Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
I have never been much of a rummage sale shopper. Guess I always felt obligated to buy something. Give me a farm auction and I can stand there all day, buy nothing and still go home fairly happy. Those sales are watching a piece of history in the making. On the other hand my sister and my Mom love rummage sales. Just like this mirror, my sister found for me at $15. What a bargain!
Now let me tell you about my shopping. Yesterday a local antique store advertised a tag sale. They had items donated from a local family of 92 year old twins. A brother and a sister who never married and had always lived in the family home place. So I went to check it out. I loved looking through the items but found nothing I really wanted. I then wandered through the store which was having a 20 % off sale. There I found the Rowe crock (in the middle) for $8 minus 20% off.
In the same vendors booth I found 2 Miller ice glasses 2 for $8 again minus 20% off.
But look at this! It's the most awesome Peacock. The whole body is like prairie points folded and half and sewn on. That is not rick rack you see, it's satin stitch embroidery work. Somebody put a lot of hours into this. AND it also was 20% off. (Click on the picture to enlarge it and see the great detail!)
I stopped at Salvation Army looking for a jean jacket. There I got BT a camo jacket. It was market $5, but at the cash register everything was marked half price! No jean jacket there.
So onto Goodwill. I found this Tommy Hilfiger for only $10. They go for more then that on EBay plus postage. I want to have BT's Blacksmith shop logo embroidered on it.
Locally they were having rummage sales. Friday when I picked up the youngest grandson, we ran to two sales. There I found this metal wardrobe for $4. I called BT to see if he wanted it for his hunting cabin. No but he wanted it for his shop.
So it's been a fun two days bargain shopping.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Today I was mowing grass and this happened to me. Yes the wheel fell off!
Unfortunately it isn't close to the barn, so I can't push it there by myself.
So here are my options. Tell me, just what would you do?
Get out the push mower and finish mowing the rest of the yard
Read my new Cooking light magazine that came in the mail today
Put the binding on the baby quilt I finished quilting this morning
Work on my Dear Patti quilt
Give myself a manicure and a pedicure
Enjoy a cup of hot tea
Or read blogs
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Buffalo Bill (who was awesome)
Friday, September 19, 2008
I found this new old looking clock for the mantle.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
After breakfast I started playing with my bottle brush trees. Over at The Misadventures of Mama and Jack, I learned all about stripping the color from the trees and dying them. I want to make some Halloween colored trees. I did one tree at a time, by adding bleach to hot water in a glass. It wasn't an instant thing. You have to dip and soak the tree. It probably took about 10-15 minutes to bleach them to what looks like the original color.
Now I need to get some Rye dye. (Sunday I tried food coloring.) Orange, I have a light colored tree now, but I will pick up some dye on my next shopping day. Oh and I need more trees, bigger trees. However there are none to be found in this one craft store town! Shucks!
BT finished restoring his brush hog and tried it out behind the house. He now has plans for cutting some of the smaller trees out of the woods. This would be winter project. The brush hog and tractor would fit better between the bigger trees. I can see another park in my back yard! Here he goes for the mowing. (Be sure and stop the music on the side bar, so you can hear the tractor sounds.)
Bob and Rita came to our place about 6:30. It looked like it would rain about anytime as we drove into town. Ria's Restaurant just opened a month ago. It is a beautifully decorated Greek Restaurant. We had about a 30 minutes wait in the bar. From there you can see into the open kitchen as the food is prepared. They need to improve their timing with the food. However the food, once received was excellent. BT had steak that looked Yumo! I had Lasagna, Bob and Rita went Greek, Gyro and Vegetable Pita.
While we were inside the rains started. They would continue until late Sunday morning. I got up several times during the night to see how much it had rained. It was predicted Ike would dump 5 to 7 inches on us. This is our lake early Sunday morning as the water was rushing over the top of the dam.
Saturday it was 88 degrees, Sunday morning it was 77, and by noon it was 66. We went from miserable humidity to almost needing the heat turned on. For dinner I found a new soup recipe. It was pretty good. I love potato soup but BT won't eat the kind my mother taught me to make because of the milk in it. Here is the recipe for the new one.
