Friday, June 30, 2017

this moment ~ Morning Glories

A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment.
A moment I want to pause, savor and remember

Thursday, June 29, 2017

By the Sea

By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea!
You and me, you and me, oh how happy we'll be!

Little Sam is home from the shore.  Evidently he loved the fresh ocean air and slept like a ... baby.  He did not come back with a fabulous suntan.  He did come back with an adorable sun hat. Nana's praying that he doesn't decide to become a merchant marine one day.

I'm posting later than usual.  I'm so tired that I'm punchy (remember that phrase?!).  It means that it doesn't take much to make me feel silly.  And my throat hurts.  I think I'd best go to bed. Sweet Dreams!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Popcorn & a Show ~ The Well Digger's Daughter

We love films because they makes us feel something. They speak to our desires, which are never small. They allow us to escape and to dream and to gaze into the eyes that are impossibly beautiful and huge. They fill us with longing. But also. they tell us to remember; they remind us of life. Remember, they say, how much it hurts to have your heart broken.
~ Nina LaCour, Everything Leads to You

This month, I chose to watch the French film, La Fille Du Puisatier (The Well Digger's Daughter).  I absolutely loved this foreign film!  I loved the storyline. I loved the acting.  I loved the scenery.  I loved it so much that I decided to buy it on iTunes.

If you are looking for a sweet movie, I hope that you will consider The Well Digger's Daughter. In 1930s southern France, a father is torn between his sense of honor and his deep love for his daughter when she gets in trouble with the wealthy son of a shopkeeper.

Watching a foreign film while reading English subtitles can be a bit tricky at first but it won't be long before you don't even notice that you are reading the words.

My goal is to watch and review one foreign film a month this year. So far this year, I've seen one Swedish film, one Korean film, one Spanish film, two Persian films, and now,  a French film.

*You can find links to my other foreign film movie reviews in the right sidebar.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fireworks, Parades, and Stars ~ Part 2

The 4th of July is next week!  How did that happen??

I am so thankful that I did not wait until the last minute to make my holiday cards.  I hate feeling rushed especially when I'm trying to be creative.

This morning, I addressed the envelops, drove to the post office, and mailed a dozen 4th of July/Summer cards.  I'm crossing my fingers that my cards arrive on time!

A few weeks ago, I posted a sampling of my cards. You can find them here.  Today's post showcases four more different cards.

I'm pleased with how they all turned out. I can't decide which one is my favorite!

I'm not sure what I will make next. I'm hosting a ladies coffee/brunch on July 13th. I'd like to make a little something special for each of the ladies. ♥

Monday, June 26, 2017

Botanical Beauties

I recently purchased these beautiful botanical pictures from Napa Style and I'm very happy with them. There are a total of eight framed prints. My husband put six of them up together on the wall in the sitting room. (I'm not sure where I'll put the other two.)  I tried to take individual pictures but the light from the window was hitting them just so and I kept getting a bright reflection.  I'll take individual photos later.

I zoomed out with my camera to give you a better idea how the pictures look.  To the left are my little Yankee Candles on display and to the right is the big clock (which I love and can clearly see what time it is!).  My cupboard is a bit messy inside.  I've candles, candle toppers, music, and games.  I see I need to tidy them up!

To the left of the Yankee Candles is the screened in back porch. The weather has been simply beautiful today and we enjoyed spending a good part of the day outside. ♥

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Simple Truth

Oh, Lord
You're beautiful
Your face is all I see
And when your eyes are on this child
Your grace abounds to me

Keith  Green, Maranatha

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday's Sam and Sales

It has been a lovely summer Saturday.  My husband and I enjoyed a nice quiet breakfast before we headed out to an estate sale.  I've really enjoyed driving through different areas of North Carolina and seeing the various neighborhoods and scenery.

Today's estate sale was in a condo in the big city.  The condo didn't look very old but it felt a little claustrophobic to me.  I am pretty sure it had 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, small kitchen, dining room, living room, and large finished basement.  This sale had so many of those Christmas village (Department 56) pieces.  They are lovely but I can't imagine where I'd put it all so I passed on them.  I did find a sweet little wood bench (I'll post a picture next week), some Christmas linens, and a couple of cute ornaments.

