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30 Things I'd Rescue

Updated on June 22, 2014

If There Was a Magic "Save My Stuff" Fairy

When I first thought of creating this lens it was from the perspective of "what would I save if there was a fire" but there are really so many natural and man-made disasters that could happen that I changed the focus.

Assuming I had the time to rescue them and assuming that all life, human and critter, have been brought to safety, I wanted to look at what else was important to me. I walked around my house and took pictures of things that I had strong emotional ties to. You will find photos and explanations of my choices below.

I highly recommend that you do the same thing -- you do not have to make a lens about it if you don't want -- just take a leisure walk through each room of our home with a journal and pen and make a list. Jot down some notes with each one as to why it is important to you.

The First 10 Items

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The Flaming June portrait by Frederic Leighton is one of my favorites. Every time I look at it I feel a sense of warmth and peace.I made this hand drum as part of a weekend women's retreat. I love the sound of it which is calm and relaxing.I grew up on movies so my DVDs are important to me; especially my Firefly series which would be at the top of the list.These are my professional juggling balls. It took me months to teach myself to juggle. These balls have been worked in and are fabulous.I purchased these hand made loons from a now extinct pottery place in my home town. I bought them a month before my wedding. Loons mate for life.This little rabbit fits in the palm of my hand. My MIL had one and every time I visited her I would pick it up and rub it -- the porcelain is silky soft. She eventually bought me one. Ain't he sweet?Many years ago I took a six month entrepreneurial course. At the end of the course the instructor who spent a lot of time in Mexico gave us these as gifts. I love it. It's cool to touch, blue (fave color) and interesting to look at.This very delicate Irish sugar and cream set was a gift from my MIL. It is very elegant, completely the opposite of myself.I love nature and windows. One of my girlfriends painted this water color of birches with water in the distance. It hangs above a door in my kitchen.African Violets are my favorite house plant. I have twelve of them. Most of which are well over ten years old. I have a bit of a green thumb when it comes to them.
The Flaming June portrait by Frederic Leighton is one of my favorites. Every time I look at it I feel a sense of warmth and peace.
The Flaming June portrait by Frederic Leighton is one of my favorites. Every time I look at it I feel a sense of warmth and peace.
I made this hand drum as part of a weekend women's retreat. I love the sound of it which is calm and relaxing.
I made this hand drum as part of a weekend women's retreat. I love the sound of it which is calm and relaxing.
I grew up on movies so my DVDs are important to me; especially my Firefly series which would be at the top of the list.
I grew up on movies so my DVDs are important to me; especially my Firefly series which would be at the top of the list.
These are my professional juggling balls. It took me months to teach myself to juggle. These balls have been worked in and are fabulous.
These are my professional juggling balls. It took me months to teach myself to juggle. These balls have been worked in and are fabulous.
I purchased these hand made loons from a now extinct pottery place in my home town. I bought them a month before my wedding. Loons mate for life.
I purchased these hand made loons from a now extinct pottery place in my home town. I bought them a month before my wedding. Loons mate for life.
This little rabbit fits in the palm of my hand. My MIL had one and every time I visited her I would pick it up and rub it -- the porcelain is silky soft. She eventually bought me one. Ain't he sweet?
This little rabbit fits in the palm of my hand. My MIL had one and every time I visited her I would pick it up and rub it -- the porcelain is silky soft. She eventually bought me one. Ain't he sweet?
Many years ago I took a six month entrepreneurial course. At the end of the course the instructor who spent a lot of time in Mexico gave us these as gifts. I love it. It's cool to touch, blue (fave color) and interesting to look at.
Many years ago I took a six month entrepreneurial course. At the end of the course the instructor who spent a lot of time in Mexico gave us these as gifts. I love it. It's cool to touch, blue (fave color) and interesting to look at.
This very delicate Irish sugar and cream set was a gift from my MIL. It is very elegant, completely the opposite of myself.
This very delicate Irish sugar and cream set was a gift from my MIL. It is very elegant, completely the opposite of myself.
I love nature and windows. One of my girlfriends painted this water color of birches with water in the distance. It hangs above a door in my kitchen.
I love nature and windows. One of my girlfriends painted this water color of birches with water in the distance. It hangs above a door in my kitchen.
African Violets are my favorite house plant. I have twelve of them. Most of which are well over ten years old. I have a bit of a green thumb when it comes to them.
African Violets are my favorite house plant. I have twelve of them. Most of which are well over ten years old. I have a bit of a green thumb when it comes to them.

