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Monday, August 29, 2016


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


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


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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Monday, August 1, 2016


There are so many things in life that we consider inevitable. We are born, we go through ups and downs, we age, we pay taxes, and of course we all must die. 

Even though we think we are prepared for the death of a loved one, I am not sure that we ever really can be. 

You may have noticed that I was absent last week. At 1:30 on Tuesday morning my phone rang. A call from an unknown local number at that time can never be a good thing. 

It was the nursing home where my sister's husband was a patient. They called me to let me know that he had unexpectedly passed away in his sleep. It was up to me to get dressed and go to my sister's home to break the news. 

My brother-in-law Don was a good man. He was highly intelligent, a prolific writer, and most of all he loved kids. 

He spent many hours teaching chess to underprivileged children and he entertained his nieces and nephews with an unlimited repertoire of stories. He loved to make up scary stories to tell to my daughter Katy for when we were travelling around the state of Kentucky.

He had an amazing knowledge of the state of Kentucky, which he shared through his newspaper column and in a book he wrote. 

You can read a wonderful tribute to him, which appeared at the top of the front page of our paper here.

Don will be missed by many, but he will be especially missed by those of us who called him family.

Rip in peace Don. We are happy that for you there is no more pain.

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