After the estate sale, we went to Starbucks and had an early lunch.  I needed a bit more caffeine before it was time to watch little Sam!

Sam has grown!  He is 7 weeks old and now weighs over 8 lbs.  I'm happy that he is still wants to snuggle!  We played peekaboo with him and he rewarded us with smiles! ♥

Friday, June 23, 2017

this moment ~ Americana Entryway

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A moment I want to pause, savor and remember

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Menu Suggestions Please

I'm clearly feeling better
I am thinking about food!

The Fourth of July is fast approaching and I am in need of menu suggestions for the barbecue we are hosting. I believe that we will be entertaining 10 people. So far, we are planning on:

Hot Dogs
Pasta Salad (cold)
Deviled Eggs
Fruit Salad or Crushed Pretzel/Cream Cheese/Jello Salad

I'm thinking of making a flag cake. I've seen a few recipes that look promising. I also saw a really cute recipe for individual cheesecakes with berries in little jars. Yum!

Do you have any favorite bbq dishes that you could recommend?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Signs of Summer

It is hard to believe that today is the first day of summer.  It seems like it was just spring yesterday... Time for hot lazy summer days and sticky nights.  Time for ice cream cones and watermelon.  Time for reading books on the back porch, barefoot, and sipping an ice cold drink.

Today has been a better day.  Not terrific but better than yesterday.  I am encouraged that the side effects will be but a memory until next year when it's time for the infusion again.  I can deal with two or three days of feeling ill if my bones are healthier and stronger.

I am eager to be back 100% as I have a To Do list as long as my arm. Nothing really needs to be done but I've lots of things that I'd like to do.  I'd like to get back to my crochet projects,  baking, and gardening.  Little by little...

Happy First Day of Summer to you!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Rough Day

It's been a bit of a rough day today.  The doctor warned me of the side effects of the Reclast infusion. It seems I've hit the jackpot of side effects.  I'm hoping that they will be short lived but they can last up to a week.

The good news is that I don't really have anything pressing to do this week.

The bad news is time moves so slowly when you don't feel well.

I had hoped to visit everyone's blog today but I'm afraid that visiting will have to wait.  I considered not even posting anything today except that I'm on Day 172 of posting every day.  I don't want to set the clock back to Day 1.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Aging Beautifully ~ Infusion Conclusion

I'm not certain how old you have to be in your golden years.  I don't think I'm there yet.  I may be in my bronze years or possibly my silver years.  Anyone know when the cut off dates are?

I do know that I am at the age when I have to take my bone density seriously ~ thus my infusion conclusion post. This morning I went for my first Reclast Infusion treatment.

Reclast is a prescription medication used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in women after menopause. Reclast helps reduce the chance of having a hip or spinal fracture (break).

I've tried taking oral prescription medications to improve my bone density but my stomach could not tolerate them.  After consulting with my primary care physician and an endocrinologist, I decided that the once a year Reclast infusion was my best option.  (Thankfully, my health insurance covers the lion's share of the cost.)

Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to our health.  After hearing about all the cancer concerns etc with hormonal therapy for perimenopause/menopause symptoms, I decided to bite the bullet and not take any hormonal Rx during that time.  It was rough going with hot flashes, restless sleep, etc.  What I did NOT know was that hormonal therapy medications can help your bones not deteriorate as quickly.  I'm not sure if I would have made the same decisions if I knew.  Hindsight is 20/20 and so here we are.

Exercise (walking, chores), weight training (I use lite weights), and adding calcium to our diets is also important for strong bones.

This is the fifth post in my Aging Beautifully series. To revisit earlier posts in the series, you can find them by clicking on the link in the Sampler left sidebar.

In this series on Aging Beautifully, I hope to touch on all aspects of beauty and how we can nurture beauty in our lives and ourselves. I hope that you will join me and celebrate our beauty within and without (not without without but rather on the outside).

Be good to your bones.
They will thank you for it.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Lord Is In This Place

This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.

