F Simple and Serene Living: June 2012 09 10
Saturday, June 30, 2012

hanging out the wash

One of the most wonderful things about Facebook is reconnecting with childhood friends. In the eighth grade, or grade 8 as they called it in Canada, I met a smart, cute, and funny new friend. Her actual name is Shana, but she liked to be called Trixie (just like Trixie Belden "girl detective'). To me, she will always be Trixie. 

See how cute she was and how cute she is today?

That is Trixie on the left (no that woman with the curly blonde hair isn't me, but she has great hair, doesn't she? I wish mine was that thick SIGH!)

Well, I have totally digressed. Trixie sent me a cute email this week about hanging out the wash. As I am into all things vintage and natural, and many people are once again taking their laundry out to be hung on a clothesline, I thought I would share it with you.

 Remembering Mum's Clothesline

here is one thing that was left out.
We had a long wooden pole (clothes pole) that was used to push 
The clotheslines up so that longer items (sheets/pants/etc.)
didn't brush the ground and get dirty. 
You have to be a "certain age" to appreciate this one.... 
(But you YOUNGER ones can read about "The GOOD ol' days"!!) 
I can hear my mother now....
(If you don't even know what clotheslines are, better skip this.)
1.     You had to hang the socks by the toes... NOT the top. 
2.     You hung pants by the BOTTOM/cuffs... NOT the waistbands. 
3.     You had to WASH the clothesline(s) before hanging any clothes - walk
        The entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines. 
4.    You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang
       "whites" with "whites," and hang them first. 
5.     You NEVER hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail!
        What would the neighbours think? 
6.     Wash day on a Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend,
        Or on Sunday, for Heaven's sake! 
7.     Hang the sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines so you could
        Hide your "unmentionables" in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y'know!) 
8.     It didn't matter if it was sub-zero weather.... Clothes would "freeze-dry." 
9.     ALWAYS gather the clothes pegs when taking down dry clothes! Pegs
        Left on the lines were "tacky"! 
10.   If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item
        Did not need two clothes pegs, but    shared one of the clothes pegs with 
        The next washed item. 
11.   Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes
        Basket, and ready to be ironed. 
12. IRONED???!! Well, that's a whole OTHER subject!

And now a POEM .......
A clothesline was a news forecast, To neighbours passing by, 
There were no secrets you could keep, When clothes were hung to dry. 
It also was a friendly link, For neighbours always knew 
If company had stopped on by, To spend a night or two. 
For then you'd see the "fancy sheets", And towels upon the line; 
You'd see the "company table cloths", With intricate designs. 
The line announced a baby's birth, From folks who lived inside, 
As brand new infant clothes were hung, So carefully with pride! 
The ages of the children could, So readily be known 
By watching how the sizes changed, You'd know how much they'd grown! 
It also told when illness struck, As extra sheets were hung; 
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe too, Haphazardly were strung. 
It also said, "On vacation now", When lines hung limp and bare. 
It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged, With not an inch to spare! 
New folks in town were scorned upon, If wash was dingy and grey, 
As neighbours carefully raised their brows, And looked the other way. 
But clotheslines now are of the past, For dryers make work much less. 
Now what goes on inside a home, Is anybody's guess! 
I really miss that way of life, It was a friendly sign 

When neighbours knew each other best.
By what hung out on that line

  Thanks Trix!!

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Friday, June 29, 2012

a real steal

One of the things that makes me happy is finding a fabulous vintage item and then getting it for practically nothing. I mentioned in my post yesterday that I had been to an auction and had gotten a pair of fabulous mid century lamps. When I saw them during the auction preview, I was pretty much salivating (I could definitely be one of Pavlov's dogs, only my treat would be a vintage bargain)

Here is my strategy. After finding something that I really want more than anything else, I ignore it, I turn my back and walk away, I put on my best poker face. Oh come on, you know me better than that. I proceed to tell everyone how much I want it. How wonderful it is...... I definitely need a better strategy. However, in this case it worked. I think everyone was cutting me some slack because of my surgery, so no one bid against me. 

Bottom line, I walked away with two of these fabulous lamps.

They had been sitting in someone's living room for 60 years and are in amazing condition. The lampshades are drip wax. I have never seen anything like them. I am not even going to tell you what I paid for them, because I would hate to go to jail for theft. 

SIGH!!!! Some things in life are just too good to be imagined. They will be going into ImSoVintage this weekend.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

baking and wasps

I bet you all thought I was going to share a cool recipe that I baked today.

Ha, the only thing that is baking around here is me. 


Yes, my friends, it was 105 degrees here this afternoon. 

