My Precious And Lovely Gift

Yesterday I received a lovely surprise in the mail. It was from a fellow blogger that I am friends with.  La Contessa.

Her blog, The Vintage Contessa, is chock-full of wonderful photographs, her fun style, and great stories about her.  But more than that, she is kind. And kindness counts in my own world.

Anyway, she made a beautiful flowery chapeau for me! And I want to share it with you!

Me in floral hat from Elizabeth!

I love this flowery bundle of joy and happiness. I’m also thinking that we need more of this. We need beads and long flowing dresses and love and hippieness! This is my favorite hat of all time. ALL TIME!!! Thank you La Contessa!

And when I asked Bonaparte “Do you like my hat?”, I was brought back to a very, very sweet and innocent time in my life. That time when I first discovered books and reading.

And it made me think of one of my favorite books of all time. ALL TIME. And it has remained one of my favorite books..

Go dog go cover

“Go, Dog. Go!  by P.D. Eastman. Quite possibly one of the greatest literary works ever.

And in this book, a little poodle is constantly trying on different hats to impress another dog. He never likes them.

Until, she wears the greatest party hat of all time!  And he likes it. He really likes it!

This hat episode was a regular  question with my kids as they were growing up. When any of us  wore a new hat, we would ask, just like the poodle, “Do you like my hat?”.

Sometimes the answer would be “No. I do not like your hat.” And sometimes it would be “I do. I do like your hat!”

And it reminded me of Bonaparte. I have many hats. Some of which he clearly doesn’t like. And he lets me know. He tells me he does not like my hat.

But this time. He liked my hat!!  He loved my flower hat. And it reminded me of this book!

Go Dog Go

Bonaparte had the same reaction as the dog who loved the party hat!

And so I thank you, La Contessa! Thank you for not only sending the gift of happiness in a wonderful hat, but thank you for bringing some wonderful memories back to me!

You made my day a happier one!XOXOXOXO!!!

And what more appropriate song about a hat than this one from Randy Newman “You Can Leave Your Hat On”

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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27 Responses to My Precious And Lovely Gift

  1. How sweet of her and Go dog sounds hilarious 😊

  2. Haylee says:

    Aww, I saw your picture on Instagram and it immediately made me smile! And that book!! Reminds me of my favourite childhood read, Bears on Wheels – I think it could have been the same illustrator!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Haylee. Thanks! OMG! I LOVE the picture with the hat so much! I’m glad that it make you smile. Bears on Wheels–I’m going to scope that out!!! XXOXOXOXO!!!

  3. jackietyson says:

    I do LOVE your hat! And Kindness DOES count!!! Couldn’t agree more. Thank your for bringing me a smile this morning! Your blog is a treasure!!

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Jackie! Kindness is a very important value that people need to act out on. Especially now with the presidential campaigning. It’s gonna get ugly!! I’m glad that I made ou smile and I’m even more glad that you are enjoying my blog!! Thank you! XOXOXOXO!!!

  4. doodletllc says:

    What a lovely, lovely gift…You wear it well.

  5. Adryana says:

    I like that hat too 😄

  6. Your ROCkin’ it GF!!! 😘😘😘 and the book! Memories!!! 😄

  7. spearfruit says:

    I like it also Catherine – and I have not thought about that book for many years. Thanks for sharing, hope your weekend is going well! And a big day tomorrow, right? 🙂

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Terry. Thanks. And yeah–wasn’t that a great book?? So far the weekend is moving along swimmingly! And tomorrow should be an exciting one!! XOXOXO!!!

  8. Soul Gifts says:

    What a hat! I like that hat! It’s a yellow flower hat! Because of that, I like that hat 🙂

  9. JulietC says:

    I LOVE your hat and I love the double kindness – La Contessa for being a kind and lovely lady to make it (off to check out her blog soon too) and you for the appreciation and lovely words. I will have to check out the book too, it sounds fabulous I loved Dr Suess as a small child although Mother disapproved (but then she disapproved of everything as far as I could tell – pfffft she really missed out on a whole load of happy /silly/ rhyme-y loveliness). I also really like Randy Newman – epic talent and some of his lyrics are so funny, one of my fave songs is Short People as according to my husband I am short – so a whole song about ME!!!!!!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Juliet. OMG! You HAVE to check out La Contessa’s blog. She’s the girl we all want to hang out with. I’m serious! I wanna party with her! She’s genuine and no pretense!! I l love that!! And her kindness and empathy is pretty amazing!
      Check out Go Dog Go by all means. It isn’t rhyme-y like Seuss ( The sun did not shine, it was to wet to play so we sat in the house on that cold, cold wet day. I sat there with Sally. We sat there we two and I said “How I wish we had something to do”.) Yeah. I can recite the entire book! Your mom would have despised me! P.D. Eastman’s books were great!!! Sometimes I just read them because so much of the stuff now is crap.
      And Randy Newman. I’ve loved him for years!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  10. iolacontessa says:

    WILL YOU BELIEVE that was one of MY FAVORITE BOOKS AS WELL……………..I can still see my BOOK!I LOVED to turn the pages and read it.I didNOT remember it was about HATS……….am worried about my memory REALLY!But as soon as I saw the PAGE it ALL came FLOODING back TO ME……………between this book and HELLO DOLLY and AUNTIE MAME I think my SELF emerged!!! I would imagine WE still have this BOOK!I MUST FIND IT.
    YOU ARE SO WELCOME……………it LOOKS SO GOOD ON YOU!I ADORE your STYLE and HONESTLY………….and when you said YOU NEEDED one I just happened to have an empty box near by and thought BOX ONE UP CONTESSA!
    As I am EVER SO GRATEFUL to YOU for the CHAP STICK LESSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Now, when we meet in a crowded spot YOU can wear YOUR CHAPEAU and I will SPOT you a MILE AWAY!!!THANK YOU!This was a delight to find at 1:00 AM as I am up with an upset TUMMY!I think my GLUTEN FREE cake MUST BE TOSSED ASAP………………I just had to have ONE MORE PIECE!

    • Catherine says:

      Oh Elizabeth. I hope your tummy is no longer aching. See. Gluten free isn’t as healthy as we sometimes think. You need a cake with butter, eggs and flour–and chocolate!!!!! I’m so happy that Go, Dog. Go is one of your favorite books!!! I loved all those books and loved reading them to my kids too! Chapstick–the greatest blur on earth!!!!!
      Thank you again my love! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  11. junedesilva says:

    Comme il est beau, ce chapeau !

  12. Jackie says:

    Thanks for the post, Catherine! I checked out The Vintage Countess – amazing! But I’m not surprised YOU love it! It’s so you!

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