Friday, July 31, 2015

Our 3 week trip..short version

Good Friday morning to you all.

Wow,  it has been a whole month since I posted - hope I still have a couple followers left!!

Well  July was a whirl-wind - we were gone the first 3 weeks and when we got home I immediately went to bed from an infection I got and stayed there for 3-1/2 days and the rest of that week was preparing for our turn at having the 'cousins reunion'.
It was a wonderful turnout this year – only 2 cousins couldn’t make it.
 cousins july 2015

This week was spent doing 'catch-up' on what was missed the rest of the month.

I'd like to take you on the trip with us as much as I can - pictures are few, at least the one's anyone would be interrested in.
We started out our trip heading south and spent the first night with Betty Crowe. She is a very dear friend who has 'Through My Back Door' blog - I know most of you know about her blog.
We met Betty last year on our trip south and felt like we had been friends forever.
Betty was one of my very first customers way back in 2009 and what did she order....CROWS! Naturally.
Well anyway we got to her house in the rain but it just made the mountains of Powell, TN that more beautiful.

Betty with smile
Betty met us at the 'back door' with her sweet smile.
Betty and Doug
Betty and Karen
Betty Deb Doug
These two look like book-ends…lol
Betty fixing Breakfast 
Betty fixing our wonderful Pot Roast dinner!
Dinner table
Deb (Betty’s daughter), Me and Betty

Our room
Our beautiful comfortable room for the night
We had a wonderful visit and I know we’ll stop in and see Betty again next time we head south.

The next morning we headed to Asheville, NC to visit Bill and Linda Nottingham
It had been a whole year since we saw them and we missed them dearly.
Our GPS wouldn’t take us to their place so they met us at the bottom of the hill – same as last year!
Bills birthday was on July 4th – Linda gave him a pair of waterproof shoe/boots and he loved them.
He and Doug take the same size so they had to smart around with them.

Linda put a pack of rub on tattoo's in his card and insisted we all wear them for the day.
Mine are on the left – I had a skull and a lizard of some kind.
Do you know how hard it is to get these buggers off?  It was days!!!

Later that day we went to the movies…saw SPY.
Here’s what Linda said about the movie.
”we all thought it was HIGHlarious!
And, like, Chummy from Call the Midwife!!!  Karen and I ate too much popcorn and got tummy aches.
Today we shopped for shoes and feel much better!”
I would recommend this movie if you want to laugh the entire time.
Fantastic Margarita’s at this wonderful Mexican restaurant – Nacho’s & Beer.

Spent 4 days with them then left north-east to Lancaster, PA

But first a stop in Chambersburg, PA at Grant Street Woolworks for more wool and Valdani thread.
Teresa Miller (Teresa’s Primitive Treasures) met us there.
She was going to go to lunch with us but was taking care of two of her grandchildren so opted out.
Still had a wonderful visit with her and Linda
Trying to find the right Valdani threads to work with the punch needle I purchased – I also brought some of ones I hadn’t worked up yet to get the right colors for them too.
Us three girls
We left there and arrived at our cousin’s place in Lancaster, PA
Spent 5 wonderful days there.
On that Friday it was my birthday and we also spent the day at the Lancaster Country Club watching the
U.S. Women’s Open Golf
We had a fantastic spot to sit and watch…it was the only day of our trip that wasn’t HUMID…couldn’t have asked for a better day.
Linda had a birthday dinner for me on Thursday because we were going to be gone all of Friday.
Karen bird house
I received this darling bird house that has since found a home in one of our trees
Doug bird house 2

We left Lancaster on Saturday the 11th heading north east up to Maine.
I’ll do another post later as this one is on picture overload!


Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Just a few things are new here…nothing special but something to post about.
Being it has been quiet in my little world here I have to grab at anything I can find to keep this blog going.

So way back last month we went to our local thrift shop and this Aqua chair spoke to me – it’s a bit brighter than I would normally have gone for but it’s an old chair and in good solid condition so it came home with us….and it didn’t break the bank either.  Just $15 is all.

Next to find a place for it.  It was intended for the back garden under the flowering pear tree but that didn’t happen so for now it’s in the alcove of our screen room.
That’s okay too because our fabric pieces all have some kind of Robin’s egg blue or Teal.  I may rub this chair down with a stain to age it some.
Isn’t it purty???
aqua chair

This past Sunday was the Elkhorn, WI flea market – found some great cookie cutters and an old cutting board.
The board is nice size to put a punch needle on.
Also another glass syrup jar with a pewter lid.  This makes 5 now and I like  that all of them are a different shape.

