they know I would like.  It makes me feel known, considered, and loved.  I believe Matt loves me.  ☺️💕

This mug invokes fond memories of my sweet son and inspires the travel bug in me.  I’ve never been to Niagra Falls and would love to see it in person some time.  Maybe even step over to the Canadian side for a visit.  I’ve been to Canada briefly on the way to an Alaskan cruise and have always wanted to return for a more lengthy visit.

It’s funny how, like a certain smell, my mugs can transport me back in time to a certain memory or place I’ve been, or in this case inspire me to go somewhere I’ve never been.