This is my Father’s world, dreaming, I see His face.
I open my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, “The Lord is in this place.”
This is my Father’s world, from the shining courts above,
The Beloved One, His Only Son,
Came—a pledge of deathless love.

This is my Father’s world, should my heart be ever sad?
The Lord is King—let the heavens ring. God reigns—let the earth be glad.
This is my Father’s world. Now closer to Heaven bound,
For dear to God is the earth Christ trod.
No place but is holy ground.

This is my Father’s world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.
This is my Father’s world, a wanderer I may roam
Whate’er my lot, it matters not,
My heart is still at home.
Maltbie D. Babcock (1901)

Though I have posted these lyrics to one of my favorite hymns before, I could think of none better for Father's Day. What a joyous exclaimation to call God our Father. His love for us knows no bounds. He will never leave us nor forsake us. We are His beloved children. And one day, we will see Him face to face. What a day of great rejoicing that will be.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

this moment ~ Dangerous Beauty

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A moment I want to pause, savor and remember

Friday, June 16, 2017

My Finished Sympathy Card

As I previously posted, my dear friend Peggy's husband recently passed away.  Peggy is in her late 80's. I chose to create a card that would include different elements of texture. This card was made with much love and many prayers.  I want her to feel both.
The Bible verse I chose is one of my favorites. Sometimes we can feel so overwhelmed, lost and alone. In God, we can find a place of rest and healing.

So many of you commented on my previous post that you were praying for Peggy.  Thank you so much, dear ladies, for your prayers.  God bless you.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

The F Word Times Three

Buying something on sale is a very special feeling. In fact, the less I pay for something, the more it is worth to me. I have a dress that I paid so little for that I am afraid to wear it. I could spill something on it, and then how would I replace it for that amount of money?
~Rita Rudner

For anyone that may have missed my previous posts involving this scandalous utterance..   FULL PRICE is the F word in my house.

I have returned!  After avoiding CVS Pharmacy for a few months,  (I was annoyed with my particular store after a few negative experiences) I decided to just let the past be the past and move onward toward the savings!  I started small and this is what I bought:

4 bottles of Dove Shampoo/Conditioner, 12 oz ea
2 bottles of Soft Soap Hand Soap, 7.5 oz ea
6 Renuzit Air Fresheners, 7 oz ea
2 bags of Hershey Chocolate Nuggets, 12 oz ea

Had I not used my CVS store card and coupons, I would have paid $52.62 for the above items. After using my store card and coupons, my total for the above was only $16.68. I saved $35.94 and also received $6.00 in Extra Care Bucks to use on my next purchase.

I was very happy that the Hershey chocolates were on sale (and I had a coupon!). I just barely avoided a disaster ~ I was down to my last few nuggets for my candy dish.

But WAIT! The savings did not end there. After the pharmacy, I headed out to the grocery store... where I invoked the F word three times (technically six times).

5 boxes of Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad (pasta salad)
5 packages of Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs, 10 count ea
5 6-pack bottles of Soda (Coke, Diet Coke, Lemonade)

The items above were on sale for Buy 2 (at FULL price) and Get 3 free.

1 Comet Cleanser
2 boxes of Hamburger Helper
1 package of Texas Toast Croutons
1 package of Mission Tortillas
1 package of Quaker Rice Cakes
1 package of Smithfield Pork Baby Back Ribs, 3 lbs
1 bunch of Bananas
1 yellow Onion
2 cobs of Sweet Corn
2 lbs of Pink Lady Apples
1 box of Ice Cream Drumsticks, 8 count
1 carton of Turkey Hill Ice Cream
1 gallon of Milk

*I made Hamburger Helper years ago when the children were little. I haven't made it in ages and plan to donate them.

*We are planning a big BBQ for the 4th of July so I was happy to stock up on hot dogs, pasta salad, and cokes.

*I hadn't planned to buy milk today but received it FREE after purchasing specific General Mills products.

Had I not used my store card and coupons, I would have paid $108.92 for the above items. After using my store card and coupons, my total for the above was only $47.65. I saved $61.27! Hooray! ♥

Are you planning a trip to the grocery store soon?