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So two weeks ago we had Aidan here for an over night stay – had a fantastic time with him.
He’s such an easy little boy to have around – he laughs and gets tickled so easy.He fell asleep in my arms so we made a bed up on the family room floor – his favorite place to sleep.
In the morning he said he woke up in the night – I asked him what he did…he said he came in our bedroom and looked at us – said he went into the kitchen and then was going to watch TV but didn’t know how to turn it on…

He loves to draw – kept at this for a long time.
Aidan on chair 

Aidan's bed

The next day we took him to the Mukwonago flea market and he got his face painted and then Culvers for an ‘early’ supper so we could have treats later on.
Aidan batman 2 

Aidan batman 
This is why we had an early supper – homemade ice cream!
Making ice cream 

It was also his birthday a few days later…7 already!
We stopped over at their place to give him his gifts – I guess one doesn’t rip open the card and fling…money on the ground! lol
And now to count it – he started out thinking it was just $5 – but we made him stop and think…and he was beyond happy!
Gave him something else to open but the money was his favorite.
Aidan counting money

Being there were gifts being given he got so excited he wanted to give his daddy his Father’s Day gift.
He had Darren in tears of joy

 Darren and Aidan

I guess this is a ‘birthday’ post because we celebrated Miranda’s 3rd birthday last night.
We are going on vacation starting tomorrow so we had our ‘family dinner’ night early and were able to give Miranda her gift.

We got her the Elsa doll from Frozen.

Miranda with Frozen 

Zayne was 2 a couple weeks ago -  he is getting to be such a big boy and so sweet.

Joe, Aidan and Miranda
Heather, Emily and Jesse couldn’t make it this time.
Joe Aidan Miranda

We tried a different place to eat because the one we always go to isn’t open on Mon., or Tues.
Well we got there about 5:45, put our name in and waited….and waited!
It was past 7:30 when we finally got seated.
But all these little ones were PERFECT…not one cry or whimper and they got along so good.

I guess this was a birthday post even though it wasn’t intended but that’s all that’s happened here.

My next post may come from somewhere other than home…we’re heading out early tomorrow.
First to Ashville, NC to visit friend, then on up to Lancaster, PA for some shopping and we have tickets for the Women’s golf open.
And we’ll spend my birthday out there on Friday as well and then head out northeast.
Plan on getting up into Maine and then working back to Sturbridge to visit Old Sturbridge Village and go to the Brimfield antique show.
If we find some treasures I hope I can do a post on my i-pad.
Never done one on it so wish me luck.

I wish you all the best and have a special rest of your week



Tuesday, May 26, 2015


FIRST…I want to say that I don’t know why Blogger or Google+ doesn’t let some of you post a comment.
I have it open to ANYONE except ‘anonymous’.
And…some of you are getting a ‘no-reply’ and I’ve been seeing that more and more.
I’ve done all the ‘fixes’ I can think of.  So…if you can’t comment, just send me an email – I’d still love to hear from you!

Pineapple line art

Oh what an experience – but you really need to go there to get the real feel…the pictures don’t do it justice…if there is ‘justice’ to a place like this…basically all I saw was ‘stuff’ but others might see ‘treasures’.
There are buildings and stuff everywhere, so one would think it’s chaos…but HIPPY TOM has it all in order according to him.

If you are not familiar with’ Hippy Tom’ he was on American Pickers quite awhile back and since then he has become even more popular

I went to his place about 30 years ago when it was just a large building and he sold lots of perennials and annuals and a little yard art. Goodness has it grown since.  Not sure why I haven’t been to his place since because it’s just the next town over!

Normally we see him at the Elkhorn flea market and he has some nice things to pick through but I didn’t really see one thing that caught my eye except for a stained glass window – oh how I would to have  brought it home but there’s no place to put it so it stayed.

Hippy Tom being over run with questions – and I’d like to say…he’s one of the nicest people I’ve met.  He lives with his wife in a beautiful old house on the property.
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This church was my favorite building
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Bicycles hanging in a tree!
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The “Buoy’ tree
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The ‘Christmas tree stand’ tree
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The barn with chairs everywhere…even hanging from the rafters.
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And that stained glass window I would have loved to have.
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There were so many things I could have taken pictures of but I like the buildings the best.

Hope you enjoyed your tour of Serendipity Farm – if you get in the area of his next show stop in and see what new things Hippy Tom has.