The Second 10 Items

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This 1957 bottle of Crown Royal was given to us by my FIL. It is probably not worth much but it was important to him that we have it and keep it.This was my first stitching project. My husband, then boyfriend matted and framed it for me.My Janet Evanovich book collection is always good for a laugh and is an easy read.This music box was the first gift my husband gave me for Christmas.I bought this necklace at the first Pow Wow I attended -- one of my best experiences.My grandfather's cuff links.This was the first "real" ring I bought myself. An honest to goodness emerald. I wouldn't have been able to afford it had I not been working in a jewelry store at the time.My favorite sweatshirt -- it's warm and soft.My favorite toy from childhood -- a ragamuffin mouse.Cashmere toilet paper -- the practical item on my list.
This 1957 bottle of Crown Royal was given to us by my FIL. It is probably not worth much but it was important to him that we have it and keep it.
This 1957 bottle of Crown Royal was given to us by my FIL. It is probably not worth much but it was important to him that we have it and keep it.
This was my first stitching project. My husband, then boyfriend matted and framed it for me.
This was my first stitching project. My husband, then boyfriend matted and framed it for me.
My Janet Evanovich book collection is always good for a laugh and is an easy read.
My Janet Evanovich book collection is always good for a laugh and is an easy read.
This music box was the first gift my husband gave me for Christmas.
This music box was the first gift my husband gave me for Christmas.
I bought this necklace at the first Pow Wow I attended -- one of my best experiences.
I bought this necklace at the first Pow Wow I attended -- one of my best experiences.
My grandfather's cuff links.
My grandfather's cuff links.
This was the first "real" ring I bought myself. An honest to goodness emerald. I wouldn't have been able to afford it had I not been working in a jewelry store at the time.
This was the first "real" ring I bought myself. An honest to goodness emerald. I wouldn't have been able to afford it had I not been working in a jewelry store at the time.
My favorite sweatshirt -- it's warm and soft.
My favorite sweatshirt -- it's warm and soft.
My favorite toy from childhood -- a ragamuffin mouse.
My favorite toy from childhood -- a ragamuffin mouse.
Cashmere toilet paper -- the practical item on my list.
Cashmere toilet paper -- the practical item on my list.

Fire Safety

SentrySafe Fire Safe, Fire Resistant Chest, 0.2 Cubic Feet, Extra Small, 0500
SentrySafe Fire Safe, Fire Resistant Chest, 0.2 Cubic Feet, Extra Small, 0500

We have our important papers protected in a fire safety box and in an accessible location should we need to grab it.

 

The Third 10 Items

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It's hard to find a good yoga mat and strap. In a pinch it can be slept on.I bought this scarab on my first train trip to Winnipeg when I was 16. It was a big representation of change in my life at the time.My first real camera. I worked in a camera store during high school and they let me pay it off with weekly payments. It still takes the best pictures.My husband's grandmother's buffet. You can't see in the picture but it has animal feet and a mirror back on top.I made this cross stitch the last few months leading up to our wedding.My walking stick. It fits perfectly into my hand and is the right height.I took this picture of my husband and his dog when we were dating. It is still one of my favorites.My laptop. It is my connection to the world. It would probably be the first item I would grab.This 3" Paddington Bear got me through many dentist appointments when I was a child. I would clench it in my fist while I was getting needles.
It's hard to find a good yoga mat and strap. In a pinch it can be slept on.
It's hard to find a good yoga mat and strap. In a pinch it can be slept on.
I bought this scarab on my first train trip to Winnipeg when I was 16. It was a big representation of change in my life at the time.
I bought this scarab on my first train trip to Winnipeg when I was 16. It was a big representation of change in my life at the time.
My first real camera. I worked in a camera store during high school and they let me pay it off with weekly payments. It still takes the best pictures.
My first real camera. I worked in a camera store during high school and they let me pay it off with weekly payments. It still takes the best pictures.
My husband's grandmother's buffet. You can't see in the picture but it has animal feet and a mirror back on top.
My husband's grandmother's buffet. You can't see in the picture but it has animal feet and a mirror back on top.
I made this cross stitch the last few months leading up to our wedding.
I made this cross stitch the last few months leading up to our wedding.
My walking stick. It fits perfectly into my hand and is the right height.
My walking stick. It fits perfectly into my hand and is the right height.
I took this picture of my husband and his dog when we were dating. It is still one of my favorites.
I took this picture of my husband and his dog when we were dating. It is still one of my favorites.
My laptop. It is my connection to the world. It would probably be the first item I would grab.
My laptop. It is my connection to the world. It would probably be the first item I would grab.
This 3" Paddington Bear got me through many dentist appointments when I was a child. I would clench it in my fist while I was getting needles.
This 3" Paddington Bear got me through many dentist appointments when I was a child. I would clench it in my fist while I was getting needles.

The Most Important Thing

There are only 29 pictures. That is because I could not find my 30th item -- my grandmother's antique watch. I had it appraised a few years ago and then put it away for safe keeping. I did such a good job of putting it away that neither I nor my husband have been able to find it. I put this as an important note for you because it makes my point of how important lists like these are. Find your 30 important items and make a note of where they are so in a emergency you can find them. Add to vitals.

Thank you for dropping by and looking at my pictures. Hopefully you will take up the "30 things I'd rescue" challenge. If you do leave me a link and I'll stop by and have a look.

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