Since hip and knee replacement surgeries - both this year -
my footwear options are limited.
I need "sensible" and quality shoes but long for fashionable ones as well.
Imagine my excitement when I came across these at a church rummage sale this morning!
They met my personal standards (cleanliness, lack of wear, comfort, etc.),
and I look forward to wearing them soon.

sweater weather

It really felt good to don this thrift-store purchase today.
The sleeves are 3/4 length and over-sized and loose fitting.
 It was just the right weight to wear on this beautiful autumn day.
I wore it with a black and white tweed skirt and felt quite stylish!
I especially like the button system.
Quite unique.

casual and cozy

 I love casual, cozy environments....
 like this one at the Agora on Waldo's Hill in Antwerp OH...
It's a fine place to gather
or to enjoy solo.
What kind of atmosphere do YOU like in a coffee shop?

how could i resist?

Photos don't do these lovely, framed needlepoints justice...
I found them during the last hours of a church rummage sale
in a nearby town.
They're all signed and dated (1957 & 1960).
It was stuff a bag full and pay $3!
How could I resist?

let the soups begin

After a quick inventory of my refrigerator doors and drawers,
it was obvious to me that it was Soup Time!
I boiled a few potatoes from the bottom of the bag, sliced some zucchini,
and diced some onions.  Covered them with water and boiled awhile.
I beat them with my hand beater right in the water.
Added some left over fresh corn, some tomatoes just little past slicing prime,
a handful of shredded cheddar cheese and a few pieces of bacon I'd browned in the microwave.
I had a partial can of evaporated milk so I added that to the mixture along with 
a bit of salt and pepper.
The flavors will blend as it warms on the stovetop this morning.
Then I think I'll serve it in one of these tureens from my collection--thrifted, of course.
 (Or maybe we'll just dish it up straight out of the saucepan.....)

parting is such sweet sorrow

Yes, it really is (such sweet sorrow),
but I really MUST.
The time is w-a-y past due. 
I need to begin somewhere.
 I hope to find a buyer who will get as much enjoyment from them as I have...
 After my husband removed a rope inset in this wood frame,
he sanded it and I gave it a coat of white paint.
Frames "make" a picture, I think.
So when I found this one at a garage sale on the way to a thrift store this past weekend,
I snatched it up!
With or without a picture, it will find a place SOMEwhere.

real living space

"For too many people, being happy at home is pretty much an abstract idea,
something they can’t know or imagine, until it appears on some taste maker’s must-have list, 
or in a magazine, or reposted on Tumblr. 
A home sweet home is not curated or produced by acquiring 
a perfect arrangement of chairs, lamps and friends. 
A real living space is made from living, not decorating. 
A bored materialist can’t understand that a house has to become a home. 
It happens, not through perfection but by participation."  
(Andy & Elsa Beach Apartamento issue #07) 
As you can see, it's very "real" at our house!  Our living room
is full and doesn't get sorted out nearly enough.
Our hearts are at home here...

kiddie lit

 Back in "the day" (that would be the late 1960's) I was in college
training to become a teacher.  I'm pretty sure that was when/where
I learned about the Caldecott Award for children's picture books of merit.
In spite of the fact that there is NO room left on our bookshelves for one more book,
yesterday I paid the $.25 price for THIS one sporting a Caldecott medallion 
at my currently-favorite-thrift-store.
 The colorful pictures and clever features amuse me--
along with the bottom line....
You can ALWAYS make something out of nothing.
I shared it with my mother yesterday while visiting her in the Special Care Unit.
She was fascinated with the way Joseph looked over his glasses.
My 87 year old father enjoyed it, too, later.
It's a keeper.

650 miles of sales

 This was the scene at one of thousands (?) of garage sales last weekend
along 650 miles of Route 127 extending from Michigan through Alabama.
We only visited a few miles of it.  At this stage of my life,
I found it overwhelming!
 Now, we already had three other metal cabinets
serving a variety of purposes (the one above, a broom closet).
However, we couldn't pass up one more (below) -- a $5 purchase.
It wants a new paint job, but maybe you can overlook the splotches
to see its charm...
 Before it could be painted, it was pressed into temporary duty - 
serving as a gathering place at church for donations of snacks and beverages
for our local Christian Youth Center.
It will come home next month for restoration and eventual service--SOMEwhere.

sweet lime pickles

 I am blessed to have generous gardeners in my circle of friends.
We've enjoyed beans, sweet corn, kohlrabi, cabbage tomatoes and zucchini this year, thanks to them.
Their garden is producing a great crop of cucumbers.
I made one batch of refrigerator pickles this week using a recipe off the internet.
In talking with Donna one day, I mentioned three types of pickles
that my grandmother used to make.
When I found her recipe, Donna went to work cutting and soaking the cukes.
 Bright and early yesterday morning, I went to her farmhouse for the final steps--
boiling raisins (in cheescloth above) in the sweet pickling juices
and filling the jars.

We chatted a bit and listened to the lids popping.
Later in the evening, she and her husband delivered several jars to us.
Now I'm searching for a sweet pickled watermelon rind recipe.
Unfortunately, I don't have my grandmother's in my collection, 
but it is the SECOND one of my favorites.  The third is a dill pickle that she made...

her new kitchen

Our youngest daughter sent us these photos of her "new" kitchen.
I've posted them primarily for myself - wanting to get larger views 
than my cell phone screen afforded me.
I'm proud of hmeer husband and her. 
This is the first home they've actually owned.
They've been busy painting these cupboards,
and she's looking forward to the installation of an attractive backsplash soon.
Our OTHER daughter recently moved into a "new" old home, too.
Soon I hope to see photos of their kitchen which is currently being painted.
I'm sad that I don't live closer to them.
I'd be there in a blink (though recovering from hip replacement, I'd not be much help...)

a little bit

 a little bit of paint on this frme changed the personality of
the needlepoint floral....
 and a little bit of change - 25 pennies -
purchased this sweet sugar bowl (marked Bavaria)
at my favorite thrift store this morning.

evolution of a console table.

 I failed to photograph the originals that resulted in this evolution.
 Its legs came from a crib we found abandoned on a curb.
The top (half-oval) is one half of a coffee table purchased very inexpensively.
(My husband was attracted by its legs and hopes to use them on another project.)
I suggested he saw the top in half and create TWO console or sofa tables.
This is the end result!
Imagine my pleasure to read Abigail Ahern's praise for console tables....
 I’m a bit obsessed with consoles as they have been the biggest game changer in my house. 
Skinny, narrow they flag the walls and enable me to style them up with stacks of books, 
scented candles,  picture frames, lamps, and so forth. 
 The evolution is all finished except for the accessorizing!
AND we're currently searching for four legs for a second console table...