Now, don't get me wrong, I love summer, but this might be a hint that the next few days will be good stay inside days. 

I went to an auction this afternoon. I was very excited to be out and about on my own again and to see all my auction buddies. There were so many people who were happy to see me and we had a great time visiting. I also found a few new things for my shop. I literally stole a pair of mid century modern lamps. They are so fabulous and I will share them when I recover from my temporary heat stroke :)

Now, the thing about the wasps.

I certainly don't deny wasps the right to be in this universe, but I do deny them the right to be in my van.

I pulled up in the driveway to unload my purchases, and as soon as I opened the door, five wasps flew in. All I can say is I hope the UPS driver that pulled up across the street just then didn't have a video camera, because I do not want to find myself on You Tube screaming and batting wasps with my cane. It is not how I want to be remembered.  


If you happen to be looking for me, I'll be the person with their head stuck in the freezer.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

sneaking away

I had told myself that I was going to spend yesterday afternoon doing some catching up, but I was feeling BLAH in the morning and just wanted to get away. So I looked at my mom and decided we needed to just sneak away for the afternoon. We hadn't been to Natural Bridge State Park since last fall and as it is only a little over an hour from Lexington, not too far to take my post surgery knee on a trip.

On Sundays they have a big buffet. You know the kind I'm talking about....good old southern fried chicken and catfish, mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh green beans, banana pudding.....lots of good heart attack provoking foods that I wouldn't eat on a normal basis (well except for the green beans) but just the kind of food you want to eat while sneaking away. The kind of food you want to eat while  

looking at spectacular views.

The kind of food you just look for any kind of excuse to eat.

Normally after a huge meal like that, I would want to walk it off, but as I can't do a lot of walking and it was 92 degrees, even in the mountains, we decided to take a leisurely drive back on a winding mountain road. 

Such an amazingly beautiful area.

Every winding turn brought a new view. 

We had to stop after an hour so I could stretch my legs so we pulled up in front of an old church.
Love the sign. 

Don't you love the name? I kept looking for a creek nearby filled with wandering cows, but never could find it. Besides, that picture looks more like a buffalo to me. 

I love this old iron bridge. They are doing away with them, so I love finding one that is still in use.

In order to save them, they try to get people to buy them and move them to their property. I'm thinking that maybe I might not have room outside the townhouse for one of these. Although, I have to admit, it would definitely be a conversation starter. 

It was definitely one of those perfect kind of days and one that I will treasure, because I am still so lucky to have my mom with me to spend a day alone with.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Photo Walls

How do you like to display your photos? 

Do you like a few grouped together on a shelf?

Add caption
Do you like a grouping of black frames?

How about a grouping of different size frames?

Maybe you like to wrap your photos around a corner.

Or does an eclectic cottage look appeal to you?

How many photos are too many?

I was sitting here looking at photos of my grandchildren, wishing I had a million more. So maybe there can never be too many of those.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012



Impatience is
A roll of the eyes.
A tap of the foot.
An exasperated sigh.
A frustrated look.

Monday my physical therapist told me she was going to write that I am impatient in my chart. 
Impatient? Moi??

I have not rolled my eyes or tapped my foot. Okay, I may have given an exasperated sigh and a frustrated look a time or two, but I think overall I have been very patient. 

Have I been as patient as Smokey who is sitting quietly beneath the flowers waiting for his breakfast?

Or have I been more like Chrystal who paces back and forth anticipating the food?

I guess I have been a little more like Crystal. I sort of fell for some of the online hype about people who were dancing a jig two weeks after their knee replacement. My therapist just laughed at that. She said they failed to tell you they were holding on to their walkers and wincing with pain. 

She also said I was doing amazingly well. I'll take that little pat on the back, thank you very much.

I am happy to be getting some things done. My van got a nice bath at the car wash yesterday, and I dropped my laptop off at the computer repair shop today.

I'm also enjoying some relaxing time reading and sitting in the garden in the mornings before it gets too hot. 

I may be impatient, but I'm not stupid. I don't plan on doing anything to hurt my recovery. I have a new granddaughter coming sometime in the next four weeks. I plan on being in tip top shape to head down to Atlanta to welcome her to the world.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Americana in Home Decor

Happy Tuesday everyone. I hope you enjoy this wonderful guest post today.

Hello, everyone! I'm Mari and I write for Arcadian Lighting, the online place to find light fixtures in all styles, along with lighting ideas and trends. It's so exciting to be here at I'm So Vintage to share a guest post with you. My topic today is Americana in home decor. This appealing look is often associated with country or farmhouse style, but it's surprisingly versatile, fitting beautifully into eclectic, contemporary and coastal homes as well. Infusing spaces with the look of Americana is what the following images are all about. Please enjoy!

