my new chair

and blue.
(And no, the tags aren't off of it yet.)

miss read

From the shelves of used books - including some vintage ones like THIS one -
on a "For Sale" shelf at the Huntington Public Library (IN).
I was thrilled to purchase it ($1) for a couple of reasons...
First of all, because I have thoroughly enjoyed every Miss Read book I've ever read;
and secondly, this is one I don't own personally!
We were in this lovely town for a meeting and had allowed ourselves
extra time to search out thrift stores and check out the library.
It cost us nothing and the time was well spent.
By the way, I spent nothing at the two thrift stores we found,
but will definitely be returning to one of them called Dream Center.
It begs to be frequented!

a lengthy hiatus

 After a lengthy hiatus from thrift store shopping
(and having exhausted our supply of jigsaw puzzles),
I ventured out on Thursday morning, limiting myself to puzzle purchase only.
I glanced longingly at a $10 wooden box that would have looked SO fine
refinished and sitting in our house SOMEwhere.
I successfully exited the store with these three puzzles priced at $.50 each.
We began with THIS one - my favorite of the three.
From the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

second thoughts

It's heavy.  It's not "real" wood.  It's in poor condition.
the price was right (free),
there is potential,
and the pulls are impressive.
 My husband is ON it!
Creating a shelf for the bottom of the opening where two very-damaged drawers existed
will make this piece highly desirable when painted white!
Though my first inclination was to sell it when completed,
I'm definitely having second thoughts!

pre-christmas activity

While the rest of you shop, cook, bake, decorate and wrap, 
you might be interested to know what I'm doing! 
~ Click HERE to find out ~

more is more

 I traveled with my father to his home town for a routine doctor visit.
 I asked him to drop me off at the local library to wait while he had his appointment 
 and ran another errand or two.
 The library is a lovely one with a comfortable seating area
 and many fine decorating magazines.
 I was not bored OR disappointed as I perused the current House Beautiful magazine.
Can you tell I agree with Dolly Parton who is said to have said:
"Some people say that less is more. But I think more is more."

another day; another puzzle

Another day; another puzzle.
We finished this one - which was NOT easy -
since the cars were not arranged like the photo on the box!
After taking it apart this afternoon,
we started another.
We find puzzles to be a simple and satisfying way
to spend cold, winter days!
(Frequently our puzzling is accompanied by a mug 
of hot chocolate or eggnog with a bit of nutmeg sprinkled on it
and some instrumental Christmas music playing in the background...)


 These sweet cutouts
 from a magazine insert years ago
 found a place among the few other ornaments on our little white tree.
Loving them!

sheep may safely graze

 My motley flock of sheep
 graze safely on the mantel in our dining area.
Gathered randomly throughout the years,
they assemble here at Christmastime.

"Sheep may safely graze and pasture
Where a shepherd guards them well.
So the nation ruled in wisdom
Knows and shares the many blessings
Which both peace and plenty bring."

a little here and a little there

I'm a bit random with my Christmas decorating.
Starts and stops and no clear plan.
Candles and traditional Christmas music contribute much to the general atmosphere.
These are a few of the most recent (and random) pieces I've added...
And my husband created a new base for a damaged nativity stable
I must not have been able to pass up last year.
It houses unrelated figures and suits me just fine!
A simple tree made of weathered wood
sits atop one of our wardrobes among red trees.
And so it goes.
A little here and a little there...

on the way to friday

Going with the flow this year.....
Traditions don't seem to come as easy for us as they do for other people.
The Thanksgiving holidays officially kicked in last night
as we attended a Thanksgiving service at our church.
Today, one of my siblings will pass through on their way to Friday..
We'll have a relish tray, crackers and cheeses, etc.
as we visit around our kitchen table.
Tomorrow - Thanksgiving Day - one of our children, her husband and 6 children
will pass through (also on their way to Friday).
Together with us, they'll attend a lovely community meal for folks
who don't have family plans.
(Our family "plans" came together rather spur-of-the-moment
without time to prepare turkey and trimmings,
so we're especially thankful for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church's hospitality.)
I'll take a sweet potato casserole made with apples and dried cranberries.
Then on Friday, we will get up early and together with my father,
drive over to Sauder Inn in Archbold OH to celebrate with extended family
(over 50 people).
Meanwhile, this rusty turkey joined autumn-colored everyday place mats
to remind us of this season while we're on the way to Friday.

Tradition-less, but SOOOOOO thankful. 

all hands on deck

 The addition of two hands in our household
helped make quicker work of this puzzle (which definitely deserved the name "puzzle")!
My husband cut a piece of pegboard so we could move it from our dining table
to rest on the arms of a chair in our living room between meals.
Unfortunately, he didn't cut the board BIG enough to accommodate
the two NEW puzzles I acquired this morning when I met friends for breakfast!
I selected these two out of several my friend was going to donate to a thrift store.
What fun we will have.
What a fun and inexpensive way to keep all hands on deck occupied...

finally grey

When it became necessary to replace the carpet in our recently-repurposed room,
I chose a remnant with grey tones.
We'd painted this room less than 2 months ago, 
but the paint we THOUGHT was grey when selected
turned out to be too blue to coordinate well with the new carpet....
sooooooo, my husband suggested that while the furniture was all out the room,
it was a good time to change the color.
SO glad we did!
Finally.  Grey.