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Swoosh and Hum

Wednesday night and all is quiet but the swoosh and hum of the dishwasher.  We had friends over for dinner, dessert, and board games.  We had a delightful time!

Dinner was Chicken Divan over rice and garlic bread.  Dessert (made by my friend) was a delicious cheesecake topped with raspberries.  Coffee and tea were served with dessert.

We chose to play Apples to Apples!  It is a great game to play with old friends and new. ♥

Little Bear was not pleased being left upstairs while we enjoyed dinner.  She loves people so much and was very happy to spend time with everyone after dinner.  No cheesecake for you, Little Bear!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

An Old Photograph

My cousin, Eliza, emailed me this picture that she found of yours truly.  I'm not sure how old I was ~ probably less than 2 years old is my guess.  Love the dress and especially the little bracelet!

When I see pictures of myself as a child, I always wonder about the hairstyles of those days.  (and I'm thinking what were THEY thinking!!).  For most of my elementary school years I had a pixie cut.  (My mother would cut my hair!!)  In this photograph, clearly I'd had curlers in my hair earlier in the day or possibly overnight. Remember those hard plastic pink curlers?  They had bristles and boy did they hurt!  I don't know how anyone could sleep wearing them but somehow we did.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Beginnings of a Sympathy Card

Today I received a handwritten letter from my friend Peggy.  She was the leader of the Bible Study group that I went to at the Catholic Church in Northern New Jersey.  She is in her late 80's and is such a sweetheart.  We've kept in touch since I moved to North Carolina.  I was so happy to receive her letter.

I was very sad to read that her husband recently passed away.  He was 92.  Peggy has a strong faith and my prayers are with her.

I'm making a sympathy card. I love this wildflower bouquet stamp and will add a Bible verse stamp to the card as well. I tried using watercolors to paint the flowers but that didn't work out. (I need to buy some watercolor paper.) Instead, I decided to use my fine tip markers to color the flowers in. I then cut around the bouquet. Tomorrow I will choose pretty floral scrapbook paper to add to the card front and then add the flowers.

If you have a few moments, would you please remember Peggy in your prayers?  Thank you.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Smiles

Sunday evening and I am having a hard time staying awake.  I had a cup of coffee at 7:30 pm but it hasn't kicked in yet.  It's 9:00 pm and I am drifting off.

We had a wonderful Sunday dinner with family = 2 daughters, 1 son-in-law, and the guest of honor.... Baby Sam!  I made spaghetti, garlic bread, and salad.  We even had apple pie for dessert.

Sam is smiling now!  He is almost 5 weeks old ~ the time is just flying by!  Thankfully, he still wants to snuggle with nana.  I hope that doesn't change for a long long time!

Sleep tight and sweet dreams!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Delightfully Delicious

Saturday evening and all is well. It has been a busy day.  My second daughter is in town for just a few days. She's meeting Baby Sam and spending time with all of us. ♥

We started off the morning at Starbucks for a cup of cocoa and a bagel.  Off to the big city to hit all the hobby shops ~ Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Joann's.  Our next stop was Barnes and Noble where we met our daughter.  We enjoyed a nice chat until it was time to head to the restaurant.  We were all meeting my eldest daughter, my son-in-law, and Baby Sam.  Everything was delicious and rather than eat my lunch, I went straight for dessert = holding little Sam while my daughter ate.  It wasn't long before he was fast asleep in my arms.  I asked for to go boxes to put my meal in to eat later.  Sadly, it was time to leave (and I had to give Sam back....). Home again and time for a short nap.  We'd been gone 5 hours and I needed a time of refreshment.

Dinner was very tasty ~ it was my lunch ~ a garden salad with blue cheese dressing and a steak.  I finished it off with a double chocolate Magnum ice cream bar.

Needless to say, it has been a delightfully delicious day!  How was your Saturday? xo

Friday, June 9, 2017

this moment ~ a place of rest

an estate sale find

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Aging Beautifully ~ In the Mirror

So often in life a new chapter awaits. You ride off into the sunset and discover it's the sunrise.
~Robert Brault

I decided to save the subject of strength for another time and today write of embracing our individuality and uniqueness as women.

