Got too much exercise today, so that by 2, I was ready to just sit. But I also had so many things left that didn't get done during Storm Watch, March Edition. I can't help myself, when these fabulous Oklahoma storms hit, I am glued to the window watching the lightning. But no lightning today, so I decided to polish some of the silver left to me by John's mother. You might think she imagined that she was leaving it to John or her grandchildren, but we had a clear understanding when it came to the silver. She was a heavy smoker, and that wasn't doing her health any good. (While all the statistics show how many people are harmed by smoking, if you read those numbers from the other direction - my speciality - you find that there are some people who have no ill effects on their health from smoking. She just wasn't one of them.) She told me at one point that the reason she smoked was because she didn't want to live to be too old. I would tell her that I wished she would take better care of herself for John, who would be much happier if she did. But if she insisted on dying young (80), I was really going to enjoy having her silver tea service. She laughed so hard I thought she was going to choke. So here it is, in all it's fabulousness. Well, here is my favorite one. It is from Benetfink, mid 1800's and includes the tea pot, creamer, and waste bowl. Might have been one child's half of a larger set, and the other child got the coffee pot, sugar bowl, and a tray. Might not have been. Anytime I try to track down any more like it, people start offering to buy what I have. I would love to buy just a sugar bowl, since I already have this wonderful raised tray, but Bee Hive silver is not easy to find. The doily was crocheted by my cousin, Jae. She knows my favorite color, and added the Pansy's for fun. That oval tray was at the Goodwill for $1.50, coated by a thick black layer of tarnish, but shined up beautifully. I wanted it to use underneath the gravy boat during the holidays. I know I complain about how dry this place makes my skin and hair, but it sure cuts down on how often you have to polish the silver.