Friday, February 26, 2010

Oh Canada

Last night was an amazing night. We, along with most of the world, have been watching the Winter Olympics being held in Vancouver. There have been so many wonderful stories and also many tragedies. I am always amazed at the discipline and perseverance of these athletes. It feels like we all stand behind them, as though we were the ones actually taking part in the sport.

Last night was the Women's Figure Skating competition. Did you watch it? So many talented young women taking to the ice to perform their Free Skate. The beauty and grace of each skater surely captured their audiences. But I think the whole world held it's breath when Joannie Rochette took to the ice. Skating just four days after the sudden death of her mother, Joannie skated her heart out. Was it perfect? In the eyes of the world, Joannie skated the performance of her lifetime. She blew a kiss heavenward when she finished.

And those judges? Were they perfect?? For many years, past judging has been deeply criticized for being unfair with Soviet blocks giving high marks for skating performances that were lacking. But last night the judges made up for all injustices they have reckoned with in the past. Canada is proud to honor Joannie Rochette as the Bronze metal winner.

(picture courtesy Getty Images)

Canada is proud. And so is the world! Congratulations Joannie!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010


One of my favorite things to do when I have a few minutes, is visit blogs around cyberspace. There are some totally awesome blogs out there with so much creativity and talent, it sometimes blows me away. Carol from Old Glory Cottage has such a cute and cheerful blog and is one of my favorites to visit.

Recently I received this lovely award from Carol -

Boy, was I honored. Carol simply said she enjoys my blog. Wow! I can't tell you how much that means to me. I never thought when I started blogging that I would meet so many nice people like you all! I guess we write what comes out of our hearts, but when someone out there is reading what you have posted and lets you know they enjoy it, well, I'm very happy to hear it.

So now I am supposed to share 7 things about myself and then pass this award on.

1. I love Jane Austen. I have read all of her books several times, own two versions of the Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion and Emma movies.

2. I once caught a 325 lb Tarpon.

3. My High School graduation was held in the Auto Shop because the new school building was not completed. We never attended school in the new building, but were deemed the first graduating class :-(

4. I've done some kind of hand work since I was a teen. Started with embroidery, then sewed my own garments, moved into cross stitch, and finally into what I love, quilting.
5. I LOVE Chick-fil-a tea

6. I've been a homeschooling Mom for 24 years!

7. I never have liked cold weather or snow. Give me spring and summer and I am a happy bug.

Whew, that was harder then I thought it would be. So now I am to pass this award on to others. I know that many bloggers do not accept awards, and I understand that. But I would like to pass this one on, so you can visit these lovely creative blogs.





Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

VTT Presidents

So many things have changed over the years. It seems that in February we used to celebrate George Washington's birthday, and then there was Lincoln's birthday. Over the years it was combined to celebrate Presidents Day. I am not really sure that school children now know the significance of honoring our Presidents. It is just a day off from school and more retail sales.

I came across these Look magazines that were packed away in the old suitcase. I guess my Mom had saved them.

I only have two of them, although the front page states there were three parts.

There really are no words.

Please be sure to visit Suzanne's Colorado Lady blog for the other Vintage Thingie Thursday posts.

Wishing you a peaceful week.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Valentine's greetings

Oh yes he did ;-)

Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

It's time for a Tea Party

I sure do miss Tea Things Tuesday, so every once in a while I like to post about tea things. What really set me off this week was an incredible find at a thrift store on Saturday.

My daughter and her friend decided they wanted to go to thrift stores, and I was their guide :-) As they were looking around this particular store, I found my way over to the housewares. To my amazement I find these tea cups. Lots of tea cups. And so I started to look these tea cups over. Bone china, made in England, Germany and a couple from Japan. I called my daughter on the cell phone and put an SOS out for a shopping cart.

Yes my sweet peeps, here they are...............

And yes, I checked them all over and picked out the ones in the best condition (no chips or cracks). The ladies who were working there said they had just put them out. Some of the saucers did not exactly match, but they were coming home with me for a tea party.

Now are you really ready to know what I paid for these little beauties?

Are you ready??

Really ready??

Twenty cents! Yes folks you heard me right, twenty cents for the cup AND the saucer! I came out of that thrift store with 9 teacups/saucers for $2.00!!!!

Woo-Hoo let's party :-)

p.s. I am linking up with Colorado Lady's Vintage Thingies Thursday. Please stop by and visit the other wonderful vintage finds on Suzanne's blog.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY February 8, 2010...