To begin, I have a challenge for you: the next time you pass by a mirror, would you please look ~ really look at yourself.

Who are you?

We, as women, wear so many different hats (or aprons, if you will) each day ~ wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, homemaker, and so on. Sometimes our creative selves gets lost in the process. And not only do they get lost at times but when we find them, do we allow ourselves to accept and affirm our uniqueness or do we submit to what others perceive us to be?

I have struggled for many years and I was who everyone wanted me to be. And let me tell you, it was exhausting! But when I finally did accept and affirm who I truly am, who God made me to be, I began to live with such happiness and purpose.

At times, I feel like a fish out of water, swimming upstream against the world's standards and culture. When I remember that I am (as each of you are) beautiful and gifted and unique as God made me, I am not a flounder of a fish but a beautiful colorful angel fish ~ colorful and vibrant.

When you take up the challenge and do look in the mirror, my hope is that you will see how unique and lovely you truly are. You are precious in God's sight.

This is the fourth post in my Aging Beautifully series. To revisit earlier posts in the series, you can find them by clicking on the link in the Sampler left sidebar.

In this series on Aging Beautifully, I hope to touch on all aspects of beauty and how we can nurture beauty in our lives and ourselves. I hope that you will join me and celebrate our beauty within and without (not without without but rather on the outside).

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, & Ruth

It's another late night for me tonight.  We just returned home from the bbq.

There was so much delicious food ~ hamburgers, hot dogs, various salads, dips, and desserts. My cookies were a hit (whew!).

After spending time and reading the book of Ruth this week, what spoke to me was how Naomi must have truly loved God and exhibited His character for Ruth to want to leave everything and follow Naomi and her God. Their faithfulness to God and each other is such a wonderful example to all of us.

It's past my bedtime and it's to bed I go.  Sweet Dreams! ♥

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Chores, Cookies, and Frittata ~ Oh My!

After being gone most of yesterday, it felt good to stay at home and  catch up on chores.  I woke up early, had breakfast, and got to work!

I did pop out to go to lunch with my friend, Bonnie.  We went to a sweet little restaurant run by little old ladies.  It took a little while to get there (next county) but it was well worth it.

Home again and a quick nap.  Time in the garden and then time for a cup of coffee.  Making cookie dough was next.  We've a BBQ to attend tomorrow night and I am bringing cookies.  The dough has to be refrigerated at least an hour before baking and I decided it would be easier to make the dough today and bake them tomorrow.

Frittata for dinner!

Tonight  I made a frittata with mushrooms, onions, peppers, and bacon (& eggs, salt, pepper, and a bit of butter!).  An easy dinner to make, healthy, and delicious!  Win Win Win!!!

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Few Observations

Monday evening and I've just now had a moment to type.  I'm not complaining mind you.  I've been holding Baby Sam for a good part of the day.  My snuggle meter has been replenished.

A few observations that I made today:

Newborn diapers are seriously very small and look like they should only fit dolls.

The hair on a baby's head is so soft ~ almost like down feathers.

Once you get a baby settled down... you most likely will have to change his diaper again... which will wake him up...

Somehow I forgot some of these observations only to rediscover them again. I need more coffee...

Isaac and Hannah had dark thick hair when they were born. Sam's pretty much is blonde fuzz.

I'm off to bed. I may sleep in my clothes tonight(just teasing!). I'm so tired!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Awaiting the Promise to Come

This morning, in church, we sang this beautiful praise song.  I hadn't heard it before and the lyrics really touched my heart. They eased the burden I have been carrying concerning the recent events in the world.

