Saturday, December 14, 2013

It Gets Harder and Harder to Deck The Halls...

It turned into way too much work.  We worried that our grandchildren would be upset.  They hardly noticed.  We have a sweet, small tree that stays out all year including decorations and lights.  It sits  on our landing and those lights have not been turned off  in at least five years!  (I know...)  It is what it is. 

 The front door always has a wreath of fresh greens, berries, and a bow.   My sweet husband has gathered most of the fresh greenery.  It's drinking lots of water right now.

Fa, la, la, la, la ......! 

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It takes a "ton" of greenery!  A mix of evergreens makes me happy.
Slurp, slurp, slurp!
Don't even ask where my SH gets all this.  He has his sources and I don't want to know.
 I use this wreath as my base and add lots of fresh greenery.  At least I have it out!  That touch of bronze in the wreath is a rusted handle to an old basket. 

There is nothing wrong with using faux berries, cones, and touches of green,  if they look very good.  I have to replace mine almost every year because they look so good the birds try and eat them!

 Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa, la, la, la, la.......

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A "do nothing" day...

This morning I made the comment to my SH that I would love to have a day to do "Nothing"!  He responded that I should do that today, "NOTHING"!  Really?

(Not that I needed permission)

did plan to make the bed, some laundry, dress (meaning remove my pj's, put on some jeans), brush my hair (and teeth)  Maybe I won't even open the front door?
did have plans to empty my closet completely, try everything on, discard, re-organize, put outfits together, etc.  Yep, that was one thing I had planned to do today.  We'll see how this goes...


Well, what in the world made me think that re-organizing my closet would be a part of my "do nothing" day?  All I can tell you is that I did, in fact, redo my closet.  It nearly killed me!  I could barely walk the next day.

I'm going to re-schedule my "do nothing" day after the holidays.

I Just Had a Sick Feeling....

Recently I made a quick stop at an Estate Auction in the neighborhood,  I knew the lady who had owned the property.  She had a Bed 'n Breakfast for years.

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It was almost over when I got there.  They were down to the "box lots"  At this point I must tell you that I have no knowledge of whether family had already gotten what they wanted.  Or maybe they didn't want anything???

OK, back to the "box lots".  They sold boxes of "handwork" for two & three dollars!  Boxes of "smalls" for three dollars!  I had a sick feeling as I stood there watching.  Twenty old dolls for five dollars!.  
I saw rows of furniture that had already sold.  I shutter to think how little it sold for.
I saw a beautiful, old, crocheted bedspread go for $30.00!  It was sad.
I know you are wondering what I purchased?  Nothing!  (Does a hot-dog count?}  I guess I am amazed at the value (or lack of) placed on beautiful, old things. 
There is a great difference {in my part of the country) between an "Estate Sale" and an "Estate Auction".  Estate Sales are more interesting.   Everything is already priced.  Most of the time someone can tell you a story about a particular item.  The prices are higher but that's ok.  Usually on the last day everything is Half-Price!  
I was not in the mood to buy anything.  

I just had a sick feeling in my stomach.