F Simple and Serene Living: November 2012 09 10
Friday, November 30, 2012


Next week I will be working on overcoming the obstacles in my path, and we know that right now they are many. But today, I will just be enjoying my family here in Atlanta. Having four generations together is wonderful.

I hope you will forgive me for not enjoying all of your blogs this past week. I miss catching up, but promise to be back reading and enjoying next week.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

shut out

Have you ever stood in front of a fence where you could peek around either side, but you can't get through? 

That is what has happened since I arrived in Wilmington. After a twelve hour drive and four hours of very restless sleep, I have been completely shut out. 

It is left up to me to prove that I actually left my property here. The woman I left it with is apparently out of state working (so can't find her to serve papers) and her son-in-law told me that my property has been moved out of the house. That is all the information I can get. It may have been sold or it may be in the garage. I stood twenty feet from that garage without being able to see. I am so frustrated.

I have been to the police and to the sheriff. Bottom line is I can only file a civil suit at this point to get my property back. If I can prove she sold it then I can file criminal charges. The problem is proving it. 

The other problem is if I file it now I would have to come back in the near future to go to court and I am having surgery in January. I will probably have to wait until the end of March when I can travel again.. 

So, do I continue to pay her for the storage hoping that my property is in her garage and then file a civil suit in March? I have a lot to think about.

In the meantime, my mom and I are heading to Atlanta tomorrow, to be surrounded by love. 

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Monday, November 26, 2012

The Christmas Door

The Christmas season is upon us, and to herald it in I thought today would be a good day to focus on the Christmas door.

Enter in and welcome this wonderful season.

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The words of John Howard Payne, "Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home" are never more true than during this wonderful holiday season, when we welcome friends and loved ones into our homes. 

As I set out today for North Carolina, I know your thoughts and prayers are with me, and I know that no matter the outcome I will always have a home, no matter how humble.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

small business saturday SALE

Did everyone survive Black Friday? I make it a point to stay home. I use it to recover from the inevitable overeating on Thanksgiving and to work on the Christmas decorating.

Today is small business Saturday. As a small business, I love this day, and to promote this special day I am offering 15% off all purchases today from ImSoVintage

Use coupon code vintage15 at checkout.

Thank you for supporting small and local businesses.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Turkey hangover and Christmas images

I am definitely suffering a turkey hangover today. What is it about Thanksgiving? We spend all day cooking and 20 minutes eating and then an hour cleaning up. I think I am going to enjoy the leftovers more today when I am not sitting down to the table completely exhausted. My gluten free meal did turn out delicious though, so it was worth it.

Today is Black Friday, which means I am avoiding the stores like the plague. Hmmmm, is that where the name Black Friday came from, because it sure seems like a blight to me. How do you feel about it?

I had hoped to start photographing the Christmas decor in my house today, but as it is gray and rainy that will have to wait. Instead I am sharing some wonderful images from the internet. 

I love the simple old fashioned appeal of these spaces.






I am planning to head out for North Carolina and Georgia on Monday, so I have a lot to do over the next three days. Guess I better get my grumbly self up and started.

Be sure and check back tomorrow, as I will be having a Small Business Saturday sale in ImSoVintage

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

May you be blessed today with love, joy, and peace. I hope that you are surrounded by family and friends today, and if not, that you can give your heart to others. 

Thank you for blessing me each and every day with your friendship and support.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

don't worry...be happy

This is how I started my day off this morning. Can't you just picture me dancing around my bedroom in my penguin jammies? 

Ouch, stumped my toe, but don't worry be happy.

As I head into Thanksgiving I am casting my cares aside and choosing happiness. 

Today I am choosing to let loose and be a little silly. ( I am actually silly on most days. Just ask my grandchildren. They love to tell me I am hilarious)

As I dance downstairs, to begin a day that has a mile long list, and my mom gives me that "Really, this early in the morning?" look I will be thinking "Don't worry, be happy" 

You can read more about Happy Habits here.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

shopping on a Monday

This week we head into the busiest shopping season of the year. It is a time of joy, but can also be a time of stress. We want to give gifts that express our love, but for many of us we have to do this on a limited budget. 

I am vowing more than ever to shop local and small businesses this year and to support handmade and vintage. As an American, I want to support products made in the United States and in our closest neighbor, Canada. If you are a resident of another country, I hope you will support your local businesses.

With that in mind, I have chosen products from American and Canadian sellers for this weeks shopping on Etsy. So grab a cup of coffee or tea and join me in front of the fire.

Please remember to click on the item name to see the item and the shop name to see more lovelies from the seller.

houses on canvas print from PeyLu

rustic snow globe from Worleys Lighting

let it snow from hairbrained schemes

vintage pair of holiday cookie tins from Coco and Bear

french farmhouse paper book wreath from roseflower48

men's shaving set from Miri Hardy Pottery

Johnson Brothers Fish Platter from ImSoVintage

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Saturday, November 17, 2012


I cannot begin to convey to you how blessed I feel today after all of the wonderful support and compassion you all showed me yesterday. 

You are  what friendship is about.

and though I may not know you in person, I know you through this wonderful world of blogging. I hope you know that you are very close to my heart and I am filled with gratitude for your wonderful friendship.

I am taking baby steps. I had her phone cut off yesterday and I plan to go there after Thanksgiving. No, I will not go alone to her house.

I woke up this morning and the first thing I saw on my computer was this.

Tessa is 4 1/2 months old. How can I be sad, when I have that face to look at. I will be going to Atlanta at the same time I travel to North Carolina. Can't wait to hold that chubby, happy, giggling baby in my arms.