Outside my window.....
it's still been very cold

I am thinking..... that Valentine's Day is coming

I am thankful for... God's Word and the insights He gives me there

I am wearing..... warm casual clothes

I am remembering..... that one year ago my mother in love became very ill. The family continues to care for her 24/7

I am going..... to try to be consistent with my walking

I am currently reading..... my daily devotional

I am hoping..... to start on my son's school records

On my mind..... how much I miss talking with my BFF

Noticing that..... the days are getting longer

Pondering these words..... ""For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

From the kitchen..... soup

Around the house..... it's quiet this morning

One of my favorite things..... is to hear the birds singing

From my picture journal.....

West Virginia

I hope that you are having a wonderful day and start of a new week. Please stop by and visit the other inspiring Daybooks.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Cabin fever hits!

I know there are a lot of folks out there that are snowbound. They are stuck. Can't get out! With more snow in the horizon.

We've had several days of rain and more rain, and more rain in the forecast. I know that we really need the rain, but after a few days of rain and basically dreary sun-less days, I get cabin fever. I really can stay home and enjoy my home, IF the sun is shining. So yesterday and today, when the clouds parted, I headed out to the GoodWill. I made an amazing find yesterday, but I'll save that for another post. In light of my find yesterday, I made another sprint to the GW this morning to see if I might have missed something (which I knew I didn't because I scoured and scoured the floor for over an hour).

But today I found this darling bowl -

I don't think it is milk glass, but I've seen this before. It is shaped like it might belong to a mixing set. Nice size too. And only ONE dollar!

I also love to use these little dishes.

There were five of them, all taped together for, YES ONE dollar. And they all say Fire King on the bottom. Yipee!!!!

The last time I was in the GoodWill I found this lovely candlestick.

And today when I hopped over to the Hospice Thrift store (who was having their monthly 50% off sale) I found the mate -
What I really love about these candlesticks is the wider bottom. The second one actually still had the sticker with the marking on it -
24% Lead Crystal Made in the USA!

And as I am always on the lookout for vintage linens, these sheets fit the bill perfectly.

I am over the moon about the pink one. It did not have a price on it, so I put it back, then picked it up again, saw a worker and asked about the price. She went to the back, and I was thinking, yea, they are going to sock it to me. She came back and it was marked $1.99! Woo-Hoo, great for me!!! One of these days I am going to make a quilt with the vintage sheets I'm collecting and I'd LOVE to use the pink sheet for the backing :-)

So now there is more cloud cover, and the rain is coming down in buckets. But what a great morning for a little adventure hunting.

Have a great thrifting day!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Vintage Thingies Thursday

I found some sweet little treasures on a recent hunt. At the Good Will I found this very cute rooster plate. There were two of them, but the other one was pretty chipped up. So I settled on this one. I've seen this pattern around in antique shops before, but I've never come across it at the GW.

On Saturday when I stopped into my favorite Hospice Thrift store, this lovely blue table cloth was just calling to me. It looks like it would fit a card table. It is in really good condition.

And the final find of the day was this sweet delicate coffee cup and saucer. It is marked Melody Fine China, made in Japan. It really feels like very fine china.

So what treasures have you found this week? Be sure to stop in at Suzanne's Colorado Lady and dig through the treasure chest of vintage thingies that are being shared today.

Please do not feed

After posting some pictures of our property, there were some comments asking if we had any alligators in our lake. The answer is yes, there have been alligators in the lake. One that was large enough to have an Alligator hunter come out and trap. Most fresh water lakes in Florida tend to have alligators. I've not heard of any sightings since that big one was taken out a few years ago. However, it is not a good idea to be on friendly terms with any alligators, so please don't feed them. They will bite the hand that feeds them.

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

February 1, 2010...

Outside my window.....
it's very cold

I am thinking..... how quickly the first month of the year has passed by already

I am thankful for... spending time and talking with my hubby

I am wearing..... warm casual clothes

I am remembering..... some of the projects that are on my "to do" list

I am going..... nowhere today

I am currently reading..... "50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die" by John Piper

I am hoping..... that the weather will warm up this week

On my mind..... a couple that was in a terrible car accident last week

Noticing that..... the dust bunnies have been out again

Pondering these words..... "Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him"

From the kitchen..... Chili

Around the house..... laundry, laundry, laundry

One of my favorite things..... is quilting

From my picture journal.....

Please stop by and visit the other Simple Woman's Daybook entries for today.