Saturday, March 25, 2023

SOL 25/31: Mug O'Mania

One of the things I was forced to do when we downsized was to reduce my mug collection. I narrowed it down to three in the kitchen cabinet and one on the counter. Over the holidays my friend Nancy (the face on the right of the mug with the red interior) gifted me another mug. 

Nancy was partially responsible for my overgrown mug collection. When I returned to the classroom in 2005, I already knew Nancy from church and so I had a built-in friend in my work setting. Every month of my first year back in the classroom, I would find a new mug on my desk, filled with M&Ms or other chocolate treats. 

The mug with the red interior has the faces of four friends who went together to Italy in February 2019. It brings a smile to my face every time I use it. Nancy is the best gift giver ever. And that's how my "in cabinet" mug collection expanded to four over the holidays. You may notice that I also repurpose mugs as holders for pencils, pens, and markers.

Moving to the office, here are three mugs in that space: one for pens, one for markers, and more for pencils and highlighters.

When you look at my mugs you can deduce some important things about me:

I like cats, friends, travel, chocolate, bookstores, words (savor was my one little word in 2014 and I bought this mug on a book club retreat), Mary Engelbreit. and the color yellow. And sometimes I can be a bit bossy (I'm in charge here)!

I'm not a coffe drinker, but I love a cup of rich hot chocolate (dark, please), a steaming cup of herbal tea and a mug o' milk to accompany warm cookies.

This is my twelfth year to write a slice of life each day during the month of March.  Thank you Two Writing Teachers for creating this challenge and providing the space and support for us year after year. And thanks to this magnificent community for sharing stories with me and encouraging my writing.


  1. There's something about mugs, isn't there? Besides the tea they often carry stories.

  2. You were really successful in downsizing your collection. I love that you have a Powell’s mug! Each one of your mugs is special, though.

  3. I understand completely! I have many mugs that will eventually have to go, but I really only use my three favorite ones for my tea.

  4. I love the way mugs tell our stories. I repurpose mine also, as pen holders, etc. I was just working on a post connected to savoring and then I come here to read this... message received! Uplifting as always, Ramona.