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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

FALL TIPTOED IN

Last night Fall quietly tiptoed in. Curling itself around corners. Sighing through the trees. Sneaking in through opened windows.


Temperatures dropped dramatically into the upper 40s overnight, sending summer on its way. 

Fall is a time for one perfect pumpkin from the Amish produce stand.


For freshly potted chrysanthemums in pretty muted shades of orange,


and bright shades of yellow.


A time to sort out clothes for a new season, while waiting for trees to burst into brilliant color.


Fall is here and I am going to enjoy it after a long very hot summer. 

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Friday, September 23, 2016

WHERE ART THOU AUTUMN?

I look at the calendar and it says that Fall arrived yesterday, and yes I see subtle changes. 

The light in my apartment has shifted, casting shadows that weren't there a few short weeks ago.

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The market is changing with the shift in seasons.

Fresh picked apples,

autumn apples

pumpkins,

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and gourds have replaced the fresh blueberries, peaches, and corn on the cob that were there last month.

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Yes, the calendar and the markets say it is Autumn, but then I look at the weather on my phone and see this.


Ninety degrees today and tomorrow. 

But wait I think I see hope for fall in the near future. Hurry up Autumn. Summer is clinging with all of its might, but I know you can do it. 

Days in the seventies sounds perfect. I can't wait.

Has Autumn really arrived where you are, or are you like me still waiting?
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

SUBTLE AUTUMN CHANGES AND WALKING

Even though the days are still hot, the mornings have cooled down and are perfect for walking. I have stuck to my plan and have walked every morning since I wrote my post last week. 



A couple of mornings I have really had to drag myself out of bed, but I am always so happy when I hit the pavement. I'm trying to add distance a little at a time, so today I ventured more out into my surrounding neighborhood. 

I've really been noticing the subtle changes of the season as each day passes.

A lone defiant sunflower continues to seek the sun.



A couple of tomatoes still cling to their vine waiting to be picked.



But as much as nature tries to hold onto summer days, the early signs of Autumn are there. 

The sidewalks are littered with acorns, which the squirrels are noisily fighting over, and a few leaves are starting to change. 



As much as I would like for summer to go on forever, I know it can't and so I too am making small changes.

Today I have a chicken with some vegetables in the crockpot. It will give me several meals. I'll have chicken for two days and then I'll make a casserole and chicken soup. I'll divide it up and add it to the freezer for meals next month. 



I also created a tiered fall centerpiece yesterday and I'll share that later in the week. As I really don't have room in my budget for fall decor, I shopped my house. Can't wait to show you the result. 

Have you started decorating for fall yet, and how are those of you who said they were going to start walking doing?
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

FEELING NOSTALGIC

Maybe it's the rainy day, or maybe it's the date on the calendar.

September 17th 2016. 

The 20th anniversary of my father's death. The day he left this world and left me with so many things left unsaid. 

I remember this photo like it was yesterday. It was taken at our fishing club in Quebec. 


I was 16 or 17, glad to be home from boarding school for the summer.

My dad was a strong man. He went off to fight in WWII at a young age, serving his country as a fighter pilot flying a P-38. He was shot down over France where he was taken in by a French family. Unfortunately, he was discovered by the Germans and spent the remainder of the war as a POW in unimaginable circumstances in a POW camp in Germany.

I know now that my father evidently suffered from PTSD after the war, but at that time there was no diagnosis. However, my father never let it stop him. He went on to become a successful businessman and he and my mom raised a family of four children.

For the last three decades of his life, my father battled MS. He became a prisoner once again, but this time it was in his own body. 
It was terrible for him and for us to watch this strong man slowly succumb to such a terrible disease.

When he passed away 20 years ago I imagined that he was once again whole in body, flying up into the blue skies. 

So today I am feeling nostalgic as I watch the rain beat against my window. I am remembering times with my daddy. There were good times and bad times. Things I wish we could have talked about while he was still well. 

But even though he is gone from this earth, I still feel his presence. I know he is happy and I am happy for all of the memories we created together. Memories I can pull out whenever I want to feel him close by my side. Just like in the photo.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

LET'S GO WALKING

No doubt about the fact that this has been a really hot summer, and that translates into the fact that most days it was just too hot to get out and walk.

I love to walk, and when I don't walk on a regular basis I feel sluggish.


This morning the temperature was 55 degrees. Perfect for walking.

I put on my walking sandals and a light jacket and hit the pavement, and while I was walking I made a vow to myself to get back into a regular walking program. 


I decided that I am going to take a no more excuses stance. I know that the weather isn't always perfect to walk outside, but I live five minutes from a large mall, and there is no reason why I can't go there and walk in inclement weather. 

I am also going to find new places to walk. We have lots of parks and there is an arboretum very close to me so I can vary where I do my walking. 


Fall seems like the perfect time to build my walking stamina back up. Cooler days and pretty trees will be calling my name. 

How about you? Do you have an exercise plan? Is walking part of that plan? I would love for us to support each other in our efforts, with lots of encouragement. 

I will keep you up to date on how I am doing and where I am walking. 
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

DEFINITELY STILL SUMMER

I don't know what it is like on your neck of the woods, but it is definitely still summer here in Kentucky.


Labor Day may have come and gone, but the sweltering heat is still upon us. 


Temperatures in the low nineties are keeping my air conditioning running at full force, and are leaving me in no mood to think about pumpkins and colorful leaves.


I see so many people adding fall touches to their homes, but I think that is going to have to wait awhile for me. 