These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said,‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. ~ John 14:25-28

Hear the Word, roaring as thunder
With a new future to tell
For the dry season is over
There is a cloud beginning to swell

To the skies heavy with blessing
Lift your eyes, offer your heart
Jesus Christ, opened the Heavens
Now we receive, the Spirit of God

We receive Your rain
We receive Your rain

Every seed buried in sorrow
You will call forth in its time
You are Lord, Lord of the harvest
Calling our hope now to arise

We receive Your rain
We receive Your rain
We receive Your rain
We receive Your rain

Like a flood, like a flood
We receive Your love when You come
Like a flood, like a flood
We receive Your love when You come

Like a flood, like a flood
We receive Your love when You come
Like a flood, like a flood
We receive Your love

And with great, anticipation
We await the Promise to come
Everything that You have spoken
Will come to pass let it be done!

We receive Your rain
We receive Your rain
We receive Your rain
We receive Your rain

Elevation Worship,
There is a Cloud

*I've included the YouTube live version of the song. I pray it will bless you.*

Saturday, June 3, 2017


Two incidents are being reported of terrorist attacks in London. The situation is still fluid. It is heartbreaking to see how frightened the people, especially the children, are. These attacks seem to never end. I don't understand the evil hatred that dwells in such dark hearts that desire to hurt and maim and kill others.

May God bring justice and peace to the situation and keep everyone safe.

Friday, June 2, 2017

this moment ~ Lovely Lichen

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A moment I want to pause, savor and remember

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Bug

Never underestimate the power of a woman with a newspaper,  a map, and a wallet full of small bills on a Saturday morning.

Heaven help me! I've caught the June Bug!

It's that time of year when garage sales and yard sales and estate sales flourish.  The weather is gorgeous and there is savings in the air.  And I suppose dollars in the wind (but let's not think about that!).

I have been scouring the internet and the newspaper (yes, we still get the newspaper) for all the above sales.  I'm making a list and checking it twice.  My husband has the job of mapping them out to determine the quickest way to get from sale A to sale B and so on.  I have a NEED for SPEED when I am down with the June Bug. There is an adrenaline rush to get to the "good stuff" before anyone else.  I know that is really silly because most of the time there really isn't any "good stuff" but I get all feverish just the same ~ not quite Black Friday madness fever but more than a Back to School sale.

Last Friday, I woke up feeling something wasn't right.  I started to get that scavenger itch and I needed to scratch it.  Camomile lotion wasn't going to soothe my inflamed condition....

My husband and I had an appointment in the big city on Friday afternoon and we decided to head in early to visit two different estate sales.  We arrived just in time as my eyes started to glaze over from this terminal illness.  This sale had started earlier that morning and most of the big furniture pieces were sold already.  I could not believe the prices!  I had to ask my husband if he saw the same numbers I did ~ I feared I had become delirious ~ but the prices were correct.  The prices were so reasonable!

A beautiful grandfather clock was only $300!  Thankfully, it had a SOLD sign on it as we would have bought it on the spot.  And do I really need to hear DING DONG DING DONG every hour on the hour?  I've already a cuckoo clock.

There was a lovely rose pink settee with two matching chairs not yet sold.  I considered it for a moment but honestly I don't really have the room for them.  There was a beautiful complete set of blue and white china dishes and serving pieces.  They were a bit fancy for me but I did enjoy looking at them.

My medications of choice ended up being:

a victorian parasol/umbrella for $4.00.  It has a beautiful wood handle.  I'm confused (now don't laugh!) whether it is a parasol or an umbrella because the fabric is so delicate and doesn't feel weather resistant.  I need to take a walk in the rain to discover its mysteries.

two soft silky pink floral pillowcases for $2.00.  I am always excited to find quality pillowcases.  With family and friends visiting often, I use a lot of pillowcases!

a medium size lacy crochet tablecloth for $7.00.  It's very nice and will look perfect on my mahogany drop leaf table.

I almost bought... a very unusual painting of two adorable gnomes riding on a flying goose.  Some gnomes are creepy but these were not.  The painting had a pretty frame and was reasonably priced at $7.00.  Maybe next time.

The other estate sale was not as interesting though I did walk away with a sweet country wood bench for $5.00.  It now sits on my front porch with a red lantern placed on one end.

As you can imagine, the June bug just wore me out and a much needed nap was in order.

It's now Thursday evening and I'm feeling a little tickle at the back of my throat.  Yep, it's the June bug.

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