9:13 PM 61 degrees.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
We made good time going up. We stopped for gas and at the same time stopped in McDonald's. There I tried their new Cappuccino. Because I ordered that ,we were offered a free breakfast sandwich. WOW BT got a free breakfast.
We made it to Lincoln in 6 hours exactly.
This is what we found at the Ebay seller's house.
Bill had his Farmall M ready to go, chains and all. It was quite a load to pick up. Okay drag. Notice the almost flat tires.
In an hour the guys were finished loading it onto the trailer we had borrowed. Our trailer wasn't heavy enough to haul this thing.
The trip hammer was laying on a rubber tire to cushion the 364 mile ride back home.
As I was taking pictures this rather strange woolly worm came by. A blond woolly worm? I had to take a picture for the daughter's boyfriend. He's the meteorologist at KOCO. Last year I mailed him a woolly worm.
Our trip home wasn't quite as fast. We did make a couple of stops to check on the trailer. About 150 miles from home, our check engine light came on. After reading the manual, we decided to keep going. Friday BT will take it to the Jeep dealer.
We stopped in St. Joseph Mo for dinner at San Jose Steakhouse and Mexican Restaurant. I don't know about their steak, but their Mexican had something to be desired. I should of had a Margarita to help wash it down.
At 8:30 we pulled into the drive way. Bentley was barking and jumping. He was so glad to see us. Our bottoms were dragging. We hit the recliner and stayed there until bed time.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Friday after a bowl of home made beef barley soup, BT and I headed to Mary's Home Missouri. We went to the house of one of BT's classmates from the class of '68'. As you can see in this picture they are loading a brush hog aka rusty metal.
We have needed a brush hog to keep some of the 15 acres we have mowed down. This is a fixer uper.
Saturday girlfriend Diane and I headed to Jefferson City to the Arts and Craft show. We bought what I consider to be the best soy candles I have ever had. Giddy-up is the brand. I really think you could just take the lid off and use them without ever lighting them. I also bought myself 4 bars of Nubian Goat Milk soap. Another good smelling thing. Then I found the most adorable paper mache' owl. So that's when I just had to put out my Halloween decorations. My daughter said it's a little early for that.
Speaking of the daughter, last week when visiting I took her the pink edition of the Better Homes and Garden Cookbook. Today she used it! She even used the home canned spaghetti sauce that I took her in the recipe. You go girl!
Diane and I also stopped by Specialty Quilts open house. We both registered for the give aways. Diane isn't a quilter, so if she won I was going to reap that benefit. Bad news is, they never called. The quilt shop has been open for a year or two. It has now doubled its size and has a nice line of high quality fabrics and supplies. They are starting to teach classes.
Saturday evening we had a couple of friends over for BBQ. Jeremy, Lori and boys were here too. The guys had trimmed trees most of Saturday. A necessity after last springs ice storm. Lori had worked her booth at the craft fair. So I felt obligated to cook for them all. BT and Jeremy grilled pork chops while I made river potatoes, green beans with country cured ham and fried apples. Dessert was raspberry bars and lemon bars.
Sunday we slept in. Then just odds and ends. I trimmed the sidewalk with the weed eater, did a load of laundry, put my fall wreaths out, and embroidered a little. BT worked all day on refurbishing the brush hog.
Just as Bentley and I were walking to the shop, it started to rain with the sun completely shinning. That's when I snapped this picture of the rainbow. Actually it turned into a double rainbow, but that picture wasn't good.
After we retired to the recliner, BT made an E Bay purchase of more rusty metal. ROAD TRIP, as it has to be picked up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He needs to talk to the seller, but hopefully that will happen later this week. Oh by the way, this is called a Trip Hammer.
I am thinking of purchasing a GPS. I'm looking at a Nextar 3.5 screen. K mart has a $179.99 on sale with rebate final price $ 79. Anyone have one? Any suggestions?
Well time for the evening news. It will be a busy week. Work, road trip, Tour of Missouri bike tour coming through, going to a play Friday night, and best of all Bob and Rita are coming in town.