Taking the rest of today off to decorate for Christmas. 

With Love,

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Friday, November 16, 2012


This is the hardest post I have ever written and I wasn't sure if I should share it, but it has been eating me up for months and I am in such extreme turmoil.

What do you do when someone you thought was a friend betrays you? 

Let me start from the beginning. Three years ago I left North Carolina to move back to Kentucky and help my mother. I also needed help because I had lost my job and was unable to find another, so it was a good situation for both of us. When I left, I planned to put all of my things into storage, but a friend asked me to leave them in a room in her house and pay her. She was also having financial difficulties and needed the extra money. I agreed and also added her onto my phone bill as part of the deal so that she wouldn't have that expense. 

A couple of months ago I tried to contact her to let her know I needed to come to North Carolina and pick up my things. I have tried several times through the phone and emails with no response.  She continued to cash the checks I sent her. 

I then googled her and found that her daughter and her family are now living in the house. So I sent her a certified letter, which she has not picked up. 

I think she has sold my property. We are talking about everything I own, including my family's heirlooms and my daughters' baby pictures. I am devastated. I know these are hard times, but I would never do this to someone.

Today, I am having her phone cut off and then I have to decide if I should press charges against her. I have receipts for all of the payments I have made to her. This is not something I want to do.

What would you do?


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Thursday, November 15, 2012



Author: April Carroll
There is a lot for us to do
Like mending our fences
Before the cows go through.

Search your heart and search your soul
For fences to mend
Before you're too old.

Sometimes in life things happen to us
That tear down fences
And cause mistrust.

Forgiving and forgetting is hard to do
But we must mend our fences
Before the cows go through.

Do you ever think of fences? 
We have so many sayings related to fences. "good fences make good neighbors", "mend your fences" , "sitting on the fence", "don't fence me in".................

Do you erect fences? Do those fences keep people out or hold you in? 

Do you ever think of fences? 

I do.

Linking with:
Thursday Favorite Things

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

here it comes

Christmas is coming. It is rolling down the tracks. towards us, like a fast moving train, bringing snow, ice, carols, and all things winter.


I went out in the garage this morning just to look at the massively stacked containers of Christmas decorations. 

Then I came upstairs, shut my door and started making a list of who I could con into putting them up. 

I'm still thinking. There must be someone. SIGH!!!

I am a great believer is replacing a negative thought with a positive one, so I am positively going to sit here and look at what other people are doing for Christmas. 

I hate to waste spend all this  time researching alone, so I figured I should share it with you.

I found these wonderful old fashioned country Christmas images.

This really looks homey and inviting. Maybe I could just take my mom there and she would never know I didn't do it.


I want this wagon.


Sometimes just simple and homespun is perfect.


They seriously stole this idea from me. Okay, they don't know me and I doubt they ever saw my front porch, but I started doing this years ago. Who knew I was a decorating visionary.


Just so you don't think I am a complete slacker, this is a stocking I made for Little Crooked Cottage. It sold, but I am going to try and get some more sewn over the next week.

I think I am getting into the Christmas spirit now. So maybe this weekend I will start to drag in those boxes.

Thanks to everyone for your well wishes yesterday. I took an hour long nap and then told myself to get over it. 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

under the weather

Don't you just love the saying "I'm feeling under the weather" except of course when it applies to you. Yes, I am feeling under the weather today.

Just where in the world did that phrase come from?

Here is what I found through a little research, and I do mean little. I googled it and then I copied and pasted. It's all I felt up to at the moment.

This popular phrase for "ill" dates back to 1827. It is commonly believed that bad weather can make you sick.

UNDER THE WEATHER - "Ik Marvel, a pseudonym that resulted from a misprinting of J.K. Marvel, was the pen name of American author Donald Grant Mitchell. In his 'Reveries of a Bachelor' Ik Marvel is the first to record 'under the weather,' which has been a synonym for everything from 'ill and indisposed' to 'financially embarrassed' and 'drunk,' and has even been a synonym for 'the discomfort accompanying menstruation." From "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997).

To be under the weather is to be unwell. This comes again from a maritime source. In the old days, when a sailor was unwell, he was sent down below to help his recovery, under the deck and away from the weather.

"Under the weather. To feel ill. Originally it meant to feel seasick or to be adversely affected by bad weather. The term is correctly 'under the weather bow' which is a gloomy prospect; the weather bow is the side upon which all the rotten weather is blowing." From "Salty Dog Talk: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions" by Bill Beavis and Richard G. McCloskey (Sheridan House, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., 1995. First published in Great Britain, 1983).

 Let me tell you, I would make a terrible sailor. I get sea sick just standing on the dock.

Why is it when we get sick we instantly revert to childhood and wish our moms would take care of us?

Oh wait, my mom is right downstairs. Maybe she'll fix me some chicken soup.

She is pretty darned good with that electric can opener.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

shopping on a monday

As my mom would say, "the wind is blowing to beat the band" around here this morning. It woke me several times during the night and I know that it is blowing in a cold front, letting us know that November is definitely here.

Perfect morning to sit in front of the fire with a cup of cocoa and browse Etsy. So come on in and join me. Jammies optional, but are the preferred wardrobe for this shopping trip. I personally have on my flannels with the penguins. Who ever said ImSoVintage wasn't stylish?

Don't forget to click on the description to see the item and the name of the shop to see what other lovelies they have. 

herb drying rack from less and more

leaf pillow from plantillo

antique silver bird cage from 86 home

white Christmas nativity set from zime

vintage toggle coat from concetta's closet

frostie root beer crate from ImSoVintage

If you're looking for me. I'll be battening down the hatches.

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