another sweet monday

It was another sweet Monday.  A day away for me...
I dropped my husband off at the office, adding my tracks to the ones above.
I drove to the Huntington IN public library where I waited in the parking lot for its 9:00 opening.
Once inside, I gathered a stack of books to read
As usual, I found many images to fuel my imagination; 

 to capture and store as testimony to my evolving and current decorating preferences...

At 10:00, I closed the books and headed for the thrift store I'd discovered a week or two ago.
I saw a $.50 rack where I purchased this sweater that I'm wearing this morning.
The rest of the day found me variously enjoying the sunshine via Frances Mayes' 
Bringing Tuscany Home (a library book I'd brought along to fill spare minutes)
and actually SITTING in the sunshine by the window at Panera while I enjoyed a Greek salad 
in the company of my fine husband.

"…making beauty around you honors all of life", Frances wrote.

After a few hospital visits (my husband is a visitation pastor at our church),
we returned home where my sisters and brothers-in-law and father
gathered around our table to play games and share a simply delicious meal --
my sisters' homemade potpie and salad,
topped with a cheese cake that we'd picked up at Aldi's earlier in our sweet Monday.


More de-cluttering in process.  These eight.
Plus one more.
Can't think of the last time (or the FIRST time) I used ANY of these!
Purse-un-oly, I can't think of a reason to keep them...

two things

 #1 This piece which finished EVER so nicely!
(I showed it in progress a few posts ago...)
It sold minutes after I listed it on a Facebook site.
#2 This view of one end of our living room
for absolutely no reason at all.
I was giving my eyes a break as I read Village Centenary by Miss Read
(also mentioned in a previous post).
I know.  There's a bit of clutter up there!  No staging for me!

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!