Odds and Sods Around Our House

Back in the Dark Ages when Laurent and I were, for lack of a better word, courting we would occasionally bring home surprise gifts for each other. (Don’t give me that eye roll, you may well have done the same sort of thing.) At the time I was working at Ottawa Airport and there was a little gift shop that often had bibilots that seemed appropriate (i.e. cute) at the time.

So one evening after an afternoon shift I presented himself with two brass – no not monkeys! – mice. What they were meant to signify at the time or for that matter what purpose they served I’m not sure.

Though I would dare say that visitors never noticed them they have accompanied us in our travels and always had their place on shelves or in cabinets in our various homes.


I have always liked this inquisitive little creature. She, and I’m sure it’s a she, has gazed at family photos, festive candles, creche scenes and other nick-knacks for the past 43 years.


The word for September 27th is:
Bibilots /bē′bə-lō″/: [noun]
1.1 A small decorative object; a trinket.
1.2 A miniature book, especially one that is finely crafted.
1.3 A small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity; especially, an object of this kind which can be kept in a cabinet or on a shelf.
French, from Old French beubelet, from a reduplication of bel, beautiful, from Latin bellus, handsome.

Author: Willym

A senior with the heart of a young'un

9 thoughts on “Odds and Sods Around Our House”

  1. Learned the word ‘bibelot’ when I watched Mapp & Lucia, the original version, starring Geraldine McEwan, Prunella Scales, and Nigel Hawthorne. Georgie (Nigel Hawthorne) was complaining he had so much to do, such as dusting his bibelots! Of course, I knew the word in French; didn’t know it had migrated to English to become a tasty linguistic morsel.

  2. Mouse will keep an eye on everything. Funnily enough Mouse is my partner’s name for me. Mouse has power.

  3. At least you have one Faithful Viewer to gaze upon your family photos, festive candles, creche scenes, etc. Good job, little mouse.

    You could always relive your youth and bring home a surprise gift for L. Just don’t blog about it first.

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