This entry hall should be called minimalist Americana I think. A contemporary shaded pendant light stands in stark contrast to the carefully draped American flag on the wall.

This foyer is done in Early American vintage style very evident in the formally framed flags turned into wall gallery with AMERICA spelled across the long wall.

With an American flag hanging over the fireplace, the color story here had to be red, white and blue. The blues are a surprisingly brilliant hue, making for a more contemporary feel.

With no flags in sight, this vintage kitchen carries off Americana style beautifully with a collection of blue and white plates on the wall above glass-fronted cabinets and dishtowels on the countertop, along with touches of red. I wish we could more clearly see the red, white and blue rag rug. It's such an intriguing look.

Stars and checks instead of stripes cover the beds in this room for three boys. The small slender lamps with red shades are perfect for reading in bed. I love the inclusion of the surprising brown bedding in this Americana themed space.

This eclectic vintage space gets a touch of Americana from a flag-inspired banner draped on the front door.

Americana goes coastal in this crisp white room with red checked sofa and blue and white stripes on the overstuffed chair and ottoman.

Shall we finish with a dream space filled with Americana? Sharon Osbourne's kitchen was done by Martyn Lawrence Bullard who used pieces from her extensive Americana collection to add a personal touch to the design. The stunning pendant lights are so totally unexpected, but work beautifully in this "country house." 

Feeling inspired? Let us know in the comments! If you are in the mood for something a bit more modern, then you should go here.

Thank you, Mari and Arcadian Home Decor for this beautiful and inspiring post. Perfect timing with July the 4th just around the corner.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

shopping on a Monday

I can't believe it is Monday again. Where does the time go. I have been so wrapped up with physical therapy and doing my exercises, I haven't gotten a whole lot done this last week. I am walking with a cane now, although still with pain, but I am so happy to be done with the walker and able to drive again. I took my first solo drive to the library yesterday. I felt like a sixteen year old with a new license. FREEDOM!!!

Since today is Monday, I have been doing a bit of window shopping on Etsy. Wish I could buy all of these fabulous goodies. Maybe one of these will strike your fancy. 

Don't forget to click on the price below the item to see it on Etsy and the shop name to see other wonderful things the seller is offering. 

Vintage embroidered cutwork lace linen blouse

$45 from Fabulous Mess Vintage

wooden cedar basket

$35 from Rig and Twig

vintage french country pitcher

$38 from The Farmhouse Co

vintage wood box with handle

$42 from Rustic Wren Antiques

and I thought I would sneak in a pillow from my shop (after all, a girl has to make a living)

$40 from ImSoVintage

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

To all the wonderful dads out there, I hope this is a special day. If you are lucky enough to still have your father, I hope you get to spend the day with him. 

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Definitely Not

So, I was sitting here this morning thinking of all the things I would like to do this summer once I am fully mobile again. It's my bucket list of summer fun. 

I could share those things with you, but I'm thinking they are rather mundane. Instead I thought I would share some things I would definitely not be doing. 

First off would be driving on this road. Seriously????? Between my vertigo and the fact I just want to keep on living, this is definitely not a must do. (I want to know what exactly is holding this road up, and who are the fools who built it)


Oh gee, I really would have liked to do this (NOT), but my surgeon said no climbing. Too bad. Maybe in my next life. 


I have always thought kayaking would be fun, but I'm thinking there must be a nice flat lake somewhere with my name on it. Oh. wait a minute. My daughter says if you turn over it is hard to right yourself. I have this funny aversion to drowning, so maybe this isn't the sport for me.


I always thought I was pretty brave going down the water slide at Disneyland. I swear, I did it. The only reason you can't see me in the picture is because I was reaching down to guard my purse just at the moment they snapped the photo. (It had absolutely nothing to do with me cowering behind my 12 year old daughter, while simultaneously praying) I'm thinking that maybe going down this at 65 miles per hour in just my bathing suit might not be the thing for me. 


I'm sure that dead lifting a shark is a great summer sport, and I would do it, but I'm thinking it may be over the 10 pounds I am currently allowed to lift. So maybe it will just have to go on the back burner for awhile.


 I'm sure all of the above activities would be fun and refreshing this summer, and if you decide to try any of them, I hope you will list me as one of your beneficiaries. 

Now here is a woman with just the right idea. I mean, sipping wine through a straw seems pretty brave to me and if I hold myself to one glass, I might not trip over my own feet getting into the house from the patio. 


So here's to a summer full of fun and adventure. See you on the patio.

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