I'm not sure just how much fall decorating I am going to do in my new apartment. Although I have way too many Christmas decorations, I didn't find any of my fall items in storage. 


So I think I will take a few weeks to enjoy what is left of summer (my favorite season despite the heat) before I commit to fall.

In the meantime I'm going to live vicariously through all of your lovely postings. 
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Friday, September 2, 2016

VINTAGE DECOR TRENDS

This morning when I first checked my phone for new emails, I noticed that Etsy had an article on the newest trends in vintage decor. 

The first one they talked about was florals including pillows, and chintz. 


Not only do I have floral pillows, but I have a full on chintz setee.


Wow, I thought, who knew I was so trendy.

My sister, who is into fashion, the way I am into decorating with vintage and antiques said I have always been like that. A compliment that I can live with.

Blue and white china is also trending, and I certainly have a ton of that.

I use my pieces for planters


and as wall decor among other things.


Another trend is brass figurines and I happen to have those in my Etsy Shop.

From swans

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to roosters
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to a beautiful brass pineapple container.



About this trendy thing. I think trends are all well and good, but in all honesty I just decorate with what makes me feel good. I want to feel comfortable and at home where ever I live. I think that is what is most important.

How do you feel about trends. Do you love following the latest ones and changing up your decor a lot, or are you more like me and love how you decorate no matter the trends.
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Monday, August 29, 2016

RESTRUCTURING LIFE

I can't believe it has been eleven days since I wrote my last post. I loved all of the memories you shared of your childhood summers. So many of us seem to share the same memories. 

I wonder what the children of today will remember when they are older. I hope it isn't summer days spent sitting in an air conditioned house all day playing video games.

I have been very busy these last eleven days. Setting up my new booth. Taking care of my mom after oral surgery. Going to auctions. Setting up my cozy home. Etc. Etc. 


Now I feel like it is time to add some structure to my days. Too much running around. I want to have time to just sit and relax on my new chair and ottoman. 

Oh, did you notice that after four months of searching I finally found what I wanted. It was in a lovely consignment store and it had been reduced to $120. It is more of a deep gold color than shows in the photo, but I am having a difficult time getting good photos. 


The beautiful vintage wool rug is a new addition. I found it at an estate sale for forty dollars.

The basket beside my chair holds projects I am working on, books to read, and the remotes for the TV. It was twelve dollars at an auction, but I sold the contents that came with it in my booth so it was free. 

Back to the restructuring. What I am trying to do is create a more workable schedule for the things I need to do each week. I have to visit my two booths twice a week so I am working out which days are best for that, I want to write my blog twice a week, and I have to go to live auctions and yard sales and bid on online auctions. I also still have some things on Etsy so I have to monitor that.


Then of course there are always the personal things that need to be done and time to relax. 

I am going to sit down on my comfortable chair with my feet up and see if I can work it all out. 

Do you organize your time, or do you just kind of wing it each day?

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

SIMPLE SUMMER DAYS

A couple of days ago I was complaining about how quickly summer seems to go by and how much I miss simple summer days.

Then I came across this in my Facebook feed, (You can find the source here.)


I often wonder just when did we stop doing all of the things that made summer so much fun. Did we think we were too grown up? Were we too busy? 

I for one have decided that I want to get back to enjoying the simple pleasures of a childhood summer. 

Yesterday, I began. It was a moody, rainy day. Perfect to sit by an open window, and read a book while enjoying the smells and sounds of a summer day. It brought back memories of days reading Nancy Drew books in my shorty pajamas. 


The day seemed to drift by at a tempo I seemed to have forgotten existed. 

I still love to go treasure hunting. That is what yard sales, auctions, and even walks are for. Seeing a beautiful flower can be treasure enough for me these days. 


Tonight, I am going to head outside at dusk just to look for lightning bugs and listen to the cicadas. Maybe I will hear some neighborhood children playing hide and seek in the dark. 

There are so many simple pleasures to be enjoyed, and most of them are free for us to take. Summer may be drawing to a close, but it's not too late to get out and bring back some simple summer days of your own. 

What are some of your favorite summer memories?
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

GOOD GRIEF ENOUGH WITH THE TEETH ALREADY

First of all I want to thank all of you for your sweet comments concerning the death of my brother-in-law. My sister seems to be handling it well and is moving forward.


Now, about that teeth, or should I say tooth, issue. My life over the last week has been wrapped up with one stupid tooth. Monday and Tuesday were spent getting a complicated root canal and Thursday I had 3 1/2 hours of periodontal surgery.

I am now recovering, although I am not sure how long it will take to recover from the money I forked over. So much for getting a new chair and ottoman. That will definitely have to wait for more savings. 


Since I am having to rest for a few days (well rest is always relative with me) I am planning my next venture. I am going to expand my local vintage and antique business to another booth in a new location. 

I have decided to cut back on my Etsy business. I am getting a bit tired of the shipping after eight years, and I am not happy with the control they are exerting over the way I take payments. Etsy is not the seller friendly place that it used to be. 


The periodontist has restricted my lifting etc. for the next week so I am going to work on pricing the things I want to move from Etsy to my booth. 

There is not a lot more that I can do on my apartment right now, thanks to the pesky dental bills, but I am satisfied with what I have done and will start showing it to you next week. 

BTW my periodontist said she had never had as much fun doing a surgery as she had doing mine. I chose not to have sedation so that I could drive myself there and back, and I kept her and my dental student laughing the whole time. Apparently I can be quite entertaining when I am nervous. 


Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Summer has been zooming by and I sense a change in the light outside, which always signals that fall is not far off. 

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