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First of all, please forgive the messy kitchen in the background -- although, this qualifies as pretty tidy in my world. What we have here is my favorite cup, bought back in the mid-1970s (from either Crate & Barrel or Pottery Barn, as I recall). Lovely painting of a blue cat on white ceramic. I'm sure you've seen them before. Well, it's actually a mug. And this is not the original favorite cup. It's a replacement. A few weeks back, I broke my favorite cup while making tea. Dropped it on the granite counter top and smashed it to smithereens (OK -- maybe not smithereens, but there was a major crack down the front and a lot of chipping). That's one of the problems with these granite counters -- they look pretty, but they're cold and unforgiving.
Anyhoo -- I was devastated. And angry. And depressed. So, the hubby (like the problem-solver he is) immediately got on the interweb and found the exact same mug, for sale on eBay. As a collectible, of course. It was in perfect condition (a bit better than my old one, actually), so he bought it and it arrived within a few days. I dried my tears and had a cuppa.
But I'm holding onto the original, chipped mug, too. Well, you know -- a thirty-something-year relationship with a favorite utensil dies hard.